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Dev is the CEO and head of production at Selig Polyscope Company. He is also the technical brains behind Selig Film News. Often compared to Irving Thalberg he is a film historian and a Bollywood movie poster collector.

Dallas VideoFest 28 Announces Full Feature Film List, Special Programs and Texas Show Shorts

These films and programs will screen during the 28th edition of the Dallas VideoFest from October 12-18, 2015. Overall, approximately 100 videos including narrative and documentary features, shorts, animation, and experimental videos will be screened during the 7-day Festival. This year’s films and events will, of course, include the latest videos, which are not likely to be seen anywhere else, and we also include very special presentations in the history of film with the centennial celebration of both THE DAWN OF TECHNICOLOR and 3D RARITIES program as well. VideoFest stays true to itself by running the gamut from new documentaries of media, people and societal issues to narrative features and shorts. VideoFest is proud to be including films directed by 24 women directors in this year’s selections, including THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD and OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICAN.     Dallas VideoFest Films - DOCUMENTARIES AND NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS   ALMOST THERE Directors: Dan Rybicky & Aaron Wickenden Genre: Documentary Category/Themes: Aging, Journalism, Professional Ethics, Outsider Art For many, Peter Anton’s house embodies an end-of-life nightmare: the utility companies long ago shut off the heat and electricity, the floorboards are rotting, and the detritus of a chaotic life is [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:10+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

Dallas VideoFest Announces The First Films Selected For The 28th Annual Film Festival

These first films and programs will screen during the 28th edition of the Dallas VideoFest from October 12-18, 2015. Overall, approximately 100 videos including narrative and documentary features, shorts, animation, and experimental videos will be screened during the 7-day Festival. This year’s films and events will, of course, include the latest videos, which are not likely to be seen anywhere else, and we also include very special presentations in the history of film technology with the centennial celebration of both THE DAWN OF TECHNICOLOR and 3D RARITIES program as well. VideoFest stays true to itself by running the gamut from documentaries of simplicity to the hilarious comedy of Monty Python. And so much in between. First Selected Dallas VideoFest Films   3-D RARITIES Presenter: Robert Furmanek Apart of the History of Film Technology Celebration of VideoFest. In commemoration of the centennial of 3-D motion pictures, we present 3-D RARITIES. It has taken over 30 years for the 3-D Film Archive to assemble and restore the material in this eye-popping collection of ultra-rare and long-lost movies. Presented in high-quality digital 3-D, all films have been stunningly restored and mastered direct from archival materials. Meticulously aligned shot by shot for precise registration [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:10+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

Dallas VideoFest 28 Announces METROPOLIS As Opening Night Film

The Dallas Chamber Symphony will kick off its 2015-2016 season on Tuesday, October 13 in conjunction with opening night of Dallas VideoFest 28, with a screening of the ultimate silent, science-fiction movie classic METROPOLIS, accompanied by a new film score. The event will also feature live representations of the film’s setting and characters through an interactive, multi-dimensional dance component presented by Southern Methodist University’s Division of Dance, choreographed by Christopher Dolder. Tickets to this one-of-a-kind experience can be purchased at Bart Weiss, artistic director of Video Association of Dallas and founder of Dallas VideoFest, on creating a collaborative and unique Opening Night event of Dallas VideoFest 28 “Each year, VideoFest stretches the boundaries of what a media festival can do. Building on last year’s successful collaboration with the innovative Dallas Chamber Symphony, we knew we wanted to do something with them that was bolder and bigger. “At last year’s Festival, we showed a video that Chris Dolder made with ‘The Rites of Spring;’ and after seeing a performance of his work at SMU, I knew we have to create the opportunity to do something really special. “Chris’ work is profoundly new, incorporating video and new technology and rooted in [...]

