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Houston Ballet Documentary Premiere at Houston MFA

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This is the text of the email I just received:

New Documentary About Houston Ballet Premieres Nov. 10

On Sunday, November 10 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston at 4:00 pm, the Houston Cinema Arts Festival will present the world premiere of a new documentary, “Houston Ballet: Breaking Barriers,” on the rich five-decade history of Houston Ballet. The screening is free and open to the public. No advance tickets will be issued.

The 85-minute documentary chronicles the key themes of Houston Ballet’s history: the early impact of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1930s and 40s in inculcating a love of dance among Houstonians, the determination and perseverance of a handful of Houston’s founding families during the 1960s and 1970s; the making of legendary ballet stars through color-blind casting in the 1980s and 1990s; diplomatic struggles and international incidents; and exposure to the world’s best artistic talent.

The director of the documentary is John Carrithers of Carrithers Studio, a Houston-based filmmaker who served as Director of Photography on several recent feature documentary projects including: Mothers At War, a film about women combat veterans, and 38 Pieces, a documentary about the Byzantine Frescoes rescued by Dominique de Menil, directed by Susan and Francois de Menil.

Attendees should arrive at the venue 30 minutes prior to the screening for the best chance of being seated.

For more information about the documentary and this exciting film festival, visit the Houston Cinema Arts Festival website: http://cinemartsociety.org/

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