6:30 pm - Reception honoring Russian filmmakers in the Grand Lobby, complete with cash bar
7:30 pm - Screening of the film My Father is Baryshnikov
** Director Mark Drugoy (Sergey Mokritsky) will be in attendance. **
A bright and uplifting semi-autobiographical first feature from Brooklyn-based director, Dmitry Povolotsky, telling the tale of a ballet-obsessed teen who pretends his father is the famous dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. Set in Moscow 1986, the film captures the spirit of the economic and political restructuring at the time showing a modern view of not-so-distant era when everyone lived in the same apartments, with the same furniture, wearing the same clothes. Using sharp dialogue, well-observed situational comedy and a killer soundtrack of Boney M, Povolotsky invites us to take part in a young boy's dream - the dream to be different!
“The starry-eyed ballet dreams of Billy Elliot meet a cynical Russian sense of humor in My Father is Baryshnikov, the feature debut of Dmitry Povolotsky and Mark Drugoi.” -– The Hollywood Reporter
The Lone Star Film Society and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth have partnered with the Russian Ministry of Culture, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the Mayor's Office of the City of Fort Worth to present a cultural exchange of some of the newest and most exciting films and filmmakers from the U.S. and Russia. Three U.S. films and filmmakers traveled in June to the Moscow International Film Festival and in August and September, three Russian filmmakers will present their work to U.S. audiences in Fort Worth, New York and San Francisco. Arranged under the auspices of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, the Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund supported this partnership with a special grant.
The filmmakers presented in this series represent bold new voices in both American and Russian independent cinema. Their films would otherwise not reach audiences in these far away cities and the Lone Star Film Society along with the partner organizations participating in the program are thrilled to be a part of such an important exchange.
Two films will screen in New York at the Anthology Film Archives from August 21-23 and four films in Fort Worth at the Modern Art Museum from August 24-26. These screenings represent the second half of this exchange that began with four U.S. films screening at the 34th Moscow International Film Festival in June. The Moscow screenings were a highlight of the U.S. Embassy’s yearlong cultural festival, "American Seasons in Russia." "This is an incredible opportunity for two cultures to share the visions of their respective young artists. We are so grateful to the U.S. Embassy, City of Fort Worth and the Ministry of Culture for making this possible," said Mitchell Johnson, President of the LSFS Board of Directors.
Tickets are $8.50, $6.50 for Modern Members and Lone Star Film Society members. Festival passes are $25. Individual tickets go on sale at the Modern two hours prior to show time. Beginning July 18, advance purchase of Festival Passes or purchase of individual tickets for Reel People and LSFS members available by calling 817.738. 9215.