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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

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

Viola A film by Matías Piñeiro

Argentina, Adventure/Drama, 201265 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Sunday, April 27 - 1:45PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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Germán, últimas viñetas / German, Last Vignettes A film by Cristian Bernard

Argentina, Biography/Comedy/Drama, 2013131 min, Full HD, ColorIn Spanish with English subtitles

Friday, April 25 - 9:15PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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O Menino e o Mundo / The Boy and the World A film by Alê Abreu

Brazil, Animation/Drama/Fantasy, 201380 min, Digital, ColorNo dialogue

Wednesday, April 23 - 4PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

Saturday, April 26 - 1:30 PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

Barroco / Baroque A film by Estanislao Buisel Quintana

Argentina, Comedy, 2013107 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Wednesday, April 23 - 6:30 PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Buy Tickets

Friday, April 25 - 4PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

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

Mateo A film by María Gamboa

Colombia/France, Drama/Social Issue, 201486 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 12:30PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Buy Tickets

Saturday, April 26 - 7PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Buy Tickets

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

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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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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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

La Casa del Ritmo, A Film About Los Amigos Invisibles A film by Javier Andrade

Ecuador/USA, Music Documentary, 201298 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

Sunday, April 27 - 5PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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Habla Women A film by Alberto Fererras

USA, Comedy/Drama/Documentary, 201358 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

Friday, April 25 - 6:30 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

  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

  

 

   
  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

 

 

 

   
  I for NDN

Darryl Nepinak, Clint Enns

Canada, Video Art/Comedy, 20111 min, DV/Found Footage, ColorEnglish

 

Retro children’s TV takes a comical jab when one letter of the alphabet gets a new association.

 

Regional Premierewww.darrylnepinak.yolasite.com, www.clintenns.tumblr.com

Print Source: Darryl Nepinak, darryl_nepinak@hotmail.com

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 
  La cuesta: Worlding a Sidewalk

Alvaro Torres, Daniel Perera

Costa Rica/Guatemala/USA, Experimental Documentary, 201315 min, HD, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish, English with English subtitles

Director Alvaro Torres in attendance

The places we notice in passing are sites where social hierarchies manifest themselves and interact. In the realm of the visible, only some people are able to remain unseen, to choose whom to see and when. Aesthetics are not how the world is presented to us but rather how it is pre-established for us--what Jacques Ranciere calls “the distribution of the sensible.” What would emerge if we explored an ordinary stretch of sidewalk in the East Side of Austin, Texas, for a period of several months? How and by whom would we be challenged aesthetically and politically? LA CUESTA evokes a place on the side of the road and the lives that sustain it. This interactive documentary is a sensuous ethnography, a confrontation, and a poem.

 

World Premiere

Print Source: Alvaro Torres Crespo, atorrescrespo@gmail.com

Saturday, April 26th 11:00AMMarchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature film CHATELES DEL CAMPOBUY TICKETS

 

 

 
  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

Screens before the feature-length documentaryREINASFree 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

Screens before the feature-length documentaryDIGNA GUERRAFree 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

Screens before the feature-length documentaryEL CUARTO DESNUDOFree 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

Screens before the feature-length documentaryEL GRAN CIRCO POBRE DE TIMOTEOFree 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

Screens before the feature-length documentaryBEAUTIFUL SINFree Screening

 

 

 
  Snare

Lisa Jackson

Canada, Experimental, 2013  4 min, HD Video, ColorNo dialogue

 

Evocative and haunting, SNARE is a stunning performance-based piece that captures the brutality of violence against Indigenous women, yet celebrates hope for a future illuminated through advocacy and understanding. The original silent, 1-minute version was commissioned by the Stolen Sisters Digital Initiative and premiered at imagineNATIVE 2012.

 

US Premierewww.movingimages.ca

Print Source: Moving Images Distribution, mailbox@movingimages.ca

Thursday, April 24th 9:45PM

Marchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature filmHELI

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  Memento Mori

Daniela Wayllace

Belgium/Bolivia, Animation/Experimental, 201210 min, Digital, Color/Black & WhiteNo dialogue 

In a mourning ceremony, a photographer takes a picture of a little girl. With sorrowful faces, the mourners leave the room, leaving it surrounded by flowers. Little by little, we get closer to the girl, entering her mind and into the universe of death. MEMENTO MORI has been honored with various awards, including Best Experimental Short at the 9th annual PASTO FICBA in Colombia and Best Animation Short at the Corto Helvétivo al Femminile in 2013.

