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Digna Guerra A film by  Marcel Beltrán

Cuba, Biographical Documentary/Music, 201357 min, 35mm/16mm/HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Wednesday, April 23rd 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Beneath the Blindfold A film by Ines Sommer, Kathy Berger

USA, Human Rights/Social Issue Documentary, 201255 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English, Spanish subtitles

Wednesday, April 23rd 8:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Beautiful Sin A film by Gabriela Quirós

Costa Rica/USA, Human Rights/Social Issue Documentary, 201355 min, DVCAM, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26th 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Amancio Williams A film by Gerardo Panero

Argentina, Biographical Documentary/Artist, 201377 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24th 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

We Women Warriors A film by Nicole Karsin

USA, Human Rights/Social Issue Documentary, 201283 min, DVCAM, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24th 6:30PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Reinas / Majesty A film by Ana Endara Mislov

Panama, Satire/Culture/Social Issue Documentary, 201365 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Wednesday, April 23rd 6:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

O Mestre e o Divino / Master and Divino A film by Tiago Campos

Brazil, Documentary, 201385 min, HDV, ColorGerman, Portuguese, Xavante with English subtitles

Friday, April 25th 6:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Roque Dalton, ¡fusilemos la noche! / Roque Dalton, Let's Shoot the Night! A film by Tina Leisch

Austria/El Salvador/Cuba, Biography/Human Rights Documentary/Poetry, 201387 min, DVCPro, ColorSpanish, French, English with English subtitles

Friday, April 25th 2:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

El gran circo pobre de Timoteo / Timoteo's Fabulous Ragged Circus A film by Lorena Giachino

Chile/Argentina, Documentary, 201375 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26th 6:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

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

Sigo siendo (Kachkaniraqmi) / I’m Still A film by Javier Corcuera

Peru/Spain, Music Documentary, 2013120 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Friday, April 25th 8:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

The Visit A film by Fany de la Chica

Spain/UK, Observational Documentary, 201352 min, HD, ColorKhmer with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24th 8:45PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

El cañaveral / The Sugarcane A film by Samuel Lopez

Canada/El Salvador, Human Rights/Social Issue Documentary, 201358 min, MiniDV/Super 8mm, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish, English with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 6PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

Adelante / Forward A film by Noam Osband

USA, Community/Social Issue Documentary, 201259 min, DVCAM, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26 - 3PM

St. Edward's

Free Screening

Dioses y reyes / Gods and Kings A film by Robin Blotnick

USA, Culture/Spiritual Documentary, 201287 min, MiniDV, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish, English, Mayan with Spanish, English subtitles

Wednesday, April 23 - 8PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

3 Horas para Amar / 3 Hours to Love A film by Patrícia Nogueira

Portugal, Social Issue Documentary, 201354 min, Digital, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 2PM

Mexican American Cultual Center

Free Screening

Into America - The Ancestors' Land A film by Nadine Zacharias

Germany/USA, Educational/Social Issue Documentary, 201287 min, HDV, ColorEnglish, Navajo with English subtitles

Wednesday, April 23 - 6PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

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

Sea de luz / Let There Be Light A film by Anna Wilking

Ecuador, Personal Narrative/Social Issue Documentary, 201352 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26 - 12PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

Luz, Anima, Ação / Between Frames - The Art of Brazilian Animation A film by Eduardo Calvet

Brazil, History/Art Documentary, 201399 min, FullHD, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 8PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

Diplomacia secreta / Secret Diplomacy A film by Tomi Brotherus

Chile/Finland/Germany, Historical/Biographical Documentary, 201369 min HD, Color/Black & WhiteFinnish, German, Spanish, Swedish with English subtitles

Friday, April 25 - 4PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Salty Dog Blues A film by Al Santana, Denise Belén Santiago

USA, Civil Rights/Documentary, 201352 min, Mini DV/DVCam, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

Saturday 4/26/2014 at 1:30 pm

at St. Edwards University

Free Screening

  The REDress REdress Project

Tina Keeper

Canada, Social Activism/Artist Documentary, 201216 min, HD, ColorEnglish

 

In Manitoba, over the past 2 decades, 75 Aboriginal women have gone missing or have been murdered. This documentary contrasts the concepts implicit in the targeted violence towards Aboriginal women - that they are faceless/voiceless/lifeless - against the courage and tenacity of Aboriginal women who raise their voices against violence and systemic failings, as mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties and warriors. The film also profiles the art installation "The REDress Project," by Metis artist Jaime Black, which was an aesthetic response to the 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, with the aim of drawing attention to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Aboriginal women.

 

Regional Premierewww.buffalogalpictures.com 

Print Source: Tina Keeper, tina@kistikanpictures.com

  

 

   
  The Chile Film (La Sangre Rojo y Verde de Nuevo Mexico)

Kelly Brinn Urig

USA, Culture/Food Documentary, 201226 min, HDCAM/DVCPro, ColorEnglish

 

THE CHILE FILM examines the history of chile and how it came to New Mexico. This short film provides an overview of the different varieties, the health benefits of chile, perspectives on chile cultivation, and the economic impact that chile has on New Mexico.

 

World Premierewww.thechilefilm.com 

Print Source: Kelly Brinn Urig, thechilefilm@gmail.com

 

 

 

   
  Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum

Cathleen O'Connell

USA, Music Documentary, 201227 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

 

When you hear the phrase "Native American music" you may not think of tubas, trumpets and Sousa marches. Yet this rich musical tradition has been a part of Native American culture for over one hundred years. The documentary profiles two contemporary Indian community bands: the Fort Mojave Tribal Band, from Needles, California and the Iroquois Indian Band from upstate New York. The documentary traces the origins of these groups to their respective foundings over a century ago and uncovers a secret history of the 20th century, when "all Indian bands" toured the US and abroad.

 

Regional Film Festival Premierewww.sousaontherez.com

Print Source: Georgiana Lee - Vision Maker Media, georgiana.lee@unl.edu

 

 

 

   
  ¡Adiós Padresitos!

Javier Macipe

Spain/Ecuador, Documentary, 201329 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

A group of priests receives a mysterious letter from the Vatican. In this letter, they are told to leave their home as soon as possible. Their Pope then appoints a new order in their place. One of the priests does not like what is happening and refuses to passively accept it. He decides to start an indefinite hunger strike, camping in a park in Quito.

