19TH CINE LAS AMERICAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PROGRAM SELECTION OF FILMS, INCLUDING “HECHO EN TEJAS” FILMS

AUSTIN, Texas (April 20, 2016) — Cine Las Americas International Film Festival announced today its 2016 program, including what has become a signature of the festival lineup, the Hecho en Tejas film programs. All films are presented in English or with English subtitles (if English is not the original language). The 19th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival is scheduled for May 4-8, 2016, in Austin, Texas.

“We are so excited about this year’s program, offering an impressive lineup of films from talented directors and new filmmakers” said festival director Jean Lauer. “We’re proud to once again present a strong lineup of Hecho en Tejas screenings, featuring two world premieres. We’re also thrilled to welcome new friends as guests to share their work including Sterlin Harjo (MEKKO), Daniel Aragão (PROMETO UM DIA DEIXAR ESSA CIDADE), Julio Hernandez Cordón (TE PROMETO ANARQUÍA), and the closing night’s film director Paz Fábrega (VIAJE).”

The full festival lineup includes 38 feature films, 60 short films, and 16 music videos, in representation of 24 countries’ participation in production and co-production of the films. Together, they highlight a diversity of themes, genres and styles characteristic of contemporary national and international cinema trends. Films will be presented at partnership venues The Marchesa Hall & Theatre (6226 Middle Fiskville Rd. Austin TX 78752), The Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St, Austin, TX 78701), and The Salvage Vanguard Theater (2803 E Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722). The festival is also pleased to announce that two music video showcases will be presented at a new partnership venue, The North Door (502 Brushy St. Austin, TX, 78702).

About the Hecho en Tejas Films
Hecho en Tejas films are shot and/or produced in Texas and showcase the wide variety of work by filmmakers with varied backgrounds and experience. These selections compliment the Festival’s national and international line up, and include films from both up-and-coming talent and veteran filmmakers. For the 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.

This year, the Hecho en Tejas program includes two feature films and six short films. The Hecho en Tejas film presentations will take place during the festival on Saturday, May 7th at the Marchesa Hall and Theatre, with more details to come.

Hecho en Tejas Features
* Harbinger – World Premiere

Dir. Cody Duckworth
Horror/Thriller/Fantasy, 2015
Twelve year-old Mira has been having terrible dreams. As her haunting nightmares escalate, Mira’s father moves her and her pregnant mother away from the city to a secluded ranch for some much needed family healing. Unfortunately the night terrors do not end for young Mira who is soon guided by visions of things-to-come by her dead grandmother who warns against drinking the well water. As Mira’s mother and father continue to drink the water, as well as eat the animals who also drink the water, a transformation begins… and Mira’s worst nightmares become real.

* Marisol – World Premiere
Dir. Eugene Martin
Drama, 2016
Marisol Flores, age 19, lives with her father, a manual laborer, in Lake Dallas, a small town in North Texas. As Marisol goes to register for her first college class, she is informed that she has been identified by the state of Texas as undocumented. From that moment forward, everything changes for Marisol, most importantly the knowledge that her father and deceased mother had kept this fact a secret from her. Marisol uncovers deep memories of her past to piece together why her parents brought her to the US without telling her she was born in Mexico. Through dream imagery, flashbacks, and non-fiction elements, Marisol discovers true notions about her own identity as a Mexican woman now living as an outsider in the place she grew up in.

Shorts
* Ana con Elisio, Dir. Lizette Barrera
* Dead Sites, Dir. Jason Outenreath
* Get the Hell Out, Dir. Comedia A Go-Go [CAGG], Jess Castro, Regan Arevalos, Larry Garza
* Ignition, Dir. Sebastián Bisbal Rivas
* Just Flow, Dir. Tania Romero
* Squeezebox, Dir. Sam Lerma

Film Titles from Full Program, by Program Section

New Releases
OPENING NIGHT: Magallanes, Dir. Salvador del Solar, Peru/Argentina/Spain
CLOSING NIGHT: Viaje, Dir. Paz Fábrega, Costa Rica

ADDITIONAL TITLES:
* Allende mi abuelo Allende (Beyond My Grandfather Allende), Dir. Marcia Tambutti Allende, Chile/Mexico
* Cómo ganar enemigos (How to Win Enemies), Dir. Gabriel Lichtmann, Argentina
* Desde Allá (From Afar), Dir. Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela/Mexico
* Embarazados (We Are Pregnant), Dir. Juana Macías, Spain
* Ixcanul, Dir. Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala/France
* La memoria del agua (The Memory of Water), Matías Bize, Chile/Spain/Argentina/Germany
* La obra del siglo (The Project of the Century), Dir. Carlos M. Quintela, Cuba/Argentina/Germany/Switzerland
* Las Plantas (Plants), Dir. Roberto Doveris, Chile
* Le Dep, Dir. Sonia Boileau, Canada
* Made in Bangkok, Dir. Flavio Florencio, Mexico/Germany
* Mekko, Dir. Sterlin Harjo. USA
* Prometo um Dia Deixar Essa Cidade (I Swear I’ll Leave This Town), Dir. Daniel Aragão, Brazil
* Siembra, Dir. Angela Osorio, Santiago Lozano, Colombia
* Te prometo anarquía (I Promise You Anarchy), Dir. Julio Hernández Cordón, Mexico/Germany
* The Grandfather of all Treaties, Dir. Candace Maracle, Canada
* The Propaganda Game, Dir. Alvaro Longoria, Spain
* Una noche sin luna (A Moonless Night), Dir. Germán Tejeira, Uruguay/Argentina

