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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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Las niñas Quispe / The Quispe Girls A film by Sebastián Sepúlveda

Chile/France/Argentina, Drama, 201383 min, Digital HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitlesDirector Sebastián Sepúlveda in attendance

Wednesday, April 23 - 7PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

Saturday, April 26 - 2PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Buy Tickets

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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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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Teresa la novia del Libertador / Teresa, the Liberator's Fiancée A film by Rocío Lladó

Peru, Drama/Romance, 201399 min, RED, ColorSpanish with English subtitlesActress/producer Ana María Estrada and actor Luis Galli in attendance

Wednesday, April 23 - 9:45 PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3

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Memorias de un soldado / A Soldier’s Memories A film by Caupolicán Ovalles

Venezuela, Drama/Romance/History, 201297 min, HDCAM, ColorSpanish with English subtitlesDirector/producer Caupolicán Ovalles in attendance

Sunday, April 27 - 2:15 PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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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

3 Horas para Amar / 3 Hours to Love A film by Patrícia Nogueira

Portugal, Social Issue Documentary, 201354 min, Digital, ColorPortuguese with English subtitlesDirector Patrícia Nogueira and assistant director Filipa Cardosa in attendance

Thursday, April 24 - 2PM

Mexican American Cultual Center

Free Screening

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

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

 
  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

 

 

 

 

   
Saya: Dance and Survival in an Afro-Bolivian Village

Saya: Dance and Survival in an Afro-Bolivian Village

Bolivia, Music/Human Rights Documentary, 201221 min, HDV, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish with English subtitles

 

This documentary reveals how the elders and ancestors of the people of a small Bolivian community worked under a form of slavery that persisted until the 1950s. Community members still perform dances rooted in their African cultural heritage. The dance troupe performs in the plaza of a nearby tourist town before an audience of local indigenous people, rich weekenders from the Bolivian capital, and international tourists. The film highlights the dilemmas of cultural survival and emergence for an endangered subculture in an era of globalization.

 

World Premierewww.landlockedfilms.com

Print Source: Beret E. Strong - Landlocked Films, beret@landlockedfilms.com

 

 

 

  Lord of Miracles

Christopher Newman, Patricia Alvarez Astacio

Peru, Social Issue Documentary, 20129 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

LORD OF MIRACLES is an observational portrait of the annual procession of El Señor de los Milagros in Lima, Peru.

 

Regional Premierewww.pacificlineproductions.com/lordofmiracles 

Print Source: Chris Newman - Pacific Line Productions, newmanfilm@gmail.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

 

 

 
  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

 

 

 
  Juan Night Stand Adrián Schwarz

Puerto Rico, Romance/Magical Realism, 201313 min, RED, Color Spanish with English subtitles

Director Adrián Schwarz and composer Ricardo Nazario in attendance Juan has lived all of his life in the mountains of Puerto Rico. Keila moved to the island in search of the paradise her grandmother talked about. Eventually, she is led to Juan's house, where he realizes she is the granddaughter of his first love. When Keila invites him back, Juan is faced with the same decision he had in his past; to follow or to stay. JUAN NIGHT STAND was chosen as part of the Official Selection at the International Puerto Rican Heritage Festival and FIC Hermosillo, among others.

 

Regional Premierewww.juan-night-stand.com

Print Source: Adrián E. Schwarz, adrian.e.schwarz@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24 - 7:00PM 

Alamo Drafthouse Village 3Screens before the feature filmSEX, LOVE & SALSABuy 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

 

 

 
  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

 

 

 
  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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Gonzalo Justiniano

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

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

Regional Premiere

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 24 

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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

7:00 PM - SOLD OUT

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Aquí entre nosBetween Us

Patricia Martínez de Velasco

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

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

Regional Premiere

www.aquientrenoslapelicula.com/AEN.html

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

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

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

Saturday, April 28 - 7:15 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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

SOLD OUT

O PalhaçoThe Clown

Selton Mello

Brazil, Comedy/Drama, 201188 min, 35mm, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

 

Benjamin and Waldemar, father and son, are the fabulous clown duo, Pangaré and Puro Sangue. They make their living traveling the country with a circus. They do not have a fixed address. Benjamin grows tired of the road and begins to feel he is no longer funny. Once he feels like he has lost his talent, he goes on a journey of self-discovery to claim a life he has so long dreamed of--to settle down, get a social security number, and an identity. O Palhaço, featuring the talented Brazilian actor and director Selton Mello, won Best Director at the São Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards.

