Texas native cinema stars headline the 2015 lineup of The Houston Cinema Arts Festival (HCAF15) taking place November 12-19, 2015.
Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Before Midnight, Before Sunset), an Oscar-nominated Houston native, will present I Dream Too Much, a film he produced with director Katie Cokinos, on November 15. The festival will also host the premiere of Janis: Little Girl Blue, a biopic of Texas rock icon Janis Joplin, with its Oscar-nominated documentary director Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil, West of Memphis). Houston rap legend Bun B will lead a post-film discussion of the film and the influence of Texans in music.
Thanks to a new partnership with NASA for the inaugural CineSpace short film competition, the Nov. 12-19 festival will also feature over 20 space-themed films and programs, highlighted by "CineSpace Day" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on Friday, Nov. 13. The top 16 films of 194 submissions will be shown along with five winners chosen by Richard Linklater and NASA. A cash prize of $26,000 will be awarded to the winners.
The HCAF15 will also feature:
- Texas natives Luke Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Old School) and Andrew Wilson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) presenting their short film Satellite Beach
- A 20th anniversary screening of Apollo 13 with Academy Award-nominated screenwriters William Broyles Jr., a Houston native, and Al Reinert with Jeffrey Kluger
- The first-ever Levantine Emerging Artist Award to Houston-born director Trey Edward Shults
- TIME Magazine's A Year in Space documentary series that follows astronaut Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station
- Hip hop duo Kid ‘n Play will present a 25th anniversary screening of House Party
- Apollo XVIII, a video installation by visual artist Marco Brambilla (Demolition Man, Kanye West's Power music video)
- Major upcoming releases such as Todd Haynes' Carol, Paolo Sorrentino's Youth and Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog also highlight the roster of more than 60 films at HCAF15
All screenings will take place at venues throughout Houston including the MFAH, Sundance Cinemas, The Menil Collection, Asia Society Texas Center, Project Row Houses and Rice Media Center.
For tickets to HCAF15 and the full festival lineup, including dates, times, venues and film synopses, visit hcaf15.org.