 

World Premierewww.promofest.org/films/adios-padresitos 

Print Source: Franc Planas - PROMOFEST, info@promofest.org

  

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

   
  Rodri

Franco Lolli

Colombia/France, Drama, 201224 min, VHS/RED/35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

Rodrigo hasn't worked in eight years. Soon, he'll be forty-seven.

 

North American Premierewww.lesfilmsduworso.com 

Print Source: Christophe Barral - Les Films du Worso, cbarral@worso.com

 

 

 

   
  Porno Star

Yashim Bahamonde, Nelson Mendoza

Peru/Saint Lucia, Urban Drama, 201120 min, RED, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

Luca is a jobless guy forced to earn money fast when he is faced with the threat of being evicted from his house.

 

North American Premierewww.quechuafilms.com 

Print Source: Sergio García Locatelli - Quechua Films, sales@quechuafilms.com

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

   
  Una historia para los ModlinA Story for the Modlins

Sergio Oksman

Spain, Biographical/Found Object Documentary, 201226 min, HD, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish

 

After appearing in the film ROSEMARY'S BABY, by Roman Polanski, Elmer Modlin ran away with his wife Margaret and his son Nelson to a distant land. They shut themselves inside a dark apartment, where Margaret devoted herself to painting the coming Apocalypse, using Nelson and Elmer as models. Thirty years later, hundreds of the family's intimate photographs and documents appeared on the sidewalk like a jigsaw puzzle, waiting for someone to come along and piece together A STORY FOR THE MODLINS.

 

Texas Premierewww.astoryforthemodlins.com , www.madridencorto.es/2012/a-story-for-the-modlins 

Print Source: Madrid en Corto, mail@madridencorto.es

 

 

 

 

   
  The Unique Ladies

Gloria Morán

USA, Documentary, 201328 min, HD, ColorEnglish

 

After having been denied club membership on the basis of gender, Sherry and Pat founded and maintain San Diego's first all-women's lowrider car club. The competition is fierce, and the ladies hold their own. Although their club is only a few members strong in a field dominated by men, they cruise through a full season, and take home a trophy at the end of the show.

 

Regional Premierewww.theuniqueladies.com 

Print Source: Gloria Morán, conejofilms@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

   
  The Language of Love

Marie Clements

Canada, Testimonial Documentary, 201211 min, DVD, ColorEnglish

 

In this deeply moving and raw performance, artist and activist Stephen Lytton poetically recounts the 13 years he endured in one of Canada's residential schools. Through a life of challenges - including physical disability - Lytton's story embodies the strength and perseverance of residential school survivors.

 

Regional Premierewww.froggirlfilms.com 

Print Source: Michelle St. John - Frog Girl Films, michelle@froggirlfilms.com

 

 

 

 

   
Saya: Dance and Survival in an Afro-Bolivian Village

Saya: Dance and Survival in an Afro-Bolivian Village

Bolivia, Music/Human Rights Documentary, 201221 min, HDV, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish with English subtitles

 

This documentary reveals how the elders and ancestors of the people of a small Bolivian community worked under a form of slavery that persisted until the 1950s. Community members still perform dances rooted in their African cultural heritage. The dance troupe performs in the plaza of a nearby tourist town before an audience of local indigenous people, rich weekenders from the Bolivian capital, and international tourists. The film highlights the dilemmas of cultural survival and emergence for an endangered subculture in an era of globalization.

 

World Premierewww.landlockedfilms.com

Print Source: Beret E. Strong - Landlocked Films, beret@landlockedfilms.com

 

 

 

  PichanguerosKickabouters

Alejandro Hernandez

Chile, Sports Documentary/Social Issue, 201229 min, HDCAM, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

John, an amateur soccer player, is competing with his teammates for a very important tournament. We follow him, and get a look into the neighborhood kickabouts, a team with dreams of making it into Lo Espinoza Football Club.

 

International Premierewww.pichangueros.cl 

Print Source: Iván Nakouz, ivan@luminaria.in

 

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

 

   
  Lord of Miracles

Christopher Newman, Patricia Alvarez Astacio

Peru, Social Issue Documentary, 20129 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

LORD OF MIRACLES is an observational portrait of the annual procession of El Señor de los Milagros in Lima, Peru.

 

Regional Premierewww.pacificlineproductions.com/lordofmiracles 

Print Source: Chris Newman - Pacific Line Productions, newmanfilm@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

   
  Filme para Poeta CegoFilm for a Blind Poet

Gustavo Vinagre

Brazil/Cuba, Biographical Documentary, 201226 min, Digital, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

 

Glauco Mattoso, a blind sadomasochistic poet, agrees to participate in a documentary about his own life, but the conditions he imposes raise difficulties for the inexperienced director.

 

North American Premierewww.pretaportefilmes.com.br/en 

Print Source: Juliana Vicente - Preta Portê Filmes, juliana@pretaportefilmes.com.br

  

 

 

   
  Clases de baileDance Classes

Katarzyna Michalak

Cuba/Poland, Documentary, 201112 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

In a small Cuban town, two dance groups tell us their dreams of fame through their movements and rhythms. Ballet and Latin Dance: two styles of dance, two ways of being, and one common passion. The conditions in which they learn, and the effort behind their beauty reveal the intensity of their commitment to dance.

 

North American Premierewww.eictv.org

Print Source: Promoción Internacional - EICTV, promocioninternacional@eictv.co.cu

 

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

   
  Buenos días resistencia Good Morning Resistance

Adrián Orr

Spain, Family Documentary, 201320 min, DCP, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

David wakes his three children, even though it is still dark. They begin the day with one objective: get to school on time. This documentary has screened in every corner of the world, from BACIFI to the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the International Festival of Shorts in Istanbul.

