Bart Chat

Hi all,

We had a great turn out for our “Women and the Movies They Make” series on Sunday at the Alamo Drafthouse. We had a full house for feminist films! Yeah!!!!! One of our partners for that is Women in Film Dallas. You should know that they have scholarships for female filmmakers—so check that out.

The big news for us is that the 24 Hour Video Race starts this week. A few years ago when one of the filmmakers was talking about the race, they called it a festival, and indeed it is kind of like a festival. It has a unique energy and it’s lots of fun. If you have never done it, come and join in, It will get your creative juices flowing, actually overflowing and that is a good thing. If you don’t feel up to making a film, come out to the screenings coming up next week at the Angelika.

On Tuesday Night one of our festival alumni, Michael Galinski, will be in town with his new film, All the Rage, at The Texas Theater. It’s about Dr. Sarno’s approach to alleviating pain, something that I very much need at the moment, but that is another story. So, show up at 7:30 at The Texas and hang out with him.

We’re starting to get in to film festival season. This weekend is the 24 Hour Video Race. Next weekend, there is the new Shutter Speed Film Festival in Arlington and I have several students who will be showing films. After that, we have Earth X Festival. They have an on-line fest open now, with major prize money — $12,000. That same weekend, there is The Thin Line Documentary Festival in Denton (lots of good work there) and The Crossroads Festival in Waxahachie. The week after that is the USA Film Festival and the week after that is DIFF.  Wow, that is a lot of film. As they get closer, I will tell you what I think you should see.

Speaking of fests, The Texas Theater has their Show Your Shorts coming up. This can get you into the Oak Cliff Film Festival (They have nice buttons this year—Barak, can I have one?)  and after that, they are showing a Sundance Shorts Program. These are great programs to  check out. I will be at The University of Central Arkansas this week, which I will tell you about next week.

A film that I’m looking forward to is Isle of Dogs and I recently had a chance to see The Death of Stalin, which is a hoot.

So, that is what I know this week. Come and check out the Race. It’s always a great time.

Bart Weiss
Artistic Director
Dallas VideoFest
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A Conversation with Pablo Azar


The Dallas-Fort Worth Local welcomes international star Pablo Azar for an evening conversation and you are invited! Hector Garcia, Dallas-Ft. Worth National Board Member, will host the conversation on the changing dynamics in Spanish language media work, and in particular the success of SAG-AFTRA members in organizing Telemundo. 


Pablo Azar began his acting career in his native Mexico in 2001. Since then, he has participated in several projects for Hispanic television in Mexico, Colombia, and in the USA, for companies such as Telemundo, Venevision, TV Azteca, Televisa, Fox Latino, and most notably in the American market, in the TBS comedy Wrecked. In 2005, Pablo’s performance in the Telemundo Novela Second Chance made him internationally known and it led to more than 10 successful novelas with the company.


Besides on-camera acting, Pablo’s talent extends to dubbing, voice-overs, live theater, and as an international painter.  


Pablo became a SAG-AFTRA member in 2013. He is one of the leaders in the SAG-AFTRA campaign to unionize Telemundo and currently serves as chair of the Negotiations Committee. Additionally, he serves as a board member of the Miami Local.




WhenSaturday, April 7
6 – 7 p.m. – SAG-AFTRA Members Only Reception (cash bar) Bring your SAG-AFTRA card for admittance.
7 – 8:45 p.m. – Conversation with Pablo Azar (open to public)

Where: Sammons Center for the Arts

3630 Harry Hines Blvd.

Dallas, TX  75219



Cost: Free


¡Nuestro local Dallas-Fort Worth da la bienvenida al actor internacional Pablo Azar, y tú estás invitado a compartir con él una amena velada y conversación! 

Héctor García, miembro de la Junta Nacional de DFW, será el anfitrión de la conversación sobre la dinámica cambiante en el trabajo de los medios de comunicación en español.


Pablo Azar comenzó su carrera como actor en su México natal en el 2001. Desde entonces, ha participado en varios proyectos de televisión hispana en México, Colombia y Estados Unidos, para compañías como Telemundo, Venevision, TV Azteca, Televisa, Fox Latino, y más notablemente en el mercado estadounidense, en la comedia de TBS Wrecked. En 2005, la actuación de Pablo en la Novela de Telemundo Second Chance lo hizo internacionalmente conocido y lo condujo a más de 10 exitosas novelas con la compañía.


Además de la actuación en cámara, el talento de Pablo se extiende al doblaje, locución, teatro en vivo y pintor internacional.


Pablo se convirtió en miembro de SAG-AFTRA en el 2013. Es uno de los líderes en la campaña de SAG-AFTRA para sindicalizar Telemundo y actualmente se desempeña como presidente del Comité de Negociaciones. Además, es miembro de la junta Local de Miami.




Cuándo: Sábado, 7 de abril

6 - 7 p.m. - Recepción solo para miembros (barra en efectivo)

7 – 8:45 p.m. - Conversación con Pablo Azar


Dónde: Sammons Center for the Arts

3630 Harry Hines Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75219


Entrada: gratis