Maureen McNamara at the Sunday afternoon opening of her film Hot Town/Cool City in the MFAH's refrigerated basement auditorium. A lot of people I know are in it, but the Oscar for best performance easily goes to a stranger: the sleepy guy at the Vietnamese sandwich shop.
This is McNamara's first film, and it's a big one. It's a great first attempt, but Hot Town/Cool City was squeezed out on a tight budget, and it shows. Little filler clips, cover abrupt transitions. The people interviewed on camera never have a chance to get really comfortable before their time's up. It's also lopsided; the film features many of the funky, arty spots I frequent, but then I'm a middle-aged white guy involved in the arts. I moved to Houston from Northampton, Massachusetts to escape being surrounded by people like me.
also by Bill Davenport
- Right Here, Right Now: Carrie Schneider - October 30th, 2014
- Right Here, Right Now: Debra Barrera - October 29th, 2014
- Right Here, Right Now: Nathaniel Donnett - October 29th, 2014
- Blanton Gets Digital with Koven Smith - October 26th, 2014
- Texas Director Drought Worsens as Diverseworks' Dunbar Heads East - October 23rd, 2014