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Mapa / Map A film by León Siminiaini

Spain, Creative Documentary, 201285 min, MiniDV/Full HD, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 9:45PM

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  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

 

 

 

 

   
  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

  

 

 

   
  La noche anuncia la auroraNight Announces Dawn

Gerard Uzcategui

Venezuela, Drama, 201223 min, 35mm, ColorNo dialogue

 

Over the delta of the Catatumbo river, in a structure build on stilts, a woman makes her home. Facing the death of her husband, she spends time on the water, navigating the streams of solitude. Reality intermingles with her thoughts, her dreams, her fears, her desires, her memory. Until one day, she decides to seek the unknown. She thus reveals, briefly, an intricate reality, submerging us in the inner world of that mysterious being.

 

US Premierewww.gerarduzcategui.com/aurora 

Print Source: Gerard Uzcategui, gwuc@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 
  As Rosas Brancas The White Roses

Diogo Costa Amarante

USA/Portugal, Family Drama, 201320 min, HD, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

Siblings take flowers to a grave in the deep snow. Their father directs them. Their mother is dead--how will they fill the void she left behind? Each family member tries to find their way and must redefine their course. “There are times, when all the world's asleep, the questions run too deep for such a simple man, won't you please, please tell me what we've learned, I know it sounds absurd, but please tell me who I am” -Suptertramp. AS ROSAS BRANCAS has enjoyed success on the festival circuit, including screenings at Berlinale and IndieLisboa.

 

Texas Premierewww.diogocostaamarante.com 

Print Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

Thursday, April 24 - 4:00 pmAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Screens before the feature filmBOBÔBuy TicketsSaturday, April 26 - 11:30 amAlamo Drafthouse Village 2

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  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

Screens before the feature-length documentaryO MESTRE E O DIVINOFree 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

 

 

 
  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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  Ñanz   Grandfather Volcano

Carlos Gomez, Geodiel Chindicue

Colombia/USA, Documentary/Fiction, 201343 min, MiniDV, ColorNasa Yuwe with English subtitles

 

Deep in the Colombian Andes, a Nasa indigenous community lives amidst the foothills of a snow-capped volcano. When the volcano becomes active, disaster threatens. ÑANZ is the story of a boy in search of meaning through his dreams, and of his community's struggle to find a safe land in which to live.

 

North American Premierewww.cineminga.org

Print Source: Cineminga International, info@cineminga.org

Friday, April 25th 6:00PM

St. Edward's University

Screens with the filmINUIT CREE RECONCILIATIONFree Screening

 

 

 
  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

 

 

 
  9546 KM My World

Sergio García Locatelli

Peru/Spain, Personal Documentary, 20134 min, HD, ColorNo dialogue with English captions

"I keep searching inside myself to find out if Madrid is truly my city. I came here more than 7 years ago from a place 9546 kilometres away. By day, I feel like a foreigner, even though no one notices unless I speak." This short film has appeared in a variety of festivals worldwide, including Zagreb Dox in Croatia, the iPhone Film Festival, and the 31st Bogotá Film Festival. 

Regional Premierewww.quechuafilms.com

Print Source: Hugo Carmona - Quechua Films, sales@quechuafilms.com

Saturday, April 26th 10:00PMMarchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature filmLA GRAN FAMILIA ESPAÑOLA

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  They Make Noise like Feathers

Alvaro Torres

USA/Costa Rica, Personal Narrative Documentary, 201213 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

THEY MAKE NOISE LIKE FEATHERS is a short documentary that presents a series of Austin characters and their desires to return home. It is an invitation to refect on a very basic human necessity: to think about the place you grew up in and the ever- fleeting possibility of returning.

 

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Print Source: Alvaro Torres, atorrescrespo@gmail.com

 

 

 

   
Dia de PretoDay of Black

Marcial Renato, Marcos Felipe Delfino, Daniel Mattos

Brazil, Surrealist Drama/Mystery/Satire, 201190 min, DVCPro50, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

At the time of slavery, every day was a "day of black" in Brazil. But somewhere in the past, one of the slaves became the first free Brazilian black man. This is the backdrop to the saga of a young worker today in the eternal quest for freedom. The black man is now the driver of a wealthy family, involved with the daughter of his boss in the theft of a sacred relic. Pursued by the girl's boyfriend, he spends a crazy night in a mall, facing a series of bizarre characters. After a journey of life and death, our hero learns that there are days when the night sucks, and some stories do not end ever. Dia de Preto has played at various film festivals around the world, including recently at the Chicago Latino Film Festival; this film also features an outstanding soundtrack which was honored with Best Score by the Sunset International Film Festival, LA.

