Screen Gems

Houston Cinema Arts Festival

Catherine D. Anspon
November 08, 2012

Year four of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival hits the big screens this month, headlining more than 50 film offerings, personal appearances and panels, with provocative and inspiring cinematic fare screening at venues from downtown to the Museum District, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Brown Auditorium, Asia Society Texas Center and Sundance Cinemas. This year’s festival — which explores the role of female directors — is bookended by two white-hot nights, both at the MFAH. Wednesday, November 7, at 7 pm, director Liz Garbus presents Love, Marilyn starring Adrien Brody, Uma Thurman, Glenn Close, Evan Rachel Wood and more Tinseltown types. The grand finale on Sunday, November 11, at 7 pm, is a PaperCity-sponsored, red-carpet-worthy evening: Director/writer Lisa Immordino Vreeland screens her documentary about one of the most scintillating forces in 20th-century fashion, publishing and style: Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (a title shared with the director’s recent book). Post-screening, Immordino Vreeland and Lynn Wyatt engage in a lively Q-and-A. Also imparting star wattage and cinematic luster, Robert Redford jets in to receive the Levantine Cinema Arts Award on Friday, November 9 (Sundance Cinemas, ticket prices TBD). Don’t miss the tantalizing series of Texas shorts, playing at Sundance Cinemas Friday, November 9, at noon, as well as some saucy multimedia installations monikered Cinema on the Verge, which spill out to Aurora Picture Show, Project Row Houses and 4411 Montrose (the latter, HQ for the Festival, premiering a dazzling creation by London-based artist collective  The Light Surgeons). Opening night $25 ($22 students and seniors); closing night $12 ($10 students and seniors); other screenings, $12 evenings, $10 matinees; Cinema on the Verge $5; all-access pass $1,000; weekend passes $250; day passes $100; complete lineup and tickets