 

Regional Premiere

www.opalhacofilme.com.br

 

Selton Mello was born in Passos, Brazil in 1972. He has become one of the most talented actors in Brazil, and has sustained a 30-year career. His first feature, December was awarded in several international film festivals. O Palhaço, his second feature film as director, became a box office hit in Brazil and has sold more than 1.5 million tickets.

 

 

 

 

Producer: Vania Catani, Carlos Eduardo RodriguesProduction Companies: Bananeira Filmes, Telecine, Locall, Imagem Filmes, Globo FilmesScreenwriter: Selton Mello, Marcelo VindicatoCinematographer: Adrian TejidoEditor: Selton Mello, Marilia MoraesSound Design: George SaldanhaCast: Paolo José, Selton Mello, Larissa Manoela, Giselle Motta, Teuda Bara Print Source: Bananeira Filmes, bananeira@bananeirafilmes.com.br

Sunday, April 29 - 8:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With producer Fernanda Kalume in attendance

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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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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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  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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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

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

 

 

Sobre la estepaThese Wild Plains

Ty Roberts

Argentina, Drama, 201117 min, HDCam, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

The Patagonian steppe sets the stage for Sobre la estepa, an intense short drama of "whodunit" where four men meet at a crossroads of violence and chance, where survival is won at any cost. Land rights, corruption and substance abuse are present in this Argentinean region. This film, shot on location in Patagonia, was inspired by the short film Sikumi by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean.

 

North American Premiere

www.hechoencine.com

 

Producer: Carolina Peredo, Carlos PiacentiProduction Companies: Hecho en CineScreenwriter: Ty RobertsCinematographer: Christian Holler, Roby EspiñoEditor: Ty RobertsSound Design: Luciana BasevichCast: Luis Caram, Jeronimo Millache, Pablo Cañumil, Carlos MarseroPrint Source: Ty Roberts, ty@hechoencine.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 9:30 PM

Sunday, April 29 - 11:30 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Ty Roberts and producer Carolina Peredo in attendance

Opens for De caravana

 

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

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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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

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

 

Paraíso Paraiso

León Ichaso

USA, Thriller/Drama, 2009 100, HD, Color/Black & White Spanish, English with English subtitles

The monotonous life of Miami radio personality Remigio Gallegos changes abruptly when he answers the phone to find out that a son he has never met is waiting for him at the immigration office. Along with his mother's cross, the young man brings with him a haunted past. Paraiso explores generational and class divides within the Cuban exile community in southern Florida. Part thriller, drama, and existential romance, the film explodes with heart, color, music, and a desperate tale.

Regional Premiere

www.paraisothefilm.blogspot.com

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: León Ichaso, Lisa Rhoden Boyd Production Companies: Camino Verde Films Screenwriter: León Ichaso Cinematographer: Henry Vargas, Henry Lynk Editor: Juan Carlos Garza, Sebastián Jiménez Sound Design: Bruno Canale Music: Alfredo Triff Cast: Miguel Gutiérrez, Adrián Más, Tamara Melián, Lili Rentería, Ariel Texido, Juan David Ferrer, Aliani Sánchez, Larry Villanueva, Sandra García, Rosie Iguanzo, Roberto Poveda Print Source: León Ichaso, Lichaso1@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Black Box Theater Tuesday, April 26, 9pm Free!

