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Beneath the Blindfold A film by Ines Sommer, Kathy Berger

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

Wednesday, April 23rd 8:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Beautiful Sin A film by Gabriela Quirós

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

Saturday, April 26th 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Disruption A film by Pamela Yates

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

Saturday, April 26 - 4:00 pm

Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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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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La despedida / The Goodbye A film by Alvaro Diaz Lorenzo

Spain/USA, Comedy/Romance/Adventure, 201384 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Wednesday, April 23 - 9:30 PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Buy TicketsFriday, April 25 - 12:30 PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Buy Tickets

Calloused Hands A film by Jesse Quinones

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

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

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

We Women Warriors A film by Nicole Karsin

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

Thursday, April 24th 6:30PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

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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Sex, Love & Salsa A film by Adrian Manzano

USA, Comedy/Docu-Drama, 201292 min, HDV, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish, English with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 7PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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Adelante / Forward A film by Noam Osband

USA, Community/Social Issue Documentary, 201259 min, DVCAM, ColorSpanish with English subtitlesDirector/producer Noam Osband in attendance

Saturday, April 26 - 3PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

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

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

Wednesday, April 23 - 8PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

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

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

Wednesday, April 23 - 6PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

La Casa del Ritmo, A Film About Los Amigos Invisibles A film by Javier Andrade

Ecuador/USA, Music Documentary, 201298 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

Sunday, April 27 - 5PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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Habla Women A film by Alberto Fererras

USA, Comedy/Drama/Documentary, 201358 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

Friday, April 25 - 6:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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

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

Saturday, April 26 - 1:30 pm

St. Edwards University

Free Screening

 

2014 Path Waves Youth Film Program

Presented in cooperation with Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian, Path Waves invites kids to explore the joys and challenges of Native experience in our world today. Hand-drawn animations, reimagined legends, inquisitive documentaries, and fun youth-made live action stories all come together to spark curiosity about the many rich histories and vibrant cultures of indigenous peoples throughout North America. Chartered by an act of Congress in 1989 as the 18th museum of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of American Indian (NMAI) is dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Americas.

All films are in English, or in original language with subtitles in English.Cynthia Benitez, Film & Video Program Specialist for the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian, will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

Path Waves Films Beboon & ZigwaanWinter & SpringJoseph Briski, Darrin Brown, Katrina Ducheneaux, Dylan Headbird, Rain Headbird, Dinyce Howard, Devin Johnson, Eliza KingbirdIn Progress & The Bu O Nay Ge Shig School4 min, Leech Lake Nation, USA, 2013Beboon & Zigwaan is a video short about a traditional Anishinaabe teaching of Winter and Spring. Corriger le tableauCorrecting the ChalkboardEnsemble pour le respect et la diversitéWapikoni Mobile5 min, Canada, 2012On a blank chalkboard, youth from Manawan rewrite the stories of their lives. How Agate Pass Came to BeLonghouse Media3 min, USA, 2013The creation story of Agate Pass is a powerful reminder of tribal relationships to water. Indian TaxiAbraham Côté, Kevin PapatieWapikoni Mobile1 min, Canada, 2011An animated journey through tradition and modernity. Injunuity: The Great LawAdrian Baker9 min, USA, 2013The Haudenosaunee were practicing democracy long before any settler arrived in the New World. How much influence did Haudenosaunee democracy have on our Founding Fathers and on documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution? More than you know. Injunuity: Two SpiritAdrian Baker7 min, USA, 2013Two Spirit: A person of First Nations or Native American descent possessing both a male and female spirit. An umbrella term used to describe the fluidity of First Nations/Native American gender identity and sexuality with respect to traditional tribal roles. La joie de vivreThe Joy of LivingJérémy VassiliouWapikoni Mobile5 min, Canada, 2011Jérémy delivers a message of hope by talking about the things that give him the will to live. My Name is KobeBriana RobertsAIFI Tribal Touring Program8 min, USA, 2010Meet the cat who calls the tribal office home in this work produced in a Tribal Touring Program workshop. People of the WaterLonghouse Media5 min, USA, 2013Suquamish teen Ty Purser harvests seafood as part of his daily life. Join him from sunrise to sunset on this cultural adventure. Respondan a esta videocarta de ChicahuaxtlaRespond to this Video Letter from ChicahuaxtlaGuillermo MonteforteOjo de Agua Comunicación20 min, Mexico, 2012Children from this Triqui community in Oaxaca, Mexico share with us their lives and knowledge, and invite other children from all over the world to respond with another video letter. Shhh!Steven Paul Judd1 min, USA, 2013Something interrupts an elder as he addresses the tribe. Sigo: A Hunter’s StoryLonghouse Media5 min, USA, 2013Sigo tells the story of Ty Purser's family tradition: hunting. Skatne RonatehiarontieThey Grow TogetherMarion Konwennonhon DelarondeRainbowstinks Productions, Husking House Productions6 min, Kahnawake, Canada, 2011An animated re-telling of a traditional Mohawk farming story, told in the Mohawk language. Presented in cooperation with the