Regional Premiere

www.diadepreto.com.br

Marcos Felipe has a degree in Radio and TV from UFRJ and post graduate degrees in Screenwriting from UESA and Audiovisual Regulation from UFRJ. Since 2006, he's worked as a regulator for ANCINE in Brazil.Daniel Mattos also graduated from UFRJ and holds MA and PhD degrees in Communication from the same institution. Marcial Renato is a graduate in Communication with an MA in Literature from UFRJ. Marcial was a producer for TV Globo and currently acts as a regulator for ANCINE. Dia de Preto is the first feature written, produced and directed by these collaborators.

Producer: Marcial RenatoProduction Companies: DEMIANScreenwriter: Marcial Renato, Marcos Felipe Delfino, Daniel MattosCinematographer: Gustavo Nasr, Marcos Felipe DelfinoEditor: Marcos Felipe DelfinoSound Design: Marcos Felipe DelfinoMusic: João Vianna, Nado Zicker, Denis PortoCast: Marcelo Batista, Vanessa Galvão, Guilherme Almeida, Paulo Abreu, Ricardo Bonaverti, Raul Ferreira, Naiara Hawaii, Andrea Cassali, Heráclito Junior, Deivid AraújoPrint Source: Marcos Felipe Delfino, mafelipe@gmail.com, filme@diadepreto.com.br

Thursday, April 26 - 3:30 PM

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Saturday, April 28 - 10:30 PM

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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)

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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)

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Martyris

Luis Felipe Hernández Alanís

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

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

Austin Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

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

Sunday, April 29 - 1:45 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Baby Shower

Periferias interiores Internal Outskirts

Sergio García Locatelli

Spain/Peru, Documentary, 2009 19 min, DVCAM, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Seen through the eyes of an exile, the large, Latin American city of Lima, Peru provides a sense of nostalgia and yearning for director Sergio García Locatelli. Filming the city during a grey, misty winter, the historic heart of the city, in all its reconstruction and restructuring, shows the coexistence of two worlds: that of an aristocratic past and of the current inhabitants who emigrated in search of the "Lima dream." The film takes audiences on a panoramic tour of Lima and its outskirts - a place where poverty exists visibly within the margins of wealth.

 

North American Premiere

www.quechuafilms.com

 

Producer: Marino León Production Companies: Quechua Films Screenwriter: Karla Villavicencio, Eva Hurtado, Sergio García Cinematographer: Rodrigo Morcos, Hugo Carmona Editor: Sergio García Locatelli Sound Design: Omar Pareja, José Balado Music: Alonso Acosta performing Beethoven Print Source: Sergio García Locatelli - Quechua Films, sergiogarcia@quechuafilms.com

 

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

 

 

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

Byrt Wammack Weber

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

 

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

 

Texas Premiere

muchtaljedz.yoochel.org

 

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

 

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

 

Entre paredes de agua Between Water Walls

Rosa Martha Fernández

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

 

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

 

US Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

 

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

 

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

 

Aranceles Tariffs

Melo Viana

Brazil, Experimental Narrative, 2009 16 min, DVCPro/35mm, Color Various languages with English subtitles

 

The tariffs placed on the distribution of films in Latin America stifles much of the creativity and virtuosity of some of the most inventive and realistic cinema in the world. Aranceles, shot in single-sequence panning movement, offers a panoramic metaphor of this situation in Latin American cinema, from the setting of a prison where these films are "jailed."

 

North American Premiere

Producer: Sandra Zawadzki Production Companies: del Este Screenwriter: Melo Viana Cinematographer: Lucio Kodato Editor: Daniel Grizza Sound Design: Melo Viana Cast: Celia Baptista, Alfredo Bufrem, Marcelo Leoncio Print Source: Melo Viana, meloviana@yahoo.com

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Wed. April 27 1:00 PM FREE!

 

Gato encerrado Cat in a Box

Peque Varela

Spain/Argentina, Animation/Experimental, 2010 No dialogue

 

How many lives does a cat have? It all depends on where you come from. Follow us in the journey of the quantum cat; he does not know whether he is dead or alive.

 

North American Premiere

www.pequevarela.com

 

Producer: Silvina Cornillon Production Companies: Argallando Screenwriter: Peque Varela Cinematographer: Neus Olle Editor: Fiona Desouza Sound Design: Chu-Li Shewring Music: Natalie Holt Print Source: Silvina Cornillon – Argallando, silvinacornillon@gmail.com

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 4:00 PM

Opens for A Alegria

 

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!

