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Video Association of Dallas Announces First Films for VideoFest

About 125 videos - including classic and new narrative and documentary features, shorts, animation, and experimental videos - will be screened during the six-day festival.

Video Association of Dallas Announces Films Schedule for Dallas VideoFest
Source: Video Association of Dallas | 10/3/16 | Dallas

These first films and programs will screen during the 29th edition of the Dallas VideoFest from Oct. 18-23, 2016. Overall, about 125 videos - including classic and new narrative and documentary features, shorts, animation, and experimental videos - will be screened during the six-day festival.


“I am so proud of the lineup of the 29th Dallas VideoFest. We don’t start with just a film but with two cinematic events; events that transcend going to the movies,” said Bart Weiss, founder of Video Association of Dallas and artistic director of Dallas VideoFest.


Opening night, Tuesday, Oct.18, and the following night, Wednesday, Oct 19, VideoFest presents two stand-alone events:


Oct 18 – Dallas Chamber Symphony presents: SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS (1927) at Dallas City Performance Hall

Perhaps the most accomplished, most beautiful, silent film ever, SUNRISE has a new commissioned score by Joe Kraemer and performed by the Dallas Chamber Symphony in the organizations’ third collaboration in as many years. It starts the festival journey. 


Oct 19 – REBIRTH OF A NATION (a reinterpretation of DW Griffith’s 1915 BIRTH OF A NATION by DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid) at Texas Theater
The polarizing 1915 silent BIRTH OF A NATION is recontextualized by DJ Spooky with his live performance and accompanied by the live string SYZYGY Quartet performing to DJ Spooky’s original composition.


From Oct. 20-23, Dallas VideoFest 29 finds its home at the Angelika Film Center – Dallas.


We don't start with just a film but with two cinematic events; events that transcend going to the movies. Bart Weiss

“At Angelika, we will premiere films made in this region of Texas (including Waco’s BLUR CIRCLE) and celebrate Kartemquin Films’ 50th anniversary by playing documentaries that have had an impact on the world of documentary filmmaking (like HOOP DREAMS),” Weiss continues. “We are also thrilled to not only present new works from Austin’s Rooster Teeth (http://www.roosterteeth.com) but to have some of their people here to talk about their studio and distribution system. It is truly the future of distribution. We also collaborate with Women In Film Dallas on their popular Chick Flicks series and so much more,” Weiss concludes — for now. (Weiss is always getting ahead of everyone else. More on all of that in the next release.)


First Selected Films and Programs for Dallas VideoFest 29


Opening Night – Oct. 18 at Dallas City Performance Hall
Dallas Chamber Symphony presents
SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS (1927)
Director: F.W. Murnau
Conductor: Richard McKay
Composer: Joe Kraemer
Score performance: Dallas Chamber Symphony

Dallas Chamber Symphony shares the opening night of its fifth season with the opening night of Dallas VideoFest with its commissioned premiere of a new score by film composer Joe Kraemer live to a screening of F.W. Murnau’s acclaimed silent film SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS (1927) Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. downtown.


Presented as part of the orchestra’s UnSilent Film Series, this romantic drama, released at the very end of the silent era, is widely regarded as one of the best and most important films ever made. SUNRISE is the only Academy Award winner for Unique and Artistic Picture at the 1st Academy Awards in 1929. #UnSilentFilm


Ticket holders are invited to both the premiere at Dallas City Performance Hall and the after-party with the composer. They are presented with the generous support of the Jean Baptiste (Tad) Adoue III Fund of The Dallas Foundation.


Website: https://www.dcsymphony.org/concert-tickets/2016-17-season-schedule/sunrise/
Trailer: https://youtu.be/M5GBF5HJhSQ


Special Screening – Oct. 19 at Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.)
REBIRTH OF A NATION
Director: DW Griffith
Reinterpretation: DJ Spooky
Score performance: SYZYGY Quartet
Presented by Video Association of Dallas, Ignite Arts Dallas/SMU Meadows School of the Arts and MAP - Make Art with Purpose.

More than 100 years after the release of D. W. Griffith's epic THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915), performance artist and musician Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, has applied a "DJ mix" to one of the most revered and yet also reviled films ever made. Miller's reading of the overt racism depicted in a Reconstruction-era South hurtles Griffith's images into the 21st Century, a socio-political landscape that has evolved beyond all expectations.

SYZYGY Quartet is the name of the Meadows New Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. Lane Harder. It performs the music of living composers, creating high-quality encounters with new music that are innovative, engaging, and relevant to a diverse audience.

