Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Free 5 Day Virtual Film Festival


Thin Line Fest in Denton is reinventing how a film festival can thrive in this time of viral uncertainty. Instead of postponing the festival, they are presenting it online by creating live events including a portal for their audiences to have social interaction with participating filmmakers from their homes and inject art into their lives during this imposed isolation.

Thin Line Fest and Dallas VideoFest partnered with Falcon Events (falconevents.com), Dallas-based event producers, which specializes in producing live online and virtual events, to deploy the latest live online technology via a secure and robust platform to create a virtual film festival experience.

“We are recreating the festival experience, showing films, and connecting filmmakers with their audiences, with technology that is just right for the moment,” said Bart Weiss, founder and artistic director of Dallas VideoFest.

Falcon Events has the technology and capability to include film introductions from the Festivals’ film hosts as well as Q&As following films. Viewers will be able to hear and potentially see the filmmakers as they answer the viewers’ questions. Falcon Events has very strict protocols in place to ensure each film’s content is not copied, and each film will only be available live.

"Despite having to cancel all in-person festival events, Thin Line Fest is thrilled to continue our tradition of screening the latest and best documentaries from around the world. The response from filmmakers has been overwhelmingly supportive, and we are looking forward to creating a comparable festival experience online," said Joshua Butler, Thin Line Fest founder and director and Falcon Events COO.

During the Thin Line Festival, movie lovers can go online and watch great films at specific times. Like traditional film festivals, there will be questions and answers and intros to the films from hosts and from the filmmakers, but these will be done on video (and unlike the films themselves will be viewable later online). Audiences can ask questions of the filmmakers and have them answered in real-time.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

UTA's Department of Theatre Arts Presents Heal the Divide On and Off Campus

Important Update

University of Texas at Arlington’s
Department of Theatre Arts
Season Cancelation

Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, The University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance has made the decision to cancel its remaining productions, The Life of Galileo and VIA DANCE. This cancelation also includes Heal the Divide On and Off Campus. If you have purchased a ticket for one of these productions, please contact UTA Tickets at (817) 272-9595 for a refund.

UTA thanks all of their students, faculty, and staff who have worked to bring this year’s season to life, and a special thank you to their wonderful audience for attending their 2019-2020 season. They look forward to seeing you at the theatre in the fall!


HEAL THE DIVIDE ON AND OFF CAMPUS presented by The University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts is comprised of original one-act plays written and performed by students from the Department of Theatre Arts. The pieces focus on topics that directly concern and impact the Millennial and Gen Z generations, such as diversity in politics, colorism, gender non-conformity, gender dynamics, and spousal abuse, among others. This year’s theme is GENDER, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVITY.

HEAL THE DIVIDE ON AND OFF CAMPUS project is presented in conjunction with colleges and universities across the U.S. that wish to begin conversations about issues concerning their community through the lens of the student playwright. A key to the event is to get local with the material and to share insight into each community’s current issues of concern. HEAL THE DIVIDE ON AND OFF CAMPUS is presented by a group of student playwrights who represent UTA’s Department of Theatre Arts and the community at large. This year’s writers include: recent graduate Straton Rushing, freshman Shundrea Burnett, freshman Ashlyn Dehate, sophomore Andrew Denton, freshman Madeline Estrada, freshman Analisa Salinas, and freshman Emily Truelove. The supervisor and coordinator of the group is Theatre Arts’ Assistant Professor of Instruction Detra Payne.

HEAL THE DIVIDE ON AND OFF CAMPUS will be held March 28th at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Brazos Park located on UTA’s campus. Plan to join us for this free event that promises to be moving and enlightening. For further information, please visit the UTA Department of Theatre Arts’ website.