VideoFest Dallas 27 is underway and which gives us a few reasons to be happy. Knowshi's very own film genius Gordon K. Smith has a couple projects included in this year's festival lineup! Gordon dons his "Film Director" cape with his satirical "film appreciation" short JUST A CIGAR? plays on the festival's closing day October 19 along with A CONVERSATION WITH FRANCOIS … [Read more...] about Dallas VideoFest 27 to show featured works directed and produced by Knowshi.com’s very own Gordon K. Smith!
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Written by: Gordon K. Smith Now in its third decade, this year's Dallas VideoFest, starting October 8th, 2014, looks to be the best yet. At a recent roundtable interview, the fest artistic director and all-around guru of Dallas video Bart Weiss discussed this year's innovations: “This being our 27th year we decided to do things differently . We're going for two weeks, … [Read more...] about Dallas VideoFest Enters it’s 27th Year! Check out our Interview with Festival Artistic Director Bart Weiss
Film review by: Gordon K. Smith I had high expectations for ARE YOU HERE, the feature film debut for writer/director Matthew Weiner, the creator of Mad Men. I love Mad Men, and revere that there's at least one cable series that finds drama in character detail and dialog instead of gratuitous flesh/gore and guns in faces (an image that is becoming much too ubiquitous). … [Read more...] about Movie Review: “Are You Here” – Does Matthew Weiner’s storytelling gifts translate well to the big screen?
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 … [Read more...] about Filmmaker Interview: ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ with documentary producer Frank Pavich
Film review by: Gordon K. Smith Cross last year's outstanding MUD with a redneck TAXI DRIVER and the resultant offspring might be something like JOE (no relation to the 1970 cult fave), a well-acted but violent backwoods noir worth seeing for a return to form by Nicolas Cage, after years of gimmicky action flicks. Cage gives an edgy, intense, and sometimes hilarious … [Read more...] about 2014 DIFF Film Review: ‘JOE’ – A well-acted but violent backwoods noir worth seeing for a return to form by Nicolas Cage