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Los insólitos peces gato / The Amazing Catfish A film by Claudia Sainte-Luce

Mexico, Comedy/Drama, 201389 min, Digital, ColorIn Spanish with English subtitles

Wednesday, April 23rd 7:00PM

Marchesa Hall & TheatreBuy Tickets

Heli A film by Amat Escalante

Mexico/Germany/Netherlands/France, Political Drama, 2013105 min, HD, ColorIn Spanish with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24th 9:45PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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Amaneceres oxidados / Rusted Dawns A film by Diego Cohen

Mexico, Comedy/Drama/Coming of Age, 2013101 min, RED, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 6:30Alamo Drafthouse Village 2Buy TicketsSunday, April 27 11:30Alamo  Drafthouse Village 2Buy Tickets

El cuarto desnudo / The Naked Room A film by Nuria Ibáñez

Mexico, Testimonial Documentary, 201370 min, HD, ColorIn Spanish with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26th 8:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Las Marthas Cristina Ibarra

USA, Documentary/History, 201369 min, HDCAM, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26th 7:30PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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Atempa - Sueños a orillas del río / Atempa: Dreams by the River A film by Edson Jair Caballero Trujillo

Mexico, Sexual Diversity Documentary, 201386 min, DV, ColorZapotec, Spanish with English subtitles

Friday, April 25 - 8:00 pm

at St. Edward's University

Free Screening

Miradas múltiples, la máquina loca / Multiple Visions (The Crazy Machine) A film by Emilio Maillé

Mexico/France/Spain, Art/Film/Historical Documentary, 201295 min, 35mm/HD, Black & WhiteEnglish, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26 - 9:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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Tercera llamada / Last Call A film by Francisco Franco

Starring: Irene Azuela, Ricardo Blume, Anabel Ferreira, Kristyan Ferrer, Karina Gidi, Rebecca Jones, Fernando Luján, Jorge Poza, Cecilia Suárez, Mariana Treviño, and Silvia Pinal2013, Mexico, Comedy/Drama, 92 minIn Spanish with English subtitles

Opening Night

Tuesday, April 22, 7PMMarchesa Hall & TheatreMexican star Rebecca Jones in attendance!

6226 Middle Fiskville Rd Austin, TX 78752. Phone (512) 454-2000 [Map]

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“Last Call is the kind of character-driven comedy that recalls the early films of Almodóvar." - PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM SOCIETY

 

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 & ZigwaanWinter & SpringJoseph Briski, Darrin Brown, Katrina Ducheneaux, Dylan Headbird, Rain Headbird, Dinyce Howard, Devin Johnson, Eliza KingbirdIn Progress & The Bu O Nay Ge Shig School4 min, Leech Lake Nation, USA, 2013Beboon & Zigwaan is a video short about a traditional Anishinaabe teaching of Winter and Spring. Corriger le tableauCorrecting the ChalkboardEnsemble pour le respect et la diversitéWapikoni Mobile5 min, Canada, 2012On a blank chalkboard, youth from Manawan rewrite the stories of their lives. How Agate Pass Came to BeLonghouse Media3 min, USA, 2013The creation story of Agate Pass is a powerful reminder of tribal relationships to water. Indian TaxiAbraham Côté, Kevin PapatieWapikoni Mobile1 min, Canada, 2011An animated journey through tradition and modernity. Injunuity: The Great LawAdrian Baker9 min, USA, 2013The 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 SpiritAdrian Baker7 min, USA, 2013Two 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 vivreThe Joy of LivingJérémy VassiliouWapikoni Mobile5 min, Canada, 2011Jérémy delivers a message of hope by talking about the things that give him the will to live. My Name is KobeBriana RobertsAIFI Tribal Touring Program8 min, USA, 2010Meet the cat who calls the tribal office home in this work produced in a Tribal Touring Program workshop. People of the WaterLonghouse Media5 min, USA, 2013Suquamish teen Ty Purser harvests seafood as part of his daily life. Join him from sunrise to sunset on this cultural adventure. Respondan a esta videocarta de ChicahuaxtlaRespond to this Video Letter from ChicahuaxtlaGuillermo MonteforteOjo de Agua Comunicación20 min, Mexico, 2012Children 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!Steven Paul Judd1 min, USA, 2013Something interrupts an elder as he addresses the tribe. Sigo: A Hunter’s StoryLonghouse Media5 min, USA, 2013Sigo tells the story of Ty Purser's family tradition: hunting. Skatne RonatehiarontieThey Grow TogetherMarion Konwennonhon DelarondeRainbowstinks Productions, Husking House Productions6 min, Kahnawake, Canada, 2011An animated re-telling of a traditional Mohawk farming story, told in the Mohawk language. Presented in cooperation with the

 

 

 

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: (Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Maldives)Cesar MartinezSay Sí25 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 ForgetAnna ClarkSay Sí4 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013

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

Demanding to Be HeardManuel BernalSpy Hop Productions5 min, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2013

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

EddieAllison Coon-ComeWapikoni Mobile4 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013

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

FriendshipZaiyah Dennie, Medina Dennie, Ocean DemuthAgent Orange Inc.4 min, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2013Two 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 paisanosMiranda WhitusSay Sí10 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. ShadowsDiesel GarciaCougar Productions3 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 SpokenAanjeni TwenishWapikoni Mobile2 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013 A boy gets lost in the woods. A man is caught in addiction. Their voices echo one another. Terribly ThereGladys HidalgoReal to Reel, RAW Art Works7 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 DifferenceKeren Rico5 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 HearingRussell Ratt BrascoupeWapikoni Mobile4 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 MicTanisha GarnerReal to Reel, RAW Art Works18 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? ZenaidaAlec Cano15 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

 
  Un mundo para RaúlA World for Raul

Mauro Mueller

Mexico/Switzerland/USA, Drama/Coming of Age, 201215 min, HDV/HDCAM, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

When thirteen-year-old Raúl is asked to entertain the local landowner's son, a game of power and pride starts between the two boys.

 

Regional Premierewww.unmundopararaul.com

Print Source: Mauro Mueller, maumueller@gmail.com

 

 

 

   
  Quince añosFifteen years

Liliana Torres

Mexico, Drama, 20127 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

On her fifteenth birthday, life reminds Vianney that it isn’t easy being different.

 

Regional Premierewww.imcine.gob.mx/peliculas/4429 

Print Source: Ivan Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

 

 

   
  Don Sabás

Juan Manuel Zuñiga

Mexico, Drama, 201217 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

Don Sabás is the story of a lonely old man waiting for his days to come to an end. Suddenly his boring routine changes when he is left to care for a young boy.

 

US Premierewww.facebook.com/donsabas.cortometraje 

Print Source: Boris Miramontes - CCC, boris@elccc.com.mx

 

 

 

   
  PaalChild

Christoph Müller, Victor Vargas Villafuerte

Mexico/Switzerland/Canada, Documentary, 201221 min, Mini-DV, ColorMayan, Spanish with English subtitles

 

PAAL tells the story of Memo, a Mayan child, whose biggest dream is to tell the stories of his people. Through his own vision and fantasy, we explore the everyday life and culture of his town, and the exuberant nature of Yucatan‚ a jungle in the south of Mexico. PAAL pays homage to a magical world that is not exempt from the influence of the occidental world.

