6:45 p.m. at James D. Ryan Middle School
Catch it you can: Thunder Soul moves again at Cinema Arts Festival
You can't catch thunder — and it's becoming almost as hard to corral Thunder Soul at the Cinema Arts Festival.
The screening of the acclaimed documentary about the 1970s school jazz band from Houston's own Kashmere High School is moving for the second time. Now, Thunder Soul won't be shown at Discovery Green at all — instead it will play at 6:45 p.m. Saturday in the James D. Ryan Middle School auditorium, a venue that's big enough to still allow the Kashmere Reunion Stage Band to perform live after the movie.
A combination of "low temperatures and wet ground conditions" caused Cinema Arts Festival officials to elect to move the show indoors. The plan had been for Thunder Soul to be screened in the fresh air of Discovery Green at 6:45 p.m. tonight (this after rain and actual thunder postponed the originally-planned Thursday night showing at Discovery Green).
Mark Landsman's documentary is probably worth tracking down. Thunder Soul won the audience award at the Los Angeles Film Festival and it has already been packed up for national distribution (meaning you could be paying to see it in the theaters in spring of 2011). Tonight's screening at James D. Ryan, in contrast, is still a completely free event.
But seating will be limited to the first 600 due to the junior high auditorium's size.
The Cinema Arts Festival is the only festival in the United States devoted solely to films by and about visual, performing and literary artists For more information on the Festival, the full schedule or to purchase tickets, go to cinemaartsociety.org.