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  They Make Noise like Feathers

Alvaro Torres

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

 

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

 

World Premiere

 

Print Source: Alvaro Torres, atorrescrespo@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

  

 

 

   
  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

 

  

 

 

   
  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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Aquí entre nosBetween Us

Patricia Martínez de Velasco

Mexico, Family/Romantic Comedy, 201195 min, 16mm Super, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Rodolfo and Miriam move into a new house, which Rodolfo gives Miriam as a token of his love. Seventeen years later, although they have three lovely daughters, their relationship completely loses its charm. Rodolfo and Miriam are inconsiderate with each other, and Rodolfo is treated solely as the provider of the family.  One day, Rodolfo decides not to go to work. During the one day when the family routine is broken, Rodolfo realizes that he is a perfect stranger in his own family. This award-winning film has captivated audiences and juries around the world.

Regional Premiere

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Patricia Martínez de Velasco was born in Mexico City. She graduated with honors from the Universidad Iberoamericana and the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, where she studied film production. Patricia's first feature film, Aquí entre nos, has already won the Best Actor Award at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico; the Bronze Zenith Award for First Feature Film at the World Film Festival in Montreal, Canada; and many other awards as well.

Producer: Roberto SneiderProduction Companies: Cuévano Films, La Banda FilmsScreenwriter: Patricia Martínez de VelascoCinematographer: Paula HuidroboEditor: Óscar FigueroaSound Design: Santiago NuñezMusic: Victor Hernandez StumpfhauserCast: Jesús Ochoa, Carmen Beato, Giovana Fuentes, Diana García, Camila  Risser, Giovanna Zacarías

Print Source: La Banda Films, info@labandafilms.com

Saturday, April 28 - 7:15 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Patricia Martínez de Velasco and producer Roberto Sneider in attendance

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Baby Shower

Pablo Illanes

Chile, Horror/Slasher, 2011100 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Four ex-classmates get together for the weekend. One of the four is pregnant. The venue chosen for the party is a country house located one hour away from the city. It has been a while since the four of them saw each other, and one recently-committed betrayal threatens to destroy their long and deep friendship. The revelation of a dark secret and a series of violent deaths transform the baby shower into a nightmare. A very disturbing one. This film has played in various festivals, including the Horror Quest Film Festival, and was awarded Best Director, Latin American film, at Fantaspoa 2011.

Texas Premiere

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Pablo Illanes studied journalism at the Universidad Diego Portales before embarking on a career as a film critic and then as a writer of telenovelas. He continues to enjoy success as a writer for telenovelas, television series, and as a novelist. Baby Shower, which features prominent TV stars he's worked with in the past, is his film directorial debut.

Producer: Luigi Araneda, Francisca CumminsProduction Companies: Arrebatoi Films, El AsombroScreenwriter: Pablo IllanesCinematographer: Tevo DíazEditor: Nicolás Ibieta, Catalina Marín DuarteSound Design: Aural, FilmosonidoMusic: Jimmy H. FrazierCast: Ingrid Isensee, Patricia López, Claudia Burr, Kiki Rojo, Francisca Merino, Sofía García, Álvaro Gómez, Pablo Krough, Nicolás Alonso

Print Source: Ondamax Films, info@ondamaxfilms.com

Sunday, April 29 - 1:45 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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BonsáiBonsai

Cristián Jiménez

Chile/France/Argentina/Portugal, Drama/Comedy, 201195 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

This charming debut celebrates love, literature and botany in the portrayal of a struggling writer, who, in order to keep up a lie that he has told his current lover, finds himself writing a book about his very first experience with love. Nostalgic and moving, Jiménez captures the essence of first love, and the loss of innocence that occurs when it disappears. This film has played all over the world, including in Un Certain Regard at Cannes and at the Toronto International Film Festival; winner of the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film at Havana Film Festival, and both the Grand Jury Prize (Ibero-American Competition) and the Jordan Alexander Kressler Screenwriting Award at Miami Film Festival.

Co-presented by Austin Film Society

Austin Premiere

Cristián Jiménez was born in Valdivia, Chile in 1975. Before becoming a filmmaker, he wrote short stories and studied sociology in Santiago de Chile, Heidelberg and London. His first feature film, Ilusiones ópticas, a deadpan dramatic comedy where different lives intersect during a grey winter in Valdivia, premiered in San Sebastián in 2009. He wrote and directed several short films, among them El Tesoro de los Caracoles and XX, co-wrote the feature films 199 Recetas para ser Feliz and Los Debutantes, and worked as a TV producer in the UK during 3 years.

Producer: Bruno Bettati, Julie Gayet, Nadia TurincevScreenwriter: Cristián JiménezCinematographer: Inti BrionesEditor: Soledad SalfateSound Design: Manuel RoblesMusic: Caroline Chaspoul, Eduardo HenríquezCast: Diego Noguera, Natalia Galgani, Gabriela Arancibia, Trinidad González, Hugo Medina

Print Source: Brandon Peters - Strand Releasing, Brandon@strandreleasing.com

Thursday, April 26 - 7:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Screening followed by Skype Q&A with director Cristián Jiménez

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El estudianteThe Student

Santiago Mitre

Argentina, Drama/Thriller, 2011110 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Roque is a handsome young Argentinian just arrived from the provinces to start his studies at the University of Buenos Aires. One of his many sexual conquests is Paola, a pretty but tough young adjunct professor who leads him into the thick of the school's vibrant political life. Soon he meets Alberto, a retired politician who becomes his mentor; Roque quickly learns the ropes and uses his charisma to rise through the ranks and become a student leader and organizer, navigating idealism and betrayals, propelled by his driving ambition. This film has enjoyed success from BAFICI to Toronto International Film Festival, and many places in between, including being honored with numerous accolades by Argentina's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Texas Premiere

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Santiago Mitre was born in Buenos Aires. Known for co-writing the feature films Lion's Den and Carancho with Pablo Trapero, he has also written and directed the short film El Escondite. He co-wrote and co-directed the 2010 feature El amor (primera parte). El estudiante is his solo feature debut.

Producer: Agustina Llambi Campbell, Santiago Mitre, Fernando BromScreenwriter: Santiago MitreCinematographer: Gustavo Biazzi, Soledad Rodríguez, Federico Cantini, Alejo MaglioEditor: Delfina Castagnino Music: Los NatasCast: Esteban Lamothe, Romina Paula, Ricardo Félix, Valeria Correa

Print Source: Agustina Llambi Campbell, launiondelosrios@gmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 7:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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ExtraterrestreExtraterrestrial

Nacho Vigalondo

Spain, Comedy/Drama/Sci-Fi, 201190 min, RedOne, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Julio wakes up with one hell of a hangover. As he gradually takes in his surroundings, it's obvious he's not in his own bed. He introduces himself to Julia, his apparent hookup from the night before, and they go through the typically awkward conversation. Julia is clearly trying to get him out of her apartment as soon as possible. But as he gathers his belongings, they realize that things are much too quiet, even for a Sunday. A quick trip to the balcony reveals absolutely no one on the street. They gaze off into the distance and see a huge spaceship looming on the horizon. While they struggle to understand what they're seeing, Julia's neighbor Angel stops by. Angel brings news of the alien invasion, and it becomes apparent that he's obsessed with Julia and maybe even spying on the apartment. When Julia's live-in boyfriend Carlos comes home, things become even more complicated. (Synopsis by Luke Mullen)

Co-presented by Fantastic Fest

Repertory Screening

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Nacho Vigalondo was born in Cabezón de la Sal, Cantabria, Spain. He studied Audiovisuals at the University of the Basque Country, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and of the European Film Academy (EFA). He received an Academy Award® nomination for short film 7:35 de la Mañana (2003). His feature films are Timecrimes (2007) and Extraterrestrial (2011).

