Houston Cinema Arts Festival Announces Weekend Highlights, 11/10-12

On Saturday, November 11th, the 9TH Annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival will throw a party unlike anything it has ever put on to date. For the first time in its storied history of partnering with diverse venues for its programming, the Houston Cinema Arts Society is partnering up with White Oak Music Hall as it celebrates resilience through the arts with a dynamic program mixing film, song and dance.

As a symbolic nod to the unprecedented rain calamity that was Hurricane Harvey, Singin' in the Rain: A Houston and Cinema Arts Celebration will feature live performances from notable musical artists - all of whom are Houston natives - including hip-hop icon and hometown hero Bun B; acclaimed jazz singer, songwriter, and actress Kat Edmonson; legendary blues vocalist Carolyn Wonderland; The Voice season 12 finalist Stephanie Rice; and Broadway singer and actress Courtney Markowitz. The evening will also feature a rousing routine choreographed by Oliver Halkowich featuring Houston Ballet dancers. DJ Ramalama - Matt Johns - will be spinning hits in between performances and after the show.

The event came together through a collaboration with Gulf Coast Entertainment, which assisted in the procurement of several of the high-profile performers with Texas roots who will take the stage at WOMH on Saturday, November 11th.

In support of local artists impacted by Hurricane Harvey, White Oak Music Hall will donate 10% of proceeds from the event to the White Oak Music Hall Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and is also donating the use of the venue to Houston Cinema Arts Society.

"The totality of the production of this very special Cinema Arts Celebration will serve as a cathartic release for the Houston community that has suffered so greatly over the past several months," commented Houston Cinema Arts Society Executive Director Patrick Kwiatkowski. He added, "Furthermore, the event will supplement the festival's overarching mission to thread ALL of Houston's arts through film."

To buy tickets, please visit http://houstoncinemaartsfestival.org/films/singin-in-the-rain.

The complete festival programming schedule is available at www.hcaf17.org.

ABOUT HOUSTON CINEMA ARTS SOCIETY (HCAS)?

Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting innovative films, media installations, and performances that celebrate the artistic process and enrich Houston's culture and urban vitality. Created in 2008 with the support of former Houston Mayor Bill White and philanthropist Franci Neely, it organizes and hosts the annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival, a groundbreaking and innovative festival featuring films and new media by and about artists in the visual, performing, and literary arts. The Festival celebrates the diversity of the arts in Houston and elevates the city's film and arts scene. Houston Cinema Arts Society sponsors include premiere sponsor Houston First Corporation, signature sponsor Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, and featured sponsor Levantine Films. HCAS is also supported in part by the Franci Neely Foundation; the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance; an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works; the Brown Foundation; and a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts. The 2017 Houston Cinema Arts Festival will take place from November 9-13, 2017.


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