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The High Five: Oak Cliff Film Festival Announces New Filmmaker Award

by Eric Aasen 9 Dec 2013 9:09 AM

Five stories that have North Texas talking: The Oak Cliff Film Festival announces a filmmaker grant, an artist collective turns 35, more earthquakes in our region, and more.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: The Oak Cliff Film Festival announces a filmmaker grant, an artist collective turns 35, more earthquakes in our region, and more.

  • The Oak Cliff Film Festival returns June 19-22 and organizers have announced that they will launch the “Muybridge Filmmaking Award,” a new grant that will be given to a local filmmaker for starting funds on a new project, FrontRow reports. No such award exists in Dallas, but these types of grants can have a “transformative effect” on productions and regional film scenes, FrontRow says. The festival will take place at the Texas Theatre, the Kessler Theater, Bishop Arts Theatre Center and other venues around Bishop Arts District and Jefferson Boulevard. The festival is accepting films through April 26. Here’s a look at the 2013 festival from KERA’s Art&Seek.
  • Artist collective turns 35: The Dallas gallery 500X is the granddaddy of North Texas’ artist collectives, the group efforts that find visual artists banding together to share studio space or create an alternative to commercial art galleries. KERA’s Jerome Weeks with Art&Seek says 500X is still going strong at 35 years old. Tom Orr helped establish the area’s first for-profit, artist-run gallery – certainly the first to last this long. “We really didn’t know what the heck we were doing,” Orr told Jerome. “I mean, we’d work and work, and everybody had these other jobs, and we had these meetings every Sunday that would start like at three in the afternoon and go on until three in the morning, and it was just horrible. But somehow, it worked.”
  • Another day, another earthquake in North Texas. The ice storm stopped pretty much everything in North Texas, but it hasn’t stopped seismic activity. Early Sunday morning, a 3.6-magnitude earthquake struck in Parker County, about 2 miles northwest of Azle. And then early this morning, another earthquake struck – a 3.7-magnitude quake about 11 miles northeast of Mineral Wells. More than 20 earthquakes have hit the region since early November. “I thought the house was going to fall down,” Noel “Jim” Nutt told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after Sunday’s quake. “After it stopped shaking I heard a big boom — like a sonic boom, but you usually get two sonic booms and this was only one.” Several earthquakes have hit in or near Azle. KERA recently visited Azle to talk with residents about what it’s like to be in the epicenter. And what’s causing all of these quakes? Some scientists point to injection wells that are drilled to store wastewater from natural gas drilling.
  • Ice Storm, Day Four: Is it over yet? Not quite. The sleet and freezing rain fell Friday. But it stuck around thanks to sub-freezing temperatures. Many schools were canceled again Monday. We’ll warm up as the week rolls along. Stay tuned for the latest weather details on KERA 90.1 FM and KERA’s weather blog.
  • Kim and Kanye at Mi Cocina: The North Texas ice storm didn’t stop Kanye West from performing Friday at American Airlines Center. And it didn’t stop his fiancée, Kim Kardashian, from getting around Dallas. She posted a picture from Dallas on Instagram. And Kim and Kanye were spotted Saturday at Mi Cocina at Highland Park Village. [The Dallas Morning News] Visit to see Kim’s travels through Dallas.