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Arts group announces call for exhibit entries

The Denton-based Visual Arts Society of Texas has announced its call for entries for the 45th annual Visual Arts Exhibition, opening in April.

The exhibition is open for submissions of drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and metalwork.

Artists can submit images of up to three for a fee. All work must have been completed in the last two years.

Artist James Robert Pace, a professor of visual art at the University of Texas at Tyler, is the juror who will select the art for the show. Cash and merchandise prizes will be awarded.

Interested artists can find a prospectus, submission re­quirements and fees by visiting the Visual Arts Society of Texas’ event page at


Grad student’s film accepted into series

After leaving her home country of Italy and coming to the U.S., University of North Texas graduate student Sara Masetti found herself identifying with other immigrants. She chose the student movement for passage of the DREAM Act as the subject for the second film she created for her master’s degree in documentary film production.

Her film, “Undocumented Dreams,” has been chosen for screening at next month’s New Filmmakers Series in New York City. “Undocumented Dreams” will be shown at 6 p.m. March 13 as part of New Filmmakers’ Latino film series.

Masetti, who is pursuing a master’s degree in documentary filmmaking at UNT, features Loren Campos, a native of Mexico and an activist for passage of the DREAM Act, as the main character in the short film. A 2011 civil engineering graduate of the University of Texas, Campos came to the United States at age 11 with his mother, who fled an abusive marriage.

The DREAM Act refers to federal legislation that would provide conditional permanent U.S. residency to high school graduates who arrived in the U.S. as minors and are currently enrolled in college.

Masetti discovered Campos through his blog.

“Undocumented Dreams” screened at Denton’s Thin Line Film Fest and the Dam Short Film Fest in Boulder City, Nev., earlier this month, and the United Nations Film Festival in San Francisco last fall.

Started in 1998 by New York University film students to show their work and promote themselves to the city’s film community, New Filmmakers is now internationally recognized for screening animation, documentaries, short and feature films that are not eligible to be shown at other New York City festivals. The organization has a Los Angeles branch and several corporate sponsors, including Angelika Entertain­ment, owner of the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano.

— Lucinda Breeding


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