The Houston Cinema Arts Festival will expand to a full week this year, Nov. 12-19. In addition to its traditional emphasis on arts-related programming, the seventh annual event will focus on films related to space and NASA, as well as local and regional productions.
Music, again, will play a big role during the festival. “Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove,” the debut film by writer Joe Nick Patoski, looks at the music and life of legend Doug Sahm. When Sahm died in 1999, he left a remarkable body of work that effortlessly fused various types of music into a pan-Texas style of his own.
Other music-centric films at the festival this year: a documentary about Bay City’s Earth-shaking family gospel group the Jones Family Singers; “Heart of a Dog,” about avant-garde musician Laurie Anderson and her beloved rat terrier, who died in 2011; a film about ’60s psychedelic rock in Cambodia, which will include a performance by two members of American/Cambodian band Dengue Fever; a documentary about pioneering American music ensemble the Carter Family; and “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” Amy Berg’s feature film about Port Arthur native Janis Joplin. “Little Girl Blue” will include an appearance by Berg and rapper Bun B, who is also from Port Arthur.

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