 

Regional Premierewww.creativeblends.tv/paal 

Print Source: Creative Blends, paal@creativeblends.tv

 

 

 

 

   
  A Mexican Sound

Roy Germano

USA, Educational/Dance/Culture Documentary, 201213 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

The beautiful Huastecan sound ("son huasteco") has echoed from the mountains of northeast Mexico for more than a century. On Sundays, people meet in town squares to dance and stomp to the explosive violin solos and driving guitar rhythms that make this music so unique. "Son huasteco" continues to flourish here despite two decades of globalization and mass migration to the United States.

 

Texas Premierewww.amexicansound.com 

Print Source: Roy Germano, rg@roygermano.com

 

 

   
  La noriaThe Waterwheel

Karla Castañeda

Mexico, Animation/Fantasy, 20127 min, 35mm, ColorNo dialogue

 

In a small town, time stops for a father who has lost his son.

 

US Premierewww.imcine.gob.mx/peliculas/4309 

Print Source: Ivan Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

 

 

 

   
  Hinojosa Juan Pablo González

USA/Mexico, Biographical Documentary/Literature, 201315 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitlesDirector Juan Pablo González in attendance

HINOJOSA is a poetic tribute to one of the most important Mexican-American writers alive, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith (b. 1929). In this fifteen minute documentary, Hinojosa himself recounts his childhood in Mercedes, Texas‚ a border town in the Rio Grande Valley, and the origins that led him to inspiration and to become a pioneer of the Chicano literary movement of the 1970s. Constructed with evocative, contemplative sequences, as well as interview excerpts, the film is a manifesto of the writer’s artistic spirit.

 

World Premiere

Print Source: Juan Pablo González, hinojosafilm@gmail.com

Saturday, April 26th 1:30PMMarchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature film LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101BUY TICKETS

 

 

 
  Ex-votos

Ivete Lucas

Mexico/USA, Drama, 201318 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Director Ivete Lucas and producer Patrick Bresnan in attendance

After a shootout in her neighborhood, Anayansi, a pregnant teenager, fears that she will lose her child. Hoping for a miracle, her mother takes her on a pilgrimage to the festival of Saint Francis. As their journey merges with thousands of travelers from across Mexico, they must face the reality of her condition and escape the confines of tradition if she is to survive.

 

World Premierewww.exvotosfilm.com 

Print Source: Ivete Lucas, ivete@huicholo.com

Hecho en Tejas Short Film ShowcaseSunday, April 27 - 11am

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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  Alma y Esperanza Alma & Esperanza

Itandehui Jansen

Mexico, Family Drama, 201217 min, HD, ColorSpanish, Mixtec with English subtitles

 

ALMA & ESPERANZA is the story of a girl and her grandmother who meet in a moment of grief. Alma is a ten-year old girl living in the US. Esperanza is her 75-year old grandmother living in an indigenous community in the Mexican mountains. They have never met, but with one devastating phone call, Alma will have to travel to her grandmother's village. The girl and her grandmother have no common language, yet they find closeness without words. The film garnered coveted spots in imagineNATIVE and the Cannes International Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2013.

 

Regional Premierewww.listacalistafilms.com 

Print Source: Armando Bautista Garcia, armando@listacalistafilms.com

Wednesday, April 23 - 9:30 pmAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Screens before the feature filmLA DESPEDIDABuy TicketsFriday, April 25 - 12:30 pmAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Screens before the feature filmLA DESPEDIDABuy Tickets

 

 

 
  El pintor de Verónicas The Veronica’s Artist

Oswaldo Toledano

Mexico, Art/Religion/Documentary, 201226 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

There are no portraits of Jesus of Nazareth, apart from the spectral face left by sweat and blood on Veronica's robe. Her name was her destiny. Veronica, vere ikon, the true picture. Julian Pablo is a passionate artist who seems to discover in Christ's face the mystery of the divine, and does so with the talent of a filmmaker, the passion of a priest and the aesthetics of a painter. EL PINTOR DE VERONICAS  has screened internationally and all over Mexico – most recently in the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

 

US Premierewww.elccc.com.mx 

Print Source: Mariana Sobrino, mariana@elccc.com.mx

Wednesday, April 23rd 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Screens before the feature-length documentaryDIGNA GUERRAFree Screening

 

 

 
  Zero Hour

Dan Carrillo Levy

Mexico/USA, Drama/Suspense, 20137 min, Digital, ColorEnglish

 

Lorenzo and Paula are traveling on a straight road that seems to lead nowhere through a vast, empty desert. Their own personal paths instantaneously split, but they are still intertwined by this sudden and resounding event. What happens as they stall on this lonely highway will not only challenge the lovers’ relationship, but it will also create a moral struggle within that could change them forever. ZERO HOUR, written by Guillermo Arriaga, screened to enthusiastic audiences at the Cannes Short Film Corner and the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

 

Texas Premierewww.zerohourfilm.com

Print Source: Zero Hour Film, info@zerohourfilm.com

Sunday, April 27th 5:00PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

Screens before the feature filmLA CASA DEL RITMO:A FILM ABOUT LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLESBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  Jeuh kieh a jm hm kahun The Path of Stone Soup

Arturo Juárez Aguilar, Sarah Borealis

Mexico/USA, Cultural Documentary, 2013  24 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, Chinanteco with English subtitles

Director Arturo Juárez Aguilar in attendance 

This is the story of stone soup, a nourishing dish that has survived in a village in the highlands of Oaxaca. Passed on through their elders, the millennial recipe is a gift from the ancestors. Men prepare the soup, which they offer in honor of the women, children, and elderly of the village. In this way, THE PATH OF STONE SOUP transmits both ideology and language from generation to generation. 

North American Premierewww.facebook.com/thepathofstonesoup?fref=ts, www.aberracionoptica.wix.com/aberracionoptica#!el-sendero-del-caldo-de-piedra/cyfv

Print Source: Arturo Juárez Aguilar, arturobps@gmail.com, Sarah Borealis, sarahborealis@gmail.com, Banda Ancha Productions, bandaanchaproductions@gmail.com, Aberracion Optica, aberraptica@gmail.com

Friday, April 25 - 4:00 PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Screens before the feature-length documentaryDIPLOMACIA SECRETAFree Screening

 

 

 
  Electrodoméstico Home Appliance

Erik de Luna

Mexico, Animation/Comedy/Drama, 201313 min, Digital 2K, ColorNo dialogue

 

Prudencio and Esther's life reflects a civilization plunged into the maelstrom of technology. In an attempt to get their relationship back on track, the couple uses objects to substitute aspects of their own relationship. And now, the sound of the doorbell announces the arrival of a new device, after which, things will never be the same. ELECTRODOMESTICO has entertained audiences worldwide, and has recently won the Rigo Mora Prize for Best Animation Short at the Guadalajara International Film Festival. 

Regional Premierewww.facebook.com/electrodomestico.corto

Print Source: Erik de Luna, erik@electrodomestico.com.mx

Sunday, April 27 - 4:00PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Screens before the feature filmANINABuy Tickets

 

 

 
  Southmost U.S.A.

Trish Dalton

USA, Social Issue Documentary, 201223 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

 

A journey through Brownsville, Texas on the fourth of July, introducing a community who have been separated from public and private property by the US/Mexican border fence. While local residents prepare for the independence day parade, picnics, and fireworks, they reflect on their frustrations with the border fence. They discuss the personal and financial repercussions of the fence on their safety, access to property, and relationship with Mexico.

