Tonight, the AFI Dallas International Film Festival presents its Tex Avery Animation Award to a director many people may never have heard of. Yet henry Selick has already created at least two major animation landmarks — as well as an instantly recognizable style that combines the gloomy and giggly.
Archive for March, 2009
The Van Cliburn Foundation has announced its Cliburn Concerts lineup for 2009-2010. Seven programs, including performances by superstar Yo-Yo Ma and hypervirtuoso Marc-André Hamelin, will be presented in Bass Performance Hall. Three contemporary-music programs will be presented in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The Bass series will open on Sept. 22 with the [...]
Get the Flash Player to see this content. March ends with a bang not a whimper on the Art&Seek blog, as the newest Artist Studio Video Tour debuts with Andrew Tolentino’s converted garage in Addison. Andrew’s work is currently on view (and for sale) in Kettle Art’s Birds v. Skulls show. And on Saturday, you can [...]
The opening image of Monday night’s centerpiece film, The Burning Plain, shows am Airstream-like trailer engulfed in flames in the middle of an open field. As the story unfolds, we learn who’s in that trailer, why they are there and how that fire got started. But what was it about a fire, as opposed to [...]
The late Texas playwright Horton Foote died earlier this month while re-configuring his nine-play cycle, The Orphans’ Home, into three three-hour dramas. Now the Mellon Foundation has guaranteed that production: It donated $500,000 to the Hartford Stage, which will premiere the show in September.
A little later today, I’ll fill you in on last night’s centerpiece screening of The Burning Plain, the directorial debut of Babel writer Guillermo Arriaga. But until then, consider these options as you plan your AFI day: Valentino: The Last Emperor – Raves met this portrait of the famed fashion designer when it played at [...]
BIG ARTS CUTS ONE STATE OVER: If you are a Louisiana arts organization that relies on small grants from the state, you might start setting up that lemonade stand. Governor Bobby Jindal has slashed the Louisiana Decentralized Arts Fund by 83 percent as the state trims its overall budget by about 10 percent. The fund [...]
Desdemona: A Love Story may well be the most gorgeous looking film at the AFI Film Festival. Good or bad, consciously or not, it’s one of those judgments viewers make about an independent film: Does this thing look as good as a Hollywood studio product? Thanks to cinematographer and editor Philip Roy, Desdemona doesn’t look like a Hollywood film. It looks like a beautifully crafted Hollywood film.
Yes, a beautifully crafted Hollywood film whose slowness and obviousness are likely to make a viewer pinch himself on occasion to make sure he hasn’t fallen into a coma.
Art&Seek will sponsor a screening of the documentary Say My Name tonight at 5:30 at NorthPark. I posted a review of the film earlier this week over here. The film takes a look at women in hip-hop, and one of the things I point out in my review is that many of the bigger names [...]
Gail Sachson owns Ask Me About Art, is vice-chair of the Cultural Affairs Commission and frequent contributor of art-related cover stories to the Dallas Medical Journal. Her more recent article was in December, 2008, titled “How Did King Tut Die?” She conceived and curated “The Art of Medicine” exhibit at Mockingbird Towers. It’s after office [...]