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TEST AUDIENCE NEEDED - Independent Documentary Feature Film

TEST AUDIENCE NEEDED

TEST AUDIENCE NEEDED for independent feature documentary film about a former Houston rock radio station. If you enjoy movies like "WLIR documentary 'New Wave: Dare to be Different'", "Radio Unnameable", or "Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives", then you are wanted to give your opinion. Attendees must complete an anonymous questionnaire. The FREE screening is at Brasil Houston, on Tuesday, August 20, from 8:00PM - 10:00PM. RSVP -->https://www.facebook.com/events/708999979560895/

When:
Aug 20, 2002
Cost:
Free
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8:00 pm
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New Releases: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am


Special introduction by Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston 

Presented by director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and producer Tommy Walker, who participate in a post-film Q&A

The inspiring life and career of legendary storyteller and Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison is told by Morrison’s longtime friend, acclaimed photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Beginning with the author’s childhood in an Ohio steel town to book tours with Muhammad Ali, the launch of her teaching career at Houston’s Texas Southern University, on the front lines with Angela Davis, to the present, in her riverfront writing room, the documentary explores history as seen through the prism of Morrison’s literature. Recollections from Morrison herself, peers, critics, and colleagues are punctuated by Greenfield-Sanders’ stunning portraits. 

About the speaker: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is an American portrait photographer and filmmaker, known for his intimate portraits of celebrities, public figures, and artists. His photographs are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and many other prestigious institutions. A graduate of The American Film Institute, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is his 13th  documentary feature.

Read reviews of the film here and here.

NPR recommends these seven books.

When:
Sep 24, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
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New Releases: Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank


Produced on the occasion of Robert Frank’s 2005 exhibition at the Tate Modern in London, this revelatory documentary is only now being released in the U.S. It presents a candid perspective on the legendary artist, who turns 95 this November. The filmmaker spent time with Frank in New York and Nova Scotia, asking him to reflect on his personal life and his career in photography and film. Extraordinary scenes with Frank’s second wife, artist June Leaf, reveal decades of creative exchange and support through the tragedies of Frank has experienced. Brimming with photographs and film excerpts, the documentary thoughtfully contrasts past and present, eliciting candid observations from its reluctant subject.

Shown Friday and Sunday with Energy and How to Get It (directed by Robert Frank, Rudy Wurlitzer, and Gary Hill, USA, 1981, 28 min.), a pseudo-documentary about real-life Nicolai Tesla admirer Robert Golka’s experiments with fusion. Featuring filmmaker Robert Downey, writer William S. Burroughs, and the late musician Dr. John. And Harry Smith at the Breslin Hotel (directed by Robert Frank, USA, 2017, 11 min.) about artist Harry Smith who, for eight years, occupied a tiny room in New York’s Breslin Hotel until it was sold, compelling him to pack up his extraordinary array of possessions.

On Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Anne Wilkes Tucker will present Fire in the East: A Portrait of Robert Frank (produced by Anne Wilkes Tucker, directed by Amy and Philip Brookman, USA, 1986, 28 min.), a documentary produced by the Museum and KUHT for the exhibition Robert Frank: New York to Nova Scotia. The film features memorable interviews with Frank and many of his contemporaries, including Emile de Antonio, Allen Ginsberg, Louis Faurer and Jonas Mekas. It will be followed at 8:00 p.m. by Leaving Home, Coming Home.

“An intimate but unauthorized portrait of a great American photographer and filmmaker. Takes the viewer deep inside [Gerald Fox’s] subject’s personal and creative life. Fascinating. Fox has managed to communicate something important about the real man behind the artist.” – Variety

“As filmic visits with cherished masters go, Fox's has been well worth the wait.” – Los Angeles Times

“If you've seen [Laura Israel’s] Don't Blink, you may ask whether you ‘need’ to see this. I'd say yes. ‘More light,’ as Goethe put it.” – New York Times

“The film captures Frank's artistry and also makes clear the pain of a life devoted to seeing clearly.” – Denerstein Unleashed

“Beautiful loneliness, as the film suggestively reveals, is a texture that Frank knows all too well.” – Slant