 

World Premierewww.southmostusa.com 

 

Print Source: Trish Dalton - Everlasting Light Productions, Trish@everlastinglightproductions.com

 

 

 

 

 

   
  Bordando la fronteraThe Border

Rene Rhi

Mexico/USA, Social Issue Drama, 201223 min, Super 16mm, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

Miguel Canales learns that his young daughter has a brain tumor and needs surgery. Running out of options, he decides that his only choice to pay for the operation is to work in the United States. After receipt of a considerable fee, a smuggler agrees to guide him through the desert. As they attempt the perilous desert crossing, they come across Tammy, a disoriented 9-year old girl. Tammy leads them to the sight of a grizzly car accident where her mother is pinned inside the vehicle. Miguel wants to help the girl and her mother, but is threatened at gunpoint by his companion. Miguel must make the choice: continue his journey or stay with the girl and lose the chance of helping his family.

 

Austin Premierewww.bordandolafrontera.com Print Source: Rene Rhi, rhi@usc.edu

 

   
¿Alguien ha visto a Lupita? Have You Seen Lupita?

Gonzalo Justiniano

Mexico/Chile/Argentina/Germany/USA, Comedy/Drama, 2011 86 min, RED, Color Spanish, English with English, Spanish subtitles

Lupita, a young Mexican girl, runs away from her family who want to commit her into a hospital. She will start a journey that will take us into a world that seems crazier than she is. With her sensuality, innocence and romanticism, Lupita invites us to think that the world can be experienced in other ways. This film, shot partially in Austin, has delighted audiences at the Los Angeles International Film Festival and the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Regional Premiere

Gonzalo Justiniano is a director, writer and producer from Chile. He studied at the University of Paris and the Louis Lumière Film School. His work explores the world of economically marginalized characters. The festivals of Trieste, Damascus, Havana, Montevideo, Brussels, New York, Berlin and Cartagena have awarded his work.

Producer: Gonzalo Justiniano, Daniel de la VegaScreenwriter: Gonzalo Justiniano, Marina StavenhagenCinematographer: Miguel BunsterEditor: Carolina QuevedoSound Design: Zoo FilmsMusic: Jorge ArriagadaCast: Dulce María, Carmen Salinas, Cristián de La Fuente, Schlomit Baytelman, Angélica Castro

Print Source: Sahara Films, gjusti@sahara.cl, danieldelavega@sahara.cl

Tuesday, April 24 

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With actress Dulce María and producer Daniel de la Vega in attendance

7:00 PM - SOLD OUT

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Aquí entre nosBetween Us

Patricia Martínez de Velasco

Mexico, Family/Romantic Comedy, 201195 min, 16mm Super, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Rodolfo and Miriam move into a new house, which Rodolfo gives Miriam as a token of his love. Seventeen years later, although they have three lovely daughters, their relationship completely loses its charm. Rodolfo and Miriam are inconsiderate with each other, and Rodolfo is treated solely as the provider of the family.  One day, Rodolfo decides not to go to work. During the one day when the family routine is broken, Rodolfo realizes that he is a perfect stranger in his own family. This award-winning film has captivated audiences and juries around the world.

Regional Premiere

www.aquientrenoslapelicula.com/AEN.html

Patricia Martínez de Velasco was born in Mexico City. She graduated with honors from the Universidad Iberoamericana and the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, where she studied film production. Patricia's first feature film, Aquí entre nos, has already won the Best Actor Award at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico; the Bronze Zenith Award for First Feature Film at the World Film Festival in Montreal, Canada; and many other awards as well.

Producer: Roberto SneiderProduction Companies: Cuévano Films, La Banda FilmsScreenwriter: Patricia Martínez de VelascoCinematographer: Paula HuidroboEditor: Óscar FigueroaSound Design: Santiago NuñezMusic: Victor Hernandez StumpfhauserCast: Jesús Ochoa, Carmen Beato, Giovana Fuentes, Diana García, Camila  Risser, Giovanna Zacarías

Print Source: La Banda Films, info@labandafilms.com

Saturday, April 28 - 7:15 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Patricia Martínez de Velasco and producer Roberto Sneider in attendance

SOLD OUT

El lenguaje de los machetesMachete Language

Kyzza Terrazas

Mexico, Romance/Music/Drama, 201184 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Ray and Ramona are a young couple. They hate the injustice of the social context they are part of. Each from their own niche, Ramona as a musician, Ray as an activist, tries to fight for a more just world. Devoted to self-sabotage, Ray fails in his rebellion and drags Ramona into a downward spiral that culminates in an act of poetic terrorism. This film has screened around the world, premiering at the Venice Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.figafilms.com

Kyzza Terrazas was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1977. He studied Philosophy as an undergrad at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where he graduated after completing a thesis on Melancholy and Philosophy. He is currently working for Mexico's Cineteca Nacional creating a film archive of orphan, amateur and home movies. El lenguaje de los machetes is his first feature film as a writer/director.

Producer: Rafael LeyProduction Companies: Mr. WooScreenwriter: Kyzza TerrazasCinematographer: Christian RiveraEditor: Yibran AssaudSound Design: Alejandro de IcazaMusic: Jessy Bulbo, Mariana UribeCast: Andrés Almeida, Jessy BulboPrint Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

Thursday, April 26 - 9:30 PM

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Sunday, April 29 - 2:15 PM

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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

La maleta mexicanaThe Mexican Suitcase

Trisha Ziff

Mexico/Spain, Documentary, 201186 min, HDV/35mm, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

La maleta mexicana tells the story of lost negatives found at the bottom of a closet in Mexico City in 2007. The photographers were exiled from their countries, but were able to document the dangers of fascism in Spain with their cameras. The photojournalists, Robert Capa, David Seymour, and Gerda Taro met in Paris in 1936, then traveled to Spain. Throughout the film, we learn the story of the war and the exile of the photojournalists. This is a film about images taken in the past and recovered in our present. It also looks at how a new generation in Spain is beginning to reconcile itself with its own history. La maleta mexicana is about the power and fragility of memory, about the historical ties between Mexico and Spain, and about the search for the truth. Along with other renowned collaborators, John Sayles served as an advisor on this ambitious and thoughtful film, which has screened at festivals including San Sebastián and Morelia International.

 

Texas Premiere

www.themexicansuitcase.com

 

Trisha Ziff is a curator of contemporary photography, filmmaker and Guggenheim scholar. Director of Chevolution, Ziff also produced the documentary Oaxacalifornia, was a co-producer of My Mexican Shiva, and executive producer of 9months 9days. She is currently in development on her next project, Pirate Copy, a documentary about intellectual rights and global pirating. Trisha lives in Mexico City with her son, Julio.

 

Producer: Eamon O'FarrillProduction Companies: 212 BerlinScreenwriter: Trisha ZiffCinematographer: Claudio RochaEditor: Luis LopezSound Design: Yuri Laguna, Amanda Villavieja Music: Michael NymanPrint Source: Kevin Iwashina - Preferred Content, asst@preferredcontent.net

Friday, April 27 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

 

 

Morir de pieDie Standing Up

Jacaranda Correa

Mexico, Biographical Documentary, 201174 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

The son of Mexican communist militants, living with increasing disability, continues to promote socialism and the Cuban Revolution; identifying with the ideologies of Che Guevara and even resembling Che physically, he embraces the cause. Surprisingly, his disability is not the greatest challenge he will face in his life. Handicapped and discriminated against, Irina Layevska defies adversity and faces life with her true self supported on this journey by her lifelong partner, Nelida. A story of courage to live and love that has no gender, and leaves no audience unmoved. Morir de pie won Best Mexican Documentary, Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.morirdepie.com

Jacaranda Correa studied Journalism at UNAM. She also has a degree in Political Sociology from the Université de Sorbonne in Paris. Ms. Correa has been a journalist, hostess and editor-in-chief of the Journalistic Investigation program on Canal 22 since 2001.

