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The 19th Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
May 4 – 8, 2016

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Cine Las Americas presents a selection of nineteen narrative and documentary features by the finest emerging and established filmmakers to audiences in Central Texas. This year’s selections represent seventeen countries’ participation in production and co-production of the films, and highlight a diversity of themes, genres and styles characteristic of contemporary national and international cinema trends.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Allende mi abuelo Allende Beyond My Grandfather Allende Marcia Tambutti Allende Chile/Mexico 100 min
Cómo ganar enemigos How to Win Enemies Gabriel Lichtmann Argentina 78 min
Desde Allá From Afar Lorenzo Vigas Venezuela/Mexico 93 min
Embarazados We Are Pregnant Juana Macías Spain 103 min
Ixcanul Ixcanul Jayro Bustamante Guatemala/France 91 min
La memoria del agua The Memory of Water Matías Bize Chile/Spain/Argentina/Germany 88 min
La obra del siglo The Project of the Century Carlos M. Quintela Cuba/Argentina/Germany/Switzerland 100 min
Las Plantas Plants Roberto Doveris Chile 93 min
Le Dep Le Dep Sonia Boileau Canada 75 min
Made in Bangkok Made in Bangkok Flavio Florencio Mexico/Germany 75 min
Magallanes Magallanes Salvador del Solar Peru/Argentina/Spain 109 min
Mekko Mekko Sterlin Harjo USA 84 min
Prometo um Dia Deixar Essa Cidade I Swear I’ll Leave This Town Daniel Aragão Brazil 90 min
Siembra Siembra Angela Osorio, Santiago Lozano Colombia 83 min
Te prometo anarquía I Promise You Anarchy Julio Hernández Cordón Mexico/Germany 88 min
The Grandfather of all Treaties The Grandfather of all Treaties Candace Maracle Canada 57 min
The Propaganda Game The Propaganda Game Alvaro Longoria Spain 98 min
Una noche sin luna A Moonless Night Germán Tejeira Uruguay/Argentina 81 min
Viaje Viaje Paz Fábrega Costa Rica 71 min

Narrative Feature Competition

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of five films from emerging and promising talent, including selections from all over the Americas in a variety of genres and form. The works screened in this category are eligible for both a jury award and an audience award for Best Narrative Feature.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Amores Urbanos Restless Love Vera Egito Brazil 95 min
H.O.M.E. H.O.M.E. Daniel Maldonado USA 73 min
La extinción de los dinosaurios The Extinction of the Dinosaurs Luis Ayhllón Mexico 98 min
Rosa Chumbe Rosa Chumbe Jonatan Relayze Chiang Peru 73 min
Tan distintos An Ocean Between Us Pablo Arturo Suárez Ecuador 90 min

Documentary Feature Competition

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of five documentaries on a wide variety of topics, representing diversity in audio design, narrative style, and formal technique, with the common thread of including themes and points of view that are often underrepresented in popular media. The works screened in this category are eligible for both a jury award and an audience award for Best Documentary Feature.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Juanicas Juanicas Karina García Casanova Canada/Mexico 78 min
Los habitantes de la casa del diablo The Squatters of the Devil’s House Iván Reina Ortiz Colombia 87 min
Playing Lecuona Playing Lecuona Pavel Giroud, JuanMa Villa Betancort Spain/Colombia 110 min
Tú y yo You and Me Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada Dominican Republic 87 min
Vergüenza y respeto Shame and Respect Tomás Lipgot Argentina 81 min

Hecho en Tejas

Cine Las Americas presents “Hecho en Tejas,” a series of films shot and/or produced in Texas, to showcase the wide variety of work being produced in the state by filmmakers with varied backgrounds. Two features and six short films are scheduled during this year’s festival. For a seventh consecutive year, Cine Las Americas is pleased to count on a partnership with the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) to present a jury award to the best “Hecho en Tejas” film.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Harbinger Harbinger Cody Duckworth USA 94 min
Marisol Marisol Eugene Martin USA 75 min
Ana con Elisio Ana con Elisio Lizette Barrera USA 6 min
Dead Sites Dead Sites Jason Outenreath USA 10 min
Get the Hell Out Get the Hell Out Comedia A Go-Go [CAGG], Jess Castro, Regan Arevalos, Larry Garza USA 26 min
Ignition Ignition Sebastián Bisbal Rivas USA 13 min
Just Flow Just Flow Tania Romero USA 27 min
Squeezebox Squeezebox Sam Lerma USA 21 min

