Denton is a sneaky little son-of-a-bitch. They went off and planned and executed an international film festival with barely a peep. The line-up is beyond impressive and each day of Thin Line Film and Music fest is filled with shorts, features and local bands like Slobberbone and The O's. Yeah, for real. Like people you've heard of and stuff. Each day turns into Sophie's freaking choice as to what to see. And since most of us live half-a-gas-tank away, now is not the time to make a misstep. Since you already know the music, we'll focus on the films, offering our pick of the day every day from Thursday, February 13 (that's today, ye calendar-less masses) until Monday, February 16 -- the last day of the festival and also President's Day so clearly you'll have some honoring to do.
If you like hype, this documentary is literally showing all around the world. If you couldn't give two shits about hype, see it anyway. It's a movie that introduces you to true artisans and their craft -- hand-painting storefronts, murals, billboards, etc. It's a craft that's been largely replaced by printers and the result is a sea of sameness. There is, however, a growing trend to return signage to it's one-of-a-kind, work-of-art roots. Local sign painter and film subject Sean Starr will be at the show.
Pretty Brutal, 62min. 10 p.m. Friday Fine Arts Theater "Pretty Brutal follows self-titled girl skaters Pieces of Hate, Kid Vile and Naki Kronik into the full-contact world of New Zealand's first Roller Derby league."
This is a movie about three seriously tough bitches as they begin their roller derby career. After this film we'll all realize what big fat babies we really are. Day in and day out these girls lace up and head out on the court with the sole objective of beating the crap out of one another while attempting to not lose any teeth. Just to add drama to the drama, there's totally a bully in the film, but no doubt she has a heart of gold.
Filmaker Monica De Alwis will be at the show.
Antarctica: A Year on Ice, 92min. 5 p.m. Saturday Campus Theatre "The story is not from the point of view of scientists, but the people who spend the most time there; the everyday workers who keep the station running in the harshest place on the planet."
Remember when we all bitched about one day of ice? Yeah, these filmmakers lived on Antarctica for an entire year. Are they mentally unstable? Maybe. But maybe not. They've said the most surprising thing about the continent is the sheer beauty of the place and the people and the sense of community. Lucky for us, they filmed their whole trip so we can kick back in a nice heated theater and see what all the fuss is about. Hooray for film!!
Who Took Johnny, 76min. 8:30 p.m. Sunday Campus Theatre "Who Took Johnny is an examination into the infamous 30-year-old case behind the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton."
It's been 30 years since 12-year-old Johnny disappeared one morning during his paper route in an affluent neighborhood in Des Moines, Iowa. There was no crime scene, no sign of struggle, nothing. He just disappeared and his mother has been searching for him ever since. There are countless conspiracy theories, "sightings" and even a confession for the man who supposedly helped kidnapped Johnny.
Filmmaker Michael Galinsky will be at the show.