A short film was commissioned to kick off the Dallas Festival of Ideas, a co-production of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and the Dallas Morning News, over the weekend. Titled, “A City is a Poem,” it combines the slam poetry of Dallas’ own Joaquin Zihuatanejo with lyrical imagery of a diverse cross-section of people and various corners of the city. It’s the work of Andrew Holzschuh.
Strictly speaking, however, Holzschuh cheats a bit by shooting far beyond the city limits. The cowboy in the video is seen walking into Homero’s Yellow Rose Cafe, which is way out east, in Terrell.
Then again, I know I’ve never seen a ballerina stretching out in full costume atop a parking garage, and I don’t mind that. So if the clip is lying to us, at least it’s a beautiful, inspiring lie.