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  The REDress REdress Project

Tina Keeper

Canada, Social Activism/Artist Documentary, 201216 min, HD, ColorEnglish

 

In Manitoba, over the past 2 decades, 75 Aboriginal women have gone missing or have been murdered. This documentary contrasts the concepts implicit in the targeted violence towards Aboriginal women - that they are faceless/voiceless/lifeless - against the courage and tenacity of Aboriginal women who raise their voices against violence and systemic failings, as mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties and warriors. The film also profiles the art installation "The REDress Project," by Metis artist Jaime Black, which was an aesthetic response to the 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, with the aim of drawing attention to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Aboriginal women.

 

Regional Premierewww.buffalogalpictures.com 

Print Source: Tina Keeper, tina@kistikanpictures.com

  

 

   
  ¡Adiós Padresitos!

Javier Macipe

Spain/Ecuador, Documentary, 201329 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

A group of priests receives a mysterious letter from the Vatican. In this letter, they are told to leave their home as soon as possible. Their Pope then appoints a new order in their place. One of the priests does not like what is happening and refuses to passively accept it. He decides to start an indefinite hunger strike, camping in a park in Quito.

 

World Premierewww.promofest.org/films/adios-padresitos 

Print Source: Franc Planas - PROMOFEST, info@promofest.org

  

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

 

 

   
José e PilarJose and Pilar

Miguel Gonçalves Mendes

Spain/Portugal, Documentary, 2010117 min, DigiBeta, ColorSpanish, Portuguese with English subtitles

José e Pilar is a deeply moving story about love, loss and literature. It follows the days of José Saramago, the Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, and his wife, Pilar del Río. The film shows their whirlwind life of international travel, his passion for completing his last masterpiece, The Elephant's Journey, and how their love quietly sustains them throughout. José e Pilar reveals the hidden Saramago, unravels any preconceived notions about him, and proves that genius and simplicity are indeed compatible. It is a funny and touching portrait on the endurance of the artistic spirit. A glimpse into the life of one of the greatest creators of the 20th century, it shows us that, as Saramago says, "There is always another way to say everything." This life-affirming film has charmed audiences and juries world wide, and was Portugal's official entry to the 2012 Academy Awards.

Austin Premiere

www.joseepilar.com

Miguel Gonçalves Mendes is a Portuguese film director, screenwriter, and film producer. Since the early 2000s he's worked on a number of shorts and features, generating a filmography that has taken him to renowned film festivals around the globe.

Producer: Agustín Almodóvar, Bel Berlinck, Esther García, Fernando Meirelles, Miguel Gonçalves MendesProduction Companies: JumpCutCinematographer: Daniel NevesEditor: Cláudia Rita OliveiraSound Design: Alessandro Laroca, Armando TorresCast: José Saramago, Pilar del Río, Gael García Bernal, Fernando Meirelles

Print Source: Paul Hudson - Outsider Pictures, info@outsiderpictures.us

Wednesday, April 25 - 7:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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El lenguaje de los machetesMachete Language

Kyzza Terrazas

Mexico, Romance/Music/Drama, 201184 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Ray and Ramona are a young couple. They hate the injustice of the social context they are part of. Each from their own niche, Ramona as a musician, Ray as an activist, tries to fight for a more just world. Devoted to self-sabotage, Ray fails in his rebellion and drags Ramona into a downward spiral that culminates in an act of poetic terrorism. This film has screened around the world, premiering at the Venice Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.figafilms.com

Kyzza Terrazas was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1977. He studied Philosophy as an undergrad at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where he graduated after completing a thesis on Melancholy and Philosophy. He is currently working for Mexico's Cineteca Nacional creating a film archive of orphan, amateur and home movies. El lenguaje de los machetes is his first feature film as a writer/director.

Producer: Rafael LeyProduction Companies: Mr. WooScreenwriter: Kyzza TerrazasCinematographer: Christian RiveraEditor: Yibran AssaudSound Design: Alejandro de IcazaMusic: Jessy Bulbo, Mariana UribeCast: Andrés Almeida, Jessy BulboPrint Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

Thursday, April 26 - 9:30 PM

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Sunday, April 29 - 2:15 PM

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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

Morir de pieDie Standing Up

Jacaranda Correa

Mexico, Biographical Documentary, 201174 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

The son of Mexican communist militants, living with increasing disability, continues to promote socialism and the Cuban Revolution; identifying with the ideologies of Che Guevara and even resembling Che physically, he embraces the cause. Surprisingly, his disability is not the greatest challenge he will face in his life. Handicapped and discriminated against, Irina Layevska defies adversity and faces life with her true self supported on this journey by her lifelong partner, Nelida. A story of courage to live and love that has no gender, and leaves no audience unmoved. Morir de pie won Best Mexican Documentary, Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.morirdepie.com

Jacaranda Correa studied Journalism at UNAM. She also has a degree in Political Sociology from the Université de Sorbonne in Paris. Ms. Correa has been a journalist, hostess and editor-in-chief of the Journalistic Investigation program on Canal 22 since 2001.