 

Regional Premierewww.danielawayllace.be

Print Source: Daniela Wayllace, steppenwolf_67@hotmail.com

Sunday, March 27th 2:15PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

Screens before the feature filmMEMORIAS DE UN SOLDADOBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  Años de luz Years of Light

Aldemar Matias

Cuba/Brazil, History/Biographical Documentary, 201313 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

In 1958, Gregorio Rivera presents himself to Fidel Castro's troops in Cuba's Sierra Maestra to fight against Fulgencio Batista's dictatorship. Known for his work as a photographer, he is ordered to fight alongside the rebel army not with a weapon, but with his camera. In AÑOS DE LUZ, “Goyo” revisits the archive of images of the Revolution to tell his story, fighting now against his fading memory. At the Amazonas Film Festival in 2013, AÑOS DE LUZ won the award for Best Documentary Short, Best Director, and Best Cinematography.

 

US Premierewww.eictv.org

Print Source: Marcela Arenas Rosas - EICTV, promocioninternacional@eictv.co.cu

Friday, April 25th 2:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Screens before the feature-length documentaryROQUE DALTON, iFUSILEMOS LA NOCHE!Free Screening

 

 

 
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

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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

 

 

Canción del cuerpoSong of the Body

Andrew Segovia, Gabriela Alcalá

USA, Performance Documentary, 201156 min, miniDV/HD, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

In the fall of 2009, Texas Performing Arts, the University of Texas Theatre and Dance Department, and El Colegio del Cuerpo coordinated a pilot project spanning over six months, with residency periods in both Texas and Colombia. Five professional male dancers from Cartagena, Colombia were paired with five female student dancers to develop a new dance work. They were expected to work together, overcoming cultural differences and language barriers, to create a new dance piece. A behind-the-scenes look at dance production and cultural fusion, with artists being pushed out of their comfort zones.

 

World Premiere

www.segoviaproductions.com

 

Andrew Segovia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a dual degree in Radio-TV-Film and Theatre and Dance. This is his first feature.

 

 

 

Gabriela Alcalá graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Mathematics. She has a passion for theatre arts and multicultural exchange. This is her first feature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Joe RandelProduction Companies: Segovia ProductionsScreenwriter: Andrew SegoviaCinematographer: Andrew Segovia, Gabriela AlcaláEditor: Andrew SegoviaSound Design: Andrew SegoviaMusic: Scott Cater, Dan Phillipson, La-33, You Me and IowaCast: UT Theatre and Dance, El Colegio del Cuerpo companiesPrint Source: Andrew Segovia, asegovia.ut@gmail.com

Saturday, April 28 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Andrew Segovia and producer Joe Randel in attendance

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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

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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

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

Northern Haze: Living the Dream

Derek Aqqiaruq

Canada, Music Documentary, 201136 min, Video, ColorEnglish, Inuktitut with English subtitles

In 2010, independent music producer Jason Flower traveled to the remote community of Igloolik (Nunavut) to interview the remaining band members of Northern Haze, the first known Inuit Rock Band to sing in their native tongue. A sensation in Northern Canada, the band remains largely unknown in the rest of the country. Northern Haze: Living the Dream, which screened at imagineNATIVE 2011, tells the story of this close knit band and their love of music.

US Premiere

An experienced circus performer and musician, Derek Aqqiaruq is also an up and coming filmmaker. A proud Inuk, his film debut was Artcirq Expedition which he directed and edited last year. Northern Haze: Living the Dream is his second documentary film.

