"Exceeds Expectations," made by Ft. Worth filmmaker Alec Jhangiani as part of TAMI's Mess With Texas program, is a short film that opens with scenes of Texas fiddlers, followed by a young professional going into work for her annual review. After a review where she, at best, only meets expectations, the woman goes home where she lies awake in bed as scenes of fiddling play. She goes into work the next day and loudly defies her office culture. The Mess With Texas program was produced in partnership with Aurora Picture Show and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
This video was produced as part of the 2012 Mess With Texas program, commissioned for the exhibition Perspectives 178: CINEPLEX at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, in partnership with Aurora Picture Show and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. Texas-based film/video artists Kelly Sears, Mark and Angela Walley, Scott Stark, Alec Jhangiani, and Alex Luster delved into the vast collection of movies, newsreels, and homemade films in the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and created entirely new works from the footage. These new reworkings are creative intersections of past and present, bringing new life to cinematic memory.
For a list of the original films used to create the Mess With Texas shorts, click here.
Alec Jhangiani is the Director of the Lone Star Film Society and a founding staff member of the Lone Star Film Festival (LSFF) in Sundance Square. Alec worked in casting and the art department on Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or winning The Tree of Life and is a Production Consultant on Malick's To The Wonder, which stars Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck and Javier Bardem. He was a Producer on James Johnston's latest short film Knife, an official selection of the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, and is an Associate Producer for writer/director Jesus Beltran's new feature film Americano, a Sundance Producing Lab project. Alec's first film as director, the short Exceeds Expectations, has screened at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Austin Museum of Art – Jones Center, and the Dallas Museum of Art.