The 3rd Annual Lois Weber Film Festival will be held November 8 and 9 at the historic Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St., in downtown Grand Prairie. Featuring four film showings, the festival will also include two D/FW directors, Channing Godfrey Peoples and Julia Dyers, speaking about their work.
Named for one of the first successful women directors, this unique collection of more than 400 films (in dvd format) showcases the exciting variety of motion pictures directed by women since the earliest days of film creation. To focus on both the historical and ongoing contributions of women in the motion picture arts, the Grand Prairie Library System acquired a core collection of films directed by women, far-ranging in terms of time period, subject matter, style, and country of origin.
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
7:30 p.m. - Red, with Fort Worth director Channing Godfrey Peoples speaking afterward
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
3 p.m., Meek’s Cutoff.
5:30 p.m. Service: When women come marching home.
7 p.m., Dallas director Julia Dyer receives the Lois Weber Award. Her movie The Playroom will be shown. Reception to meet the director to follow.
A one day ticket is $8. A 2-day pass is $12. Show your library card for a $2 discount! Tickets are sold at the Uptown Theater ticket window, 120 E. Main St.
For more information, call 972-237-5700.
This year we welcome Channing Godfrey Peoples and Julia Dyer.
Channing is the writer/director of Red. She also plays the lead character, Red. Originally from Fort Worth, Channing spent her childhood in community theater and has been drawn to storytelling ever since. She has a MFA in Film Production, from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Red, an African-American woman in Texas, is known for her flaming red hair and fiery ways. Crushed by the sudden death of her beloved grandmother, Mother Mabel, a grieving Red returns home to find that her lover has left; stealing her heart and Mabel’s most treasured possession. As the funeral procession begins, Red must reclaim all that is rightfully hers.
Julia Dyer will receive the 2013 Lois Weber Award, and introduce her movie The Playroom. Julia has worked as a filmmaker in Dallas for more than two decades. She regularly consults on a variety of independent film projects, and has taught directing in the nationally recognized film program of the University of Texas at Austin, of which she is a graduate. About The Playroom, Julia says: "Most of us have forgotten what it is really like to be a child. We treat our grown-up customs as substantive and meaningful, while the rituals of childhood seem simplistic and even silly. The Playroom flips this relationship on its head, relegating the adult drama to the background while the children’s complex journey absorbs our rapt attention. In the primary story arc, Maggie’s coming-of-age has the emotional sweep of an epic odyssey, even though she barely leaves the house. Like every hero she must venture into uncharted waters, face her greatest fears, challenge the gods, and learn the deepest truths about herself. The younger children alternately obstruct and enable her journey, providing the moral context as they suffer the repercussions of her choices. In the end the intrigues of the adults seem trivial in comparison to the shattering decisions Maggie must make, and the heartbreaking losses her siblings endure, as she drags herself across the ragged border into adulthood."
The Grand Prairie Main Library is the site of the Lois Weber Collection, a circulating collection of motion pictures, shorts and documentaries directed by women. The Collection debuted in 2009, with 160 titles. A recent expansion to the collection has brought the total to more than 400 titles. The collection includes historical films from directors like Lois Weber and Dorothy Arzner, as well as modern directors like Nancy Meyers and Kathryn Bigelow.