Producer: Martha OrozcoProduction Companies: Mediam9, Martfilms, FOPROCINE, with the collaboration of Canal 22Screenwriter: Jacaranda CorreaCinematographer: Dariela LudlowEditor: Rodolfo Santa M. TroncosoSound Design: Bernart FortianaMusic: Taniel MoralesCast: Irina Layevska, Nélida ReyesPrint Source: Iván Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

Friday, April 27 - 6:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

BurrosDonkeys

Odín Salazar Flores

Mexico, Drama/Coming of Age, 201190 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

People tend to forget that donkeys, apart from being stubborn and hard-working, are also characterized by their invaluable ability to carry other people's burdens. Lautaro is a young boy growing up in the inner Guerero State of Mexico during the 40s. After his father is murdered, his mother decides to send him away to live with his aunt, lest the murderers decide to do the same to her son. While Lautaro is sad about being away from his family, he makes an exciting new discovery, as he is introduced for the first time to the world of the spirits. With one foot firmly in the dimension of realism, and the other reaching out to the universe of magic, Burros follows Lautaro in his abrupt coming-of-age journey, as he is forced to carry an inherited responsibility. This award winning film has screened internationally, including receiving commendations for Best Director and Photography from Guadalajara International Film Festival.

US Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

Odín Salazar Flores was born in Mexico City in 1969. He attended Engineering School for five years before he began studying film at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC) at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), where he majored as in film direction in 2000. Since 2001 he worked as 1AD in several films, documentaries and TV series.

Producer: Elsa Reyes GarcíaProduction Companies: IMCINE, Burros FilmsScreenwriter: Odín Salazar FloresCinematographer: Alejandro CantúEditor: Pedro JiménezSound Design: Pablo TamezCast: Abimael Orozco, Leticia Gutierrez, Alfredo HerreraPrint Source: Iván Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

Thursday, April 26 - 4:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz

Scott Petersen

USA, Documentary, 201174 min, MiniDV/8mm/Super16mm, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

Mata Ortiz, a small community located in the Chihuahuan Desert, is an unlikely place for an artistic renaissance. In the 1960s, resident Juan Quezada found some pottery created by the Paquimé Indians while searching for firewood in the mountains. Quezada began to experiment with local clay, pigments and firing techniques. Without any sort of training, he relied on a painstaking trial-and-error method. In 1976, anthropologist Spencer MacCallum found a few of Quezada's pots in a second-hand store in New Mexico. Fascinated by Quezada's skill and unique talent, MacCallum decided to track down the artist. He finally located Quezada in Mata Ortiz and convinced him that his pottery could be sold in the US. What began as a hobby for Quezada has turned into a phenomenon that is recognized worldwide. The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz recently won the Directors' Choice Award for Best Arts Film at the Sedona Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.helpfundmymovie.com

Armed with degrees in film and economics from the University of Michigan, Scott Petersen began his career on the feature film, Zebrahead. Along with working in John Hughes' office, his résumé includes work on Antiques Roadshow, Rescue 911, Unsolved Mysteries, Fox News, BBC, VH1, the Food Network, MGM Home Entertainment and several feature films and commercials. The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz is his third long-form documentary. He lives in Southern California.

Producer: Scott PetersenScreenwriter: Scott PetersenCinematographer: Pete BiagiEditor: Scott PetersenSound Design: Bobby GarzaMusic: Patrick KirstCast: Spencer MacCallum, Juan Quezada, Diego Valles, Nicolas Quezada, Walter ParksPrint Source: Scott Petersen, mataortizmovie@gmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

El pescadorThe Fisherman

Samantha Pineda Sierra

Mexico, Drama, 201111 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

On the Day of the Dead, Leni, an old fisherman, uses photographs to fish his best memories out of the sea. El pescador has enjoyed success in its homeland at prestigious festivals including Guanajuato International Film Festival, and also receiving a Special Mention for Mexican Short Film at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia.

Texas Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

Producer: Edgar San JuanProduction Companies: IMCINEScreenwriter: Samantha Pineda, Davy GiorgiCinematographer: Santiago NavarreteEditor: Mario SandovalSound Design: Pablo Tamez, Alejandro de IcazaMusic: Alejandro de IcazaCast: Rubén Pablos, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Edgar ValadézPrint Source: Iván Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

Thursday, April 26 - 12:30 PM

Saturday, April 28 - 5:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Cápsulas

Toy Soldiers

José Yapur

Mexico/UK, Drama, 201214 min, HD, Black & WhiteEnglish

One by one, perfectly lined toy soldiers are knocked down by a marble in a therapist's office. As a means to express his anger, introverted 11-year-old Michael is told to think of each soldier as a situation that bothers him. Bullied in school and misunderstood at home, he has a few to choose from. And though he used to find refuge in his powerful imagination, the tragedy of innocence is in its inevitable end.

World Premiere

www.toysoldiersfilm.tk

Born in Mexico City, José Yapur went to film school in London and is currently based in Los Angeles. His thesis short film was one of the very few selected to be screened at the prestigious British Film Institute where it stood as one of the highlights of the event. Toy Soldiers is a semi-autobiographical short film that he also produced, wrote and edited.

Producer: Alana O'NeilProduction Companies: Met FilmScreenwriter: José Yapur

Cinematographer: Ryan GeddisEditor: José YapurSound Design: Chris Huang, José YapurMusic: Greg HarwoodCast: Harvey Allen, Conor Short, Shea DavisPrint Source: José Yapur, joseyapur@gmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 3:30 PM

Saturday, April 28 - 10:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Dia de Preto

Los nueve infiernosNine Hells

Abril Schmucler

Mexico, Experimental Documentary, 201125 min, Video, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

A baby's bath in a dirty public space. Angry rebel young people running through the streets. A man crawling in pursuit of divine forgiveness. The brother who cannot buy a small car. The eternal wait of a musician on a long night.... A lover sings, beside him a hobo complains. Millions of people whose eyes will never meet. This city is silence. This documentary was honored in its home country with an Honorary Mention from the Sociedad Mexicana de Autores de Fotografía at DOCSDF.

American Premiere

Abril Schmucler was born in Mexico City in 1982. In 2003 she joined the CCC, where she currently specializes in documentary filmmaking.

Producer: Abril SchmuclerProduction Companies: Centro de Capacitación CinematográficoScreenwriter: Abril SchmuclerCinematographer: José de la Torre, Damián Aguilar, Abril SchmuclerEditor: Alfredo MendozaSound Design: Federico SchmuclerMusic: Federico SchmuclerPrint Source: Boris Miramontes - CCC, boris@elccc.com.mx

Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

En la ciudad (Xoco)In the City (Xoco)

Raúl Sanabria

Mexico, Drama, 201017 min, Video, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Three friends find a film reel. They begin an exciting adventure that will end with an unexpected event. This tribute to the power of film premiered at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia.

US Premiere

Raúl Sanabria Bonilla studied Architecture at the Universidad Centroamericana UCA in El Salvador, graduating in 2003. In 2007 he began work with the CCC. Among his other shorts as director are Alicia (2006) and El Humo (2008).

