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Las Movies - The Films of Efraín Gutiérrez

The 17th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival honors the life and work of a pioneer of Mexican American cinema in Texas with this special presentation of the films of Efraín Gutiérrez, with the director in attendance. 

Raised on San Antonio’s West Side, Efraín Gutierrez is a political activist, director and actor in theater and film. During the 1970s he directed and starred in the three feature-length films considered by many to be the first independent Chicano feature-length films made in Texas. The films broke the Mexico City monopoly in Texas Spanish language theaters, while outselling Hollywood blockbusters as Gutierrez travelled the state showing his films. After a two-decade hiatus Gutierrez made the 2000 feature film A LOWRIDER SPRING BREAK EN SAN QUILMAS, and the children’s film BARRIO TALES: TOPS, KITES AND MARBLES in 2008.

Cine Las Americas is fortunate to continue reviving the tradition of local Latino and indigenous cinema in Texas, following our mission to educate, entertain and challenge diverse audiences. The unsung story of the success of Efraín Gutiérrez’s early films is a lesson for Latino and indigenous filmmakers working today in Texas and beyond.All films presented at the Marchesa Theatre in 35mm restored prints courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Wednesday, April 23 – 4 PM

Thursday, April 24 – 4 PM

Saturday, April 26, – 4 PM

Please Don’t Bury Me Alive!

¡Por favor no me entierren vivo!

1976, 81 min, Drama

Director in attendance

Chicano Love Is Forever

Amor chicano es para siempre

1976, 101 min. Drama

Director in attendance

Run, Tecato, Run

1979, 86 min. Drama

Opening with the documentary short

La Onda Chicana (1976)

followed by a conversation with Efraín Gutierrez andauthor Gregg Barrios.

Read the article The Return of Chicano Film Pioneer Efrain Gutierrez written by Melissa del Bosque for the Texas Observer

Amor chicano es para siempre/ Chicano Love is Forever A film by Efraín Gutiérrez

USA, Drama, 1977101 min, 16mm, ColorSpanglishDirector Efraín Gutiérrez in attendance

Thursday, April 24 - 4PM

Marchesa

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Please, Don't Bury Me Alive! / ¡Por favor, no me entierren vivo! A film by Efraín Gutiérrez

USA, Crime/Drama, 197681 min, 16mm, ColorSpanglishDirector Efraín Gutiérrez in attendance

Wednesday, April 23 - 4PM

Marchesa

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Run, Tecato, Run A film by Efraín Gutiérrez

USA, Drama, 197986 min, 16mm, Black & WhiteSpanglishTo be followed by a conversation with director Efraín Gutiérrez and author Gregg Barrios

Saturday, April 26 - 4PM

Marchesa

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Chateles del campo / Country Kids A film by Jason Outenreath

Nicaragua, Coming of Age/Observational Documentary, 201370 min, DVCPro HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitlesDirector/cinematographer Jason Outenreach in attendance

Saturday, April 26th 11:00AM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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Micha A film by Eugene Martin

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

Sunday, April 27th  5:00PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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Las Marthas Cristina Ibarra

USA, Documentary/History, 201369 min, HDCAM, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26th 7:30PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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Waiting for Sandoval A film by David B. Carren

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

Sunday, April 27th 2:00PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 A film by Julianna Brannum

USA, Educational/Social Issue Documentary/Biography, 201365 min, HDV, ColorEnglishDirector Julianna Brannum in attendance

Saturday, April 26th 1:30PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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2014 Emergencia Youth Film Competition

Since 2004, Cine Las Americas has been proud to present the Emergencia Youth Film Competition, a special section of the festival showcasing works by filmmakers 19 years or younger. Members of local youth film organizations and high schools curate and present this section of the festival every year. This year’s competition is curated by members representing Connelly Cougar Productions, based in Pflugerville, Texas. Films in competition are eligible for an audience award for Best Emergencia Youth Film. All films are in English, or in original language with subtitles in English.

Emergencia Youth Film Competition 24 Dhivehi: (Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Maldives)Cesar MartinezSay Sí25 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013

Soon after receiving news that he will be moving to the Maldives in 24 hours to attend a rigorous boarding school, Marcus follows the advice of his friends to escape from the confines of his home (and perspective) to spend his last night with the people and the city he calls home.

Bound to ForgetAnna ClarkSay Sí4 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013

An experimental film exploring people's behaviors and attachment to their daily routine.

