Lawmakers in both the Texas House and Senate are introducing bills to abolish a program that offers incentives to lure movie and television productions to the state. This week, we talk with the head of the Dallas Film Commission about what ending the incentive program would do for the Texas film industry.
For people with synesthesia, stimulating one sense triggers an involuntary experience in another sense. For example, someone might associate certain sounds with specific colors. Through the years, experimental filmmakers have played with that idea. This week, we talk about a film series showing Sunday at the Nasher Sculpture Center that explores what music might look like.
Turn on the television this week and it won't be hard to find a Christmas movie. This week, we talk about some of the better modern holiday films and take a trip back in time to revisit the classics.
In “Jackie,” Natalie Portman plays First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy as she processes her husband’s assassination. This week, we talk about how the movie separates itself from other JFK stories by focusing on the small moments surrounding one of the biggest stories in American history.
LGBT audiences can regularly see characters they identify with in movies these days. That, of course, was not always the case. This week, we talk with a founder of a local series for LGBT moviegoers about a film that has resonated in that community for decades – "Auntie Mame" from 1958.
A film opening in North Texas this weekend took quite an unusual route to the screen. This week, we talk with the director of "Three Days in August" about turning to a screenwriting competition for his script.
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” takes place mostly during halftime of a Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game. The movie is based on the book of the same title by Dallas author Ben Fountain, and this week, we talk about how the film captures one soldier’s experience coming back from war.
The Lone Star Film Festival opens its 10th edition Thursday night in Fort Worth. This week, we preview this year’s lineup with the festival’s executive director
If you’ve seen a classic movie poster re-imagined by a contemporary artist, there’s a good chance it was commissioned by an Austin company called Mondo. This week, we visit Mondo’s gallery in Austin to talk about movie posters with Mondo creative director Rob Jones.
Philip Roth is one of America’s greatest living writers. The words that’ve earned him a Pulitzer Prize and a pair of National Book Awards, though, are notoriously hard to translate into screenplays. This week, we talk about why "American Pastoral" is the latest on the list of duds with Derek Royal, a Roth expert from UT-Dallas.
In the early 1970s, the Up Stairs Lounge was one of the centers of gay life in New Orleans. That was before an arsonist set fire to the club, killing 32 people in what was the largest mass murder of gay people in the U.S. until June’s shooting in Orlando. This week, we talk with the Dallas director of "Upstairs Inferno," a new documentary about the tragedy.
This year’s Dallas VideoFest features D.W. Griffith’s 1915 silent film “The Birth of a Nation.” There is a twist, though: The movie, which is known for championing the Ku Klux Klan, has been re-cut and re-scored by an internationally known African-American DJ. This week, we talk with DJ Spooky about putting his own stamp on one of history’s most notorious films
“The Birth of a Nation” looks at the 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner. The film is generating serious awards buzz, as well as controversy. This week, we focus on the historical events that inspired the movie with Edward Countryman, an SMU professor who specializes in American history.
Michael Nesmith spent his formative years in Dallas before joining the Monkees and becoming an international star. On Saturday, he returns to his hometown to accept an award not for his musical accomplishments, but for his work in television and film. This week, we speak with him from his home in California.
Mike Judge is known these days as the creator of the HBO comedy “Silicon Valley.” It was another workplace comedy, though, that solidified his place in Hollywood. This week, our Big Screen team looks back at "Office Space" – a film Judge developed while living in North Texas. It kicks off the Mike Judge Film Series that begins Thursday at the Texas Theatre.
A new film festival debuts in Arlington this weekend. This week, we talk with the founder of the Frame4Frame festival about highlighting culture in North Texas’ sportiest town.
Many of the films we’ll be talking about through the end of the year debut at this week’s Venice Film Festival. One half of our Big Screen team is at the festival and calls in from across the pond with a report from the field.
A new movie out Friday takes place on a summer day in 1989, following the first date between Barack Obama and his future wife, Michelle.
A new film festival highlighting movies made by female filmmakers will play in Dallas this weekend. This week, we talk with Justina Walford, founder of the Women in Texas Film Festival, about her mission to shatter some stereotypes about the kinds of movies women can make.
Reviews for Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” are overwhelmingly positive – the Associated Press calls it “one of the best of the year.” Much of the credit goes to Dallas’ David Lowery, who directed the movie. This week, we talk with him about making his first film for a major studio.
A North Texas company called Funimation handles a significant amount of the English dubbing of Japanese anime. And that provides a lot of work for local voice actors. This week, we talk with Bryn Apprill, a Plano actress, about finding a cartoon character’s voice. Apprill will take part in a discussion about all things anime on Saturday after an 11 a.m. screening of "The Boy and The Beast" at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
In Haskell Wexler’s film “Medium Cool,” an ambitious television news cameraman documents the social unrest in Chicago ahead of the 1968 Democratic National Convention. As this year’s convention wraps up tonight, we talk about how many of the same social issues explored in the movie remain relevant today.