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Beneath the Blindfold A film by Ines Sommer, Kathy Berger

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

Wednesday, April 23rd 8:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Beautiful Sin A film by Gabriela Quirós

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

Saturday, April 26th 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Uvanga A film by Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Madeline Piujuq Ivalu

Canada, Drama, 201386 min, HD, ColorInuktitut, English with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26th 4:30PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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Disruption A film by Pamela Yates

USA, Social Issue Documentary, 201484 min, HDV, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish, Portuguese, English, Quechua with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26 - 4:00 pm

Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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Calloused Hands A film by Jesse Quinones

USA/UK, Drama/Coming of Age, 201395 min, RED, ColorEnglish

Friday, April 25 - 3:30 PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Buy Tickets

Saturday, April 26 - 11AMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

Rincón de Darwin / Darwin’s Corner A film by Diego Fernández Pujol

Uruguay/Portugal, Road Movie/Comedy/Drama, 201378 min, Digital 4K, ColorSpanish, English with English, Spanish subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 1 PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

Saturday, April 26 - 9 PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

We Women Warriors A film by Nicole Karsin

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

Thursday, April 24th 6:30PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

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

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

Friday, April 25th 2:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

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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Waiting for Sandoval A film by David B. Carren

USA, Thriller/Fantasy, 201483 min, HD, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

Sunday, April 27th 2:00PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 A film by Julianna Brannum

USA, Educational/Social Issue Documentary/Biography, 201365 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

Saturday, April 26th 1:30PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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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 Drafthouse Village 3

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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

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

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

Wednesday, April 23 - 8PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

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

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

Wednesday, April 23 - 6PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

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

USA, Civil Rights/Documentary, 201352 min, Mini DV/DVCam, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitlesCo-producer/Director Al Santana in attendance

Saturday, April 26 - 1:30 pm

St. Edwards University

Free Screening

  The REDress REdress Project

Tina Keeper

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

 

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

 

Regional Premierewww.buffalogalpictures.com 

Print Source: Tina Keeper, tina@kistikanpictures.com

  

 

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

Kelly Brinn Urig

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

 

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

 

World Premierewww.thechilefilm.com 

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

 

 

 

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

Cathleen O'Connell

USA, Music Documentary, 201227 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

 

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

 

Regional Film Festival Premierewww.sousaontherez.com

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

 

 

 

   
  The 6th World

Nanobah Becker

USA, Sci-Fi, 201215 min, RED, ColorEnglish

 

Tazbah Redhouse is a pilot on the first spaceship sent to colonize Mars. A mysterious dream the night before her departure indicates there may be more to her mission than she understands.

 

Regional Premierewww.futurestates.tv/episodes/6th-world 

Print Source: Nanobah Becker, nanobah_becker@hotmail.com

  

 

 

   
  Las Mañanitas

Gabriella Moses

USA, Coming of Age/Drama/Comedy, 201219 min, 35mm, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

A coming of age fairy tale set in 1960s New York City. Ana Isabel is a young lady on the cusp of womanhood, and finds herself tempted to lose her virginity on the night of her Quinceañera, until the unexpected visit from the Virgin Mary in a frying pan makes her think twice.

 

Regional Premierewww.lasmananitasfilm.com, www.facebook.com/lasmananitasfilm 

Print Source: Gabriella A. Moses, gabriella.a.moses@gmail.com

  

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

   
  Reviens-MoiReturn to Me

Tracy Rector

USA, Magical Realism/Youth/Teen Culture, 20128 min, HDV, Color/Black & WhiteFrench, English with English subtitles

 

A young man wakes to a profound memory from his past, which ignites within him a yearning for his childhood sweetheart on the streets of Seattle, wrapped in Parisian ambience.

 

Regional Premierewww.longhousemedia.org Print Source: Tracy Rector, nativelens@mac.com

 

 

 

 

   
  A Red Girl's Reasoning

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Canada, Thriller/Social Issue Drama, 201211 min, RED, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Cree

 

After the justice system fails, a the survivor of a brutal, racially-driven sexual assault takes matters into her own hands. She becomes a motorcycle-riding, ass-kicking vigilante who takes on attackers of other women who've suffered the same fate.