 

Texas Premierewww.madridencorto.es/2013/buenos-dias-resistencia 

Print Source: Ismael Martín- Madrid en corto, mail@madridencorto.es

Thursday, April 24th 6:30PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  Buffalo Calling

Tasha Hubbard

Canada, History/Experimental Animation, 201312 min, HD, ColorNo dialogue

 

Buffalo Calling follows the journey of four buffalo calves, orphaned by the horrific buffalo slaughter in the northern plains grasslands. The buffalo calves and their descendants are brought over the Rocky Mountains in the 1870s to a temporary refuge in the plateau region of the Rockies, assisted by the Salish and Kootenai tribe. After the Dawes Act of 1905, they lose their refugee status and are herded into early 20th century railway cars, to be shipped to the northern parklands of Alberta. But the land in which the calves were born and the spirit of the buffalo continue to call for their return. And after 100 years, the buffalo finally come back to the land of their ancestors. BUFFALO CALLING screened as part of imagineNATIVE in 2013.

 

International Premiere

Print Source: Tasha Hubbard, tasha.alaine@gmail.com

Friday, April 25th 6:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  Derby & Groma

Kara Blake

Canada, Biographical Documentary/Artist, 201317 min, Super 16mm, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish with English subtitles

 

While taking a stroll in Buenos Aires, photo collector Pablo Cruz Aguirre came across an unusual gift.  Blowing down the street was a collection of letters, postcards and photos depicting a performing duo named Derby and Groma. Desolina Merlino, alias Derby, was born 1891 of Italian descent. Samuel Salomón Gromatzky, alias Groma, was the son of Jewish immigrants in Argentina, born in 1895.  The two performed acrobatic dance routines in theaters throughout Europe and Latin America in the late 1920’s.  With the assistance of historians and collectors, the film paints a picture of Argentina’s cultural life in the early 20th century, a world from which few traces still exist. After premiering at Hot Docs in 2013, the film has continued to gain recognition at festivals like DOC NYC and the International Festival of Films on Art.

 

Regional Premierewww.philtrefilms.com/films/derby-and-groma 

Print Source: Philtre Films,  philtrefilms@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 23rd 6:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  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

Free Screening

 

 

 
  Ghosts on the Mountain

Jared Jakins, Carly Jakins

USA, Social Issue Documentary, 201326 min, HDV, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

GHOSTS ON THE MOUNTAIN examines the isolated lifestyle of H2A guest workers in the American West. The film's subjects leave their families and native lands to work in the United States on H2A work visas, or no visas at all. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, these workers find themselves in solitude and loneliness. This isolation is heightened by language barriers and the remoteness of these sheep pasture lands.

 

World Premierewww.ghostsonthemountain.com

Print Source: Kelyn Ikegami, kelyn.ikegami@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24th 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  Godka Cirka A Hole in the Sky

Àlex Lora, Antonio Tibaldi

Spain/USA, Youth/Human Rights/Documentary, 201410 min, DVCPro, ColorSomalian with English subtitles

 

Beerato: a small, little-known area with wide open expanses in wind swept Somaliland. Young Alifa looks up at the Somali sky. She thinks about her daily life as a shepherdess. She knows that the day that will change her life forever is about to come. GODKA CIRCA has had the privilege to be a part of the 2014 Sundance Official Selection and also screened at the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2013.

 

Texas Premierewww.aholeinthesky.org , www.alexlora.es 

Print Source: Eduardo M. Escribano, mailukifilms@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24th 8:45PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  Montaje anónimo Behind the Stage

Marcelo Del Campo

Chile, Art Documentary, 201313 min, HDSLR, Color/Black & WhiteNo dialogue

 

The world behind the stage of the Santiago Municipal Theatre is unknown. To understand it, it is necessary to visit and discover it structurally, functionally, humanly and emotionally. Anonymity is the characteristic that best describes the stage machinery and those that operate it, which has left this trade devoid of recognition, despite constructing a fascinating world, worthy of tribute. MONTAJE ANONIMO received an honorable mention in SANFIC and FICVALDIVIA in 2013 and has just begun to screen on the international festival circuit.

 

North American Premierewww.facebook.com/montajeanonimocortometraje 

Print Source: Marcelo Del Campo, marcelodelcampo@hotmail.es

Saturday, April 26th 8:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  Nadie especial Nobody Special

Juan Alejandro Ramírez

Peru, Human Rights/Social Issue Documentary, 201323 min, 16mm, ColorQuechua with English subtitles

 

A woman fights a losing battle: one can't be poor and still want to stay among the familiar, the everyday, where one was born and raised. She can only observe, with a mix of confusion and rage, how her community is becoming deserted and sad – its children displaced to far off, ugly places. NADIE ESPECIAL is about any place where the cards seem to be forever stacked against the powerless. But with great lyricism, it also shows the resolve of some individuals to challenge their fate and restore their dignity, even if that decision furthers their isolation as they are pushed toward a last frontier. The short film was the Grand Jury Winner at the 28th Mar del Plata International Film Festival and has screened at prestigious festivals world wide. 

 

Regional Premierewww.otrotono.com  

Print Source: Juan Alejandro Ramirez, ramirez@otrotono.com

Wednesday, April 23rd 8:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  Piove, il film di Pio Pio's Movie

Thiago B. Mendonça

Brazil, Experimental/Biographical Documentary, 201215 min, HD, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

 

PIOVE is not a portrait of the forgotten filmaker Pio Zamuner. It is the establishment of a relationship between two generations of directors. But who directs whom? The film has reached audiences internationally, and has received an Honorable Mention for Best Documentary at CINESUL 2013.

 

North American Premierewww.memoriavivacine.com.br 

Print Source: Memória Viva, memoriavivacine@gmail.com

Saturday, April 26th 6:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  Trazos en la cumbre Drawing on the Heights

Alejandro Victorero, Carlos Alejandro Molina

Venezuela, Documentary/Art/Coming of Age, 201329 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

Golfredo is a fourteen-year-old boy who lives high in the mountains of Mérida, Venezuela, in a little town called Los Nevados. He spends his time working the land, to which his father wants him to devote his life. Although he has serious trouble with his eyesight, his great passion is drawing. TRAZOS EN LA CUMBRE is the true story of how this boy, through his perseverance and goodness, struggles through difficulties to achieve his dream, transforming his life and the life of those around him. The film has charmed audiences at Havana Film Festival and won the Grand Prize for Short Film, Best Short Documentary, and Best Screenplay at the Barquisimeto Short Film Festival.

