Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2016

Arts and Entertainment

October 26, 2016

From: Houston Cinema Arts Festival

Schedule of Films:

November 10, 2016

7:30 PM: Honky Tonk Heaven

With fifty years under its belt buckle, Austin's The Broken Spoke has hosted the likes of George Strait, Willie Nelson, Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills, George Jones and Roy Acuff as regulars on its stage. Known as "the last of the true Texas dance halls", this storied family establishment has endured rapid urban growth and skyrocketing rents due to the passion and hard work of its charismatic owners.

Sam Wainwright Douglas and Brenda Mitchell's film pays homage to this legendary watering hole while also revealing a universal story about what it takes to maintain a family business in our increasingly corporate- driven society. The film is also a touching portrait of the club's charismatic, hard-working, rhinestone-studded owners, James and Annetta White, who will attend the screening. Interviewees and performers include Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, James Hand, Jesse Dayton, the Waco Brothers and the great Dale Watson, who will perform live to close the show.

Tickets - $23

Location: The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston

November 11, 2016

5:00 PM: VR Gallery

Come try out some of the freshest examples of virtual reality cinema made by artists for the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear.

Location: Cafe Brasil

6:15 PM: The Architect

Preparing to start a family, Drew (Parker Posey, Best in Show) and Colin (Eric McCormack, "Will & Grace"), set out to build their dream house. She likes historic homes, while he leans more toward new construction. When they finally settle on a property, a storm quickly destroys it. In order to rebuild, they enlist the help of a modernist architect (James Frain) with an unwavering vision of his own dream home. A comic tale of love, obsession and deceit, Jonathan Parker's film is a droll journey into the perils of homebuilding.

6:40 PM: Cortez

After a canceled tour, ailing, semi-famous musician Jesse seeks out Anne, an old flame in Cortez, a tiny mountain town in New Mexico. When he knocks on her door, a ten-year old boy, bearing a strong resemblance to Jesse, answers. Inspired by the great American relationship dramas of the 1970's and 1980's, Cheryl Nichols's evocative film is a classic story of love and redemption. It's a story about how the life we plan is never as rewarding as the life that surprises us.

Writer-director Cheryl Nichols turns in one of the most exciting feature film debuts of the year, co-written with her fellow leading actor, Arron Shiver. In their crowd-funding campaign, they wrote: "We want to make films that are connected, honest, sincere; that explore our humanity, however ugly or dirty." Legendary stage, screen, and television actress Judith Ivey jumped aboard this project, which heralds the arrival of a major new directing talent. U.S. Premiere!

9:15 PM: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Distinctly referred to as "a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture," icon Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. Dr. Angelou's was a prolific life; as a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries.

This unprecedented film celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America's most defining moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.

9:20 PM: Argentina

From the Pampas to the Andes, from the Mapuche Indians to the life of villagers who sing of their nostalgia in cafes, from the world of the Gauchos to that of today's big cities, Argentina plunges us into the heart of traditional Argentine music, via a succession of choreographed tableaux retracing the country's rich multicultural history. Critically acclaimed filmmaker Carlos Saura (Tango, Flamenco, Carmen, Cria Cuervos) celebrates Argentine folklore and its stunning musical heritage in this engaging tribute.

Argentina explores the heart of traditional Argentine folklore, retracing a history rich in original culture. The mise en scène of the dance mixed with awe-inspiring traditional songs performed by the musicians make it unique. Poetic, riveting and moving, this live performance choreographed by Carlos Saura evokes the entire history of Argentina set to the tune of guitars and accordions.

Tickets - $12


7:00 PM: Jackie

Jackie is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Jackie Kennedy was known for her extraordinary dignity and poise. Here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well.

9:30 PM: Blue Velvet

In the small logging town of Lumberton, Jeffrey Beaumont returns home from college after his father suffers a near fatal stroke. While walking home from the hospital one day after visiting his father, he cuts through a vacant lot where he discovers a severed ear buried under overgrown grass and puts it in a paper bag. Jeffrey takes the ear to the police station, but police disinterest sparks his curiosity. He is soon drawn into a dangerous drama that's being played out by a lounge singer, Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and the ether-addicted Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper).