 

Texas Premierewww.facebook.com/ARedGirlsReasoning 

Print Source:  Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, maija.tailfeathers@gmail.com

  

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 
  The Good Kind

Ofelia Yanez

USA, Comedy/Drama/Coming of Age, 201313 min, RED, ColorEnglish

 Writer/director Ofelia Yanez in attendance

THE GOOD KIND is a story about new love between two young Latinas living in a repressed southern town. When Bianca and Natalia decide to skip class and head to the local gay bar, they meet a quirky drag queen bartender who is quick to pry. In the safety of this bar, the girls allow themselves to be immersed in their feelings for each other, until the dream is abruptly shattered by an unexpected incident. This everyday love story reminds us why continued dialogue and acceptance within our culture is necessary and imperative for the well-being of our youth.

 

World Premiere 

Print Source: Ofelia Yanez, thegoodkindmovie@gmail.com

Sunday, April 27th  5:00PMMarchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature film MICHABUY 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

 

 

 
  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

Screens before the feature filmBOBÔBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  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 24 - 1:00PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Screens before the feature film RINCON DE DARWINBuy TicketsSaturday, April 26 - 9:00PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3

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  Wakening

Danis Goulet

Canada, Sci-Fi/Thriller, 201310 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Cree with English subtitles

 

In the near future, the environment has been destroyed and society suffocates under a brutal military occupation. A lone Cree wanderer, Weesakechak, searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers. WAKENING premiered on the Opening Night of the Toronto Film Festival in 2013, and went on to screen at imagineNATIVE later that year.

 

Texas Premierewww.facebook.com/wakeningshortfilm 

Print Source: Viddywell Films, glen@viddywellfilms.com

Wednesday, April 23 - 3:30PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 2plays before the feature filmLA ESPERA DESESPERABuy TicketsFriday, April 25 -9:45PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3plays before the feature filmLA ESPERA DESESPERABuy Tickets

 

 

 
  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

Screens before the feature-length documentaryAMANCIO WILLIAMSFree Screening

 

 

 
  Zero Hour

Dan Carrillo Levy

Mexico/USA, Drama/Suspense, 20137 min, Digital, ColorEnglish

 

Lorenzo and Paula are traveling on a straight road that seems to lead nowhere through a vast, empty desert. Their own personal paths instantaneously split, but they are still intertwined by this sudden and resounding event. What happens as they stall on this lonely highway will not only challenge the lovers’ relationship, but it will also create a moral struggle within that could change them forever. ZERO HOUR, written by Guillermo Arriaga, screened to enthusiastic audiences at the Cannes Short Film Corner and the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

 

Texas Premierewww.zerohourfilm.com

Print Source: Zero Hour Film, info@zerohourfilm.com

Sunday, April 27th 5:00PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

Screens before the feature filmLA CASA DEL RITMO:A FILM ABOUT LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLESBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  Universal VIP

Ken White, Gyasi Ross

USA, Comedy/Satire/Drama, 2013  4 min, Digital, ColorEnglish

 

Thelma takes care of everyone’s children but can no longer have one of her own - her greatest desire. She questions why Creator has cursed her. Creator has something to say about that himself. Based on the short story UNWORTHY by Gyasi Ross, UNIVERSAL VIP is a short film written, produced, directed by Natives with an all-Native cast. It recently screened at the American Indian Film Festival and the 10th Annual Indigenous World Film Festival.

 

Regional Premiere

Print Source: Michelle Waits, michelle@cutbankcreekpress.com

Wednesday, April 23rd 7:00PM

Marchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature filmLOS INSOLITOS PECES GATO

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  The Orphan and the Polar Bear

Neil Christopher

Canada, Animation/Family Friendly, 2013 9 min, Digital, ColorEnglish  

According to Inuit oral history, long ago, animals had the power of speech, could shift their appearances, and could even assume human form. In THE ORPHAN AND THE POLAR BEAR, a neglected orphan is adopted by a polar bear elder. Under the bear's guidance, the little boy learns the skills he will need to survive and provide for himself. The film has recently begun to play on the international festival circuit, including appearances at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival and the West Chester Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Animated Film.

 

Texas Premierewww.theorphanandthepolarbear.weebly.com

Print Source: Jessie Hale - Taqqut Productions, jessie@taqqut.com

Saturday, April 26th 9:30PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2Screens before the feature filmMIRADAS MULTIPLES, LA MAQUINA LOCABuy Tickets

 

 

 
  Milk and Honey 

Daniel Pfeffer

USA, Coming of Age/Suspense/Family Drama, 2013  23 min, RED/HDCAM/Super 8mm, ColorEnglish

 

On her fifteenth birthday, Maya Rivera makes the ultimate decision to run away from her abusive foster home. She confesses her escape plans to her loyal boyfriend, Josiah, but little does she know her crazed and jealous stepbrother, Johnny, is hot on their trail.

