Every year, the Asian Film Festival of Dallas shows selections from Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. This year’s festival looks beyond those traditional hotbeds, by including a movie from Kashmir. We preview this year's event, which also includes the repertory favorites "Tokyo Drifter and "Yi Yi."
“Broadcast News” earned 7 Oscar nominations for its portrayal of the inner-workings of a television newsroom. The movie is part of a local series that looks at how the media is portrayed on screen, and this week we talk about how “Broadcast News” is one of the few that gets it right.
The Houston Chronicle has published a new list of the greatest Texas movies of all time. And if you were expecting, say, “Giant” or “The Last Picture Show” at the top … you’re in for a surprise. This week, we look at the list with one of the critics who put it together.
The Nigerian film industry – known as Nollywood – is the established hub of the African film world. This weekend, though, North Texas audiences will get a chance to see movies made in Cameroon, Ghana, Uganda and other countries across the continent. This week, we preview the African Film Festival.
One of the most important figures in the history of public television is the subject of a new documentary. This week, we talk about the life and times of Fred Rogers and the film "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"
This week, there are opportunities to see a documentary about a rock ‘n’ roll legend -- and a film from the 1920s accompanied by a live orchestra. They’re playing at the 7th Oak Cliff Film Festival, and we talk about 'em with the team that programmed this year's event
The movie industry is under pressure – both from the public and from within – to become a more-inclusive place. This week, while in town for the recent BookExpo America event in New York City, we grabbed some time with John Gibson, head of the Motion Picture Association of America’s diversity and inclusion initiative, to talk about making movies that tell everyone’s story.
One of the country’s major distributors of Asian films is based in Plano. This week, we talk with Doris Pfardrescher, head of Well Go USA Entertainment, about turning a company that began as a dealer of karaoke discs into a major player in the Asian film world.
If you prefer your hot summers inside the cool air conditioning of a movie theater, there are plenty of good options heading your way. This week, we preview the summer slate - including a slew of North Texas film festivals. And we check in on "Solo," which opens this week.
This weekend, North Texas residents will have the opportunity to have their home movies digitized - and contribute to the state’s archives. This week, we talk with the organizer of Spotlight on North Texas about how what's on your old VHS tapes and Super 8 film could help to preserve the area’s history.
In the mid-1990s, Bone Thugs N Harmony was one of the biggest acts in hip hop, with hits like "The Crossroads" and "1st of tha Month." A new documentary about the group called "Sons of St. Clair" plays the Dallas International Film Festival, and we talk about it with its director.
The Dallas International Film Festival begins its eight-day run May 3. We preview this year’s lineup, which includes a documentary about a man who changed the face of public television. Joining us is DIFF artistic director James Faust.
Kevyn Aucoin applied lipstick to Cindy Crawford’s lips, blush to Janet Jackson’s cheeks and mascara to Barbra Streisand’s eyelashes. The go-to makeup artist of the 1990s is the subject of a new documentary playing at the USA Film Festival, and this week we talk about his life and work with Dallas supermodel Chandra North, who sat in his chair on many occasions.
"Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story" plays Friday night at 7 at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.
Denton’s annual Thin Line Fest plays documentaries in an effort to examine the “thin line” between fact and fiction. The festival also features photography and music, and this week we preview the film component with its programmer.
More than 60 films covering a range of environmental issues will screen in Dallas starting Friday. This week we preview the event with the artistic director of Earth X Film.
A filmmaking competition is trying to encourage young, black directors to develop their skills. It's called Gentleman Jack Real to Reel, and it's open to black filmmakers 21 and up. Screenings of the finalists will happen in six cities - including Dallas (date TBA) - and the winner earns $10,000 to further his or her career. All the details on entering are at the contest's website. This week, we talked with spokesman Omari Hardwick (of the Starz series "Power") about how making short films is often the first step toward Hollywood.
Houston native Wes Anderson is known for making quaint, lighthearted films in which the stakes are really never high enough to make the audience sweat. His signature style permeates “Isle of Dogs,” Anderson’s return to stop-motion animation. This week we talk about how Anderson's aesthetic translates to Japan - and about the line between appreciation and appropriation.
As the women’s liberation movement picked up steam in the early 1970s, so too did a wave a feminist filmmakers. This weekend, a selection of those films will play in Richardson, and we talk with its curator, UT-Dallas assistant professor of film and aesthetic studies Shilyh Warren. "Women and the Movies They Make" screens Sunday at the noon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson.
For decades, newsrooms have provided dramatic backgrounds for screenwriters. This week, we talk about a new screening series focusing on how the media is represented in the movies. It's curated by our own Chris Vognar and will screen monthly at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. Up first is 1952's "Park Row," directed by Samuell Fuller - a newspaper man before he became a filmmaker. Other films in the series include "Ace in the Hole," "All the President's Men," "Broadcast News," "Network" and "Shattered Glass."
One hundred years ago, one of history’s most influential filmmakers was born not in Hollywood or New York, but Sweden. This week, we talk about the work of Ingmar Bergman, which is the subject of a retrospective showing at the Texas Theatre.
Last year’s Academy Awards featured one of the most dramatic moments in the show’s history when best picture was incorrectly awarded to "La La Land" before rightfully being given to "Moonlight." We conclude our Oscars preview with a look at who we think will be taking home trophies on Sunday.
Films that open early in the year are rarely remembered at the end of the year by Oscar voters. "Get Out" is an exception, earning four nominations – including best picture. We continue our Oscars preview series with a look at the film's lasting appeal -- and how it relates to the success of "Black Panther." Joining us for the conversation is Kenton Rambsy, assistant professor of African American Literature & Digital Humanities at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Movies about British history are catnip for Oscar voters. "The King’s Speech," "Atonement," "The Queen" and "The Imitation Game" are just a few recent best picture nominees. We continues its Oscars preview with a conversation about a pair of hopefuls this year connected by one of the towering figures of 20th Century Britain … Winston Churchill.
"Phantom Thread" is up for six Academy Awards this year, including best picture. We continue our Oscars preview with a conversation about how the film captured the world of haute couture. Joining us is Myra Walker, professor emeritus in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas and the former curator and director of the Texas Fashion Collection.
Over the next month, we're previewing the Academy Awards with a look at some of the nominated films. Up this week is a conversation with Nicole Myers, the Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art, about "Loving Vincent" - one of the most innovative animated films in years.