By | 2015-09-08T18:28:25+00:00 September 8th, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

2015 McKinney Classic Film Festival Film Lineup Announced

Some of Hollywood's all-time favorite courtroom classics will be screened at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) as part of its inaugural McKinney Classic Film Festival. Experience the glamour of old Hollywood in the unique Courtroom Theater of MPAC, located at the former Collin County Courthouse in the center of historic downtown at the festival Sept. 11-13. The festival’s featured guest is Mary Badham who portrayed Scout in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird. Badham will walk the red carpet and attend a special meet and greet event for VIP ticket holders, followed by an onstage interview and screening of the film. All ticket holders will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet and are encouraged to dress in their finest Hollywood attire. Patrons can bring their own cameras or purchase a photo at the event. All ticket holders are invited to a closing party for the Classic Film Festival at 4 p.m. Sept. 13 with the Big Band music of the McKinney Community Band. “We are thrilled to be bringing this Classic Film Festival to the McKinney Performing Arts Center,” said Dena Hill, Founder and Director of the McKinney Classic Film Festival. “We hope to introduce these [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:10+00:00 September 7th, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

French New Wave Showcase @ Alamo Richardson All Month Long In September

Video Association of Dallas and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - DFW co-present the French New Wave Showcase Saturday afternoons in September. French New Wave, or in French “Nouvelle Vague,” is the style of highly individualistic French film directors of the late 1950s—early ‘60s. Films by New Wave directors were often characterized by fresh techniques using the city streets as character in the films. The New Wave films stimulate discussion about their place in the history of cinema and film. So whether a cinephile or a casual filmgoer, learn more about this distinctly French film movement. French New Wave Showcase,, presented by the Video Association of Dallas and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - DFW, screens every Saturday at 4 pm at Alamo, 100 S Central Expressway, Richardson “The French New Wave was a reaction to the bigness of Hollywood. Serious film scholars, writers and lovers started the movement to counteract the regimented Studio System. Their poetic way of taking filmmaking to the streets was immediately inspiring to a new generation of American filmmakers, showing them that creating original meaningful cinema was in reach. Their movement inspired many other cinematic moments that continue to propel cinema today,” said Bart Weiss, founder of [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:10+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

14th Asian Film Festival of Dallas – First Titles & Many “Firsts” – July 16-23 @ Angilika Film Center of Dallas

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas celebrates its 14th year with returning presenting sponsor Well Go USA Entertainment, from Thursday, July 16 through Thursday, July 23, 2015.   This festival year boasts its first 3D feature film and first film from Cambodia.  Film fans can also expect films from the U.S., Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Vietnam and from all genres: action, anime, comedy, crime drama, documentary, drama, martial arts, psycho drama, thriller and romantic comedy.    AFFD in numbers 33 feature film screenings. 5 shorts blocks, including local students’ shorts.  11 countries represented. 1 World premiere.  3 International premieres.  2 U.S. premieres. 4 Southwest premieres. 9 confirmed filmmakers in attendance.   AFFD organizers are excited about adding its first 3D and film from Cambodia, showcasing more diverse Asian films and announcing its first six of many diverse Asian and Asian-American films on the schedule: SEOUL SEARCHING (OPENING NIGHT FILM) Language/subtitles: English 2014/ 110min/ color/ DCP Director: Benson Lee Country: USA/South Korea **Director Benson Lee and actor Esteban Anh will be in attendance.** "Seoul Searching" is a '80s romantic teen comedy about a group of diverse Korean high schoolers from around the globe, coming together in [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:10+00:00 July 7th, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Selig Movie Flyer

100 years ago this week the Selig Movie Special left Northwestern Station in Chicago.  On July, 8th 1915, Selig Polyscope Company charted a private train to be known as The Selig Movie Special (sometimes referred to as the Selig Movie Flyer) to take theater owners and industry people from Chicago to the National League of Motion Picture Exhibitor’s conference in San Francisco.  The cost for the round trip was $128.00 for a 17 day trip.  This included the train ride, hotels and the stops the train made along the way.  Some of the sights that passengers saw along the way were the Grand Canyon, Pikes Peak, Denver, silver mines, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco.  They also toured the Selig Polyscope West Coast Studios and Selig Zoo.  This week we will be showing you trade ads and pictures from and about the trip on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.    