 

World Premierewww.onelovepictureclassics.tumblr.com, www.facebook.com/INTHELANDOFMILKANDHONEY

Print Source: Daniel F. Pfeffer, dpfeffy@gmail.com

Saturday, April 26 - 4:00PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 3 

Screens before the feature filmDISRUPTIONBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  Lonche

Claire Weissbluth

USA, Cultural/Social Issue Documentary, 2013 20 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English, Spanish subtitles

Director Claire Weissbluth in attendance 

This film is a tale of two taco trucks weaving together the narratives of a Salvadoran family's traditional lunch truck that roams the strawberry fields on the Central Coast of California, with a modern Mexican gourmet food truck serving the high-tech companies of Silicon Valley. As we follow along with both restaurants-on-wheels on their daily routes, we see the dedication and struggle that it takes to feed a hungry workforce in these different communities. LONCHE has been delighting international audiences as part of the Official Selection in the Oaxaca, Take Two, and Food & Farm Film Festivals.

 

Regional Premierewww.lonchefilm.com

Print Source: Claire Weissbluth - La Osa Productions, cweissbluth@gmail.com

Friday, March 25th 6:30PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

Screens before the featureHABLA WOMENBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  En la casa, la cama, y la calle At Home, in Bed and in the Streets

Elizabeth Miller

Canada/Nicaragua, Social Issue Documentary, 201336 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

EN LA CASA, LA CAMA Y LA CALLE follows a Nicaraguan women's rights group, Puntos de Encuentro, as it works to end sexual violence at home, in bed and in the streets. The television drama CONTRACORRIENTE (TURNING THE TIDE) is at the center of their campaign. EN LA CASA gets behind the scenes with this visionary team who is “making television not to get to Hollywood, but to make a difference.”

 

Regional Premierewww.redlizardmedia.com/website

Print Source: Liz Miller - Red Lizard Media, casacamacalle@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24th 2:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Screens before the feature-length documentary3 HORAS PARA AMARFree Screening

 

 

 
  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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  Trapitos SuciosDirty Laundry

Sharon Arteaga

USA, Drama/Secret Comedy, 201210 min, HD, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

A stay-at-home wife finds a suspicious note while doing laundry.

 

World Premiere

Print Source: Sharon Arteaga, sharonaarteaga@gmail.com

  

 

 

   
  Susana Almanza: The Life of an Activist

Andrea Zarate

USA, Documentary, 20126 min, HD/Digital, ColorEnglish, Spanish

 

Susana Almanza, Chicana and activist, has fought for the rights of working-class Latinos in the East Austin community all her life. As a grassroots organizer in the environmental group People in Defense of the Earth and her Resources (PODER) she shut down the Holly Power Plant, one of her greatest achievements yet. Susana recounts her past history and how it has shaped her into the person she is today.

 

Festival Premiere

Print Source: Andrea Zarate, a.zarate@utexas.edu

  

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

 

 

   
  Route 22

Malina Panovich

USA, Drama/Coming of Age/Reality, 201210 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

Ana, a quiet, gay teenager, encounters resistance and acceptance from different women in her life. She tries to connect with her opinionated Hispanic mother Mercedes, Jessica, a tall blond from school, and an intriguing girl named Olive she sees at the bus station, all in the course of single day.

 

Regional Premierewww.facebook.com/pages/Route-22/337629839606883  

Print Source: Malina Panovich, mpanovich@utexas.edu

 

  

 

 

   
  Para mi hermanoFor My Brother

Kevin Burke

USA, Drama/Crime, 20118 min, HDCAM, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

PARA MI HERMANO contrasts extreme commitment and violence with the mundane activities of everyday life. The film follows a man who makes the ultimate sacrifice for his brother. We watch as the man chooses how to live his life in the face of the consequences of his courageous choice.

 

Austin Premierewww.facebook.com/ParaMiHermano  

Print Source: Cordelaine Kline, cordelaine.kline@gmail.com

 

  

 

 

   
  Lovelocked

Rebecca Rodriguez

USA, Drama/Fantasy, 2012 13 min, HDCAM, Color English

 

Caught up in a moment of nostalgia, a young woman recalls her fondest relationships by uncorking her collection of antique bottles. She escapes into a joyful wall of sonic memories, but slowly becomes entrapped by their illusions. When night falls, circumstances beyond her control force her to face a new reality.

 

World Premiere

Print Source: Rebecca Rodriguez, bleak.umbrella@gmail.com

 

 

   
  Flutter

Sam Lerma

USA, Drama, 20128 min, HDV/HDCAM, ColorEnglish

 

A father takes his daughter on a bike ride through the heart of the city's green space to get to a birthday party.  The day does not end as expected.

