Festive Occasions

Opening Night Celebration: Denim and Diamonds!  

Honky Tonk Heaven: The Legend of the Broken Spoke

With guest filmmakers Sam Wainwright Douglas and Brenda Greene Mitchell
Broken Spoke proprietors James and Annetta White
And live music by Dale Watson!

8:00 p.m. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonet)

Sam Wainwright Douglas and Brenda Greene Mitchell’s film pays homage to the Broken Spoke, Austin’s legendary honky tonk club. Interviewees and performers include Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, James Hand, Jesse Dayton, the Waco Brothers and the great Dale Watson, who will perform live to close the show. The film is also a touching portrait of the club’s charismatic, hard-working, rhinestone-studded owners, James and Annetta White, who will attend the screening.

Dale Watson

Dale Watson is a honky tonk hero and country music maverick. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State. Born in Alabama, he moved to Houston as a teenager and began playing clubs and local honky-tonks, before heading to L.A. and Nashville. Commercial country did not fit the fiercely independent songwriter, so Dale relocated to Austin, Texas where he got a record deal and wrote several songs poking fun at the industry side of Nashville, including “Nashville Rash” from his Hightone debut Cheatin’ Heart Attack and “A Real Country Song” from his 1996 follow-up Blessed or Damned. After making three albums with Hightone, Dale released The Trucking Sessions on Koch Records in 1998, leading critics to compare him to chart-topping writer Red Simpson, who was responsible for some of the most iconic trucking tunes in country music. Dale has been trucking ever since, touring around the world and acting in films and television. Dale signed with Red House Records in 2011 to release his 20th album called The Sun Sessions. Hailed as “one of the best country albums of the year” (Atlanta Journal Constitution), it was recorded at Memphis’s legendary Sun Studios.

Sam Wainwright Douglas and Brenda Greene Mitchell (Co-Directors)

sam_douglasSam is a director and editor born and raised in Houston and working in Austin, TX. Recently, Sam edited and co-produced No No: A Dockumentary, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, screened theatrically in 35 cities and was broadcast on Showtime. He directed Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio, which was broadcast nationwide on PBS in 2010, and co-directed The Holy Modal Rounders… Bound to Lose (2006).

brenda_headshotBrenda is a native Texan who grew up in Central Texas dance halls. In 1982, she and husband Scott Mitchell bought and restored the historic 1902 Wunsche Bros. Cafe in Spring, where she booked and hosted countless Texas folk/country musicians and founded and co-produced the Spring Music Festival from 1988-1992. In 1993, Brenda and her family moved to Austin. She was an executive producer on Somebody Up There Likes Me, which premiered at SXSW in 2012 and Icebreaker, currently in post-production.

Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show: The Movie

with guest performers Slanty Eyed Mama and director Carrie Preston

Wednesday, November 16 7:00 p.m. Asia Society Texas Center 

Slanty Eyed Mama is Juilliard trained electric violin virtuoso Lyris Hung and the comedic, political, lyrical actor-comedian Kate Rigg. Their Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show, filmed in an East Village Club and throughout New York City, comically dissects stereotypes of “Asian-ness” in the West.

Lyris and Hung will perform a brief live set following the screening, and will engage in a Q&A accompanied by director and Emmy Award-winning actress Carrie Preston (True Blood).

happy_luckySlanty Eyed Mama are “two good Asian girls gone badass.” Slanty Eyed Mama sees the world through the searing electric violin and beats of virtuoso Lyris Hung and the iconoclastic rants of Kate Rigg, a.k.a. Lady K-Sian. Kate is a Juilliard trained actor/playwright and a well known comedian.  Electric violinist Lyris Hung is also a Juilliard graduate who has a metal band called HUNG and tours with The Indigo Girls. Slanty Eyed Mama has gotten rave reviews from high profile gigs as artists-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution, the Perth International Arts Festival, appearances on PBS, GiRL FeST Hawaii, The Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, and countless colleges and outdoor festivals. They are favorites at new music conferences (Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago), alternative music fests and benefits (PrideFest, Grand Performances) and alt-culture venues like the Chicago Museum of Modern Art.carrie-preston-2015temp

Carrie Preston is an American actress, producer and director known for her work on the television series True Blood, Person of Interest and Crowded. Preston received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Elsbeth Tascioni on CBS’s acclaimed drama series The Good Wife, was nominated twice and won once the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

Closing Night Free Screening and Performance

Contemporary Color

Main and McKinney Streets

Thursday, November 17
6:00-7:00 p.m. Live performance by Texas Southern University Ocean of Soul Waves
7:00 p.m. Houston premiere of Bill and Turner Ross’s Contemporary Color!

site_still1Come see the new film documenting the performances and preparations for David Byrne’s spectacular event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, pairing rock performers with high school color guard teams!

Performers include St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, David Byrne, Ad-Rock and Money Mark, Devonté Hynes of Blood Orange, tUnE-yArDs, How to Dress Well, Zola Jesus, and Ira Glass! Join these these luminaries for a bacchanalia of beats, sabre-spinning and glitter cannons!




(Westheimer and Dunlavy)
10: 00 AM – 12:00 PM

aq2v4010Come to Cafe Brasil and mingle with festival guest artists in this annual brunch and panel discussion moderated by HCAS Artistic Director Richard Herskowitz. Guest artists will chat about the works they have brought to the festival and what it takes to get films produced and seen in a rapidly changing environment. Audience members will join in the discussion and the consumption of tasty treats!

Cinema Arts Celebration

(Westheimer and Dunlavy)
9:00 PM – 12:00 AM

aq2v4684Join festival guest artists and supporters on the patio of Cafe Brasil and enjoy music and visuals spun and projected by Houston artist and DJ Peter Lucas. Step inside The Brandon gallery to try out a variety of virtual reality artworks made by Maarten Isaäk de Heer, Rachel Rossin, and others for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear. Specialty cocktails and other tasty treats will be available at the cash bar!