 

 

 

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

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

Kelly Brinn Urig

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

 

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

 

World Premierewww.thechilefilm.com 

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

 

 

 

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

Cathleen O'Connell

USA, Music Documentary, 201227 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

 

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

 

Regional Film Festival Premierewww.sousaontherez.com

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

 

 

 

   
  Un mundo para RaúlA World for Raul

Mauro Mueller

Mexico/Switzerland/USA, Drama/Coming of Age, 201215 min, HDV/HDCAM, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

When thirteen-year-old Raúl is asked to entertain the local landowner's son, a game of power and pride starts between the two boys.

 

Regional Premierewww.unmundopararaul.com

Print Source: Mauro Mueller, maumueller@gmail.com

 

 

 

   
  The 6th World

Nanobah Becker

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

 

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

 

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

Print Source: Nanobah Becker, nanobah_becker@hotmail.com

  

 

 

   
  Las Mañanitas

Gabriella Moses

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

 

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

 

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

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

  

 

 

   
  The Unique Ladies

Gloria Morán

USA, Documentary, 201328 min, HD, ColorEnglish

 

After having been denied club membership on the basis of gender, Sherry and Pat founded and maintain San Diego's first all-women's lowrider car club. The competition is fierce, and the ladies hold their own. Although their club is only a few members strong in a field dominated by men, they cruise through a full season, and take home a trophy at the end of the show.

 

Regional Premierewww.theuniqueladies.com 

Print Source: Gloria Morán, conejofilms@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

   
  A Mexican Sound

Roy Germano

USA, Educational/Dance/Culture Documentary, 201213 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

The beautiful Huastecan sound ("son huasteco") has echoed from the mountains of northeast Mexico for more than a century. On Sundays, people meet in town squares to dance and stomp to the explosive violin solos and driving guitar rhythms that make this music so unique. "Son huasteco" continues to flourish here despite two decades of globalization and mass migration to the United States.

 

Texas Premierewww.amexicansound.com 

Print Source: Roy Germano, rg@roygermano.com

 

 

   
  Reviens-MoiReturn to Me

Tracy Rector

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 
  As Rosas Brancas The White Roses

Diogo Costa Amarante

USA/Portugal, Family Drama, 201320 min, HD, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

Siblings take flowers to a grave in the deep snow. Their father directs them. Their mother is dead--how will they fill the void she left behind? Each family member tries to find their way and must redefine their course. “There are times, when all the world's asleep, the questions run too deep for such a simple man, won't you please, please tell me what we've learned, I know it sounds absurd, but please tell me who I am” -Suptertramp. AS ROSAS BRANCAS has enjoyed success on the festival circuit, including screenings at Berlinale and IndieLisboa.

 

Texas Premierewww.diogocostaamarante.com 

Print Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

Thursday, April 24 - 4:00 pmAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Screens before the feature filmBOBÔBuy TicketsSaturday, April 26 - 11:30 amAlamo Drafthouse Village 2

Screens before the feature filmBOBÔBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  Huyhuy Trade

Sky Hopinka

USA, Drama, 20135 min, Digital, ColorChinuk Wawa with English subtitles

 

A deal between two men threatens to unravel as tensions rise in this contemporary look at indigenous language and culture. One man comes from a lower, working class, and is at the beck and call of the other man, who lives in more privileged comfort. HUYHUY premiered at imagineNATIVE 2013, where it received an Honorable Mention for Best Indigenous Language Production.

