A new collection of locally produced films, documentaries and video shorts premieres this September on KERA, the public broadcasting station for North Texas. On Thursday, September 8 at 10 p.m., KERA TV will premiere the third full season of Frame of Mind, a series of Texas-made independent films that showcase diverse styles, genres and stories that are uniquely Texan.

The 11-episode season features a broad spectrum of independent films produced by Texas-based amateur and professional filmmakers. A co-production of KERA’s Art&Seek and the Video Association of Dallas, Frame of Mind features films from competitions across Texas, including Dallas’ 24 Hour Video Race, as well as work by students at Garland High School and the University of North Texas.

“We’re excited to present another incredible slate of videos from some of the best and most interesting filmmakers in Texas,” said Anne Bothwell, Vice President, Arts, at KERA. “Frame of Mind is truly a unique platform, and it’s rewarding to share these films with new audiences.”

 

Frame of Mind airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on KERA TV beginning September 8. A description of each episode is below.

 

Episode 1: County Fair, Texas

By Brett Whitcomb

County Fair, Texas is a portrait of a year in the lives of four, small-town kids as they raise and care for farm animals to show in competition at a local county fair. Presented from the perspective of the kids themselves, the film is an affecting coming of age story, and a unique look at a formidable time in childhood.

60:00 min

 

Episode 2: Films from The University of North Texas Department of Radio, Television and Film

Undocumented Dreams

By Sara Masetti

Every year, thousands of undocumented students graduate with little hope of achieving their dreams. This short documentary tells the story of Loren, a young Latino college graduate and civil rights organizer, as he learns to move forward in life with an engineering degree in one hand and an expired visa in the other.

14:24 min

 

Vermilion Cliffs

By Hanny Lee

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death for those 65 and older according to the American Alzheimer’s Association. Helping Alzheimer’s patients is a very frustrating task for caretakers and family members. A nursing home in Phoenix, Arizona, has earned national recognition for its advanced program to provide dignity and positive emotions for its Alzheimer’s residents. Thirty residents with moderate to severe dementia are selected for housing in a Beatitudes nursing home campus building with a floor named “Vermilion Cliffs.” Named for the colorful, layered rock formations in Arizona that were fashioned by centuries of erosion, Vermilion Cliffs show that, “although weathered, although tested by dementia, people are beautiful” and “have certain strengths,” said Peggy Mullan, president of Beatitudes.

20:06 min

 

Project Freeplay

By Michael B. Mullins

Project Freeplay explores the concept of purely improvised music through the unique perspective of a double-drum quintet.

23:35 min

 

Episode 3: Agave is Life

By David Brown

Agave is Life is an exploration of the history of the agave plant in the cultures of Mexico and the American Southwest. Starting thousands of years ago when hunter-gatherers viewed the hardy desert succulent with its myriad uses as a gift from the gods, agave’s story is told through the lens of archaeological, ethnographic and modern day vignettes, closing with concerns about threats to the plant’s future.

60:00 min

 

Episode 4: CineSpace and Sight of Sound

CineSpace

CineSpace is a collaboration between NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) that offers filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, actual NASA imagery. The CineSpace competition drew 194 entries from 22 countries and 32 states. Academy Award-nominated director, producer and screenwriter Richard Linklater – a Houston native who won best director honors at the 2015 Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards for his film Boyhood – helped NASA and HCAS judge the contest entries.

 

Higher Ground

By Mary Magsamen & Stephen Hillerbrand

11:48 min

 

Home

By Benjamin Eck

1:17 min

 

Mission Avante

By Fernando Dueñas Peña

6:49 min

 

Guiding Light

By Guy Shahaf

:37 min

 

Le Voyage

By Alexandre B. Lampron

5:37 min

 

Sight of Sound

Sight of Sound is an annual event that challenges filmmakers to create short silent films that are set to, and inspired by, classical music. Competitive entries are reviewed and selected by a jury of filmmakers, and the most outstanding films are screened in concert, with the Dallas Chamber Symphony performing the soundtrack live-to-film. Select filmmakers are also eligible for monetary prizes and license to use the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s recorded concert audio in their films.