Narrative Feature Competition
* Amores Urbanos (Restless Love), Dir. Vera Egito, Brazil
* H.O.M.E., Dir. Daniel Maldonado, USA
* La extinción de los dinosaurios (The Extinction of the Dinosaurs), Dir. Luis Ayhllón, Mexico
* Rosa Chumbe, Dir. Jonatan Relayze Chiang, Peru
* Tan distintos (An Ocean Between Us), Dir. Pablo Arturo Suárez, Ecuador

Documentary Feature Competition
* Juanicas, Dir. Karina García Casanova, Canada/Mexico
* Los habitantes de la casa del Diablo (The Squatters of the Devil’s House), Dir. Iván Reina Ortiz, Colombia
* Playing Lecuona, Dir. Pavel Giroud, JuanMa Villa Betancort, Spain/Colombia
* Tú y yo (You and Me), Dir. Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada, Dominican Republic
* Vergüenza y respeto (Shame and Respect), Dir. Tomás Lipgot, Argentina

Narrative Shorts Competition
* La mar estaba serena (The Sea Was Calm), Dir. Pablo Schulkin, Uruguay
* Leche (Milk), Dir. Gabriella Moses, USA
* Os Meninos do Rio (Children of the River), Dir. Javier Macipe, Portugal/Spain
* Sirenas (Mermaids), Dir. Maryulis Alfonso, Cuba
* Soñar el otro (Dreaming the Other), Dir. Abril Schmucler Iñiguez, Mexico

Documentary Shorts Competition
* Cuba’s Violin, Dir. Maya Albanese, Cuba/USA
* Hasta que regrese (Until I Return), Dir. Luisa García, Peru
* Libertad, Dir. Brenda Avila-Hanna, USA
* Maiden of Deception Pass: Guardian of Her Samish People, Dir. Tracy Rector, Lou Karsen, USA
* Ojo salvaje (The Rate’s Cut), Dir. Paco Nicolás, Spain

Ambulante Showcase
* Llévate mis amores (All of Me), Dir. Arturo González Villaseñor, Mexico
* The Man Who Saw Too Much, Dir. Trisha Ziff, Mexico

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

Señorita Cinema Roadshow
* A Few Hundred Blows, Dir. Iris Almaraz, USA
* House Cleaning, Dir. Julia Camara, USA
* Mis quince, Dir. Brenda Cruz-Wolf, USA
* OK Hello This Is Michael, Dir. Jessica Leza, USA
* Paradise Exhaust, Dir. Stephanie Saint Sanchez, USA
* Possessed by the Beat, Dir. Rachel Estrada, USA
* Short Stop, Dir. Fanny Veliz, Risa Machuca, USA
* The Moon Song of Assassination, Dir. Dolissa Medina, USA
* Through the Water, Dir. Tonantzin Canestaro-Garcia, USA
* Toñita se va de la casa (Toñita Runs Away), Dir. Terri Carson, USA

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

Emergencia Youth Film Festival
Out Youth Co-Curated Program
* A Place in the Middle, Dir. Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, USA
* What I Never Told Her, Dir. Theo Moers, USA
* You’re Dead to Me, Dir. Wu Tsang, USA

Connally High School Presentation
* Listen, Dir. Julianne Evangelista, Violet Lam, Austin, TX, USA

Emergencia Youth Film Competition Lineup
* Alluvium, Dir. Ruda Santos, London, UK
* Camping Trip, Dir. Audrey Larson, MA, USA
* Domar: To Tame, Dir. Benjamin Ades, Uruguay
* Drawing Inspiration, Dir. Audrey Larson, Shay Martin, MA, USA
* El Levantamiento de los Muertos, Dir. Miguel Salazar, San Antonio, TX, USA
* Everything Has Its Time, Dir. Marylys Merida, Lynn, MA, USA
* I Don’t Need U, Dir. Alyssa Peguero Lynn, MA, USA
* Letters, Dir. Nick Fichter, Austin, TX, USA
* Lilly Gets a Pet, Dir. The Bum Family, Alberta, Canada
* Lorena, Dir. Tony Trevino, Coahuila, Mexico
* O Cabeçudo (The Big-Headed Boy), Dir. Nelson Fernandes, Portugal
* The Race, Dir. Austin Film Society Film Club, Austin, TX, USA
* The Storm, Dir. Tyla Levesque, Yunior Crispin, Daymian Mejia, Lynn, MA, USA
* Trees Count, Dir. Maximilian Shatan, New York City, NY, USA
* What’s the First Step, Dir. Ayanna Marte, Lynn, MA, USA
* Wiikwemkoong Mide-Dabaan (Oil Wells of Wikwemikong), Dir. Leo Peltier, Montréal, QC, Canada
* You Are Not Alone, Dir. Adolfo Jimenez, NY, USA

For the 19th consecutive year, Austin will serve as host to a wide range of international films and filmmakers as the festival creates networking opportunities for industry professionals, and provides a rich cultural experience for statewide audiences. The festival will showcase contemporary films from the US, Canada, Latin America, and the Iberian Peninsula. All films are presented in English and/or subtitled.

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ABOUT CINE LAS AMERICAS: Cine Las Americas is a multi-cultural, 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Austin Texas, offering theatrical screenings of films made by and/or about Latinos or indigenous peoples of the Americas. Films from Spain and Portugal are also included, enhancing a truly Pan-American cinematic experience. The mission of Cine Las Americas is to promote cross-cultural understanding and growth by educating, entertaining and challenging the diverse Central Texas community through film and media arts.

Press Contact: Melinda Gonzales Boe | 512.535.0765 | press@cinelasamericas.org