Oct. 12 – 18: VideoFest 28 presented by the Video Association of Dallas

(Slideshow image: Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Dallas Chamber Symphony, courtesy Dallas VideoFest.)

From the publicist, Kelly Kitchens:

These films and programs will screen during the 28th edition of the Dallas VideoFest from October 12-18, 2015. Overall, approximately 100 videos including narrative and documentary features, shorts, animation, and experimental videos will be screened during the 7-day Festival.

This year’s films and events will, of course, include the latest videos, which are not likely to be seen anywhere else, and we also include very special presentations in the history of film with the centennial celebration of both THE DAWN OF TECHNICOLOR and 3D RARITIES program as well. VideoFest stays true to itself by running the gamut from new documentaries of media, people and societal issues to narrative features and shorts.

VideoFest is proud to be including films directed by 24 women directors in this year’s selections, including THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD and OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICAN.


VideoFest 28 presented by the Video Association of Dallas



Art Opening Event: Monday, Oct. 12 —

Yen Tan’s Independent Poster Art Exhibit

The Texas Theatre

231 W. Jefferson Blvd

Oak Cliff, TX 75208

VideoFest has organized an exhibit of posters by Dallas-based graphic designer and filmmaker Yen Tan, whose design pen name is “Otto is the One.” Yen was born in Malaysia and eventually landed in Dallas. He has worked as a copywriter for ad agencies and Neiman Marcus.

Over the years, Yen has nurtured his interest in filmmaking and has written, directed and produced shorts and features that have been screened around the world. Yen began exploring graphic design to create the artwork for his films. Eventually, others asked him to design their film posters, which include David Lowery’s “St. Nick,” Bryan Poyser’s “Lovers of Hate” and Clay Liford’s “Earthling.”


Tuesday, Oct. 13 —

Opening Night: Screening of METROPOLIS, with premiere of a new score commissioned by VideoFest, performed by Dallas Chamber Symphony with a performance by students from the SMU Dance Department with Dallas Chamber Symphony and SMU Dance

Dallas City Performance Hall

2520 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201



Director: Fritz Lang

Genre: Narrative feature

Category: Classic film, history, technology

METROPOLIS is an epic 1927 German expressionist film directed by Fritz Lang and written by Lang and his wife, Thea von Harbou. Made in pre-WWII Germany, METROPOLIS is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city’s ruler, and Maria, a poor worker, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes of their city. It is regarded as a pioneering work of the science-fiction genre in movies. Roger Ebert wrote that the time, place and characters created in METROPOLIS are “so striking that they became part of our arsenal of images for imagining the world.”  METROPOLIS is a major influence for Ridley Scott (BLADE RUNNER), George Lucas (STAR WARS), Tim Burton (BATMAN) and numerous other dystopian urban dramas.

Wednesday, Oct. 14 —

Free Community screening:

The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution

South Dallas Cultural Center

3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave.

Dallas, TX 75201

Collaboration between the Embrey Family Foundation for Dallas Faces Race

Note: ALL seats for this Free Screening must be reserved

festival@videofest.org to RSVP


Thursday – Sunday, Oct. 15 – 18 — 2 or 3 screens

Angelika Film Center

5321 E. Mockingbird Ln.

Dallas, TX 75206


Check the website for dates and times of these additional films: http://www.videofest.org


Presenter: Archivist Robert Furmanek (IN ATTENDANCE)

Category: Film history, technology, part of the History of Film Celebration of VideoFest

In commemoration of the centennial of 3-D motion pictures, we present 3-D RARITIES. It has taken over 30 years for the 3-D Film Archive to assemble and restore the material in this eye-popping collection of ultra-rare and long-lost movies. Presented in high-quality digital 3-D, all films have been stunningly restored and mastered direct from archival materials. Meticulously aligned shot by shot for precise registration of the original left/right elements, these historic 3-D motion pictures have never before looked this good. Selections include Kelley’s Plasticon Pictures, the earliest extant 3-D demonstration film from 1922 with incredible footage of Washington and New York City; New Dimensions, the first domestic full color 3-D film originally shown at the World’s Fair in 1940; Thrills for You, a promotional film for the Pennsylvania Railroad; Stardust in Your Eyes, a hilarious stand-up routine by Slick Slavin; trailer for The Maze, with fantastic production design by William Cameron Menzies; Doom Town, a controversial anti-atomic testing film mysteriously pulled from release; puppet cartoon The Adventures of Sam Space, presented in widescreen; I’ll Sell My Shirt, a burlesque comedy unseen in 3-D for over 60 years; Boo Moon, an excellent example of color stereoscopic animation…and more!

Website: http://www.3dfilmarchive.com/3-d-raritieshttp://www.3dfilmarchive.com/3-d-rarities

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/127092649https://vimeo.com/127092649



Director: Brett Hart (IN ATTENDANCE)

Category/Theme: Television, media

AIN’T IT COOL WITH HARRY KNOWLES, the inventive new television series is a visual romp through of some of the favorite films and genres loved, admired and sometimes even scorned by the iconoclastic film, television and pop culture critic. Set in his “magical basement” full of rare and unique movie memorabilia, Knowles is joined by “Pops,” his miniature projectionist and “Boiler,” his alter-ego and the millennial equivalent to “Oscar the Grouch.” Guests this season include legendary actor Burt Reynolds, famed directors Wes Craven and Danny Boyle, House of Cards creator Beau Willimon and more. The half hour program is available on PBS affiliates nationwide. Check local listings.

Filmmaker and subject in attendance.