 

Regional Premierewww.skyhopinka.wordpress.com 

Print Source: Sky Hopinka, skyhopinka@gmail.com

Friday, April 25 - 3:30 pmAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Screens before the feature filmCALLOUSED HANDSBuy TicketsSaturday, April 26 - 11:00 amAlamo Drafthouse Village 3

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  Interstate

Camille Stochitch

USA, Drama/Social Issue, 201320 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

Joaquin is a driving instructor who has been living and working in East Los Angeles for years. On the side, he also teaches illegal immigrants how to drive. Yet, one day, after a driving lesson with Nayeli, a new student whose dreams particularly catch Joaquin's attention, Vazquez, a HSI agent who has been on his trail for some time, shows up at Joaquin's door. He must help Vazquez arrest Lalo during their next drop-off, or else he will be locked away for good. Joaquin must decide whether to save himself or give up the immigrants he has been helping, including Nayeli, whom he cares about more than he thought he would. This AFI thesis film has screened in Latino festivals around the country, including the San Diego and Chicago Latino Film Festivals.

 

Texas Premierewww.interstatethefilm.com 

Print Source: Camille Stochitch, stochitch.camille@gmail.com

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

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  Ghosts on the Mountain

Jared Jakins, Carly Jakins

USA, Social Issue Documentary, 201326 min, HDV, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

GHOSTS ON THE MOUNTAIN examines the isolated lifestyle of H2A guest workers in the American West. The film's subjects leave their families and native lands to work in the United States on H2A work visas, or no visas at all. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, these workers find themselves in solitude and loneliness. This isolation is heightened by language barriers and the remoteness of these sheep pasture lands.

 

World Premierewww.ghostsonthemountain.com

Print Source: Kelyn Ikegami, kelyn.ikegami@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24th 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Screens before the feature-length documentaryAMANCIO WILLIAMSFree Screening

 

 

 
  Godka Cirka A Hole in the Sky

Àlex Lora, Antonio Tibaldi

Spain/USA, Youth/Human Rights/Documentary, 201410 min, DVCPro, ColorSomalian with English subtitles

 

Beerato: a small, little-known area with wide open expanses in wind swept Somaliland. Young Alifa looks up at the Somali sky. She thinks about her daily life as a shepherdess. She knows that the day that will change her life forever is about to come. GODKA CIRCA has had the privilege to be a part of the 2014 Sundance Official Selection and also screened at the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2013.

 

Texas Premierewww.aholeinthesky.org , www.alexlora.es 

Print Source: Eduardo M. Escribano, mailukifilms@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24th 8:45PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Screens before the feature-length documentaryTHE VISITFree Screening

 

 

 
  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

 

 

 
  Zero Hour

Dan Carrillo Levy

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

 

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

 

Texas Premierewww.zerohourfilm.com

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

Sunday, April 27th 5:00PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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

 

 

 
  Universal VIP

Ken White, Gyasi Ross

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

 

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

 

Regional Premiere

Print Source: Michelle Waits, michelle@cutbankcreekpress.com

Wednesday, April 23rd 7:00PM

Marchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature filmLOS INSOLITOS PECES GATO

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  Náufrago Shipwreck

Andrew Vargas

Cuba/USA, Drama/Fantasy, 2013 15 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 Saúl is 7 years old and lives locked away in a crumbling house with his mother and gravely-ill father. One day, a mysterious man offers him a way out, but with a condition that will change the destiny of his family and send him forth into an uncertain future. NAUFRAGO has enjoyed success all over the world, including in the Guadalajara International Film Festival in March. 

US Premierewww.eictv.org

Print Source: Marcela Arenas Rosas - EICTV, promocioninternacional@eictv.co.cu

Saturday, April 26 - 6:30PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

Screens before the feature filmEL VERANO DE LOS PECES VOLADORESBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  Ñanz   Grandfather Volcano

Carlos Gomez, Geodiel Chindicue

Colombia/USA, Documentary/Fiction, 201343 min, MiniDV, ColorNasa Yuwe with English subtitles

 

Deep in the Colombian Andes, a Nasa indigenous community lives amidst the foothills of a snow-capped volcano. When the volcano becomes active, disaster threatens. ÑANZ is the story of a boy in search of meaning through his dreams, and of his community's struggle to find a safe land in which to live.