 

2011 Emergencia Youth Film Competition Mexican American Cultural CenterThursday, April 21 4:00pm - FREE!

Ca Va Bien Joscelyne Ponder Say Sí 7 min, San Antonio, TX, 2010

 

 

The Dream Collector Samuel Jimenez, Mickey Martinez Say Sí 28 min, San Antonio, TX, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine Vincent Varga 7 min, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2010

 

 

Isa's final Draft Kadiatou Diallo, Nataly Garzon, Rayhan Islam, Jesus Villalba Global Action Project 10 min, New York, NY, 2010

 

Latinitas Stop Motion Shorts Latinitas Summer Camp Participants 2010 2 min, Austin, TX, 2010

 

 

Motivation Noel Robles Mustang Cinema Club 2 min, San Antonio, TX, 2011

 

 

Nitsidigo'i' Kneel Down Bread Kira Butler, Joshua Gregg Star School 5 min, Flagstaff, AZ, 2009

 

Steps From El Salvador Jenifer Alvarez 3 min, St. Paul, MN, 2010

 

 

The Story of Priest Point Tulalip Heritage School Students Longhouse Media 2 min, Tulalip Reservation, WA, 2010

 

Sugarcoat Lennon R. Maldonado Mustang Cinema Club 2 min, San Antonio, TX, 2010

 

Two Worlds Inside Out Moeko Crider, Dana Johnson, Delauni Cherry, Luis Contreras, Joshua Gregg, Eddie Metcalf, Braulio Ramos, Shalena Summers, David Sam, Courtney Teton Longhouse Media 2 min, Seattle, WA, 2010

 

 

 

 

Variance Tyler McCardle Say Sí 4 min, San Antonio, TX, 2010

 

 

We MarchEmileigh Potter Say Sí 12 min, San Antonio, TX, 2010

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

 

Columbus Day Legacy

Bennie Klain

USA, Documentary, 2010 35 min, MiniDV/8mm Super, Color/Black & White English

 

Columbus Day Legacy explores the quintessential American issues of free speech and ethnic pride against the backdrop of the ongoing Columbus Day controversy in Denver, Colorado. Since its recent incarnation in 1992, the 500th anniversary of America's "discovery," the Italian-American community in Denver has wholeheartedly celebrated its revered holiday, much to the dismay of the many local Native Americans. Both the Italian- and Native American communities are strong, vibrant, and tight-knit. Columbus Day Legacy conveys this sense of community on both sides of this vigorous debate while addressing the conflicts involving freedom of speech, the interpretation of history, and what it means to be an "American."

 

World Premiere

www.tricksterfilms.com

 

Producer: Leighton C. Peterson Production Companies: TricksterFilms Cinematographer: Marko Slavnic, Nancy Schiesari Editor: Bennie Klain Sound Design: William Riddle Music: Various Artists Print Source: Bennie Klain - TricksterFilms, bklain@tricksterfilms.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 8:00 PM FREE!

 

 

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!

 

Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives

Nancy Kelly

USA, Documentary, 2010 78 min, MiniDV, Color English

 

Trust follows Marlin, a young Hondureña living in Chicago who has lived through some of the harshest cruelties imaginable: sexual abuse followed by severe depression. Propelled by her participation in the Albany Park Theater Project, a neighborhood teen theater company which makes original plays based on company members' stories, Marlin experiences a healthy movement away from identifying herself with those traumas in a documentary that is both uplifting and transformative.

 

Texas Premiere

www.trustdocumentary.org

 

Nancy Kelly, a veteran independent filmmaker of more than 25 years, is director of Smitten, Downside UP, and Thousand Pieces of Gold. Currently she is in production on Moments in Time, about how the Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area were saved from development.

 

Producer: Nancy Kelly Production Companies: Kelly+Yamamoto Productions Screenwriter: Nancy Kelly Cinematographer: Daniel B. Gold, Dana Kupper Editor: Kenji Yamamoto Sound Design: Phil Perkins Music: Todd Boekelheide Print Source Contact: Nancy Kelly - Kelly+Yamamoto Productions, nancy@kelly-yamamoto.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterWed. April 27 8:00 PM FREE!