“The most enjoyable parts of this moving documentary show Frank with his second wife, the sculptor June Leaf - a wonderfully feisty woman who has sustained him throughout.” – The Arts Desk

When:
Sep 20, 2019 to Sep 22, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Sunday Time & Price:
5PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
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New Releases: A Faithful Man (L’homme fidèle)


Journalist Abel (Louis Garrel) reunites with his recently widowed old flame, Marianne (Laetitia Casta), who left him for his best friend nine years ago. But Abel finds himself dealing with drama: the come-ons of a wily jeune femme (Lily-Rose Depp), the machinations of Marianne’s morbid young son (Joseph Engel), and some unsavory questions about what exactly happened to Marianne’s first husband. Shifting points of view as nimbly as its players switch partners, the sophomore feature from actor/director Louis Garrel—co-written with the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière—is at once a beguiling bedroom farce and a playful inversion of the patriarchal tropes of the French New Wave.

Shown with the short comedies Kapitalistis (directed by Pablo Muñoz Gomez, France/Belgium, 2017, 14 min., in French with English subtitles), and Pauline Enslaved (Pauline asservie) (directed by Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet, France, 2018, 24 min., in French with English subtitles)

“Steeped in New Wave lore… capturing [Paris] in a late-60s time warp, with pairs of ravishing lovers roaming the streets.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Dramatically dazzling. Taps into the French New Wave while attributing the lion’s share of the relationship power not to a man, but to a woman.” – France 24

“It can’t be overstated the simple pleasures of something that’s genuine but never cringe-inducing, and light but never sugary.” – The Film Stage

“A pleasant confection. Playfully ruminates on how matters of the heart consume people.” –Screen International

“As delicate and delightful as a well-whipped meringue: light, fluffy, sweet and delectable.” –Vague Visages

When:
Sep 14, 2019 to Sep 27, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
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New Releases: In the Aisles (In den Gängen)


When the reclusive Christian (Franz Rogowski) takes a job working the night shift at a big-box store, his new manager (Peter Kurth) shows him the ropes. Christian, a man of few words, is accepted by the close-knit group of co-workers, and he becomes enamored with the charming but mysterious “Sweets Marion” (Sandra Huller). But Marion has secrets of her own, and when she suddenly goes on sick leave, Christian is tempted to fall into habits of his dark past.

“Poignant and richly sympathetic.” —The Guardian

“It will break your heart, a few times, but it will definitely leave a smile on your face.” —Screen Anarchy

“Mines the magical in the mundane.” —Screen Daily

• Labor of Love: “In the Aisles” —Film Comment

• See the review at RogerEbert.com

When:
Sep 6, 2019 to Sep 8, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Sunday Time & Price:
5PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
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New Releases: Non-Fiction (Doubles vies)


Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, Non-Fiction traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer blurs the line between fact and fiction. The writer (Vincent Macaigne) uses his real-life love affairs—including a passionate fling with an actress (Juliette Binoche) who happens to be married to his editor (Guillaume Canet)—as fodder for an explosive new novel. Balancing dry wit with keen observations on the tensions between art, commerce, and technology, director Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria) proves again why he is among the most interesting of contemporary French filmmakers.

Non-Fiction operates as a wry analysis of Assayas’s chosen profession as filmmaker.” —Chicago Tribune

“‘Is it good?’ When it comes to the myriad subjects at hand, the debate rages on. As for the movie itself, the answer is a resounding yes.” —Washington Post

“One scene flows into the next in such a natural way that it seems life is unfolding as it always does, but that, for some reason, real life is suddenly interesting.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A treat for those of us who care about books and ideas, and who are suckers for foreign films with subtitles.” —Malibu Times

When:
Sep 1, 2019 to Sep 2, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Time:
2:00 pm to 2:01 pm
Monday Time & Price:
2PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Sunday Time & Price:
2PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
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Restorations and Revivals: The Mystery of Picasso


In the realm of art documentaries, The Mystery of Picasso is one of the all-time greats. The screen itself becomes the artist’s canvas: Pablo Picasso creates, and sometimes obliterates, 20 works of art, ranging from playful black-and-white sketches to CinemaScope color murals—works that evolve in minutes through the magic of stop-motion animation. The Mystery of Picasso received the Prix du Jury at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival, and in 1984 the French government declared the film a national treasure. 