 

North American Premierewww.tempanofilms.com 

Print Source: Témpano Films & Arts, tempanodifusion@gmail.com, contacto@tempanofilms.com

Saturday, April 26th 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  All She Can

Amy Wendel

USA, Drama, 201096 min, Super 16mm, ColorEnglish

 

Welcome to Benavides, Texas, where petite girls can deadlift 280 pounds, military recruiters roam high school halls, and a patriotic Mexican-American community that has been there since before it was Texas struggles with an economy literally collapsing around it. Luz Garcia wants out, and powerlifting is her ticket. It's all or nothing for her until nothing stares her in the face. This award winning film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

Austin Premiere

www.benavidesborn.com

 

Amy Wendel is an alumna of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. Her previous films include the festival award-winning short films Weightless, Covered Girls, and Bodies, each of which aired nationally on either IFC or Showtime. Amy also directed the short comedy and political satire, Foreign Policy, which screened at festivals in the U.S. and Italy.

 

 

 

Producer: Daniel Miesel, Susan KirrProduction Companies: Kapok PicturesScreenwriter: Daniel Miesel, Amy WendelCinematographer: Robert HauerEditor: Andres SantamariaSound Design: Roy MachadoMusic: Kevin AfflackCast: Corina Calderon, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Joseph Julian Soria, Julia Vera, Julio César CedilloPrint Source: Maya Entertainment, christinah@maya-entertainment.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 7:00 PM

St. Edward's University

With producer Susan Kirr in attendance

Free

 

 

Cerro Rico, Tierra Rica

Juan Vallejo

Colombia/Bolivia/USA, Land/Social Issues Documentary, 201190 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

More than ten thousand miners in southwestern Bolivia still excavate the slopes and tunnels of Cerro Rico ("Rich Hill"), the richest silver field in mining history, even though most of the mineral resources of the mountain have been depleted. Raising issues of social and economic sustainability, Cerro Rico offers a striking, unsparing portrait of labor in the highlands of South America, creating a universal statement about the historic cost on workers due to global demands for Earth's wealth. Shot in iconic Potosí and in the surreal salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, where half of the world's lithium is still untapped, Cerro Rico has screened at film festivals all over the world, including the Victoria Film Festival in Canada and FIC VALDIVIA 18.

US Premiere

www.piscofilms.com

Juan Vallejo is a U.S.–born, Colombian–raised filmmaker. He studied Architecture in Bogotá, Colombia, and Film Direction at Purchase College (SUNY) in New York. He recently obtained an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. This is his first feature-length work.

Producer: Juan VallejoCinematographer: Juan Vallejo, Robert Alan RackhamEditor: Juan Vallejo, JiYe KimSound Design: Andrea BellaMusic: Andres SubercaseauxPrint Source: Juan Vallejo, piscofilms@yahoo.com

Thursday, April 26 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Con mi corazón en YamboWith My Heart in Yambo

María Fernanda Restrepo

Ecuador, Human Rights Documentary, 2011137 min, HDCam, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

On January 8, 1988, when María Fernanda Restrepo was 10 years old, her parents went on vacation and left her in the care of her brothers Santiago and Andres. That day, she was at a friends' party and they were supposed to pick her up; they never came. A year later, her family discovered that on that day, her brothers had been tortured and assassinated by the Ecuadorian police, without any reason. Their bodies were disposed of in the Yambo lake, never to be found. This documentary is a personal journey mixed with the memory of a whole country marked by this history. This film has reached audiences internationally, including at the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the Hot Docs Film Festival.

Austin Premiere

www.conmicorazonenyambo.com

María Fernanda Restrepo Arismendi graduated from the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito. She received a Master's Degree in Direction of Documentaries from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, and a Master's in Direction of Photography from the ESCAC (Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya). Currently she is the co-director of Escala Gris, a production company specialized in the making of documentaries and commercials. She has made documentaries for Ecuadorian national television.

Producer: Randi KrarupProduction Companies: Escala GrisScreenwriter: María Fernanda RestrepoCinematographer: Francoise LasoEditor: Iván MoraSound Design: Esteban BrauerMusic: Iván MoraCast: María Fernanda RestrepoPrint Source: Randi Krarup, rakrarup@hotmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 7:00 PM

St. Edward's University

Free

El destelloThe Flicker

Gabriel Szollosy

Uruguay, Biographical/Social Issue Documentary, 201180 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

This is the story of Horacio, the grandchild of a slave taken from Africa to Latin America, long after the abolition of slavery. Horacio is a family man who works as a lighthouse keeper on a solitary island in the South Atlantic Ocean. Horacio was raised to serve. Some years ago, a series of unexpected events changed his life forever. His first harrowing experience was surviving a horrific boat crash. He later joined Uruguay's peacekeeping force and was sent to serve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the country of his ancestors. The journey, which began as a means of economic progress, soon became a journey to his own past and the roots of his family. El destello recently screened at É Todo Verdade and BAFICI.

Regional Premiere

www.librecine.com

Gabriel Szollosy has been making films since 1992. His documentaries, filmed on four continents, have been presented in the most renowned international film festivals and have received numerous awards. Gabriel is a member of the training committee of the Encuentro Nacional de Documentalistas (ENDOC) and the Latin American and Caribbean Documentary Filmmakers Network. He is the co-founder of Librecine, an international production company.

Producer: Anna JancsóProduction Companies: LibrecineScreenwriter: Gabriel SzollosyCinematographer: Nyika JancsóEditor: Fernando EpsteinSound Design: Fabián Oliver, Pablo BenedettoMusic: Max RichterCast: Horacio PereiraPrint Source: Gabriel Szollosy, gabriel@librecine.com

Friday, April 27 - 12:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Madres 0,15 el minutoMothers, 15 Cents a Minute

Marina Seresesky

Spain, Human Rights Documentary, 201152 min, Digibeta, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Is it possible to be a mother at a distance? Is it possible to educate from a telephone booth? Women who travel thousands of miles to work in Spain to give a better future to their children, tell us how they live through the reality of being mothers across a telephone or a computer, making the telephone booth their second home and transforming their voices into their most valuable resource. This film has been recognized for its affirmation of women's rights, winning a Biznaga de Plata at the Festival de Málaga.

Texas Premiere

www.promofest.org/films/madres-015-el-minuto

Marina Seresesky was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is an actress and director of cinema and theater. Her latest short film, The cortége, has been selected in more than 200 national and international film festivals, receiving more than 50 prizes.

