The Dallas Video Festival folks like to say that when Bart Weiss and Melissa Berry conceived their child in 1986, before the fest even had a name, video was the dominion of pornographers and avant-gardists who were experimenting with the still-burgeoning medium. Video cameras were years away from being the everyday playthings of the middle class; the notion of Hollywood buying (for millions!) and selling big-screen films made with digital cameras was laughable; Mark Cuban thought "high def" was something you smoked. Back then, most of what Weiss and Berry offered up was exotica to be inhaled by the few brave souls who wanted to know what was happening outside the boundaries of their little boxes and big screens. Those who came saw, and what they saw was often inexplicable,... More >>>
The Oscar-nominated Spellbound, which takes place at (of all places) a spelling bee, is the funniest and most heartbreaking film you will see all year.