Producer: Tania Suárez, Atziri Ramírez, Idalia Patricia ZepedaProduction Companies: Centro de Capacitación CinematográficaScreenwriter: Raúl SanabriaCinematographer: María José GlenderEditor: Raúl SanabriaSound Design: Raúl Sanabria Music: Fabian Becerril García, Ricardo Hernández Morales, Fernando David Barrios NavasCast: Alejandro Pizano, Fabiola Delgado, Iván Skinfill, Guadalupe Barragán Chávez, Ermis CruzPrint Source: Boris Miramontes - CCC, boris@elcccc.com.mx

Saturday, April 28 - 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Extraterrestre

Juan y La BorregaJuan and La Borrega

J. Xavier Velasco

Mexico, Crime/Drama, 201111 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Juan works in a uniform store. He has a safe, mundane life without ambition. Until, one day, La Borrega comes along. This film has garnered international attention, including screening as part of Cannes Short Film Corner 2011.

Texas Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

Producer: Edgar San JuanProduction Companies: IMCINEScreenwriter: J. Xavier VelascoCinematographer: Felipe Pérez-BurchardEditor: J. Xavier VelascoSound Design: Federico González, Alejandro de IcazaMusic: Alejandro BonillaCast: Manuel Domínguez, Carlos Aragón, Édgar VivarPrint Source: Iván Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

Friday, April 27 - 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Meu País

Martyris

Luis Felipe Hernández Alanís

Mexico, Drama/Animation/Experimental, 20108 min, 35mm, ColorNo dialogue

In a dismal and decadent world, a little Saint cares for various beings with suicidal impulses. To keep them alive, he holds them captive in an abandoned church. A strange visit suggests the Saint not interfere with the supreme order of things, where the natural law of martyrs takes precedence over kindness and affection. Since its release Martyris has enjoyed national and international attention for its animation and musical composition.

Austin Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

Producer: Jennifer Skarbnik LópezProduction Companies: IMCINEScreenwriter: Luis Felipe Hernández AlanísCinematographer: Luis Felipe Hernández AlanísEditor: Luis Felipe Hernández Alanís, Jennifer Skarbnik LópezSound Design: Alejandro de IcazaMusic: Alejandro de Icaza, Gerardo Celada, KitkaPrint Source: Iván Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

Sunday, April 29 - 1:45 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Baby Shower

Red Casas del Migrante Scalabrini Network of Scalbrini Migrant Houses

Marcela Morán

Guatemala/Mexico, Social Issue Documentary, 2010 14 min, MiniDV, Color/Black & White Spanish with English subtitles

 

Red Casas del Migrante Scalabrini deals with a network of five immigrant shelters in Mexico and Guatemala run by Scalabrini missionaries. Through interviews with immigrants, the film explores the causes of migration, as well as connects their local experiences to larger world issues.

 

World Premiere

www.migrante.com.mx

 

Producer: Alejandra Moran Production Companies: Morán Production Screenwriter: Marcela Morán Cinematographer: Fernando Silva Editor: Marcela Morán Sound Design: Marcela Morán Cast: Ademar Barilli, Luiz Kendzierski, Francisco Pellizzari, Mauro Verzelitti, Abraham Ochoa Rios Print Source: Marcela Morán, moranmarcela@hotmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Mon. April 25 6:00 PM FREE!

 

Much'Tal Jedz "Cuando hablamos, lo hacemos una sola vez" Much'Tal Jedz "When We Speak, We Only Do So Once"

Byrt Wammack Weber

Mexico, Experimental/Drama, 2009 35 min, Super 8 Film/DV, Color/Black & White Yucatec Maya with English subtitles

 

When something begins terrorizing a Mayan village, the people know they must do something to overcome it. Their strategies lead them to a famous archaeologist and eventually, to an unexpected solution. Based on recent and historical events, this film is about the Mayan struggle to maintain their autonomy.

 

Texas Premiere

muchtaljedz.yoochel.org

 

Producer: Colectivo Turix Production Companies: Yoochel Kaaj: Cine Video Cultura Screenwriter: Byrt Wammack Weber, Colectivo Turix Cinematographer: Byrt Wammack Weber Editor: Byrt Wammack Weber Sound Design: Byrt Wammack Weber, Elías Puc Music: Elías Puc Cast: Rodolfo Nahuat, Juan Kuyoc, Francisco May, Ofelio Nahuat, Jaime Magaña Print Source: Ana Rosa Duarte Duarte - Yoochel Kaaj: Cine Video Cultura, dduarte@uady.mx

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterTue. April 26 1:00 PM FREE!

 

La mina de oro Gold Mine

Jacques Bonnavent

Mexico, Drama, 2009 10 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Betina, a woman in her fifties, finds love through the internet. She decides to leave her monotonous, city life and move to the other side of the country to be with her virtual fiancé. Once she arrives she is greeted by a big surprise.

Texas Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

 

Producer: Hilda Soriano, Ana Graciela Ugalde Production Companies: IMCINE, Gran Angular Films Screenwriter: Jacques Bonnavent Cinematographer: Ramón Orozco Stoltenberg Editor: Alexis Rodil Sound Design: Mario Martínez Cobos, Guinduri Arroyo, Mario Martínez Cobos, Víctor Barragán Music: Marc Lejeune Cast: Paloma Woolrich, Alfonso Dosal, Cristina Michaus, Sonia Couoh, Adrián Rubio, Olga Durón, Guillermo Harrsch, Godeleva Pérez Chávez, Luis Rodríguez Leal, Eréndira Pérez Neri, Alondra Alavez Ángeles, Natalia Urquiza, Jaime Katzew Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

Alamo South Lamar - Mon. April 25 7:30 PM

Opens for Des-Autorizados

 

Entre paredes de agua Between Water Walls

Rosa Martha Fernández

Mexico, Experimental/Drama, 2010 30 min, HD, Color No dialogue

 

Flavio belongs to a species of amphibians destined to suffer an evolutionary change that will force them from the security of their habitat in the depths of the ocean. His underwater life vacilates between fear of the change and fascination of the world around him. However, after being seduced by the songs of a group of mermaids, he must balance his love and desire for them with his biological destiny.

 

US Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

 

Producer: Rosa Martha Fernández Production Companies: Mitologías en Producción, Rosa Martha Fernández, IMCINE, Canal 22 Screenwriter: Claudia Lavista, Rosa Martha Fernández Cinematographer: David Torres, Santiago Navarrete Editor: Rosamarta Fernández, Omar Carrum Sound Design: Rogelio Sosa, Ricardo Arzola Music: Rogelio Sosa Cast: Omar Carrum, Johnny Millán, Víctor Manuel Ruiz, Agustín Martínez, Xitlali Piña, Karen de Luna, Claudia Lavista, Eva Audelo, Juan Carlos Vázquez Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterTue. April 26 2:00 PM FREE!

 

Corazón de perro Dog Heart

Ismael Nava Alejos

Mexico, Drama/Comedy, 2009 11 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Silvano is a 30 year-old alcoholic, Taibele is a young prostitute. One day they discover life is full of color and their paths merge. Nonetheless, ambition, a weapon, and the opportunity for a big break prove to be a deadly combination.