Producer: Teatro Meridional S.L.Production Companies: Teatro Meridional S.L.Screenwriter: Marina Seresesky, Julio SalvatierraCinematographer: Roberto FernandezEditor: Julio SalvatierraSound Design: Oscar Barros, MilciclosMusic: Mariano Marin, Chani MartinPrint Source: Marina Seresesky, info@promofest.org

Wednesday, April 25 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Precious Knowledge

Ari Palos

USA, Social Issue Documentary, 201172 min, DVCPro HD, ColorEnglish

Arizona lawmakers believe Tucson High School teachers are teaching victimization, racism, and revolution in their Ethnic Studies classes. Why is studying Mexican culture and history controversial? What is Ethnic Studies? Why is the national dropout rate so high for Latino youth? The Dos Vatos Productions team filmed a year in the classroom to find out why the Mexican American Studies program is so popular with students, so misunderstood by the public, and to discover what actually happens in the classroom. Precious Knowledge had its world premiere at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, and is especially timely in light of the recent ban on Mexican American Studies in Tucson.

Regional Premiere

www.dosvatos.com

Ari Luis Palos has directed and shot a number of films. Palos enjoys participating in Tucson's All Soul's Procession, a performance art extravaganza where he transforms into a dead vaquero to mourn and celebrate loved ones who have passed. He once rode a Harley Davidson motorcycle from Oaxaca, Mexico to a small factory in Nicaragua, just to smoke the world's finest cigar.

Producer: Eren McGinnisProduction Companies: Dos Vatos ProductionsCinematographer: Ari PalosEditor: Jacob BriccaSound Design: Otto HelmuthMusic: Naim AmorCast: Curtis Acosta, Jose GonzalezPrint Source: Ari Palos, ari@dosvatos.com

Saturday, April 28 - 11:30 AM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

El árbol de las fresasThe Strawberry Tree

Simone Rapisarda Casanova

Canada/Cuba, Documentary, 201171 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Filmed in the remote fishing village of Juan Antonio, Cuba, just before it disappeared at the hands of a hurricane, El árbol de las fresas is a mesmerizing cinematic poem that tests the boundaries between anthropology, documentary and reverie. The villagers' ingeniousness and resilience, as well as their playful and irreverent relationship with the filmmaker, render a sensitive portrait of a unique culture into a reflection on documentary filmmaking and on humanity on the edge of time. El árbol de las fresas won Honorable Mention in the Knight Documentary Competition at the Miami International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.ibidemfilms.org

Simone Rapisarda Casanova was born in rural Sicily and inherited his first camera as a child when his father died in a car accident. He was raised by a mother that taught him how to read using Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees, and as a result, he hopes one day to live in the trees. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada.

Producer: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaProduction Companies: Ibidem FilmsScreenwriter: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaCinematographer: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaEditor: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaSound Design: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaPrint Source: Simone Rapisarda Casanova, simone@ibidemfilms.org

Saturday, April 28 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Hit Me with Music

Miquel Galofré

Jamaica/Spain, Music Documentary, 201175 min, HD CAM, ColorEnglish, Patoise with English subtitles

Jamaica continues to be on top of the world-wide music scene. Reggae has evolved to produce a new genre, Dancehall. The Dancehall phenomenon is unstoppable in Jamaica and the rest of the world. Artists, dancers, and local teenagers explain the content of the controversial Dancehall lyrics and the lifestyle created by the music. This film presents and represents the urban street culture and lifestyle that fuels and is born out of Dancehall, and captures the elements of dance which form an integral part of nightlife in Kingston. Hit Me with Music won Best Documentary and the People's Choice Award at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival.

US Premiere

www.facebook.com/pages/Hit-Me-With-Music-the-documentary/111430962256965

Miquel Galofré was born in Barcelona in 1970. For more than two decades, he worked as a director, cameraman, and editor for the Spanish TV industry. In 2005 he made his first short Gua! Pa!. His first documentary feature Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast? was made in 2009.

Producer: Nando Garcia GueretaProduction Companies: Nice TimeScreenwriter: Laura CarullaCinematographer: Miquel GalofréEditor: Miquel GalofréSound Design: Xavier ClaraPrint Source: Miquel Galofré, mikegalloper@hotmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 8:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

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

 

 

La mudanzaThe Move

Tatiana Lorca

Chile, Family and Personal Narrative Documentary, 201152 min, DigiBeta, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Florida is a retired teacher that recently sold the place where she lived with her family for four decades. Her four daughters have grown and they have gone on to develop their own lives. Although they visit her quite a lot, the family house has become too big for her. Florida has surrounded herself with objects which are carefully stored in boxes getting ready for the move, all of which bring to mind moments that were lived there, and cause her to face memories while mourning her late husband, Coke. Over the course of five years, the documentary filmmaker followed the main character and her neighborhood's transformation. La mudanza, which has enjoyed successful presentations to date in Chile, is an emotional trip, a good bye ritual--like an epilogue, like a sunset and like an excuse to face the pending mourning.

International Premiere

Tatiana Lorca is a journalist. She has been an editor, director, producer and researcher at the main Chilean TV stations, and she has worked for important audiovisual companies. She was awarded with a scholarship from Ibermedia. She has studied documentary filmmaking at the San Antonio EICTV de los Baños, Cuba. She founded Arándano Producciones and directed and produced a series of micro-documentaries all throughout Chile for the Ministerio de Obras Públicas, Dirección de Planeamiento.

Producer: Tatiana LorcaProduction Companies: Arándano ProduccionesScreenwriter: Tatiana LorcaCinematographer: Tatiana Lorca, David Bravo, Mauricio GarciaEditor: Coti DonosoSound Design: Cristián FreundMusic: Subhira Rodrigo CepedaPrint Source: Paula Talloni, patalloni@yahoo.es, paula@palenque.cl

Saturday, April 28 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

La palabra en el bosqueThe Word in the Woods

Jeffrey Gould, Carlos Henriquez

El Salvador/USA, Human Rights Documentary, 201156 min, DVCAM/35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

During the early 1970s, hundreds of peasants in a remote region of El Salvador began to emulate the early Christians, working the land together and building communities based on solidarity. By the late 1970s, thousands of peasants in northern Morazan organized to resist National Guard repression, which often involved torture and executions. In the 1980s, the military engaged in scorched earth operations against their villages, inaugurating a 12-year civil war. La palabra en el bosque tells their stories, placing them in context within the light of current reality.