 

The Myth of Time

Jaguar X

Guatemala/USA, Experimental Narrative, 2010 92 min, Super16mm/35mm, Color Spanish, English, Mayan with English subtitles

 

The unwritten chapters of the Mayan Popol Vuh are related in The Myth of Time by sharing the story of a boy, the Dark-Eyed One, and his transformation into manhood. The story takes place in a world where a holocaust has just occurred and we follow the Dark-Eyed One through his creation, experiences as a child soldier, first love, and ultimately The Revelation.

 

Regional Premiere

www.TheMythofTimeTheMovie.com

 

Jaguar X, born in Atlanta, Georgia, and a graduate of New York University, has worked as a poet, actor and director of three films: The Dinner Party; La cabra, recipient of a Kodak materials grant; and The Myth of Time, filmed over five years in Guatemala.

 

Producer: Scorpion Hernandez Production Companies: Le Rwa Entertainment Screenwriter: Jaguar X Cinematographer: Gordon Arkenberg, Steven Huber, Cesar Gutierrez Miranda, Axel Rodil Editor: Le Rwa Entertainment Sound Design: Le Rwa Entertainment Music: Scorpion Hernandez, Luis Juárez Quixtán and Ludwin Juárez Quixtan Cast: Daniel Posada, Scorpion H., Enrique Valencia, Alicia Chong, Jaguar X, David Sterne, Rob Morgan, Josue Sotomayor Print Source: Jaguar X - Le Rwa Entertainment, lerwa000@yahoo.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterWed. April 27 1:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Humanimal

Francesc Morales

Chile, Experimental/Horror, 2010 83 min, HD, Color No dialogue

 

In a world where people dress up as animals, innocent and timid Turtle is competing with Fox for the attentions of Cat. Bunny has also come to stir things up, and Turtle is confronted with moral corruption. Things turn violent as the relationships between the animals and the outside world escalate.

 

North American Premiere

www.humanimal.cl

 

After studying at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile, Francesc Morales gained international regard with the 30+ short films he produced, wrote and directed. Currently working on several new projects for 2011, Humanimal is his first feature.

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Francesc Morales Production Companies: Efecto Moral Films Screenwriter: Francesc Morales, Ximena Quiroz Cinematographer: Claudia Serrano Editor: Francesc Morales Sound Design: Benjamín Lechuga Music: René Roco Cast: Ramón Llao, Jenny Cavallo, Sebastián Layseca, Cecilia Levi, Cristobal Tapia-Montt, Francisco Gormáz, Felipe Avello, Jimena Núñez, Martín Morales Print Source: Francesc Morales, info@humanimal.cl

 

Blue Starlite Drive-InSat. April 23 11:00 PM FREE!

 

 

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

Byrt Wammack Weber, Ana Rosa Duarte

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

 

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

 

North American Premiere

arrozconleche.yoochel.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

Historia de un día The Story of a Day

Rosana Matecki

Venezuela, Documentary, 2009 89 min, DV, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Historia de un día begins by observing the peaceful life of farmers living in a rural area in Latin America. Day breaks. A woman touches her eyebrows. A man shaves. Chickens are set loose and goats are fed. Little or nothing is said but the soundtrack gradually evolves into a rich, subtle combination of background noise and added sounds. This observation takes on a more contemplative mood, when attention is focused on the other subjects of the film.

 

Austin Premiere

www.kiiskakuna.com

 

Rosana Matecki studied communications in Caracas, Venezuela, has directed 12 documentaries, and has worked as a producer, director, researcher and/or screenwriter on various projects, including Ancestral Women and El último Don. She is the founder of Kiiskakuna Productions.

 

Producer: Rosana Matecki Production Companies: Kiiskakuna Cinematographer: John Márquez, Emil Guevara Editor: Lucas Villegas Sound Design: Cecilia Nava Music: Alejandro Rodríguez Cast: Famille Guerrero Carrizales, Avendaño Rodríguez Zabala, Hernandez Epieyú, Pushainá y Girnú Print Source: Latinofusión, latinofusion@latinofusion.com.mx

 

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Mon. April 25 8:00 PM

FREE!

 

Avenida Brasília Formosa Defiant Brasilia

Gabriel Mascaro

Brazil, Experimental Documentary, 2010 85 min, HD, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

Individuals from various walks of life are all real people placed in a fictional structure: Brasilia Formosa Avenue, which runs along Recife's urban coastline. Through their daily routines, a poetic web of encounters, memories and desires offers insight into their contemporary reality and relationships with the newly constructed avenue.

 

Regional Premiere

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Gabriel Mascaro graduated from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil. His first feature, Um Lugar Ao Sol, won various international festival awards. Founder of the production company Simio, he also works as an educator for NGO Video in the Villages teaching film in indigenous communities.