 

La hija natural Love Child

Leticia Tonos

Dominican Republic/Puerto Rico, Melodrama, 2011 95 min, HD, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

As a child, María was a simple and sensitive young girl with the strange habit of putting ladybugs in her mouth. After her mother dies in an accident, 18 year-old María decides to look for the father she has never met. She travels to a nearby town taking what few belongings she has. She finds her father, Joaquín, living in a dark, old house in the middle of an abandoned banana plantation, which the locals claim is haunted by spirits. He lives there with an enigmatic Haitian as his only companion. Having no one else in the world, she has no option but to stay with this drunken and recently widowed old man, and confront the ghosts of the past that haunt them both.

 

Regional Premiere

www.lahijanatural.com

 

A graduate of the London Film School, Leticia Tonos is more interested in posing questions than making statements, and as a result, is involved in projects that will lead to deeper reflection. Always concerned about social issues, she has also directed several videos for non-profit organizations.

 

 

 

Producer: Leticia Tonos Production Companies: Producciones Línea Espiral Screenwriter: Leticia Tonos Cinematographer: Sonnel Velazquez Editor: Raúl Marchand Sound Design: David Hernández Music: Miguel Hiraldo Cast: Julieta Rodríguez, Víctor Checo, Andrés "Velcro" Ramos, Gastner Legerme, Frank Perozo Print Source: Leticia Tonos, lety@lineaespiral.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterTue. April 26 8:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Konün Wenu: La entrada al cielo The Threshold to Heaven

Francisco Javier Toro Lessen

Chile, Drama/Fantasy, 2011 78 min, HD, Color Mapudungun with English subtitles

Akun, a young Mapuche boy whose mother died some years ago, lives with his grandparents in the middle of the mountains in Alto Bío Bío. As they walk along the base of the Kallaquen Volcano, Akun's grandfather, in an effort to assuage his pain over losing his mother, tells him about Konün Wenu, the entrance to heaven located at the summit of the volcano. In the hopes of finding his mother, Akun sets out alone to find Konün Wenu, but gets lost in the woods along the way. On his solitary journey, Akun runs into a variety of supernatural characters, some of whom are helpful, and others who are not.

 

World Premiere

www.konunwenu.com

Francisco Javier Toro Lessen was born in Talcahuano, Chile in 1983. After studying communications at the Instituto Duoc UC and the Universidad San Sebastián in Concepción, Chile, he directed a TV series and various documentaries about the Mapuche.

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Ramon Alberto Avila Hernandez Screenwriter: Francisco Javier Toro Lessen Cinematographer: Jorge Aguilar Arevalo Editor: Francisco Toro Lessen Sound Design: Marco Bravo Rebolledo Music: Kalule, Alvaro del Canto, Diego Fuentealba Cast: Francisco Toro Lessen Print Source: Imaginaria Audiovisual, contacto@imaginariaudiovisual.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterMon. April 25 3:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Blattángelus Blatangelus

Araceli Santana Lancón

Mexico, Documentary, 2010 70 min, HD, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Co-sponsored by the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

As a member of a traditional Catholic family, Jorge Sosa had always been immersed in schools, activities and unions, in which his homosexuality generated an unbearable ideological conflict. This ended when he decided to completely move away from the precepts and practices of his religion. Then, years later, after receiving the counsel of a priest, he reconciled himself with his identity and now leads a church whose main mission is to promote this same reconciliation of faith and sexuality for others, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Sosa's mission involves teaching about a god who promotes in his followers responsibility and full awareness of their freedom.

 

US Premiere

www.rofilms.com.mx

 

Araceli Santana Lancón, born in Mexico City in 1976, has worked as a literary and screenwriting professor at the Universidad de las Américas and the Centro de Escritores Juan José Arreola de Casa Lamm respectively. She is currently working on her first novel and initial research for her next documentary.

 

 

 

 

Producer: Roberto Canales Production Companies: RO Films, FOPROCINE Screenwriter: Araceli Santana Lancón Cinematographer: Pepe Guevara Editor: Roberto Canales Sound Design: Manuel Montaño Music: Gustavo Reyes, Jethro Carbonell Cast: Jorge Sosa, Juan Álvarez, Mauro Zamora Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 6:30 PM FREE!