 

Blue Disquietude

By Courtney Ware

10:23 min

 

Experiment

By Lili Gu

3:37 min

 

Time Crunch

By H. Paul Moon

5:30 min

 

Food Fight

By Aparna Hegde

2:08 min

 

The Fatales

By Aleks Rastovic

3:05 min

 

Impetus

By Silvia Lara

3:25 min

 

Teddy’s Bear

By Caitlin Brown
2:21 min

Episode 5: Real Reel (Texas Docs)

The Superlative Light

By Ben Steinbauer

The Superlative Light is the story of an artist’s journey from obscurity to prominence and the photographs he made along the way. Photographer Robert Shults went from being a homeless dreamer to a home-owning artist after taking photos of the brightest light source in the known universe, a laser in the physics department at The University of Texas. The documentary takes the audience back to the spaces Robert inhabited while homeless, the odd jobs he worked (including a stint as a portrait photographer at Sears) and ultimately to the location that changed his life, The Texas Petawatt Laser.

13:23 min

 

Mountains on the Prairie

By Martin Lisius

Mountains on the Prairie is a 6-minute short film that Martin Lisius photographed, narrated and directed. In it, he introduces a particularly colorful kind of thunderstorm called a “supercell.” Martin made the film to show the beautiful and majestic side of this otherwise potentially destructive phenomenon.

6:25 min

 

Becoming Blair

By Bri Barsalou

This documentary tells the transition story of Blair through his eyes and the eyes of his mother. It focuses on the emotional aspects of why someone would identify as transgender, and the effects of that decision on a family.

13:00 min

 

Stretch Capacity

By Mason McNeal

Through balloon art, Austin Cardenas reveals the world of joy and impermanence. Austin struggles to bring the tenets of sideshow performance art to the gallery art world. In this documentary short we explore the meaning of integrity and the value of entertainment.

9:44 min

 

One Foot in Reality

By Ramtin Nikzad

Virginia Linn was a busy mother of three when her life was disrupted by a psychotic break and diagnosis of late-onset schizophrenia. Since then she has experienced psychotic episodes and periods of hospitalization, but also a gradual recovery. This short documentary gives her account of a life with schizophrenia and struggle for normalcy.

11:49 min

 

A City is a Poem

By Andrew Q Holzschuh

Four months after getting back from the PCT, after my wife and I decided to plant our roots back in Dallas for a while, I got asked to make a film about the very city I missed. Not for its status or skyline, but for its people and its hospitality. I was given the opportunity to collaborate with award-winning American slam poet Joaquin Zihuatanejo. With his poem in my head, I explored some of the lesser-known corners of Dallas and met some awesome people along the way.

3:36 min

 

Episode 6: Poetic Visions of Texas

Maid

By Raphael Parry

Joan of Arc wakes up in present day Marfa, Texas. Pursued, she has two choices: run or appease the voices in her head and fight.

25:07 min

 

An Errand of Hip and Chin

By Richard Bailey

Casey is a young man who enjoys hooping and playing drums. Then one day a mysterious voice sends him on an errand to take a message to the people. Casey succumbs to many distractions along the way.

11:09 min

 

A Spiral Way

By Richard Bailey

Meet Leon Gordon Agee, a small-town storyteller and songwriter. He weaves macabre and philosophical tales that reveal currents of magical realism in the landscape of the American South.

16:27 min

 

Man Without Country

By Jennie Lyn

A poetic and personal search for human connection, Man Without Country shows a vast and desolate landscape through the eyes of an Alien Being. Isolation and broken communication journeys our Alien from a fragmented past through a portal of renewal to an aura of rebirth. Shot on Super 8mm with a layered audio track of archived family phone messages and conversations, Man Without Country explores man’s struggle with what humanity expects and what humanity gives. Feelings of disconnectedness prevail in our society. Do we alienate ourselves through our own destiny? Fleeting moments of meaningful reality exist to be savored like precious nectar, and to sustain us in dark times. Space, time, observation and travel are experienced as the Alien awakens on earth to seek and to find. Are there other worlds? Where does one belong in our cosmos? Our Alien’s voyage is the universal quest, the journey through loss into one of surrender and love, before returning once again to the void.