Narrative Shorts Competition

Cine Las Americas presents the narrative short film competition, which represents some of the most powerful and compelling work programmed at the festival, from the abstract to the realistic, the tragic to the romantic, and everything in between. These films will open for features throughout the festival, and are eligible for a jury award for Best Narrative Short.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
La mar estaba serena The Sea Was Calm Pablo Schulkin Uruguay 8 min
Leche Milk Gabriella Moses USA 13 min
Os Meninos do Rio Children of the River Javier Macipe Portugal/Spain 14 min
Sirenas Mermaids Maryulis Alfonso Cuba 20 min
Soñar el otro Dreaming the Other Abril Schmucler Iñiguez Mexico 16 min

Documentary Shorts Competition

Cine Las Americas presents the documentary short film competition, which includes some of the most powerful and compelling work programmed at the festival, representing individual and community topics and concerns in their contemporary contexts. These films will open for features throughout the festival, and are eligible for a jury award for Best Documentary Short.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Cuba’s Violin Cuba’s Violin Maya Albanese Cuba/USA 18 min
Hasta que regrese Until I Return Luisa García Peru 18 min
Libertad Libertad Brenda Avila-Hanna USA 10 min
Maiden of Deception Pass: Guardian of Her Samish People Maiden of Deception Pass: Guardian of Her Samish People Tracy Rector, Lou Karsen USA 27 min
Ojo salvaje The Rate’s Cut Paco Nicolás Spain 15 min

Ambulante Showcase

Cine Las Americas presents a special showcase in partnership with Ambulante, a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting documentary film as a tool for social and cultural transformation. Each of the documentary films in this series tackles issues that resonate not only in Mexico, but also internationally. The films selected reflect both organizations’ missions, in particular, support of documentary filmmaking as a means to promote discourse around important contemporary issues.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Llévate mis amores All of Me Arturo González Villaseñor Mexico 90 min
The Man Who Saw Too Much The Man Who Saw Too Much Trisha Ziff Mexico 89 min

Official Selection Panorama

Cine Las Americas presents a diverse array of important films, which we consider essential to share with Central Texas audiences. This year’s selection includes five documentary feature films and fourteen narrative and documentary short films. Collectively, the films represent innovative and independent filmmakers in compliment to the rest of the festival’s programs; they showcase a variety of traditionally underrepresented cultures and issues, personal experiences, new perspectives and aesthetic innovation.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99 2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99 Thirza Cuthand Canada 5 min
Ayotzinapa: Crónica de un crimen de estado Ayotzinapa: Chronicle  of a State Crime Xavier Robles Mexico 101 min
Chapa The Grill Man Fabio Montanari Brazil 14 min
Discriminación Discrimination Yarlenis Aténcio, Analicia López, Jorge Caisamo, Ediliano Hernández, Vincente Peréz, Isac Dogiramá Panama 5 min
Hija de la laguna Daughter of the Lake Ernesto Cabellos Peru 88 min
Indivisible Indivisible Hilary Linder USA 78 min
Katary Stand Up Esteban Lema Venezuela/Ecuador 18 min
La verdad bajo la tierra. Guatemala, el genocidio silenciado The Truth Beneath the Ground. Guatemala, the Silenced Genocide Eva Vilmala, Miquel Dewever-Plana Guatemala 60 min
Limpiadores Limpiadores Fernando L. González Mitjáns United Kingdom 40 min
Make No Noise – The Story of a Skatepark Make No Noise – The Story of a Skatepark Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo USA 80 min
Manna Manna D.E. Hyde Belize 12 min
No estás soñando conmigo You’re Not Dreaming With Me Jorge Y.  Leyva Robles Mexico 14 min
Normal Normal Vadim Lasca Venezuela 17 min
O Pecado de Quem Nos Ama The Sin of Those Who Love Us Vasco de Oliveira Portugal 30 min
Oscar Oscar Oscar Martínez Heredia, Lorenzo Shapiro Mexico 3 min
Polski Polski Rubén Rojas Cuauhtemoc Cuba 22 min
Stela Stela Ainhoa Menéndez Spain 20 min
Todo lo demás Everything Else Federico Untermann Spain 8 min
Tu p*** banco Your F****** Bank Jose Luis Santos Perez Spain 13 min

Señorita Cinema Roadshow

Cine Las Americas presents a special selection of ten Latina-directed short films curated by Señorita Cinema, an all Latina film festival based in Houston, Texas. Their roadshow selection showcases the best and most diverse of the last five editions of the festival, and aims to show the rich tapestry of different voices, styles, and ideas unique to the Latina experience.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
A Few Hundred Blows A Few Hundred Blows Iris Almaraz USA 11 min
House Cleaning House Cleaning Julia Camara USA 6 min
Mis quince Mis quince Brenda Cruz-Wolf USA 12 min
OK Hello This Is Michael OK Hello This Is Michael Jessica Leza USA 1 min
Paradise Exhaust Paradise Exhaust Stephanie Saint Sanchez USA 11 min
Possessed by the Beat Possessed by the Beat Rachel Estrada USA 6 min
Short Stop Short Stop Fanny Veliz, Risa Machuca USA 18 min
The Moon Song of Assassination The Moon Song of Assassination Dolissa Medina USA 7 min
Through the Water Through the Water Tonantzin Canestaro-Garcia USA 6 min
Toñita se va de la casa Toñita Runs Away Terri Carson USA 6 min