 

Austin Premiere

Print Source: Sam Lerma, samuellerma@gmail.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

 

   
¿Alguien ha visto a Lupita? Have You Seen Lupita?

Gonzalo Justiniano

Mexico/Chile/Argentina/Germany/USA, Comedy/Drama, 2011 86 min, RED, Color Spanish, English with English, Spanish subtitles

Lupita, a young Mexican girl, runs away from her family who want to commit her into a hospital. She will start a journey that will take us into a world that seems crazier than she is. With her sensuality, innocence and romanticism, Lupita invites us to think that the world can be experienced in other ways. This film, shot partially in Austin, has delighted audiences at the Los Angeles International Film Festival and the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Regional Premiere

Gonzalo Justiniano is a director, writer and producer from Chile. He studied at the University of Paris and the Louis Lumière Film School. His work explores the world of economically marginalized characters. The festivals of Trieste, Damascus, Havana, Montevideo, Brussels, New York, Berlin and Cartagena have awarded his work.

Producer: Gonzalo Justiniano, Daniel de la VegaScreenwriter: Gonzalo Justiniano, Marina StavenhagenCinematographer: Miguel BunsterEditor: Carolina QuevedoSound Design: Zoo FilmsMusic: Jorge ArriagadaCast: Dulce María, Carmen Salinas, Cristián de La Fuente, Schlomit Baytelman, Angélica Castro

Print Source: Sahara Films, gjusti@sahara.cl, danieldelavega@sahara.cl

Tuesday, April 24 

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With actress Dulce María and producer Daniel de la Vega in attendance

7:00 PM - SOLD OUT

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Mosquita y Mari

Aurora Guerrero

USA, Drama/Coming-of-Age, 2011

85 min, HD, Color

English, Spanish with English subtitles

Mosquita y Mari tells the story of two 15-year-old girls growing up in Los Angeles. When Yolanda meets her new neighbor, all they see in each other are differences. As an only child to her older, immigrant parents, Yolanda’s sole concern is going to college. For her part, street-smart Mari has to hustle to help her undocumented family stay above water. Despite Yolanda and Mari's contrasting approach to survival, they are soon brought together when Mari is almost expelled after saving Yolanda from an incident at school. Determined to call it even, Yolanda convinces Mari to let her tutor her to prove to the school’s principal that she’s more than a delinquent. They then forge a friendship that soon proves more complex and sensual than anticipated. Mosquita y Mari premiered earlier this year at Sundance Film Festival.

Austin Premiere

www.mosquitaymari.com

Aurora Guerrero's short films include Pura Lengua and Viernes Girl. Mosquita y Mari participated in Tribeca All Access and the 2009 Film Independent Producers Lab. Most recently, Mosquita y Mari was awarded the 2011 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant and an LG Cinema 3D Fellowship, and Guerrero was named a Time Warner Fellow. Guerrero holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Psychology and Chicano Studies, and from CalArts in Directing.

Producer: Chad Burris

Production Companies: Indion Entertainment Group, Maya Entertainment

Screenwriter: Aurora Guerrero

Cinematographer: Megela Croisignani

Editor: Augie Robles

Music: Ryan Beveridge

Cast: Fenessa Pineda, Venecia Troncoso, Laura Patalano, Joaquín Garrido, Dulce Maria Solis, Omar Leyva

Print Source: Jeffrey Winter - New American Vision, jeffrey@newamericanvision.com

Saturday, April 28 - 2:15 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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Every Emotion Costs

Darlene Naponse

Canada, Family Drama, 201193 min, RED, ColorEnglish

Every Emotion Costs is a family drama set in the Ojibway community. Quilla is a painter. One day she receives a call that her mother has died, and she needs to go home to help bury her. Quilla has not been home or spoken to her family in years. She resents her dead mother for abandoning her and her sisters. Through ceremony and the burial, Quilla ignites the details of her past and surrenders to the harsh realities she has suppressed for so long. This film has a serious artistic direction, and it entertains with humor, rich characters, music and a visual impact of the northern landscape. Every Emotion Costs inspires its audience with love, the face of denial and addiction, while portraying a contemporary vision of First Nations people. Every Emotion Costs had its world premiere at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and was a Best Film Nominee AIFI Fest 2011.

Regional Premiere

www.pineneedleblankets.com

Darlene Naponse is an Ojibway woman from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek - Northern Ontario, Canada. She is a writer, director, video artist and poet. Her short films and feature films have screened in various film festivals around the world including the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Her art-based video work has been installed in various galleries and programs nationally and internationally.

