According to Levantine Films President and Creative Director Hisham Bizri , "Over a career spanning more than half a century, Robert Redford has come to personify the artist as both steward and generator of culture. Mr. Redford is veritably cinematic icon and civic leader, to whom Levantine Entertainment is honored to present its Levantine Cinema Arts Award."
"A Conversation with Robert Redford " is just one program of the fourth annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival that is scheduled to take place from Nov. 7 – 11, 2012. Houston Cinema Arts Festival, a major program of Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS), capitalizes on the city's status as an international art city, collaborating with many of Houston's museums, art centers, theaters, and cultural institutions. Works are shown not only in traditional theatrical venues but also via interactive video installations, live music and film performances, and outdoor projections. Past festivals have featured guests such as Isabella Rossellini , Tilda Swinton , John Turturro , Richard Linklater , Ethan Hawke , Alex Gibney , andShirley MacLaine . The 2011 festival drew tens of thousands of film enthusiasts and art lovers spread among over 40 screenings and events.
HCAF 2012 will announce its final roster of premieres, guest artists, and multimedia installations in the coming weeks, with the complete program being unveiled on Oct. 23, 2012 at Hotel ICON, located at 220 Main Street in Downtown Houston. Passes for single and multiple days are available on the HCAS website at http://cinemartsociety.org. The full program schedule and individual tickets to the 2012 Houston Cinema Arts Festival will be available on the HCAS website on Oct. 24, 2012.
ABOUT HOUSTON CINEMA ARTS SOCIETY (HCAS)
?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, 2010 and 2011 Houston Cinema Arts Festival (HCAF), a groundbreaking and innovative 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 with the objective of enriching the city's film and arts community. HCAS is funded in part by the following organizations, the Crane Foundation; Levantine Entertainment; Houston First Corporation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Houston Film Commission;Houston Arts Alliance through the City of Houston; Champion Energy; Anadarko Petroleum; SharpEgg; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and MFAH Films; Hotel ICON; 4411 Montrose; Sundance Cinemas; and SharpEgg. This project is also supported in part by an award from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The fourth annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival will be held Nov. 7-11, 2012. For more information, please visit HCAS at www.cinemartsociety.org.