This week looks like a good week to premiere films at select venues for one-night only. Films include regional and off-the-radar productions, as well as foreign fare. In all cases, tickets are available to the public. In the industry this is known as four walling, and most times the films have not found distribution regardless of the quality of the movie.
On Tuesday, Oct. 10 Glow unwinds at 7 pm. at MATCH (3400 Main Street). The film was produced, written, edited and directed by Dallas filmmaker Andrew Allen.
Allen has been working on the film since 2009, and principal photography took over five years with Glow being shot in bits and pieces. The shoot was non-union and Allen used two cinematographers during the production, each lensing about half the movie.
Just the name Glow rings bells because of the recent Netflix series with the same name, but that farcical series referred to the 1980s phenom known as Glorious Ladies of Wrestling.
Allen’s Glow focuses on an ensemble of people who are going through crisis of sorts, perhaps spiritual or marital or even moral. Most of the narrative spills out in a linear manner but then some of the events are told outside the box with space and time continuity exchanged for a more insightful overview of the character’s entire life. Some of the acting hits realism spot on, while other performances just seem amateurish. A few of the cast, who are from Houston, will be in attendance.
A Very Sordid Wedding premieres Thursday, Oct. 12 at the River Oaks Theatre (2009 W. Gray St.) with a pre-screening reception at the nearby Guava Lamp Lounge. From the pen of noted humorist and self-proclaimed “master of Texas comedy” Del Shores, the film revisits characters created by Shore for the play and subsequent movie Sordid Lives (2000) followed by the syndicated television series (2008) of the same name. Shores also wrote the hilarious 1990 backwoods sibling rivalry comedy Daddy’s Dyin’ … Who’s Got the Will?
Bonnie Bedelia from the original cast returns. The entire affair is a send up of small-town Texan characters, complete with lascivious behavior and compromising situations that’s in sharp contrast to the more conservative attitudes of the town proper.
The recent Richard Linklater film Bernie mined some of the same comic tropes.
There’s a lot of humor on display and the issue of gay marriage is seen through different eyes. In the end, the people that get hitched will surprise some but not everyone in town. It may be a one-horse outpost on the outskirts of modern maps, but most denizens are definitely living in the modern day.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents a group of Turkish films from Friday, Oct. 13 though Sunday, Oct. 15. A total of five films are being offered that range in mood from drama to comedy, along with a documentary offering a comprehensive tour of the diverse cultures and cuisine of the country.
Films include My Mother’s World (Annemin Yarasi); The Turkish Way; Blue Bicycle (Mavi Bisiklet); My Father’s Wings (Babamin Kanatlari); 61 Days (Iftarlik Gazoz). This is the 5th annual Houston Turkish Film Festival.