Mark Birnbaum

  • Calendar

    November 14, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    The World Accordion to Brave Combo: Sneak Peek Bart Weiss's Doc-in-Progress

    Just found this on YouTube: five minutes of footage from Dallas Video Festival founder Bart Weiss's work-in-progress about Brave Combo, who've been making music for squares since '79 and whose Musical Varieties I was listening to only last weekend. ("Skokiaan"!) I'd heard such a polkathesis was in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    For Those Who Never Got to Spend Time With David Dillon, Here's Your Opportunity

    ​Last night, I ran into noted doc director Mark Birnbaum at a little shindig Lodge owner Dawn Rizos threw in conjunction with the release of good friend and once-and-future Observer contributor Josh Alan Friedman's latest tome, the autobiographical Black Cracker. Mark -- who's directed such films ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    SLANT 45, The Movie

    Back in September, at Cowboys Stadium, the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee debut its educational outreach initiative called Service Learning Adventures in North Texas -- or, SLANT 45 for short. Long story short, it's what Daryl "Mooooooooose" Johnston called "the largest service-learning p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Free Frank Campagna!

    In case you missed Mark Birnbaum and Manny Mendoza's mini-doc Dig Deep -- about the keeper of Kettle Art, Frank Campagna, and his work on Deep Ellum murals extinct and extant -- when it debuted at the Dallas Video Festival in November, Mark was kind enough to post it to Vimeo last night. See for you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Take a Brief Glimpse at South Dallas Students' Once in a Lifetime Trip to China

    World ClassroomOne of Mark Birnbaum's cameras filming kids from Lincoln High in China for the film Once in a Lifetime​And, speaking of Mark Birnbaum ...When last I spoke with the Dallas-based doc maker, he was out and about filming Mayor Tom Leppert and other council members for a short promoting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Digging Deep: Frank Campagna Gets His Due in Short Film Playing the Dallas Video Festival

    Frank Campagna walking past the old Good Latimer Tunnel murals in a scene from Dig Deep​The Dallas Video Festival kicks off today at the Angelika Film Center -- we'll sneak peek a few offerings as it unspools over the coming days. But I did want to mention one highlight, titled Dig Deep, as it's p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2008

    AFI Dallas: The Filmmakers Talk

    Amy Redford, like her father, is ready for her close-up. Several of filmmakers in town for the AFI Dallas International Film Fest, which wraps this weekend, are doing on-camera interviews for the festival -- only, they're kind of difficult to find. The fest's Web site is only hosting daily montage w ... More >>

  • Film

    March 27, 2008
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    March 5, 2008
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    January 4, 2008

    The Reel History of Deep Ellum

    Tomorrow night, Frank Campagna's Kettle Art in Deep Ellum will play host to a singular event: a retrospective of films made in and about -- where else? -- Deep Ellum. The lineup encompasses both past and present, with such offerings as historian Alan Govenar's 1985 film Deep Ellum Blues (a 12-minute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2007

    The Newspaper-Biz Documentary Starring Ben Bradlee, Ed Asner ... and Laura Miller

    Dallas-based documentary filmmaker Mark Birnbaum is, at this very moment, in Wharton, Texas, prepping for a documentary about hometown boy Horton Foote -- and we'll have more about that project on Unfair Park tomorrow, on the first day of shooting. But first we wanted to preview the trailer for Birn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2007

    A Former Dallas News'er Takes on the Entire Newspaper Business

    Photo by John Hibey Mark Birnbaum and Manny Mendoza interviewed Walter Cronkite for their doc-in-progress. Yesterday we mentioned Craig Flournoy and Tracy Everbach's bad-News piece in the latest Columbia Journalism Review, for which they claim to have interviewed about 100 former newsroomies. But o ... More >>

  • News

    May 18, 2006

    A Fallen Star Is Born

    Tom DeLay's scandals are a gold mine for two Texas filmmakers

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2006

    Time for "The Times" To Weigh in on DeLay Doc

    Yesterday's New York Times' Arts & Leisure section had a small piece on a movie we've written since last summer--and just about every week since we started this danged blog. Stephanie Goodman asked: What becomes of local filmmakers Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck's movie The Big Buy: How Tom DeLay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2006

    Damned Hollywood Liberals

    Since August, we've been writing about local filmmakers Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck's The Big Buy, which deals with Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle's investigation into the allegedly dirty doings of DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee (TRMPAC). Last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2006

    The Truthiness Is, He's Scary

    Robert Greenwald's best known as the agit-doc filmmaker behind such fists-in-yer-face as Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism and Uncovered: The War on Iraq. But as we reported last week, Greenwald, through his Brave New Films production and distribution ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2006

    The Hammer and the Nailing

    What's bad news for Tom DeLay is good news for Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck, the Dallas-based documentary filmmakers whose movie about Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle's investigation into the doings of DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee (TRMPAC) has ... More >>

  • News

    October 6, 2005

    No DeLay

    Bad politics is good business for filmmakers

  • Film

    August 4, 2005

    Trip to Bountiful

    Oh, the talent given us at this year's remarkable Dallas Video Festival

  • News

    July 4, 2002

    Broadcast News

    After layoffs, KERA tries to assuage staffers and make itself more relevant

  • Film

    May 9, 2002

    Made on the Margins

    For 15 years, the Dallas Video Fest has flickered on the fringe

  • Calendar

    August 23, 2001

    Spice Girls

    Filmmakers document the latest dance craze and the normal people who are a part of it

  • News

    July 17, 1997
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    December 15, 1994

    Rough cut

    NEA cuts send Texas filmmakers reeling