Producer: Darlene NaponseProduction Companies: Pine Needle ProductionsScreenwriter: Darlene NaponseCinematographer: Manfred GutheEditor: Darlene NaponseSound Design: Andrea Agro, Dermain Finlayson, Adam Stein Cast: Tantoo Cardinal, Michelle St. John, Rosanne Supernault, Sage Petahtegoose, Adam Garcia, Nathaniel ArcandPrint Source: Darlene Naponse, darlene@pineneedleblankets.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 3:30PM

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Friday, April 27 - 6:30 PM

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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Hit Me with Music

Miquel Galofré

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

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

US Premiere

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

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

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

Thursday, April 26 - 8:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

La maleta mexicanaThe Mexican Suitcase

Trisha Ziff

Mexico/Spain, Documentary, 201186 min, HDV/35mm, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

La maleta mexicana tells the story of lost negatives found at the bottom of a closet in Mexico City in 2007. The photographers were exiled from their countries, but were able to document the dangers of fascism in Spain with their cameras. The photojournalists, Robert Capa, David Seymour, and Gerda Taro met in Paris in 1936, then traveled to Spain. Throughout the film, we learn the story of the war and the exile of the photojournalists. This is a film about images taken in the past and recovered in our present. It also looks at how a new generation in Spain is beginning to reconcile itself with its own history. La maleta mexicana is about the power and fragility of memory, about the historical ties between Mexico and Spain, and about the search for the truth. Along with other renowned collaborators, John Sayles served as an advisor on this ambitious and thoughtful film, which has screened at festivals including San Sebastián and Morelia International.

 

Texas Premiere

www.themexicansuitcase.com

 

Trisha Ziff is a curator of contemporary photography, filmmaker and Guggenheim scholar. Director of Chevolution, Ziff also produced the documentary Oaxacalifornia, was a co-producer of My Mexican Shiva, and executive producer of 9months 9days. She is currently in development on her next project, Pirate Copy, a documentary about intellectual rights and global pirating. Trisha lives in Mexico City with her son, Julio.

 

Producer: Eamon O'FarrillProduction Companies: 212 BerlinScreenwriter: Trisha ZiffCinematographer: Claudio RochaEditor: Luis LopezSound Design: Yuri Laguna, Amanda Villavieja Music: Michael NymanPrint Source: Kevin Iwashina - Preferred Content, asst@preferredcontent.net

Friday, April 27 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

 

 

Up Heartbreak Hill

Erica Scharf

USA, Documentary, 201183 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

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

Regional  Premiere

www.upheartbreakhill.com

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

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

Saturday, April 27 - 6:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

  All She Can

Amy Wendel

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

 

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

 

Austin Premiere

www.benavidesborn.com

 

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

 

 

 

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

Wednesday, April 25 - 7:00 PM

St. Edward's University

With producer Susan Kirr in attendance

Free

 

 

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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In the Shadow

Nicole Elmer

USA/Puerto Rico, Surrealism/Drama/Horror, 201197 min, Red One HD, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

Exhausted from the demands of his abilities as a healer, Diego lives in isolation on a small island in his native Puerto Rico. However, his quiet life is disrupted when Hilary, a documentary filmmaker, arrives to continue her project on migration and identity. Intrigued by Diego's mystery and the local gossip about him, she tries to get closer to him. He allows her into his life, but as the two become attracted to each other, Hilary discovers Diego's "gift" also comes with a curse, an uncontrollably violent one that brings painful consequences and changes to both of their lives. In the Shadow recently had its world premiere at Anchorage International Film Festival.

 

Regional Premiere

www.intheshadowmovie.com

 

Award-winning filmmaker, writer, and playwright Nicole Elmer studied acting and film production at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and The University of Texas at Austin where she received her degree in Radio-TV-Film. Nicole is also a fiction writer, with numerous published short stories and the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize-winning dramatic play, La fruta nunca se cae.

 

 

Producer: Jorge Sermini, Nicole ElmerProduction Companies: Blue Paper Film WorksScreenwriter: Nicole Elmer, Jorge Sermini, Jason TremblayCinematographer: Michael MorlanEditor: Nicole Elmer, Tag SimlerSound Design: Arles EstesMusic: Arles EstesCast: Jorge Sermini, Michelle Keffer, Danny TrejoPrint Source: Nicole Elmer, nicole_elmer@yahoo.com

Sunday, April 29 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Nicole Elmer and editor Tag Simler

in attendance

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Lilia

Sam Lerma

USA, Social Issue Drama, 201118 min, HDCAM/DVCPro, ColorEnglish

 

Lilia is a story about a man's struggle to keep his family together after losing his job. He has a 5-year-old daughter named Lilia, and he's working to make her happy and keep his wife in school. Then one day the rug gets swept from beneath their feet and they find themselves fighting for all they've worked for. This is the story of the desperate measures people take, and how the very things we work so hard to accumulate can tear us apart. This San Antonio produced film premiered in the Urban Stories section of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 2011.

