2018 is a huge year for the Houston Cinema Arts Festival as we will be celebrating our tenth anniversary! Last year’s festival was a major success, even after all of the setbacks caused by Hurricane Harvey, so we are thrilled to see what this year has in store. As always, the festival will have great films, fun events, and a variety of experiences to excite your imagination. To celebrate our big milestone, we’ve also cooked up some special surprises that you will not want to miss!
Less than three months after Hurricane Harvey devastated the city of Houston, the Houston Cinema Arts Festival kicked off its’ ninth year of festivities. In the wake of the storm venues had to be replaced and plans had to be changed, but we all pulled together to create the best HCAF yet! The festival included everything from Oscar hopefuls (and eventual winners) like Call Me By Your Name and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Dear HCAS Community-
I have been involved with the Society since its inception, but everything is new to me now!
I am honored to lead the Society after participating for the last nine years as a board member. I have watched the Society and Houston Cinema Arts Festival grow from a small group of people with an idea to an 8-day celebration of cinema arts about and by artists, that attracts visitors from inside the loop to around the globe.
This year’s Houston Cinema Arts Festival will continue to celebrate film and its intersections with the arts, an emphasis that is unique among American film festivals. At the same time, in common with a host of other film festivals, we are exploring several areas that we feel are vital to address at this historical moment.
Foregrounding voices neglected by mainstream media is a mission we share with other film festivals. This past year,
I’m writing from the Toronto Film Festival, where I have been immersing myself in films by and about artists, as I make the final selections for our upcoming festival, November 10-17.
It’s frankly a relief to have a theme (the arts) to narrow my focus in this deluge of 300 features and 100 shorts from 83 countries. Literature was the dominant art form of my selections this year. Among my favorites were former festival guest Matias Pinero’s Hermia and Helena,
I’m very pleased that, for our annual Julydoscope free event at 7:00p.m. on July 16 at Discovery Green Park, we have landed one of the greatest arts films of the year, Sonita. This film picked up both the Jury and Audience prizes for World Cinema at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Sonita Alizadeh is the 17-year old Afghan teenager who, while living in Iran, made a viral rap video that protested her family’s efforts to sell her as a child bride.
I attended the Cannes Film Festival last week, after skipping it for the last two years. Cannes can be frustrating without a high-level access badge and, in 2013, my market credentials were just good enough to get me, and then strand me, on ticket waiting lists. As with most festivals, though, having experience and getting advice from others (including Marian Luntz from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, who also attended this year) helped me better navigate the event,
Hello everyone. 2013 was a great year with Festival films AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, ERNEST & CELESTINE, NEBRASKA, PHILOMENA, CUTIE AND THE BOXER all up for Oscar nominations. So many great films to choose from. If you are like me and didn’t get to see them all, here is your up-to date list on where to find them! If you saw them – let us know with a post on social media #HCAFilms, and we will enter your name in a drawing for a weekend pass to Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2016,
Last month I started a quest to share where to find the films from HCAF 2015. This month we step back one more year to 2014. If you find yourself with time to watch a movie from the theater seat where you are and wonder what to choose, take a journey through these films curated for HCAF 2014 by Artistic Director, Richard Herskowitz. Enjoy!
Back next month with the films from HCAF 2013!
Whew! I haven’t written a blog since last August. My only excuse is that there is almost as much to do after every Festival as there is before and during, especially now with more year-round programming but that is a topic for another day. It might surprise you to know that as the Executive Director of Houston Cinema Arts Society, I often don’t get to see the films in Houston Cinema Arts Festival (HCAF) until months after it closes.