Friday, January 29, 2010

Along Came Kinky

The next Screen Door Film event is:

Along Came Kinky…Texas Jewboy for Governor
By David Hartstein

With special guest Evan Smith from The Texas Tribune, former editor of Texas Monthly.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
Film begins at 7:00 pm, panel to follow

About the film
“Texans deserve a choice, and that choice should be something other than paper or plastic.” With that, satirist, musician, author and Texas’ most famous Jewish cowboy Kinky Friedman announced his Independent candidacy for governor. This documentary follows from beginning to end the election as seen by the candidates, media, campaign staff and volunteers.
Kinky’s was a campaign about political alienation, education, grass roots organizing and hope – plus a candidate who was both colorful and independent in every sense of the word. What made his campaign special was its focus on energizing an electorate that was turned off, cynical, and apathetic to mainstream politics.
Entertaining to the end, Kinky Friedman’s “non-concession” speech is one for the ages. Despite the outcome, the election (and film) reveals much about an Independent candidate taking on the two-party system.

A panel following the film will discuss Along Came Kinky with:

David Hartstein – director, Along Came Kinky
Laura Stromberg – Kinky Friedman campaign press secretary
Jason Stanford – Democratic political strategist, ’06 Chris Bell campaign manager
Moderated by Evan Smith – editor, The Texas Tribune, host of Texas Monthly Talks

Studio 4D – 4th floor of the CMB Building on the UT Campus,
corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keaton.

Parking is available in the University’s San Antonio garage on
2420 San Antonio Street.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Screen Door Film moves to the University of Texas!

Screen Door Film is pleased to announce a collaboration with The University of Texas Documentary Center to host our 2010 Texas Cinema Series.

Beginning on February 3rd, 2010, Screen Door Film events will take place on the UT campus in the state-of-the-art screening room, Studio 4D, located inside the CMB building at the corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keaton (26th Street.) This is the same "black box" building that currently houses the Austin City Limits studio, as well as KLRU TV and KUT 90.5 FM.

Much like our successful film series held at St. Edward's in 2009, the 2010 program will feature a diverse feature film, followed by an analysis of the film through a panel discussion with filmmakers, scholars and other notable experts. As always, all screenings and panels are open and free to the public.

Our first film on Wednesday, February 3rd will be David Hartstein's documentary Along Came Kinky...Texas Jewboy for Governor. Along Came Kinky chronicles singing Jewish cowboy Kinky Friedman’s 2006 independent gubernatorial campaign in Texas. See the outspoken Kinky and his army of grassroots volunteers combat voter apathy in the Lone Star State while his campaign staff strategizes for an unprecedented four-way race, raising awareness and money for their unlikely but incredibly sharp candidate.

And we're following that up on February 24th with Keith Maitland's documentary about the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, The Eyes of Me.

Screen Door Film would like to thank Sharon Strover, Nancy Schiesari and Ellen Spiro with the University of Texas for making this collaboration possible.