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Dallas Arts Today: A Buried Mural; Texas-Sized, But Walkable; and the Art House Cinema Online

By Peter Simek |

1. The first structural beam that will support the new Woodall Rodgers Deck Park arrived at the construction site over the weekend. In a nice ceremonial touch, the beam was painted with a mural by Dallas police officer Cat Lafitte and then signed by attendees of an event celebrating this new stage in the park’s life. The beam will eventually be buried when the park is built, serving “as a sort of time capsule and won’t be seen again until it ‘has lived its life,’ said Cat Lafitte”

2. The Arts District continues to get nods from travel pieces around the nation. In this take from the Washington Examiner, the pedestrian’s verdict is, “Texas-sized, yet walkable.”

3. The web is the new art-house, declares Globe and Mail columnist Liam Lacey. The reason? Netflix has just arrived in our neighbor to the north, and they have partnered with Hussain Amarshi’s Mongrel Media, a distribution company that will release foreign and alternative films online at the same time they come out in the theaters:

The reason is that art films rely on reviews, not advertising. With individual print costs of up to $4,000 for a European subtitled film, and publicity costs running much higher, it’s just not profitable to screen these niche films in many theatres.

Instead, Amarshi decided to try to use the initial press for the theatrical release to promote the film in other formats.