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Let's Go Out to the Movies

by Danielle Georgiou 6 Aug 2010 12:48 PM

This weekend is chock-a-block with film options – everything from video art to short films to summer blockbusters.


Guest blogger Danielle Marie Georgiou is a dance lecturer at the University of Texas Arlington. She also serves as assistant director of  UT Arlington’s Dance Ensemble.

"Second Nature" by Guy Ben-Ner

Dear movie lovers,

This is your weekend! Everything from video art, to sound art, to shorts, to feature films will be opening across Dallas.

If you are into experimental short films, hit up The Second Program’s Evening of Shorts at Conduit Gallery. Curated by Bart Weiss, the videos that will be showcased are new works from established and emerging artists, including Jem Cohen, Guy ben Ner, Ken Tin-Kin Hung, and Kerry Laitiala (in 3D, glasses provided).

Show starts at 7 p.m.; admission: free.

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Also on the docket: Times Twenty Plus (X20+), which showcases video and sound art created in North Texas. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., stop by the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) to see the compilation loop of 20 plus video artists. Then from 6-9 p.m., check out additional programming from VJ Anomolee, Aaron Gonzalez, Thorrific, the Booker T. Washington Film Club, Inter.sect Art Collective and other featured artists, including Trent Straughan, Robert Flowers, Christi Nielson and Kyle Kondas.

Admission: free.

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Hub Shorts: Premiere Showcase

Feel like watching some narrative shorts coupled with dance for camera works? Then check out the Hub Shorts Film Festival: Premiere Showcase. Featuring work from local artists, each film shown is an area premiere. The goal of the Hub Shorts, says curator Lauren Guyer, is to showcase work from emerging local artists and to continue to bring film to Deep Ellum. Artists include: Lily Sloan, Katie McGaha, Cody Sanders, Heather Pauley, Bethany Nelson, Rachel Bruce Johnson, Sam Shaffer, Brent Rotunno and Alex Wagner. A Q&A with the directors will immediately follow the screening.

Show starts at 8:15 p.m., click here for ticket information.

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Opening at the box office this weekend is the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy The Other Guys, the third in the series of the dance films, Step Up (this time in 3D!), the family-friendly Flipped (based on the book by Wendelin Van Draanen) and Luke Wilson’s Middle Men – the true story of a businessman who ventured into Internet porn and became one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs of his time.

So many movie choices to pick from. Enjoy!