Agave is Life

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Agave is Life

A film by David Brown, Meredith Dreiss

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)

With Filmmakers David Brown, Meredith Dreiss, and Eric Beiri in attendance

 

USA, Historical/Cultural Documentary, 2014
60 min, DVCPro HD, Color/Black & White
Spanish, English with English subtitles

AGAVE IS LIFE is the story of mankind’s alliance with the agave plant, from which tequila is derived. Told through the lens of archaeological and historical investigations, and narrated by Edward James Olmos, the film explores ten thousand years of the human-agave relationship. Once a critical resource for hunter-gatherers, agave was a source of food, drink, textiles, fuel, and medicines. We learn that this unique desert plant, once embedded in cultural identity, mythology, art, and rituals, faces an uncertain future. Today, ancient folkways, from fiber craftsmanship to traditional pulque and mescal productions, are rapidly disappearing. While entrepreneurs and scientists work to turn the tide, a loss of diversity of both cultivated and wild species may be the ultimate arbitrator.

Texas Premiere

www.archeoproductions.com/agave-film.html

About the director

- DirectorBorn in Galveston, Texas, David Brown holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. In recent years, he has worked closely with partner Meredith Dreiss in the production of the documentary film AGAVE IS LIFE.

Meredith Dreiss has an M.A. in Anthropology, specializing in Mayan Archaeology. The documentary film, CHOCOLATE: PATHWAY TO THE GODS, was produced in 2005. Her current documentary is AGAVE IS LIFE.

 

Credits

Producer: Meredith Dreiss
Production Companies: Archeo Productions
Screenwriter: Meredith Dreiss, David Brown, Jennifer Lane, Sharon Greenhill
Cinematographer: Layton Blaylock
Editor: Jennifer Lane, David Hollander
Sound Design: Mike Klinger
Music: David O. Brown
Narrator: Edward James Olmos

Print Source: Eric Bieri – ArcheoProductions Inc., marketing@archeoproductions.com


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What’s the Use?

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What’s the Use?

A film by Nicole Elmer

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)

With Filmmakers Nicole Elmer, Jorge Sermini, and Guest Amalia Sermini in attendance

 

USA, Alternative/Comedy/Drama, 2014
83 min, HDV/Hi8, Color
Spanish, Tagalog, English with English subtitles

Seventeen year-old Sara defends her pride from a career oriented greasy-spoon waitress and her potty mouth. In the gymnastics of her self-defense, she recalls the night when she moved home to live with her father Tony, a skinny loser fresh out of rehab. Determined to start their lives over, he throws her a birthday party, only to have it wrecked by Shy, a dangerous loan shark. Pissed by her father’s passive retreat into his bedroom, Sara sets off to find Shy and take care of her father’s debt on her own. On her journey through the 4th of July heat of Austin, Texas, she meets a love-starved perfectionist, a professional Love Guru, and an eccentric who is planning a painless suicide. Finally reaching Shy, he pushes her fragile ego to the edge, where she is forced to finally see her family’s dark secret and realize she might be her own greatest enemy.

World Premiere

www.bluepaperfilm.com

About the director

- DirectorNicole Elmer received her degree in film production at The University of Texas at Austin. Her short films and music videos have played at Austin Museum of Digital Art (AMODA) and in festivals such as UrbanMedia and American Film Fest. IN THE SHADOW, her feature film debut with distribution by Devolver Digital Films, had its Texas premiere at the 15th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival.

 

Credits

Producer: Jorge Sermini
Production Companies: Blue Paper Film Works
Screenwriter: Jason Tremblay
Cinematographer: Michael Pugliese
Editor: Nicole Elmer, Tag Simler
Sound Design: Arles Estes
Music: Arles Estes, David Asher Brown, Jameson Bevington
Cast: Amalia Sermini, Jorge Sermini, Noel Gaulin, Joseph Cheatham, Andrea Reyes, Raul Cirino, Carole Metellus, Alex Cogburn

Print Source: Blue Paper Film Works, nicole_elmer@yahoo.com


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¿Por qué el recuerdo? | The Solitude of Memory

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¿Por qué el recuerdo? / The Solitude of Memory

A film by Juan Pablo González

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)

With Filmmaker Juan Pablo González and Guest José Bolaños Becerra in attendance

 

Mexico/USA, Personal Narrative Documentary, 2014
20 min, HD, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Through a dialogue between its formal elements and its characters, THE SOLITUDE OF MEMORY constructs a profound meditation on memory and grief. José, Nando’s father, remembers repeatedly the last words that he spoke to his son before Nando decided to take his own life. José then lives his days without Nando in a remarkably personal film, charged with poetry and introspection.

Regional Premiere

www.juanilko.com

 

Print Source: Juan Pablo González – Sin Sitio Producciones, jpablogg@gmail.com


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El fuego detrás | The Fire Behind

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El fuego detrás / The Fire Behind

A film by Leo Aguirre

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)

With Filmmaker Leo Aguirre in attendance

 

USA, Drama, 2014
16 min, HD, Color
Spanish, English with English subtitles

Stan is a suicidal writer who encounters Luz, a young immigrant girl who is caught in precarious situation. After an unexpected crime is committed in the border town of El Paso, Texas, they will both face a difficult decision that may ultimately give Stan a purpose to continue living.

Texas Premiere

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Print Source: Leo Aguirre, leo@breachproductions.com


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El marinero y la sirena | The Sailor and the Mermaid

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El marinero y la sirena / The Sailor and the Mermaid

A film by Patricia Vonne

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)

With Guest Deidri Aragon in attendance

Jornaleras | Women Workers

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Jornaleras / Women Workers

A film by Marcela Moran

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)

With Filmmaker Marcela Moran in attendance