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July 17, 2007

Dallas Video Festival, 2007

hohokam.jpgThe DVF kicks off its 20th year in two weeks, and the just-released lineup represents the festival's rebellious, mixed media idealogy better than ever. Screening this year are Ry Russo Young's Orphans, Sofie Fiennes' A Pervert's Guide To Cinema, Don Hertzfeldt's Everything Will Be OK, M Dot Strange's We Are The Strange, more Evan Mather, more Jay Rosenblatt, lots of Jem Cohen, Fish Kill Flea, The Whole Shootin' Match, The Hole Story and a trio of films by my friend Frank Mosley, including his epic Little Boy. Also, on August 1st, there's a short film program whose title co-opts Jamie Stuart's term "Slackavetes," and which includes Bryan Poyser's Grammy's, Mr. Mosley's Leave, the Duplass Brother's The Intervention and also The Outlaw Son. I'm always happy to be in good company.

And I'm especially excited that festival director Bart Weiss programmed Frank V. Ross' latest feature, HOHOKAM. Frank's films have been blanketed under the whole Mumblecore banner since its inception, but they're only just now beginning to get the attention they deserve. HOHOKAM is a gently elusive, subtly political slice of kitchen sink drama set in the arid Arizona desert; it is an incredibly mature follow-up to the rather heartbreaking Quietly On By, and I wish audiences could have the chance to view both pictures back to back (New Yorkers, in fact, will be able to do just that, when they screen at the IFC Center on August 4th as part of the New Talkies series). Frank's aesthetic may take some getting used to, but this quote from a really great interview in ShortEnd Magazine offers an inkling as to what to expect:

"You see this woman lean out of the bar in such a way, pick up an ashtray, empty it into a bag, and you say, 'Okay, I’m going to make a movie about that.' "

What a terrific thing to make a movie about. Don't miss HOHOKAM, or the rest of the Video Fest. It all kicks off on July 31st, and I'm sure I'll have more to write about it as it draws closer.

Posted by David Lowery at July 17, 2007 9:05 PM


yes, david....i couldn't agree more on being in such great company....should be quite a time!
also, did you hear anything about there being a panel of the mumblecore filmmakers that wednesday night? I heard something along those lines, but haven't heard much....

Posted by: frank Mosley at July 18, 2007 3:46 AM

So glad it starts the 31st!

Posted by: James M. Johnston at July 18, 2007 11:06 AM

Best part is...they spelled it wrong. Should only have one 't' in it.

Posted by: mutinyco at July 18, 2007 12:47 PM

Wow, I didn't even catch that. I think whoever input that into the website must have missed the reference entirely and assumed it was like a Slacker version of the Rockettes.

Frank, I haven't heard anything about any such summit. I wouldn't cross your fingers...

Posted by: Ghostboy at July 18, 2007 2:13 PM