Arab Film Festival Texas is coming up!
Then, while you are thinking about that, remember that we are also accepting entries for the 27th Dallas Videofest. I know we just had one festival and another is coming this week, but we need to start looking at new works.
I finally got to see Jodorowsky’s Dune, which was really worth the wait. He is such a passionate artist. Who knows how that film would have turned out, but it made for a great story.
If you were hoping to see the Unknown Known, you better get up early because it is only playing at 10 AM here in Dallas. When I was a grad student at Columbia, Andrew Sarris said that you should never watch a film before noon because you have not come to terms with your dreams. I am not sure if that makes any sense, but I really don’t like to watch anything except cartoons before noon.
Some of my favorite films are running this week. A Clockwork Orange, which at one point I knew every line, is running Friday and Saturday at midnight at the Inwood while Last Year at Mariabad is playing Tuesday at the Magnolia. Both of these are classics (although very different), and should be seen on a large screen.
The USA film festival hits town this weekend. There will be many tributes to wonderful people who are worth meeting and great tribute reels that are worth seeing. I am really looking forward to seeingOthello for the first time. There is no reason to stay at home because there are several FREE programs, so make sure check the schedule.
I know it is not video, but I just listened to Radio Lab’s latest release60 words, and it should be heard . Usually the show uses terrific sound design to bring science to life in the form of stories. This week there is an important political/historical story that needs to be heard, but I won’t spoil it for you. While you are there , check out last week’s show, straight out of Chevy Chase, about authenticity in rap music.
Last week I was at the Angelika for a screening of one of our grad student’s, Ryan Britton, thesis film. This film was excellent and we all had a great time, but I noticed that there were four other events going at the theater. It struck me how much cinema culture we have here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In many places, they would be happy to have one theater like the Angelika and we have so many.
In VideoFest alumni news:
Debra Sugarman’s film, Dear Mr. President, the documentary she made back in 2006 is finally available for all to see via this Vimeo link.
Also HBO is finally going to show the Ann Richards documentary, which I wish had been shown earlier, but it will bring a certain campaign to mind and might inspire us, so go see it again.
Our dear friend and former intern, Christian Vasquez’s brother was killed in that hit and run in the M streets. It looks like his mother, who was also in that car, is going to make it. Our hearts are with Christian and his family. If we can get the info on the service we will let you all know.
And before I leave you all, this is the end of Passover where we eat crazy foods and talk about freedom. Of all the things about being Jewish, I love this the most. Talking about freedom, which we all take for granted, is really important; it can be taken away in so many ways. And I don’t just mean in political ways. Am I a slave to my iPhone? The Internet? What are the things that get in the way of our freedom?
It is good to think about.
Video Association of Dallas
A Video Essay On Jim Jarmusch: Dead Men & Ghosts, Limited
TONIGHT AT 8/7c: A new season of PIONEERS OF TELEVISION is back with new compelling interviews and clips to offer a fresh take on television’s biggest stars.
Watch as Jerry Seinfeld reveals the inception of his sitcom “Seinfeld” and how his relationship with fellow comedian Larry David shaped the series.
Learn more about his transition from New York comedy clubs to television star in the episode “Standup to Sitcom” TONIGHT (4/15) on PBS.
24 Hour Video Race 2010