 

Austin Premiere

www.mixminusmedia.com

 

Producer: Ralph LopezProduction Companies: Mix Minus MediaScreenwriter: Sam LermaCinematographer: Yuta YamaguchiEditor: Sam LermaSound Design: Dagoberto Patlan Cast: Alfredo Lomeli, Aisa Palomares, Lauren MontemayorPrint Source: Sam Lerma, samuellerma@gmail.com

Saturday, April 28 - 1:45 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With producer Ralph Lopez and actor Lauren Montemayor in attendance

Opens for Hombre y tierra

 

 

Open Your Eyes

Adolfo R. Mora

USA, Social Issue Drama, 201113 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

What is being normal? This question resonates in Ponchin, an eleven-year-old who tries to answer it while playing with his friends. Through his self-reflective journey, the complex yet personal answer lies closer to home than he can imagine. Open Your Eyes was awarded the Red Wasp Social Consciousness Award by the Brazos Progressives Red Wasp Film Festival

Austin Premiere

Producer: Adolfo R. MoraProduction Companies: ARM's StudiosScreenwriter: Adolfo R. MoraCinematographer: Adolfo R. MoraEditor: Adolfo R. MoraSound Design: Adolfo R. MoraMusic: Moby GratisCast: Judith Kilburn, Rolando Santos, Mario SanchezPrint Source: Adolfo R. Mora, arm_productions@yahoo.com

Sunday, April 29 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Adolfo Mora in attendance

Opens for In The Shadow

The XY Zone

Kathryn Morrissey, Paloma Gonzalez

US, Documentary, 20118 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

An organization helps a group of young male teens at Reagan High School in Austin, TX transition from youth to young adulthood. This film forms a part of the Faces of Austin 2012 selection.

Festival Premiere

Producer: Kathryn MorrisseyProduction Companies: East Austin StoriesCinematographer: Katy Morrissey, Paloma GonzalezEditor: Paloma GonzalezSound Design: Paloma GonzalezMusic: Dani PersonCast: Wilton Harris, Donte Jones, Francisco Rivera, Travis YoungPrint Source: Paloma Gonzalez, pgsaxju@aol.com

Saturday, April 28 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Canción del cuerpo

Precious Knowledge

Ari Palos

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

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

Regional Premiere

www.dosvatos.com

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

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

Saturday, April 28 - 11:30 AM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Robert's Paintings

Shelley Niro

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

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

US Premiere

www.vtape.org

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

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

Thursday, April 26 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz

Scott Petersen

USA, Documentary, 201174 min, MiniDV/8mm/Super16mm, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

Mata Ortiz, a small community located in the Chihuahuan Desert, is an unlikely place for an artistic renaissance. In the 1960s, resident Juan Quezada found some pottery created by the Paquimé Indians while searching for firewood in the mountains. Quezada began to experiment with local clay, pigments and firing techniques. Without any sort of training, he relied on a painstaking trial-and-error method. In 1976, anthropologist Spencer MacCallum found a few of Quezada's pots in a second-hand store in New Mexico. Fascinated by Quezada's skill and unique talent, MacCallum decided to track down the artist. He finally located Quezada in Mata Ortiz and convinced him that his pottery could be sold in the US. What began as a hobby for Quezada has turned into a phenomenon that is recognized worldwide. The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz recently won the Directors' Choice Award for Best Arts Film at the Sedona Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.helpfundmymovie.com

Armed with degrees in film and economics from the University of Michigan, Scott Petersen began his career on the feature film, Zebrahead. Along with working in John Hughes' office, his résumé includes work on Antiques Roadshow, Rescue 911, Unsolved Mysteries, Fox News, BBC, VH1, the Food Network, MGM Home Entertainment and several feature films and commercials. The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz is his third long-form documentary. He lives in Southern California.

