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Literally Short Film Awards
Co-presented with Literal Magazine
Tuesday, November 4, 7PM

As part of Literal Magazine's 10th anniversary, the magazine is hosting their first short film competition, Literally Short Film Awards, in partnership with Aurora Picture Show. Literally Short is an event initiated by the drive to bridge all cultures into one collaborative stage that stimulates international artistic expression. Literal Magazine's passion for film lies in its exquisite capacity to merge a multitude of arts into one vision; thus, Literally Short Film Awards seeks to dissolve all geographical boundaries into one platform that equally voices all cultures.  READ MORE

Time Squared
Filmmaker Ken Jacobs in Attendance
Co-presented with Houston Cinema Arts Festival
Friday, November 14, 7:00PM

Avant-garde film pioneer Ken Jacobs has explored varieties of 3D perception through projector performances for the past five decades, often drawing upon early cinema and other found images. Jacobs will show a film, Opening the 19th Century: 1896 (1990, 11 min.), drawing on Lumiere footage that each member of the audience will view through a Pulfrich filter. Jacobs and his assistant, Flo, will then give a live performance of Time Squared on one of his marvelous inventions, the Nervous Magic Lantern, which he describes as "a device so elemental it puts us in the running with the very earliest inventors of cinema."  READ MORE

Mark Tribe: The Port Huron Project (2006-2009)

Artist Mark Tribe in attendance
Co-presented with The Menil Collection and DiverseWorks
Saturday, November 22, 7:00PM
Location: The Menil Collection Front Lawn, 1533 Sul Ross

The Port Huron Project (2006-2009) is a series of reenactments of protest speeches from the New Left movements of the Vietnam era. Each speech took place at the site of the original event, and was delivered by an actor or performance artist to an audience of invited guests and passers-by. Videos of these performances have been screened on campuses, exhibited in art spaces, and distributed online as open-source media. READ MORE

The Idea Fund
Check out Information Sessions

The Idea Fund provides up to 12 cash awards at three distinct levels: Spark ($1,000), Catalyst ($4,000), and Stimulus ($7,000) artist-generated, or artist-centered projects that exemplify the unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices that occur outside of the traditional frameworks of support. Now in it’s 7th round of awards, and after a period of programmatic evaluation, the lead artist of The Idea Fund project must reside in the greater-Houston metropolitan area, in one of the following counties: Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Chambers, Liberty, or Montgomery.  Learn more about the new distribution levels and requirements at an information session. Sessions are planned for Houston, Katy, Galveston, Prairie View and Southeast Houston.  READ MORE

Stop Motion Animation Mini-Camp
Now Accepting Registrations for Youth

Lights, Camera, Action! Youth filmmakers are invited to create their own stop-motion animated movie at a stop-motion animation mini-camp over winter break (December 29 - December 31). Students (ages 10-14) will create stories and then take digital pictures and group them together in a time-sequence to produce a motion video. The process will include set building, lighting techniques, Foley sound, editing and much more. Be forewarned, these animation programs sell out fast!  READ MORE

Mobile Media Literacy
Aurora Picture Show in the Community

Through our Mobile Media Literacy program, Aurora Picture Show hits the road to visit hospitals, non-profit groups and local schools to bring media literacy and filmmaking to the community.  By working with partners such as Young Audiences of Houston, Texas Children's Hospital Cancer Center Art In Medicine Program and Writers in the Schools, Aurora partners with established community programs geared toward youth. Check out the film that Media Arts Education Manager Camilo Gonzalez helped create for the Making A Mark collaborative project. Aurora Picture Show was thrilled to be the 2014 Guest Artist. Camilo worked with patients at Texas Children's Cancer Center and The Periwinkle Foundation Long Term Survivor group to create, "I Dream", a short film. VIEW "I DREAM"

Meet Melissa Tran
Featured in the Curator's Corner
Each quarter, Aurora Curator Mary Magsamen highlights an artist from Aurora's diverse membership to showcase their work and introduce you to the Aurora congregation. This season, our featured member is Melissa Tran of Houston, Texas. In addition to being a former intern for Aurora Picture Show and also an Extremely Shorts Film Festival filmmaker, Tran received her BFA from the University of Houston and has had her work exhibited as part of Fotofest, Blaffer Art Museum, HCP and Diverseworks.  Learn more about Melissa and view her film "I Will Not Use Violence." READ MORE

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