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Our New Family

Dallas VideoFest Presents

Our New Family

Saturday Sept 24th at Noon at that Angelika Film Center

What is the definition of a contemporary family? Who make the best parents? what are the implications of recent advances in biology and how will these affect the ways human beings choose to reproduce? These questions and many others are examined through the experience of the filmmakers James Dowell and John Kolomvakis as they proceed through the process of surrogacy and family building ultimately ending in their twin sons. The specific history that lead to this desire for family is explored through the filmmakers’ life experience and the viewer is offered a window onto the changing social mores of the last half century.

Facts about Our New Family

*James grew up in Dallas and has had many exhibitions here. He has a certain following for his painting and is a long-standing member of the art community . He has has two one-person exhibitions at Valley House Gallery as well as ones at the Pollock Gallery at SMU, DW Gallery, Clifford Gallery and a temporary show at Meadows Museum when one of our other films, Sleep in a Nest of Flames was shown there. In the context of Our New Family James paints a painting that includes  portraits of James’ and John’s twin sons Campbell and Demetri.

*As well as The Meadows Museum, other films of ours have been shown locally at The Dallas Museum of Art and Dallas Videofest, University of North Texas. In a larger context our documentaries have been shown at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center, New York, The Tate Modern, London, Alliance Francaise, New York,  as well as numerous film festivals here and abroad. Our film Sleep in a Nest of Flames was shown multiple times on RAI, the Italian public television network.

*Our New Family includes a brief description of our film work and a sample from another of our current documentaries The Stages of Edward Albee. The noted actor Bill Irwin and the Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ned Rorem appear in Family as well.

*Included in Our New Family is an overview from personal experience of life in Dallas and North Texas from the mid-19th century to the present. Historic events, such as the Kennedy assassination, are referenced, as well as, from family and personal history, some of the large trends of those times.

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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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