Francis Ford Coppola famously predicted back in 1991 that new, cheaper technology someday would allow anyone - everyone - to use a camera to make personal statements. "One day some little fat girl in Ohio is going to be the new Mozart and make a beautiful film with her little father's camera," he predicted. "The so-called professionalism about movies will be destroyed forever, and it will really become an art form."  It would be, finally, the full flowering of the French auteur theory of personal cinema.

Glimpse: Documentary Shorts
7:30 p.m., Saturday
$10 non-members, free to Aurora members who RSVP
Aurora Picture Show
2442 Bartlett
713-868-2101
aurorapictureshow.org

Some wags might say that the director of Apocalypse Now and the Godfather films predicted the free-for-all of YouTube. I suspect he had something finer in mind than cute cats, personal rants and marketing videos. Maybe he envisioned something like Glimpse: Documentary Shorts, the film program taking place Saturday at Aurora Picture Show.

Kelly Pike, a local artist and filmmaker, will present seven short documentaries that experiment with non-fiction storytelling form. The program promises "personal testimonies, unique perspectives and poetic reflections," all curated by Pike, who has worked with the great documentarian Albert Maysles (and so should know a thing or two about non-fiction filmmaking).

 

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