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VideoFest 25 Screening at the Dallas Museum of Art in September

The Video Association of Dallas has announced its first five selected programs for VideoFest 25. VideoFest 25 will be Sept. 27-30, 2012 at its original home, the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. in downtown Dallas. VideoFest will feature over 150 programs over the four days.  VideoFest is now the oldest and largest video festival in the United States, and continues to garner critical and popular acclaim.

To enter work into VideoFest, sign up for a free account with indee.tv, and then go to indee.tv/index?festival=videofest. Programs will be accepted until June 1, 2012.  VideoFest is open to professional and non-professional filmmakers working in all genres including documentary, narrative, animation and experimental. “Video” is defined broadly to include all mediums originated or finished in video or other electronic forms, including works originated on video or HD video, digital graphics and animation, hand-drawn animation, works on film finished in video, and works intended for digital distribution.

The first five selected programs for VideoFest 25 are:

The Mayor

Senior love lives abound in The Mayor, the true story of an 88-year-old tail chaser, an adoring widow, and a raunchy gossip queen living it up in a retirement home in Texas.  themayormovie.com

Trash Dance

Sometimes inspiration is found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks — and in the men and women who pick up our trash. She joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn, and ultimately to try to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance.  youtu.be/XK-uU5PQdG4

The Beat Hotel

This feature length documentary, directed by Alan Govenar, goes deep into the legacy of the American Beats in Paris during the heady years between 1957 and 1963, when Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso fled the obscenity trials in the United States surrounding the publication of Ginsberg’s poem Howl. youtube.com/watch?v=kb7T_8sA4AU

The Playroom

Four children in their attic hideaway make up a fantastic story, while downstairs their parents weave a drunken intrigue of their own. youtu.be/IGTM2fATPXw

The Stages of Edward Albee

This documentary examines the life and work of the leading playwright of our times. In this very personal account of Albee, James Dowell paints his portrait while the dramatist is being interviewed.

About VideoFest

Merging art and technology since 1987, VideoFest has specialized in independent, alternative, and non-commercial media, presenting hard-to-find works rarely seen on television, in movie theaters, or elsewhere, despite their artistic excellence and cultural and social relevance. Even in a Web 4.0 environment where everything is seemingly available on the Internet, the VideoFest provides curatorial guidance, a critical voice in the wilderness navigating the vast and diverse landscape of media, helping to interpret its cultural and artistic significance. The event provides a communal environment for real-time, face-to-face dialogue between makers and audiences.

The Festival, together with the DMA, was the first institution in the area to recognize and exhibit video as a fine art medium.  In its 25 year history, VideoFest has used many forms of technology to show its programs; ¾ inch, 8 mm, hi8, vhs, beta, beta sp, 1 inch, d1, d2, d5, hd, hdtv, hdcam, cd roms, dvds, websites, and youtube. An interactive room provided early access to interactive video games and cdroms.  Patrons of the early VideoFest also were introduced to virtual reality from representatives from NASA and high definition TV (in 1988). It was the first non-profit in Dallas to use a website and of course created an iphone app.  Itunes enables the Fest to easily showcase programs now.

From its beginnings it has showcased films by artists in underrepresented communities whose work was not readily accessible to the viewing public, as well as the work of Texas artists in its juried Texas Show.  It also has celebrated the work of TV pioneers such as Ernie Kovacs by presenting an award in his honor.  Documentary filmmakers are celebrated via the Albert Maysles Award.  Even the Festival’s posters and intros are works of art provided by local artists.

About Video Association of Dallas

The mission of the Video Association is to promote an understanding of video as a creative medium and cultural force in our society, and to support and advance the work of Texas artists working in video and the electronic arts.   The Video Association of Dallas (VAD) is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated on April 25, 1989.   It began in 1986 as a weekend event, “Video As A Creative Medium”, presented at the Dallas Museum of Art by independent curators Barton Weiss and John Held. That first event, which included two nights of video by selected local and national video artists, was a great popular success, which led to the founding of the Dallas Video Festival (DVF) in 1987.  Video Association of Dallas also presents the 24 Hour Video Race, the Texas Show Tour, North Texas College Film Festival, Texas Independent Film Network screenings, Texas Fllmmakers Production Fund workshops, Three Star Cinema, and other programs throughout the year.

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