Arlington’s Frame4Frame Festival Returns With Focus on Diversity

The festival runs Sept. 21-24 at varioius locations in Arlington and will feature films, music, and art.


A North Texas festival featuring film, art, and music is raising cultural awareness and appreciation for diversity and creativity for the second year.

The Frame4Frame Festival is sponsored by the Arlington Cultural Tourism Council, the Arlington Film Society, and the Arlington Museum of Art, and will run Sept. 21-24 at several venues at the University of Texas at Arlington and in the city of Arlington.

Arlington Film Society Director James Hawthorne said in a press release that organizers are building on the success of last year’s festival.

“We were so proud of the response and turn out to our inaugural festival last year. We upped the ante this year, and the quality of films — local and international — that were submitted really blew us away,” Hawthorne said in the release.


“We upped the ante this year, and the quality of films — local and international — that were submitted really blew us away.”
James Hawthorne

The festival will feature films at Studio Movie Grill at Arlington Lincoln Square, art at the Arlington Museum of Art, and music at J. Gilligan’s in Arlington.

The music portion of the festival will kick off on Sept. 21 with Grammy-winning drummer/artist Adonis Rose, who has played with some of the world’s biggest jazz artists including trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, vocalist Dianne Reeves, and jazz/pop entertainer Harry Connick Jr.

Hawthorne didn’t have to go far to find talented filmmakers for the festival as many films are by artists from Dallas-Fort Worth.

Here are some examples:

Dallas filmmaker Elias Moreno brings a surprising “twist on revenge” with his film Fate of Revenge.

Longtime Arlington filmmaker, George Wada is releasing his black and white Tommy Homonym music video Ride a Wave.

JERICO is the red carpet feature at this year’s festival and native Dallas filmmaker Brandon Lewis has almost sold out his show, Hawthorne said.

The festival will showcase the wide variety of subject local filmmakers are tacking.

“At the end of the day it was about diversifying the films that people were going to see,” Hawthorne told Dallas Innovates.

To view the schedule, get tickets, or learn more about the artists, visit the Frame4Frame Film Festival website.

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