With Houston Cinema Arts Society celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the organization that's devoted to showcasing unique films, media installations, and performances to local cinephiles has a couple of cool things on the marquee this month.
On Friday, July 13, the nonprofit will launch CineBrew, a monthly, three-part series that will have local breweries supplying the suds during a movie that will also have connections to this fair city. The inaugural film will be The Sugarland Express, Steven Spielberg's 1974 feature-film debut, starring a young Goldie Hawn as a lady on-the-lam with her escaped-convict husband. The film was shot in several Texas locations, including Jester State Prison Farm in Sugar Land. For that film, Spindletap Brewery will provide both the beer and the screening spot. It starts at 6:30 pm.
The other films in the series are Ron Howard's Apollo 13 (August 25, 6 pm, at Eureka Heights Brewery), which used Johnson Space Center as a prime location; and School of Rock, directed by Houston-born Richard Linklater (September 20, 7:30 pm, at 8th Wonder Brewery).
On July 21, HCAS will also host Julydoscope, a family-free evening of film and arts at Discovery Green. While last year's festivities was cancelled due to inclement weather, the Society has went all out with providing goodies for this year's event. For the film side, there will be a selection of CineSpace shorts, a dozen or so films that all deal with the utilization of NASA imagery from its half-century-spanning archives. That will be screened right after live performances from Opera in the Heights and saxophone quartet Musiqa. That starts at 7 pm.