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Cinema Arts Festival draws celebrities from around the world

November 13, 2013


Nov. 13--The fifth annual Cinema Arts Festival brought a flurry of celebrities into town. Some showed up on the red carpet prior to screenings; others, slightly less famous, were simply part of the crowd in between showings of their work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Sundance Cinemas and the Cinema 16 microcinema at festival headquarters downtown.

Director Richard Linklater received the festival's Levantine Cinema Arts Award. Actor Thomas Haden Church was here for a sneak preview of "Lucky Them" with director Megan Griffiths and producers Emily Wachtel and Amy Hobby "Nebraska" actor Will Forte and producer Ron Yerxa also appeared, as did Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winner Tracy Letts, here to screen "August: Osage County;" filmmaker Al Reinert, screening his "An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story;" avant-garde legend Jonas Mekas, whose work remains on view in an exhibit at Deborah Colton Gallery through Dec. 28; and artists Noriko and Ushio Shinohara, stars of "Cutie and the Boxer," directed by Houston native Zachary Heinzerling

It was quite an international scene, too. Argentinean filmmaker Matias Pi iero drew a crowd, as did a Chinese contingent from "The Love Songs of Tiedan" led by director Hao Jie, and Colombian artist Juan Manuel Echavarr a

Probably no film had more of its stars present than "Houston Ballet: Breaking Boundaries," which brought Debbie Allen, Ben Stevenson, James Clouser, Stanton Welch and director John Carrithers to the stage -- with Janie Parker, Lauren Anderson, Suzanne Longley and many other dancers past and present in the audience.


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