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Sunday, September 24, 2023


RUTH RECOMMENDS: Short films show history, curiosity

CinemaBomar will share from its collection six 16mm shorts that depict a range of unique stories from The Houston Chronicle’s coverage of the Kennedy assassination to the visual exploration of Smale’s paradox circa 1977.

The screening of A Bit on the Arty Side…, curated by CinemaBomar, will deliver each of the shorts in their original, unedited form.

Assassination Extra (1963) gives viewers a behind-the-scenes take on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination as documented by The Houston Chronicle. The silent film, shot by a Chronicle employee, shows the entire production process for the assassination newspaper extra.

Trade Tattoo (1937) and Musical Poster No 1 (1939) are two shorts by New Zealand-born experimental filmmaker and kinetic sculpture artist Len Lye. Lye is noted as the first film aficionado to draw directly on his film stock.

Time Piece (1965) is a short film by The Muppets creator Jim Henson on the importance of being on time.

Hear what grade school students have to say about the various sensations of things touching their feet in Toes Tell (1969).

Topology Films Project’s Turning a Sphere Inside Out (1977) shows Smale’s paradox through the painstaking, hand digitalized computer graphics of the late ’70s.

People, People, People, crafted by the U.S. Bicentennial Commission, (1973) takes viewers through the complete history of America in four minutes. The short, paired with a musical score by American jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer Benny Carter, portrays the timeline of events through the scope of the white man’s infidelity.

The screenings begin at 8:30 p.m. at Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer Road. Admission is free.

For more information, call (713) 523-3669 or visit

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