• Cristee Cook

On the Art Beat: Recommendations for FILM in D/FW in March

North Texas is slowly showing signs of Spring, and with a new season approaching, new films are cropping up, many of them rarely seen in D/FW. March’s film calendar is a vibrant mix of indie films, documentaries, and movies that highlight Women’s Rights. Check out our recommendations for film in March in D/FW and get your cinema fix.

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum offers a monthly film series on a specific theme. Each Sunday in March, a film honoring Women’s Rights will show at 4 pm. The series opens with a screening of SUFFERAGETTE on Sunday, March 1. In early 20th-century Britain, the growing suffragette movement forever changes the life of working wife and Mother Maud Watts. Galvanized by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst, Watts joins a group of women who fight for equality and the right to vote. Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, and Carey Mulligan, the 25 film runs 106 minutes and is rated PG-13.

Another notable selection includes ON THE BASIS OF SEX, showing on March 22. ON THE BASIS OF SEX tells the true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that led to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. Starring Armie Hammer and Katy Bates, the film runs 103 minutes and is rated PG-13. For the entire series, tickets, and more, visit www.dhhrm.org.

The Grand Berry Theater, Fort Worth’s only art house cinema is growing in popularity with its eclectic selection of indie films. Exciting offerings this month include films BALLOON, showing the week of March 6. BALLOON is a gripping and inspiring true story of how two ordinary families tried the most daring escape ever made across the East German border during the cold war, fighting for freedom with their courage and ingenuity. The drama is 2 hours and 5 minutes, and rated NR.

SWALLOW, showing the week of March 13, tells the story of Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife. She finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession. This dramatic thriller is 1 hour and 34 minutes and the rating is TBC (to be confirmed and might not be suitable for children under 15).

Showing the week of March 20, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE takes place in France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse's portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love. Winner of a coveted Cannes prize and one of the best reviewed films of the year. For the rest of the March calendar at The Grand Berry Theater, or to reserve tickets, visit https://www.grandberrytheater.com/

The Texas Theater, Dallas’ historic cinema house in Oak Cliff, known for off-the-beaten-track film screenings is offering a plethora of interesting selections in March. Don’t miss the Fugazi documentary, INSTRUMENT, showing on Wednesday, March 18 at 8 pm. The film, shot over the course of a decade, dreamily mixes 16mm, Super 8mm & Video of live shows, TV appearances, behind the scenes recording sessions and portraits of fans waiting in lines to create a document about the revered DC band. The film will be followed by a live Q&A with filmmaker Jem Cohen to commemorate the film’s 20th anniversary.

Another notable offering is a showing of MONTOPOLIS: THE LIVING COAST on Sunday, March 22 at 7 pm. Presented in partnership with the Dallas Sierra Club and GreenSourceDFW.org, the nature film offers dynamic storytelling and live music performance that explores the Texas gulf coast. The show is a love letter to the region as well as an opportunity to discuss broader environmental challenges. The live score features members of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Texas’ best rock musicians. For tickets and more, visit www.thetexastheater.org.

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