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Lone Star International Film Festival

Bravo for Alec Jhangiani and the rest of the Lone Star Film Society for a well-run and beautiful programmed festival.  Video Association of Dallas was proud to co sponsor Slackers 2011 and Texas Show.  Some of the highlights for me were:

The Collaborator, director by Martin Donovan, whom many association with his long-standing relationship with indie heavyweight, Hal Hartley.    The film explores “All the world’s a stage” concept in an honest thoughtful way.  It reminded me a lot of what Charlie Kaufman tried to do with Synecdoche, New York but a lot less cluttered.  Ted Hope, the producer, gave an engaging Q and A.  I was excited to see him in person as I am hooked on his blog.

The Artist-a black an white silent film that is a tribute to the love of filmmaking.  There is buzz that for the first time since 1928 a silent film has been in the running for a best picture Academy Award. The experience enriched as I was sitting next to the multi talented,  Adam Dietrich (actor, art director, casting agent) who thoroughly enjoys his movie watching experience.

We Need to Talk About Kevin: distributed by our friends at Oscilloscope. Tilda Swanson and newcomer, Ezra Miller, are riveting in this psychological thriller that employs brilliant uses of color theme and nonlinear narrative

Shame: The sophomore project of provocative artist Steve McQueen.   His second collaboration with Michael Fassbender, McQueen uses his trademark still camera shots and sparse dialogue to create a shattering portrait of siblings whose demons from childhood scar them and connect them irreparably.   Read a more in-depth review of Shame at

It was also running into the VAD Texas Show winner form 2010, Ya’Ke Smith and his wife and his lovely wife, Mikala Gibson.  Ya”ke film Wolf is one of the most high anticipated project coming out of the state.

Thanks again Lone Star.  Hope you are all getting some well-deserved rest today.

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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