World Premiere

Carlos Henriquez Consalvi is the founder of the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen which is committed to the investigation, rescue, preservation and public exhibition of El Salvador's history and culture. In 2002, he co-directed and co-produced with Gould the award winning Scars of Memory, El Salvador, 1932.

Jeffrey L. Gould is the James H. Rudy Professor of History at Indiana University. From 1995-2008, he was Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is also a prolific writer. In 2012-2013 he will be a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Producer: Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Jeffrey GouldScreenwriter: Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Jeffrey GouldCinematographer: Guillermo Escalon, Paolo HasbunEditor: Carlos ColoradoSound Design: Jose HuwaidiMusic: Ygor de Gondaria, Ramses Calderon Print Source: Jeffrey Gould, gouldj@indiana.edu

Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 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

Nikkei

Kaori Flores Yonekura

Venezuela, Autobiographical Documentary, 201180 min, Full HD, ColorSpanish, Japanese with English subtitles

Nikkei is a documentary about the identity of the Japanese who migrated to Latin America. It is the story of the director's grandparents, their trip from Japan to Peru, the media campaign against their race, World War II and the hope for a better life in Venezuela. Nikkei recently premiered at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

US Premiere

www.nikkeidocu.tumblr.com

Kaori Flores Yonekura's father is Venezuelan and her mother is Japanese. She was born in Mérida, Venezuela, and at age 22 graduated from the International School of Film and TV of San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba (EICTV). She has dedicated her work to human rights, popular culture, indigenous people and identity.

Producer: Kaori Flores YonekuraProduction Companies: AC No FilmScreenwriter: Kaori Flores YonekuraCinematographer: Kaori Flores YonekuraEditor: Eyeletmy Rodríguez, Kaori Flores YonekuraSound Design: Daniel ZahalkaMusic: Alejandro RossoPrint Source: Kaori Flores Yonekura, nofilm@gmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Olhe Pra Mim de NovoLook at Me Again

Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman

Brazil, Documentary, 201179 min, HD, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

This documentary tells the story of a transsexual living in the northeast part of Brazil. We see him, Sillvyo Luccio, in a journey from Ceará to Paraíba looking for his daughter, Maria Tereza. Tereza does not accept her mother's sex transformation, and they live far away from one another, which is why Sillvyo has to travel for days in order to reach her. The film uses Sillvyo's own voice to tell his story, his sufferings, and his misfortunes, including his desire to have a biological family. He finds solidarity in the lives of other people who have suffered discrimination, such as transvestites and patients of a rare muscle disease. This film had its world premiere at Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente and also screened in the Berlin International Film Festival.

North American Premiere

www.lookatmeagain.wordpress.com

Claudia Priscilla is a journalist that lives in São Paulo. Claudia is the director of several short films including Parachacal, Sexo e Claustro, and Phedra. Claudia is the writer of the screenplay (together with Kiko Goifman) of the documentary, 33, and has worked as producer and designer on several audio-visual productions.Kiko Goifman, an outstanding Brazilian director, has directed the award-winning feature films, 33, Atos dos Homens, and FilmeFobia, winner of the Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro (2008). FilmeFobia screened in competition at Cine Las Americas in 2009.

Producer: Jurandir MullerScreenwriter: Claudia PriscillaCinematographer: Pedro MarquesEditor: Pedro MarquesSound Design: Livio TragtenbergPrint Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 8:15 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Up Heartbreak Hill

Erica Scharf

USA, Documentary, 201183 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

Up Heartbreak Hill chronicles the lives of Thomas, Tamara and Gabby, three Native American teenagers in Navajo, New Mexico, as they navigate their senior year at a reservation high school. As graduation nears, they must decide whether to stay in their community, a place inextricably woven into the fiber of their beings, or leave in pursuit of opportunities elsewhere. Thomas, Tamara and Gabby's struggles to shape their identities as both Native Americans and modern Americans lie at the heart of the film. Up Heartbreak Hill premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival and participated in imagineNATIVE 2011.

Regional  Premiere

www.upheartbreakhill.com

Erica Scharf has spent much of her career in documentary film and television. She is currently producing HGTV's hit show, House Hunters International. Scharf is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and has a B.F.A. in Film and Television. Up Heartbreak Hill is her first feature film.

Producer: Erica Scharf, Christina D. KingProduction Companies: Long Distance FilmsCinematographer: Erica ScharfEditor: Cindy Lee, Isaac Wayton, Janine Feczko, Megan BrennanMusic: Sasha GordonCast: Thomas Martinez, Tamara Hardy, Gabby NakaiPrint Source: Erica Scharf, erica@upheartbreakhill.com

Saturday, April 27 - 6:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Yakuaya / La esencia del aguaWater Essence

Marcelo Castillo

Ecuador, Experimental Documentary, 201152 min, HD, ColorNo dialogue

Yakuaya means "the essence of water" in Quechua. The film is a nonverbal documentary that is about the value of water as essential to life. The documentary follows the journey of a drop of water, which originates in a glacier, and eventually reaches the sea. On its way it touches the lives of a peasant, it is enclosed in the rhythm of a water bottling factory, it transforms the life of a woman, it awakens hope in a desert and welcomes the innocence of two children in the sea, among other adventures. This visually engaging film, whose aim is to inspire reflection in its audience, premiered at the Ecuador Film Festival and screened recently at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

North American  Premiere

www.yakuaya.blogspot.com

Marcelo Castillo has worked independently as film director and still photographer for nine years, during which time he's directed a myriad of short films and photography series. In addition to his work in the audiovisual field, he has conducted several projects on social and community life.

