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Mujer conejo / Rabbit Woman A film by Verónica Chen

Argentina, Animation/Fantasy, 201381 min, HD 4K, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

Wednesday, April 23rd 9:45PM

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Bobô A film by Inês Oliveira

Portugal, Drama/Family Drama, 201380 min, Digital, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 4PMAlamo Village 3

Saturday, April 26 - 11:30 PMAlamo Village 2

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Micha A film by Eugene Martin

USA, Coming of Age/Drama, 201375 min, RED, ColorEnglishDirector Eugene Martin in attendance

Sunday, April 27th  5:00PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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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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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 subtitlesDirector/producer Noam Osband in attendance

Saturday, April 26 - 3PM

St. Edward's

Free Screening

  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

 

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 
  Life of Giorgio

Sergio Carvajal-Leoni

USA/Italy, Comedy, 201323 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Italian with English subtitles

Production assistant Claire Soto and composer Esteban Alvarez in attendance

Giorgio has lived his entire life in the "eternal city" of Rome. Lately, he has been feeling as if the entire universe is conspiring against him, pushing him to do the one thing that he hates the most: change. LIFE OF GIORGIO is a bilingual surreal comedy created between Texas and Rome by Austin-based filmmakers Sergio Carvajal-Leoni and Romina Olson as another component of their acclaimed intercultural Texan-Italian community project called ITAL.

 

World Premierewww.italchannel.tv 

Print Source: Romina Olson - ITAL, italaustin@gmail.com

Hecho en Tejas Short Film ShowcaseSunday, April 27th 11:00AMMarchesa Hall & Theatre

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  Interstate

Camille Stochitch

USA, Drama/Social Issue, 201320 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

Joaquin is a driving instructor who has been living and working in East Los Angeles for years. On the side, he also teaches illegal immigrants how to drive. Yet, one day, after a driving lesson with Nayeli, a new student whose dreams particularly catch Joaquin's attention, Vazquez, a HSI agent who has been on his trail for some time, shows up at Joaquin's door. He must help Vazquez arrest Lalo during their next drop-off, or else he will be locked away for good. Joaquin must decide whether to save himself or give up the immigrants he has been helping, including Nayeli, whom he cares about more than he thought he would. This AFI thesis film has screened in Latino festivals around the country, including the San Diego and Chicago Latino Film Festivals.

 

Texas Premierewww.interstatethefilm.com 

Print Source: Camille Stochitch, stochitch.camille@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24th 1:00PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Saturday, April 26th 9:00PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3

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  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

 

 

 
  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

 

 

 
  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.

 

World Premiere

 

Print Source: Alvaro Torres, atorrescrespo@gmail.com

 

 

 

   
  Southmost U.S.A.

Trish Dalton

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

 

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

 

World Premierewww.southmostusa.com 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

   
  Bordando la fronteraThe Border

Rene Rhi

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

 

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

 

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

 

   
Música campesinaCountry Music

Alberto Fuguet

Chile/USA, Drama/Comedy, 2011105 min, HD, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

Alejandro Tazo, a broken-hearted Chilean in his thirties, arrives in Nashville, Tennessee, the cradle of country music. Tazo wants to meet people and make this trip worth something, but he will realize that life is unpredictable, especially in a foreign country. Música campesina, which was filmed in Nashville, premiered at BAFICI and went on to win Best National Film at Valdivia.

Regional Premiere

www.cinepata.com

Alberto Fuguet was born in Santiago and studied journalism at the University of Chile. He has developed a career as a novelist, film critic, and filmmaker, and in 2010 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction. He writes for the magazine Qué Pasa and is a resident professor of film and literature at Diego Portales University. He is currently writing a book of essays about North American film from the 1970s, among other projects.