 

Regional Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

 

Producer: Blanca Aguirre, Janeth Aguirre Elizondo Production Companies: CONARTE, IMCINE Screenwriter: Simón Sepúlveda Torres Cinematographer: Germán de Santiago Puy Editor: Ismael Nava Alejos Sound Design: Emmanuel Castillo, Bernardo Ortiz, Miguel Molina Music: Jorge Zertuche, Gustavo Bolaños, Juan Chávez Cast: Elizabeth Cervantes, Miguel René Moreno, Antonio Craviotto Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

Alamo South Lamar - Mon. April 25 4:00 PM

Opens for Por tu culpa

 

Si seguimos vivos If We Stay Alive

Juliana Fanjul Espinoza

Mexico/Cuba, Documentary, 2010 23 min, HD, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Si seguimos vimos offers a brief look at the life of an elderly group that lives in a shelter. Their bodies, their voices, their time, their rituals, and their obsessions all make the viewer question their sanity, their quality of life and whether it can be considered a life being lived.

 

North American Premiere

www.eictv.org

 

Producer: Miguel Iván González, Carmen Méndez Production Companies: EICTV Screenwriter: Juliana Fanjul Espinoza Cinematographer: César Zayas Editor: Fernanda Pires Gurdel Sound Design: Denis Godoy Print Source Contact: Jorge Rey - EICTV, promocioninternacional@eictv.org.cu

 

 

Lupano Leyva

Felipe Gómez

Mexico, Surrealist Drama, 2009 14 min, 35mm, Black & White Spanish with English subtitles

 

Lupano Leyva, a federal soldier, is injured in one of the battles of the Mexican Revolution. After Death imprisons him, he is forced to confront his inevitable demise.

 

Regional Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

 

Producer: Claudia Valdez Production Companies: IMCINE Screenwriter: Felipe Gómez, Alejandro Valle Cinematographer: Javier Morón Editor: Felipe Gómez Sound Design: Isabel Muñoz Cota, Pablo Fernández, Miguel Molina Music: Alfonso Figueroa Cast: Roberto Sosa, Gerardo Taracena, Ángeles Cruz, Mario Zaragoza, Rubén Cristani, Alejandro Felipe, Horacio García Rojas Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

 

Luna Moon

Raúl Cárdenas, Rafael Cárdenas

Mexico, Animation, 2010 8 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

In a busy city full of motorized beings controlled by time, a little girl named Zoe will discover a beautiful moon in the middle of the chaos.

 

Texas Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

 

Producer: Raúl Cárdenas, Rafael Cárdenas Production Companies: IMCINE Screenwriter: Raúl Cárdenas, Rafael Cárdenas Cinematographer: Raúl Cárdenas, Rafael Cárdenas Editor: Raúl Cárdenas, Rafael Cárdenas Sound Design: Daniel Hidalgo, Jerónimo Gorráez, Adolfo Hernández, Víctor Barragán, Eduardo Gaytán Music: Daniel Hidalgo, Tomás Barreiro Cast: Raúl Cárdenas, Rafael Cárdenas, Mauricio Solís, Maribel Valdés Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

Alamo South Lamar - Fri. April 22 7:30 PM

Opens for Habana Eva

 

Vanilla: The Sacred Orchid

Curtis Craven

Mexico/USA, Docmentary, 2010 27 min, BetaSP, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Vanilla is a New World spice originating from the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Two different groups of people are involved in its production: the indigenous people who have been growing it on small farms for centuries, and descendants of Italian immigrants who have been processing and selling the bean since the mid-1800s. Vanilla: The Sacred Orchid examines the relationship these two cultures have with the plant during its yearly cycle, from the hand-pollination of the flowers, to the harvesting and subsequent drying of the bean.

 

World Premiere

www.curtiscraven.com

Producer: Curtis Craven Production Companies: Hecho a Mano Productions Screenwriter: Curtis Craven Cinematographer: Curtis Craven Editor: Curtis Craven Sound Design: Curtis Craven Music: Voladores de Papantla, Curt Voelkel Cast: Patricia Vonne, Cristina Lopez, Daniel Eduardo Hurst Print Source: Curtis Craven - Hecho a Mano Productions, ccraven322@yahoo.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 8:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Kidnappeando

Norbi Zylberberg

Mexico/USA, Comedy, 2010 13 min, HD, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Kidnappeando is an independent short film that embraces, in a sarcastic and comedic way, the streetwise attitude of a young guy in pursuit of a long-delayed dream.

 

World Premiere

www.kidnappeando.com

 

Producer: Ornella Jaramillo Production Companies: Lost In Traducción Screenwriter: Norbi Zylberberg Cinematographer: Robert Smith Editor: Alex Neuman Sound Design: Pablo Solorzano Music: Gustavo Farias Cast: Francisco "Paco" Hernandez, Linda J. Carter, Nancy Lantis, Mark Hickman Print Source: Norbi Zylberberg, norbigeorge@gmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 8:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Tin Tan

Francesco Taboada Tabone

Mexico, Biographical Documentary, 2010 90 min, HDV, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Germán Cipriano Gómez Valdés Castillo, better known as his famous character "Tin Tan," gained the attention of an entire continent through his "pachuco" style, use of Spanglish, and rapid, comedic improvisation. His talent as an actor, singer, dancer and comedian also helped establish the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. Through interviews with his family and members of the film industry who knew and worked with him, the story of Tin Tan is told as it never has been before.

 

Texas Premiere

www.germanvaldestintan.com

 

A graduate of the UNAM in Mexico, Francesco Taboada has directed numerous award-winning films, including Los últimos Zapatistas, Pancho Villa, La Revolución no ha terminado, and 13 pueblos en defensa del agua el aire y la tierra.

 

 

Producer: Rosalía Valdés Julián, Francesco Taboada Tabone, Mónica Cervera Production Companies: IMCINE Screenwriter: Aldo Jiménez Tabone Cinematographer: Francesco Taboada Tabone Editor: Aldo Jiménez Tabone, Francesco Taboada Tabone Sound Design: Fernanda Robinson, Atahualpa Caldera Music: Dámaso Pérez Prado, Germán Valdés Tin Tan, Don Tos Cast: Jorge Zamora "Zamorita," Yolanda Montez "Tongolele," Manuel "Loco" Valdés, Silvia Pinal, Gaspar Henaine "Capulina," Fannie Kaufman "Vitola," Rosita Fornés, Ana Luisa Peluffo, Carlos Monsivais, and many more Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

Alamo South Lamar - Tue. April 26 3:30 PM Buy Tickets

 

 

En los pasos de Abraham In the Footsteps of Abraham

Daniel Goldberg Lerner

Mexico, Documentary, 2009 90 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Co-sponsored by Austin Jewish Film Festival

In the Footsteps of Abraham narrates the spiritual journey of three men from Veracruz, Mexico, and the obstacles and sacrifices they must overcome in their quest to convert to Judaism and reach the Holy Land.

 

Austin Premiere

www.goldberglerner.com

 

Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniel Goldberg is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television. A director and producer of various documentary films, Daniel also heads Goldberg Lerner Productions.

 

 

Producer: Daniel Goldberg Lerner Production Companies: Goldberg Lerner, FOPROCINE, IMCINE Screenwriter: Steve Littman Cinematographer: Nejemye Tenenbaum Editor: Barry Stricke, Abraham Lifshitz Sound Design: Antonino Isordia, Abraham Lifshitz Music: Peter Himmelman, Lior Kaminetsky, Mario Osuna, Alfredo Sánchez Cast: Praxcedes Carmona, Yehuda Pérez, Yehoshua Rangel, José Alberto Velázquez Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

Alamo South Lamar - Wed. April 27 3:30 PM Buy Tickets

 

Blattángelus Blatangelus

Araceli Santana Lancón

Mexico, Documentary, 2010 70 min, HD, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Co-sponsored by the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

As a member of a traditional Catholic family, Jorge Sosa had always been immersed in schools, activities and unions, in which his homosexuality generated an unbearable ideological conflict. This ended when he decided to completely move away from the precepts and practices of his religion. Then, years later, after receiving the counsel of a priest, he reconciled himself with his identity and now leads a church whose main mission is to promote this same reconciliation of faith and sexuality for others, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Sosa's mission involves teaching about a god who promotes in his followers responsibility and full awareness of their freedom.

