Yes! It Came From Dallas is Back!

One of our favorite yearly events is making a comeback this year: IT CAME FROM DALLAS, the Dallas Producers Association’s fundraiser. It is coming up quickly on Feb 23. This is a showcase of films that you will be utterly surprised were made in Dallas. Dallas Producers Association’s fund-raiser: IT CAME FROM DALLAS 10 returns […]

Roundtable “NO LETTING GO” Cheryl Allison and Randi Silverman discuss their indie film about a family’s struggle with their son’s mental health crisis

By Gordon K. Smith NO LETTING GO is a small but vital independent film about a family’s struggle with their son’s mental health crisis. At a roundtable interview in late March, we learned about the film and its mission from actress Cheryl Allison (Catherine the mother) and co-writer/producer Randi Silverman. The film is based on […]

Filmmaker Interview: “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” Associate Producer Nick Robinson Gets Real About Film Titles

Written by: Bill Graham “We Gotta Get Out” of This Place is one of those films that has captured upward momentum. I’m positive that people will track down this film years from now to see where certain cast and crew got their start. But more than anything, it works as a film. It’s dreary yet […]

Filmmaker Interview: ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ with documentary producer Frank Pavich

Roundtable interview by: Gordon K. Smith In 1970, a bizarre, X-rated surrealist western from Mexico entitled EL TOPO became the first midnight movie sensation.   Its star/director/writer, Chilean Alejandro Jodorowsky,  followed it three years later with the similarly trippy THE HOLY MOUNTAIN.  Also hugely popular at that time were the fantasy/science-fiction novels of Frank Herbert, Dune […]

Filmmaker Roundtable Interview: Meredith Walker & “Amy’s Smart Girls” for Alamo Drafthouse Richardson’s “Tough Ladies of the Cinema”

  Written By: Gordon K. Smith Count on the Alamo Drafthouse Dallas/Fort Worth for a groovy special event every month.  For November it’ was Tough Ladies of the Cinema,  and for their November 17th screening of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, the Alamo teamed up with Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, an organization dedicated to helping young […]

Filmmaker Roundtable Interview: Cast and crew of the movie “True Tales” – life and times of Dallas stripper Nancy Myers, aka Tammi True, and her days headlining at The Carousel Club with boss Jack Ruby

Written by: Gordon K. Smith The opening night event of Dallas VideoFest 26 will be the first public screening of TRUE TALES, a production of AMS Pictures, which looks at the life and times of Dallas stripper Nancy Myers, aka Tammi True, her days headlining at The Carousel Club with boss Jack Ruby, through the […]

DIFF 2013 Roundtable Interview: TOMLINSON HILL Producer Chris Tomlinson and Director Lisa Kaselak

By:  Gordon K. Smith Part of the Texas Competition at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival is TOMLINSON HILL, an incisive documentary about race and class in Marlin, Texas, about two hours outside of Dallas.  It’s the work of producer Chris Tomlinson, a white former AP Bureau Chief in East Africa, and director Lisa Kaselak, […]

DIFF 2013 Roundtable: Christian Sosa, Tyler Glodt, and Matt Albrecht discuss their zombie flick ‘Buck WildWILD (no relation to the MTV series)

By: Gordon K Smith Midnight movie screenings for the crazier stuff are now a staple of film festivals, and the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival is no exception.  One of this year’s Midnight Specials is BUCK WILD (no relation to the MTV series), which combines deerhunting, zombie outbreaks, psycho rednecks…and slapstick.    At a March roundtable […]

DallasVideoFest 25: Roundtables Week Two – WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story

By Gordon K. Smith Playing Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at Dallas VideoFest 25, WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES is a wry and  illuminating documentary that starts with William Marston’s creation of the Wonder Woman character for DC comics in 1941, and expands on her influence on the depiction of female characters in […]

Filmmaker Interview – Mark Birnbaum discusses his documentary “Swingman”

By: Gordon K Smith Making its world premiere during the Dallas VideoFest 25 is SWINGMAN. Mark Birnbaum’s documentary tells the story of a Fort Worth firefighter’s life and emotional journey after a biking accident left him a quadriplegic, and does so with without ever resorting to schmaltz or sentimentality. We met with Mark, the subject […]