 

Arroz con leche: K Ool Utial K Kuxtal Rice Pudding: K Ool Utial K Kuxtal

Byrt Wammack Weber, Ana Rosa Duarte

Mexico, Experimental Documentary, 2009 50 min, SVHS/DV/Super8, Color/Black & White Yucatec Maya, Spanish with English subtitles

 

When faced with homogenizing forces that would have her distance herself from her past and people, a Mayan woman is incited to explore her identity and how it relates to her culture. A ten-year collaboration between five Mayan women and their families, Arroz con leche shows the diversity of being a Maya woman at the turn of the twenty-first century.

 

North American Premiere

arrozconleche.yoochel.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Byrt Wammack Weber works in film and other media to deal with questions of contemporary cultural identity, post-colonialism, autonomy, migration, and memory. Founder of several community-based and collaborative art initiatives in Mexico, his various works have been exhibited throughout the world. Ana Rosa Duarte was born in Chocholá Yucatan, a Mayan community. She has a doctorate in Social Anthropology, and is a founding member Yoochel Kaaj, which works to promote audiovisual expression through the use of technology and audiovisual media.

Producer: Ana Rosa Duarte Duarte Production Companies: Yoochel Kaaj: Cine Video Cultura Screenwriter: Byrt Wammack Weber Cinematographer: Byrt Wammack Weber Editor: Byrt Wammack Weber Sound Design: Byrt Wammack Weber Music: Juan Palacios Cast: Ana Rosa Duarte, Carmita Tamayo Pool, Sidenilda Puuc, Juana Itzá, Lucía Cocom Print Source: Ana Rosa Duarte Duarte - Yoochel Kaaj: Cine Video Cultura, dduarte@uady.mx

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 4:00 PM FREE!

 

New Children / New York Compilation

The film New Children/New York, in Cine Las Americas' Feature Documentaries in Competition this year, documents the process by which three Latino Youths from inner-city New York learn to pick up the camera and tell their own stories in their own ways through that medium. We are proud to present this compilation of New Children/New York youth films, representing many of the youth who participated in the workshops, beyond the three profiled in the documentary.

Desconocido Stranger Fausto el Piro 11 min, Ecuador, 2010

Fight Fight Fight! New Children/New York Youth Group 7 min, USA/Ecuador/Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic/Mexico, 2010

G-Boys Bryan Lopez 8 min, Puerto Rico, 2010

iTofu Desiree Camacho 6 min, Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic, 2010

Mojados Miriam Patricia Torres 6 min, Ecuador, 2010

My Life Kelvin Lara 6 min, Dominican Republic, 2010

Sad Churro Family Joshua Carrero 7 min, Puerto Rico/Aruba/USA, 2010

Toronjil con 12 esencias Toronjil with 12 Essences Miriam Patricia Torres 15 min, Ecuador, 2010

Un Ecuatoriano en Nueva York An Ecuadoran in New York Fausto El Piro 5 min, Ecuador, 2010

Wrong Way Michael Vasquez 8 min, Colombia, 2010

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 2:30 PM

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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

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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!

 

 

Contrary Warrior: The Life and Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle

John Ferry

USA, Biographical Documentary, 2010 82 min, DigiBeta, Color English

 

Told in his own words, with wit and a sense of humor, Adam Fortunate Eagle Nordwall recounts his life from his childhood to present day. After a positive experience in Indian boarding schools, participating in the Indian take-over of Alcatraz Island in 1969, honing his creative skills on the Paiute-Shoshone Reservation, and being labeled an "enemy of the State" and losing virtually everything he owns, he continues to use humor to make his political and cultural point. He teaches viewers about his Native American art and spirituality, as well as his philosophy as it applies to life and his work.