 

US Premiere

www.rofilms.com.mx

 

Araceli Santana Lancón, born in Mexico City in 1976, has worked as a literary and screenwriting professor at the Universidad de las Américas and the Centro de Escritores Juan José Arreola de Casa Lamm respectively. She is currently working on her first novel and initial research for her next documentary.

 

 

 

 

Producer: Roberto Canales Production Companies: RO Films, FOPROCINE Screenwriter: Araceli Santana Lancón Cinematographer: Pepe Guevara Editor: Roberto Canales Sound Design: Manuel Montaño Music: Gustavo Reyes, Jethro Carbonell Cast: Jorge Sosa, Juan Álvarez, Mauro Zamora Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 6:30 PM FREE!

 

Arroz con leche: K Ool Utial K Kuxtal Rice Pudding: K Ool Utial K Kuxtal

Byrt Wammack Weber, Ana Rosa Duarte

Mexico, Experimental Documentary, 2009 50 min, SVHS/DV/Super8, Color/Black & White Yucatec Maya, Spanish with English subtitles

 

When faced with homogenizing forces that would have her distance herself from her past and people, a Mayan woman is incited to explore her identity and how it relates to her culture. A ten-year collaboration between five Mayan women and their families, Arroz con leche shows the diversity of being a Maya woman at the turn of the twenty-first century.

 

North American Premiere

arrozconleche.yoochel.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Byrt Wammack Weber works in film and other media to deal with questions of contemporary cultural identity, post-colonialism, autonomy, migration, and memory. Founder of several community-based and collaborative art initiatives in Mexico, his various works have been exhibited throughout the world. Ana Rosa Duarte was born in Chocholá Yucatan, a Mayan community. She has a doctorate in Social Anthropology, and is a founding member Yoochel Kaaj, which works to promote audiovisual expression through the use of technology and audiovisual media.

Producer: Ana Rosa Duarte Duarte Production Companies: Yoochel Kaaj: Cine Video Cultura Screenwriter: Byrt Wammack Weber Cinematographer: Byrt Wammack Weber Editor: Byrt Wammack Weber Sound Design: Byrt Wammack Weber Music: Juan Palacios Cast: Ana Rosa Duarte, Carmita Tamayo Pool, Sidenilda Puuc, Juana Itzá, Lucía Cocom Print Source: Ana Rosa Duarte Duarte - Yoochel Kaaj: Cine Video Cultura, dduarte@uady.mx

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 4:00 PM FREE!

 

New Children / New York Compilation

The film New Children/New York, in Cine Las Americas' Feature Documentaries in Competition this year, documents the process by which three Latino Youths from inner-city New York learn to pick up the camera and tell their own stories in their own ways through that medium. We are proud to present this compilation of New Children/New York youth films, representing many of the youth who participated in the workshops, beyond the three profiled in the documentary.

Desconocido Stranger Fausto el Piro 11 min, Ecuador, 2010

Fight Fight Fight! New Children/New York Youth Group 7 min, USA/Ecuador/Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic/Mexico, 2010

G-Boys Bryan Lopez 8 min, Puerto Rico, 2010

iTofu Desiree Camacho 6 min, Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic, 2010

Mojados Miriam Patricia Torres 6 min, Ecuador, 2010

My Life Kelvin Lara 6 min, Dominican Republic, 2010

Sad Churro Family Joshua Carrero 7 min, Puerto Rico/Aruba/USA, 2010

Toronjil con 12 esencias Toronjil with 12 Essences Miriam Patricia Torres 15 min, Ecuador, 2010

Un Ecuatoriano en Nueva York An Ecuadoran in New York Fausto El Piro 5 min, Ecuador, 2010

Wrong Way Michael Vasquez 8 min, Colombia, 2010

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 2:30 PM

FREE!

 

New Children / New York

Gisela Sanders Alcántara

USA/Chile/Guatemala/Mexico/Puerto Rico, Documentary, 2010 63 min, MiniDV, Color English, Spanish with Spanish and English subtitles

 

New Children/New York is an intimate portrait of the struggles and perseverance of young immigrants coming of age in inner-city New York. Set in a community workshop in Bushwick, a low-income neighborhood of Brooklyn with many Latino immigrants, the documentary follows three young people who are studying filmmaking. Their gripping, self-exploratory films, excerpted throughout the documentary, reveal the confidential perceptions of these youth who dramatically straddle the opposing cultures of the U.S. and their homelands. They confront accounts of lost tradition, family separation, death and destitution, and ultimately are galvanized to explore their histories to understand who they are, where they come from and where they're going.

 

Regional Premiere

www.newchildren-newyork.com, www.ojo-de-agua.org

 

A graduate of The City College of New York and the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico, the past work of Gisela Sanders Alcántara includes the dance film series Parallelos and Al borde del cuerpo. Currently she works at CUNY TV and teaches video production with the La Union community organization.

 

Producer: Lauren Mucciolo Production Companies: Ojo de Agua Arte y Producción Screenwriter: Lauren Mucciolo Cinematographer: Dan Akiba Editor: Andrea Chignoli Sound Design: Giacomo Buonafina Music: Maya Martinez, Yarimir Caban Cast: Desiree Camacho, Fausto El Piro, Miriam Patricia Torres, Lauren Mucciolo, Gisela Sanders Alcántara Print Source: Lauren Mucciolo, newchildrennewyork@gmail.com

 

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 1:00 PMFREE!

 

María en tierra de nadie Maria in Nobody's Land

Marcela Zamora Chamorro

El Salvador/Guatemala/Mexico, Human Rights Documentary, 2010 86 min, MiniDV, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

This documentary shows the parallel immigration stories of three Salvadoran women on a journey through Mexico. Doña Inés, a 60 year-old woman, is searching for her daughter who went missing shortly after she decided to immigrate to the US five years ago. Marta and Sandra, tired of the domestic violence they endured at home and hoping to overcome their impoverished lives, decide to make the trip through Mexico with only thirty dollars in their pockets. These women, Doña Inés' daughter, and countless other immigrant women face prostitution, human trafficking, rape, kidnap, and even death on a journey not often brought up in immigration debates.

 

North American Premiere

Marcela Zamora studied journalism in Costa Rica and went on to study film at the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). María en tierra de nadie is her first feature documentary.

 

Producer: Marcela Zamora, Oscar Martinez, Edu Ponces Production Companies: Elfaro.net, Ruido Photo, Idheas Screenwriter: Marcela Zamora Cinematographer: Keren Shayo Editor: Leopoldo Nakata Sound Design: Gina Villafañe Music: Sigried Masías, Leticia Servín Print Source: Marcela Zamora, zamora_marcela@hotmail.com

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterMon. April 25 6:00 PM

FREE!