4:55 min

 

Episode 7: Texas Stories

1985

By Yen Tan

A dying man prepares to move in with his estranged mother. He makes an appointment with a beauty consultant to hide his symptoms.

9:00 min

 

Uncommon Threads

By Caitlin Stickels

Deep in the pits of the Texas desert, Travis works his ranch, waiting for the day he can finally move on from the murder of his wife. It’s like his life paused the day she died. Only the execution of the murderer will offer Travis the revenge he thinks he deserves. But when his daughter surprises him for a visit, he is forced to come to terms with their distant relationship and reconcile the man he has become.

19:09 min

 

The Odds

By Jeremy Rovny

The recounting of a duel where a man remembers the pain of losing his true love.

1:54 min

 

Youth Goin’ Bad

By Ya’ke Smith

The music video for Sammie Zonana’s Youth Goin’ Bad was directed by Fort Worth filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith. The song was written for his short film One Hitta Quitta.

3:40 min

 

Squeezebox

By Sam Lerma

Manuel Casillas reemerges from a musical hiatus determined to embark on a new phase of his career. His plans are put to a halt by a collection of vivid dreams, a group of feral cats and a strange box containing a substance that devours whatever it touches.

21:33 min

 

Undertow

By Shelly Brandon

Undertow is a visual and emotional journey through depression.

16:35 min

 

Episode 8 – Garland High School and New Work from the Walleys

Garland High School

The Film Department at Garland High School, better known as Reel Owl Cinema, was accepted in 2005 into the then-pilot program for the International Baccalaureate High School Program. As they enter their 12th year, they still remain a film program at the spear’s tip of promoting and representing high school film in North Texas. They are one of a very small elite group in the world to offer a four-year film program in a high school setting. Their films have consistently been official selections at almost a dozen festivals around the world and have won competitions at many through the years. Founded by Patty Schubert, who passed the reins to her son Tommy in 2012, the department has seeded no less than five North Texas film festivals with high school showcases. As they continue to work with other new festivals, they have an extremely large high school festival of their own. The Reel Owl Cinema Film Festival consistently seats 450+ people for their one-night event annually in mid-May. The festival and program continues to grow with each passing year with the department looking forward to many more decades of success.

 

Wired

By Kristina Armitage, Caleb Daves & Kendall Ludlow

3:09 min


Pop

By Matt Keith

7:13 min


Lovesick

By Katie Yager

6:20 min


The Shadow of a Killer

By Joe Brittain & Ian Grubbs

8:34 min


Love Unscripted

By Lacie Block

5:53 min


What You Want to Be

By Nicha Meyer

3:58 min


Brushed

By Kristina Armitage & Audrey Ngo

2:30 min


Best of Me

By Audrey Ngo & Francisco Martinez

4:06 min

 

New Works from the Walleys

Tongue in Cheek: The Inflatable Art of Jimmy Kuehnle

By The Walleys

The Hudson River Museum hosts Jimmy Kuehnle’s first large-scale solo exhibition in New York through September 18, 2016. Kuehnle brings new works to the Museum, and we see him here installing Super Punch Bubbles, blossoms of bright color billowing from the tower windows of Glenview, the historic home at the Museum and You Lick Me, I Lick You, tongue-shaped inflatables that drape the Museum’s Entrance Arch. Watch Jimmy at the Museum’s Kite Festival walking in his inflatable suits, favorites for all. In the galleries are more Jimmy Kuehnle works and costumes.

2:02 min

 

Thorsten Brinkmann: The Great Cape Rinderhorn

By The Walleys

This short documentary follows German artist Thorsten Brinkmann as he creates his site-specific installation, The Great Cape Rinderhorn, at Rice University Art Gallery. Working primarily from objects found in Houston, Brinkmann turns Rice Gallery into a place where the familiar is made strange as castaway goods are reimagined through Brinkmann’s idiosyncratic sensibility that combines assemblage sculptures with his self-portrait and still life photography.

