Mel Brooks in <em>The Last Laugh</em>

DVF29: Thursday

Here's a look at Thursday highlights from the 29th Dallas VideoFest at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.

published Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Each day through Sunday, Oct. 23, TheaterJones will offer thoughts on suggested films to see at the 29th annual Dallas VideoFest at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. To see our preview of the festival, go here.


DVF29 Highlights: Thursday, October 20, 2016


The Last Laugh

7 p.m., Angelika 2:

Community Partner 3 Stars Jewish Cinema

Ferne Pearlstein’s feature documentary, over two decades in the making, asks a fundamental question in comedy:  does tragedy plus time equal funny? Can The Holocaust ever be a subject for comedy?  Are there lines that just shouldn’t be crossed, ever?  Weighing in on this delicate subject are actual Holocaust survivors including former Auschwitz prisoners Renee Firestone, and familiar TV face Robert Clary, who drew on his experiences to play LeBeau in the long-running sitcom Hogan’s Heroes. Among the giants of American comedy offering their insight are Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Louis CK, Chris Rock, Joan Rivers, and Carl and Rob Reiner. And, of course, Mel Brooks, the man who thanked Hitler upon accepting his Tony Award for the musical The Producers, based on his own Oscar-winning screenplay about two Jewish Broadway producers attempting a scam with a Nazi musical. Other films that dared to approach mixing humor and Holocaust, such as 1998’s Life Is Beautiful and Jerry Lewis’ notoriously shelved The Day The Clown Cried (1972) are examined, with comment from authors Etgar Keret, Shalom Auslander and Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League. Texas Premiere.

Showing with The Last Laugh is the animated short, Chika, Dog From The Ghetto, based on the book by Shoa survivor Batsheva Dagan. 


Streets of a Scion

9:15 p.m., Angelika 2

In this urban drama, a young man named Bobby loses his father and moves into an unfamiliar neighborhood.  He tries to find himself in Cee, a local thug.  Director Gabe Duran in attendance.  World Premiere.


Blur Circle

7 p.m., Angelika 3 

Two years after his disappearance, single mother Jill Temple (Cora Vander Broek) is still grieving his disappearance. Unable to face losing him forever, she pursues every lead and in the process meets Burton Rose (Matthew Brumlow), a man with a shrouded past.  The details of that past—and how Burton has responded to it—force Jill to look at her life in a completely new way. Director Chris Hansen in attendance.


Quaker Oaths

9 p.m., Angelika 3

Community Partner Women in Film Dallas

In this offbeat comedy, Quakers Joe (Alex Dobrenko) and Emily (Fede Rangel) want to get divorced, but their tradition requires them to track down the friends and relatives who signed their wedding certificate when they got married.  The same people have to now cross their names off the document.  Along the way they revisit old feelings and discover new ones. Directed by Louisiana Kreutz.

Presented as part of Women in Film’s Chick Flicks series.


All screenings at Angelika Film Center Dallas, Mockingbird Station, 5321 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206 Thanks For Reading

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DVF29: Thursday
Here's a look at Thursday highlights from the 29th Dallas VideoFest at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.
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