Emergencia Youth Films

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To acknowledge the work of emerging Latino, Iberoamerican and American indigenous filmmakers, Cine Las Americas is expanding its annual youth film programming for the 17th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival to include a day’s worth of screenings and activities focused on youth filmmakers.

Included in the screening line-up will be a selection of films co-presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, a telenovela series by students at the Austin School of Film, and the Cine Las Americas’ annual Emergencia Youth Film Competition.  Audiences will also have the chance to participate in Question and Answer sessions after each screening, including a talk-back with Cynthia Benitez, Film & Video Program Specialist for the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian.

As a celebration of filmmakers on the rise, the Emergencia Youth Film Competition represents a special section of the festival showcasing works by filmmakers 19 years or younger. This year, the competition was curated by members representing Connelly Cougar Productions, based in Austin, Texas.

All films are presented at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on Saturday, April 26, 2014, and admission is free. Following the program at 3:30PM, join us at the Meet & Greet Pizza Reception for youth filmmakers & media arts educators.


Saturday, April 26 – 10 AM

Saturday, April 26 – 11:30 AM

Saturday, April 26 – 1:30 PM





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Presented in cooperation with the Austin School of Film


Path Waves Youth Film Program

Presented in cooperation with Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian


Emergencia Youth Film Competition


Emergencia Youth Jury Coordinator

Christian D. Nelson

Emergencia Youth Jury

C. Ariel Gonzalez Bizarro

Jessica Luna

Nickoli Roman-Capdeville



 

 

2014 Emergencia Youth Film Competition


Since 2004, Cine Las Americas has been proud to present the Emergencia Youth Film Competition, a special section of the festival showcasing works by filmmakers 19 years or younger. Members of local youth film organizations and high schools curate and present this section of the festival every year. This year’s competition is curated by members representing Connelly Cougar Productions, based in Pflugerville, Texas. Films in competition are eligible for an audience award for Best Emergencia Youth Film. 

All films are in English, or in original language with subtitles in English.



Emergencia Youth Film Competition

24 Dhivehi w 24 Dhivehi: (Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Maldives)
Cesar Martinez
Say Sí
25 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013

Soon after receiving news that he will be moving to the Maldives in 24 hours to attend a rigorous boarding school, Marcus follows the advice of his friends to escape from the confines of his home (and perspective) to spend his last night with the people and the city he calls home.

Bound to Forget w Bound to Forget
Anna Clark
Say Sí
4 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013

An experimental film exploring people's behaviors and attachment to their daily routine.

DemandingToBeHeard w Demanding to Be Heard
Manuel Bernal
Spy Hop Productions
5 min, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2013

A conversation on opportunities for undocumented immigrant students who want to pursue higher education.

Eddie w Eddie
Allison Coon-Come
Wapikoni Mobile
4 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013

The journey of a toy car over hill-and-dale; a memorable journey in a childhood land.

Friendship w Friendship
Zaiyah Dennie, Medina Dennie, Ocean Demuth
Agent Orange Inc.
4 min, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2013

Two turtles embark on a dangerous quest for friendship. Will an encounter with a sea monster, a Sasquatch, and magical fairies, lead them to a true friend?
Los Paisanos w Los paisanos
Miranda Whitus
Say Sí
10 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013

This is a short documentary about the rising violence on the Mexican/US border in Texas, and how this reality is affecting the Mexican-American families living in the USA.
Shadows w Shadows
Diesel Garcia
Cougar Productions
3 min, Austin, TX, USA, 2014

Two friends struggle to survive against the darkness, but when one of them confesses to an unfortunate event, they both struggle to decide who will leave... and who will stay. 
Softly Spoken w Softly Spoken
Aanjeni Twenish
Wapikoni Mobile
2 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013

A boy gets lost in the woods. A man is caught in addiction. Their voices echo one another.
Terribly There w Terribly There
Gladys Hidalgo
Real to Reel, RAW Art Works
7 min, Lynn, MA, USA, 2013

In this personal documentary, Gladys explores her father's mental illness and shares what it means for her relationship with him.
The Difference w The Difference
Keren Rico
5 min, Del Valle, TX, USA, 2013

This is the story of a girl for whom nothing seems to work out. She wants to take her life, but in that moment, her classmate’s words of comfort are exactly what she needs.
The Hearing3 w The Hearing
Russell Ratt Brascoupe
Wapikoni Mobile
4 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013

Russell lost his hearing at the age of 13. He copes well with his disability, but there is a statement he would like to hear above all others.
The Mic w The Mic
Tanisha Garner
Real to Reel, RAW Art Works
18 min, Lynn, MA, USA, 2013

Markus Garneris is an 18-year-old rapper with an all-consuming passion for music. He is good at what he does, but what happens when that's all he focuses on?
Zenaida w Zenaida
Alec Cano
15 min, Hanford, CA, USA, 2013

A young woman named Zenaida is torn from her life as a college student during a war which has engulfed El Salvador.

