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For VideoFest, A New (Old) Venue

by Stephen Becker 5 Mar 2012 2:32 PM

For the 25th edition of the festival, it returns to where it all began.


Bart Weiss, sporting the original VideoFest T-shirt from 1987.

This year’s edition of VideoFest will be its 25th. And to mark the occasion, the event is returning to where it began.

During a small gathering of local film writers this morning, VideoFest artistic director Bart Weiss announced that the festival will return to the Dallas Museum of Art, where it spent its first 10 years.

“It separates us from other festivals,” Weiss said about being at the DMA. While he was clear that he enjoyed the time at the Angelika, “in the next room other films are happening and it doesn’t have the same sense that something special is going on.”

The festival left the DMA when the museum wanted greater curatorial control over programming. It spent the next 10 years at the Kalita Humpheys Theater. And as anyone who went to a show there can tell you, that building was always (always) cold. So, the festival moved to the Angelika Film Center, where it’s been for the last four years.

When it returns to the DMA, programming will be shown in the Horchow Auditorium, the Center for Creative Connections and two other spaces in the museum.

Other items of note that came out of the meeting:

  • VideoFest will run Sept. 27-30.
  • The Program, which focuses on video art and has been a separate event, will be folded into VideoFest.
  • The shorts included in the festival will be picked via an online poll.
  • Lisa Taylor

    Thank you to Art + Seek for reporting on this!

  • Lisa Taylor

    Thank you to Art + Seek for reporting on this!