Arlington-based filmmaker Frank Mosley remembers the first movie he ever acted in. It wasn’t directed by him. His father ran the camcorder for a one-boy version of The Wizard of Oz in which the 4-year-old Mosley played all of the major movie parts. His dad also guest-starred as the soldier who announces to the cast: “She’s dead, the witch is dead.”

KulturCute as that scenario was, it bred an aggressive desire in Mosley to conceive and capture his stories on camera. By the age of nine, he was shooting with a digital camera, making increasingly elaborate horror movies in his backyard featuring school friends and his cousin Megan. The great monsters of Universal Studios, as created by Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, were his obsession then, as befitting a kid who wanted to grow up to be a paranormal investigator and an archeologist. After all of those hours young Frank spent recording mock-serious action in the frame of his own camera, however, it finally dawned on him: This was what he wanted to do with his adult life.

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In addition to having his work screened at Fort Worth’s Fearless Film Festival, Mosley was a finalist for Narrative Short (for Leave) in the 2008 Mid-Valley Video Festival in Salem, Ore. Little Boy won Best Director and Best Film at the 2007 Dark Horse Film Festival in Denton. Another short, Balls in the Icebox, was screened at the Dallas Museum of Art while Mosley was in college.

He’s currently finishing Hold, his first feature film and the first script from his longtime collaborator, Robbie Storey, who stars in the film as a husband who becomes unhinged after his wife is sexually assaulted. Mosley and Storey are editing the movie and mixing the audio on a Mac program. This time, the film festival net they’re casting is wide and ambitious. Deadlines permitting, the duo plans to submit the film to both Sundance and Cannes, perhaps the two biggest film festivals in the world.

“We’re trying to be realistic and optimistic at the same time,” Mosley said. “I don’t know that my first feature will get a screening at Sundance, but I don’t think Steven Soderbergh expected sex, lies, and videotape to change his life, either.”

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Art Notes

The remarkable art collection of Fort Worth’s A.C. “Ace” Cook has been exhibited at museums in Tyler and San Angelo in the past year but has finally made its way back home to North Texas. And now might be the time to go to the University of North Texas and check out these paintings by the state’s early artists. Cook, who is battling cancer, is planning to sell his collection of several hundred paintings. He has “had them all over the United States, and [the paintings] love it — they love to perform,” he has said. But beating cancer had become Cook’s priority, and he’s decided it’s time to let someone else control the collection that took him a quarter-century to compile.

“When you’re in a death match, you don’t have time to get involved,” he told Fort Worth Weekly last summer, shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. “I don’t have time to worry about small shit. I have to worry about living and getting the most out of it.”

He is seeking a buyer who will keep the collection together and on public display, but there is no certainty that will happen.

Cook began acquiring his storied assortment of paintings by early Texas artists, known as The Hock Shop Collection, when he was a Fort Worth pawnshop owner. He later sold his business to Cash America, bought a defunct uniform business in the Stockyards, and sank hundreds of thousands of dollars into redecorating that building into The Bull Ring, an ice cream and beer parlor that doubles as an art museum. Cook’s personal collection rivals those found in many art museums and includes major works by the state’s most celebrated painters, as well as lesser-known works by minority artists. – Jeff Prince

The Hock Shop Collection: Reflections from the Heart and Soul — Selected Works From A.C. “Ace” Cook’s Collection of Early Texas Art

From Sat thru June 20, with an opening reception 3-5pm Sun, at UNT Art Gallery, UNT Art Bldg, 1201 W Mulberry St, Denton. Free. 940-565-4005.

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