Guest blogger Danielle Marie Georgiou is a dance lecturer at the University of Texas Arlington. She also serves as assistant director of UT Arlington’s Dance Ensemble.
The Program is the latest installment of the biennial video and new media art exhibitions sponsored by the Video Association of Dallas and Conduit Gallery. The Program opened on July 22 with the premiere showing of Brent Green’s feature film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. (Click here to read a review.)
Tonight is the area premiere of Double Take. It has been playing at museums and festivals all over Europe and was recently selected by the Sundance Film Festival.
In Double Take, acclaimed director Johan Grimonprez casts Alfred Hitchcock as a paranoid history professor, unwittingly caught up in a double take on the Cold War period. The master says all of the wrong things at all the wrong times while politicians on both sides desperately clamor to say the right things, live on TV. Written by bestselling novelist Tom McCarthy (Remainder and Tintin and the Secret of Literature), the plot mirrors his own personal paranoia with the political intrigue in which Hitchcock and his elusive double increasingly obsess over the perfect murder – of each other! Subverting an array of TV footage, Grimonprez traces culture’s relentless assault on the home.
With echoes of political satires like Dr. Strangelove, Wag The Dog, and In The Loop, Double Take targets the global rise of “fear-as-a-commodity.” What role should the media play in politics? That is a question that has been asked since the Cold War and will continue to be asked as the rise of online social networking, YouTube channels and the openness of TV news channels grows.
Best part of this screening? It’s free! Get over the Wednesday hump, and get to the movies!