Producer: Sarah Childress, Mauricio Varela, Ted FischerProduction Companies: CinepataScreenwriter: Alberto FugetCinematographer: Ashley ZeigerEditor: Sebastián ArriagadaSound Design: Cristián MascaróMusic: Gustavo Leon-CapedevilleCast: Pablo Cerda, James Cathcart, Karin Whitehouse, Ezra Fitz, Todd Hughes, Cole KinnearPrint Source: Silvio Canihuante, silvio@cinepata.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 12:30 PM

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Friday, April 27 - 9:30 PM

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Under My Nails

Arí Maniel Cruz

Puerto Rico/USA, Drama/Erotic Thriller, 2011102 min, HD, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

In New York City, Solimar, a woman who is from Puerto Rico, works in a nail salon. She becomes obsessed with the violent sexual practices of her new neighbors, a Dominican man named Roberto and his Haitian-Dominican wife. Solimar, as a voyeur of their intimate life, one day witnesses a particularly brutal encounter. Roberto's wife disappears after that. In her absence, Solimar and Roberto develop an intense and violent sexual relationship. But the sudden appearance of an unidentified woman's dead body in the Bronx River awakens Solimar's suspicion. Solimar has fallen in love with Roberto, and what could be a threat for her has transformed into an erotic drive that she can't stop. Under My Nails recently won the Best Actress Award at the San Juan International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.undermynails.com

Arí Maniel Cruz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended school in Rio Piedras and college in Santurce, both districts of San Juan. After his graduation from college with a BA in Communications, because there were no film schools on the island, he moved to Mexico City and studied screenwriting. From 2007 to 2011, he worked in New York City as an executive producer and TV host in V-ME, a US National Television Network in Spanish. He is currently working on his next two films, La Tierra Prometida and Carmín.

Producer: Arí Maniel Cruz, Kisha Tikina Burgos, Andrei NemcikProduction Companies: La Teta ProductionsScreenwriter: Kisha Tikina BurgosCinematographer: Corey GegnerEditor: Andrei NemcikSound Design: José Elí PérezMusic: Omar Silva, Colectivo Electrónica IsleñaCast: Kisha Tikina Burgos, Iván Camilo, Rosie Berrido, Dolores Pedro, Antonio Pantojas, Enrique Juliá, Maite Bonilla, Miranda Purcell, Marilú AcostaPrint Source: Arí Maniel Cruz, latetaproductions@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 1:00 PM

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Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

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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

Para vivirTo Live

Juan A. Izaguirre

USA, Human Rights Documentary, 201110 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Joel is a young man living without documentation in Austin, Texas. Originally from Mexico, he is here to work to pay for medicine to treat his cancer--medicine he cannot afford in Mexico. The film follows Joel for a day; we are with him at a day labor center and he explains his situation, including the 35 months he spent in jail for being caught without documentation. This film forms a part of the Faces of Austin 2012 selection.

Festival Premiere

Producer: Juan A. Izaguirre

Production Companies: Izaguirre FilmsCinematographer: Juan A. IzaguirreEditor: Juan A. IzaguirreSound Design: Juan A. Izaguirre Cast: Joel Hernandez MartinezPrint Source: Juan A. Izaguirre, no_ma_am02@earthlink.net

Saturday, April 28 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Canción del cuerpo

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

Child of the Desert

Iliana Sosa

USA, Social Drama, 201119 min, RED, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

Child of the Desert is a contemporary short film that follows Elia, a working class mother, on her journey across the Southwest to see the final resting site of her military son. Fearless and free-spirited, Elia meets Jorge, an undocumented immigrant, at a gas station and befriends him despite the fact that she does not speak Spanish. Set against the backdrop of the Texas desert, Elia believes that her son has returned in the form of Jorge's presence in order to assuage her pain and allow her to forgive herself for not being able to "save" him. Child of the Desert has been screening around the country, including at San Diego Latino Film Festival, and Iliana was presented with the "Best Director" Award at the 2012 BHLIFE Film Festival in Boyle Heights.

 

Austin Premiere

www.facebook.com/ChildoftheDesertMovie ,www.ilianasosa.com/?page_id=23

 

Iliana Sosa is a filmmaker and writer from El Paso, Texas born to Mexican immigrant parents and currently based in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in film directing from UCLA and is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including the prestigious Steven Bochco Fellowship. With Child of the Desert she aims to honor the mothers of deceased military men and women who must deal with the consequences of a senseless war in very tangible and personal ways.