Producer: Martha OrozcoProduction Companies: Mediam9, Martfilms, FOPROCINE, with the collaboration of Canal 22Screenwriter: Jacaranda CorreaCinematographer: Dariela LudlowEditor: Rodolfo Santa M. TroncosoSound Design: Bernart FortianaMusic: Taniel MoralesCast: Irina Layevska, Nélida ReyesPrint Source: Iván Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

Friday, April 27 - 6:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Con mi corazón en YamboWith My Heart in Yambo

María Fernanda Restrepo

Ecuador, Human Rights Documentary, 2011137 min, HDCam, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

On January 8, 1988, when María Fernanda Restrepo was 10 years old, her parents went on vacation and left her in the care of her brothers Santiago and Andres. That day, she was at a friends' party and they were supposed to pick her up; they never came. A year later, her family discovered that on that day, her brothers had been tortured and assassinated by the Ecuadorian police, without any reason. Their bodies were disposed of in the Yambo lake, never to be found. This documentary is a personal journey mixed with the memory of a whole country marked by this history. This film has reached audiences internationally, including at the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the Hot Docs Film Festival.

Austin Premiere

www.conmicorazonenyambo.com

María Fernanda Restrepo Arismendi graduated from the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito. She received a Master's Degree in Direction of Documentaries from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, and a Master's in Direction of Photography from the ESCAC (Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya). Currently she is the co-director of Escala Gris, a production company specialized in the making of documentaries and commercials. She has made documentaries for Ecuadorian national television.

Producer: Randi KrarupProduction Companies: Escala GrisScreenwriter: María Fernanda RestrepoCinematographer: Francoise LasoEditor: Iván MoraSound Design: Esteban BrauerMusic: Iván MoraCast: María Fernanda RestrepoPrint Source: Randi Krarup, rakrarup@hotmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 7:00 PM

St. Edward's University

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

Robert's Paintings

Shelley Niro

Canada, Biographical Documentary, 201152 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Saulteaux with English subtitles

Robert Houle is an acclaimed Anishinaabe (Ojibwe-Saulteaux) artist and activist on behalf of First Nation peoples; this film examines his life and career as an artist, curator, educator and cultural theorist. Like many of his generation, Houle was schooled in the residential school system. As a result, he has created a body of work encapsulating his memories from childhood. His vast body of work explores what happened to the First Nation people and the way Canada has treated them throughout the years. Houle uses his experiences to teach others their heritage through Canadian indigenous artwork. This film is about not forgetting, but rather contributing to the collective memory of a nation. It is a celebration. Robert's Paintings premiered at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

US Premiere

www.vtape.org

Shelley Niro is a Mohawk member of the Six Nations Reserve. She belongs to the Turtle Clan. Niro is a visual artist whose work has shown at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the National Museum of the American Indian, New York and Washington, DC, and has recently exhibited at the Institute of American Indian Art Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Production Companies: Turtle Night ProductionsScreenwriter: Shelley NiroCinematographer: Richard StoreyEditor: Katharine AsalsSound Design: Steve SanguedolceMusic: Sarah DeCarlo Cast: Robert Houle, Alanis Obomsawin, Vivian Ferguson, George Miller, Steve Loft, Wanda Nanibush, Renata Gutterman, Barbara Morrison, Kenny Anderson Print Source: Kaherawaks Thompson - V Tape, distribution@vtape.org

Thursday, April 26 - 4:00 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

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

Brigada intramurosIntra-Walls Brigade

Cláudia Alves Vasconcelos

Cuba/Portugal, Performance/Political Documentary, 201018 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

A group of college students from the EICTV plan an art performance piece in which they will prohibit the entrance of tourists to a Havana square. The art performance is being performed to bring awareness of the injustices that Cubans go through when they are "blocked" from going to places where only foreigners are allowed. In this documentary, we see the meetings that they have to plan the art piece, the actual performance, and the afterthoughts. The students are from a film school and are planning on filming people's reactions. From beginning to end they all discuss together the purpose of the performance and its implications as a political work of art. Cláudia Alves and her work have been recognized by the Berlinale Talent Campus.

North American Premiere

www.eictv.org

Producer: Ivette LiangScreenwriter: Cláudia Alves VasconsuelosCinematographer: María Isabel Aris AlonsoEditor: María Alejandra Briganti LozanoPrint Source: Promoción Internacional - EICTV, promocioninternacional@eictv.org.cu

Saturday, April 28 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

The Creator's Game: The Quest for Gold and the Fight for Nationhood

Candace Maracle

Canada, Civil Rights Documentary, 201143 min, HDCAM, ColorEnglish, Onandaga with English subtitles

In 2010, the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team faced two battles, the world championships on the field and the pursuit of self-determination in the world. The team was stranded for days in New York City while they awaited clearance from officials so they could compete in the world championships. The Haudenosaunee passports, a symbol of the nation's sovereignty, were refused by England. Canadian and American officials offered the team expedited passports, which the team declined. They chose to forfeit the championship. Determined to be recognized as a sovereign nation, this timely documentary then follows the team on their quest for the 2011 FIL medal in Prague. The Creator's Game won the Documentary Pitch Prize at imagineNATIVE.

Texas Premiere

www.vtape.org

Candace Maracle (Mohawk) of the Bay of Quinte from Tyendinaga, is currently completing her Master's in Journalism at Ryerson University. She has interned at CBC Radio's "The Current" and produced a piece on Nisga'a private property ownership. She is currently working as a reporter/correspondent with APTN's National News.

Producer: Candace MaracleScreenwriter: Candace MaracleCinematographer: Candace MaracleEditor: Candace MaracleSound Design: Cam HillMusic: Cam HillPrint Source: Kaherawaks Thompson - V Tape, distribution@vtape.org

Friday, April 27 - 4:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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