These films were made possible in part through a grant by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
THEREMIN FEVER is a quirky gem of a documentary shot at 14 Pews’ THEREMIN FESTIVAL. The film highlights five amazing thereminists; Dorit Chrysler, Armen Ra, Rob Schwimmer, Randy George and Thomas Grillo.
MYDOLLS: A WORLD OF THEIR OWN
MYDOLLS: A WORLD OF HER OWN, highlights Houston’s legendary female-fronted punk rock band, Mydolls. The short documentary explores their activism and their inspiration behind their music. The documentary follows the band over the course of a year as they support and nurture female empowerment. Students from our 14 Pews Film Academy helped with the making of this film.
DIALOGUES ON GRACE - WORKSHOP PERFORMANCE
Dialogues on Grace, a workshop performance written by Cressandra Thibodeaux, directed by Jacey Little. The play is based on interviews of over 50 diverse individuals on the concept of Grace. Ms. Thibodeaux then interwove her own personal story of "Grace within Race." Narrated by Arianna Bermudez, Candice D’Meza, Herman Gambhir, and Atseko Factor. Workshop Performance videotaped on Feb 27, 2016
INTERVIEW FOR DIALOGUES ON GRACE
14 Pews would like to offer a video on many of my favorite interviews we did while creating the play, DIALOGUES ON GRACE. The play was in response to the anti-Muslim sentiment, specifically on August 24, 2015, when there were protesters outside Houston's Arabic Immersion Magnet School. This is a selection of interviews with people of all faiths, politicians, artists and academics asking them questions on grace; what it means, what it looks like, could one have grace without subscribing to a religion, have they experienced an anti-muslim sentiment and most important if they could share an example of grace in their lives. This short video of the interview and the documentary play were made possible through a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance.
JESSE LOTT: ART & ACTIVISM
Jesse Lott: Art & Activism is a 28-minute documentary, (shot by 28 students from the 14 Pews Film Academy) following Internationally recognized Houston artist Jesse Lott. The film has won numerous awards throughout the country. It won Best Short Documentary in both the International Black Film Festival and the Tulsa American Film Festival. The documentary highlights his art, activism and his mentors. In the National Museum of African American History and Culture there is an area which highlights Jesse Lott's activism since he’s a co-founder of Project Row Houses. This documentary follows Jesse Lott when he is recently released from the hospital and continues to follow him as Mr. Lott prepares for his upcoming show at Art League Houston where he’s presented the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by his childhood friend, the famous Mel Chin. Along the way the film highlights Mr. Lott's involvement with the Internationally recognized arts organization Project Row Houses. Furthermore, the film highlights his mentors John Biggers and Charles White who both are also honored in National Museum of African American History and Culture. In addition, many other Houston’s Art leaders appear in this short documentary such as: Rick Lowe, Mel Chin, Jim and Ann Harithas, Allison Greene, Dan Allison, Peter Gershon and many more. The documentary also shows never seen before archival footage shot by the belated video artist, Andy Mann. The documentary is directed and edited by award-winning filmmaker, Cressandra Thibodeaux.
DRAGONFLY is a short documentary which highlights the friendship between Tina Prewitt-Brown, (the mother of Shane Hawk who tragically died in a car accident), and Rachel Anzaldua, (a transplant recipient), who received Shane's liver. The two women forge a unique and exceptional friendship, always recognizing the importance of organ donation.
Filmmaker Cressandra Thibodeaux directed, shot and produced this short documentary which follows Victoria Lightman as we interviewed Houston art collectors and artists. The film also highlights Mrs. Lightman's wonderful class called Looking at Art, which introduces many Houstonians to local Houston artists, galleries and art collectors. This documentary was made through the 14 Pews Film Academy. All the editors were college students, which Ms. Thibodeaux taught editing practices and tips which she learned while studying under Ralph Rosenblum (Woody Allen's editor) and Sam Pollard (Spike Lee's editor). The film highlights Houston artists: Dixie Friend Gay, Troy Woods, Patrick Turk Collage Art and Neva Mikulicz.
Houston Heights filmmaker, Cressandra Thibodeaux filmed for 16 months various Houston Heights events: the beautification, restoration, and maintenance of the Heights Boulevard, Marmion and Donovan parks, and the Houston Heights Fire Station, the Volunteer Dinner, Spring Home and Garden Tour, Heights Fun Run, Heights Bike Rally and Scavenger Hunt and the Holiday Home Tour. She set out to make a 6 minute video, and ended up with a 15 minute Ode to the Houston Heights Association. Within the 16 months of filming, she has fallen in love with the Heights and is now an active board member of the Houston Heights Association. She credits HHA for making the Houston Heights a great small town in America's 4th largest city.
NESTOR TOPCHY: HOUSTON’S PHOENIX
Filmmaker Cressandra Thibodeaux created a short documentary on one of Houston's most influential artists, Nestor Topchy. This 21-minute documentary starts in 1986 and spans 30-years, highlighting some of the very important ways that Nestor Topchy influenced Houston's art community. Most of the archival footage, which has never been seen before, was shot by the talented Mark Pirtle with a few additional segments contributed by the Aurora Picture Show/Andy Mann Archive. 14 Pews Film Academy filmed many of the interviews and Ms. Thibodeaux then edited and interwove archival footage with recent interviews to create this diverse tapestry which pays tribute to Houston's Phoenix - Nestor Topchy.
Filmmaker Cressandra Thibodeaux directed, edited and shot this short documentary on Joel Orr and his puppet production "My Cold Dead Fingers.” Co-edited by Jackie McCardell Jr.
JERRY MAKES BLOOD
Filmmaker, Cressandra Thibodeaux directed, shot and edited this short documentary that follows filmmaker Jerry Ochoa as he sets out to make his low-budget horror film, 'This Neighborhood.' Music by Two Star Symphony. Co-edited by Jackie McCardell Jr.