December 9, 2020
HOUSTON — Houston Cinema Arts Society is partnering with Sundance Film Festival to host a Sundance Satellite Film Festival in Houston. Expanding beyond its Utah home, the Festival has created a network of partnerships to bring feature films and customized local programming — talks, events, artist meet-ups — to communities across the country. In addition to these Satellite Screen partnerships, the Institute will program screenings at The Ray in Park City and the Rose Bowl and Mission Tiki Drive-Ins in Los Angeles, health and safety guidelines permitting, as well as on the Sundance Film Festival virtual platform. Each Satellite Screen will create and host their own events, sharing local cultural conversations with broader Festival audiences, with most also screening selections from the 2021 program.
“These partners are the backbone of independent artistic communities across the country, where filmmakers are born and cinephiles are developed,” said Sundance Film Festival Director Tabitha Jackson. “We’re entering these partnerships because a healthy ecosystem for artists and audiences requires that independent cinemas across the country survive and thrive.”
Houston Cinema Arts Society will host drive-in screenings at downtown Houston’s beautiful Moonstruck Drive-In, as well as the Drive-In at the historic DeLuxe Theater, one of the jewels of the 5th Ward. HCAS will also be presenting “Beyond Film” virtual programming, companion programming to the “Sundance Select” films. Programming details to be announced. Tickets will go on sale on January 7th at cinemahtx.org.
*We at HCAS are so excited to be partnering with the Sundance Film Festival on presenting a Sundance Satellite Film Festival in Houston.” HCAS Artistic Director Jessica Green said. “This is a rare opportunity to bring together a world renowned film festival, featuring the best in global independent film, with Houston, the United States’ most emergent global and diverse city. We are excited to share some of the best of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in real time, with Houstonians, along with “Beyond Film” virtual programming featuring, and in partnership with local filmmakers, artists and organizations.”
HCAS Artistic Director Jessica Green and festival artists are available for interviews upon requests. Film screeners available upon request.
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Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting unique and innovative film programs, multimedia installations and performances, and educational opportunities to engage, enrich, and empower Houston’s diverse communities and cultures. HCAS flagship programs include the Houston Cinema Arts Festival held annually in November, the Cinespace short film competition (a collaboration with NASA challenging filmmakers to create films from the NASA archives), Borders | No Borders, a short film competition (for residents of, and filmmakers with significant ties to Texas, the states it borders, and Mexico), and the Black Media Story Summit (a collaboration with Black Public Media, the Austin Film Society, and the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation). HCAS is dedicated to serving Houston filmmakers and film lovers and engaging in meaningful partnerships with creative individuals and organizations at the intersection of cinema with the visual arts, music, theatre, literature, dance, culture, science, and the humanities. HCAS is generously supported by HEB, Houston First Corporation, Levantine Films, Franci Neely Foundation, Petrello Family Foundation, Cabrina & Steven Owsley, Carrin Patman & Jim Derrick, Catherine Asher Morgan, Sara and Bill Morgan, Louisa Stude Sarofim, Nina & Michael Zilkha, Mark Wawro, Amegy Bank, Kinder Foundation, Brown Foundation, Texas Film Commission, Houston Film Commission, Texas Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, and Houston Arts Alliance. The 2020 Houston Cinema Arts Festival took place November 12-22, at Drive-Ins around Houston and on the virtual Eventive platform.