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By Film Threat Staff | January 3, 2002

The 4th Pan-Cultural Film Festival is especially honored to feature Peter Masterson, native Houstonian and acclaimed director of more than ten films. As we honor Texas’ artists and filmmakers, this year’s Festival opens with Peter’s Oscar winning film, TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL. Pete Masterson will be in Houston on the Opening Night, Thursday, January 31, to introduce the film and answer questions. Set in Houston in the 1940’s, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL is about a widow, Carrie Watts, living the twilight of her life with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish-just once before she dies-is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas town of her youth, which she refers to as “home.”
Other guest speakers include Attica Locke, Tembi Locke, Rebecca Carpenter, Rebecca Campbell, Mary Lampe, Pat Collins, Robert Cozens, Gary Schwartz, John Morrison and Brigid Murphy. We are also privileged to invite African Scholar and Film Critic Samba Gadjigo (Senegal) from Mount Holyoke College (MA), independent filmmaker Sergio M. Castilla (Chile) to talk about his new film Te Amo, and Assad Fouladkar from the Lebanese American University in Beirut will present his most recent film, When Maryam Spoke Out. The Festival will also showcase films from Brazil, the Czech Republic, Russia, Senegal, Mexico, as well as new U.S. films.
Additional highlights of the Festival include: ^ – Set in Texas, a screenwriting competition focusing on the culture of people in Texas. ^ – An animation workshop, DIVERSITY ANIJAM. ^ – Also, a special curriculum in Children’s Films ^ – Seminars and Conference Panels
The Pan Cultural Film Festival stands on the premise that cinema bridges social and cultural boundaries. This premise is especially important with the recent events that have rocked our nation and the world. This community-based festival will give Houstonians the rare opportunity to not only view the creative work of such talented artists, but also interact with the filmmakers and other media professionals that have traveled near and far to partake in this exciting event.
The 2002 Pan-Cultural Film Festival will be headquartered in the newly renovated Crowne Plaza Hotel, in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, and minutes away from The Museum of Fine Arts where the films will be screened.
For more info, call 713/527-9548 or visit the official Pan-Cultural Film Festival web site.
Check out’s FILM FESTIVAL ARCHIVES for more fest news!

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