Arts Guide — Spring 2016
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There are several great film events this spring, including the Houston Jewish Film Festival at Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, showcasing 27 of the best Jewish and Israeli documentaries, dramas, comedies and musicals from around the world. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s film program remains strong, featuring both its Latin Wave Film Festival and the 9th Houston Palestine Film Festival. Talento Bilingüe is hosting the Houston Latino Film Festival, and Bethany Christian Church has scheduled the 2016 Texas Christian Film Festival. In April, the 49th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival returns; last year’s lineup included 51 features, 125 shorts and nine master classes. Over at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, we can’t get enough of the Signature Series events, which make good films even better with handcrafted cocktails paired with classics, and tea and snacks served with period films.

Hot Tickets

Sophisticated Humor

This is the sixth year for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Five Funny French Films, which brings the sophistication of French humor to the big screen. Sex, Love & Therapy is about a womanizing ex-pilot who finds redemption through a support group for sex addicts, parents vie for their children’s allegiance in Daddy or Mommy, and a village tries to recruit a parish doctor in Home Sweet Home. The Elk fuses comedy with science fiction in a quirky film about a stranger wearing an elk’s head, while Chic! Tells the story of a prestigious haute couture fashion house on deadline.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Five Funny French Films is March 4-6.

A Celebration of Independence

The 9th Annual Boomtown Film & Music Festival is back with its focus on independent productions. This year’s event, held in Beaumont, brings together talented new bands, and film and music panel discussions, as well as arts enthusiasts from across southeast Texas. Filmmakers compete for the coveted first-, second- or third-place awards in the categories of narrative (feature or short), student, documentary, and experimental or music video. There’ll also be a screening of Janis: Little Girl Blue, an insightful portrait of Janis Joplin by Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg.

9th Annual Boomtown Film & Music Festival is February 25-27 at Jefferson Theatre, Beaumont.

Your Ticket to World-Class Museums

If you just can’t bring yourself to watch another Return of the Blockbuster Part Three, there’s still time to find your cultural center with the latest from Fathom Events. In partnership with SpectiCast, “Art & Architecture in Cinema” offers a big-screen look at renowned artists and world-class museums. Coming up are Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius in Milan, an in-depth look at the mind of the genius; Renoir: Revered and Reviled, about the artist who was so instrumental in creating the impressionist movement and then rejected it; and Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, a look at how great artists used the modern garden to explore radical ideas.

“Art & Architecture in Cinema” runs monthly, January to July.