Since its initial theatrical release, Blue Velvet has achieved cult status, generated significant academic attention with regard to its thematic symbolism and is widely regarded as one of Lynch's best works. The film is consistently ranked among the greatest American films of all time.

Tickets - $12

Location: The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston

7:00 PM: Bless Their Little Hearts

Set in Los Angeles in the early 80's, Woodberry's seminal film shows the punishing toll irregular employment takes on family life and is a poetic examination of South Central's battered, long-gone industrial landscape. Unemployed, depressed and running out of options for supporting his wife and three children, Charlie Banks (Nate Hardman) is just barely eking out a living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts in the early 1980s. His wife, Andais (Kaycee Moore), accuses him of irresponsibility and in delity. Woodberry's moving film is a gut-wrenching depiction of a family trying to survive in an atmosphere of rapidly vanishing prospects.

This is a FREE event.


9:00 PM: Exposed

Pioneering New York "No Wave" underground filmmaker and visual artist Beth B reveals a secret world where cutting-edge performers take hold of the taboo art form Burlesque and drive it to extremes. It's satire. It's parody. It's a populist blend of art and entertainment that gives new meaning to the word "transgression." Above all, it is mind-blowing fun and a fascinating depiction of personal liberation through art.

Exposed looks at eight boundary-breaking New York burlesque stars who use their nakedness to transport us beyond the last sexual and social taboos. These artists combine politics, satire, and physical comedy to challenge the audience's notions of gender identity, disability, sexuality and the very concept of "normal." Through them, we get to examine our own inhibitions. The film creates a unique perspective, taking the audience into the clubs and other hidden spaces where these artists perform.

Hosting tonight's event will be Koomah,  an intersex bodied trans/queer artist, performer, filmmaker, and part-time hermaphrodite unicorn who also performs burlesque under the moniker 'Mallé FeMallé, the genderf*ck royale'. Koomah has performed, showcased artworks, and screened films internationally.

This is a FREE screening.


November 12, 2016

10:00 AM: Meet the Makers Brunch

Come to Brasil and mingle with festival guest artists in this annual brunch and panel discussion moderated by HCAS Artistic Director Richard Herskowitz. Guest artists will chat about the works they have brought to the festival and what it takes to get films produced and seen in a rapidly changing environment. Audience members will join in the discussion and the consumption of tasty treats!

9:00 PM: Cinema Arts Celebration

Join festival guest artists and supporters on the patio of Brasil, and enjoy music and visuals spun and projected by Houston artist and DJ Peter Lucas. Step inside The Brandon at Brasil to try out a variety of virtual reality artworks made by Maarten Isaäk de Heer, Rachel Rossin, and others for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear. Specialty cocktails and other tasty treats will be available at the cash bar!


11:00 AM: Two in Houston: Artist Portraits From 14 Pews Film Academy

12:50 PM: And When I Die, I Won't Stay Dead

1:40 PM: Argentina

3:50 PM: The Seasons in Quincy

4:10 PM: Call Her Applebroog

6:10 PM: Paint it Black

6:40 PM: MA

9:00 PM: Strange Weather

9:20 PM: Notes on Blindness

Tickets - $12, $10 (matinee)


11:00 AM: VR Gallery

Come try out some of the freshest examples of virtual reality cinema made by artists for the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear.

4:00 PM: Triple Consciousness: Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu

Akosua Adoma Owusu is a Ghanaian-American avant-garde filmmaker and producer whose work addresses the collision of identities, where the African immigrant located in the United States has a "triple consciousness." Owusu interprets Du Bois' notion of double consciousness and creates a third identity or consciousness, representing the diverse consciousness of women and African immigrants interacting in African, white American, and black American culture.


1:00 PM: Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table

Known as the inspirational matriarch of the rambling Brennan family of New Orleans and the force of nature behind first Brennan's and then Commander's Palace, Ella Brennan is a household name in the restaurant industry. She is a pioneer of the modern American food movement, who pushed her chefs, including Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse, to the forefront, launching the celebrity chef phenomenon.

