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Remembering Philip Wuntch, A Film Critic Who Wrote From His Heart

Oct 13, 2015
The Dallas Morning News

An iconic voice for North Texas film fans was silenced this week. Philip Wuntch, who reviewed movies for The Dallas Morning News for 37 years, died after a long illness. He was 70. KERA's vice president of news, Rick Holter, and the newspaper's culture critic, Chris Vognar, worked with Wuntch. They sat down Tuesday to talk about talk about the critic and his legacy.

Children Of Giant

Sixty years ago, the movie Giant brought James Dean to West Texas for the last film he'd ever make. Giant introduced audiences to a tiny town called Marfa - and to aspects of the Mexican-American experience not yet seen on the big screen. Hector Galán, the director of a new documentary called Children of Giant, talked to Krys Boyd about the epic film's turning point. 

Roger Ebert was often considered the most famous film critic of his generation. Now filmmaker Steve James has produced a documentary about his life and death, called Life Itself.

In 2002, Ebert was diagnosed with cancer. Four years later, he had surgery to remove part of his lower jaw. It left him unable to eat, drink or speak. For the rest of his life, he was fed through a tube.

But his popularity seemed to only increase as he blogged and tweeted about films. Ebert loved movies and went out of his way to champion filmmakers he believed in — including James.

Dallas VideoFest/'Expanded Cinema'

Tonight at 8, the Omni Dallas Hotel in downtown becomes perhaps the world’s largest movie screen.

For the second year, 12 video artists and animators take over the facade to put on a show. A soundtrack will be simulcast on KXT 91.7 FMThe best viewing spot is from Hickory House Barbecue on 600 S. Industrial Blvd. It’s part of “Expanded Cinema,” which helps kick off the 26th Dallas VideoFest.

KERA’s Anne Bothwell spoke with curator Mona Kasra about how she put it all together.

Art&Seek contributor Audra Schroeder chronicles the wacky life of Tachowa Covington -- a sword-wielding, rollerblading "superhero" who spent eight years in an abandoned California water tank, until the superstar artist Banksy turned his home into a work of art. Strap in: It's a wild ride.