Houstonians, clear your schedule the week of November 12–19. THE CINEMA ARTS FESTIVAL (www.houstoncinemaartsfestival.org) has expanded to seven days, and this year, will be the largest festival yet – featuring more than 60 programs. Artistic Director Richard Herskowitz and Houston Cinema Arts Society Executive Director Trish Rigdon work tirelessly to bring us this special event each year while collaborating with artists and arts organizations throughout the city of Houston. This year they are connecting with diverse groups including 14 Pews, Architecture Center Houston, Asia Society Texas Center, Aurora Picture Show, Brasil, College Art Association, Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, Inprint, The Menil Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, NASA, Project Row Houses, Rice Media Center, She Works Flexible, Society for the Performing Arts and the Southwest Alternate Media Project (whew!).
I can’t wait for the opening night film, on Thursday, November 12, at the MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Houston, which will be the Texas premiere of the Janis Joplin documentary, Janis: Little Girl Blue, with Oscar®-nominated director Amy Berg. Houston rapper/renaissance man Bun B (also a native of Port Arthur) will moderate the post-film discussion with Berg. Other films with a Texas connection will be I Dream Too Much, produced by Richard Linklater, directed by Katie Cokinos, and special project of the Houston-based production team Pantheon of Women; Krisha by Trey Shults (filmed in nine days!); and two films by Sugar Land director Patrick Wang, In the Family and The Grief of Others. And, as always, there will be a Texas Filmmakers Showcase from the Houston Film Commission; and, new this year, there will be a presentation of Profiles of Houston Artists from the 14 Pews Film Academy.
And yet there is more! Check the website for the full schedule. Better yet, sign up to receive the Cinema Arts Society emails at www.cinemartsociety.org. Not only do they present this film festival each year, but they also offer a year-round slate of programs that, like the festival, connect artists to film in creative and exciting ways. Their Artist’s Choice Film Series features films chosen by artists in a variety of creative fields, their Julydoscope is an annual fun film romp at DISCOVERY GREEN, and they recently launched HCAS on the Road, an educational outreach program that brings quality films about the arts directly to underserved schools.
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CHECK OUT THESE VENUES
14 Pews (www.14pews.org)
Alamo Drafthouse (www.drafthouse.com)
Asia Society (www.asiasociety.org/texas)
Aurora Picture Show (www.aurorapictureshow.org)
Blaffer Art Museum (www.blafferartmuseum.org)
Café Brasil (www.cafe-brasil.net)
Contemporary Arts Museum (www.camh.org)
Discovery Green (www.discoverygreen.com)
Holocaust Museum (www.hmh.org)
Jewish Community Center (www.erjcchouston.org)
Landmark River Oaks Theatre (www.landmarktheatres.com)
Menil Collection (www.menil.org)
Miller Outdoor Theatre (www.milleroutdoortheatre.com)
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (www.mfah.org/films)
Orange Show (www.orangeshow.org)
Rice Cinema (www.ricecinema.rice.edu)
Sundance Cinemas (www.sundancecinemas.com)