Producer: Iliana Sosa, Carlos CorralScreenwriter: Iliana SosaCinematographer: Judy PhuEditor: Alex DeMilleSound Design: Eric HoehnMusic: Claire HolleyCast: Dale Dickey, Victor BonevaPrint Source: Iliana Sosa, sosa.iliana@gmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 12:30 PM

Sunday, April 29 - 5:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Camera obscura

 

 

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

www.paraisofilm.com

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

Paraíso Paraiso

León Ichaso

USA, Thriller/Drama, 2009 100, HD, Color/Black & White Spanish, English with English subtitles

The monotonous life of Miami radio personality Remigio Gallegos changes abruptly when he answers the phone to find out that a son he has never met is waiting for him at the immigration office. Along with his mother's cross, the young man brings with him a haunted past. Paraiso explores generational and class divides within the Cuban exile community in southern Florida. Part thriller, drama, and existential romance, the film explodes with heart, color, music, and a desperate tale.

Regional Premiere

www.paraisothefilm.blogspot.com

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: León Ichaso, Lisa Rhoden Boyd Production Companies: Camino Verde Films Screenwriter: León Ichaso Cinematographer: Henry Vargas, Henry Lynk Editor: Juan Carlos Garza, Sebastián Jiménez Sound Design: Bruno Canale Music: Alfredo Triff Cast: Miguel Gutiérrez, Adrián Más, Tamara Melián, Lili Rentería, Ariel Texido, Juan David Ferrer, Aliani Sánchez, Larry Villanueva, Sandra García, Rosie Iguanzo, Roberto Poveda Print Source: León Ichaso, Lichaso1@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Black Box Theater Tuesday, April 26, 9pm Free!

 

Vecino Neighbor

Argenis Mills

Cuba/Dominican Republic/Brazil, Drama, 2010 11 min, 35mm, Color No dialogue

 

Samuel is a Latino immigrant who goes to Europe searching for a better life. Shortly after moving into his apartment, an upstairs neighbor complains about the noise and threatens to turn him in to immigration. As Samuel becomes more obsessed with not making any noise, he goes to great extremes to quiet each and every sound.

 

Texas Premiere

www.eictv.org

 

Producer: Viana González Production Companies: EICTV Screenwriter: Daniel Rodríguez de Castro Cinematographer: César Zayas Editor: Rocío Gattinoni Sound Design: Salomé Román Music: Luís Díaz Cast: Yarién Rodríguez, Osvaldo Doimeadiós Print Source: Jorge Rey - EICTV, promocioninternacional@eictv.org.cu

 

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

 

Red Casas del Migrante Scalabrini Network of Scalbrini Migrant Houses

Marcela Morán

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

 

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

 

World Premiere

www.migrante.com.mx

 

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

 

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

 

Dreams Awake

Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith

USA, Documentary, 2010 7 min, DVCPro HD, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Doroteo Garcia, like countless Mexican immigrants, came to the United States to make a better life for his family. What was meant to be a short separation from his family has now lasted longer than a decade. To deal with his loneliness, Doroteo turned to poetry to express himself. To combat the invisibility of immigrant workers, he also became a union activist. This film explores the many layers of this charismatic man by juxtaposing his poetry and storytelling with scenes of his life both inside and outside the art museum where he works.

 

Texas Premiere

www.kevingordonfilms.com

 

Producer: Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith Cinematographer: Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith Editor: Rebekah Meredith, Kevin Gordon Sound Design: Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith Print Source: Rebekah Meredith, rebekah_meredith@yahoo.com

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Fri. April 22 3:00 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

 

The Dreamers

Paloma Gonzalez, Harry Lindner

USA, Documentary, 2010 13 min, HDV, Color English

 

The Dreamers offers a look at the lives of undocumented youth, and the reality they face of not being able to pursue their dreams despite their success in school.

 

World Premiere

Producer: Paloma Gonzalez, Harry Lindner Screenwriter: Paloma Gonzalez, Harry Lindner Cinematographer: Paloma Gonzalez Editor: Paloma Gonzalez Sound Design: Paloma Gonzalez Music: Alexa Yunes Cast: Jorge Gonzalez, Rick Noriega, Carlos Cruz, Ernie Sandoval, Juan Gonzalez Print Source: Paloma Gonzalez, pgsaxju@aol.com

 

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

 

Hermoso silencio Beautiful Silence

Jorge A. Jimenez

USA, Drama, 2010 102 min, DVD, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Cruz is a young man who has lived his entire life in the mountains of northern Mexico. Before the death of his father, he was told that he had family on the other side of the mountains in the United States. After his father's death, he takes a journey into the unknown and begins to see a world he did not know existed. Hermoso silencio is a story about family, friendship, racism, and love, all of which converge in Cruz's story.