Demanding to Be HeardManuel BernalSpy Hop Productions5 min, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2013

A conversation on opportunities for undocumented immigrant students who want to pursue higher education.

EddieAllison Coon-ComeWapikoni Mobile4 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013

The journey of a toy car over hill-and-dale; a memorable journey in a childhood land.

FriendshipZaiyah Dennie, Medina Dennie, Ocean DemuthAgent Orange Inc.4 min, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2013Two turtles embark on a dangerous quest for friendship. Will an encounter with a sea monster, a Sasquatch, and magical fairies, lead them to a true friend? Los paisanosMiranda WhitusSay Sí10 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013 This is a short documentary about the rising violence on the Mexican/US border in Texas, and how this reality is affecting the Mexican-American families living in the USA. ShadowsDiesel GarciaCougar Productions3 min, Austin, TX, USA, 2014 Two friends struggle to survive against the darkness, but when one of them confesses to an unfortunate event, they both struggle to decide who will leave... and who will stay.  Softly SpokenAanjeni TwenishWapikoni Mobile2 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013 A boy gets lost in the woods. A man is caught in addiction. Their voices echo one another. Terribly ThereGladys HidalgoReal to Reel, RAW Art Works7 min, Lynn, MA, USA, 2013 In this personal documentary, Gladys explores her father's mental illness and shares what it means for her relationship with him. The DifferenceKeren Rico5 min, Del Valle, TX, USA, 2013 This is the story of a girl for whom nothing seems to work out. She wants to take her life, but in that moment, her classmate’s words of comfort are exactly what she needs. The HearingRussell Ratt BrascoupeWapikoni Mobile4 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013 Russell lost his hearing at the age of 13. He copes well with his disability, but there is a statement he would like to hear above all others. The MicTanisha GarnerReal to Reel, RAW Art Works18 min, Lynn, MA, USA, 2013 Markus Garneris is an 18-year-old rapper with an all-consuming passion for music. He is good at what he does, but what happens when that's all he focuses on? ZenaidaAlec Cano15 min, Hanford, CA, USA, 2013 A young woman named Zenaida is torn from her life as a college student during a war which has engulfed El Salvador. Emergencia Youth Jury

C. Ariel Gonzalez Bizarro

Jessica Luna

Nickoli Roman-Capdeville

Emergencia Youth Jury Coordinator

Christian D. Nelson

 
  La onda chicana

Efraín Gutiérrez

USA, Documentary, 197617 min, 16mm, ColorSpanglish

Director Efraín Gutiérrez in attendance

Documenting La Revolucion Chicana, the film records a portion of an open-air concert in Port Lavaca, Texas, on July 4, 1976. The concert, which showcased Spanish-language rock and popular Tejano music, featured Little Joe y la Familia, Chacha Jimenez y Los Chachos, Snowball & Company, La Fabrica, Esteban Jordan, and other pioneers of Tex-Mex sound. Gutiérrez was one of the first to coin the term “Tejano” and define this music, but decided to make a statement through his insistent use of the word “Chicano.” This action linked the concert and music to the Chicano civil rights movement, which limited the film's distribution at the time of its release.

 

Print Source: 35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive

Saturday, 26 April - 4PM

MarchesaScreens before the feautreRUN, TECATO, RUN

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JOSIE FAZ and EFRAIN GUTIERREZ, 1979.  Photo ©1979 Gregg Barrios.

 

 

 
  La dama y el caballo The Horse Bride

Simon Quiroz

USA, Drama/Supernatural, 201213 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Director Simon Quiroz in attendance 

After Alfredo Jimenez receives a phone call indicating that the woman he abandoned on the day of their wedding has been kidnapped, he decides to return to his hometown in Northern Mexico in hopes of finding her. Before he reaches his final destination, he will have to confront the dangers of a road dominated by drug cartels and a ghost whose own marriage never took place. Based on the myth of La Llorona, LA DAMA Y EL CABALLO was a part of the Official Selection at the 2012 Oaxaca FilmFest.

 

Texas Premierewww.vimeo.com/42563190

Print Source: Simon Quiroz, horsebrideproject@gmail.com

Saturday, April 26th 7:30PMMarchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature film LAS MARTHASBUY TICKETS

 

 

 
  Hinojosa Juan Pablo González

USA/Mexico, Biographical Documentary/Literature, 201315 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitlesDirector Juan Pablo González in attendance

HINOJOSA is a poetic tribute to one of the most important Mexican-American writers alive, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith (b. 1929). In this fifteen minute documentary, Hinojosa himself recounts his childhood in Mercedes, Texas‚ a border town in the Rio Grande Valley, and the origins that led him to inspiration and to become a pioneer of the Chicano literary movement of the 1970s. Constructed with evocative, contemplative sequences, as well as interview excerpts, the film is a manifesto of the writer’s artistic spirit.

