Houston Matters

A Coen brothers satire is the latest in MFAH’s “Movies Houstonians Love” series

We talk with the Houstonians presenting it.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?


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Since 2005, the film department at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston has presented a series called "Movies Houstonians Love," spearheaded by the Museum's longtime film curator Marian Luntz.

The concept is simple: Notable Houstonians are invited to pick a favorite movie and introduce it for a special screening at the museum. Over the years, the series has featured Barbara Bush, Richard Linklater, Clyde Drexler, and four former Houston mayors. Our own Ernie Manouse picked a film once. So have Houston Matters regulars including restaurateur Marcus Davis, the Suffers' Kam Franklin, and Space City Weather's Eric Berger.

Now in its 17th season, this Saturday, the series will screen the Coen Brothers' 2000 satirical comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou? Based loosely on Homer's The Odyssey and set in 1930s Mississippi, the film stars George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson as chain-gang escapees searching for a buried treasure.

Presenting the film (on Saturday, January 13, at 7:00pm) are Maureen Herzog and R.D. “Dave” Walker, directors of the Foundation for Independent Media Arts, and longtime supporters of the independent film community in Houston. In the audio above, we talk with them about why they picked the film.