The 2012 Houston Cinema Arts Festival will bring Robert Redford and more than 50 film programs and panels to the city Nov. 7-11.
With the program just weeks away, HCAF announced the film lineup and more details at a kickoff event at Hotel Icon on Oct. 23. The 2012 event will feature works shown in traditional theatrical venues, interactive video installations, live music and film performances, and outdoor projects. This year's fest will also be a "walkable experience" with screenings at the Sundance Cinema at Bayou Place, in the Museum District and other venues accessible by the MetroRail.
One popular element will be the Texas Filmmakers Showcase-a selection of Texas short films and videos-which will include pieces such as Timothy Edwards' Cinnamon and Chris Spisak's The Order of Things.
As previously announced, Redford will receive the Levantine Cinema Arts Award and will participate in a Q&A discussion of his career on Nov. 9.
"We are excited to announce Houston Cinema Arts Festivalʼs new partnership
with Sundance Cinemas Houston for our 2012 festival," said Trish Rigdon, executive
director of the Houston Cinema Arts Society. "Teaming with Sundance Cinemas to host
screenings in two theaters at their new downtown location will provide our attendees
with an easy way to experience more of the festival."
Liz Garbus' Love, Marilyn will open the festival and Lisa Immordino Vreeland's Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel will close the event on Nov. 11. Both films will screen at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
Other notable films include:
- David Russel's romantic dramedy Silver Linings Playbook
- Dustin Hoffman's Quartet
- Fisher Stevens' Stand-Up Guys (starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin)
- Neil Berkeley's documentary Beauty is Embarrassing
Visit the Cinema Arts Fest website for more details and to purchase passes.