Producer: Nahikari IpiñaProduction Companies: Sayaka Producciones, Apaches Entertainment, Antena 3 FilmsScreenwriter: Nacho VigalondoCinematographer: Jon D. DomínguezEditor: Jon D. DomínguezSound Design: Roberto FernandezMusic: Jorge MagazCast: Michelle Jenner, Julián Villagrán, Carlos Areces, Miguel Noguera, Raúl Cimas

Print Source: Brian Parsons - Tugg, Inc., brianp@tugginc.com

Saturday, April 28 - 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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Gordo, calvo y bajitoFat, Bald, Short Man

Carlos Osuna

Colombia, Black Comedy/Drama/Animation, 201190 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Antonio Farfán is a middle-aged man who works in a notary's office. He has always believed he is a failure because he is bald, short and fat. Though his mind is never silent, his life goes along almost uneventfully until the new notary arrives: a fatter, balder and shorter man who, unlike Antonio, is successful and loved by others. Dazed and confused, Antonio is now thrown out to the real world where he faces his own fears and ends up living pretty unexpected situations. With an animation style all its own, playing smartly with depth of field, Gordo, calvo y bajito is an impressive cinematic debut, screening internationally and recently receiving a Special Mention at the Warsaw Film Festival.

Austin Premiere

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Carlos Osuna was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1980. He received a Master's degree in Visual Arts from the Javeriana University. In 2009, he was awarded a grant from the Francisco Javier Fund for Social Projects for his documentary Giving Life to Life, and in 2002, his short video, Watch TV, won the Pre-Columbian Gold Circle Award at the Bogotá Film Festival. Gordo, calvo y bajito is his first feature film.

Producer: Carlos Osuna, Juan Mauricio RuizProduction Companies: Malta CineScreenwriter: Carlos Osuna, Juan Mauricio RuizCinematographer: Yomayra Puentes, Guillermo SantosEditor: Carlos OsunaSound Design: Diego Castillo, Diego Gomez, Andrés Martínez, Juan David Quintero Music: Leonardo Bohórquez, Alejandro QuinteroCast: Álvaro Bayona, Fernando Arévalo, Jairo Camargo, Julio Medina, Ernesto Benjumea, Nicolás Montero, Juan Manuel Combariza, Sandra Reyes, Marcela Mar, Juan Diego Bernal, Elkin Díaz, Juan Felipe Ortiz, Florina Lemaitre

Print Source: Jeremy Quist - The Global Film Initiative, bookings@globalfilm.org

Saturday, April 28 - 4:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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Fat, Bald, Short Man is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2012 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org.

José e PilarJose and Pilar

Miguel Gonçalves Mendes

Spain/Portugal, Documentary, 2010117 min, DigiBeta, ColorSpanish, Portuguese with English subtitles

José e Pilar is a deeply moving story about love, loss and literature. It follows the days of José Saramago, the Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, and his wife, Pilar del Río. The film shows their whirlwind life of international travel, his passion for completing his last masterpiece, The Elephant's Journey, and how their love quietly sustains them throughout. José e Pilar reveals the hidden Saramago, unravels any preconceived notions about him, and proves that genius and simplicity are indeed compatible. It is a funny and touching portrait on the endurance of the artistic spirit. A glimpse into the life of one of the greatest creators of the 20th century, it shows us that, as Saramago says, "There is always another way to say everything." This life-affirming film has charmed audiences and juries world wide, and was Portugal's official entry to the 2012 Academy Awards.

Austin Premiere

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Miguel Gonçalves Mendes is a Portuguese film director, screenwriter, and film producer. Since the early 2000s he's worked on a number of shorts and features, generating a filmography that has taken him to renowned film festivals around the globe.

Producer: Agustín Almodóvar, Bel Berlinck, Esther García, Fernando Meirelles, Miguel Gonçalves MendesProduction Companies: JumpCutCinematographer: Daniel NevesEditor: Cláudia Rita OliveiraSound Design: Alessandro Laroca, Armando TorresCast: José Saramago, Pilar del Río, Gael García Bernal, Fernando Meirelles

Print Source: Paul Hudson - Outsider Pictures, info@outsiderpictures.us

Wednesday, April 25 - 7:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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Los viejosThe Parents

Martín Boulocq

Bolivia, Drama, 201173 min, RED/HD, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish with English subtitles

Toño sets off on a long journey back to his hometown in the south of Bolivia. Many years have passed since he was kicked out of his home, where things have now changed with his family. Mario, his adopted father, suffers from a crippling disease and cannot speak. Ana, with whom he shared his childhood and who was also his first love, is now a single mother with a 9-year-old boy. With silent characters, recurring dreams, long walks through the countryside, childhood friends with almost nothing in common, Los viejos is a film about absence and loneliness, banishment and abrupt separations, and, above all, it is a story about the attempt to reconcile with the past. Los viejos enjoyed its world premiere at Busan International Film Festival and continues on a successful festival run.

North American  Premiere

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Martín Boulocq was born in 1980 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He dropped out of his Philosophy and Social Communication studies in order to write and direct his first feature Lo más bonito y mis mejores años, which garnered awards at the Guadalajara, Havana, and Valdivia film festivals. He later founded the company CQ Films.

Producer: Alba BalderramaProduction Companies: CQ FilmsScreenwriter: Martín Boulocq, Rodrigo HasbunCinematographer: Daniela CajíasEditor: Martín Boulocq, Salvy FuentesSound Design: Martín García ServentiMusic: Ronisch, Ramiro Robles, Grillo VillegasCast: Andrea Camponovo, Fabricio Camponovo, Roberto Guihon, Julio Iglesias

Print Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

Sunday, April 29 - 4:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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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

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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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SalSalt

Diego Rougier

Argentina/Chile, Western/Drama/Comedy, 2011112 min, RED/Super 16mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

A Spanish film director obsessed with making a Western decides to go to Northern Chile in search of a story for his screenplay. Once there, he gets confused for another man, and a real adventure begins. Now he will have a good script... if he leaves alive. This is the story of a man with no history, the journey of an author becoming his own character and his impossible return. Sal has enjoyed successful festival screenings including at Stockholm Film Festival and the Viña del Mar International Film Festival, and is set for a theatrical run later this year.

