The Broken Spoke — Austin’s beloved honky tonk, which has provided live music and a dance floor for more than a half a century — will be in the spotlight on the opening night of the 2016 Cinema Arts Festival.
Sam Wainwright Douglas and Brenda Mitchell directed the documentary “Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke” about the venue. The Nov. 10 screening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will be accompanied by a performance by beloved country music traditionalist Dale Watson.
The eighth annual Cinema Arts Festival announced its lineup at its launch party at the Alley Theatre Tuesday evening. About half of this year’s programming is directed or co-directed by women, part of a theme that will also include the AFI Directing Workshop for Women Showcase. Among the screenings will be “Paint It Black,” written, directed and starring Amber Tamblyn. She’ll also appear at Brazos Bookstore for a poetry reading while here.
This year is the centennial for legendary playwright Horton Foote, a Wharton native. Anne Rapp will present a portion of her in-progress documentary about Foote, and introduce a screening of “Tender Mercies,” the award-winning 1983 film written by Foote.

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