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Artist Talk with Cauleen Smith
Friday, February 27, 7:00PM
Location: Aurora Picture Show, 2442 Bartlett Street
Free Admission
Cauleen Smith is a filmmaker, screenwriter and video installation artist. She will give an artist talk about her past and present artistic and film projects. She is best known for her experimental works that address the Afro Futurism and African American identity, specifically the issues facing black women today.  Get the behind the scenes information about her presentation on Saturday, Black Utopia LP - A Cauleen Smith Movie. READ MORE

Black Utopia LP - A Cauleen Smith Movie
Co-presented with Project Row Houses
Live Cinema Performance with Cauleen Smith
Saturday, February 28, 7:00PM
Location: Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin St
Aurora and Project Row Houses Members Free, Non-Members $10
Black Utopia LP is a double vinyl LP accompanied by 35mm slides synchronized in live cinematic performance. A hybrid of the academic lecture, and musical performance, The Black Utopia LP is a deeply original off-shoot of years of research which artist and filmmaker Cauleen Smith devoted to Afrofuturism—a cultural movement that mixes science fiction, fantasy, non-Western religion and Afrocentrism. The legendary Sun Ra (1914–93) and his Arkestra were a key figures in this movement.READ MORE

Family Flicks
Co-presented with City of West University Place, Parks and Recreation
Friday, March 6, 7:30PM
Location: Colonial Park, 4130 Byron
Free Admission
Grab your blankets and snuggle under the moon and stars while Aurora lights up the night at Colonial Park with a fun, family friendly selection of short films curated from our Extremely Shorts Film Festival and Summer Filmmaking Bootcamps for youth. READ MORE

Flood Tide
Filmmaker Todd Chandler in Attendance
Friday, March 27, 7:00PM
(Members only reception, 6PM)
Aurora Members Free with RSVP, Non-Members $10
A group of artists, shaken by the death of their friend, build extraordinary boats out of ordinary junk and set out for open water. Flood Tide is a collaboration with the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea, a project dreamed up by the artist Swoon and built by a group of artists and performers who floated seven large sculptures down the Hudson River. Flood Tide interweaves documentation of this journey with layers of fiction, mythology, and oral history to create a film that both documents and reimagines the real-life project. Music is an integral part of Flood Tide, both on screen and off. The film features an all-original score by the band Dark Dark Dark and includes several onscreen performances by the band, as well as a special performance by renowned experimental musician Pauline Oliveros.  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"

Extremely Shorts and Extremely Young Film Festivals
Now Accepting Submissions
Extremely Shorts Film Festival, now in its 18th year, is accepting entries for the 2015 competition.  Presented in partnership with Whole Foods Market, this international competition honors adventurous three-minute or shorter films and videos from around the world.  The festival will be held at Aurora Picture Show (2442 Bartlett Street, Houston, TX) June 5-6, 2015. In addition to, and inspired by Extremely Shorts Film Festival, Aurora is also accepting entries for the Extremely Young Film Festival geared toward filmmakers under 17 years old.  The youth film festival will take place May 29, 2015 in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (1001 Bissonnet). MORE INFO

Now Hiring Summer Filmmaking Apprentice
Part of the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program with Volunteer Houston

College students looking for paid film-related experience this summer can apply to participate in our ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program position in partnership with Volunteer Houston. Applicants must be full-time undergrad students. Check out the guidelines and application instructions for Aurora's Summer Filmmaking Apprentice and get those resumes in by the April 3rd deadline.  READ MORE

Stop Motion Animation Spring Break Mini-Camp
When: March 16-20 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
For students ages: 10-14

Lights, Camera, Action! Young filmmakers are invited to create their own stop-motion animated movie. Students 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 sounds, editing and much more. At the end of the class students will receive a link to their own video to share and download. Finished films are screened for family and friends at a culminating showcase on the last day of the program. REGISTER NOW

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