Co-presented by Fantastic Fest

Texas Premiere

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Born in Buenos Aires in 1970, Diego Rougier has built a successful career as a director of music videos, soap operas, TV series, and short films. Most recently he wrote and directed the short films Demasiado joven, Debut y despedida, Escorbo and Otro Domingo, as well as the series La Colonia for three seasons. Sal, which he wrote and directed, is his first feature film.

Producer: Javiera ContadorProduction Companies: Picardía FilmsScreenwriter: Diego RougierCinematographer: David BravoEditor: Danielle FilliosSound Design: Felipe ZabalaMusic: Gonzalo ValenzuelaCast: Fele Martinez, Javiera Contador, Sergio Hernandez, Patricio Contreras, Gonzalo Valenzuela, Luis DuboPrint Source: Diego Rougier, diego.rougier@gmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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Camera obscura

Maru Solores

Spain, Drama/Coming of Age/Disability, 201194 min, RED, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

Ane, a blind girl on the verge of puberty, discovers photography and her first love at the hands of her uncle Antonio, a mysterious photographer who returns after a long time to the family home, where they spend the summer. Overprotected by her parents, who want to try another operation to restore her vision, and isolated by other teenagers, Ane spends her time capturing with her camera things that nobody wants to see, and which will shed new light on familial dynamics. Finally, disappointed by the adults in her life, Ane has to finds her own way to navigate the world as a teenager and as a blind person. Camera obscura premiered at the Valladolid International Film Festival.

 

North American Premiere

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Maru Solores (Donosti, 1968) studied at the School of Cinema and Video of Andoain, Gipuzkoa. Also, she took part in film workshops given by the scriptwriter Michel Gaztambide and the director Jose Luis Guerín. Then, she moved to Berlin and studied Film Direction at the Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie Berlin. She directed many short films in 16mm, 35mm and documentaries. Her short film in 35mm, Dortoka Uhartea, won many international awards. After 10 years in Berlin, she returned to the Basque Country. She has worked in television (as a producer, TV director and editor), in film editing, and teaching.

 

Producer: Carlos Juárez, Raquel PereaProduction Companies: Basque FilmsScreenwriter: Ruth Rehmet, Maru SoloresCinematographer: Frank AmannEditor: Juan OrtuosteSound Design: Martín GuridiMusic: Pablo CervantesCast: Jaqueline Duarte, Leyre Berrocal, Víctor Clavijo, Josean Bengoetxea, Pello MadariagaPrint Source: Carlos Juárez, info@basquefilms.com

Friday, April 27 - 12:30 PM

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Sunday, April 29 - 5:00 PM

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CápsulasCapsules

Verónica Riedel

Guatemala, Family Drama, 2011101 min, Digital, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

When 12 year old Fonsi and his family woke up one morning, they did not know that, on that day, their lives would be altered forever. In a matter of hours, as this film unfolds, Fonsi's mother Lupe tries to protect him, but she is dating a violent drug dealer. The drug dealer is willing to put Fonsi and his mother in danger for his latest score. Fonsi's "hippie" father, Giaco, whom he has not seen since he was a toddler, comes back into the picture at the precise moment that threatens to both save and ruin Fonsi's life. Due to a series of unexpected events, each character changes drastically, facing a difficult reality. Cápsulas participated in the prestigious Co-Production Encounter of the Guadalajara International Film Festival in 2009.

Texas Premiere

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Verónica Riedel is an award-winning filmmaker and visual artist who completed her filmmaking degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. Three years ago, she was executive producer of the film, Gasolina, which screened at Cine Las Americas in 2009. This film marked a major step in the Guatemalan industry, opening the door for many filmmakers. A year later she wrote, directed and produced her first feature narrative, Cápsulas. She is the first and only woman director of feature films in Guatemala.

Producer: Verónica RiedelProduction Companies: Anver FilmsScreenwriter: Verónica RiedelCinematographer: Roberto CorreaEditor: Domingo LemusSound Design: Giancarlo Altieri, Giacomo BuonafinaMusic: Giacomo BuonafinaCast: Carolina Cuervo, Giacomo Buonafina, Sebastián GeredaPrint Source: Verónica Riedel - Anver Films, vrcine@gmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 12:30 PM

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Saturday, April 28 - 5:00 PM

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De caravanaClubbing

Rosendo Ruiz

Argentina, Drama/Adventure/Comedy, 201196 min, 35 mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Juan Cruz, a well-known photographer, gets hired to photograph a popular singer's concert. La Mona Jiménez is one of the most popular singers in Córdoba, Argentina. When Juan goes to the concert, he gets immersed in the music and culture of Cuarteto. He also meets Sara. Together they will live a love story which will lead them to a thrilling journey of adventures, and Juan will learn about what it means to be a true artist. De caravana won the CINECOLOR Audience Award at Mar del Plata International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

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Rosendo Ruiz was born in San Juan, Argentina, in 1967. He studied at the Film and TV School of Córdoba National University. In 1999, he formed the theatre company El Carro. His first short film, Una manga de negros was made in 2005. De caravana is his first feature film.

Producer: Rosendo Ruiz, Inés MoyanoProduction Companies: EL CARROScreenwriter: Rosendo RuizCinematographer: Pablo Gonzalez GalettoEditor: Agustín GoyaSound Design: Guillermo SemproniMusic: Andrés OddoneCast: Francisco Colja, Yohana Pereyra, Gustavo Almada, Rodrigo Savina, Martín RenaPrint Source: KAFilms, jkrause@kafilms.tv

Wednesday, April 25 - 9:30 PM

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Sunday, April 29 - 11:30 AM

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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

El lenguaje de los machetesMachete Language

Kyzza Terrazas

Mexico, Romance/Music/Drama, 201184 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Ray and Ramona are a young couple. They hate the injustice of the social context they are part of. Each from their own niche, Ramona as a musician, Ray as an activist, tries to fight for a more just world. Devoted to self-sabotage, Ray fails in his rebellion and drags Ramona into a downward spiral that culminates in an act of poetic terrorism. This film has screened around the world, premiering at the Venice Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

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Kyzza Terrazas was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1977. He studied Philosophy as an undergrad at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where he graduated after completing a thesis on Melancholy and Philosophy. He is currently working for Mexico's Cineteca Nacional creating a film archive of orphan, amateur and home movies. El lenguaje de los machetes is his first feature film as a writer/director.

Producer: Rafael LeyProduction Companies: Mr. WooScreenwriter: Kyzza TerrazasCinematographer: Christian RiveraEditor: Yibran AssaudSound Design: Alejandro de IcazaMusic: Jessy Bulbo, Mariana UribeCast: Andrés Almeida, Jessy BulboPrint Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

Thursday, April 26 - 9:30 PM

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Sunday, April 29 - 2:15 PM

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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

La llamadaThe Call

Stefano Pasetto

Argentina/Italy, Drama/Romance, 201093 min, Digital, ColorItalian, Spanish with English subtitles

A tale of two women from different generations and very different sensibilities. Lea, the young, free spirit, and Lucia, who longs for commitment. Unfulfilled in each of their relationships, they accept the liberating experience of a journey to Argentina's Patagonia. As the two women grow closer and closer, their journey takes them from betrayal to love as each must face the man she left behind. La llamada, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, has gone on to international success and accolades.