 

 

 

 

Producer: Mannuela Costa, Gabriel Mascaro Production Companies: Plano 09 Produções Screenwriter: Gabriel Mascaro Cinematographer: Ivo Lopes Araújo Editor: Tatiana Almeida Sound Design: Carlos Montenegro Cast: Fabio Gomes de Melo Print Source: Alex Garcia - FiGa Films, alex@figafilms.com

 

 

 

A Alegria The Joy

Felipe Bragança, Marina Meliande

Brazil, Drama, 2010 100 min, HD, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

A fairy tale about youth and courage, A Alegria tells the story of 16-year-old Luiza, a girl who is tired of hearing about the end of the world. During the Christmas holidays, her cousin João is shot in a poor neighborhood of the city and disappears into the middle of the night. Some weeks after, while Luiza is alone in her apartment, she finds a mysterious guest waiting for her in the living room: João, as a ghost, asking her to help hide him.

 

Regional Premiere

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Felipe Bragança and Marina Meliande, both 29 years old, are part of a new generation of Brazilian filmmakers. Together they developed the Coração no Fogo Trilogy as a way of questioning some realistic traditions in Brazilian movies. A Alegria is the second film of the trilogy.

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Lara Frigotto, Felipe Bragança, Marina Meliande Production Companies: Duas Mariola Filmes Screenwriter: Felipe Bragança Cinematographer: Andra Capella Editor: Marina Meliande Sound Design: Felippe Mussel Music: Lucas Marcier Cast: Tainá Medina, Cesar Cardadeiro, Flora Dias, Rikle Jeová Print Source: Alex Garcia - FiGa Films, alex@figafilms.com

 

 

 

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Verano de Goliat Summer of Goliath

Nicolás Pereda

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

 

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

 

Texas Premiere

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

 

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

 

 

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Morrer Como um Homem To Die Like a Man

João Pedro Rodrigues

Portugal/France, Drama, 2009 134 min, 35mm, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

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

Tonia is a transsexual star in the Lisbon club world. She is juggling a needy, junkie boyfriend; competition from a new black, drag sensation; her psychopathic, soldier son; and, worst of all, the physical and emotional ravages of age. Her body is rejecting the various surgical and hormonal transformations that made her famous, a fact made evident by the brutal representations of its physical deterioration. Her body seems to insist that her life lived as a woman must end in her dying like a man, but nothing is as simple as it seems. The film blends surrealism with realism to paint a complex psychological portrait. Official selection by the Cinefondation for the Atelier of Cannes Film Festival 2007 and for Un Certain Regard during Cannes 2009.

 

Regional Premiere

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João Pedro Rodrigues was born in 1966 in Lisbon, Portugal. His first short film, Parabéns! was awarded a Special Jury Mention in the 54th Venice International Film Festival. His other features include O Fantasma and Two Drifters.

 

 

 

Producer: Maria João Sigalho Production Companies: Rosa Filmes, Ad Vitam Production Screenwriter: João Pedro Rodrigues, Rui Catalão Cinematographer: Rui Poças Editor: João Pedro Rodrigues, Rui Mourão Sound Design: Nuno Carvalho, Jean-Pierre Laforce Music: Bonnie Tyler, Gonçalo Ferreira De Almeida, Alexander David, Fernando Santos, Cindy Scrash, Baby Dee Cast: Fernando Santos, Alexander David, Gonçalo Ferreira de Almeida, Chandra Malatitch, Jenny Larrue Print Source: Strand Releasing, strand@strandreleasing.com

 

 

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Des-Autorizados Un-Authorized

Elia K. Schneider

Colombia/Venezuela, Comedy/Drama/Fantasy, 2009 90 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

In the middle of a surrealist Caracas, Elia K. Schneider begins a fantastic journey into the depth of her imagination. In her story, Elias, a playwright, is conflicted between being forced to write, or facing the consequences of writing his characters into reality. In a strange twist, Elias must confront his characters and his dark side, while Elia K. also begins to see the results of her creation.

 

North American Premiere

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Elia K. Schneider is an award-winning Venezuelan director of such films as Huelepega and Punto y raya. Director of the Venezuelan production company, Unity Films, she currently gives acting workshops at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles.

 

Producer: José Ramón Novoa Production Companies: Unity Films Screenwriter: Fernando Butazzoni Cinematographer: Oscar Pérez Editor: Jerry Zottolo Sound Design: Guillermo Palacios Music: Osvaldo Montes Cast: Erich Wildpret, Samantha Dagnino, Tristán Ulloa Print Source: José Ramón Novoa - Leon Films, jrnovoa@gmail.com

 

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