Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Most Anticipated Dallas VideoFest 26 Films - Jonesy Edition

As this will be the first year for us to go to VideoFest, I could not be more excited. After hearing and reading about the eclectic programming and various events, I'm ready to discover more films to love. Javi has already posted his most anticipated, and you can view them here.

It was tough, but I have narrowed down to five films that I am most excited about. Not so amazingly enough, all of them are documentaries!

You can check out all the films and times here, and now onto my picks.

Captain Rebecca Gomperts and her organization, Women on Waves, work with a global network of locally-based organizations to transport women 12 miles offshore, just outside of domestic jurisdiction, where doctors provide safe, legal medical abortions at sea. Their actions shock the church, infuriate the government, exhilarate the media, and provoke mass debate among the voting population, but break no laws. They hope, instead, to save lives.

I'm always on the lookout for a great political documentary. Those always seem to spur the best discussions. Plus, I'm interested in seeing how all of this is coordinated and pulled off.
It plays Thursday, October 10th at 6:45 P.M. and Friday, October 11th at 9:15 P.M.

A look at the spirit of New Orleans. First a funeral: Allen Toussaint explains that you arrive slow and cut up afterwards. Then it's food, with a lesson in eating crayfish at Frankie and Johnny's. Next, a St. Patrick's Day party: New Orleans celebrates holidays on the streets. Then it's preparation for Mardi gras, with roots in slave days, when slaves gathered on Sundays to prepare for the one holiday they could celebrate. The Wild Tchoupitoulas society makes Indian costumes to honor the help Indians gave slaves. At Mardi gras, we're with this society parading, singing, and partying. We end with the annual parade for St. Joseph, the saint of the people. More music, dance and ritual.

More than any other town in the US, New Orleans is the place I'm longing to go. I'm fascinated by the culture and atmosphere. I know watching this film will make me want to visit even more. Also, during the screening, the Drafthouse will have a special you can order to fully immerse yourself into the film...Red Beans and Rice. 
It plays Saturday, October 12th at 6:45 P.M.

Food is a universal language that brings people together... But what if the people are sworn enemies? In "Dining With the Enemy" an experienced war correspondent takes an expert gourmet chef to a conflict-ridden part of the world.

Nothing brings people together better than food, except maybe alcohol. I'm curious how the war correspondent brings people of opposite factions together in a peaceful manner. But hopefully, if nothing else, there will be some amazing food porn shots.
It shows Saturday, October 12th at 2:30 P.M.

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

There's always one film at any festival that you need to see based on the hype, and this one fits that criteria. I've heard rumblings of this film on various podcasts and from my cohort, and this will be the first time it will be played in the North Texas area. From the looks of the trailer, the images alone were enough to draw me in.
It plays Sunday, October, 13th at 3:15 P.M.

An intimate documentary about a man who overcomes his disability one day at a time, Alan Govenar's new film reveals the extraordinary life of African immigrant Sidiki Conde, who balances his career as a performing artist with the almost insurmountable obstacles of life in New York City.

Almost any film about dance, and I'm there. I'm always on the lookout for different types of dance from around the world. This looks like an inspiring film that will push me back into dance.
It shows Friday, October, 11th at 7:00 P.M.

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