Beginning in 2008 as a weekend long festival, this year’s Houston Cinema Arts Fest has expanded to an eight day event with over 50 films. The films are shown at venues throughout the city, many at no charge. Some of the films shown at the festival won’t ever play on a big screen in Houston again, others are showing here weeks or months before they will receive a wide opening. Tickets are available for individual screenings and can be purchased at the event venues.
(Paterson starring Adam Driver and The Architect starring Parker Posey and Eric McCormick.)
Many screenings have special guests in attendance. Directors, cinematographers, actors, authors and performers will be present at designated screenings.
(Billy Woodberry and Amber Tamblyn)
Some highlights of this year’s fest include:
- Fulldome Dance and Animation – seven short films to be shown on the planetarium screen at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
- Maya Angelou: And I Still Rise – A look into the life of an American icon. This film will be showing twice at Sundance.
- Yarn – from circus performers to graffiti artists, yarns many uses are presented. This film is narrated by Barbara Kingsolver and has two showings at Sundance.
- Strange Weather – a deep south drama starring Holly Hunter. Director Katherine Dieckmann will be present for this screening at Sundance.
- Blue Velvet – a 30th anniversary presentation of the dark cult classic. Cinematographer Frederick Elmes will be in attendance for the screening at MFAH.
Follow the link above to learn all of the exciting detail and I hope to see you at the movies!