 

World Premiere

Print Source: Juan Pablo González, hinojosafilm@gmail.com

Saturday, April 26th 1:30PMMarchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature film LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101BUY TICKETS

 

 

 
  The Good Kind

Ofelia Yanez

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

 Writer/director Ofelia Yanez in attendance

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

 

World Premiere 

Print Source: Ofelia Yanez, thegoodkindmovie@gmail.com

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

 

 

 
  La cuesta: Worlding a Sidewalk

Alvaro Torres, Daniel Perera

Costa Rica/Guatemala/USA, Experimental Documentary, 201315 min, HD, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish, English with English subtitles

Director Alvaro Torres in attendance

The places we notice in passing are sites where social hierarchies manifest themselves and interact. In the realm of the visible, only some people are able to remain unseen, to choose whom to see and when. Aesthetics are not how the world is presented to us but rather how it is pre-established for us--what Jacques Ranciere calls “the distribution of the sensible.” What would emerge if we explored an ordinary stretch of sidewalk in the East Side of Austin, Texas, for a period of several months? How and by whom would we be challenged aesthetically and politically? LA CUESTA evokes a place on the side of the road and the lives that sustain it. This interactive documentary is a sensuous ethnography, a confrontation, and a poem.

 

World Premiere

Print Source: Alvaro Torres Crespo, atorrescrespo@gmail.com

Saturday, April 26th 11:00AMMarchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature film CHATELES DEL CAMPOBUY TICKETS

 

 

 
  Mundos Diferentes, Episodes 1-8

Produced by high school students at the Austin School of Film

Student filmmakers will be present for a Q&A session after the screening

"Hey baby, qué pasó?" A totally different take on the bi-cultural teenage world of sex, drugs, and Tejano rock 'n' roll, that's what's up. Produced entirely by high school students at the Austin School of Film, MUNDOS DIFERENTES is a telenovela that reflects the true-to-life highs and lows of life, love, and loss as seen through the eyes of a quartet of young Latinos in a modern American high school in Austin, Texas. Maria, Alejandra, Christina, and Alex face daily challenges not only of teen life but also specific cross-cultural conflicts: a forgotten sister left behind, a young fugitive fleeing the grim specter of cartel violence, forbidden loves, and buried pasts that are not, perhaps, as deeply interred as they would like. 

Presented in cooperation with the Austin School of Film.

Saturday, April 26 - 10:00 AMat the MACC

Free admission

 

 

 
  Trapitos SuciosDirty Laundry

Sharon Arteaga

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

 

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

 

World Premiere

Print Source: Sharon Arteaga, sharonaarteaga@gmail.com

  

 

 

   
  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

  

 

 

   
  Southmost U.S.A.

Trish Dalton

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

 

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

 

World Premierewww.southmostusa.com 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

   
  Route 22

Malina Panovich

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

 

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

 

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

Print Source: Malina Panovich, mpanovich@utexas.edu

 

  

 

 

   
  Para mi hermanoFor My Brother

Kevin Burke

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

 

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

 

Austin Premierewww.facebook.com/ParaMiHermano  

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

 

  

 

 

   
  Lovelocked

Rebecca Rodriguez

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

 

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

 

World Premiere

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

 

 

   
  Flutter

Sam Lerma

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

 

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

 

Austin Premiere

Print Source: Sam Lerma, samuellerma@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

   
  Bordando la fronteraThe Border

Rene Rhi

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Gonzalo Justiniano

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

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

Regional Premiere

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 24 

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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

7:00 PM - SOLD OUT

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  All She Can

Amy Wendel

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

 

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

 

Austin Premiere

www.benavidesborn.com

 

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

 

 

 

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

Wednesday, April 25 - 7:00 PM

St. Edward's University

With producer Susan Kirr in attendance

Free

 

 

Canción del cuerpoSong of the Body

Andrew Segovia, Gabriela Alcalá

USA, Performance Documentary, 201156 min, miniDV/HD, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

In the fall of 2009, Texas Performing Arts, the University of Texas Theatre and Dance Department, and El Colegio del Cuerpo coordinated a pilot project spanning over six months, with residency periods in both Texas and Colombia. Five professional male dancers from Cartagena, Colombia were paired with five female student dancers to develop a new dance work. They were expected to work together, overcoming cultural differences and language barriers, to create a new dance piece. A behind-the-scenes look at dance production and cultural fusion, with artists being pushed out of their comfort zones.