Website: http://www.rebirthofanation.com/
Trailer: https://youtu.be/3ljIq0lz0qY

 

FILMS AND PROGRAMS AT ANGELIKA STARTING OCT 20

 

BLUR CIRCLE
Director: Chris Hansen
Narrative Feature

Jill Temple is a single mother still grieving the loss of her young son after he disappeared two years ago.  Unable to face the possibility that she has lost him forever, she pursues every lead and meets Burton Rose, a man with a shrouded past. The details of that past – and how Burton has responded to it – force Jill to look at her life in a completely new way.
Director in Attendance

Website: http://www.hansenfilms.com/blur_circle.html

 

THE CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT (Australia)
Director: Richard Kuipers
Documentary Features
Community Partner: Asian Film Festival Dallas

A wandering Australian musician walks into a Phnom Penh karaoke bar. What happens next is the story of Julien Poulson and Srey Thy, a poor village girl with an incredible voice. Using wonderfully inventive graphics and archival footage from the personal films of Cambodia’s King Sihanouk, this is an intimate story of music, love and the cross-cultural challenges faced by two struggling performers as success takes them from the ancient Khmer Kingdom of Angkor, to the streets of Brixton and all the way to the Motown Studios of Detroit.

Website: http://rockcambodia.com/
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/121863015

 

FULL COURT: THE SPENCER HAYWOOD STORY
Director: Martin Spirit
Documentary Feature
Community partner: AMS Pictures

In 1970, Spencer Haywood, the 6’8” basketball phenom, quickly made a name for himself by setting records in high school, the 1968 Olympics, the University of Detroit and the NBA. The ultimate underdog from impoverished beginnings opened the league to a new crop of talented young players. But with that came a hefty price.

Website: http://www.fullcourtfilm.com/
Trailer: https://youtu.be/zxwzlbXSdlM

 

HOOP DREAMS (Director’s Cut)
Director: Steve James
Documentary Feature

HOOP DREAMS chronicles the lives of two inner city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional. HOOP DREAMS screens in celebration of 50 years of Kartemquin Films.

Kartemquin is a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society. In 2016, Kartemquin celebrates 50 years of sparking democracy through documentary.
Founder and artistic director of Kartemquin, Gordon Quinn will attend.

Website: https://www.kartemquin.com/
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/109284111

 

THE LAST LAUGH
Director: Ferne Pearlstein
Documentary Feature
Community Partner: 3 Stars Jewish Cinema
Texas Premiere

THE LAST LAUGH pairs clips from films, performances and interviews with top comedians and prominent Jewish leaders — including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Abraham Foxman, and Shalom Auslander — to ask the ultimate taboo question: Can the Holocaust be funny?

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lastlaughfilm/?fref=ts

 

THE LOVE WITCH
Director: Anna Biller
Narrative Feature
Community Partner: Women Texas Film Festival

Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment, she makes spells and potions; then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved drives her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the 1960s, THE LOVE WITCH explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.

Website: http://www.lifeofastar.com/lovewitch.html
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/151970316

 

TICK, TICK, TICK WITH 60 MINUTES EDITOR
Editor: Stephanie Palewski

Stephanie Palewski offers an inside look into the respected and award-winning television news magazine, “60 Minutes,” now in its 49th season. Ms. Palewski, “60 Minutes” editor for the last 17 years, will explain and demonstrate how a “60 Minutes” story is created  — from concept to broadcast. This is a rare opportunity to see what it takes to produce the program that is regarded as the gold standard of network journalism.

Website: http://www.cbsnews.com/60-minutes/

 

TRACKTOWN
Directors: Jeremy Teicher & Alexi Pappas
Narrative Feature

In a small town obsessed with competitive running, a famous but lonely track star is torn between chasing love and chasing her Olympic dreams. TRACKTOWN stars Alexi Pappas, co-writer/co-director, an actress and elite athlete who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Co-Director Jeremy Teicher in Attendance

Website: http://tracktownmovie.com/
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/184622009

 

TWO TRAINS RUNNIN'
Director: Sam Pollard
Documentary Feature

Mississippi was a dangerous place in the summer of 1964, when hundreds of college students traveled south to challenge the Ku Klux Klan and a violent police force. Against this backdrop, two groups of young men — neither aware of the other — also headed to Mississippi on a mission to find two forgotten blues singers and bring them out of retirement. In this searing documentary, Sam Pollard explores the Freedom Summer in Mississippi and the captivating hunt for the musicians Son House and Skip James -- two campaigns that collided in tragic fashion. Narrated by Common and featuring new music by Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Lucinda Williams and others, TWO TRAINS RUNNIN' is a must-see film about hot-button issues — police brutality, racism, civil rights, and the legacy of black music — that are as urgent today as they were in 1964.

Website: http://www.twotrainsrunnin.com
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/121266222


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