Filmmakers: @GandtheW and @videofest want you to “Silence the Opera Singer” @AngelikaTexas

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
July 13th, 2011

If you have ever been to the fine independent cinema chain known as the Angelika Film Center, then it is more than likely you have seen a particularly dry "no talking, no texting" PSA featuring an opera performance interrupted by one unruly patron's cell phone. Let's be honest, the word dry is being too kind in describing this PSA (pretty stupid announcement is more like it). It's downright painful to watch, especially if you frequent the Angelika as we here at Gordon and the Whale have been known to do. Everything from the dumb look on the face of that puppy dog-haired piano player to the dumb line delivery from the woman with the cell phone on "I'll have to call you back." In short, it's dumb.

Which is why Gordon and the Whale, the Dallas VideoFest, and the Angelika Film Center are giving you the chance "Silence the Opera Singer" once and for all by making your own "no talk, no text" PSA.

The winner will help us all say good riddance to the opera singer forever by having their PSA replace it, to play before every film at the Angelika! And we're not just talking the Dallas and Plano locations here. All six Angelika theaters, from Dallas to Houston to New York and Califronia, will feature the winner's work, making this a nation-wide competition. But that's not all folks! The winning filmmaker will also receive a year-round pass to the Angelika, good for any film on any day at any time. Hopefully you won't get tired of seeing you're own PSA because, you along with the thousands of other theatergoers, will see it every time you go to the Angelika!

Good luck, filmmakers!

All PSA's must be submitted by the official deadline of August 26th, 2011 via digital files sent to John Post, Festival Coordinator, via [email protected] Please contact JP for the required forms before commencing production.

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