Producer: Carlos IdrovoScreenwriter: Carlos Idrovo, Gullermo QuintanaCinematographer: Filippo Burbano, Marcelo CastilloEditor: Gabriel Páez, Jorge FloresSound Design: Mauricio ProañoMusic: Mauricio Proaño, Juan F. Jijón, Víctor Andrade, Jens MunchPrint Source: Marcelo Castillo, marceloxcastillo@yahoo.com

Friday, April 27 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Robert's Paintings

Shelley Niro

Canada, Biographical Documentary, 201152 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Saulteaux with English subtitles

Robert Houle is an acclaimed Anishinaabe (Ojibwe-Saulteaux) artist and activist on behalf of First Nation peoples; this film examines his life and career as an artist, curator, educator and cultural theorist. Like many of his generation, Houle was schooled in the residential school system. As a result, he has created a body of work encapsulating his memories from childhood. His vast body of work explores what happened to the First Nation people and the way Canada has treated them throughout the years. Houle uses his experiences to teach others their heritage through Canadian indigenous artwork. This film is about not forgetting, but rather contributing to the collective memory of a nation. It is a celebration. Robert's Paintings premiered at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

US Premiere

www.vtape.org

Shelley Niro is a Mohawk member of the Six Nations Reserve. She belongs to the Turtle Clan. Niro is a visual artist whose work has shown at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the National Museum of the American Indian, New York and Washington, DC, and has recently exhibited at the Institute of American Indian Art Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Production Companies: Turtle Night ProductionsScreenwriter: Shelley NiroCinematographer: Richard StoreyEditor: Katharine AsalsSound Design: Steve SanguedolceMusic: Sarah DeCarlo Cast: Robert Houle, Alanis Obomsawin, Vivian Ferguson, George Miller, Steve Loft, Wanda Nanibush, Renata Gutterman, Barbara Morrison, Kenny Anderson Print Source: Kaherawaks Thompson - V Tape, distribution@vtape.org

Thursday, April 26 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

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

The Thick Dark Fog

Randy Vasquez

USA, Biographical Documentary, 201157 min, HDCAM/MiniDV, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish

Walter Littlemoon attended a federal Indian boarding school in South Dakota in the 1950s. The mission of these schools was still to "kill the Indian and save the man." Many Indians, like Walter, lived with this unresolved trauma into adulthood, acting it out through alcoholism and domestic violence. At age 58, Walter decided to write and publish his memoirs as a way to explain himself to his estranged children. The film tells the story of how Walter confronted the "thick dark fog" of his past so that he could renew himself and his community. The Thick Dark Fog had its world premiere at the American Indian Institute Film Festival.

Regional  Premiere

www.thickdarkfog.com

Randy Vasquez grew up on the beaches of southern California and in the mountains of North Carolina. His first feature documentary, Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story, was filmed in El Salvador and screened at Cine Las Americas in 2002. When Walter Littlemoon saw it, he decided to collaborate with Randy on this film, The Thick Dark Fog. Randy has been fortunate enough to eke out a living over the last 30 years as an actor; recently he appeared in Beto Gomez' Mexican hit film Saving Private Perez in 2011. On the 29 year installment plan, he finally graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in American Indian Studies last June.

Producer: Jonathan SkurnikProduction Companies: High Valley ProductionsCinematographer: Kahlil HudsonEditor: Paul FreedmanMusic: Kathryn BosticPrint Source: Randy Vasquez - High Valley Productions, rjv98@hotmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 5:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

With research advisor Julianna Brannum in attendance

Free

Vou Rifar Meu CoraçãoI Will Raffle off My Heart

Ana Rieper

Brazil, Music Documentary, 201178 min, HDV, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

Vou Rifar Meu Coração is about the music, the performers and the followers of Brazilian romantic music, called "cheesy" by music critics and rich people. Using the music as a catalyst, this documentary shows the sentiments, love, suffering and sexuality of the fans and their idols, creating a scenario that reveals their practices and desires. This genre represents a very important part of popular art, seldom registered as part of Brazilian Popular Music. Most books about Brazilian music solemnly ignore it, even though it has always sold millions of records. Frequently associated with bad taste and poor quality, the style is admired by the low class, under-, sub- or unemployed population, originally from rural extract, banished to the cities in search of work and a better life. This film has played around the world, including the 44th Festival de Brasilia.

North American  Premiere

www.vourifarmeucoracao.com

Ana Rieper was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1975. She is a documentary filmmaker with a Masters Degree in Development and Environment. She graduated with a degree in Geography at the Fluminense Federal University, where she also studied Cinema for two years. Ana has been working in audiovisual media since 1998, when she made the documentary Saara, about the immigrants from different parts of the world who settled in downtown Rio de Janeiro, forming a community known as Saara. Vou Rifar meu Coração is her first feature film to have a theatrical release.

Producer: Suzana AmadoProduction Companies: Amado arte&produçãoCinematographer: Manuel AguasEditor: Pedro AsbegSound Design: Aurelio DiasCast: Agnaldo Timóteo, Amado Batista, Lindomar Castilho, Nelson Ned, Odair José, Rodrigo Mell, Walter de Afogados, WandoPrint Source: Suzana Amado, suzana.amado@globo.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

A Wild Idea

Veronica Moscoso

Ecuador/USA, Activism/Documentary, 201127 min, HDV, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

A Wild Idea is a documentary about the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, Ecuador's unprecedented proposal for fighting global climate change. In exchange for payments from the world community, the country will leave untouched its largest oil reserves. The film takes the viewer to the Ecuadorian Amazon, capturing the rain forest's stunning biodiversity. The film also focuses on the millions of barrels of oil lying beneath a place known as the ITT Block. A Wild Idea has been sharing its point of view with audiences world-wide, and recently won Best Short Film at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.awildidea-movie.com

Producer: Veronica MoscosoProduction Companies: UC Berkeley Graduate School of JournalismEditor: Veronica MoscosoSound Design: Dan OlmstedMusic: Max LohPrint Source: Veronica Moscoso, vero@veromundo.com

Friday, April 27 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Brigada intramurosIntra-Walls Brigade

Cláudia Alves Vasconcelos

Cuba/Portugal, Performance/Political Documentary, 201018 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

A group of college students from the EICTV plan an art performance piece in which they will prohibit the entrance of tourists to a Havana square. The art performance is being performed to bring awareness of the injustices that Cubans go through when they are "blocked" from going to places where only foreigners are allowed. In this documentary, we see the meetings that they have to plan the art piece, the actual performance, and the afterthoughts. The students are from a film school and are planning on filming people's reactions. From beginning to end they all discuss together the purpose of the performance and its implications as a political work of art. Cláudia Alves and her work have been recognized by the Berlinale Talent Campus.