Producer: Scott PetersenScreenwriter: Scott PetersenCinematographer: Pete BiagiEditor: Scott PetersenSound Design: Bobby GarzaMusic: Patrick KirstCast: Spencer MacCallum, Juan Quezada, Diego Valles, Nicolas Quezada, Walter ParksPrint Source: Scott Petersen, mataortizmovie@gmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

The Thick Dark Fog

Randy Vasquez

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

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

Regional  Premiere

www.thickdarkfog.com

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

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

Thursday, April 26 - 5:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

With research advisor Julianna Brannum in attendance

Free

Amaqqut NunaatThe Country of Wolves

Neil Christopher

Canada, Animation/Aboriginal Narrative, 201112 min, HDCAM, ColorEnglish

In Amaqqut Nunaat, two brothers find themselves adrift on broken sea ice while out hunting for seal. They drift in the darkness for many days, until the ice they are on settles on the shore of a strange and distant land. Winner of Best Canadian Short, imagineNATIVE 2011.

Regional Premiere

www.countryofwolves.weebly.com

Producer: Louise FlahertyProduction Companies: Inhabit MediaScreenwriter: Neil ChristopherEditor: Daniel GiesSound Design: Daniel GiesMusic: Alexis O'Hara, Daniel Gies, Tanya Tagaq GillisCast: Beatrice DeerPrint Source: Inhabit Media Inc., laura@inhabitmedia.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 1:00 PM

Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Under My Nails

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

 

 

Matador on the Road

Alexis Morante

Spain, Drama/Comedy, 201116 min, HDCAM, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

On the way to Las Vegas, a Cadillac runs over something in the middle of the desert, totaling the car. In the car is a Spanish matador, who has to get to Las Vegas to be in a bullfight. However, the new situation with the totaled car creates an unexpected ending. Glory awaits him in Las Vegas, but sometimes, glory is left behind on the road. Matador on the Road is garnering international renown including screening in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.matadorontheroad.comwww.agenciafreak.com/cortometraje/MATADOR-ON-THE-ROAD/12

Producer: Alexis MoranteProduction Companies: FREAK Short Film AgencyScreenwriter: Alexis Morante, Raúl SantosCinematographer: Carlos García de DiosEditor: Alexis MoranteSound Design: Diana SagristaMusic: Enrique BunburyCast: Juan Diego, Fernando Aldaz, Tamara Arias, Miguel Ángel GonzálezPrint Source: Mónica Gallego, prints@agenciafreak.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 12:30 PM

Friday, April 27 - 9:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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A Wild Idea

Veronica Moscoso

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

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

Texas Premiere

www.awildidea-movie.com

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

Friday, April 27 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

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

The Creator's Game: The Quest for Gold and the Fight for Nationhood

Candace Maracle

Canada, Civil Rights Documentary, 201143 min, HDCAM, ColorEnglish, Onandaga with English subtitles

In 2010, the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team faced two battles, the world championships on the field and the pursuit of self-determination in the world. The team was stranded for days in New York City while they awaited clearance from officials so they could compete in the world championships. The Haudenosaunee passports, a symbol of the nation's sovereignty, were refused by England. Canadian and American officials offered the team expedited passports, which the team declined. They chose to forfeit the championship. Determined to be recognized as a sovereign nation, this timely documentary then follows the team on their quest for the 2011 FIL medal in Prague. The Creator's Game won the Documentary Pitch Prize at imagineNATIVE.

Texas Premiere

www.vtape.org

Candace Maracle (Mohawk) of the Bay of Quinte from Tyendinaga, is currently completing her Master's in Journalism at Ryerson University. She has interned at CBC Radio's "The Current" and produced a piece on Nisga'a private property ownership. She is currently working as a reporter/correspondent with APTN's National News.

Producer: Candace MaracleScreenwriter: Candace MaracleCinematographer: Candace MaracleEditor: Candace MaracleSound Design: Cam HillMusic: Cam HillPrint Source: Kaherawaks Thompson - V Tape, distribution@vtape.org

Friday, April 27 - 4:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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The "Gift"

Terril Calder

Canada, Animation, 20112 min, HD, ColorEnglish

The "Gift" interrogates why the European settlers gave the native people blankets with diseases on them, and if they did it on purpose. This issue has been resurrected for debate in an attempt to discredit the use of smallpox blankets as a myth. The history of quite a few tribes was lost during this time because so many people fell sick and died. As a result, the woolen blanket represents all of the broken promises that are interwoven in native history. Using a very minimalist style, this animated short leaves a lasting impression. The "Gift" had its world premiere at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

US Premiere

www.vtape.org

Terril Calder is a Métis artist, born in Fort Frances, Ontario. She attended the Fine Arts program at the University of Manitoba as a drawing major with a focus on performance art. After receiving additional training in computer animation, she decided to explore the fusion of various disciplines which now manifests itself in her film work.

