Cinema Arts Festival Houston Nabs A Big Name

The fledgling Cinema Arts Festival Houston has bagged a big name for the event: Tilda Swinton. (If Tilda Swinton isn't a big-enough name for you, you're probably not the type of movie fan who would appreciate the Cinema Arts Festival Houston.)

Swinton, who's starred in Orlando and won an Oscar for Michael Clayton, will make several appearances in town in conjunction with the festival.

"Tilda Swinton's commitment to working with innovative artists, from Derek Jarman
to Lynn Hershman, and to building audiences for challenging cinematic art, has inspired
us in launching our Festival," said Richard Herskowitz, Cinema Arts Festival Houston

Here's what's on tap:

The Worlds of Tilda Swinton is a series of events that includes three screenings of Swinton's films: Derek, Teknolust and a special sneak preview of her latest independent feature. On closing night of the Festival, in conjunction with Swinton's 8 ½ Foundation, Swinton will introduce an outdoor screening of The Red Shoes in Discovery Green, Houston's downtown park, preceded by a live performance by the Houston Ballet.

Pretty impressive stuff.

Swinton will also be involved in the screening of a documentary about Derek Jarman, who has directed her in several films.

Representing Swinton's dedicated work as a creative accomplice of avant-garde artists, the 2008 feature documentary Derek will be shown Sunday, November 15, at 1 pm at the Brown Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Swinton wrote and narrated the screenplay of this documentary tribute, directed by Isaac Julien, about the legendary painter and filmmaker Derek Jarman. Following the screening, Swinton will join Festival curator Richard Herskowitz for a conversation about Jarman's legacy. Swinton's connection to Jarman dates back to the beginning of her film career when she was a stage actress and a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Jarman cast her as Lena in Caravaggio (1986). Jarman, a painter, gay activist and visionary film director, among other things, was to become her mentor and she his muse (although she has said he needed "no muse but himself"). Swinton ultimately performed in seven of Jarman's feature films.

The festival is next month, from November 11-15

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