Producer: ArtcirqProduction Companies: ArtcirqScreenwriter: Derek AqqiaruqCinematographer: Derek AqqiaruqEditor: Derek AqqiaruqSound Design: Daniel LagacéMusic: Northern HazeCast: Kolitalik Innuksuk, Naisana Qamaniq, James Ungalaq, John Innoya, Elijah Kunnuk, Derek Aqqiaruq, Jason Flower, Elijah EvaloarjukPrint Source: Cara Di Staulo, cara@isuma.ca

Wednesday, April 25 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

El Cantante

León Ichaso

USA, Biographical Drama, 2006 106 min, 35mm, Color Spanish, English

 

Spanning the 1960s to the 1980s, EL CANTANTE charts Hector Lavoe's rapid rise to success and fame as an artist whose music combined Puerto Rican tradition with streetwise modernity, unabashed emotion with straightforward realism. It reveals the singer not only as an architect of salsa but as its soul; the kind of artist, like Billie Holliday, Edith Piaf or La Lupe, who forges an uncanny emotional bond with his audience. Love, pain, joy, pride, sorrow, endurance: Hector Lavoe's singing contained the raw stuff of life as ordinary people - and he himself - knew it.

 

Leon Ichaso was born in Havana, Cuba. He left the island for exile in the United States with his mother and sister at age 14; his father joined them 5 years later having stayed behind to support the Cuban Revolution. Ichaso is known as "an actor's director," as a writer and director who does not compromise as he tells his tales, and as a filmmaker who specializes in gritty urban realism.

 

Producer: Julio Caro, Simon Fields, Jennifer Lopez, David Maldonado Production Companies: Nuyorican Productions, R-Caro Productions Screenwriter: Leon Ichaso, David Darmstaeder, Todd Bello Cinematographer: Claudio Chea Editor: David Tedeschi Sound Design: Sandy Berman Music: Willie Colón, Andrés Levin Cast: Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, John Ortiz, Manny Perez, Vincent Laresca, Federico Castellucio, Nelson Vasquez

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterBlack Box TheaterWed. April 27 9:00 PM

Free

 

Se Meu Pai Fosse de Pedra If My Father Were Made of Stone

Maria Camargo

Brazil, Biographical Documentary, 2010 19 min, 8mm/Super16mm/Digital/HD, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

The sculptor Sergio Camargo died 19 years ago. If the bones left in the grave are in fact his remains, would his sculptures be living remains? What is ephemeral and what is lasting? Is there a possible eternity? Seen through the eyes of his daughter, Maria, Sergio Camargo is examined both as an artist and a man.

 

North American Premiere

Producer: Maria Camargo Production Companies: CaradeCão Filmes Screenwriter: Maria Camargo Cinematographer: Tuca Moraes Editor: Leo Alves, Maria Camargo Sound Design: Bruno Fernandes Music: Tim Rescala Cast: Maria Camargo, Celso do Prado, Miguel Camargo Kubrusly, Clara Camargo Vianna, João Camargo de Souza Dantas, Nina Camargo de Souza Dantas Print Source: Maria Camargo, miacamargo@uol.com.br

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Fri. April 22 3:00 PM FREE!

 

Um Dia com Frederico Morais A Day with Frederico Morais

Guilherme Coelho

Brazil, Biographical/Experimental Documentary, 2010 60 min, HDV/Super 8mm, Color/Black & White Portuguese with English subtitles

 

Frederico Morais is a 74 year-old art critic, curator and former director of the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro. Morais allows director Guilherme Coelho into his home to view a little-known audio-visual project of sequences of photos shown on slides with accompanying audio recordings. With this project he creates a unique dialogue with the artists he critiques; in analyzing their works of art, he creates his own to provide his critical commentary.

 

World Premiere

www.matizar.com.br

 

Born in 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Coelho studied economics, documentary filmmaking, journalism and theater at Stanford University. He is also the director of numerous films including the series Portraits in Contemporary Art, Fernando Lemos-Behind the Image, Cildo, and 5 +5 +.

 

 

 

 

Producer: Mariana Ferraz Production Companies: Matizar Filmes Screenwriter: Guilherme Coelho, Letícia Simões, Marcia Watzl Cinematographer: Alberto Bellezia Editor: Marcia Watzl Sound Design: Denilson Campos Print Source: Mariana Ferraz, mariana@matizar.com.br

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterThur. April 28 1:00 PM FREE!

