Art Car: The Movie

Run Time: 102 min. | United States | Language: English

World Premiere with co-directors Carlton Ahrens and Ford Gunter

At last, the long-awaited Art Car: The Movie will have its world premiere, serving as the grand finale for the Cinema Arts Festival Houston at 7:00pm. on Sunday, November 13, at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. This exciting and uniquely Houston film is the love child of Houstonians Carlton Ahrens and Ford Gunter. Prior to the screening, guests at this free event will enjoy the music of 4AM and several family-friendly activities. Art Car lovers will delight in seeing actual cars from the film parked around the venue and in the opportunity to meet the filmmakers.

A limited amount of advanced reserved seating will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. You may reserve tickets by e-mail at; these will require pickup at the Festival headquarters, West Ave., 2800 Kirby, Suite B-122 (ground floor) Houston, 77019. All tickets must be picked up between Monday, November 7, and Friday, November 11. Headquarters hours are 10:00am to 7:00pm daily. All tickets not picked up by Friday, November 11, at 7:00pm will be returned to the Miller Outdoor Theatre and will no longer be reserved. Additional tickets will be available on the morning of the screening, Sunday, November 13, at the Miller Outdoor Theatre Box Office on a first-come-first-served basis until gone.

USA, 2011
Directors: Carlton Ahrens, Ford Gunter
Screenwriters: Carlton Ahrens, Ford Gunter
Editors: Carlton Ahrens, Ford Gunter
Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Larry the Cable Guy, George Clinton, Harrod Blank
Running Time: TBA

Art Car: The Movie follows a handful of local artists as they prepare their entries for the granddaddy of them all, the 2010 Houston Art Car Parade. With almost 300 entrants and more than 300,000 spectators, the Art Car Parade is the biggest in the world, and attracts talent from across the globe.

Against the hectic race to finish on time — not only for the artists but also for the parade’s organizers, the Orange Show For Visionary Art and the City of Houston — the film closely follows two renowned Houston artists and art car veterans as they scratch and claw in very different ways to achieve the same goal.

Rebecca Bass is a full-time teacher at an underprivileged high school, struggling mightily with her art class to finish her 20th, and quite possibly her last, art car. Mark “Scrapdaddy” Bradford is a full-time artist grinding to make ends meet while conceptualizing his ultimate artistic dream.

Co-directors Carlton Ahrens and Ford Gunter traveled across the U.S. and the world talking to artists, critics and academics to figure out where art cars fit in the art world and to define the car’s place in American culture and as a reflection of self.

With 250-plus hours of footage of more than 50 artists, experts, politicians and celebrities, including 2010 Grand Marshal Dan Aykroyd, 2010 participant Larry the Cable Guy and past grand marshal George Clinton, Art Car: The Movie tells the classic American story of the quintessential form of public art. (Description courtesy of filmmakers:

Category: Event
Nov. 13, 2011
7:00 PM
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