Website: http://www.aicwhk.com/http://www.aicwhk.com/

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/115006645https://vimeo.com/115006645



Authors: David Pierce & James Layton (DAVID PIERCE IN ATTENDANCE)

Category/Theme: Film history, film technology, part of the History of Film Technology Celebration of VideoFest


David Pierce, author of THE DAWN OF TECHNICOLOR, the first authoritative history of the two-color Technicolor period from 1915 to 1934, will present a 90-minute illustrated presentation that covers the development of Technicolor during the boom period of Hollywood’s early sound musicals. The presentation will include rare photos and behind-the-scenes stills, original correspondence, and high-definition digital clips of newly discovered archival film material.

In attendance: David Pierce

Website: https://eastmanhouse.org/dawnoftechnicolor/book/https://eastmanhouse.org/dawnoftechnicolor/book/

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/J907rQS_Txshttps://youtu.be/J907rQS_Txs



Presenter: Jeremy Spracklen (IN ATTENDANCE)

Category/Theme: Film history, history of Dallas

Movie theaters are a unique intersection where technology, commerce, and entertainment come together, earning them a place in history alongside the films they showcase. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the General Cinema I & II opening at NorthPark Center, interviews, advertisements, photos, and videos are used to tell the story of this much-loved institution.



Directors: Lynn True & Albert Maysles

Genre: Documentary

Category/Theme: Travel, community, family, transportation

Legendary documentary filmmaker and New York staple, Albert Maysles pioneered feature documentary filmmaking and Direct Cinema, his work revealing a patient intimacy and unassuming quest for understanding. This technique is never more apparent than with IN TRANSIT, Maysles’ final project before his passing. He and his collaborators capture a journey through the hearts and minds of passengers aboard The Empire Builder, America’s busiest long-distance train route.

Website: http://mayslesfilms.com/film_in_production/in-transit/http://mayslesfilms.com/film_in_production/in-transit/

Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/122108467https://vimeo.com/122108467




Dallas’ Paul Bosner has done everything from originating and producing the iconic AUSTIN CITY LIMITS to producing and directing some of the nation’s best instructional programs for college students. He also served as President Truman’s personal photographer and worked for CBS as a television cameraman for both news and entertainment shows. Bosner won an Emmy, a Life magazine award for his photographic work and a Career Achievement Award in Distance Education from Instructional Telecommunications Council. Bosner holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

All entries listed here: http://www.prekindle.com/promo/id/24116491635305199 



Membership to Video Association of Dallas:


Opening Night tickets

Single performance, individual tickets:

$19-$55 each

$15 for students

VideoFest Badge


Note: ALL Opening Night seats must be reserved

festival@videofest.org to RSVP

Star Badge holders and VIP Tickets ($120):

Includes premium seating and a reception before the performance backstage with the artists (dancers, musicians, composer) at 7:00 p.m.; complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served

Opening Night tickets available online at: https://www.DCSymphony.org/concert-tickets/201516-season-schedule/METROPOLIS/ 



Star Badges: $500 (includes Video Association of Dallas membership, Opening Night reception and Opening Night Tickets and all films)

All-Festival Badges: $150 (includes Opening Night Tickets and all films)

ALL Opening Night seats must be reserved

festival@videofest.org to RSVP

Badges Sales: http://tinyurl.com/DVF28badges

Weekend Badges: $50

Saturday or Sunday Day Badges: $25

Individual tickets:

$10/regular programs

Spotlight showcases will vary

Seniors and students tickets: $6/regular programs


Connect with VideoFest: (#DVF28 and #MetropolisOpeningNight):

Sign up for the Video Association Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/DVFNewsletter








About Dallas VideoFest 28:

VideoFest (VideoFest.org) is now the oldest and largest video festival in the United States and continues to garner critical and popular acclaim. VideoFest prides itself on bringing films to the theater that are rarely available to be seen anywhere else. Films like Experimental/Art Films, Animation, Narrative and Documentary Shorts as well as Documentary and Narrative Features and some hard-to-find Classic TV episodes and Classic Films are often in the mix.


History of VideoFest: Cutting-Edge Art

Merging art and technology since 1987, VideoFest has specialized in independent, alternative, and non-commercial media, presenting hard-to-find works rarely seen on television, in movie theaters, or elsewhere, despite their artistic excellence and cultural and social relevance. Even in a Web 4.0 environment where everything is seemingly available on the Internet, the VideoFest provides curatorial guidance, a critical voice in the wilderness navigating the vast and diverse landscape of media, helping to interpret its cultural and artistic significance. The event provides a communal environment for real-time, face-to-face dialogue between makers and audiences.


Dallas VideoFest 28 Sponsors

Alford Media Services, Inc.; AMS Pictures; Angelika Film Center Dallas; City of Richardson through the Richardson Arts Commission; Common Desk; Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau; Dallas Film Commission; Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs; FilmFreeway; KellyKitchensPR; KERA/KXT; Selig Polyscope Company; Sell.com; SullivanPerkins; TCM – Turner Classic Movies; Texas Commission on the Arts; Texas Film Commission; TheaterJones.



The mission of the Video Association is to promote an understanding of video as a creative medium and cultural force in our society, and to support and advance the work of Texas artists working in video and the electronic arts.  The Video Association of Dallas (VAD) is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated on April 25, 1989.  It began in 1986 as a weekend event, “Video As A Creative Medium”, presented at the Dallas Museum of Art by independent curators Barton Weiss and John Held. That first event, which included two nights of video by selected local and national video artists, was a great popular success, which led to the founding of the Dallas Video Festival (DVF) in 1987. Video Association of Dallas also presents the 24 Hour Video Race, the Texas Show Tour, North Texas College Film Festival, Texas Fllmmakers Production Fund workshops, Three Star Cinema, and other programs throughout the year.

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