Producer: Terril CalderScreenwriter: Terril CalderCinematographer: Terril CalderEditor: Terril Calder Cast: Terril Calder (voice)Print Source: Kaherawaks Thompson - V Tape, distribution@vtape.org

Thursday, April 26 - 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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Toy Soldiers

José Yapur

Mexico/UK, Drama, 201214 min, HD, Black & WhiteEnglish

One by one, perfectly lined toy soldiers are knocked down by a marble in a therapist's office. As a means to express his anger, introverted 11-year-old Michael is told to think of each soldier as a situation that bothers him. Bullied in school and misunderstood at home, he has a few to choose from. And though he used to find refuge in his powerful imagination, the tragedy of innocence is in its inevitable end.

World Premiere

www.toysoldiersfilm.tk

Born in Mexico City, José Yapur went to film school in London and is currently based in Los Angeles. His thesis short film was one of the very few selected to be screened at the prestigious British Film Institute where it stood as one of the highlights of the event. Toy Soldiers is a semi-autobiographical short film that he also produced, wrote and edited.

Producer: Alana O'NeilProduction Companies: Met FilmScreenwriter: José Yapur

Cinematographer: Ryan GeddisEditor: José YapurSound Design: Chris Huang, José YapurMusic: Greg HarwoodCast: Harvey Allen, Conor Short, Shea DavisPrint Source: José Yapur, joseyapur@gmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 3:30 PM

Saturday, April 28 - 10:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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The Secret Friend

Flavio Alves

Brazil/USA, Comedy, 2010 15 min, 35mm, Color English

 

A reclusive, elderly widow, Anna Marshall (Viola Harris), lives in quiet desperation following her husband's death until she begins receiving daily phone calls from a silent stranger. At first finding the calls intrusive, Anna soon finds herself waiting for the phone to ring with growing anticipation each day. This prompts her to reach out to her silent prankster, and an odd, mysterious friendship evolves. But when the calls abruptly end, a devastated Anna is compelled to do something quite surprising to fill the unbearable void.

 

Texas Premiere

www.thesecretfriendmovie.com

 

Director: Flavio Alves Production Companies: Queens Picture Producer: Raina Oberlin Screenwriter: João Silvério Trevisan Cinematographer: Adam McDaid Editor: Chris Houghton Sound Design: Carmine Picarello Music: Jack Woodbridge Cast: Viola Harris, Siobhan Fallon, Beau Hauser, Richard Scott Print Source Contact: Queens Picture, info@queenspicture.com

 

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

 

 

The Big Deal

Lucy Rodriguez

USA, Drama/Comedy, 2011 13 min, HD, Color English

 

Find out what happens when Michele brings home her white, agnostic, vegan boyfriend to meet her Mexican, Catholic, meat-eating family. Based on a chapter from the book How to be a Chicana Role Model by Michele Serros.

 

World Premiere

myjourneythroughindiewood.blogspot.com

 

Producer: Lucy Rodriguez, Onahoua Rodriguez Production Companies: Much & Lulu Screenwriter: Lucy Rodriguez Cinematographer: Matthew Boyd Editor: Sharon Frankel Sound Design: Brian Sorbo Cast: Onahoua Rodriguez, Catalina Maynard, Carlo Alban, Daniel Zacapa Print Source: Lucy Rodriguez, lucy@lulustuff.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterTue. April 26 8:00 PM FREE!

 

Día de los muertos: A Day for the Living

Trina Bardusco

USA, Documentary, 2011 13 min, HDV, Color English, Spanish, Spanglish with English subtitles

 

The "Day of the Dead" is celebrated in Texas with its own unique flavor. This documentary short explores everything from the how's and why's of altar making, to what this celebration really means to a special group of San Antonio residents as they commemorate their loved ones. Featuring Rita Vidaurri-Eden (legendary singer), David Rice (writer), Carmen Tafolla (writer-performer), Jesús de la Torre (educator), Patricia S. Castillo (Family violence prevention activist), and an Aztec inspired ceremony at our Lady of the Lake University with Prof. Oswald J. Nira. A colorful and poignant mezcla of parades and events that illustrate the deeper meanings of this often misunderstood, but very popular celebration.

 

World Premiere

latinomediaworks.com

 

Producer: Trina Bardusco Production Company: HBO Latino and Latino Media Works 2010 Screenwriter: Trina Bardusco Cinematographer: Pete Simmonite Editor: Jacky Kamahji Sound Design: Jacky Kamahji Music: John Branch

 

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

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