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Special Presentation
Frame of Mind: Remixing the News
USA, 2017, 57 min., Color + B/W
Since 1949, WFAA Chanel 8, in Dallas has documented the news of the day. For years, the station shot that news on 16mm film. WFAA donated all of this raw footage from 1960 to 1977 to the Bill Jones Collection at SMU. Archivists there transferred it and we give it - all 1.3 terabits of it - to 10 Dallas filmmakers. Their challenge was to explore the images that spoke to them, and use them to create original works. Think of these pieces like video remixes, or mashups of a cities reflections. They are constructs of imagination, social and political commentary, not factual documentary. Giving these historic images new contexts and new meanings may give us fresh ways to look at the past. And reveal something about who we are today.


“2,000 Hours in Dallas” by Jeremy Spracklen

“The Story of Jane X” by Christian Vasquez

“Dallas Circle” by Justin Wilson

“Lawmen & Cowpokes” by Gordon K. Smith

“History Lessons” by Steve Baker

“Beyond 10” by Carmen Menza

“Glass” by Madison McMakin

“Poofs are New” by Blaine Dunlap

“Divided” by Michael Thomas & Dakota Ford

“The Night in the Last Branches” by Michael Alexander Morris

“Echoes of the Past” by Jeremy Spracklen


Screenings
Showrunner
Bart Weiss
Director
Jeremy Spracklen, Christian Vasquez, Justin Wilson, Gordon K. Smith, Steve Baker, Carmen Menza, Madison McMakin, Blaine Dunlap, Michael Thomas & Dakota Ford, Michael Alexander Morris

Bart Weiss
Bart Weiss is an award-winning filmmaker, educator and director/founder of the Dallas VideoFest, which prodeuces, DocuFest, Alternative Fictions, the Ernie Kovacas award, the 24 hour video race and the North Texas Universities Film Festival. He produces the TV show “Frame of Mind” on KERA TV. He is an associate professor at the Univeristy of Texas at Arlington where he teachers film and video. He was President and Chair of AIVF and was a video columnist for The Dallas Morning News, and United Features Syndicate. He currently writes for Student Filmmaker and TheaterJones.com Bart received an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University.
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