US Premiere

Director Stefano Pasetto was born in Rome in 1970. After obtaining his Arts degree with a thesis on Krzysztof Kieslowski, he studied at the National Film School of Rome from 1996 to 1999. Pasetto has directed several shorts that have been screened and awarded at important international film festivals such as Cannes, Oberhausen, London, Rome and Turin. He has also directed documentaries such as Waiting in the Wings, Ancient Water, and Italian Women Rebels of the 20th Century and narrative films. He has also worked as screenwriter and editor, and is a contributor to several film magazines.

Producer: Gian Filippo Minervini, Pier Andrea NocellaProduction Companies: Iter Film, Rai Cinema, Dock SurScreenwriter: Stefano Pasetto, Veronica CascelliCinematographer: Guillermo “Bill” NietoEditor: Alessio DoglioneSound Design: Abel TortorelliMusic: Andrea FarriCast: Sandra Ceccarelli, Francesca Inaudi, César Bordón, Guillermo Pfening, Arturo Goetz, Julieta Cardinalli, Ilda Bernard

Print Source: Paul Hudson - Outsider Pictures, info@outsiderpictures.us

Friday, April 27 - 3:30 PM

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Saturday, April 28 - 7:45 PM

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Las malas intencionesThe Bad Intentions

Rosario Garcia-Montero

Peru/Argentina/Germany, Drama, 2011107 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Peru, 1982. Cayetana, a nine-year-old girl, grows up in a privileged household in Lima. She is raised by maids. Her mother is abroad for several months with her stepfather, studying. Finally, the couple returns and Cayetana learns that her mother is pregnant. She becomes convinced that she will have to die the day her brother is born. This film is a life-affirming and humorous journey into both the reality and imagination of a 9-year-old, as seen through the eyes of South American Magical Realism. This award-winning film has played around the world, including being honored as Best Film at the Mar del Plata Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.lasmalasintenciones.com

Rosario Garcia-Montero has an international education in film, which ranges from her degree in Film Studies from the University of Lima, her M.A. in Film from the New School University in New York, and workshops at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV) in Cuba, where she worked on the script for Las malas intenciones.

Producer: Benito Mueller, Wolfgang Müller, Paul TypaldosProduction Companies: Garmont Films, Barry Films, Steve AkermanScreenwriter: Rosario Garcia-MonteroCinematographer: Rodrigo PulpeiroEditor: Rosario SuárezSound Design: Guido BerenblumCast: Fátima Buntinx, Katerina D'Onofrio, Paul Vega, Kani Hart, Melchor Gorrochátegui, Jean Paul Strauss, Alberick García, Nicolás Fantinato, Carlos Vertiz, Pietro Sibille, Fernando de Soria, Claudia Dammert Print Source: Ondamax Films, info@ondamaxfilms.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 PM

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Saturday, April 28 - 11:30 AM

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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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El árbol de las fresasThe Strawberry Tree

Simone Rapisarda Casanova

Canada/Cuba, Documentary, 201171 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Filmed in the remote fishing village of Juan Antonio, Cuba, just before it disappeared at the hands of a hurricane, El árbol de las fresas is a mesmerizing cinematic poem that tests the boundaries between anthropology, documentary and reverie. The villagers' ingeniousness and resilience, as well as their playful and irreverent relationship with the filmmaker, render a sensitive portrait of a unique culture into a reflection on documentary filmmaking and on humanity on the edge of time. El árbol de las fresas won Honorable Mention in the Knight Documentary Competition at the Miami International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.ibidemfilms.org

Simone Rapisarda Casanova was born in rural Sicily and inherited his first camera as a child when his father died in a car accident. He was raised by a mother that taught him how to read using Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees, and as a result, he hopes one day to live in the trees. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada.

Producer: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaProduction Companies: Ibidem FilmsScreenwriter: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaCinematographer: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaEditor: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaSound Design: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaPrint Source: Simone Rapisarda Casanova, simone@ibidemfilms.org

Saturday, April 28 - 8:00 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

 

 

La mudanzaThe Move

Tatiana Lorca

Chile, Family and Personal Narrative Documentary, 201152 min, DigiBeta, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Florida is a retired teacher that recently sold the place where she lived with her family for four decades. Her four daughters have grown and they have gone on to develop their own lives. Although they visit her quite a lot, the family house has become too big for her. Florida has surrounded herself with objects which are carefully stored in boxes getting ready for the move, all of which bring to mind moments that were lived there, and cause her to face memories while mourning her late husband, Coke. Over the course of five years, the documentary filmmaker followed the main character and her neighborhood's transformation. La mudanza, which has enjoyed successful presentations to date in Chile, is an emotional trip, a good bye ritual--like an epilogue, like a sunset and like an excuse to face the pending mourning.

International Premiere

Tatiana Lorca is a journalist. She has been an editor, director, producer and researcher at the main Chilean TV stations, and she has worked for important audiovisual companies. She was awarded with a scholarship from Ibermedia. She has studied documentary filmmaking at the San Antonio EICTV de los Baños, Cuba. She founded Arándano Producciones and directed and produced a series of micro-documentaries all throughout Chile for the Ministerio de Obras Públicas, Dirección de Planeamiento.

Producer: Tatiana LorcaProduction Companies: Arándano ProduccionesScreenwriter: Tatiana LorcaCinematographer: Tatiana Lorca, David Bravo, Mauricio GarciaEditor: Coti DonosoSound Design: Cristián FreundMusic: Subhira Rodrigo CepedaPrint Source: Paula Talloni, patalloni@yahoo.es, paula@palenque.cl

Saturday, April 28 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

La palabra en el bosqueThe Word in the Woods

Jeffrey Gould, Carlos Henriquez

El Salvador/USA, Human Rights Documentary, 201156 min, DVCAM/35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

During the early 1970s, hundreds of peasants in a remote region of El Salvador began to emulate the early Christians, working the land together and building communities based on solidarity. By the late 1970s, thousands of peasants in northern Morazan organized to resist National Guard repression, which often involved torture and executions. In the 1980s, the military engaged in scorched earth operations against their villages, inaugurating a 12-year civil war. La palabra en el bosque tells their stories, placing them in context within the light of current reality.

World Premiere

Carlos Henriquez Consalvi is the founder of the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen which is committed to the investigation, rescue, preservation and public exhibition of El Salvador's history and culture. In 2002, he co-directed and co-produced with Gould the award winning Scars of Memory, El Salvador, 1932.