 

Texas Premiere

www.LilliMar.com

 

John Ferry has been involved in documentary films for over 30 years. He studied acting and directing at Lawrence Merrick's Studio, and went on to produce and direct the award-winning Sitting Bull: A Stone in My Heart as well as Michelangelo: Self-Portrait.

 

 

Producer: Grace de Soto Ferry, John Ferry Production Companies: Lillimar Pictures Cinematographer: Marlon Cooper Editor: John Ferry Sound Design: Lillimar Pictures Music: Various Artists Cast: Adam Fortunate Eagle Print Source: John Ferry - Lillimar Pictures, info@lillimar.com

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 8:00 PMFREE!

 

Jean Gentil

Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas

Dominican Republic/Mexico/Germany, Drama, 2010 84 min, 35mm, Color Spanish/Haitian Creole with English subtitles

 

Jean, a middle-aged Haitian professor, is always on the move looking for work. Although a job on a building site is a possible option for the unemployed Haitian, Jean is looking for something more suited to the intellectual he considers himself to be. Feeling more and more unfulfilled with his prospects, he finds himself on an increasingly desperate journey to find his place in the world, or even a reason to live. He disappears into the interior of the island as both a lost soul and soul lost amongst his surroundings.

 

Texas Premiere

www.jeangentil.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Amelia Guzmán, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1980, is a graduate of Altos de Chavón/The School of Design and EICTV. She and husband, Israel Cárdenas Ramírez, born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1980, also co-directed the award-winning Cochochi.

 

Producer: Pablo Cruz, Barbel Mauch, Israel Cardenas, Laura A. Guzman Production Companies: Aurora Dominicana, Canana Films, Bärbel Mauch Film Screenwriter: Laura A. Guzman, Israel Cardenas, Alejandro Andujar Cinematographer: Israel Cardenas, Laura A. Guzman Editor: Israel Cardenas Sound Design: Alejandro de Icaza, Ruben Valdez Cast: Jean Remy Genty, Yanmarco King Encarnacion, Henri Presumé, Nadal Walcott, Lys Ambroise Print Source: Liz Miller - Premier PR, liz.miller@premierpr.com

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sun. April 24 7:00 PMBuy Tickets for Film

 

Master Class - Mexican American Cultural Center - Tues. April 26 4PM - FREE Master Classes!

 

Go For It!

Carmen Marron

USA, Drama/Coming-of-Age, 2011 83 min, Digital, Color English

 

Carmen, a 19 year-old student raised in inner-city Chicago, is trying to find her identity. She spends most of her time in underground clubs enjoying her true passion: dance. Afraid to believe in herself, and not receiving much support from her parents, she is challenged by her professor to audition for a formal dance school in California. While confronting these and other obstacles, she also encounters the biggest chance of her life. Go For It! was inspired by the director's experiences as a street dancer growing up in Chicago, and serves as hopeful inspiration for urban youth to believe in their inner-strength and follow their dreams. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival.

 

Austin Premiere

www.goforitmovie.com

 

Carmen Marron, a Chicago native and former elementary school guidance counselor, began the screenplay for Go For It! as a response to the portrayals of minorities in TV and film. Founder of Sparkhope Productions, she is dedicated to creating films that address women's issues and cultural diversity.

 

Producer: Carmen Marron, Sid Idris Production Companies: Sparkhope Productions Screenwriter: Carmen Marron Cinematographer: Christian Sprenger Editor: Carmen Marron, Anthony David, John Coniglio Sound Design: David Barber, Michael Crosby, Kevin Faber Music: Kenny Wood Cast: Aimee Garcia, Al Bandiero, Jossara Jinaro, Derrick Denicola, Louie Alegria, Andres Perez-Molina, David Hernandez, Gustavo Mellado, Rene Rosado, Liliana Montenegro, Safia Hannin, Peggy Lee Goss, Brad Armacost, Lisa Roumain, David Ross Paterson, Daniel Yabut, Carlos Pratts, Katie L. Hall, Gil Menchaca Print Source: Carmen Marron, carmen@sparkhope.com

 

Photo Courtesy of Sparkhope Productions

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 7:00 PM Buy Tickets for Film

 

Master Class - Mexican American Cultural Center - Mon. April 25 4PM - FREE Master Classes!