5:55 min

 

Michael De Feo: Crosstown Traffic

By The Walleys

Crosstown Traffic, a new installation by Michael De Feo, is the seventh exhibition in Rice Gallery’s Summer Window series, which features works visible through the glass wall while the gallery is closed for the summer. Known as “The Flower Guy,” De Feo is a painter with a penchant for street art, gaining international recognition for painting over outdoor fashion ads with buoyant floral patterns.

In Crosstown Traffic, De Feo treats Rice Gallery’s front glass wall like a supersized commercial display kiosk, enlarging a selection of fashion ads from magazines, printing them at nearly billboard size, and hand painting over them. As if a piece of Times Square or a large-scale storefront was transported to the gallery, the floor-to-ceiling imagery engulfs the viewer with ads De Feo abstracts and enlivens with pops of color and pattern.

4:19 min

 

Anila Quayyum Agha: Intersections

By The Walleys

Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha uses light and cast shadow to transform Rice Gallery into a sacred space of her own making that is open to all. “Intersections” is inspired by Agha’s seminal experience of exclusion as a woman from mosques, a space of community and creativity, while growing up in Pakistan. The wooden frieze emulates a pattern from the Alhambra, a palace where Islamic and Western discourses met and coexisted in harmony, and serves as a metaphor of union.

5:02 min

 

Episode 9: The Great Hanging and the Best of the 24 Hour Video Race

The Great Hanging

By Johnathan Paul

In October of 1862 Texas state militia arrested over 200 hundred suspected Union sympathizers. Forty of these men were convicted and sentenced to death in what has been known as the Great Hanging. For 150 years these events were marginalized, until now.

31:59 min

 

Best of the 24 Hour Video Race

This episode features a selection of entries from the 2016 Dallas 24 Hour Video Race, a fun competition in which teams of filmmakers have 24 hours to write, shoot, edit and score an original short film. Each film must have included the following elements – The Theme: There is no such thing as a free lunch; Location: Place of worship; Prop: A sub sandwich; and Line of Dialogue: “When all else fails, read the instructions.”

 

Pass the Gaff

4:25 min
The Landhammers

4:38 min

 

That One Guy

4:33 min

Bronins Reunite

5:01 min

The Conquered

3:48 min

toughBoypockets

5:00 min

 

Episode 10: The World Through Mark Birnbaum’s Camera

Mark Birnbaum has travelled around the block and around the world to show the beauty and humanity that we would otherwise miss. He was originally trained as a photographer and learned to make films while serving in the military.  His films all have two elements: interesting people who warm up to his camera and make you feel something and visuals that seem to place the camera in just the right spot to understand what these folks are saying. Some of his films are personal, some very political; some follow small but critical stories, some reveal vast vistas. Mark has schlepped his camera from China to Lubbock to show us an unseen world in a way will we not forget.

The retrospective of his work on Frame of Mind will range from a film about his sister’s wedding (but really about how and why we love each other) to what the hell happened to the American newspaper; from Nicaragua dancing with socialism to Tom DeLay dancing with the stars; from eight African-American teenagers traveling to China to a community of women trash pickers in Ecuador.

Birnbaum’s films have probed, celebrated and exposed people to places and personalities, from small family moments to complex issues that affect our sense of the world.

 

Episode 11: Signs of Humanity

By Willie Baronet & Tim Chumley

Signs of Humanity is a documentary film that explores the inter-related themes of home, homelessness, compassion and humanity. Artist and professor Willie Baronet has purchased more than 1,000 homeless signs over the past 22 years, and he uses this collection to create installations to raise awareness about homelessness. During the month of July 2014, Willie and three filmmakers drove across the country, interviewing more than 100 people on the streets and purchasing over 275 signs. Signs of Humanity is a film about that trip.

 

ABOUT ART&SEEK

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