Jeffrey L. Gould is the James H. Rudy Professor of History at Indiana University. From 1995-2008, he was Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is also a prolific writer. In 2012-2013 he will be a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Producer: Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Jeffrey GouldScreenwriter: Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Jeffrey GouldCinematographer: Guillermo Escalon, Paolo HasbunEditor: Carlos ColoradoSound Design: Jose HuwaidiMusic: Ygor de Gondaria, Ramses Calderon Print Source: Jeffrey Gould, gouldj@indiana.edu

Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Morir de pieDie Standing Up

Jacaranda Correa

Mexico, Biographical Documentary, 201174 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

The son of Mexican communist militants, living with increasing disability, continues to promote socialism and the Cuban Revolution; identifying with the ideologies of Che Guevara and even resembling Che physically, he embraces the cause. Surprisingly, his disability is not the greatest challenge he will face in his life. Handicapped and discriminated against, Irina Layevska defies adversity and faces life with her true self supported on this journey by her lifelong partner, Nelida. A story of courage to live and love that has no gender, and leaves no audience unmoved. Morir de pie won Best Mexican Documentary, Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.morirdepie.com

Jacaranda Correa studied Journalism at UNAM. She also has a degree in Political Sociology from the Université de Sorbonne in Paris. Ms. Correa has been a journalist, hostess and editor-in-chief of the Journalistic Investigation program on Canal 22 since 2001.

Producer: Martha OrozcoProduction Companies: Mediam9, Martfilms, FOPROCINE, with the collaboration of Canal 22Screenwriter: Jacaranda CorreaCinematographer: Dariela LudlowEditor: Rodolfo Santa M. TroncosoSound Design: Bernart FortianaMusic: Taniel MoralesCast: Irina Layevska, Nélida ReyesPrint Source: Iván Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

Friday, April 27 - 6:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

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

  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

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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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Hombre y tierraMan and Earth

Christian Cisneros

USA, Suspense/Horror, 201184 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

Mauro Bosque was an adventurer who disappeared into the San Ignacio forest of Belize while filming an episode of his popular web-series, Hombre y tierra. What happened in those woods was a mystery until now. This is a mockumentary of that journey and his encounters with a mysterious creature. Hombre y tierra recently celebrated its world premiere at the Miami International Film Festival.

 

Regional Premiere

www.hombreytierra.com

 

Christian Cisneros was raised in Texas. He graduated college with two degrees, one in Digital Media Design and the other in Media Communications. This is his first feature film.

 

Producer: Chad Brewer, Maurice Ripke, Eric Garcia, Joe AzzatoProduction Companies: The Moving Image CompanyScreenwriter: Richard WatsonCinematographer: Chad BrewerEditor: Richard WatsonSound Design: Richard WatsonMusic: Richard WatsonCast: Maurice Ripke, Julian GuevaraPrint Source: Christian Cisneros, ccisneros@tmivideos.com

Saturday, April 28 - 1:45 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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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

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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

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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

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BurrosDonkeys

Odín Salazar Flores

Mexico, Drama/Coming of Age, 201190 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

People tend to forget that donkeys, apart from being stubborn and hard-working, are also characterized by their invaluable ability to carry other people's burdens. Lautaro is a young boy growing up in the inner Guerero State of Mexico during the 40s. After his father is murdered, his mother decides to send him away to live with his aunt, lest the murderers decide to do the same to her son. While Lautaro is sad about being away from his family, he makes an exciting new discovery, as he is introduced for the first time to the world of the spirits. With one foot firmly in the dimension of realism, and the other reaching out to the universe of magic, Burros follows Lautaro in his abrupt coming-of-age journey, as he is forced to carry an inherited responsibility. This award winning film has screened internationally, including receiving commendations for Best Director and Photography from Guadalajara International Film Festival.

US Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

Odín Salazar Flores was born in Mexico City in 1969. He attended Engineering School for five years before he began studying film at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC) at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), where he majored as in film direction in 2000. Since 2001 he worked as 1AD in several films, documentaries and TV series.

Producer: Elsa Reyes GarcíaProduction Companies: IMCINE, Burros FilmsScreenwriter: Odín Salazar FloresCinematographer: Alejandro CantúEditor: Pedro JiménezSound Design: Pablo TamezCast: Abimael Orozco, Leticia Gutierrez, Alfredo HerreraPrint Source: Iván Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

Thursday, April 26 - 4:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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Cerro Rico, Tierra Rica

Juan Vallejo

Colombia/Bolivia/USA, Land/Social Issues Documentary, 201190 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

More than ten thousand miners in southwestern Bolivia still excavate the slopes and tunnels of Cerro Rico ("Rich Hill"), the richest silver field in mining history, even though most of the mineral resources of the mountain have been depleted. Raising issues of social and economic sustainability, Cerro Rico offers a striking, unsparing portrait of labor in the highlands of South America, creating a universal statement about the historic cost on workers due to global demands for Earth's wealth. Shot in iconic Potosí and in the surreal salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, where half of the world's lithium is still untapped, Cerro Rico has screened at film festivals all over the world, including the Victoria Film Festival in Canada and FIC VALDIVIA 18.

US Premiere

www.piscofilms.com

Juan Vallejo is a U.S.–born, Colombian–raised filmmaker. He studied Architecture in Bogotá, Colombia, and Film Direction at Purchase College (SUNY) in New York. He recently obtained an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. This is his first feature-length work.

Producer: Juan VallejoCinematographer: Juan Vallejo, Robert Alan RackhamEditor: Juan Vallejo, JiYe KimSound Design: Andrea BellaMusic: Andres SubercaseauxPrint Source: Juan Vallejo, piscofilms@yahoo.com

Thursday, April 26 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Con mi corazón en YamboWith My Heart in Yambo

María Fernanda Restrepo

Ecuador, Human Rights Documentary, 2011137 min, HDCam, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

On January 8, 1988, when María Fernanda Restrepo was 10 years old, her parents went on vacation and left her in the care of her brothers Santiago and Andres. That day, she was at a friends' party and they were supposed to pick her up; they never came. A year later, her family discovered that on that day, her brothers had been tortured and assassinated by the Ecuadorian police, without any reason. Their bodies were disposed of in the Yambo lake, never to be found. This documentary is a personal journey mixed with the memory of a whole country marked by this history. This film has reached audiences internationally, including at the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the Hot Docs Film Festival.

Austin Premiere

www.conmicorazonenyambo.com

María Fernanda Restrepo Arismendi graduated from the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito. She received a Master's Degree in Direction of Documentaries from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, and a Master's in Direction of Photography from the ESCAC (Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya). Currently she is the co-director of Escala Gris, a production company specialized in the making of documentaries and commercials. She has made documentaries for Ecuadorian national television.