Leslie Iwerks is an Academy Award and Emmy nominated director whose grandfather, Ub Iwerks, was the original designer and co-creator of Mickey Mouse. Her fascinating documentary details Ella Brennan's enormous impact, reflecting back to when she was a teenager in 1940's New Orleans a time when the food and drink business was in its infancy, generating less than a million dollars a year. Interviews and verite footage with current and former chefs from Commander's Palace, restaurateurs, peers, family and friends provide past and present glimpses into Ella's unique life and world. This is the intimate and triumphant story of a groundbreaking American woman, credited by many for pushing Creole dining into the American mainstream and creating a lasting impact on how Americans eat and drink.

4:00 PM: Neruda

Director Pablo Larraín (Jackie, No, Tony Manero) weaves an engrossing metafictional fable around the 1948 manhunt for celebrated poet and politician Pablo Neruda. Following the Chilean president's outlawing of communism in 1948, Neruda (Luis Gnecco) and his artist wife Delia (Mercedes Morán) are forced into hiding. While the mundanity of life on the run holds little charm for the cultured pair, this also proves to be a time of prolific output for the poet, as Neruda's ideologically charged poems rouse the people and give voice to the voiceless.

Providing counterpoint to Neruda, Larraín introduces a second protagonist: an invented character named Óscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal), an ambitious police inspector hoping to make a name for himself by capturing the celebrity fugitive. Larraín uses the cat-and-mouse game between these two adversaries to re ect on notions of identity and character, as Peluchonneau strives to escape from his ctional origins by tracking down the "real" Neruda. Pushing the limits of lmic biography, Larraín offers a stimulating and sometimes startling rumination on the split that can exist between the person and the persona, the man and the artist.

7:30 PM: Paterson

Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry in his notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. Then, he goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry. Jarmusch's distinctive and very often beautiful film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. Paterson and Laura's dog, Nellie, who plays a crucial role in the plot, handily won the Palme Dog at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where the film was rapturously received.

Tickets - $12, $10 (matinee)

Location: The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston

7:00 PM: Amie Siegel Artist Talk and Presentation

Artist Amie Siegel screens and discusses her 2013 works Provenance (HD Video, 40 minutes) and Lot 248 (HD Video, 6 minutes), part of her ensemble museum installation exploring the global art and design markets. In elegant long takes, Provenance travels in reverse from homes populated by midcentury modern chairs, desks, and tables to the furniture's origins in the Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneretdesigned city of Chandigarh, India. In tracking the surprising provenance of these objects, Siegel also reveals the means by which they gain value and enter the art market, much as her own film does in Lot 248, which documents the sale of Provenance at Christie's London.

This is a FREE event.


November 13, 2016

12:00 PM: VR Gallery

Come try out some of the freshest examples of virtual reality cinema made by artists for the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear.

2:00 PM: Immersive Animation: Maarten Isaak de Heer

Maarten Isaäk de Heer is a Dutch animation artist living and working in Berlin. His early works are comments on modern western society, often conveyed with a dark sense of humor. De Heer is now working on fulldome, 360° and VR panoramas and two of these works, [mu:sterman] a Flood Story and FEBRUAR, will screen in the VR Gallery during the festival's opening weekend and in the Houston Museum of Natural Science Fulldome Dance and Animation program on November 13.

In this VR Gallery presentation, de Heer will show a wide range of his animated productions, from the black humor of his early animations through his recent turn towards "Wimmelbild" or "busy pictures" teeming with activity, permitting an undirected experience of viewing. He will discuss what it means to be working on the border between film, painting, and moving image art, and his recent, unexpected plunge into immersive fulldome and virtual reality. As he put it: "I was just looking for more space to draw." He will share some of his exciting new works in progress, including a monumental lenticular print and a new fulldome film in production in his Plantarium Lichtenberg.

4:00 PM: A Master Class with Frederick Elmes

Legendary cinematographer Fred Elmes, who has worked repeatedly with some of our most important independent film directors, including David Lynch, John Cassavetes, Jim Jarmusch, and Ang Lee, is receiving the 2016 Levantine Cinema Arts Award. He is the first cinematographer to earn this honor. At HCAF, Elmes will be accompanying two films he photographed, David Lynch's Blue Velvet and Jim Jarmusch's Paterson.