By | 2015-07-06T15:15:38+00:00 July 6th, 2015|Selig Polyscope Company, Studio History|0 Comments

Jurors and Panels For The 2015 Dallas International Film Festival

The Dallas Film Society has announced the jurors for competition films, as well as the Talk Show Panels, taking place during the 2015 Dallas International Film Festival presented by AutoNation. DIFF is also proud to confirm that ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and featuring Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, and Molly Shannon, will be screening as the second Centerpiece Film during the Festival. Grand Jury Prizes will be presented for Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Film, Animated Short Film, Student Short Film and Texas Film Competition presented by Panavision. Making up the Narrative Feature Competition Jury is Former Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival David Ansen, filmmaker Kat Candler, and Director of Programming for the Hawaiian International Film Festival Anderson Le. Comprising the Documentary Feature Competition Jury is filmmaker Cynthia Hill, Executive Director of Images Cinema Doug Jones, and Director/Producer AJ Schnack. Jurors for the Short Film and Student Short Film Competition are filmmaker Francis Bodomo, writer and animator Jeanette Bonds, and filmmaker Soham Mehta. Texas Competition jurors will include filmmaker Eric Hueber, Producer and Senior Programmer of South by Southwest Jarod Neece, and Austin Chronicle Film Critic and Senior Editor [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:10+00:00 April 8th, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

2015 Dallas International Film Festival Family Day Celebration

The Dallas Film Society announced today the lineup for its 2015 Dallas International Film Festival Family Day celebration, which is presented by CBS 11 and TXA 21, with support from Downtown Dallas, Inc. With a bit of carnival flair, Family Day includes activities, musicians and performances for filmgoers of all ages. The entirely FREE day of fun kicks off at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas and concludes with a free 30th anniversary outdoor screening of Tim Burton’s classic comedy PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE. Food trucks will be serving up tasty goodies throughout the afternoon and evening. At Family Day there is never a dull moment. Between scheduled sessions young film fans can show off their hula hooping skills, make paper planes, get their faces painted, jump in the bounce house and love on some real-life furry friends from Operation Kindness. Attendees can enjoy caricature portraits, courtesy of Univision TV/Radio, and visit the balloon artist at the CBS 11 tent to request their favorite balloon animals. Kids are also invited to take part in a variety of arts and crafts activities inspired by characters from PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE. Movie lovers of all ages can [...]

By | 2015-04-08T12:52:23+00:00 April 8th, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

Dallas International Film Festival Hosts Big Screen Premiere of BLAH AIRLINES FLIGHT 101

Virgin America, the upscale, low-fare airline known for shaking up the status quo, is teaming up with the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) for the big screen premiere of the airline’s critically-acclaimed “BLAH AIRLINES FLIGHT 101,” a five hour and forty-five minute film set on board a BLAH Airlines flight - the boring, beige and dull antithesis of the innovative and stylish experience when flying Virgin America.  The film, which will be screened on April 10 as part of the official DIFF Festival Line-Up, is a surrealistic and humorous work of cinema vérité that exposes the grim reality of commercial air travel - characterized by cramped seats, harsh lighting and a lack of entertainment and meal options. A film that AdWeek called "brilliant" and "warholian," BLAH AIRLINES FLIGHT 101, has garnered nearly one million views on YouTube to date.  The film’s trailer can be viewed here. In partnership with DIFF, the airline is inviting local flyers, Elevate frequent flyer program members and social followers to join the screening of BLAH AIRLINES FLIGHT 101 – and follow the hashtag, #ExitBlah and enter the moodlight for a chance to score a seat at the premiere].  Any festival-goer who makes it through the entire 5 hour [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:11+00:00 April 2nd, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

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