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Art Car: The Movie

Nov 13, 2011
7 p.m.

6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030

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"Art Car: The Movie" follows a handful of local artists as they prepare their entries for the 2010 parade with an  inside look  at  how the  City  of Houston and the Orange Show prepared for the event.

Houston-based co-directors Carlton Ahrens and Ford Gunter traveled across the U.S. and the world talking with artists, critics and academics to figure out where art cars fit in the art world and define the car's place in American culture and as a reflection of self. 

The film also chronicles the automobileʼs place in American culture and the rise  of  the Art  Car Movement in Houston during the 1980ʼs.

Featuring artists, experts, politicians and celebrities including 2010 Grand Marshal Dan Akyroyd, 2010 participant Larry the Cable Guy and past Grand Marshal George Clinton, "Art Car: The Movie" tells the classic American story of a quintessential form of public art.

“The Art Car movement began as a highly original Houston art form and spread worldwide,” says HCAS Executive Director Trish Rigdon. “The film documents the quirky side of Houstonʼs remarkably diversified arts culture,  and HCAS is proud to present Art Car: The Movie as the finale of Cinema Arts Festival Houston 2011. It's the perfect note for the closing night of our arts-oriented festival."

With almost 300 entrants and more than 300,000 spectators, the Houston Art Car Parade is the biggest in the world, and attracts talent from across the globe. 


Houston Cinema Arts Society is a non-profit organization created in 2008. With the support of former Houston Mayor Bill White and the leadership of Franci Crane, HCAS organized  and  hosted the 2009 and 2010 Cinema Arts Festival  Houston,  a groundbreaking and innovative film and multimedia arts festival featuring films and new media  by  and  about artists  in the visual, performing, and literary arts. The festival celebrates the vitality and diversity of the arts in Houston and enriches the cityʼs film and arts community.  HCAS is funded in part by grants from the Crane Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Inc., Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Houston Convention and Entertainment Facilities Department, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Film Commission and Texas Film Commission.  The  third  annual Cinema Arts Festival Houston  will be held  November  9-13, 2011.  For  more  information,  please visit HCAS at

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.
Produced by Houston Cinema Arts Society

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