 

World Premiere

www.segoviaproductions.com

 

Andrew Segovia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a dual degree in Radio-TV-Film and Theatre and Dance. This is his first feature.

 

 

 

Gabriela Alcalá graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Mathematics. She has a passion for theatre arts and multicultural exchange. This is her first feature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Joe RandelProduction Companies: Segovia ProductionsScreenwriter: Andrew SegoviaCinematographer: Andrew Segovia, Gabriela AlcaláEditor: Andrew SegoviaSound Design: Andrew SegoviaMusic: Scott Cater, Dan Phillipson, La-33, You Me and IowaCast: UT Theatre and Dance, El Colegio del Cuerpo companiesPrint Source: Andrew Segovia, asegovia.ut@gmail.com

Saturday, April 28 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Andrew Segovia and producer Joe Randel in attendance

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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

With director Christian Cisneros and actor Robert Stewart in attendance

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In the Shadow

Nicole Elmer

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

 

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

 

Regional Premiere

www.intheshadowmovie.com

 

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

 

 

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

Sunday, April 29 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Nicole Elmer and editor Tag Simler

in attendance

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Lilia

Sam Lerma

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

 

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

 

Austin Premiere

www.mixminusmedia.com

 

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

Saturday, April 28 - 1:45 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With producer Ralph Lopez and actor Lauren Montemayor in attendance

Opens for Hombre y tierra

 

 

Open Your Eyes

Adolfo R. Mora

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

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

Austin Premiere

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

Sunday, April 29 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Adolfo Mora in attendance

Opens for In The Shadow

Para vivirTo Live

Juan A. Izaguirre

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

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

Festival Premiere

Producer: Juan A. Izaguirre

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

Saturday, April 28 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Canción del cuerpo

The XY Zone

Kathryn Morrissey, Paloma Gonzalez

US, Documentary, 20118 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

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

Festival Premiere

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

Saturday, April 28 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Canción del cuerpo

Child of the Desert

Iliana Sosa

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

 

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

 

Austin Premiere

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

 

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

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

Friday, April 27 - 12:30 PM

Sunday, April 29 - 5:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Camera obscura

 

 

2012 Emergencia Youth Film Program Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural CenterSaturday, April 28 1:00pm - FREE!

 

Emergencia Jury Special Presentation

 

FacingSofia Castellanos, Ulyses CastellanosCinema Du Cannes Project5 min, Austin, TX, 2011

Through the eyes of a mime, the streets of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico are filled with many stages that purport scenes of violence, apathy and human suffering.

 

 

FallenSofia CastellanosCinema Du Cannes Project15 min, Austin, TX, 2011

Struggling with being the only survivor of a fatal accident that left both his parents dead, Octavio must confront his inner demons while trying to maintain stability within his life.

 

 

Emergencia Youth Film Competition

 

Billy Lesko Cromwell - The Water BottleAmber CordovaMustang Cinema Club3 min, San Antonio, TX, 2010

A wealthy water bottle experiences a life-changing downfall.

 

 

CempasúchilesMarigoldsCésar MartínezSay Sí13 min, San Antonio, TX, 2011

A lost soul must find his way back to the heart of his loved one on the Day of the Dead.

 

 

FriendShipGalder Sacanell3 min, Spain, 2011

FriendShip is not as simple as it seems. Sometimes we gain or lose friends over the most trivial matters, but only the most skillful are able to keep them.

Futures for GrantedMiranda Whitus, Omar HilarioSay Sí9 min, San Antonio, TX, 2011

A short documentary about the repercussions of the school budget cuts implemented in the North East School District in San Antonio, TX.

How the Chipmunk Got Its StripesTulalip Native LensLonghouse Media3 min, Tulalip Reservation, WA, 2011

An animated story of how the Chipmunk got its stripes.

Le Petit ChefThe Small ChefSara Martin7 min, Whittier, CA, 2011

A young boy wants to become a chef in Paris, France, but needs to gain the approval of his father to have his dream become a reality.

