The Houston Cinema Arts Field Trip Program allows schools to bring students free of charge to select screenings that inspire and educate. Following each film, students are encouraged to actively participate in Q&As with guest artists. The lively discussions range from the art of making motion pictures to the visual, performing, or literary arts subject of the film. This is an opportunity for students to improve their media literacy, learn more about careers in the arts, and widen their artistic horizons.



Silent Film Program with Michael Zahs and filmmaker, Andrew Sherburne

The program will include a screening of the film Saving Brinton + silent film presentation with Michael Zahs + Q&A with Zahs and Sherburne

Friday, November 10 @10:30am – 12:30pm


Saving Brinton: When an eccentric collector, Michael Zahs, discovers the showreels of the man who brought moving pictures to the Heartland, he begins a journey to restore the legacy of America’s greatest barnstorming movieman and save these irreplaceable cinematic treasures from turning to dust.

Michael Zahs presentation: Historian Michael Zahs presents movies from the dawn of cinema! The program will showcase what audiences saw over a century years ago, covering a brief history of magic lantern projection and early barnstorming film programs featuring works from famed filmmakers Thomas Edison, Georges Méliés, and the Lumiere brothers.

Materials used in Zahs’ program will be from the Brinton Collection of magic lantern slides (before movies) and very early film (1895-1908). Frank and Indiana Brinton were projection entertainers based in Iowa who traveled from Texas to Minnesota.

These “silent” films would have always been presented with narration or live accompaniment. Here, Mr. Zahs presents some cinematic history, some live narration, and his own unique accumulation of facts and trivia about the films provenance.


No Maps on my Taps with filmmaker George Nierenberg


Monday, November 13 @10:30am – 12:30pm

In 1979, Nierenberg’s exhilarating landmark film, No Maps on My Taps, showed his real love for the tap dancers and their art. The talent and ebullient charisma of the three dancers shines through in every frame.

Milestone Films restoration from the original camera negative and theatrical release of No Maps on My Taps and About Tap establishes the two seminal documentaries by George T. Nierenberg as the films that have helped revitalize the state of tap dancing!



Screening of this year’s winners + local filmmaker + representative from NASA

Monday, November 13 @10:30am – 12:00pm


Each year, as part of the festival, filmmakers from around the world submit their short films inspired by and using actual NASA imagery. Last year, this international competition drew 457 entries worldwide – from 6 continents. Films featuring NASA-captured imagery and video collected throughout the agency’s 50-year history were judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail: the same hallmarks of spaceflight.


Ready to sign up or have questions? Please email our Education Coordinator, Anna Julia