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: Friday, October 21, 2016
Left On Pearl
7 p.m., Angelika 2
Chick Flicks Short Block
Boston, 1971: International Women’s Day marchers turn left on Pearl Street in Cambridge and seize a building for a women’s center on land also claimed by the African-American community for affordable housing. Director Susan Rivo’s documentary examines the legacy of this event 45 years later.
Two Trains Runnin’
9:30 p.m., Angelika 2
Director Sam Pollard’s documentary relives the fateful Freedom Summer of 1964, when two separate groups came to Mississippi in search of blues masters Son House and Skip James, while clashes between police, blacks, the Klan and civil rights workers rage around them. Narrated by Common.
The Trials of Muhammed Ali
7 p.m., Angelika 3
Kartemquin 50 Year Celebration
Emmy-award winning 2013 documentary examines Ali’s refusal to join the Army and serve in Vietnam, which could have resulted in a lifetime ban from boxing and five years in prison.
Maid / Spider Veins
9:45pm, Angelika 3
Long-Awaited World Premiere!
The ordeals of St. Joan of Arc are transported to Marfa, Texas, home of mysterious blinking lights and such Hollywood classics as Giant and There Will Be Blood in playwright Erik Ehn’s satirical allegory. Hayley Orrantia, Erica on TV’s The Goldbergs, is Joan, a hotel maid who hears voices, encounters her saints and meets her destiny in one long night in the dusty far West Texas desert. Texas actors Nicole Berasetequi and Jenni Tooley are St. Catherine and St. Margaret, and yes, there are angels and a broadsword battle. Shakespeare Dallas artistic director Raphael Parry makes his film-directing debut with this 25-minute live-action short and will be in attendance.
It is paired with Spider Veins, a 19-minute film by Frank Mosley, starring Katey Parker, Danielle Pickard, and Jennifer Mazza-Nguyen, and loosely inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. See trailer above.
All screenings at Angelika Film Center Dallas, Mockingbird Station, 5321 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206