Sept. 21-24, 2017
This Thursday marks the kick off of year two of the Frame4Frame Festival, Arlington’s original movie-and-art festival showcasing entries created by local and international artists.
Festival highlights include:
- the red carpet screening/Q&A of “Jerico”, a story of best friends on a journey through the Jim Crow-era South that was made Texas filmmaker Brandon Lewis;
- an art retrospective by UTA professor Kenda North that also includes a companion exhibit of works by students she’s inspired;
- and a kick-off concert featuring Adonis Rose, a Grammy-award winning jazz percussionist who is also an artist-in-residence at UT Arlington.
“There are works and performances from artists who grew up or trained right here in Arlington, as well as entries from as far away as Japan or Switzerland,” says Chris Hightower, a Frame4Frame founder and festival organizer. “We’ve got live music ranging from country to jazz to R&B. The idea is to have something for everyone that can be enjoyed throughout the weekend.”
Quick tips for you Frame4Frame Festival experience:
One: The festival celebrates visual art, music, and film.
Frame4Frame offers a daily lineup of activities and exhibits in each of the three event focus areas: art, music, and film (except for the film portion, which doesn’t begin until Friday).
The art exhibit is the same each day, while the lineup of live music and film screenings changes throughout the festival. If you want to experience all three aspects of the event, you should determine which concerts and films you most want to take in, then plan your art exhibit visit around that schedule.
Two: Festival events and exhibits are held at venues in Downtown Arlington and the Arlington Entertainment District. Here’s the lowdown:
The Frame4Frame art exhibit will be at the Arlington Museum of Art in Downtown Arlington, which is open Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 -5 p.m.
The primary concert venue is J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill. (Don’t forget to order some world-famous Irish Nachos to enjoy during your free concert!) Other music venues are Hooligan’s Pub, J.R. Bentley’s, Division Brewing, Mavericks Sports Grill, and Milo’s Bar. See the event website for a complete concert schedule.
The movie venue is the brand-spankin’ new Studio Movie Grill at Lincoln Square, located in the entertainment district near AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park. Studio Movie Grill is a pretty nice place to catch a flick, offering amenities like delivered-to-your-seat food service, a full bar, and luxury recliners. Festival screenings are held on Friday from 7-10 p.m., on Saturday from 1-10 p.m., and on Sunday from 4-7 p.m. See the event website for a complete film schedule.
Three: Admission to each activity is priced separately.
Film screening passes are sold for $10 (which entitles pass holder to see any films screened during the festival’s three hour film blocks); $25 (which allows you to see any of the movies screened that day); and $50 (which allows you to see any movie screened during the run of the festival).
Admission to the art exhibit is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. And speaking of free, don’t worry about purchasing a ticket for any of the festival music events—this year’s concert lineup is offered free of charge (although they do ask that you RSVP.)
Four: You should purchase your movie pass now.
Movie passes are going fast—so fast, in fact, that festival organizers had to move this year’s screenings to a larger venue. While walk-up festival visitors are welcome (to any of the festival events or exhibits), it’s recommended that you purchase film screening passes in advance.
Five: Do a little research before you bring the kids.
While the art exhibit is family-friendly, some of the subject matter covered in the film lineup isn’t suitable for all ages, so you might want to do a little research before you decide whether or not you want to include your kids.
The music lineup should be suitable for all ages—however, be aware that all of the concerts are held at bars, some of which may prohibit patrons under 18 or under 21 during certain hours, or have environments that some parents may regard as unsuitable for younger children. Therefore, you might want to contact the venue in question for more information before you pack up the kids.