1:00 PM: AFI Directing Workshop for Women: Screening and Panel Discussion

3:00 PM: Wangechi Mutu's The End of Carrying All

4:00 PM: VR Gallery

4:00 PM: Tender Mercies

7:30 PM: La La Land

Tickets - $12, $10 (matinee)

Location: The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston

1:00 PM: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

1:30 PM: Notes on Blindness

3:45 PM: Yarn

4:15 PM: MA

7:00 PM: Cinema Novo

7:30 PM: Burden

Tickets - $12, $10 (matinee)


6:30 PM: Fulldome Dance and Animation

We are pleased to be partnering with the Houston Museum of Natural Science, whose planetarium has recently been upgraded with a dazzling 8K Digitar system, to present a program of cinematic art created expressly for "Fulldome" systems. Fulldome content is no longer limited to astronomy, as viewers will discover in this program of dance and animated films made for fulldome immersion.

8:00 PM: CineSpace: The 2nd Annual Screening and Awards Presentation

The short film finalists of the first annual CineSpace competition, a collaborative project of the second annual Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) and NASA, will be screened tonight, supplemented by the announcement of the three top winners selected by filmmaker Richard Linklater. Entries are competing for a total of $26,000 in prizes.

Films containing NASA-captured imagery collected throughout the agency's 50-year history were judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail the same hallmarks of space flight. The competition was open to all filmmakers, both professional and aspiring. The chosen films, all under fifteen minutes in length, are in a wide variety of narrative, documentary, and experimental film genres.

Over 450 films were submitted and judged eligible for the competition.

Tickets - $12


November 14, 2016

7:00 PM: Lion

Adapted from the memoir Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly, Lion tells the remarkable story of five year-old Saroo (an astonishing performance by Sunny Pawar) who gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from his home and his family. Saroo must learn to survive the mean streets of Kolkata, before landing in an orphanage and ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham). Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, Saroo (now, Dev Patel) sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. The triumphant feature film debut of Emmy Award-nominated Australian director Garth Davis (Top of the Lake), Lion elicited a powerful, emotional response from audiences and critics at this year's Toronto Film Festival.

7:30 PM: Texas Filmmaker's Showcase

Texas Filmmaker's Showcase is a special screening event consisting of the best Texas short films and videos. Each year, the program is presented to executives in the Hollywood film community, with subsequent screenings around Texas throughout the rest of the year. The selection committee is a cross-section of film industry professionals from outside the state of Texas. Houston Film Commission presents the Showcase with the generous support of additional sponsors.

Tickets - $12


7:00 PM: Celia Rowlson-Hall: Dance and Film

Tonight's program at the Aurora Picture Show will include a selection of Celia's dance films and fashion and music videos, interspersed with commentary by the director. Rowlson-Hall began her career as a dancer and choreographer for theater, but caught the film bug after being asked to choreograph a music video for MGMT. Rowlson-Hall began working on a stunning series of short videos in which she performs, including The Audition (2012) and the 2010 piece, Prom Night, in which "she shapeshifts into various female archetypes, from Pamela Anderson to the Virgin Mary," according to Filmmaker Magazine. Both films will be screened tonight, along with The Magician, Looking Glass, Silent Street, Afloat, Olive Juice, and more. Last year, with the release of her first independent feature MA (screening in the Houston Cinema Arts Festival on November 13), she was named one of Filmmaker's 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

Tickets - $12


November 15, 2016

7:00 PM: Until Proven Innocent: The Hannah Overton Story

In October 2006 a four-year-old from Corpus Christi named Andrew Burd died mysteriously of salt poisoning. His foster mother, Hannah Overton, portrayed by the media as a cold-blooded killer, was quickly charged with capital murder and sent to prison for life. Hannah spent almost eight years behind bars, all the while maintaining her innocence with the unwavering support of her husband. During those agonizing years, several lawyers and journalists, including Texas Monthly writer Pam Colloff in her two articles "Hannah and Andrew" and "Hannah's Prayer," uncovered the inconsistencies and flawed arguments that ultimately earned Hannah her freedom. Directors Jenna and Anthony Jackson chronicle the efforts of these heroes to exonerate Overton, and have crafted a powerful, cautionary tale about a justice system too eager to rush to judgment, construct a narrative to support it, and convict an innocent woman.