North American Premiere

www.eictv.org

Producer: Ivette LiangScreenwriter: Cláudia Alves VasconsuelosCinematographer: María Isabel Aris AlonsoEditor: María Alejandra Briganti LozanoPrint Source: Promoción Internacional - EICTV, promocioninternacional@eictv.org.cu

Saturday, April 28 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Esas voces que curanVoices that Heal

Delia Ackerman, Heather Greer

Peru, Documentary, 201146 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, Shipibo with English subtitles

The Shipibo-Conibo people have lived in the Peruvian Amazon for over 4,000 years, passing on their knowledge of plants and sacred songs from one generation to the next. Esas voces que curan tells the story of a Shipibo shaman and her family, and of their struggle to keep their traditions alive while facing the challenges of the modern world. Esas voces que curan has screened in official selection at Festival de Cine de Lima, The Oaxaca International Independent Film and Video Festival, and the London Latin American Film Festival.

North American Premiere

Lima, Peru native Delia Ackerman received her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences at the University of Lima in 1986 and a Masters in Journalism from New York’s Columbia University. She has worked as a journalist for Caretas and América Televisión and has collaborated on projects with Time

Magazine and National Geographic. Her other films include Senor de Pachacamac (1993), The Medicine of Forgiveness (2001), Seeking the Light (2006) and The King of the Desert is Dying (2008).Heather Greer is an award-winning filmmaker and multimedia artist based in New York. She has been an adjunct professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Programs at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for the past nine years. Her past works have included the documentary The Gentleman from Shanghai and The F Word for which she was the cinematographer and was an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Producer: Delia Ackerman, Heather Greer, Douglass SimsProduction Companies: FilFilms, BlackTartanCinematographer: Heather GreerEditor: Javier ArciniegaSound Design: Guillermo PalaciosMusic: Augustin-Fernandez FamilyPrint Source: Heather Greer, amazi@earthlink.net

Saturday, April 28 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

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

EspectadoresSpectators

Roger Villarroya

Spain, Social Issue Documentary, 201215 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Those who attend a public spectacle.

World Premiere

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Roger Villarroya was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1985. He graduated from ITES (Spain) as an audiovisual director and studied filmmaking in Los Angeles. His debut short film Capicúa (Palindrome) played at over sixty festivals worldwide, gaining numerous awards along the way.

Producer: Roger VillarroyaProduction Companies: Mailuki FilmsScreenwriter: Roger VillarroyaCinematographer: Eladio SánchezEditor: Roger VillarroyaSound Design: David RomeroMusic: Pablo LaspraPrint Source: Roger Villarroya, mailukifilms@gmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Memorias del vientoGuiding Sight

Katherina Harder Sacre

Chile, Biographical Documentary, 201118 min, Mini DV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Rafael Egaña is going blind. With us, he goes through the images that his father, a passionate photographer, has collected over the past 50 years. Each image represents a particular memory, but what happens with them when losing sight? Do they disintegrate together with the visible world or do they become clearer when being unable to generate new ones? Memorias del viento screened in Official Competition at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

US Premiere

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Katherina Harder Sacre was born in Iquique in 1988. She graduated from the University of Chile with a degree in Film and Television and is the founder of the Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Iquique (FICIIQQ). Recently, Katherina won the Fondo de Fomento Audiovisual 2012 award to attend a screenwriting workshop at the EICTV in Cuba.

Producer: Catalina DonosoScreenwriter: Katherina Harder Sacre, Catalina Donoso, Natalia Cabrera, Isabel OrellanaCinematographer: Catalina DonosoSound Design: Roberto Carlos CollioMusic: Roberto Arancibia Cast: Rafael Egaña, Javier Luis Egaña, Pilar Vial Beatriz BarajaPrint Source: Katherina Harder Sacre, katherina.harder@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 8:15 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Paraíso

Nadav Kurtz

USA, Documentary, 201210 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Three immigrant window cleaners risk their lives every day rappelling down some of Chicago's tallest sky-scrapers. Paraíso reveals the danger of their job and what they see on the way down. This short has been enjoying a whirlwind festival run, including Tribeca and True/False Film Festivals, prior to coming to Austin.

Texas Premiere

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Nadav Kurtz was born in 1978 in Tel Aviv, Israel and lived in England and Switzerland before moving to the United States at the age of nine. He began his career as an award-winning commercial and film editor. Most recently, he co-edited Bolden, a not yet released feature film by Vilmos Zsigmund, and edited and co-produced Street Thief which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Production Companies: Dictionary FilmsCinematographer: Nadav KurtzEditor: Nadav Kurtz, Tony GannonSound Design: Adam Biagianti, Zach Goheen, Jose RivasMusic: Ronen LandaCast: Sergio Polanco, Jaime Polanco, Cruz GuzmanPrint Source: Nadav Kurtz, nadavkurtz@hotmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 6:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

pt.es

Pedro Sena Nunes

Portugal, Documentary, 201123 min, HD, ColorPortuguese, Spanish with English subtitles

This documentary short explores the culture clash among two countries along their borders. pt.es takes a "slice of life" approach, as a documentary examining the small amount of land that connects Spain and Portugal. The film utilizes anecdotes from people on both sides of the border to illustrate how the two nationalities, which had been slowly integrating, are rapidly coming together in the modern age. pt.es recently screened in the Semana del Cine de Medina del Campo.

International Premiere

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Pedro Sena Nunes was born in Lisbon in 1968. He completed his degree in Cinema in 1992 at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema after attending the Lisbon Engineering Institute in 1989. Over the years, he has produced over 100 radio and TV publicity spots and currently works as Artistic Director at the Vo'Arte Association and coordinates projects with young emergent artists.

Producer: Pedro Sena Nunes, Ana Rita BarataProduction Companies: Associação Vo'ArteScreenwriter: Pedro Sena NunesCinematographer: Pedro Sena NunesEditor: Maribel Espinal, Cristina BrumSound Design: Filipe Chagas, Vando EnesMusic: Nuno CostaPrint Source: Associação Vo'Arte, cinemalerta@voarte.com

Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free