Speaking of SMU, the university's Student Film Festival takes place April 18 and 19, and it'll feature some 40 student-made shorts. While I am sure some are as "awesome" as fest director Erin Littlestar promises, if you've seen one or two student shorts in your life, the idea of sitting through 40 kinda hurts my stomach just a little bit. But they aren't the fest's big draw this year; nope, that honor goes to TV Junkie, the debut doc by Deep Ellum Film Festival founder Michael Cain that had its premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Junkie's appearance at the SMU Student Film Festival is a pretty big score: This marks the first time the movie, honored with a special jury prize at Sundance, will be screened for a Dallas audience. TV Junkie tells the sad, troubling and occasionally funny life of Rick Kirkham, a TV newsman who recorded everything in his life from his childhood until this very second; Cain and co-director Matt Radecki edited down thousands of hours of audio and video footage and came up with an entertaining, enlightening cautionary tale. It screens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Magnolia Theater, with a Q&A immediately afterward. Go and tell yer friends you were the first (in town, anyway) to see a Sundance fave. --Robert Wilonsky