AND THE WINNER IS: Congratulations to Tanner Ellison, a University of North Texas student, whose photo took top honors in a national student contest hosted by the Society of Publication Designers. Her photo of a slide at White Rock Lake topped more than 250 entries in the Land/Sea/Air contest. “I have always been interested in finding abandoned objects,” Tanner says. “Recently my work has moved toward the absence of human interaction in public spaces at night. I am interested in these places because of the way that humans flock to them during the day, but stray away from them at night.” The Dallas native is scheduled to graduate from UNT this weekend.
ON THE ROAD, PART I: Summer is often the season of the road-trip movie. They almost always involve an AM radio soundtrack, questionable sleeping arrangments and at least one instance of car trouble. One Nation Under God might have those things, too, but the main focus of this road-tripper is four Dallas college students’ exploration of faith in America. “We came up with this idea to take a road trip and kind of expand our faith past just the Bible Belt,” Highland Park High School grad and current Baylor student Will Bakke tells The Park Cities People. “Then it turned into, ‘Well, I’m a film student, and I’ve got a camera. Why don’t we make a movie?'” What did he and his cohorts find on their journey? Find out tomorrow night, when One Nation Under God screens at 7 p.m. and again at 9:30 p.m. at the Regent at Highland Park Village.
ON THE ROAD, PART II: If you’re interested in what life on the road is like for a band, check in over at DFW.com as Fort Worth band The Burning Hotels will be blogging during its current monthlong tour. The first installment is already up, finding the band doused in beer before fighting through the worst meal they say they’ve ever had.
QUOTABLE: ““Horton Foote wrote tough, serious plays about people to whom nothing happened, except that they lived their lives. Horton never wrote a character in any of his plays. Horton only wrote people.”
— Edward Albee, during a tribute to the Texas playwright on Monday night at the Lincoln Center Theater.