North Texas director-actor-writer Frank Mosley has been busy the last year or so co-starring in other filmmakers’ projects and co-developing a web series. If you want to catch his most acclaimed work so far, take note: Hold –Mosley’s 2009 feature film debut as a director – gets three public screenings this weekend.
The movie, which premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival in April, deals with the slow disintegration of a marriage after the wife is raped during a home invasion, though “sensationalistic” and “sordid” are not in Mosley’s vocabulary as a director. He trades in the kind of lo-fi tension that can only be achieved with a careful combination of wide angles, long takes, minimalist sound effects, and unsettlingly perceptive performances achieved partly though intensive rehearsals and on-camera improv. Call it “eerie realism” if you need to call it anything, but Mosley is unique among young North Texas filmmakers in the scrupulous, humane detail of his work.
There are screenings of Hold this afternoon and Saturday morning at the first annual Glen Rose Neo-Relix Film Festival in Glen Rose, TX. But your best bet to see it will be Sunday night’s (August 29) 7pm screening hosted by The Endeavor Cinema Group in the Four Day Weekend theater at 312 Houston St, FW. Doors open at 6pm. Mosley is scheduled to attend. It’s free, btw.