 

North American Premierewww.cineminga.org

Print Source: Cineminga International, info@cineminga.org

Friday, April 25th 6:00PM

St. Edward's University

Screens with the filmINUIT CREE RECONCILIATIONFree Screening

 

 

 
  Milk and Honey 

Daniel Pfeffer

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

Director Daniel Pfeffer and associate producer Alexandra Brown in attendance

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

 

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

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

Saturday, April 26 - 4:00PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 3 

Screens before the feature filmDISRUPTIONBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  Lonche

Claire Weissbluth

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

Director Claire Weissbluth in attendance 

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

 

Regional Premierewww.lonchefilm.com

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

Friday, March 25th 6:30PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

Screens before the featureHABLA WOMENBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  Jeuh kieh a jm hm kahun The Path of Stone Soup

Arturo Juárez Aguilar, Sarah Borealis

Mexico/USA, Cultural Documentary, 2013  24 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, Chinanteco with English subtitles

Director Arturo Juárez Aguilar in attendance 

This is the story of stone soup, a nourishing dish that has survived in a village in the highlands of Oaxaca. Passed on through their elders, the millennial recipe is a gift from the ancestors. Men prepare the soup, which they offer in honor of the women, children, and elderly of the village. In this way, THE PATH OF STONE SOUP transmits both ideology and language from generation to generation. 

North American Premierewww.facebook.com/thepathofstonesoup?fref=ts, www.aberracionoptica.wix.com/aberracionoptica#!el-sendero-del-caldo-de-piedra/cyfv

Print Source: Arturo Juárez Aguilar, arturobps@gmail.com, Sarah Borealis, sarahborealis@gmail.com, Banda Ancha Productions, bandaanchaproductions@gmail.com, Aberracion Optica, aberraptica@gmail.com

Friday, April 25 - 4:00 PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Screens before the feature-length documentaryDIPLOMACIA SECRETAFree Screening

 

 

 
  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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Mosquita y Mari

Aurora Guerrero

USA, Drama/Coming-of-Age, 2011

85 min, HD, Color

English, Spanish with English subtitles

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

Austin Premiere

www.mosquitaymari.com

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

Producer: Chad Burris

Production Companies: Indion Entertainment Group, Maya Entertainment

Screenwriter: Aurora Guerrero

Cinematographer: Megela Croisignani

Editor: Augie Robles

Music: Ryan Beveridge

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

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

Saturday, April 28 - 2:15 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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Without A Net

Kelly J Richardson

Brazil/USA, Documentary, 201260 min, HD, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

 

Djeferson, Bárbara, Rayana and Platini live in a drug controlled slum of Rio de Janeiro. Their families are struggling, their homes are physically unstable, and everyone they know has dropped out of school. When a big-top circus tent suddenly appears in a nearby parking lot, they decide to take a chance. They learn trapeze, acrobatics, juggling and contortion, then audition for the end-of-year show. Along the way, Without A Net explores the connections between risk, desire, poverty and circus, and celebrates the perseverance and resilience of youth in the face of tremendous odds. Without A Net recently premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival to enthusiastic audiences, and was invited to an extra screening during the encore/"Festival Favorites" day.

 

Regional Premiere

www.withoutanetmovie.com

 

Kelly J Richardson is an actor, acrobat, aerialist and filmmaker. She graduated with honors from UC Berkeley, studied at the Ailey school for dance in New York City, and has performed circus, theater and dance in San Francisco, New York, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. She has directed and produced several short films and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for the production of her first feature film, Without A Net.

 

Producer: Kelly J RichardsonScreenwriter: Jessica AbbeCinematographer: Kelly J RichardsonEditor: Quinn CostelloSound Design: Mark Berger, James LebrechtMusic: B. Quincy GriffinCast: Djeferson Mendes de Sila, Bárbara Moura, Rayana Dias de Motta, Platini Queiroz, Junior Perim, Allan Davi, Ademir "Ziquinho"Print Source: Kelly J Richardson, kelly@withoutanetmovie.com

Friday, April 27 - 4:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Kelly J Richardson in attendance

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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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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Under My Nails

Arí Maniel Cruz

Puerto Rico/USA, Drama/Erotic Thriller, 2011102 min, HD, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