Emergencia Youth Jury

C. Ariel Gonzalez Bizarro

Jessica Luna

Nickoli Roman-Capdeville

Emergencia Youth Jury Coordinator

Christian D. Nelson

 
 

 

2014 Path Waves Youth Film Program


Presented in cooperation with Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian, Path Waves invites kids to explore the joys and challenges of Native experience in our world today. Hand-drawn animations, reimagined legends, inquisitive documentaries, and fun youth-made live action stories all come together to spark curiosity about the many rich histories and vibrant cultures of indigenous peoples throughout North America. Chartered by an act of Congress in 1989 as the 18th museum of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of American Indian (NMAI) is dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Americas.

All films are in English, or in original language with subtitles in English.

Cynthia Benitez, Film & Video Program Specialist for the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian, will be present for a Q&A after the screening.



Path Waves Films

Beboon and Zigwaan Beboon & Zigwaan
Winter & Spring
Joseph Briski, Darrin Brown, Katrina Ducheneaux, Dylan Headbird, Rain Headbird, Dinyce Howard, Devin Johnson, Eliza Kingbird
In Progress & The Bu O Nay Ge Shig School
4 min, Leech Lake Nation, USA, 2013

Beboon & Zigwaan is a video short about a traditional Anishinaabe teaching of Winter and Spring.
Corriger le tableau w Corriger le tableau
Correcting the Chalkboard
Ensemble pour le respect et la diversité
Wapikoni Mobile
5 min, Canada, 2012

On a blank chalkboard, youth from Manawan rewrite the stories of their lives.
How Agate Pass w How Agate Pass Came to Be
Longhouse Media
3 min, USA, 2013

The creation story of Agate Pass is a powerful reminder of tribal relationships to water.
Indian Taxi w Indian Taxi
Abraham Côté, Kevin Papatie
Wapikoni Mobile
1 min, Canada, 2011

An animated journey through tradition and modernity.
Injunuity Great Law w Injunuity: The Great Law
Adrian Baker
9 min, USA, 2013

The Haudenosaunee were practicing democracy long before any settler arrived in the New World. How much influence did Haudenosaunee democracy have on our Founding Fathers and on documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution? More than you know.
Injunuity Two Spirit copia w Injunuity: Two Spirit
Adrian Baker
7 min, USA, 2013

Two Spirit: A person of First Nations or Native American descent possessing both a male and female spirit. An umbrella term used to describe the fluidity of First Nations/Native American gender identity and sexuality with respect to traditional tribal roles.
La joie de vivre w La joie de vivre
The Joy of Living
Jérémy Vassiliou
Wapikoni Mobile
5 min, Canada, 2011

Jérémy delivers a message of hope by talking about the things that give him the will to live.
My Name Is Kobe w My Name is Kobe
Briana Roberts
AIFI Tribal Touring Program
8 min, USA, 2010

Meet the cat who calls the tribal office home in this work produced in a Tribal Touring Program workshop.
People of the Water w People of the Water
Longhouse Media
5 min, USA, 2013

Suquamish teen Ty Purser harvests seafood as part of his daily life. Join him from sunrise to sunset on this cultural adventure.
Responden a esta videocarta w Respondan a esta videocarta de Chicahuaxtla
Respond to this Video Letter from Chicahuaxtla
Guillermo Monteforte
Ojo de Agua Comunicación
20 min, Mexico, 2012

Children from this Triqui community in Oaxaca, Mexico share with us their lives and knowledge, and invite other children from all over the world to respond with another video letter.
Shhh! w Shhh!
Steven Paul Judd
1 min, USA, 2013

Something interrupts an elder as he addresses the tribe.
Sigo A Hunters Story w Sigo: A Hunter’s Story
Longhouse Media
5 min, USA, 2013

Sigo tells the story of Ty Purser's family tradition: hunting.
Skatne Ronatehiarontie w Skatne Ronatehiarontie
They Grow Together
Marion Konwennonhon Delaronde
Rainbowstinks Productions, Husking House Productions
6 min, Kahnawake, Canada, 2011

An animated re-telling of a traditional Mohawk farming story, told in the Mohawk language.

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Produced by high school students at the Austin School of Film


Student filmmakers will be present for a Q&A session after the screening


"Hey baby, qué pasó?" A totally different take on the bi-cultural teenage world of sex, drugs, and Tejano rock 'n' roll, that's what's up. Produced entirely by high school students at the Austin School of Film, MUNDOS DIFERENTES is a telenovela that reflects the true-to-life highs and lows of life, love, and loss as seen through the eyes of a quartet of young Latinos in a modern American high school in Austin, Texas. Maria, Alejandra, Christina, and Alex face daily challenges not only of teen life but also specific cross-cultural conflicts: a forgotten sister left behind, a young fugitive fleeing the grim specter of cartel violence, forbidden loves, and buried pasts that are not, perhaps, as deeply interred as they would like. 



Presented in cooperation with the Austin School of Film.

Saturday, April 26 - 10:00 AM

at the MACC

Free admission

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