Habana Eva

Fina Torres

Cuba/Venezuela/France, Comedy, 2010 100 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

In a Havana shaken by Fidel's retirement, a young seamstress, trapped in a clothing factory, dreams of designing beautiful dresses. With no support from her adorable but lazy Cuban boyfriend, her life takes a turn when she meets a dazzling capitalist who fans her hopes. After many deceptions and surprises, Eva has to choose between the two men she loves. Hers is an unexpected decision; one which makes for a humorous metaphor of Cuba's future options.

 

Austin Premiere

www.ondamaxfilms.com

 

Fina Torres, born in Caracas in 1951, studied film at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques in Paris. Her directorial debut, Oriana, won la Caméra d'Or award at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival. To date, she continues to work with film projects related to Latin America.

 

Producer: Delfina Catala, Marco Mundarain, Fina Torres, Camilo Vives Production Companies: Villa del Cine, ICAIC, Alter Screenwriter: Jorge Camacho, Julio Carrillo, Fina Torres Cinematographer: Héctor Ortega Editor: Robin Katz Sound Design: Erik Brena, Jesus Guevara Music: Barbara Cohen Cast: Fina Torres, Delfina Catana Print Source: Ondamax Films, info@ondamax.com

 

Alamo South Lamar - Fri. April 22 7:30 PMBuy Tickets

 

Down for Life

Alan Jacobs

USA, Drama/Coming-of-Age, 2011 96 min, Super16mm, Color English

 

Based on a true story, Down for Life depicts a single, fateful day in the life of a 15-year-old Latina gang leader. She discovers that leaving the gang is much more difficult than joining. The film was shot on location in South-Central Los Angeles and stars local youth in the lead roles.

 

Austin Premiere

www.downforlifemovie.com

 

A native of New York and graduate of Wesleyan University and Stanford University, Alan Jacobs has directed six feature films, including Nina Takes a Lover, American Gun, Just One Night, and co-directed Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists.

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Scott William Alvarez Production Companies: Por Vida Productions Screenwriter: Alan Jacobs, Trina Calderon Cinematographer: Dana Gonzales, Morgan Susser Editor: Clayton Halsey and Roger Marshall Sound Design: Paul Hurtubise Music: Vito A. Colapietro II, Neely Dinkins Jr. Cast: Jessica Romero, Kate del Castillo, Danny Glover, Laz Alonso, Elizabeth Peña, Emily Rios, Cesar Garcia, Nicholas Gonzalez, Snoop Dogg Print Source: Scott William Alvarez, swa@cinemarevival.com

 

Alamo South Lamar - Wed. April 27 6:30 PMBuy Tickets for Film

 

Master Class - Mexican American Cultural Center - Thurs. April 28 4PM - FREE Master Classes!

 

Des-Autorizados Un-Authorized

Elia K. Schneider

Colombia/Venezuela, Comedy/Drama/Fantasy, 2009 90 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

In the middle of a surrealist Caracas, Elia K. Schneider begins a fantastic journey into the depth of her imagination. In her story, Elias, a playwright, is conflicted between being forced to write, or facing the consequences of writing his characters into reality. In a strange twist, Elias must confront his characters and his dark side, while Elia K. also begins to see the results of her creation.

 

North American Premiere

www.desautorizados.blogspot.com

 

Elia K. Schneider is an award-winning Venezuelan director of such films as Huelepega and Punto y raya. Director of the Venezuelan production company, Unity Films, she currently gives acting workshops at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles.

 

Producer: José Ramón Novoa Production Companies: Unity Films Screenwriter: Fernando Butazzoni Cinematographer: Oscar Pérez Editor: Jerry Zottolo Sound Design: Guillermo Palacios Music: Osvaldo Montes Cast: Erich Wildpret, Samantha Dagnino, Tristán Ulloa Print Source: José Ramón Novoa - Leon Films, jrnovoa@gmail.com

 

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