We've heard of Civil War re-enactments, but Vietnam War re-enactments? Those are new to us. Patrick Bresnan, a self-taught photographer and one of the video artists appearing at today's CAMH Video Jam: Prince Varughese Thomas/Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas, made a feature-length documentary called Vietnam Appreciation Day that explores the phenomenon. Also appearing is Ivete Lucas, Bresnan's artistic partner. Her debut short film Asthma was shortlisted for the Mexican Academy Awards, and she released The Curse and the Jubilee last year. The documentary captures a Fourth of July celebration in a small Virginia mining town that's been scarred by poverty and ruthless mining practices. Video installations by the Bresnan/Lucas team have been featured in Houston, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Philadelphia art galleries.
Rounding out the lineup is Prince Varughese Thomas, a self-proclaimed cultural interloper with roots in American and Indian culture. Varughese has said he has always felt like an outsider, and his work often explores the idea of otherness. The local film/video artists will discuss their recent projects, talk about what gets their creative juices going and take questions from the audience. 6:30 p.m. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose. For information, call 713-284-8250 or visit www.camh.org. Free.
Thu., Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m., 2012