Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Most Anticipated Films From Dallas VideoFest 26 - Javi Edition

As with any movie festival, here are my five most anticipated movies of Dallas VideoFest 26. It's a shorter festival, and no movies screen more than once, adding a sense of urgency. For this purpose, we added the screening time and date for the movie we're anticipating. 

You can check out the full VideoFest schedule here

In 1939, a group of African American intellectuals propose an ingenious and unlikely response to Jim Crow America to leave the planet and populate Mars. Using technology created by George Washington Carver, a three-person crew (plus one rambunctious robot) lift-off in Earth's first working spaceship on a mission that will take them to a world not unlike present-day America. Their spacey adventure illuminates some hard truths about American culture and threatens to undermine the time-line of history along the way.

The movie just sounds like it's ripe for social commentary and sounds like it could be funny! 
It screens Thursday, October 10, at 9 P.M.

Interweaving the forms of personal filmmaking, abstract animation, and rock opera, this animated musical documentary examines the rise and fall of a nearly-defunct poster and postcard wholesale business; the changing role of physical objects and virtual data in commerce; and the division (or lack of) between abstraction in fine art and psychedelic kitsch. Using alternate lyrics as voice-over narration, the piece adopts the form of a popular rock album reinterpreted as a cine-performance.

Going off the trailer above, this looks to be a very inventive way to tell a story about the poster and postcard business. As we in society transition to have much more of our culture going into the Internet, we see more stories of lamenting the loss of a type of business or culture. This looks to be one of the most creative ways of portraying this phenomenon. 
It screens Thursday, October 10, at 9:45 P.M. 

Chris Strachwitz is a detective of deep American music, music that's the antithesis of the corporate "mouse music" dominating pop culture. Since 1960, he has been the guiding force behind legendary Arhoolie Records, Bringing Cajun music out of Louisiana, Tex-Mex out of Texas, blues out of the country " and into the living rooms of Middle America. American music has never been the same. Born a German count, Strachwitz fled his homeland after WWII at 16. Here, he discovered, and shared, a musical landscape that most Americans missed. He takes us on a hip-shaking stomp from Texas to New Orleans, Cajun country to Appalachia, as he continues his passionate quest for the musical soul of America. here is from the melborne festival So much of the American South's music is destined to be lost: played on porches and streets, in the swamps and fields, to friends and passers-by, but never recorded. Chris Strachwitz, however, has dedicated his life to capturing it. His label Arhoolie Records has been immortalising New Orleans jazz, roughneck blues, Creole, Cajun, zydeco, Tex-Mex and Mexican-American norteo sounds for over 50 years. Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling's spirited tour through the Deep South (visiting Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Doucet, the Pine Leaf Boys, and more) traces one man's obsession, and the fortuitous family that it has created. "Not only is Chris' passion for life, music and discovery infectious, but the consistently stunning music will fill your mind for days after." - Toronto Film Scene

If there's anything that I like more than movies is music. I love hearing about its history, especially Americana and all of its weirdness in the early parts of the century. 
It screens Saturday, October 12, at 7:15 P.M. 

Stunningly beautiful imagery offers a thrilling view of the treacherous waters and working conditions aboard an industrial fishing vessel.

While I'm usually averse to it, I'm going into this movie with nothing but pure hype. One of the co-hosts of Filmspotting  Josh Larsen, put it in his top movies of the year so far. From what I understand, this is more of a visual and sensory experience than a compelling story. The camera angles and shots that are achieved in this movie, are superb. 
It screens on Sunday, October 13th, at 3:00PM.

This feature-length documentary provides a vivid, eye-opening, and appropriately personal introduction to one of the most important, yet perpetually marginalized, realms of filmmaking: avant-garde cinema.

My own gaps of cinematic knowledge are too embarrassing and large to really disclose. While this will probably not go into the avant-garde cinema's deep cuts, the documentary will be the perfect way to get me to delve deeper into this subgenre. 
It screens on Sunday, October 13th, at 7:30PM.

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