ART SHOW + FILM SCREENING “Double Take” at 14 Pews

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ART SHOW + FILM SCREENING “Double Take” at 14 Pews

May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2024 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: This one-night event showcases Cressandra Thibodeaux’s captivating photography series “DOUBLE TAKE” that delves into the complexities of maternal bonds and self-discovery. Through double-like exposures, Thibodeaux presents her mother in a unique light, often capturing her engaging with herself in thought-provoking interactions.

Building upon her previous work, “Portraits of My Mother,” which was showcased at the G Contemporary Art Gallery last year, “DOUBLE TAKE” offers viewers a glimpse into the multifaceted nature of human connection.

At 8:00 PM, Thibodeaux will screen two of her documentary films about Houston artists Jesse Lott and Nestor Topchy.

Jesse Lott: Art & Activism is a 28-minute documentary, (shot by 28 students from the 14 Pews Film Academy) following Internationally recognized Houston artist Jesse Lott. The film has won numerous awards throughout the country. It won Best Short Documentary in both the International Black Film Festival and the Tulsa American Film Festival. The documentary highlights his art, activism and his mentors. In the National Museum of African American History and Culture there is an area which highlights Jesse Lott’s activism since he’s a co-founder of Project Row Houses. This documentary follows Jesse Lott when he is recently released from the hospital and continues to follow him as Mr. Lott prepares for his upcoming show at Art League Houston where he’s presented the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by his childhood friend, the famous Mel Chin. Along the way the film highlights Mr. Lott’s involvement with the Internationally recognized arts organization Project Row Houses. Furthermore, the film highlights his mentors John Biggers and Charles White who both are also honored in National Museum of African American History and Culture. In addition, many other Houston’s Art leaders appear in this short documentary such as: Rick Lowe, Mel Chin, Jim and Ann Harithas, Allison Greene, Dan Allison, Peter Gershon and many more. The documentary also shows never seen before archival footage shot by the belated video artist, Andy Mann. The documentary is directed and edited by award-winning Native-American / Creole filmmaker, Cressandra Thibodeaux.

Nestor Topchy: Houston’s Phoenix is a 21-minute documentary starts in 1986 and spans 30-years, highlighting some of the very important ways that Nestor Topchy influenced Houston’s art community. Most of the archival footage, which has never been seen before, was shot by the talented Mark Pirtle with a few additional segments contributed by the Aurora Picture Show/Andy Mann Archive. 14 Pews Film Academy filmed many of the interviews and Ms. Thibodeaux then edited and interwove archival footage with recent interviews to create this diverse tapestry which pays tribute to Houston’s Phoenix – Nestor Topchy.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Thibodeaux’s artistic journey is as diverse as it is inspiring. Despite being the first in her family to attend college, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Austin and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Columbia University’s film program, specializing in directing. Her passion for storytelling through visual media led her to explore the world of documentaries, predominantly focusing on artists.

In addition to her degrees in film, Thibodeaux recently completed another MFA in screenwriting from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). Her screenplays, “The Hanging Tree” and “Bearheart,” have received numerous awards and recognition, including being a Quarterfinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship 2022 and a Semi-Finalist in the Fade In Awards 2023.

Thibodeaux’s dedication to her craft extends beyond the realm of visual arts. She attended the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver to deepen her understanding of Tribal Law and has clerked at esteemed institutions such as the Navajo Nation Supreme Court and the EPA for Energy Development on Tribal Land.

In 2010, Thibodeaux founded 14 Pews, a microcinema located in an old church in Houston, Texas. As the Executive Director of 14 Pews, she has curated art shows, directed award-winning documentaries, programmed film festivals, and curated over 800 film screenings, fostering a rich creative community.


May 29
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Cressandra Thibodeaux
(310) 880-3907
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14 Pews
800 Aurora St.
Houston, TX 77009 United States
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