Although many of its regular venues have been damaged or destroyed by the hurricane, the Houston Cinema Arts Festival will be back this year in new venues with an impressive line-up of films.
This year’s festival will open with two opening night films. The first, Love, Cecil will be at the MFAH on Nov. 9 at 7:30 PM. Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s book and film, Love, Cecil, offer an evocative portrait of the talented whirlwind, Cecil Beaton, whose creative work as fashion and portrait photographer, diarist, and stage and costume designer captured many facets of the 20th century. Vreeland will be at the screening and will be interviewed after the film by Lynn Wyatt.
The other opening film, Bodied by famous music-video director Joseph Kahn will be playing at Rice Cinema on Nov. 9 at 9:00 PM. Bodied is a social satire set in the world of competitive battle rap, directed by music video director Joseph Kahn and produced by Eminem. The film recently won the People’s Choice award in the Midnight Madness section of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Kahn will be interviewed after the film by Bun B.
The festival will also have a celebration of the classical musical, Singin’ in the Rain, host avant-garde films with its Cinema on the Verge program and feature multiple films which are Portraits of Artists by Houston Filmmakers.
Tickets are available for individual screenings for $12 and many screenings will have directors and film-makers present for Q&A and interviews after the screenings.