 

Jean Gentil

Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas

Dominican Republic/Mexico/Germany, Drama, 2010 84 min, 35mm, Color Spanish/Haitian Creole with English subtitles

 

Jean, a middle-aged Haitian professor, is always on the move looking for work. Although a job on a building site is a possible option for the unemployed Haitian, Jean is looking for something more suited to the intellectual he considers himself to be. Feeling more and more unfulfilled with his prospects, he finds himself on an increasingly desperate journey to find his place in the world, or even a reason to live. He disappears into the interior of the island as both a lost soul and soul lost amongst his surroundings.

 

Texas Premiere

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Laura Amelia Guzmán, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1980, is a graduate of Altos de Chavón/The School of Design and EICTV. She and husband, Israel Cárdenas Ramírez, born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1980, also co-directed the award-winning Cochochi.

 

Producer: Pablo Cruz, Barbel Mauch, Israel Cardenas, Laura A. Guzman Production Companies: Aurora Dominicana, Canana Films, Bärbel Mauch Film Screenwriter: Laura A. Guzman, Israel Cardenas, Alejandro Andujar Cinematographer: Israel Cardenas, Laura A. Guzman Editor: Israel Cardenas Sound Design: Alejandro de Icaza, Ruben Valdez Cast: Jean Remy Genty, Yanmarco King Encarnacion, Henri Presumé, Nadal Walcott, Lys Ambroise Print Source: Liz Miller - Premier PR, liz.miller@premierpr.com

 

 

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A tiro de piedra A Stone's Throw Away

Sebastián Hiriart

Mexico, Drama, 2010 118 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Jacinto Medina is 21 years old and lives a simple, boring life as a shepherd in northern Mexico. He experiences visions, potentially of things to come, or an alternate life. When he finds a key with an engraved address in Oregon, USA, he is certain it is a sign and decides to leave. Driven by the urge to seek the meaning of his strange visions, he sets out on a journey to cross the US-Mexico border.

 

Regional Premiere

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Sebastián Hiriart started his film career as a child-actor. He has worked as a director, actor, photographer, and camera operator on various films and TV shows. In 2001 he attended a film workshop at New York Film Academy. A tiro de piedra is his first feature film.

 

 

Producer: Sebastián Hiriart Production Companies: Galopando Films Screenwriter: Gabino Rodríguez, Sebastián Hiriart Cinematographer: Sebastián Hiriart Editor: Pedro Gómez García Sound Design: Matias Barbieris, Gustavo Bellon Music: Emiliano Motta, Emiliano Gonzalez de Leon Cast: Jacinto Medina, Gabino Rodríguez Print Source: Ondamax Films, info@ondamax.com

 

 

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Verano de Goliat Summer of Goliath

Nicolás Pereda

Mexico/Canada/Netherlands, Drama/Documentary/Fiction Hybrid, 2010 76 min, HD, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Upon the sudden departure of her husband, Teresa embarks on a mission to find out what happened. Instead of finding answers, her mission uncovers the feelings and desires of a whole town, a town where its people have grown up with bitterness towards others. Family members desert each other, soldiers intimidate residents, stories of mysterious deaths are frequent, and the sense of abandonment hidden in everyone is constantly present. Blending fiction and documentary, Verano de Goliat depicts the feelings of the town's residents by showing moments from their daily lives.

 

Texas Premiere

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Nicolás Pereda was born in 1982 in Mexico City. Working with many of the same actors for most of his films, his projects have been shown in festivals such as Venice, Rotterdam, Toronto, Oberhausen, San Sebastian and others. Verano de Goliat is his fifth feature length film.

 

Producer: Andres Castaneda Screenwriter: Nicolás Pereda Cinematographer: Alejandro Coronado Editor: Nicolás Pereda Sound Design: Mauricio Villalba Cast: Teresa Sánchez, Gabino Rodríguez, Juana Rodríguez, Harold Torres, Oscar Saavedra Miranda Print Source Contact: Cristina Garza - FiGa Films, cristina@figafilms.com

 

 

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Seguir siendo: Café Tacvba Being: Café Tacvba

Ernesto Contreras, José Manuel Craviotto

Mexico, Music Documentary, 2010 80 min, 35mm, Color/Black & White Spanish with English subtitles

Join Café Tacvba as they travel throughout the world on planes and buses, pass time in hotels and dressing rooms, and work through the creative process. This documentary offers a revelatory and intimate glimpse into the friendship and frustrations of the most important band in Mexico. Go behind-the-scenes with the individuals who compose the band, as well as create their on-stage presence, as they celebrate their 20th anniversary of being Café Tacvba.

 

US Premiere

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Ernesto Contreras, a graduate of the CUEC-UNAM in Mexico, is director of Párpados azules, which was nominated for the Camera D'Or award in the 60th Cannes Film Festival, and won numerous awards at other festivals.

 

 

 

 

José Manuel Craviotto, also a graduate of the CUEC-UNAM, is an award-winning short film director, and recently released his first feature, Los últimos heroes de la península.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Luis Albores, Ernesto Contreras, José Manuel Craviotto, Juan De Dios Balbi Production Companies: FOPROCINE, Agencia SHA, Entertainmex, Café Tacvba Cinematographer: Tonatiuh Martínez Editor: Ernesto Contreras, J.M. Cravioto, Pedro Jiménez, Gabriel Mariño Sound Design: Enrique Ojeda, Gerardo Trigueros Music: Café Tacvba Cast: Rubén Albarrán, Emmanuel del Real, Quique Rangel, Joselo Rangel Print Source: Agencia SHA, info@agenciasha.com

 

 

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Bala mordida Bitten Bullet

Diego Muñoz Vega

Mexico, Crime/Drama, 2009 112 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Mauro Hernández, a young policeman, becomes involved in a coke deal, and when problems arise, gives his gun away to cover the deal. Things get out of control when the media gets involved. A scandal over the bad quality of police body armor turns into an investigation of misappropriation of police funds, and Mauro is labeled as a victim of administrative corruption. Using the power that his uniform gives him and the sympathy of the media, Mauro starts to blackmail anyone who crosses his way. Mauro and his commander become involved in a dirty war inside the police force, a struggle filled with espionage, murders, and betrayal.

 

Regional Premiere

Since graduating from the CCC in Mexico, Diego Muñoz Vega has built a career in the Mexican industry in short films, documentaries, commercials and video clips. Bala mordida is his first feature film, and he's currently in post-production on the film Mordidas.

 

Producer: Rafael Cuervo, Diego Muñoz Vega, Pedro Sherer Production Companies: Tosco Films, FOPROCINE, IMCINE, Goliat Films, Renta Imagen Screenwriter: Diego Muñoz Vega Cinematographer: Carlos Hidalgo Editor: Felipe Gomez Sound Design: Isabel Muñoz Cota Music: Pablo Valero, Yamil Rezo Cast: Damián Alcázar, Miguel Rodarte, Roberto Sosa, Flor Payán, Octavio Castro, Dagoberto Gama Print Source: Paul Hudson - Outsider Pictures, info@outsiderpictures.us

 

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The near future. The world is divided by closed borders but connected by a digital network that ties together people around the world. Memo Cruz lives in an isolated farming community in Mexico, the kind of place that seems frozen in time—except for the hi-tech, militarized dam that was built by a corporation, and now controls the town’s water supply. Memo dreams of leaving his small pueblo and finding work in the hi-tech factories in the big cities in the north. On his journey north, he meets Luz, an aspiring journalist who dreams of writing a story that might one day change the world. Unwittingly their fates are manipulated by a chain of events emanating from the highest levels of technological advances.