7:30 PM: Yarn

Meet the artists who are disrupting the traditional notions of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and on to the street. Playing with space and environment, Yarn follows circus performers, wool graffiti artists and interactive designers as they re-invent our relationship with this colorful threaded tradition. The film features Brooklyn-based Polish crochet artist Olek; Icelandic wool graffiti artist Tinna Thorudottir Thorvaldar; Japanese Canada-based artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam of Net Play Works who stitches giant "textile playgrounds" in public spaces around the world; and Tilde Björfors, the founder of the contemporary Swedish circus company Cirkus Cikör. Director Una Lorenzen weaves an animated tale of a visually striking landscape layered with stunning graphics, poetic narration by Barbara Kingsolver, and a vibrant spirit.

Tickets - $12


7:00 PM: Jards

Born in 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Jards Macalé is a composer, singer and actor known for his influential role in Brazil's tropicália movement in the 1960s. Rocha inventively uses his camera as an instrument, riffing with the legendary musician as he records a new album. Through Rocha's expert use of a variety of film techniques, we begin to understand the many ways we can see and hear a performer. The film's invigorating approach celebrates Macalé's process of creation offering a visual guide to the artist's introspection, joy, pain, darkness and radiance. Jards won Best Director at the Rio IFF and was invited to be part of New Directors/ New Films in New York, as well as IndieLisboa and Mar del Plata IFF.

Tickets - $12


November 16, 2016

6:00 PM: Gray Matters

(2014, D: Marco Antonio Orsini, 73 min.) This documentary explores the life and career of Eileen Gray, the iconic 20th century designer and architect. With never before seen footage from the French Villa E-1027, and two of her retrospectives The Pompidou in Paris and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) the film unfolds the significance of the elusive woman who altered the way we live.

6:00 PM: The Land of Many Palaces / This Was Not My Dream

(2014, D: Adam Smith and Song Ting, 61 min.) Over the next twenty years, under the National New-type Urbanization Plan, the Chinese government plans to relocate 250,000,000 farmers in order to modernize the region. The Land of Many Palaces follows a government official whose job is to convince farmers in Ordos, China to leave their current homes and relocate to the newly developed city.

Shown with This Was Not My Dream (2014, D: Gabriel Kogan and Pedro Kok, 5 min. ), in which a disgruntled and jealous ex-husband narrates his ex-wife's experience in their modern home, harping on the materiality that made the house her dream, and not his.

Part of the ArCH at HCAF series. Tickets on sale at the screening in the ArCH Center.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $10.


7:00 PM: Booger Red

Based on the 2009 Texas Monthly article, "Across The Line" by Michael Hall, the film follows a veteran reporter searching for the truth behind the largest child-sex ring in Texas history. On his journey through the seedy underbelly of East Texas, he's forced to confront his own history of abuse while he discovers that the allegations at the root of the investigation might be false.

Booger Red's unique approach presents a fictional journalist who meets and questions actual participants from the criminal case depicted in the Texas Monthly article: the defendants, lawyers and even the foster mother herself. The result is an intermingling of both documentary and narrative techniques coupled with a compelling examination of the criminal justice system and those affected by it.

7:30 PM: Bird in the Room

In her brief but prolific life, Tirza Atar, the daughter of celebrated poet Nathan Alterman, composed hundreds of poems and song lyrics, wrote popular children's books and translated plays for the theater. A beloved and enigmatic part of Modern Hebrew culture, Atar captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Yet, her fragile beauty and her turbulent life remain shrouded in mystery many years after her tragic death at the age of thirty-six. Davidovich's lyrical homage details Atar's prodigious career, the complicated relationship she had with her famous father, and her untimely demise.

Tickets -$12


7:00 PM: Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show: The Movie

Slanty Eyed Mama's Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show examines the "East meets West experience," exploring ways in which we see "Asian-ness" in the West through media, commodities and familiar images immigrants, bowl cuts, math nerds, nail salons, take-out restaurants, the model minority myth, Hello Kitty and Pokemon. The movie captures the downtown New York spirit with live portions lmed in an East Village Club, with musical numbers and sketches shot on location throughout the City. Emmy Award-winning actress Carrie Preston's film chronicles actor Kate Rigg and musician Lyris Hung's theatrical concert of stand-up comedy, sketches, rock n' roll and spoken word.

