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“silence the opera singer” contest! presented by Angelika Film Center, I Heart Cinema, and Video Association of Dallas.

If you have ever been to the fine independent cinema chain known as the Angelika Film Center, then it is more than likely you have seen a particularly dry “no talking, no texting” PSA featuring an opera performance interrupted by one unruly patron’s cell phone. Let’s be honest, the word dry is being too kind in describing this PSA (pretty stupid announcement is more like it). It’s downright painful to watch, especially if you frequent the Angelika as we here at Gordon and the Whale have been known to do. Everything from the dumb look on the face of that puppy dog-haired piano player to the dumb line delivery from the woman with the cell phone on “I’ll have to call you back.” In short, it’s dumb.

Which is why I Heart Cinema, the Dallas VideoFest, and the Angelika Film Center are giving you the chance “Silence the Opera Singer” once and for all by making your own “no talk, no text” PSA.

The winner will help us all say good riddance to the opera singer forever by having their PSA replace it, to play before every film at the Angelika! And we’re not just talking the Dallas and Plano locations here. All six Angelika theaters, from Dallas to Houston to New York and California, will feature the winner’s work, making this a nation-wide competition. But that’s not all folks! The winning filmmaker will also receive a year-round pass to the Angelika, good for any film on any day at any time. Hopefully you won’t get tired of seeing you’re own PSA because, you along with the thousands of other theatergoers, will see it every time you go to the Angelika, plus Dallas Audio Post will be happy to donate audio post production services to the winner!

Good luck, filmmakers!

All PSA’s must be submitted by the official deadline of Sept 15th, 2011 via digital files sent to John Post, Festival Coordinator, via Please contact JP for the required forms before commencing production.


About VideoFest

The Video Association of Dallas is dedicated to promoting an understanding of video as a creative medium and cultural force in our society, and to supporting and advancing the work of Texas artists working in video and the electronic arts. Through its programs and information services, the Video Association intends to educate and inform artists, students, educators, critics, video and film producers and an interested public so they may better understand, appreciate and evaluate the creative possibilities of the video medium. It will also provide a forum for the work of regional video artists, in order to stimulate excellence in their work and provide the opportunity for dialogue and critical discussion.

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