Cinematexas Fest Showcasing Shorts in the Lone Star State
by Brian Brooks
Cinematexas is gearing up for the 8th installment of its short film festival beginning September 16th. The event touts itself as the 'nation's bravest festival,' offering 300 films throughout Austin, TX in theaters as well as parking lots, galleries, coffee shops and warehouses. In addition to their international and student competitions, one of this year's six sidebars will feature writer-director Todd Haynes ("Far from Heaven") who will screen and discuss a selection of his short films. Filmmaker and critic Jean-Pierre Gorin ("My Crasy Life," 1992) will also attend the event to screen his films and to discuss his 30-year relationship with esteemed film critic, Manny Farber.
Also planned for Cinematexas is a rare screening of Jean Painleve's scientific short films in newly restored prints as well as recent documentaries from Mexico in addition to a screening of restored archival prints by German animator Oskar Fischinger. The event will also host a section focusing on music, political imagery, computer-gaming, and a section for children. The "Terra Cognita Moving Image Installation Series" sidebar, meanwhile, will include an art project dubbed, "SUM," described by the festival as a "roving urban intervention by African-American artist William Pope L., who will confront various Austin communities with a neon-lit racial epithet from the past."
"Everywhere we hear that cinema is dead, but everywhere cinema keeps popping up in other forms: music, short films, digital gaming, installation art," commented artistic director David Barker in an event release. "We answer to no authority other than the passion to discover innovative artists and emergent forms, and the desire to introduce new work to people of every possible background." Cinematexas International Short Film Festival continues through September 21st.
[For more information, go to: http://www.cinematexas.org]