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The Big Screen: JFK At DVF 26

It’s a brave new world for The Big Screen. This week, we’re combining our usual podcast with a new, expanded version of our radio segment that airs on KERA. Dallas Morning News movie critic Chris Vognar and I will still be talking movies each week, just in a more time-friendly package. And speaking of time: If you’re used to hearing The Big Screen at 3 p.m. on Friday, please be sure to listen for it in its new home: 8:20 a.m. and 6:20 a.m. Thursdays during the brand new KERA Newsroom.

On this week’s show, we talk to Dallas filmmaker Quin Mathews, whose documentary City of Hate is playing Sunday at VideoFest. Mathews tells us that this film has been bouncing around in his head for 50 years – since he went to Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963 to greet President Kennedy.

We asked Mathews about the title of his film, and how Dallas was able to shed that title.

“I think it was just natural growth and development,” he says. “I don’t think it was really a city of hate. I think it was a city where if you look at what was going on, you can understand how it felt like a city of hate. I think it just changed. Demographically, it changed, it grew. It’s a more sophisticated, bigger city – and most cities are.”

If you’re interested in more JFK commemorative events, be sure to visit our special home for them on Art&Seek. And for more on VideoFest, tune in to Think, Thursday at 1 p.m., when our guest will be George Schlatter. He’s the creator of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, and he’ll be in town this weekend to accept the festival’s Ernie Kovacs Award.

Be sure to subscribe to The Big Screen on iTunes. Stream this week’s episode below or download it.

  • Miguel Cruz

    Sorry to hear how big of a haircut the show has taken. When I saw that the runtime was 3 minutes, I immediately redownloaded thinking that the first had cut off prematurely.