As filmmaker Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907–1977) promised Picasso (1881–1973): “When we are all dead, you and me and everyone, the film will still continue to be projected.”

Review: “The Mystery of Picasso” Embraces and Deconstructs Artistic Mythologyslantmagazine.com

When:
Aug 30, 2019 to Sep 1, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Sunday Time & Price:
5PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
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New Releases: Diamantino


“One of the 10 best movies of 2019 so far.” —IndieWire

“Genre-blending and gender-bending satire about a vacuous Portuguese soccer hunk. When Diamantino (Carloto Cotta) learns of the European refugee crisis, it shatters his sheltered worldview and drains him of the idyllic ignorance that fuels his athletic prowess. He resolves to adopt an African refugee, only to find that his new ‘son’ is an undercover lesbian tax auditor investigating Diamantino on suspicion of corruption.” —Toronto International Film Festival

“Lovably ludicrous. Part loopily queer sci-fi thriller, part faux-naive political rallying cry, glued together with candyfloss clouds of romantic reverie.” —Variety

“The kind of out-there plot that John Waters might have concocted had he ever taken an extensive screenwriting holiday on XTC in the Algarve. A smart exploration of the transgressive nature of queer desire. Finally, you can have your B-movie cake and eat it with grade-A ideas too.” —Hollywood Reporter

• “Your first look at the craziest movie of the summer” —IndieWire

• “A sweetly bizarre fantasy mocking the cult of fame” —Sight & Sound via BFI

• Cannes interview with the filmmakers —Film Comment

When:
Aug 23, 2019 to Aug 25, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Sunday Time & Price:
5PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
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New Releases: The Chambermaid (La camarista)


This quietly affecting character study follows a young woman (Gabriela Cartol) who cleans rooms in an opulent Mexico City hotel and hopes for a promotion. Her working environment reveals the disparity between the employees—who often do not have hot water in their own homes—and the guests, accurately reflecting the reality in many Latin American countries.

• Review: A Different Kind of Duration: Lila Avilés’s The Chambermaid —Another Gaze

• “Sublime. Moments of beauty, tenderness and freedom ... provide flickers of humanity that feel almost miraculous.” —New York Times

• “The Chambermaid pulls back the curtain on an area of labor routinely taken for granted, and offers an empathetic look into one woman’s place within a world increasingly defined by haves and have-nots.” —Northwest Film Center

• “Winningly grounded. A compassionate tribute to Mexico’s anonymous laboring classes.” —Variety

When:
Aug 17, 2019 to Aug 18, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Sunday Time & Price:
5PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
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New Releases: The Silence of Others (El silencio de otros)


Filmed over six years, The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims from Spain’s dictatorship (1939-1975) under General Francisco Franco. A powerful and poetic cautionary tale about fascism, and the dangers of forgetting the past, the award-winning documentary offers a cinematic portrait of the first attempt in history to prosecute crimes of Franco whose perpetrators have enjoyed impunity for decades due to a 1977 amnesty law. Executive produced by Pedro Almodóvar, the film brings to light a painful past that Spain is reluctant to face, even today, decades after the dictator’s death.

“A plea against inaction.” – The New Yorker

“Exceptionally moving… In a style evocative of the best of Patricio Guzmán… this film is a milestone in recovery of a past that is not over—and, to invoke Faulkner, not even past.” – IDA Documentary Magazine

“A stirring documentary… a very necessary story, delivered with rigor and conviction.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“This courageous, moving, lithe, necessary and eye-opening documentary dares to demand the truth.” – Cineuropa

“Unfolding with all the force of a classic political thriller by Costa-Gavras or Francesco Rosi.” – Screen Daily

Read an interview with the filmmakers.

When:
Aug 11, 2019 to Aug 16, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Time:
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
Sunday Time & Price:
5PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
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