One Final FlowerPeter RodriguezReal to Reel, RAW Art Works6 min, Lynn, MA, 2011

A narrative poem showing the experience and emotions of a child dealing with the loss of a loved one.

 

Peace Be upon YouMia Kozlovsky, Ricardo Castro, Marcos Kauffman, Bernard KauffmanSay Sí9 min, San Antonio, TX, 2011

A short documentary about the Muslim community in San Antonio, TX.

Piolas, PaúlAdrián MacíasLa Poderosa Media Project8 min, Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador, 2011

A young boy searches for work to appease his alcoholic mother and discovers he possesses a profitable talent.

The DreamerEmileigh PotterSay Sí14 min, San Antonio, TX, 2011

A look at the struggles that Bennie Veliz, the poster child for the DREAM Act, has encountered to fulfill her dream.

Una educaciónAn EducationCandida Duran, Adriana MartinezSpy Hop Productions6 min, Salt Lake City, UT, 2011

A teenage girl chronicles the trials of moving to the United States from Mexico to study in an English school.

 

 

With Kindness & Respect: Teachings from the Blackfeet NationDale Marceau, Charles Pree, Teance Bareleggings, Trevor BareleggingsIn Progress17 min, St. Paul, MN, 2011

A docu-drama that demonstrates the pride Apache youth have in their culture, the love and care they have for others, and their commitment to become strong Apache leaders.

 

 

 

 

Día de los muertos: A Day for the Living

Trina Bardusco

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

 

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

 

World Premiere

latinomediaworks.com

 

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

 

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

Opens for Habla Texas

 

Vanilla: The Sacred Orchid

Curtis Craven

Mexico/USA, Docmentary, 2010 27 min, BetaSP, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Vanilla is a New World spice originating from the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Two different groups of people are involved in its production: the indigenous people who have been growing it on small farms for centuries, and descendants of Italian immigrants who have been processing and selling the bean since the mid-1800s. Vanilla: The Sacred Orchid examines the relationship these two cultures have with the plant during its yearly cycle, from the hand-pollination of the flowers, to the harvesting and subsequent drying of the bean.

 

World Premiere

www.curtiscraven.com

Producer: Curtis Craven Production Companies: Hecho a Mano Productions Screenwriter: Curtis Craven Cinematographer: Curtis Craven Editor: Curtis Craven Sound Design: Curtis Craven Music: Voladores de Papantla, Curt Voelkel Cast: Patricia Vonne, Cristina Lopez, Daniel Eduardo Hurst Print Source: Curtis Craven - Hecho a Mano Productions, ccraven322@yahoo.com

 

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

 

 

Time for a Hero

James Stevens

USA, Musical/Comedy, 2010 16 min, HDV, Color English

 

Tate dreams of being a superhero just like his old friend, and local superhero, Hero. When Tate suddenly gets his own superpower to change back clocks, he goes to Hero, hoping to become his partner in justice. However, Hero rejects him, which prompts Tate to become Time Warp, an evil villain set on revenge.

 

Austin Premiere

jameswstevens.wordpress.com

 

Producer: Mark Sullivan, Christine Tolson, Sarah Russell, James Stevens Screenwriter: James Stevens and Sarah Russell Cinematographer: Allen Ho Editor: Sarah Russell Sound Design: Sarah Russell Music: Sarah Russell Cast: Braden Hunt, Jesse Allen, Sarah Agnew Print Source: Sarah Russell, sarah.russell.editing@gmail.com

 

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

 

The Dreamers

Paloma Gonzalez, Harry Lindner

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

 

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

 

World Premiere

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

 

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

 

¿Tacos o tacos? ¿Tacos or Tacos?

Robert Lemon

USA, Documentary, 2010 14 min, Digital, Color English, Spanish with English subtitles

 

Austin, TX is seeing a strong emergence of new food cultures, which in turn is shaping community identities throughout the city. By juxtaposing immigrant taco trucks on the East side of Austin to the new, trendy food trucks in the eclectic and eccentric neighborhood of South Austin, ¿Tacos or Tacos? shows that taco trucks are more than just a place to eat for Mexican immigrants.

