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The Big Screen: Inside The Found Footage Festival

The programmers of the Found Footage Festival pour through all the VHS tapes they can get their hands on in a search or the best of the worst. No aerobics instructor, corporate trainer or public access TV host is safe. This week, we talk to one of the festival’s founders about why these terrible videos are so much fun.

The Big Screen: The Beauty of ESPN’s 30 For 30

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Dallas native Thaddeus Matula has directed a pair of documentaries that have aired as part of ESPN’s 30 For 30 series – Pony Excess and Brian and the Boz. This week, we talk to him about how the films put human faces on sports figures.

The Big Screen: ‘Interstellar’ Resurrects 35mm

Interstellar, the highly-anticipated new film from director Christopher Nolan, hit theaters this week. And depending on where you see it, the movie might have a different look. This week, we talk to Barak Epstein of the Texas Theatre for a primer on the differences between 35 mm and digital.

The Big Screen: Lone Star Film Fest Preview

The Lone Star Film Festival opens in Fort Worth next week. And among the 30 movies playing are a couple with serious Oscar buzz. This week, we talk to festival director Alec Jhangiani for a preview.

The Big Screen: ‘Listen Up Philip’

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In Listen Up Philip, Jason Schwartzman is a novelist who uses his professional struggles as an excuse to alienate everyone in his personal life. The film was developed by the North Texas production company Sailor Bear, and this week, we talk to one of its principals – James Johnston – about what it took to make the movie.

The Big Screen: A Chat With Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer is known for his part in bringing This is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, The Simpsons and other comedies to the world. This week, we talk to him about his career in comedy while he’s in town to accept VideoFest’s Ernie Kovacs Award.

The Big Screen: VideoFest Picks

More than 100 features, narratives and documentaries will screen at this year’s VideoFest, which kicks off tonight with a live-scored performance of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger. So this week, we wade through the lineup to offer a few suggestions.

The Big Screen: A New Score For A Hitchcock Silent

Next week, VideoFest will open its 27th edition with an event that’s part film, part music. The Dallas Chamber Symphony will perform a brand-new score that syncs up with Alfred Hitchcock’s silent film, The Lodger. This week, we talk to the man who will be conducting the musicians that night.

The Big Screen: ‘Believe Me’

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In the comedy Believe Me, four college seniors start a fake charity with the goal of bilking devout Christians out of money. This week, we talk to the film’s Dallas-raised director about how the story actually should appeal to a Christian audience.

Think: Acoustics At The Meyerson

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Krys Boyd interviewed Jerome Weeks and author Laurie Shulman today. Here’s an excerpt and a link to the podcast.

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