The sixth annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival will start this year’s festivities with a screening of Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream complete with The Lion King (Broadway version) creator herself.

Another highpoint will be director James Ivory (known for A Room With a View, Howard’s End and The Remains of the Day) here to present this most recent film City of Your Final Destination (2009) as well as Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990) and The Remains of the Day (1993).He’ll also be receiving the Levantine Awards from Levantine Films, previously awarded to Isabella Rossellini, Ethan Hawke, Robert Redford and Richard Linklater.

In the area of visual art, the festival is presenting an exhibit entitled “Street Scenes: Street Photography and the Moving Image.”

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