Music Videos

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of sixteen music videos, representing diverse genres of music and filmmaking styles. The section includes a set of seven videos co-curated with the Austin Music Video Festival (AMVF), three out-of-competition videos, and six videos in competition; the competition selections are eligible for an audience award for Best Music Video.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
American Dreams American Dreams Diego Lozano USA 6 min
Cycles of Existential Rhyme Cycles of Existential Rhyme Giovanni Solis USA 5 min
Ego Altar Ego Altar Javier Antonio Avellan USA 4 min
Ella Her Shireen Alihaji USA 4 min
Frida’s Heart Frida’s Heart Executive Director: Daniela Riojas, Co-director: Laura Varela USA 6 min
Haste que te encontre Until I Found You Olmeca USA 4 min
Looking for Some Action Looking for Some Action AJ Vallejo USA 4 min
Mel ge’ gi’ nut Epit Strong Woman Song Naomi Condo Canada 5 min
Mi encuentro Found Angela Rosales Challis Bolivia 4 min
Paris Trance Paris Trance Patricia Vonne USA 3 min
Strut Strut Destiny Mata USA 3 min
This Cannot Be This Cannot Be Michael Beserra USA 5 min
Tomorrow Tomorrow CJ Vinson, Aaron Brown USA 5 min
Trouble in Paradise Trouble in Paradise Tina Rivera USA 3 min
Valle Moreno Inland Empire Deladeso, Jacbo Maschill USA 5 min
Where I Live Where I Live Priscilla Villegas USA 4 min

Emergencia Youth Film Festival

Cine Las Americas presents the 2016 Emergencia Youth Film Festival. The program will open with a special program curated by Out Youth, a local non-profit organization that provides a variety of programs and services for youth in Central Texas. Following the Out Youth program, the Emergencia Youth Jury members will present the World Premiere of a Digital Den Studios production. Lastly, the Youth Jury will share the competition lineup with those in attendance; the films in competition are eligible for an audience award for Best Emergencia Youth Film. As a celebration of filmmakers on the rise, the Emergencia Youth Film Competition represents a special section of the festival showcasing works by filmmakers 19 years or younger. This year, the competition was curated by youth from Connally High School, which is located in the greater Austin area.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
A Place in the Middle A Place in the Middle Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson USA 24 min
Alluvium Alluvium Ruda Santos London, UK 4 min
Camping Trip Camping Trip Audrey Larson MA, USA 6 min
Domar: To Tame Domar: To Tame Benjamin Ades Uruguay 7 min
Drawing Inspiration Drawing Inspiration Audrey Larson, Shay Martin MA, USA 4 min
El Levantamiento de los Muertos El Levantamiento de los Muertos Miguel Salazar San Antonio, TX, USA 2 min
Everything Has Its Time Everything Has Its Time Marylys Merida Lynn, MA, USA 6 min
I Don’t Need U I Don’t Need U Alyssa Peguero Lynn, MA, USA 4 min
Letters Letters Nick Fichter Austin, TX, USA 5 min
Lilly Gets a Pet Lilly Gets a Pet The Bum Family Alberta, Canada 5 min
Listen Listen Julianne Evangelista, Violet Lam Austin, TX, USA 11 min
Lorena Lorena Tony Trevino Coahuila, Mexico 3 min
O Cabeçudo The Big-Headed Boy Nelson Fernandes Portugal 9 min
The Race The Race Austin Film Society Film Club Austin, TX, USA 2 min
The Storm The Storm Tyla Levesque, Yunior Crispin, Daymian Mejia Lynn, MA, USA 5 min
Trees Count Trees Count Maximilian Shatan New York City, NY, USA 4 min
What I Never Told Her What I Never Told Her Theo Moers USA 9 min
What’s the First Step What’s the First Step Ayanna Marte Lynn, MA, USA 6 min
Wiikwemkoong Mide-Dabaan Oil Wells of Wikwemikong Leo Peltier Montréal, QC, Canada 5 min
You Are Not Alone You Are Not Alone Adolfo Jimenez NY, USA 3 min
You’re Dead to Me You’re Dead to Me Wu Tsang USA 13 min