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The Big Screen

The Big Screen looks in-depth at the most interesting new release in theaters each week. We also have a weekly conversation with a major movie star or mover-and-shaker in the North Texas film scene and we highlight movies and DVDs to watch this weekend. The Big Screen is hosted by Chris Vognar, movie critic for The Dallas Morning News (dallasnews.com) and Stephen Becker, reporter for Art and Seek, from KERA (artandseek.org).
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Jun 12, 2018

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

Jun 5, 2018

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.

May 30, 2018

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.

May 23, 2018

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.

May 16, 2018

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.

May 3, 2018

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.

May 1, 2018

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.

Apr 25, 2018

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.

Apr 18, 2018

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.

Apr 11, 2018

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.

Apr 4, 2018

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.

Mar 28, 2018

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.

Mar 21, 2018

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.

Mar 14, 2018

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."

Mar 7, 2018

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.

Feb 28, 2018

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.

Feb 21, 2018

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.

Feb 14, 2018

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.

Feb 7, 2018

"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.

Jan 31, 2018

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.

Jan 24, 2018

Over the next few weeks, we'll be talking about some of this year’s Oscar-nominated films, which were announced this week. Up first is a conversation about “I, Tonya” with Dallas Morning News sports reporter Kevin Sherrington, who was on the scene in Detroit the day Nancy Kerrigan was attacked.

Jan 16, 2018

A festival of short films focusing on the outdoors screens Thursday and Friday in Dallas. This week, we talk with the director of Mountainfilm about using movies to take audiences on real-life adventures.

Jan 10, 2018

Every year, careers are launched at the Sundance Film Festival. Think Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson. This week, we talk with Augustine Frizzell, who just might join that list this year with her debut feature, "Never Goin' Back," which she shot in North Texas.

Jan 3, 2018

In “The Post,” Tom Hanks plays legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. He’s desperately trying to convince the paper’s publisher – played by Meryl Streep – to print The Pentagon Papers, which detail how the government lied about the Vietnam War. This week, we talk with the editor of The Dallas Morning News about the many journalistic questions explored in the film.

Dec 27, 2017

Directors Wes Anderson, Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater and David Lowery all hail from Texas. And each has a new movie out in 2018. This week, we preview a very Texas-centric year in the movies.

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