Alan Govenar’s Looking for Home Screens Dec. 8

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Alan Govenar's Looking for Home
Yoyo, photograph by Robert Tullier, from Looking for Home, a film by Alan Govenar.

Dallas filmmaker Alan Govenar’s film, LOOKING FOR HOME, Dallas filmmaker Alan Govenar’s film produced by Documentary Arts and distributed by First Run Features, will screen one-night-only at the Angelika Film Center. The film screens at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Angelika Dallas in Mockingbird Station. Tickets are $10, available at videofest.org/tickets/. The screening is organized by Bart Weiss as part of Dallas VideoFest’s Curated Film Series. A Q&A with Govenar will follow the screening.

An Exploration of HOME – Before, During, After The Pandemic: In today’s uncertain world, what is the meaning of home? Over the course of four years, local filmmaker Alan Govenar talked to more than 60 people around the globe about the ever-evolving ways we think and feel about one of our most basic needs – from a college student in Buenos Aires to a homeless couple living in a makeshift tent in the woods in Dallas, a hot dog vendor in New York City, an artist in Nairobi, and a man and woman whose unlikely relationship emerged during France’s Covid lockdown.

Alan Govenar's Looking for Home
Vicki Gies, photograph by Robert Tullier, from Looking for Home, a film by Alan Govenar

As global crises have left millions of people bound to and displaced from their physical habitats, LOOKING FOR HOME resonates across time and place. Searching for a deeper meaning of home—a concept universally embraced but now in an unprecedented state of flux.

DVF’s Curated Film Series

“Through the Pandemic, so many people spent time at home and had time to think about the concept of home. In LOOKING FOR HOME (which was a film project started two years before the Pandemic hit the world), Alan Govenar talks to people from all walks of life, stages of life and places of life, to bring us a deep meditation on home. We are so happy to have this film that has been a major success in New York, screen at the Angelika, in the city Alan calls ‘home,” says Bart Weiss, founder and artistic director of Dallas VideoFest.

There are several Dallas connections in LOOKING FOR HOME. The film is edited by local theatre and film artist Jason Johnson-Spinos and features several DFW locals as subjects: Akin Babatundé; Jeremy Davis; JB, Sheryl, and Peyton Nicholson; Vicki and Bill Gies; Milane Sarquis; Yolanda Montgomery; and Carol Adams.

Alan Govenar

An award-winning writer, poet, playwright, photographer, and filmmaker, Govenar is the director of Documentary Arts, a non-profit organization he founded to advance essential perspectives on historical issues and diverse cultures. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and the author of more than thirty books, including Boccaccio in the Berkshires, Paradise in the Smallest Thing, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Untold Glory, Texas Blues, Stompin’ at the Savoy, Everyday Music, Texas in Paris, and A Pillow on the Ocean of Time. His book Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper’s Daughter won First Place in the New York Book Festival (Children’s Non-Fiction), a Boston Globe-Hornbook Honor; and an Orbis Pictus Honor from the National Council of Teachers of English.

Govenar’s film, Stoney Knows How, based on his book by the same title about Old School tattoo artist Leonard St. Clair, was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and was selected as an Outstanding Film of the Year by the London Film Festival. His documentaries The Beat Hotel, Master Qi and the Monkey King, You Don’t Need Feet to Dance, Extraordinary Ordinary People, Tattoo Uprising, and Myth of a Colorblind France are distributed by First Run Features. Govenar’s theatrical works include the musicals Blind Lemon: Prince of Country Blues, Blind Lemon Blues, and Lonesome Blues (with Akin Babatundé), Texas in Paris, and Stompin’ at the Savoy.

Documentary Arts

Founded in 1985 by Alan Govenar to present new perspectives on historical issues and diverse cultures, Documentary Arts, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in Dallas and New York City. Documentary Arts works to broaden public knowledge and appreciation of the arts of different cultures in all media.

For more info on “Looking for Home,” please visit lookingforhome.org. Information about Documentary Arts can be found online at DocumentaryArts.org.

 

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Jo Ann Holt is an award-winning journalist with 40+ years of experience as a writer and editor. She loves live performances, from country music concerts to Broadway musicals to community theatre productions. Holt also enjoys art and cultural festivals, and good food and wine. She’s toured Amsterdam, London, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and various cities in Mexico but looks forward to visiting even more countries. She has traveled by boat, plane, and train, but especially likes taking long road trips across the U.S. with her husband, retired history professor Durhl Caussey. They enjoy meeting friendly people, learning about different cultures, and visiting historic sites wherever they go.

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