HCAF kick-off

Houston film lovers party and preview Houston Cinema Arts Festival lineup at launch celebration

Houston film lovers party and preview Houston Cinema Arts Fest lineup

HCAF Kick-Off Party: Francisco Lo, Karen Fang, Jason Raschen
Francisco Lo, Karen Fang and Jason Raschen. Photos by Anna Veselova
HCAF Kick-Off Party: Mykle Mccoslin, Giovanni Silva, Anita Long
Mykle Mccoslin, Giovanni Silva and Anita Long. Photos by Anna Veselova
HCAF Kick-Off Party: Bert Samples, Esmar Sullivan
Bert Samples and Esmar Sullivan. Photos by Anna Veselova
HCAF Kick-Off Party, Mary Lampe and Richard Herskowitz
Interim Houston Cinema Arts Society executive director Mary Lampe and artistic director Richard Herskowitz announced the 2016 HCAF lineup.  Photos by Anna Veselova
HCAF Kick-Off Party: Sarah Gish, Dave Walker, Maureen Herzog
Sarah Gish, Dave Walker and Maureen Herzog. Photos by Anna Veselova
HCAF Kick-Off Party: Patrick Kwiatkowski, Christine Starkman, Vicky Wigh
Patrick Kwiatkowski, Christine Starkman and Vicky Wigh. Photos by Anna Veselova
HCAF Kick-Off Party: Francisco Lo, Karen Fang, Jason Raschen
HCAF Kick-Off Party: Mykle Mccoslin, Giovanni Silva, Anita Long
HCAF Kick-Off Party: Bert Samples, Esmar Sullivan
HCAF Kick-Off Party, Mary Lampe and Richard Herskowitz
HCAF Kick-Off Party: Sarah Gish, Dave Walker, Maureen Herzog
HCAF Kick-Off Party: Patrick Kwiatkowski, Christine Starkman, Vicky Wigh

What: Houston Cinema Arts Festival Kick-Off Party.

Where: The Alley Theatre.

The scoop: Anticipation filled the Alley Theatre air as artists, film buffs and Houston Cinema Arts Society supporters gathered to be first to know the Houston Cinema Arts Film Festival lineup for 2016. While awaiting the big announcement from HCAS artistic director Richard Herskowitz, guests talked film and nibbled on delicious light bites from Quattro, the Four Season Hotel signature restaurant. 

The crowd of 200 cinephiles were not disappointed as first Interim HCAS executive director Mary Lampe took to the podium to thanks supporters and add a few more minutes of suspense to the proceedings before introducing Herskowitz. With the flair of a master director, artistic director that is, Hershkowitz unveiled eight days in November  (10-17) filled with drama, comedy, live musical events and, strangely enough, lots of yarn.

Enthusiastic applause filled the Alley Texas Room when Herskowitz announced that half of the films in the 2016 Festival lineup come from women directors. That applause soon turned to “oohs" of excitement when Herskowitz described some of the immersive cinematic experiences on the schedule. Guests were seen hurriedly marking their phone calendars before the presentation was even completed.

Who: Joanne King Herring, Cerón, Maureen Herzog, Cynthia Neely, Marian Luntz, Charles Dove, Vicky Wight, Margarita De la Vega-Hurtado, Rick Ferguson, Michelle Mower, Alecia Harris, Erica Levitt, Trish Rigdon, Patrick Kwiatkowski, Dan Jacobs, Carlos Fontanot, Roz and Alan Pactor, Cathy Walton, Elena Goughary, Bud Hagner, and Lucas Diercouff.