Not to knock any of the other film festivals in town, but the Dallas Videofest reliably proves to be the most interesting. To be fair, it’s because the festival can feature much more in less time. This is for the shorts you may not catch anywhere else.

The Video Association of Dallas always has inclusive selections, so we decided to track down "the gay" in this year’s lineup.

R.E.M.’s new hour-long concert documentary This Is Not a Show has out frontman Michael Stipe and gang, pictured, testing new material on a Dublin crowd without much rehearsal or familiarity. The film captures five nights of shows for a special audience of fan club members, family and friends.

Guitarist Peter Buck called it an "experiment in terror." We call it awesome-sounding.

Lezzieflick takes a look at girl-on-girl action in straight porn and gives it a twist. The film mashes up and then deconstructs the images making the women less passive objects of desire and more into something altogether different all in the space of seven minutes.

Rick and Matthew meet in Hide. These two have lived the straight life but their closets are getting smaller. They find their true selves with the other, but is it worth it to confess to their wives or do they continue living safely in their self-constructed confines?

— Rich Lopez

Dallas Videofest. Angelika Film Center,
5321 E. Mockingbird Lane. Nov. 5–8. Film passes $15–$75. Individual screenings $6.
Visit for complete schedule.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 30, 2009.
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