”The mission of the Video Association is to promote an understanding of video as a creative visual art medium and cultural force in our society, in addition to supporting and advancing the work of Texas artists working in video and the electronic arts.”
Since 1986 The Video Association of Dallas (VAD) has been working hard to fulfill this mission not only through programs and information services but also their annual VAD VideoFest. VideoFest specializes in independent, alternative and non-commercial media that is rarely seen on television or movie theaters despite its artistic quality and cultural/social relevance. VAD is also the largest and longest running video festival and continues to receive critical acclaim for the movies it has showcased, movies such as the Emmy-award winning documentary “Freedom Riders” and works from Michael Moore and Terry Gilliam.
Dallas Video Fest is back again to share with us the lesser known talent of the film world and they’ll be kicking off this year’s festival with a bang! Tomorrow night at South Side Music Hall will mark the first night of VideoFest with the premier of True Tales. This AMS Pictures production follows the story of Nancy Myers, aka “Tammi True” and her life as a headlining burlesque performer at Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club in the early 1960′s. But it won’t be just the movie you’ll get to enjoy; the evening will begin with a performance by Texas’ premier burlesque and variety show Ruby Revue and end with a Q&A with Tammi True herself. In celebration of the movie and the era VAD invites patrons to come out dressed in their best early 1960′s/”Mad Men” attire, so don’t be afraid to bust out that suit and hair gel or your favorite pillbox hat and go a little 60′s glam.
There are infinite ways to describe Alfonso Cuaron’s newest movie, Gravity: breath taking, thrilling, masterpiece, state-of-the-art, intense, and the list goes on and on. Any of these descriptions are fitting as Cuaron was able to create a visually stunning and astonishingly detailed, ground-breaking, dramatic action/sci-fi film that allows the audience to experience the magnificent features of space as well as some of the more terrifying elements of this vastly unknown region. And if there were ever a film made for 3D/IMAX theaters, Gravity would be it.
When a rookie medical engineer and a veteran astronaut are interrupted by disastrous flying debris, their shuttle is destroyed, leaving them floating in space without any communication to earth and no direct way of getting home. Using their skills, knowledge, and the few resources around them, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) must work together to find the closest space station, attempt to establish communication with “Control”, and find a way of reaching earth. Read the rest of this entry »
In both life and death John F. Kennedy left an indelible social and political impact on America, particularly in media. He was the first president to allow presidential press conferences to be broadcast live and he and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy were both known for influencing fashion trends as well as being subjects of numerous photo spreads in popular magazines. This was new level of influence that politicians before the Kennedys had not experienced.
This Wednesday night in honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, legendary Dallas journalist Hugh Aynesworth offers us an even deeper insight into how John F. Kennedy affected media not only through his life but through his death as well. Aynesworth will introduce and moderate a panel discussion entitled “How the JFK Assassination Changed North Texas Media.” As a reporter for the Dallas Morning News Aynesworth covered the whirlwind of events that followed Kennedy’s assassination and his experience will give the audience fascinating insight into what media was like before his assassination, what it was like after and how this historical event is still affecting North Texas media today.
So earlier this week I was all hyped up about how Friday (today) was going to be the big day in which the Texas State Fair would be revealing the new Big Tex to the world. Well strike that because according to state fair officials high winds caused them to unveil the local icon a day earlier than expected. So here he is, all shiny and new and ready to greet you with a “howdy”.
He didn’t get quite the party everyone was hoping for but its good to finally have him back up front where he belongs.
It’s that time of year again people, Texas State Fair time! Yes the fried food, fair rides and entertainment is back to make us full and happy again. But this weekend doesn’t just mark the beginning of the 2013 Texas State Fair, it also marks the return of our beloved Big Tex! Since his untimely (but not ultimate) demise last October Texas State Fair officials have been working tirelessly to return Big Tex to his rightful place at the front of the fair, greeting visitors with a howdy and that endearingly creepy smile.
This Friday, September 27th, Big Tex will be reintroduced to the world and all will be right with the Texas State Fair as we stroll through the attractions munching on deep fried chocolate chip burritos (yes everyone that’s a new item on the State Fair food list, prepare yourself). Also don’t miss the Opening Day Parade going on at noon that day. Here you can enjoy drill teams, colorful floats and all types of parade stuff to get you into the fair going spirit.
Walking into the theater to see the new movie, Prisoners, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d seen multiple trailers on TV, but the only thing I took away from them was the sense that this film looked a bit dark and that it featured a well-known cast. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to find an intense, complex, and at times disturbing movie about a father who will do whatever it takes to find his lost child. Prisoners is an emotional, suspenseful, and dramatic thriller about two young girls who go missing, and the nightmare the families and local police experience trying to solve this mystery.
Photo of Hugh Jackman in “Prisoners”
This film wastes no time in kicking off the intensity by having the girls disappear within the first few minutes. When two families get together to celebrate Thanksgiving, the two daughters of the families’ wander off in the neighborhood and are soon nowhere to be found. When the families begin to panic and search for the girls, the only lead is an old RV that the girls were playing on earlier that day. The police quickly discover the RV in a parking lot near the woods and arrest the driver – a quiet, odd boy, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), who appears to have mental issues. Unfortunately, the interrogation and evidence do not yield any results and the police are forced to let Jones go. The days continue to move on with the girls still missing, and finally one of the fathers, Keller Dove (Hugh Jackman), decides he must take matters into his own hands if there is any chance of saving his daughter. This is where the level of disturbing and eerie content is raised to a higher level. Read the rest of this entry »