HOUSTON – A new partnership for the 2013 fall season at the Orange Show Monument will bring in the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Rolling Roadshow to co-present a series of films within the historic outdoor art environment owned and operated by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. Kicking off the film nights will be a screening of the locally produced and directed documentary Art Car: The Movie, which chronicles the history and impact of art cars on society while following teacher and artist Rebecca Bass and her high school art class as they prepare to finish their entry into the 2010 Houston Art Car Parade – the largest parade of its type in the world. Co-directed by Ford Gunter and Carlton Ahrens of Del Monte Films, the two traveled the world talking to artists and academics to determine why individuals such as Bass can’t help but decorate cars, how that challenges societal norms, and why we should all listen to what they have to say.
As producer of the Houston Art Car Parade, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art’s decision to screen Art Car: The Movie first in this film series was a way to highlight one of the city’s most celebrated annual events and support the participating artists and individuals that help to make Houston unique. “The Houston Art Car Parade, now 26 years old, is a very special part of our city’s cultural heritage and we are lucky to have the support of local filmmakers like Ford and Carlton who have dedicated so much time and energy to help bring it to the big screen,” said Orange Show Center for Visionary Art Executive Director Lynette Wallace. “Our ongoing partnership with Saint Arnold Brewery and our new involvement with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Rolling Roadshow ties together three of our city’s passions – beer, art and film – and we look forward to providing Houston with an exciting new kind of cinematic experience.” In addition to the screening on August 17, there will be a Q & A with the co-directors, and many of the artists both featured in the film and who participate in the Houston Art Car Parade from year to year are expected to attend and bring their vehicles for the public to see.
The four-part series with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Rolling Roadshow will feature a combination of films with close ties to Houston, as well as family friendly movies with an interactive element. Food trucks, art shows, and DJ sets will also be in the mix. Discounted advanced tickets for each event can be purchased online at www.orangeshow.org. The fall lineup includes:
August 17, 7PM – Art Car: The Movie – Co-directed by Ford Gunter and Carlton Ahrens.
Art Car: The Movie (2012) follows Rebecca Bass and her high school class as they prepare an entry for the Houston Art Car Parade. Against the hectic race to finish on time, Rebecca exposes them to the world of art and the camaraderie of tight-knit community, offering a glimpse of what life is like “outside the box.” $10 art car artists / $15 general public advance / $20 at the door. Sponsored by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Rolling Roadshow and Saint Arnold Brewery.
September 21, 7PM – Street Art Double Feature: Stick ‘Em Up! directed by Alex Luster, and VIGILANTE VIGILANTE: The Battle for Expression directed by Max Good
Stick ‘Em Up! (2011) explores the little-known world of wheat pasting, an inner-city art form that’s as provocative as it is misunderstood. Houston-based director Alex Luster delves into the minds and motivations behind some of Houston’s most notorious guerilla street artists, capturing the lifespan of their art… conception, creation, placement and – ultimately – removal by the city’s abatement enforcement.
VIGILANTE VIGILANTE: The Battle for Expression (2011) chronicles a new breed of crime-fighter that now stalks the urban landscape: the anti-graffiti vigilante – dedicated to rid their neighborhoods and cities of street art, stickers, tags and posters. Yet in their relentless attempt to stamp out graffiti, they have turned to illegally and destructively painting other people’s property.
In addition to screening the two films, there will be a pop-up gallery featuring prints for sale by Houston street artists, including two of the artists featured inStick ‘Em Up! – Give Up and DUAL. Sponsored by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Rolling Roadshow and Saint Arnold Brewery. Tickets $15 advance / $20 door.
November 23, 7PM – A Houston Classic: Reality Bites
In this 1994 study of Generation X manners, Lelaina (Winona Rider), the valedictorian of her college class, camcords her friends in a mock documentary of post education life. Troy (Ethan Hawke) is her best friend, a perpetually unemployed musical slacker. Vickie (Janeane Garofalo) is a manager at the GAP, while Sammy (Steve Zahn) has problems grappling with his sexuality. When Lelaina meets Michael (Ben Stiller), an earnest video executive who takes her homemade video to her MTV-like station, she must decide what she values – the materialism of yuppie Michael or the philosophical musings of Troy. Set and filmed in Houston, there are many recognizable backdrops throughout the film including downtown, Montrose, and The Heights. The movie will be hosted by Meredith Borders, Managing Editor of Badassdigest.com. Sponsored by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Rolling Roadshow and Saint Arnold Brewery. Tickets $15 advance / $20 door.
December 6, 6PM – Family Fun for the Holidays: Elf Quote-A-Long
One of the most beloved holiday films to come out in the 21st century, Elf stars Will Ferrell as a confused human-sized elf from the North Pole who travels to New York City to seek out his birth father, meanwhile experiencing the delights of the big city as only an elf can. The film will be shown as a “Quote-A-Long” so fans of the movie and kids of all ages are invited to come ready to quote it to their heart’s content. Additionally, artwork created by students that have participated in the Orange Show Art Bus Program will be on display throughout the venue. Sponsored by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Rolling Roadshow and Saint Arnold Brewery. Tickets $10 advance / $15 door. Kids 10 and under $5.
For more information about the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art and their ongoing programming visit www.orangeshow.org.
About the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
Now in its 32nd year, The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Houston, TX with a mission to preserve, promote and document visionary art environments, provide opportunities for the expression of personal artistic vision and create a community where that expression is valued. The Orange Show owns and operates The Orange Show monument, The Beer Can House and Smither Park, as well as produces the Houston Art Car Parade – the world’s oldest and largest event of its kind. For more information, visit them online at www.orangeshow.org. Funding is provided in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Brown Foundation, Houston Endowment, The Cullen Foundation, Wortham Foundation, Silver Eagle Distributors, Ann and James Harithas and Marilyn Oshman as well as private contributions, in-kind support, and volunteer assistance. The Orange Show is a member of Fresh Arts.