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Sex, Love & Salsa A film by Adrian Manzano

USA, Comedy/Docu-Drama, 201292 min, HDV, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish, English with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 7PM

Alamo Village 3

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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

 

 

 

  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

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 
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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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

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 Salsa Cubana

Eric Joseph Johnson, Sarita Streng

USA/Cuba, Music/Dance Documentary, 2011 81 min, MiniDV, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

A salsa dance group from Guanabacoa, located on the outskirts of Havana, is attempting to win the Cuban national dance competition. It is a story and event that engrosses the country. Along the group's journey to the competition, viewers can hear Cuban music, delve into the dancers' lives, learn a bit about the history of dance, and of course, see vibrant dancing.

 

Regional Premiere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancers and directors Eric Joseph Johnson and Sarita Streng were co-teachers and performers before filming La Salsa Cubana. Johnson currently works as a freelance engineer, and Streng runs the Community Dance Program in Albuquerque, NM.

Producer: Eric Joseph Johnson Production Companies: Me Priva Pictures Screenwriter: Eric Joseph Johnson Cinematographer: Alvaro Rangel Editor: Eric Joseph Johnson, David Leach Sound Design: Eric Joseph Johnson, David Leach, Eduardo "Tatico" Collazo Music: David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera, Beny Moré, Chucho Valdés y su Cuarteto, Orquesta Aragón, Adalberto Alvarez y su Son, Elio Revé y su Charangón, Issac Delgado y su Orquesta, Pachito Alonso y sus Kini Kini, Pupy y los que son son, Grupo Changui de Guantanamo, and many more Print Source: Eric Joseph Johnson, ericjjohnson@hotmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterMon. April 25 1:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Go For It!

Carmen Marron

USA, Drama/Coming-of-Age, 2011 83 min, Digital, Color English

 

Carmen, a 19 year-old student raised in inner-city Chicago, is trying to find her identity. She spends most of her time in underground clubs enjoying her true passion: dance. Afraid to believe in herself, and not receiving much support from her parents, she is challenged by her professor to audition for a formal dance school in California. While confronting these and other obstacles, she also encounters the biggest chance of her life. Go For It! was inspired by the director's experiences as a street dancer growing up in Chicago, and serves as hopeful inspiration for urban youth to believe in their inner-strength and follow their dreams. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival.

 

Austin Premiere

www.goforitmovie.com

 

Carmen Marron, a Chicago native and former elementary school guidance counselor, began the screenplay for Go For It! as a response to the portrayals of minorities in TV and film. Founder of Sparkhope Productions, she is dedicated to creating films that address women's issues and cultural diversity.

 

Producer: Carmen Marron, Sid Idris Production Companies: Sparkhope Productions Screenwriter: Carmen Marron Cinematographer: Christian Sprenger Editor: Carmen Marron, Anthony David, John Coniglio Sound Design: David Barber, Michael Crosby, Kevin Faber Music: Kenny Wood Cast: Aimee Garcia, Al Bandiero, Jossara Jinaro, Derrick Denicola, Louie Alegria, Andres Perez-Molina, David Hernandez, Gustavo Mellado, Rene Rosado, Liliana Montenegro, Safia Hannin, Peggy Lee Goss, Brad Armacost, Lisa Roumain, David Ross Paterson, Daniel Yabut, Carlos Pratts, Katie L. Hall, Gil Menchaca Print Source: Carmen Marron, carmen@sparkhope.com

 

Photo Courtesy of Sparkhope Productions

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 7:00 PM Buy Tickets for Film

 

Master Class - Mexican American Cultural Center - Mon. April 25 4PM - FREE Master Classes!