Join the G. William Jones Film & Video Collection for an advanced screening of an upcoming episode of KERA’s Frame of Mind – Remixing the News on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:30 pm in the O’Donnell Hall, Owen Arts Center, SMU. This long-running, local series features a collection of independent documentaries and shorts highlighting Texas-based artists and filmmakers working just outside of the mainstream. The program, now in its 25th year, is produced, curated, and hosted by artistic director for the Video Association of Dallas, Bart Weiss, and it offers a platform to creators whose work and vision might never be seen.
This particular episode of Frame of Mind features work by local artists, including Moving Image Curator for the Jones Collection, Jeremy Spracklen, and former adjunct instructor at SMU, Michael Morris. Culled from over 100 hours of 16mm footage from the Jones Collection’s WFAA Newsfilm archive, these shorts reappropriate, recontextualize, and deconstruct media images of the 1960s and 1970s as a way to not only understand the radical cultural and historical shifts of this tumultuous era, but also to spotlight how the media processes and presents these changes.
Following the screening, Weiss will host a Q & A with several of the contributing artists to discuss their work.
Films and filmmakers include:
2,000 Hours in Dallas by Jeremy Spracklen
The Story of Jane X by Christian Vasquez
Dallas Circle by Justin Wilson
Lawmen & Cowpokes by Gordon K. Smith
History Lessons by Steve Baker
Beyond 10 by Carmen Menza
Glass by Madison McMakin
Poofs are New by Blaine Dunlap
Divided by Michael Thomas & Dakota Ford
The Night in the Last Branches by Michael Alexander Morris
Echoes of the Past by Jeremy Spracklen
Blog post: Courtesy of Jeremy Spracklen, Moving Image Curator, G. William Jones Film & Video Collection, Hamon Arts Library, SMU
Image: film still of Spracklen’s Echoes of the Past, courtesy of Jeremy Spracklen