Art Car: The Movie
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"Art Car: The Movie" follows a handful of local artists as they prepare their entries for the 2010 parade with an inside look at how the City of Houston and the Orange Show prepared for the event.
Houston-based co-directors Carlton Ahrens and Ford Gunter traveled across the U.S. and the world talking with artists, critics and academics to figure out where art cars fit in the art world and define the car's place in American culture and as a reflection of self.
The film also chronicles the automobileʼs place in American culture and the rise of the Art Car Movement in Houston during the 1980ʼs.
Featuring artists, experts, politicians and celebrities including 2010 Grand Marshal Dan Akyroyd, 2010 participant Larry the Cable Guy and past Grand Marshal George Clinton, "Art Car: The Movie" tells the classic American story of a quintessential form of public art.
“The Art Car movement began as a highly original Houston art form and spread worldwide,” says HCAS Executive Director Trish Rigdon. “The film documents the quirky side of Houstonʼs remarkably diversified arts culture, and HCAS is proud to present Art Car: The Movie as the finale of Cinema Arts Festival Houston 2011. It's the perfect note for the closing night of our arts-oriented festival."
With almost 300 entrants and more than 300,000 spectators, the Houston Art Car Parade is the biggest in the world, and attracts talent from across the globe.
ABOUT HOUSTON CINEMA ARTS SOCIETY (HCAS)
Houston Cinema Arts Society is a non-profit organization created in 2008. With the support of former Houston Mayor Bill White and the leadership of Franci Crane, HCAS organized and hosted the 2009 and 2010 Cinema Arts Festival Houston, a groundbreaking and innovative film and multimedia arts festival featuring films and new media by and about artists in the visual, performing, and literary arts. The festival celebrates the vitality and diversity of the arts in Houston and enriches the cityʼs film and arts community. HCAS is funded in part by grants from the Crane Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Inc., Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Houston Convention and Entertainment Facilities Department, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Film Commission and Texas Film Commission. The third annual Cinema Arts Festival Houston will be held November 9-13, 2011. For more information, please visit HCAS at www.cinemartsociety.org.