Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bart Chat


Before you know it, the Festival will be here, so rest up now. If you haven't checked out the schedule, go to now! We're very happy with the schedule. In the meantime, we're tracking down some last pieces of equipment (we need a D5 deck), and we need to transfer a few PAL Beta tapes and duplicate the Texas Show. Very importantly, we still need a few volunteers. Please let us know if you can help.

This weekend, I was at the Hot Springs Documentary Festival and I had a great time. I did a workshop on how to make your documentary shorter. While I was there, I got an email on my phone with a proof of the program book, and it looks great. Good writing, good design, and in color! This is the time of year when we're tracking down the filmmakers to get us their notes, so we can build our files for the festival program.

This weekend will be the Guts and Glory event. We have three slots left for people wanting to enter this cool event. This is your chance to go beyond the video race and into the film world. If you're interested or have any questions, let me know at

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Hey everybody! The festival is next week. OMG, I can't believe it. Recent developments include:

  • Imedia, the Dallas independent cable network, will be taping a technical-themed fest wrap-up at the Angelika on Nov. 8th, where they will document our new iTunes projection set-up and talk to festers, filmmakers, and staffers. I think it'll be great!

Cool filmmakers coming to town include, but are not limited to:

  • Spencer Haplin, who made the controversial gaming documentary Moral Kombat
  • Chris Strompolos, the producer and star of Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Adaptation
  • Denny Tedesco, who made The Wrecking Crew
  • Jerri Truhill, subject of the documentary film She Should Have Gone to the Moon
  • Bill Dear, the Private Eye detective behind the film O.J. Is Guilty but Not of Murder - one of myfaves!

Go to our website and watch some trailers!

The Guts and Glory competition will be held this Saturday night at the Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park. We have three 16mm slots open. There is still time to register, just send an email to Bart and ask him to include your team.

One gentleman may have a camera and is interested in teaming up with someone who has some experience shooting and loading film. Also we have another team that needs to borrow a light meter - email if you can help. If you want to participate but are holding back because you don't have a camera, email us and maybe we can match you up with a needy team.

I also encourage anyone who wants to attend the Texas Show to arrive early for admission to the very first Dallas Video Festival Awards presentation, which will be offered free with your ticket to the Texas Show, or of course, included in your day pass. We are offering single ticket passes for 11 selected films. For a list of those films, read the section labeled "DETAILS" here.

THANK YOU TO CHUCK JOHNSON WHO DID OUR AWESOME PROGRAM BOOK! Now if we can only print them in time! It's going to be a nail biter. There's tons more that I won't write about here. Check out our blog which you can get to through the festival website as well.

From Carolyn Sortor

From Carolyn Sortor

Our awesome co-curator of The Program says...

Hi, everyone. Hope you've kept space in your calendar for the 21st Annual DVF -- I have!

For the complete Festival schedule, go to I've posted some general info + preliminary recs on my blog.

As always, it looks like there will be more good stuff than you can see even if you're there the whole time.

Hope to see you there!

August Evening

August Evening

film screening tonight!

Please join us for a FREE preview at the Dallas Museum of Art
This evening...
Thursday, October 30th at 6:30PM

Film Preview
Thursday, October 30th at 6:30PM
at the Dallas Museum of Art's Horchow Auditorium
at 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75201 (214) 922-1200
Followed by a Q&A with Director Chris Eska and cast members

Official website:

Released theatrically starting October 31st at the Dallas Angelika Film Center
and Cinema Latino Town Center 8 in Ft. Worth

A bitter sweet love letter to Gonzales and to family, Austin-American Statesman


AUGUST EVENING, Austin Chronicle (4 star review)

The Monster Among Us

The Monster Among Us

film screening tonight!

The new documentary from Media Projects that examines
the alarming rise of anti-Semitism in Europe today. "Q&A" with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Zale Auditorium Jewish Community Center of Dallas

7900 Northaven Road Dallas, Texas 75230

Reserve your tickets now! $9 per person

NEW PHONE #: 214-739-2737