 

Texas Premiere

www.facebook.com/pages/Tacos-or-Tacos/160105000713358

 

Producer: Robert Lemon Screenwriter: Robert Lemon Cinematographer: Robert Lemon, Aaron Fine Editor: Robert Lemon, Aaron Fine Sound Design: Robert Lemon Music: Guy Clarke, Banda El Grullo Cast: Sarah Courington, Robert Lemon, Jaime Malendez Print Source: Robert Lemon, rdlemon@gmail.com

 

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

 

 

Our Guadalupe

Chelsea Hernandez, Juan Elizondo, Lacey Triplett

USA, Documentary, 2010 7 min, HD, Color English

 

From the same house where they were born and raised, three sisters invite old childhood friends over to reminisce on how the church was, and still is, a central part of their lives and the community.

 

World Premiere

www.eastaustinstories.org

Producer: Chelsea Hernandez, Juan Elizondo, Lacey Triplett Production Companies: East Austin Stories Cinematographer: Chelsea Hernandez, Juan Elizondo, Lacey Triplett Editor: Chelsea Hernandez, Juan Elizondo, Lacey Triplett Sound Design: Greg Armstrong Music: Eric Vormelker, Lisa Schneider Cast: The Salas Sisters Print Source: Chelsea Hernandez, chelseahernandez@mac.com

 

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

 

Kidnappeando

Norbi Zylberberg

Mexico/USA, Comedy, 2010 13 min, HD, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Kidnappeando is an independent short film that embraces, in a sarcastic and comedic way, the streetwise attitude of a young guy in pursuit of a long-delayed dream.

 

World Premiere

www.kidnappeando.com

 

Producer: Ornella Jaramillo Production Companies: Lost In Traducción Screenwriter: Norbi Zylberberg Cinematographer: Robert Smith Editor: Alex Neuman Sound Design: Pablo Solorzano Music: Gustavo Farias Cast: Francisco "Paco" Hernandez, Linda J. Carter, Nancy Lantis, Mark Hickman Print Source: Norbi Zylberberg, norbigeorge@gmail.com

 

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

 

 

Hermoso silencio Beautiful Silence

Jorge A. Jimenez

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

 

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

 

World Premiere

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

 

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

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sun. April 24 1:00 PM Buy Tickets

 

Hands of God

Carlos Corral

USA, Drama, 2009 83 min, HDV, Color English

 

Dr. Michael Vidal is in his final year of surgical residency and has just been named senior chief resident at his hospital. After his father's death, he slowly begins to lose touch with reality and resorts to drinking while on the job. As he begins to question his profession, a patient befriends him and offers him a second chance at understanding his father.

 

Regional Premiere

www.mindwarpentertainment.com

 

Carlos Fernando Corral was born in 1983 in Phoenix, AZ and raised in El Paso, TX. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, his past films include Sobre Tu Cadaver, Breaking Borders: Cross-Dressers & Drag Queens of El Paso, TX, and Santos. Carlos and his brother Octavio currently manage MindWarp LLC in El Paso, TX.

 

 

 

Producer: Carlos Corral Production Companies: MindWarp Entertainment Screenwriter: Carlos Corral Cinematographer: Benny Ontiveros Editor: Carlos Corral Sound Design: Carlos Corral, Christopher Robleto Music: Neal Barenblat, Saul Irigoyen Cast: Manny Rubio, Jim Daross, Marco Naylor, Frank Laverpool, Carlos Corral, Alyssa Sherman, Sandy Salinas, Laura Patricia Carrillo, Jose Angel Herrera, Maria Luisa Holguin, Cristina Holguin, Eduardo Holguin, Armando Beltran, Nomar Rizo, Raymond Niemira, Carlos Humberto Corral, Eduardo Valdez, Phillip Skylier Blake, Richard Thomas, Monica Chavira, Mia Villarreal, Samuel Ponzio, Esteban Guaderrama, Ivan Salcido, Felix Castaneda, Efren Lemus, Karen J. Moore Print Source: Carlos Corral - MindWarp Entertainment, carlos@mindwarpentertainment.com

 

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

 

 

Gone Hollywood

Demetrius Navarro

USA, Romantic Comedy, 2011 80 min, Digital, Color English, Spanish with English subtitles

 

Alberto Vasquez is the star of the spy TV show "Chaos Man." Shortly after losing his job on the show, his father dies and leaves Alberto his bar - The Golden Que - located in the small, south Texas town of Elsa. Alberto returns to Elsa with the intention of selling the bar, but along the way, rediscovers his hometown.

 

Austin Premiere

Demetrius Navarro was born and raised in Los Angeles to Mexican parents. Demetrius' primary focus is to produce and direct movies that portray Latinos in a positive light.