Producer: Randi KrarupProduction Companies: Escala GrisScreenwriter: María Fernanda RestrepoCinematographer: Francoise LasoEditor: Iván MoraSound Design: Esteban BrauerMusic: Iván MoraCast: María Fernanda RestrepoPrint Source: Randi Krarup, rakrarup@hotmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 7:00 PM

St. Edward's University

Free

El destelloThe Flicker

Gabriel Szollosy

Uruguay, Biographical/Social Issue Documentary, 201180 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

This is the story of Horacio, the grandchild of a slave taken from Africa to Latin America, long after the abolition of slavery. Horacio is a family man who works as a lighthouse keeper on a solitary island in the South Atlantic Ocean. Horacio was raised to serve. Some years ago, a series of unexpected events changed his life forever. His first harrowing experience was surviving a horrific boat crash. He later joined Uruguay's peacekeeping force and was sent to serve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the country of his ancestors. The journey, which began as a means of economic progress, soon became a journey to his own past and the roots of his family. El destello recently screened at É Todo Verdade and BAFICI.

Regional Premiere

www.librecine.com

Gabriel Szollosy has been making films since 1992. His documentaries, filmed on four continents, have been presented in the most renowned international film festivals and have received numerous awards. Gabriel is a member of the training committee of the Encuentro Nacional de Documentalistas (ENDOC) and the Latin American and Caribbean Documentary Filmmakers Network. He is the co-founder of Librecine, an international production company.

Producer: Anna JancsóProduction Companies: LibrecineScreenwriter: Gabriel SzollosyCinematographer: Nyika JancsóEditor: Fernando EpsteinSound Design: Fabián Oliver, Pablo BenedettoMusic: Max RichterCast: Horacio PereiraPrint Source: Gabriel Szollosy, gabriel@librecine.com

Friday, April 27 - 12:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

La hora ceroThe Zero Hour

Diego Velasco

Venezuela, Drama/Action/Adventure, 2010100 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

La hora cero is a fast-paced heist film set in Caracas during the 24 hours of a controversial medical strike in 1996. The film tells the story of Parca, a feared hit man that is forced to take an elite hospital hostage in an attempt to save his wounded girlfriend. A love story told in the midst of chaos, La hora cero is a timely and universal story about the mythic rise to power and the inevitable fall from grace. This award-winning film has played all over the world, having its premiere at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.thezerohour-movie.com

Diego Velasco's five short films have screened in over 50 festivals and have garnered 26 awards, including an Academy Award consideration for Cédula ciudadano. He's worked as a Director of Photography for Discovery, NBC, FOX, ABC and others. La hora cero is his feature debut.

Producer: Carolina Paiz, Rodolfo CovaScreenwriter: Diego Velasco, Carolina PaizCinematographer: Luis Otero PradaEditor: Otto ScheurenSound Design: Freddy Sheinfeld, Gabriel VelascoMusic: José Luis Cheo Pardo, Luis LangeCast: Zapata 666, Amanda Key, Erich Wildpret, Laureano Olivarez, Alejandro FurthPrint Source: Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografía (CNAC), festivalesint@cnac.gob.ve

Thursday, April 26 - 1:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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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

The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz

Scott Petersen

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

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

Texas Premiere

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

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

Friday, April 27 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

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

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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

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El pescadorThe Fisherman

Samantha Pineda Sierra

Mexico, Drama, 201111 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

On the Day of the Dead, Leni, an old fisherman, uses photographs to fish his best memories out of the sea. El pescador has enjoyed success in its homeland at prestigious festivals including Guanajuato International Film Festival, and also receiving a Special Mention for Mexican Short Film at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia.

Texas Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

Producer: Edgar San JuanProduction Companies: IMCINEScreenwriter: Samantha Pineda, Davy GiorgiCinematographer: Santiago NavarreteEditor: Mario SandovalSound Design: Pablo Tamez, Alejandro de IcazaMusic: Alejandro de IcazaCast: Rubén Pablos, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Edgar ValadézPrint Source: Iván Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

Thursday, April 26 - 12:30 PM

Saturday, April 28 - 5:00 PM

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Los teleféricosThe Cable Cars

Federico Actis

Argentina, Drama/Comedy, 201014 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Los teleféricos is a story looking for a way out, a desired but final escape. It is a story full of repetitions and symmetries, about roads that come and go but never meet, like cable cars themselves. It is the story of Lucas, who decides to help his grandfather and leaves behind a city that always shows the same grey sceneries and buildings full of little homes. Lucas' grandfather needs a cable car; he is finding it hard to keep climbing. This short has charmed audiences and juries alike, including garnering special mention from the Iberoamerican Shorts Jury at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.lostelefericos.blogspot.com.ar

Federico Actis was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1981. A Social Communicator (National University of Rosario) and filmmaker (EPCTV), he was a student at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Guadalajara, México. His works have included the short films Todo de tí, El Otro, Shhh!! and Under and he is currently working on his feature film debut.

Producer: María Elia RodríguezProduction Companies: INCAAScreenwriter: Federico ActisCinematographer: Lucas PérezEditor: Lucio GarciaSound Design: Santiago ZeccaMusic: Alexis PerepelyciaCast: Juan Nemirovsky, Mirko Buchin, Claudia CanteroPrint Source: Federico Actis, fgactis@gmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 3:30 PM

Saturday, April 28 - 7:45 PM

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Mar blindadoShielded Sea

Gerard Uzcátegui

Venezuela, Drama/Fantasy, 201011 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

A sentry box in a bank holds within its walls a man and his story. Inside that dark and reduced space, reality is wasted away by the surge of time. Layer by layer, new sensations, situations and visions are unveiled. The closer we get, the more we realize in truth how far away we are from discovering the contradictions of this man, held in the shadow of this shelter-turned-prison. Mar blindado premiered at Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.gerarduzcategui.com

Gerard Uzcátegui has a Bachelor’s Degree in Audiovisual Media from The University of The Andes and attended the New York Film Academy. He is a director and cinematographer. His works have received numerous Venezuelan film festival awards and have competed in internationally renowned film festivals such as Mar del Plata. 

Producer: Patricia Fonseca Screenwriter: Gerard UzcáteguiCinematographer: Gerard UzcáteguiEditor: Gerard Uzcátegui, Dayana GauthierSound Design: Lino Ocanto Colmenares Cast: Irina Dendiouk, Luigi Sciamanna, Keiner Semeco, Juvel VielmaPrint Source: Gerard Uzcátegui, gwuc@yahoo.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 PM

Saturday, April 28 - 11:30 AM

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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

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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

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PescadoraFisherwoman

Daniel Enrique García

Peru/USA, Drama, 201124 min, RED, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Late one night, Dora meets her boyfriend Steven, a young fisherman, under an upturned boat. A relative mentions that fishermen recently made a big catch nearby. Dora visits Steven again, hoping he will take her out on a boat. Steven tells Dora to choose between marrying him or following her dream of becoming a fisherman. Pescadora had its world premiere at Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes del Cusco.

