The Dallas Video Festival, which kicks-off on October 9, released the full slate of films for its 26th edition. And, per usual, the festival offers an intriguing mix of documentaries, features, shorts, and experimental films from around the world, with plenty of films that you’re just never going to see otherwise unless you catch them at the festival. As the dates draw closer, we’ll have a preview of some of the selections for this year’s fest, but here’s a taste:
The characteristically eclectic lineup includes a music documentary about Austin band the Gourds (All the Labor: The Story of the Gourds), an experimental feature that examines the disintegrating, disorientation of the news cycle (Broken News), a film that places cameras inside the habitats of borrowing creatures (Burrow-Cams), an animated film that imagines the takeover of Times Square (Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth, which you may have caught at the Dallas Contmeporary during last April’s Seven Art Fair), a feature film about a 1939 effort by African American intellectuals to leave earth to build a new life on Mars (Destination: Planet Negro!), George Wada’s surreal music video which mashes up his own musical pining and scenes from Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant’s Charade (Irresistible), a sports documentary about the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (Usain Bolt: Secret of Civilization’s Fastest), and a political documentary that reflects on President Nixon and his staff’s unfamiliarity with the TV show All in the Family (Our Nixon). You get the idea. The all-over-the place nature of the Video Fest’s program is its strength and appeal.
There are also a host of Texas-related fair, including Dallas photographer Hal Samples’ documentary short “Something Form Nothing,” the Texas Theater’s Eric Steele’s narrative short “Cork’s Cattlebaron,” and the comedy Spring Eddy, which stars Undermain Theatre mainstay Bruce DuBose. The opening night film will be True Tales, a world premiere documentary about Tammi True, one of Jack Ruby’s dancers. True will be in attendance.
Here’s the full release: