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Slab Cinema's Wes Anderson Film Festival Starts Friday

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Courtesy Slab Cinema

A new film festival will celebrate and highlight the work of one of the state's most ambitious filmmakers.

Slab Cinema will show the works of Wes Anderson, the Texas-based director from Houston.

"We're big fans of his movies, so we wanted to collect them all together and show them over a two month span," said Rick Martinez of Slab Cinema.

Anderson's films consistently feature unusual locations, art direction, dialogue and story lines, but Martinez said what really makes Anderson stand out as a director is that "all of his films have really strong characters in them.”

IF YOU GO What: Wes Anderson Film Festival Where: The Monty When: Friday at dark Cost: Free

Unlike most films at movie festivals, these will be projected on a screen under the stars.

"We've tried to match them up with places that work with the movie, so ‘Rushmore’ is a movie about a school, so we're showing that at San Antonio College. ‘Darjeeling Limited’ is a train film, and that's going to be on the Hays Street Bridge. And we're doing ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, so they kind of match the venue with the content," he said.

Also unlike most movie festivals, this one is free. The first film shows Friday at The Monty in Southtown. The series continues through Aug. 7.

FULL SCHEDULE June 1 - "Bottle Rocket," Monty + Ivy Hall June 7 -  "Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," McNay Museum June 15 - "Grand Budapest Hotel," San Antonio Museum of Art June 29 - "Moonrise Kingdom," San Antonio Botanical Garden July 6 - "Darjeeling Limited," Hays Street Bridge July 14 - "Isle of Dogs," Hemisfair Park July 27 - "Royal Tenenbaums," San Antonio Museum of Art Aug. 3 - "Rushmore," San Antonio College Aug. 7 - "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Travis Park

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org