The 3rd Annual Lois Weber Film Festival is coming up Nov. 8-9 at the historic Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie. Two D/FW directors, Channing Godfrey Peoples and Julia Dyer, will speak about their work.
Friday, November 8
7:30 p.m.: Red, by Fort Worth director Channing Godfrey Peoples, who will speak following the presentation. Channing also plays the lead character, Red. Originally from Ft. Worth, Channing spent her childhood in community theater and has been drawn to storytelling ever since. She has a MFA in Film Production, from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. More information about her movie can be found at http://www.msredfilm.com.
Saturday, November 9
3 p.m.: Meek's Cutoff, directed by Kelly Reichardt. Stars Michelle Williams and Bruce Greenwood. Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.
5:30 p.m.: Service: When Women Come Marching Home, directed by Marcia Rock. This documentary portrays the courage of the women in service and once they have left the military; the horrific traumas they faced, the inadequate care they often receive on return and the large and small accomplishments the women work mightily to achieve.
7 p.m.: The Lois Weber Award is presented to Dallas director Julia Dyer. Her film The Playroom will be shown. Afterward, a reception will allow attendees to meet and speak with Julia. Julia has worked as a filmmaker in Dallas for more than two decades. She regularly consults on a variety of independent film projects, and has taught directing in the nationally recognized film program of the University of Texas at Austin, of which she is a graduate. More information about The Playroom can be found at http://theplayroommovie.com.
The Film Festival is made possible by the Grand Prairie Public Library System, the City of Grand Prairie and the Uptown Theater. A one-day ticket is $8. A two-day pass is $12. Show your Grand Prairie library card for $2 off. Tickets are available at the Uptown Theater box office, 120 E. Main St. in Grand Prairie.
The Grand Prairie Main Library is the site of the Lois Weber Collection, a circulating collection of motion pictures, short films, and documentaries. Named for one of the first successful women directors, this unique collection of more than 400 films (in dvd format) showcases the exciting variety of motion pictures directed by women since the earliest days of film creation. Wanting to focus on both the historical and ongoing contributions of women in the motion picture arts, the Library decided to acquire a core collection of films directed by women, far-ranging in terms of time period, subject matter, style, and country of origin. Library cards are free, even to non-residents. The Main Library is located at 901 Conover Drive, in Grand Prairie.