 

World Premiere

Jorge A. Jimenez holds a degree in Directing and Acting from Texas State University. He has worked in 13 different films as an actor over the past four years including Clemente, 2:22, Desdemon, El Pozo by Guillermo Arriaga, ¿Alguien ha visto a Lupita?, Maten a Leo Mendez, and Shades of Gray.

 

Producer: Jorge A. Jimenez Production Companies: Ah: Raza Films Screenwriter: Jorge A. Jimenez Cinematographer: Philip Roy Editor: Philip Roy Sound Design: Luis Monterrubio Music: David Frost Cast: Jorge A. Jimenez, Carmen Salinas, Brad Maule, Erin Brooke Print Source: Jorge A. Jimenez, jajimenezv@hotmail.com

 

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Brother Towns / Pueblos Hermanos

Charles D. Thompson, Jr., Michael Davey

USA, Documentary, 2010 58 min, DigiBeta, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Brother Towns/Pueblos Hermanos is the story of two towns linked by immigration, family, and work: Jacaltenango, a highland, Maya town in Guatemala; and Jupiter, Florida, an American coastal resort where many Jacaltecos have settled. The film chronicles the reasons why people migrate across borders, how people make and remake their communities when they travel thousands of miles from home, and how people maintain families despite their travel. With immigration being such controversial topic, the film strives to include the voices of those opposed to as well as advocating for undocumented immigrants, and prompt a deeper dialogue about these issues.

 

Regional Premiere

www.brothertowns.com

 

Charles Thompson is a Lecturer in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and an adjunct professor in the Department of Religion at Duke. His other film works include The Guestworker and We Shall Not Be Moved. Michael Davey, a painter and editor, has worked in the production business for more than twenty years and during that time has edited a wide variety of programs including documentaries for PBS, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, and Animal Planet.

 

Producer: Charles D. Thompson, Jr. Production Companies: Bullfrog Films Cinematographer: Michael Davey, Charles D. Thompson, Jr., Margaret Morales Editor: Michael Davey Sound Design: Michael Davey, Charles D. Thompson, Jr., Margaret Morales Music: La Tona, Santos Montejo, Musicians of Jacaltenango Cast: Filomeno Raymundo Diaz Print Source: Bullfrog Films, video@bullfrogfilms.com

 

Jones Auditorium at the Ragsdale Center, St. Edward's UniversityMon. April 25 7:00 PM FREE!

 

 

New Children / New York

Gisela Sanders Alcántara

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

 

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

 

Regional Premiere

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

María en tierra de nadie Maria in Nobody's Land

Marcela Zamora Chamorro

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

 

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

 

North American Premiere

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

 

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

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterMon. April 25 6:00 PM

FREE!

 

Prometeo deportado Deporting Prometeo

Fernando Mieles

Ecuador, Comedy/Satire, 2010 112 min, HD/RED, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

In a European airport, members of the EU pass through immigration freely, while the "others" wait in line. A group of Ecuadorians is specifically targeted, arrested and put into a holding cell before being deported. All of them have something to hide, including Prometeo, a young Ecuadorian with some special luggage. As time passes in the waiting room, more and more Ecuadorians arrive, and conditions soon deteriorate to inhumane levels. With no exit, a new order and illusion are created, thanks in part to Prometeo.

 

North American Premiere

www.prometeodeportado.com

 

Fernando Mieles is an Ecuadorian director, screenwriter and graduate of the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). Director of numerous shorts and several feature documentaries, Prometeo Deportado is his first narrative feature.

 

Producer: Oderay Game Production Companies: Other Eye Films Screenwriter: Fernando Mieles Cinematographer: Diego Falconí Editor: Iván Mora Manzano Sound Design: Juan José Luzuriaga Music: Manuel Larrea Cast: Carlos Gallegos, Ximena Mieles, Juana Guarderas, Peky Andino, Lucho Mueckay, Henry Layana, Andrés Crespo, Penélope Lauret, Ana Miranda, Patty Naranjo, Alejandro Fajardo, Alina Ortiz Print Source: Oderay Game - Other Eye Films, oderaygame@quatropublicom.com

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 1:00 PM Buy Tickets

 

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