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Frame of Mind: The Best of Texas 19

For 30 years, Dallas VideoFest has closed out with a spotlight on the best short films made in the Lone Star State. This week, Frame of Mind will take a look back at some of the highlights from the annual film festival.

Get more info on this year’s Dallas VideoFest. Alternative fiction films will be screening Nov. 2-5 at the Angelika Film Center.

Many of the local filmmakers that the festival has featured over the years have gone on to widespread recognition. In 2011, Fort Worth-based illustrator and designer Brandon Oldenburg showed The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore at VideoFest, and it won the Oscar for best animated short film the following year.

Here’s are some highlights from the show, airing tonight at 10 p.m. on KERA TV.

Dallas (1985)


Steve Dirkx delivers a tongue-in-cheek ode to Dallas in this music video from 1985. Dirkx was once part of the Dallas-based pioneering rock band The Telefones.

Love Crabs (1990)


Dallas filmmaker Mark Birnbaum explores love in this heartfelt short from 1990. New and experienced couples alike share their thoughts on what makes a relationship stick.

“If you’re starting to like somebody, you take them out for crabs,” one of the interviewees says in the clip. “If they don’t get into eating it with their hands .. really get into it, forget it. Just write them off.”

The Second Coming (2006)


Austin-based filmmaker Ya’Ke tells the story of a father returning home from prison trying to make amends with his son in “The Second Coming.” The short, which was also Ya’Ke’s graduate thesis film at UT, premiered on HBO in 2008.

Middletown (1997)


Dallas art photographer and filmmaker Nic Nicosia closes the show with an eerie film shot in the suburbs of North Dallas. Filmed in 1997, Nicosia’s short loops around a neighborhood on Middleton Road as a series of random events pass by. It’s a surreal piece that gives us a look at a bygone era.