In New York City, Solimar, a woman who is from Puerto Rico, works in a nail salon. She becomes obsessed with the violent sexual practices of her new neighbors, a Dominican man named Roberto and his Haitian-Dominican wife. Solimar, as a voyeur of their intimate life, one day witnesses a particularly brutal encounter. Roberto's wife disappears after that. In her absence, Solimar and Roberto develop an intense and violent sexual relationship. But the sudden appearance of an unidentified woman's dead body in the Bronx River awakens Solimar's suspicion. Solimar has fallen in love with Roberto, and what could be a threat for her has transformed into an erotic drive that she can't stop. Under My Nails recently won the Best Actress Award at the San Juan International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.undermynails.com

Arí Maniel Cruz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended school in Rio Piedras and college in Santurce, both districts of San Juan. After his graduation from college with a BA in Communications, because there were no film schools on the island, he moved to Mexico City and studied screenwriting. From 2007 to 2011, he worked in New York City as an executive producer and TV host in V-ME, a US National Television Network in Spanish. He is currently working on his next two films, La Tierra Prometida and Carmín.

Producer: Arí Maniel Cruz, Kisha Tikina Burgos, Andrei NemcikProduction Companies: La Teta ProductionsScreenwriter: Kisha Tikina BurgosCinematographer: Corey GegnerEditor: Andrei NemcikSound Design: José Elí PérezMusic: Omar Silva, Colectivo Electrónica IsleñaCast: Kisha Tikina Burgos, Iván Camilo, Rosie Berrido, Dolores Pedro, Antonio Pantojas, Enrique Juliá, Maite Bonilla, Miranda Purcell, Marilú AcostaPrint Source: Arí Maniel Cruz, latetaproductions@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 1:00 PM

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Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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 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

Up Heartbreak Hill

Erica Scharf

USA, Documentary, 201183 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

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

Regional  Premiere

www.upheartbreakhill.com

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

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

Saturday, April 27 - 6:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

  All She Can

Amy Wendel

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

 

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

 

Austin Premiere

www.benavidesborn.com

 

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

 

 

 

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

Wednesday, April 25 - 7:00 PM

St. Edward's University

With producer Susan Kirr in attendance

Free

 

 

Canción del cuerpoSong of the Body

Andrew Segovia, Gabriela Alcalá

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

 

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

 

World Premiere

www.segoviaproductions.com

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Saturday, April 28 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Andrew Segovia and producer Joe Randel in attendance

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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

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

Precious Knowledge

Ari Palos

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

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

Regional Premiere

www.dosvatos.com

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

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

Saturday, April 28 - 11:30 AM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz

Scott Petersen

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

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

Texas Premiere

www.helpfundmymovie.com

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

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

Friday, April 27 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

The Thick Dark Fog

Randy Vasquez

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

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

Regional  Premiere

www.thickdarkfog.com

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

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

Thursday, April 26 - 5:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

With research advisor Julianna Brannum in attendance

Free

Child of the Desert

Iliana Sosa

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

 

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

 

Austin Premiere

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

 

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

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

Friday, April 27 - 12:30 PM

Sunday, April 29 - 5:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Camera obscura

 

 

Matador on the Road

Alexis Morante

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

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

Texas Premiere

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

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

Wednesday, April 25 - 12:30 PM

Friday, April 27 - 9:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Música campesina

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

With director Daniel García in attendance

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Sunday, April 29 - 2:15 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for El lenguaje de los machetes

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

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

The Night of the Moon Has Many Hours

Mauricio Arango

Colombia/USA, Surrealist Human Rights Drama, 201016 min, HDCAM, ColorNo dialogue

A young man living in the Colombian countryside wakes up in the middle of the night. With some difficulty he gets up, dresses, and ventures outside. As he walks, nature's presence is felt in a heightened way: animal noises, trees swaying in the wind, and an impenetrable darkness overtake his path. After reaching the river's shore, he wades into the water on a raft with nothing but a long stick to row with and a single light to guide him. Beneath the moon-lit ripples he makes a startling discovery. In the eerie stillness of the night, it is hard to distinguish him from what he finds. He navigates upstream, alone and consumed by the weight of his chore. This short film has been enjoying an international festival tour along with accolades including a Jury's Choice Award at the Black Maria Film + Video Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.mauricioarango.net/nightofthemoon

Producer: Mauricio Arango, Julian ArangoScreenwriter: Mauricio ArangoCinematographer: Juan MartinezEditor: Mauricio ArangoSound Design: Neil BenezraCast: Alex BetancurPrint Source: Mauricio Arango, contact@mauricioarango.net

Thursday, April 26 - 4:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Burros

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