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Houston, Texas is best known for oil and cowboys. Like most things, there is way more than meets the stereotype. My favorite Houston secret is Worldfest, a nine day international independent film festival held every April.
What is so great about it? It’s a point of pride for Houstonians because it is the oldest in the world. It was founded in August 1961 as Cinema Arts, and International Film Society. It became the international film festival it is today in April 1968. In all of this time it has been under the care of founder Hunter Todd. His goal was to create a quality film festival for independent filmmakers.
Meh, who cares how old it is. If it’s last power doesn’t impress you, here’s a short list of some of the filmmakers discovered at Worldfest:
Pretty sweet, »
- Aeryk Pierson
The actor on shyness, working with Sylvester Stallone and staying sober in Hollywood
[Sounding genuinely surprised] Oh, thank you! Thanks so much.
[Spoiler!] You get killed in this film. Is it fun doing death scenes?
Well, look, it's not my favourite thing. I despise it, to be honest.
Because the character is over! What's fun about that?
Well, if you had to get killed, at least you get killed by Sylvester Stallone.
That's true. Stallone's definitely a hero of mine and he's such a sweet guy, too. We shot that scene on my birthday so on the one hand I was celebrating and on the other I was dying.
Did he get you a birthday present?
Stallone gave me an opportunity [by having me co-star in the film]. That was a gift in itself.
You play a bad guy. Did you pick up tips from Gary Oldman »
- Hadley Freeman
Just released in UK cinemas, Quartet is Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut. He has followed the path of many great actors before him that have turned their attentions and talents towards directing. In this Top 10 we take a look at some other note-worthy actors turned directors to put on your must watch list.
Sean Penn - With a career like Sean Penn’s, which includes award-winning films Dead Man Walking, I Am Sam and Milk, he was set as a Hollywood legend. Wanting more, Penn decided to follow in his father Leo Penn’s footsteps and begin directing. Thankfully he did pick up the camera or we wouldn’t have film greats like The Indian Runner, The Crossing Guard, The Pledge and Into the Wild.
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