15th Annual Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival

Fans of humanity-destroying robots and father-figure bloodsuckers have reason to rejoice this week. The 15th Annual Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival's opening-night reception features actor Robert Patrick, who was most recently seen as the self-resurrecting Jackson Herveaux on HBO's addictive vampire series True Blood. (Terminator fans will also remember him from the second installment in that series, Judgment Day.) ''[He's]…receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award,'' says festival Vice President and PR Chair Peggy Domino Taylor. The event features work by new and emerging filmmakers, with an emphasis on shorts. ''The film festival also showcases the NASA/Bay area and Houston for future film locations,'' Taylor adds. Two selected shorts of particular note, Taylor says, are Melinda Halvorsen Hawkins's Shell Games, a quirky mystery shot on The Strand, and Jonathan Bucari's Illness, about a young man's battle with mental illness. ''Several films in the past years have gone on to win at South by Southwest and Sundance film festivals.'' Along with screenings and an awards ceremony, there's a special FX workshop scheduled with DX9 Designs founder and owner Scott Cooke and Blackmagic Cinema Camera's Melvin Harris.

There's an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Villa Capri Restaurant, 3713 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. Film screenings are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Courtyard Marriott, 18100 Saturn Lane, Nassau Bay. For a full schedule, visit gulfcoastfilmfest.com. $5 to $100.
Fri., Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 2013


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