Lone Star Film Society Announces Year Long Screening Series

Posted in Uncategorized by johnwildman on March 20, 2009


The Lone Star Film Society Announces Partnership
With the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
In Year Long Programming for 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 19, 2009—The Lone Star Film Society announces two new screening series at the Modern Art Museum beginning in March 2009:  Best of Fest and selections from Arthouse Films. Both series’ events will be screened in the Modern’s auditorium.

Best of Fest will highlight one feature film per month from the 2008 Lone Star International Film Festival or other standouts from the international film festival circuit. Where Art and Film Collide: Selections from Arthouse Films will feature four films from the distributor Arthouse Films which specializes in documentaries about art and artists.

Best of Fest
Standouts from the International Film Festival Circuit
Monthly Beginning in March

March 21
Shades Of Ray
Shades Of Ray, a festival favorite, kicks off the Best of Fest series on Saturday, March 21st at 7:00 PM. The screening will mark the launch of the film’s availability for download from Amazon.com. Writer/Director Jaffar Mahmood and actor Brian George (Seinfeld, Employee of the Month) will be in attendance to introduce the film and field questions after the screening. Jaffar Mahmood’s first feature is a comedic, heartfelt tale about the idiosyncrasies that make family and relationships unique, no matter how or where they originate. American-born Ray Rehman comes home one night to find his larger than life Pakistani father on his doorstep. Ray’s Caucasian mother threw him out.  While trying to get his parents back together, Ray discovers his true identity.

Other titles in the Best of Fest series will include A Quiet Little Marriage (Audience Award Austin Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize Slamdance Film Festival) and Visual Acoustics (Grand Jury Prize 2008 Lone Star International Film Festival, Audience Award Austin Film Festival, Audience Award Palm Springs International Film Festival) with dates and additional titles to be announced soon.

Tickets for the Best of Fest series are $8 for the general public and will be available online at http://www.LoneStarFilmSociety.com at the beginning of each month. Tickets will also be available beginning at 6 pm. on the day of screenings at the Lone Star Film Society table inside the Modern.  Members of the Lone Star Film Society and the Modern’s Reel People receive discounted admission.

In addition to Best of Fest, the Lone Star Film Society is proud to co-present with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth:
Where Art and Film Collide:
Selections from Arthouse Films
Tuesdays, April 7–28, 2009, 7 pm

Screenings begin Tuesday, April 7, and run every Tuesday through April 28. Films begin at 7 pm in the Modern’s auditorium. Admission to this series is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first come/first serve basis. Tickets are available at the Modern’s admission desk beginning at 5 pm.on the day of each screening.  The Museum galleries and Café Modern will remain open until 7 pm on Tuesdays during the series, (regular gallery admission charge applies).

April 7
Beautiful Losers
Featuring artists such as Shepard Fairey, Stephen Powers and Barry McGee Beautiful Losers celebrates the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural moments of a generation. In the early 1990s a loose-knit group of like-minded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY (do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip hop & graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the “establishment” art world, this group and the subcultures they sprang from have now become a movement that has been transforming pop culture.

April 14
The Cats of Mirikitani
Eighty-year old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home, the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy’s painful past. An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of friendship and art, this documentary won the Audience Award at its premiere in the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

“The Cats of Mirikitani is, quite simply, breathtaking—one of the most surprising and unshakable documentaries I can recall,” New York Sun.

April 21
Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press
Obscene is the definitive film biography of Barney Rosset, the influential publisher of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review. He acquired the then fledgling Grove Press in 1951 and soon embarked on a tumultuous career of publishing and political engagement that continues to inspire today’s defenders of free expression.  Not only was he the first American publisher of acclaimed authors Samuel Beckett, Kenzaburo Oe, Tom Stoppard, Che Guevara, and Malcolm X, but he also battled the government in the highest courts to overrule the obscenity ban on groundbreaking works of fiction such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer and Naked Lunch. Ultimately he won and altered the course of history, but not without first enduring lawsuits, death-threats, grenade attacks, government surveillance, and the occupation of his premises by enraged feminists.

But the same unyielding and reckless energy Rosset used to publish and distribute controversial works such as Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, the Swedish film I Am Curious (Yellow), and the provocative Evergreen Review, also brought him perilously close to destruction.  Featuring music by Bob Dylan, The Doors, Warren Zevon, and Patti Smith, and never-before-seen footage, Obscene is directed by first time filmmakers Neil Ortenberg and Daniel O’Connor.

April 28
Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
Yale-educated and born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Sam Wagstaff transformed himself from innovative museum curator to Robert Mapplethorpe’s lover and patron. During the heady years of the 1970s and 1980s, the New York City art scene was abuzz with a new spirit, and Mapplethorpe was at the center of it.


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