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Through film, the Houston Cinema Arts Festival digs deep into the stories, people and culture of the Bayou City

Today, we dive into our local film culture and explore the 13th Annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival.


Jessica Green, Artistic Director of Houston Cinema Arts Society


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Documentaries, features, shorts.

Photography, music and dance.

It’s time again for the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, which is currently taking place – in person and virtually.

Today, we explore our local film culture by diving into the 13th annual festival – whose theme is "The Third Coast," a tribute to the Gulf Coast region and especially Houston, where the term was coined.

How do the films and filmmakers on this year's festival reflect our city, and the times in which we live?

Whether you're into documentaries, short films or Houston stories, share your questions about the festival, the local film industry and the indie movies being made today.


Jessica Green

  • Artistic Director, Houston Cinema Arts Festival

Jim Townsend

  • Executive Director, Houston Cinema Arts Festival

Michael Robinson

Jenny Waldo

  • Writer, Director and Producer of Acid Test
  • Encore screening of Acid Tes” on December 7 at Eureka Heights. Tickets will be on sale later this month.

Aaron Sainz

Susan and Alan Raymond

Dr. Shelah Leader

  • Organizer/attendee of the 1977 National Women’s Conference
  • 1977 National Women’s Conference: A Question of Choices
  • Author of “American Women in the Move: The Inside Story of the National Women's Conference, 1977 by Shelah Gilbert Leader and Patricia Rusch Hyatt” (Lexington, 2016)

Dr. Leandra Zarnow

Ronald L. Jones

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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