 

 

Producer: Demetrius Navarro Production Companies: Latino Films Screenwriter: Demetrius Navarro, David Rice Cinematographer: Mario Ortiz Editor: Ken Morrisey Sound Design: Manuel R. Delgado Music: Juan C. Zavala Cast: Fernado Carrillo, Valente Rodríguez, Erlinda Orozco, Daniel Luján Print Source: David Haines, chiznal@aol.com

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sun. April 24 4:00 PM Buy Tickets

 

 

After Iraq

Sascha Weiss

USA, Documentary, 2010 16 min, HD Cam, Color English

 

With major combat operations in Iraq officially ending in August 2010, hundreds of thousands of troops are returning home. After Iraq explores the personal readjustment experiences of three Texas-based Iraq War veterans as they deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, separation from family, and the physical and mental scars of battle. Through intimate and sometimes humorous interviews, the diversity of their experiences is seen.

 

World Premiere

Producer: Sascha Weiss Cinematographer: Olivier Dalipagic Editor: Tat Ho Yee, Olivier Dalipagic Sound Design: Olivier Dalipagic, Sachin Shah, Michelle Mejia, Lauren Gerson Music: Michael Cozzi, Steve Hanson, Paul Lawler, Gustavo Santaolalla Print Source: Sascha Weiss, sascha.weiss@gmail.com

 

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

 

Habla Texas

Alberto Ferreras

USA, Documentary, 2010 63 min, HDV, Color English, Spanish, Spanglish with English subtitles

 

Habla Texas is the latest installment of the Habla Series produced by Latino Media Works and HBO. Sometimes funny, often poignant, always truthful, Habla is an award-winning series on HBO Latino that has put the faces of US Latinos on the screen like no show has ever done before. In the segments, Latinos from all walks of life tell their personal stories directly to the camera. Since Habla was first shot in New York in 2003, more than 200 stories have gone to air representing Latinos from across the country, both as interstitial stand-alones and as combined into eight Habla specials, including Celebrity Habla I and II. Latino Media Works and HBO are proud to have gone back in the fall of 2010 to Habla's original roots, documenting "real people" in Texas.

 

World Premiere

latinomediaworks.com, hbo.com/celebrity-habla

 

Alberto Ferreras is a New York based author, producer, songwriter, journalist and director born in Madrid and raised in Caracas. A co-developer of the animated series El Perro y El Gato for HBO Family and HBO Latino, and a partner of Latino Media Works since 2005, he is currently working on his second novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Trina Bardusco Production Company: Latino Media Works Cinematographer: Henry Adebonojo Editor: Alberto Ferreras, Jacky Kamaji, Craft TV Music: Jose Luis Pardo Cast: Michelle Valles, Cleto Rodriguez, Julian Castro, Joaquin Castro ,Lisa Andrade, Francisco Gonima, Patricia Vonne, Gabriel Reyes, Santiago Hernandez, Carmen Tafolla, Patricia S. Castillo, Jesús de la Torre, Ramon Talavera, David Rice, Carlos Cervantes, Brian Ramos, Nora de Hoyos, Teresa Lozano Long, Amparo García Crow

 

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

Buy Tickets

 

 

El Gallo: Niño Gallo El Gallo: Pepe Kid

Sergio Carvajal

USA, Comedy/Drama, 2011 45 min, Digital, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Pepe Kid is a compelling story about a young boy who finds a magical rooster that helps him figure out who he really is. Pepe Kid is a stand alone short film from the El Gallo series. El Gallo is an independent, multi-channel experience taking place in Austin, TX, where different media are used to show the journey of a golden rooster, Sietecueros, and the characters he encounters.

 

World Premiere

www.iamfacundo.com

 

Sergio Carvajal is a Venezuelan-American artist, filmmaker, performer and songwriter. He has written and directed an array of narrative, documentary, and experimental shorts which have been featured in festivals such as Tribeca, SXSW, Traverse City, among many others.

 

Producer: Sergio Carvajal Production Companies: Facundo International Screenwriter: Sergio Carvajal Cinematographer: Drew Daniels Editor: Sergio Carvajal Sound Design: Sergio Carvajal Music: Esteban Alvarez Cast: Ramon Maldonado, Candelario Palma, Abel Valdez Print Source: Julie Agee, JulieeAgee@gmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 6:30 PM

FREE Episode Screening!

 

Master Class - Mexican American Cultural Center - Wed. April 27 4PM - FREE Master Classes!