Regional Premiere

www.pescadorafilm.com

Producer: Daniel Enrique GarcíaScreenwriter: Daniel Enrique GarcíaCinematographer: Chad TerpstraEditor: Daniel Enrique García, Chad TerpstraSound Design: Edgar LostenauMusic: Miguel FloresCast: Jazmine Zapata Morante, Orieta Foy, Flor Castillo Alma, Steven Salgado, Cesar Panta Fiestas, Narciso Anton Vilela, Clemencio Sanchez Quiroga, Eder Junior Fiestas GalanPrint Source: Daniel E. García, danieliyo99@gmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 9:30 PM

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Sunday, April 29 - 2:15 PM

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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

Brigada intramurosIntra-Walls Brigade

Cláudia Alves Vasconcelos

Cuba/Portugal, Performance/Political Documentary, 201018 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

A group of college students from the EICTV plan an art performance piece in which they will prohibit the entrance of tourists to a Havana square. The art performance is being performed to bring awareness of the injustices that Cubans go through when they are "blocked" from going to places where only foreigners are allowed. In this documentary, we see the meetings that they have to plan the art piece, the actual performance, and the afterthoughts. The students are from a film school and are planning on filming people's reactions. From beginning to end they all discuss together the purpose of the performance and its implications as a political work of art. Cláudia Alves and her work have been recognized by the Berlinale Talent Campus.

North American Premiere

www.eictv.org

Producer: Ivette LiangScreenwriter: Cláudia Alves VasconsuelosCinematographer: María Isabel Aris AlonsoEditor: María Alejandra Briganti LozanoPrint Source: Promoción Internacional - EICTV, promocioninternacional@eictv.org.cu

Saturday, April 28 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Esas voces que curanVoices that Heal

Delia Ackerman, Heather Greer

Peru, Documentary, 201146 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, Shipibo with English subtitles

The Shipibo-Conibo people have lived in the Peruvian Amazon for over 4,000 years, passing on their knowledge of plants and sacred songs from one generation to the next. Esas voces que curan tells the story of a Shipibo shaman and her family, and of their struggle to keep their traditions alive while facing the challenges of the modern world. Esas voces que curan has screened in official selection at Festival de Cine de Lima, The Oaxaca International Independent Film and Video Festival, and the London Latin American Film Festival.

North American Premiere

Lima, Peru native Delia Ackerman received her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences at the University of Lima in 1986 and a Masters in Journalism from New York’s Columbia University. She has worked as a journalist for Caretas and América Televisión and has collaborated on projects with Time

Magazine and National Geographic. Her other films include Senor de Pachacamac (1993), The Medicine of Forgiveness (2001), Seeking the Light (2006) and The King of the Desert is Dying (2008).Heather Greer is an award-winning filmmaker and multimedia artist based in New York. She has been an adjunct professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Programs at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for the past nine years. Her past works have included the documentary The Gentleman from Shanghai and The F Word for which she was the cinematographer and was an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Producer: Delia Ackerman, Heather Greer, Douglass SimsProduction Companies: FilFilms, BlackTartanCinematographer: Heather GreerEditor: Javier ArciniegaSound Design: Guillermo PalaciosMusic: Augustin-Fernandez FamilyPrint Source: Heather Greer, amazi@earthlink.net

Saturday, April 28 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Los nueve infiernosNine Hells

Abril Schmucler

Mexico, Experimental Documentary, 201125 min, Video, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

A baby's bath in a dirty public space. Angry rebel young people running through the streets. A man crawling in pursuit of divine forgiveness. The brother who cannot buy a small car. The eternal wait of a musician on a long night.... A lover sings, beside him a hobo complains. Millions of people whose eyes will never meet. This city is silence. This documentary was honored in its home country with an Honorary Mention from the Sociedad Mexicana de Autores de Fotografía at DOCSDF.

American Premiere

Abril Schmucler was born in Mexico City in 1982. In 2003 she joined the CCC, where she currently specializes in documentary filmmaking.

Producer: Abril SchmuclerProduction Companies: Centro de Capacitación CinematográficoScreenwriter: Abril SchmuclerCinematographer: José de la Torre, Damián Aguilar, Abril SchmuclerEditor: Alfredo MendozaSound Design: Federico SchmuclerMusic: Federico SchmuclerPrint Source: Boris Miramontes - CCC, boris@elccc.com.mx

Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

EspectadoresSpectators

Roger Villarroya

Spain, Social Issue Documentary, 201215 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Those who attend a public spectacle.

World Premiere

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Roger Villarroya was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1985. He graduated from ITES (Spain) as an audiovisual director and studied filmmaking in Los Angeles. His debut short film Capicúa (Palindrome) played at over sixty festivals worldwide, gaining numerous awards along the way.

Producer: Roger VillarroyaProduction Companies: Mailuki FilmsScreenwriter: Roger VillarroyaCinematographer: Eladio SánchezEditor: Roger VillarroyaSound Design: David RomeroMusic: Pablo LaspraPrint Source: Roger Villarroya, mailukifilms@gmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Memorias del vientoGuiding Sight

Katherina Harder Sacre

Chile, Biographical Documentary, 201118 min, Mini DV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Rafael Egaña is going blind. With us, he goes through the images that his father, a passionate photographer, has collected over the past 50 years. Each image represents a particular memory, but what happens with them when losing sight? Do they disintegrate together with the visible world or do they become clearer when being unable to generate new ones? Memorias del viento screened in Official Competition at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

US Premiere

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Katherina Harder Sacre was born in Iquique in 1988. She graduated from the University of Chile with a degree in Film and Television and is the founder of the Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Iquique (FICIIQQ). Recently, Katherina won the Fondo de Fomento Audiovisual 2012 award to attend a screenwriting workshop at the EICTV in Cuba.

Producer: Catalina DonosoScreenwriter: Katherina Harder Sacre, Catalina Donoso, Natalia Cabrera, Isabel OrellanaCinematographer: Catalina DonosoSound Design: Roberto Carlos CollioMusic: Roberto Arancibia Cast: Rafael Egaña, Javier Luis Egaña, Pilar Vial Beatriz BarajaPrint Source: Katherina Harder Sacre, katherina.harder@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 8:15 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

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

pt.es

Pedro Sena Nunes

Portugal, Documentary, 201123 min, HD, ColorPortuguese, Spanish with English subtitles

This documentary short explores the culture clash among two countries along their borders. pt.es takes a "slice of life" approach, as a documentary examining the small amount of land that connects Spain and Portugal. The film utilizes anecdotes from people on both sides of the border to illustrate how the two nationalities, which had been slowly integrating, are rapidly coming together in the modern age. pt.es recently screened in the Semana del Cine de Medina del Campo.

International Premiere

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Pedro Sena Nunes was born in Lisbon in 1968. He completed his degree in Cinema in 1992 at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema after attending the Lisbon Engineering Institute in 1989. Over the years, he has produced over 100 radio and TV publicity spots and currently works as Artistic Director at the Vo'Arte Association and coordinates projects with young emergent artists.

