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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.

The Big Screen: Frame of Mind

On Thursday, KERA-TV will air the first episode of Frame of Mind. The 13-week series features some of the best independent films by Texas directors. This week, we talk to Bart Weiss, who curated the series, about what the films say about the state of Texas filmmaking.

The Big Screen: Hitchcock’s First Talkie

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The Lone Star Film Society is teaming up with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for an Alfred Hitchcock retrospective. The series begins tonight with one of the director’s earliest film’s – Blackmail from 1929. This week, we talk to SMU film professor – and Hitchcock expert – Dr. Rick Worlan about how the movie previews Hitchcock’s later masterpieces.

The Big Screen: Talking Robert Rodriguez, Sin City 2

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Robert Rodriguez is known as much for making bloody action movies like Desperado as he is for making kid-friendly films like the Spy Kids series. This week, we talk about the Austin director’s career ahead of his new film, Sin City 2.

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