At Art&Seek, we’re happy to announce the 27th season of Frame of Mind, which will kick off Thursday Sept. 5 at 10 p.m. on KERA TV.
Frame of Mind celebrates independent filmmaking from Texas. Through documentaries, animation and more, the 2019 season will explore subjects as varied as PTSD and the #MeToo movement. Viewers will meet new Texas characters, and get fresh takes on familiar faces, including the late journalist Molly Ivins, the makers of the famed Czech Stop kolaches and legendary sports broadcaster Norm Hitzges.
Frame of Mind debuted on KERA on May 2, 1992. In its early years, producers Suzanne Dooley and Marlis Schmidt chose work across the cinematic spectrum: video art, documentary, music video, animation and drama. Today, the show is a multi-episode TV series, presented by Art&Seek and produced by Bart Weiss, co-founder of Dallas VideoFest and the Video Association of Dallas.
“This season Frame of Mind shows the character and characters of Texas, and shows us how we live, how we fight, and how we obsess about sports,” says Weiss. “Texas filmmakers will help us see our state and ourselves in a new light and, perhaps, change our frame of mind.”
Here’s the season lineup for Frame of Mind. Check for updates on each week’s episode at artandseek.org/frameofmind
Shatter the Silence
Sept. 5, 10 p.m.: In this 2019 film, filmmaker Cheryl Allison weaves the story of the ongoing fight for gender equality in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Using archival footage of suffragettes, Anita Hill, Eleanor Roosevelt and more, the film brings historical context to a fight still being waged today.
Voices of the Aircraft Dispatchers
Sept. 9, 9 p.m. and Sept. 11, 10 p.m.: Director Jake Zelman shares the story of how five airline dispatchers faced one of the darkest days in American history — September 11, 2001. Little is published about what the airline operational centers encountered that day, but Zelman’s documentary brings those actions to light.
Sept. 12, 10 p.m.: What prompts a successful Texas fashion designer to immerse herself in nature? Morissa Maltz tells the captivating story of Ingrid Gipson, a prominent Dallas fashion designer in the 1980s who left the world of fashion behind for a life of solitude and creativity in the Oklahoma woods.
Stickman: The Roosevelt Wilkerson Story
Sept. 19, 10 p.m.: Discover the incredible story of Roosevelt Wilkerson, who went from being homeless to becoming a sought-after wood carver, eventually crafting walking sticks for then President George W. Bush and Pope Benedict XVI.
Explore the Ordinary: The Films of Exploredinary
Sept. 26, 10 p.m.: Enjoy a retrospective of artists Sarah Reyes and Daniel Driensky. Working under the name Exploredinary, the duo creates documentaries that encapsulate the human condition and celebrate the breadths of its expression. Regardless of the medium, Exploredinary believes that the ordinary is extraordinary — it’s simply a matter of perspective.
Reel Texas: Real Characters
Oct. 3, 10 p.m.: In this special compilation, viewers meet a handful of colorful Texas characters, including journalist Molly Ivins, former Governor Ann Richards and the people who make the beloved kolaches of Czech Stop in West, Texas. Here are the short films in this program:
Molly & Ann, by Paul Stekler
489 Days, by Rania Elmalky
UnBound, by Erin Zeller
Kolache, TX by Chad Withers
Reel Texas: Journeys To Change
Oct. 10, 10 p.m.: Tune in and embark on several different Texas journeys, including a search for Texas history in Illinois, and a flight from violence in Guatemala to safety in the United States. Each journey has its peril — and changes the travelers forever.
Detrás de la Realidad, by Nuria Rodríguez
A Line Birds Cannot See, by Amy Bench
25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln, by Ellen Brodsky
Reel Texas: College Showcase
Oct. 17, 10 p.m.:Enjoy a collection of shorts from the film and media arts programs at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts and the video technology program at North Lake College.
Best of Pegasus Film Festival
Oct. 24, 10 p.m.: Run by students from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, The Pegasus Film Festival showcases the best that high school filmmaking has to offer. Discover what high school filmmakers are thinking about, from international food to heavy metal “bangovers.”
Oct. 31, 10 p.m.: Tune in for fiction films that highlight the imagination — and anxiety — of the Texas experience.
A Soldier Home
Nov. 7, 10 p.m.: In this experimental documentary, viewers meet Zach Fresquez — a Marine back from war who struggles with finding love and employment. The film explores the psychological landscape of veterans re-assimilating into their communities, and reminds us of the sacrifice they make.
Best of Thin Line Fest
Nov. 14, 10 p.m.: Thin Line Fest, North Texas’ first documentary film festival, explores the thin line between truth and fiction. Enjoy a collection of Thin Line’s award-winning shorts, curated by Susan Carol Davis.
Norm Hitzges: An Opinionated History of Dallas Sports
Nov. 21, 10 p.m.: In this original Frame of Mind production, legendary sports broadcaster Norm Hitzges tells how he got his start, offers his theory about how football is like war and shares highlights from the history of Dallas sports. The film features footage from the WFAA Newsfilm Collection from the G. William Jones Film & Video Collection at Southern Methodist University, and original illustrations by Dan Peeler and Charlie Rose.
Waging Peace: The Peace Corps Experience
Nov. 28, 10 p.m.: Texas director Allen Mondell was a Peace Corps teacher in Sierra Leone, West Africa. His feature, Waging Peace, documents the Peace Corps experience told through volunteers’ letters, journals and blogs — all written while on the job.