Producer: Pedro Sena Nunes, Ana Rita BarataProduction Companies: Associação Vo'ArteScreenwriter: Pedro Sena NunesCinematographer: Pedro Sena NunesEditor: Maribel Espinal, Cristina BrumSound Design: Filipe Chagas, Vando EnesMusic: Nuno CostaPrint Source: Associação Vo'Arte, cinemalerta@voarte.com

Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

En la ciudad (Xoco)In the City (Xoco)

Raúl Sanabria

Mexico, Drama, 201017 min, Video, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Three friends find a film reel. They begin an exciting adventure that will end with an unexpected event. This tribute to the power of film premiered at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia.

US Premiere

Raúl Sanabria Bonilla studied Architecture at the Universidad Centroamericana UCA in El Salvador, graduating in 2003. In 2007 he began work with the CCC. Among his other shorts as director are Alicia (2006) and El Humo (2008).

Producer: Tania Suárez, Atziri Ramírez, Idalia Patricia ZepedaProduction Companies: Centro de Capacitación CinematográficaScreenwriter: Raúl SanabriaCinematographer: María José GlenderEditor: Raúl SanabriaSound Design: Raúl Sanabria Music: Fabian Becerril García, Ricardo Hernández Morales, Fernando David Barrios NavasCast: Alejandro Pizano, Fabiola Delgado, Iván Skinfill, Guadalupe Barragán Chávez, Ermis CruzPrint Source: Boris Miramontes - CCC, boris@elcccc.com.mx

Saturday, April 28 - 10:00 PM

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GABI

Zoé Salicrup-Junco

Puerto Rico, Drama, 201120 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

A Puerto Rican saying haunts single women in their 30's: "If such a woman is not married by this time, she must be a slut, a lesbian, or a prude." This is the story of that woman... Gabi Padilla thrives in a life full of pleasure and independence. But after her mother's unexpected death, she is forced to return to her rural hometown, a place where Gabi's sensual flair is not welcome. GABI recently played at Tribeca Film Festival and won the Best Actress award at the Cinears International Film Festival.

Regional Premiere

www.gabifilm.com

Producer: Zoé Salicrup-JuncoScreenwriter: Zoé Salicrup-JuncoCinematographer: Adam Newport-BerraEditor: Frank Dale ArroyoSound Design: Anthony JonesMusic: Agatha KasprzykCast: Dalia Davi, Aris Mejias, Marisé Alvarez, Roy Sánchez-VahamondePrint Source: Zoé Salicrup-Junco, zoesalicrup@gmail.com

Sunday, April 29 - 4:30 PM

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Guañape Sur

János Richter

Italy/Peru, Documentary, 201023 min, HDCAM, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Guañape Sur is a barren rock island off the coast of Peru. No soil, no water. Nothing grows there. Around its shores, a restricted area has been established. The island serves hundreds of thousands of sea birds as a breeding ground. A war has been fought over guano. And even during peacetime, harvesting it from the sharp rock is a brutal fight. Everything on the island is done by hand. The beautiful cinematography contrasts with its subject matter, and leaves the viewer impressed by the landscape and the workers' experiences. Guañape Sur has previously screened around the world, including at the prestigious Hot Docs and IDFA.

Regional Premiere

Producer: János RichterProduction Companies: ZeLIGScreenwriter: János RichterCinematographer: Jakob StarkEditor: János RichterSound Design: János RichterPrint Source: Georg Zeller, zeller@zeligfilm.it

Wednesday, April 25 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Juan y La BorregaJuan and La Borrega

J. Xavier Velasco

Mexico, Crime/Drama, 201111 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Juan works in a uniform store. He has a safe, mundane life without ambition. Until, one day, La Borrega comes along. This film has garnered international attention, including screening as part of Cannes Short Film Corner 2011.

Texas Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

Producer: Edgar San JuanProduction Companies: IMCINEScreenwriter: J. Xavier VelascoCinematographer: Felipe Pérez-BurchardEditor: J. Xavier VelascoSound Design: Federico González, Alejandro de IcazaMusic: Alejandro BonillaCast: Manuel Domínguez, Carlos Aragón, Édgar VivarPrint Source: Iván Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

Friday, April 27 - 10:00 PM

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La huídaThe Runaway

Victor Carrey

Spain, Comedy/Fantasy/Urban Adventure, 201011 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Chewing gum. A dog leash. An Australia-shaped stain on the wall. A bent traffic light. Each of these elements and more has its own story, even though all of them together can create a new plot. This award-winning film has been tearing up the festival circuit, and now brings its zany style to Austin.

Texas Premiere

www.agenciafreak.com/cortometraje/LA-HUIDA/10

Producer: Sergi CasamitjanaProduction Companies: FREAK Short Film AgencyScreenwriter: Victor CarreyCinematographer: Bet RourichEditor: Israel L., Martí Escudero, RocaSound Design: Marta CunillCast: Joaquín Díaz, Guim Badia, Dani el Rojo, Hans Richter, Gori de Palma, Joan PernilPrint Source: Gisela Casas - Escándalo Films, S.L, gisela.casas@escandalofilms.com

Thursday, April 26 - 1:00 PM

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La siestaThe Nap

Kate Hartnoll

Cuba/UK, Narrative, 201111 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Raimundo, a senile old man living alone in an over-crowded Havana apartment block, is only too happy to look after his young neighbor's baby for the afternoon. But, when another friend comes for a visit, he begins to realize that Raimundo might not be all there. The old man is reluctant to accept the reality of the baby that was left with him. This film was Kate Hartnoll's thesis film at EICTV.

North American Premiere

www.eictv.org

Producer: Ivette Liang, Leticia Brea CalderónScreenwriter: Carlos Machado, Kate HartnollCinematographer: Luis Joan Mirabal RodríguezEditor: Sergio Caraballo MalaveSound Design: Rafael Bobadilla BáezMusic: Tony TañoCast: Mario Balmaceda, Osvaldo Doimeadiós, Lynn CruzPrint Source: Promoción Internacional - EICTV, promocioninternacional@eictv.org.cu

Saturday, April 28 - 4:30 PM

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Por fin parió PaulaIt's About Time, Paula

Patricia Alvarez Astacio, Christopher Newman

Peru, Music Documentary, 20118 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

In the urban music scene of Lima, Peru's capital city, only five percent of musicians are women. Traditionally Peruvian families do not encourage their daughters to seriously pursue music because they consider it to be unfeminine and unstable. Amidst this male-dominated musical environment, a group of professional women have come together to create an all-women percussion ensemble called Parió Paula. Por fin parió Paula reveals how these women are discovering power and creativity through percussion. As they overcome their insecurities about playing music they develop a strong community of women unlike anything they have experienced before.

World Premiere

www.pacificlineproductions.com/pariopaula

Producer: Adele FournetProduction Companies: Pacific Line ProductionsCinematographer: Christopher Newman, Patricia Alvarez AstacioEditor: Christopher Newman, Patricia Alvarez AstacioMusic: Adele Fournet and Parió PaulaPrint Source: Christopher Newman, newmanfilm@gmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 12:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

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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El Cantante

León Ichaso

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

Free

 

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