Today we’d like to introduce you to Bart Weiss.
Bart, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have been teaching and making films for years. In the 80s, I was working as a VJ showing music videos in cubs in Dallas. I got asked by a friend to work n a show of video art at the Dallas Museum of Art called video as a creative medium, it went better than we expected, In a follow-up meeting my friend Joh Held JR said that was fun but I don’t want to do that anymore, and somehow I said well that was fun lets do a festival that shows video, it will be four days and Melissa Berry from the DMA said Ok when do you want to do that, and in 1987 we stared.
We did ten years at the Dallas Museum of art, ten years at the Dallas Theater Center and since then have been all over town. We show work from many genres and styles bur focus on media that paves a new direction or is outside of the mainstream. We have showcased Virtual reality in 1988 Hi def video in 1989 and many other new technologies over the 31 years. We now split the fest info several shorter festivals. DOcuFest for documentaries, Alternative Fictions for drama, the Dallas Mediale for experimental work, we produce the 24-hour video race and several over events through the year.
I/we also produce the tv show Frame of Mind on KERA TV. I also write for theaterjones.com and student filmmaker Magazine, and I am a tenured professor in the art and art history dept at UT Arlington
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Many struggles, time to get all this done. Funding is always an issue and getting the press there are as many people writing about film and video as there used to be.
Please tell us about Dallas VIdeoFest.
Most of this is in the previous screen. I am most proud that we get to be fully independent and show works that people can be inspired by and hopefully change their lives.
I truly believe that you can change the world with film, it allows audiences to get empathy for people they will never meet and understand the world better.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I don’t remember very much, I struggled in school nowadays they would have given me pills to calm down. I loved sports and music. I do remember watching tv I guess that had an impact.
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