 

Electrodomésticos: El frío misterio Electrodomesticos: The Cold Mystery

Sergio Castro San Martín

Chile, Music Documentary, 2011 120 min, HD, Black & White Spanish with English subtitles

 

At the beginning of the 80s, two musicians from Santiago were experimenting with strange recordings, including those of a blender. In 1984 they met an ex-air-traffic controller with similar interests, and formed one of the most experimental rock bands in Chile. Electrodomésticos: El frío misterio reveals the story of a movement and artistic protest as carried out by this influential band. Winner of the jury award for Best Film at the Festival Internacional de Cine y Documental Musical INEDIT-NESCAFÉ.

 

International Premiere

www.promedia.cl/electrodomesticos

 

After a career in architecture, Sergio Castro San Martín entered the Escuela de Cine de Chile in 2005. His first film, Paseo, screened at various festivals and won the jury award for Best Chilean Film at SANFIC 5. He is currently working on his second feature, La mujer de barro.

 

Producer: Marco Martinez Production Companies: Promedia Cine Screenwriter: Sergio Castro San Martin Cinematographer: Sergio Armstrong, Diego Pequeno Editor: Sergio Castro San Martin Sound Design: Roberto Espinoza Music: Electrodomesticos, Primeros Auxilios, Carlos Cabezas, Silvio Paredes Cast: Carlos Cabezas, Silvio Paredes, Ernesto Medina Print Source: Sergio Castro San Martín - Promedia Cine, scastro@promedia.cl

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Mon. April 25 7:00 PM FREE!

 

 

El perro del hortelano Dog in the Manger

Renzo Zanelli

Peru, Comedy/Human Rights, 2010 90 min, HD, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Co-Sponsored by the Rainforest Partnership

El perro del hortelano is a comedy about Brus, an indigenous artist, and his efforts to organize his community against the American oil company, Kenny Oil. Searching for answers, Brus joins a local NGO, only to find himself entangled in the subversive work of an American researcher, Angie. As Brus explores the surreal world of volunteers and development experts, he ultimately discovers his own way of bringing strength to his community.

 

Austin Premiere

www.perrodelhortelano.com

 

A native of Peru and the US, Renzo Zanelli has worked for nearly 10 years as a director of photography, editor, director and producer. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Renzo founded Magic Flute Films, and has incorporated youth education and media projects into his work.

 

Producer: Annika Beaulieu Production Companies: Selva Rica Screenwriters: The Selva Rica Cooperative Cinematographer: Renzo Zanelli Editor: Renzo Zanelli Sound Design: Renzo Zanelli Music: Chicha Libre, Renzo Zanelli Cast: Brus Rubio Churay, Annika Beaulieu, Kenny Luna, Rodrigo Carbajal Mas, Valbina Miguel Print Source: Selva Rica, info@selvarica.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterWed. April 27 6:00 PM FREE!

 

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

www.seguirsiendo.com

 

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

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Mon. April 25 4:30 PMBuy Tickets

 

La vida útil A Useful Life

Federico Veiroj

Uruguay, Drama, 2010 63 min, 35mm, Black & White Spanish with English subtitles

 

After twenty-five years of working at the Cinemateca Uruguaya film archive, Jorge (real-life Uruguayan critic Jorge Jellinek), still finds inspiration in caring for the films and audiences that grace the seats and screen of his beloved arthouse cinema. But when dwindling attendance and diminishing support force the theater to close its doors, Jorge, who has never worked anywhere else except in film, loses his job. Once faced with unemployment, the line between reality and fantasy becomes blurred. Winner of the award for Best Fictional Feature Film at the Havana Film Festival.

 

Texas Premiere

www.globalfilm.org

 

Federico Veiroj was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1976. Veiroj's first feature, Acné, participated in over 60 film festivals, including Toronto, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand and Gijón. He was also involved in the Juan Pablo Rebella / Pablo Stoll feature films 25 watts and Whisky.

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Laura Gutman, Juan José López Production Companies: Cinekdoque Screenwriter: Inés Bortagaray, Arauco Hernández, Gonzalo Delgado, Federico Veiroj Cinematographer: Arauco Hernández Editor: Arauco Hernández, Federico Veiroj Sound Design: Raúl Locatelli, Daniel Yafalián Music: Leo Masliah, Macunaíma, Eduardo Fabini Cast: Jorge Jellinek, Manuel Martínez Carril, Paola Venditto Print Source: Jeremy Quist - The Global Film Initiative, bookings@globalfilm.org

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Tue. April 26 6:30 PMBuy Tickets