The Houston Cinema Arts Society announced last week that it will host year-round programming to complement its annual festival in November.
The expanded programming kicks off with the Artist's Choice Film Series at Café Brasil on April 20 at 8 pm. Houston-based photographer Geoff Winningham will open the series with Eadweard Muybridge Zoopraxographer, a documentary about legendary English photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Winningham will introduce the film and moderate discussion with the audience after the screening.
HCAS will host a total of seven Artist Choice Film series screenings and discussions throughout the year. During the series, audiences will get to know Houston's local visual, performing and literary artists in addition to the films they present. Examples include Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd presenting Theatre of Blood on June 16 at 8:30 p.m. and Mydolls musician Trish Herrera introducing Quadrophenia on Aug. 17 at 8:30 p.m.
On May 8, the Miller Outdoor Theatre will host a free special screening of the Houston Ballet documentary Sons de L'âme ("Sounds of the Soul"). The performance was produced in Paris in 2013 with choreography by Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch and a piano arrangement by famous pianist Lang Lang. Then, on May 12, welcome Lang Lang back to Houston as he performs with the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall.
Discovery Green will host the 5th Annual Julydoscope, a free family festival celebrating dance and film on Saturday, July 18. Five Houston dance companies will come together to perform an accompaniment to a film that will soon be announced.
The HCAS season culminates with the 7th Annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival on November 12-19, 2015. Festival highlights include various locally produced films, national and international submissions, special guest speakers, and "CineSpace", a short film competition in collaboration with NASA using actual NASA imagery.