Slanty Eyed Mama is Juilliard-trained electric violin virtuoso Lyris Hung and the comedic, political, lyrical actor-comedian (and fellow Juilliard graduate) Kate Rigg. Together they've created an original "Nuyorasian" voice, blending classical training, a variety of musical styles and an edgy street perspective on pop culture, politics, race and representation. Following the screening, Rigg and Hung will perform a brief live set and join director Carrie Preston for a Q&A.

Tickets - $7 Members $14 Nonmembers


November 17, 2016

4:00 PM: Panel: The 'False Crime' Film and Investigative Journalism

While "True Crime" stories endure as a popular genre in magazines, books, films and television, an alternative genre is growing in visibility. We might label this the "False Crime" genre, where authors deconstruct the false narratives created by police and prosecutors and the wrongful imprisonments of innocent human beings that result. Three articles by Texas Monthly authors led to excellent films in Houston Cinema Arts Festival programs: Al Reinert's An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story in 2014 and this year's Until Proven Innocent: The Hannah Overton Story and Booger Red. Texas Monthly may be especially strong on long-form "false crime" stories, because its home state is arguably prone to rush to punish, and to allow miscarriages of justice.

In this panel discussion, investigative journalists and filmmakers, lawyers and survivors of wrongful imprisonment will discuss the different ways that lawyers, print journalists, and filmmakers tackle "false crime" stories, and victims of wrongful imprisonment will discuss their own roles and perspectives in the retelling of their stories.

This is a FREE event.


6:00 PM: Infinite Happiness

In this visual diary, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine capture the spatial and personal relationships that occupy 8 House, a housing complex in Copenhagen, Denmark, designed by Bjarke Ingles. Elected as the World's Best Residential Building of 2011, the suburban housing project stacks the traditional city block into a figure eight promenade while creating the largest private development in the country.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $10.


7:00 PM: The Seasons in Quincy

The Seasons in Quincy is the result of a five-year project by Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe and Christopher Roth to produce a portrait of the art critic and storyteller John Berger, author of Ways of Seeing, The Success and Failure of Picasso, G, and numerous other books. In 1973, Berger abandoned the metropolis to live in the tiny Alpine village of Quincy. He realized that subsistence peasant farming, which had sustained humanity for millennia, was drawing to an historical close. He determined to spend the rest of his life bearing witness to this vanishing existence, not least by participating in it.

The four essay films which comprise The Seasons in Quincy each take different aspects of Berger's life in the Haute-Savoie, and combine ideas and motifs from Berger's own work with the atmosphere of his mountain home. Each film was created as an individual work of art, but they combine to make a feature film.

Tickets - $12


7:30 PM: Contemporary Color

Contemporary Color is a performance event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center inspired by the phenomenon of color guard, colloquially known as "the sport of the arts." Conceived by the legendary David Byrne, the film is a wildly colorful ride into a relatively unknown world.

Byrne recruited cutting-edge performers including the likes of St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Money Mark and Ad-Rock, Merrill Garbus, Zola Jesus, and Devonté Hynes of Blood Orange to collaborate on original pieces with ten of the country's elite color guard teams the flag and sabre- flipping, sequin-studded crème de la crème of the sport. Having completed an Americana trilogy of observational documentaries (Western, Tchoupitoulas, 45365), filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross capture not only highlights of the Barclays Center performances but the wonder and excitement of both the students and the musicians involved in an unforgettable collaboration. Sync steps with these talented young students and musical luminaries for a bacchanalia of beats, sabre-spinning and glitter cannons!

This is a FREE event.


Fest Date: November 10 - 17, 2016

Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77001
Cafe Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy Street, Houston, TX 77001
Sundance Cinemas, 510 Texas Street, Houston, TX 77001
Houston Museum of African American Culture, 4807 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77001
The Brandon, 1709 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77001
The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX 77001
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77001
Aurora Picture Show, 2442 Bartlett, Houston, TX 77001
Rice Cinema, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77001
Architecture Center Houston, 315 Capitol, Suite 120, Houston, TX 77001
Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Boulevard, Houston, TX 77001
University of Houston-Downtown, 1 Main Street, Houston, TX 77001
Downtown District Main Street Square, 1000 Main Street, Houston, TX 77001

For More Information - http://houstoncinemaartsfestival.org/