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Mapa / Map A film by León Siminiaini

Spain, Creative Documentary, 201285 min, MiniDV/Full HD, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 9:45 PM

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Disruption A film by Pamela Yates

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

Saturday 4/26/2014 at 4:00 pm

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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

  

 

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

Kelly Brinn Urig

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

 

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

 

World Premierewww.thechilefilm.com 

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

 

 

 

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

Cathleen O'Connell

USA, Music Documentary, 201227 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

 

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

 

Regional Film Festival Premierewww.sousaontherez.com

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

 

 

 

   
  ¡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

  

 

 

   
  Una historia para los ModlinA Story for the Modlins

Sergio Oksman

Spain, Biographical/Found Object Documentary, 201226 min, HD, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish

 

After appearing in the film ROSEMARY'S BABY, by Roman Polanski, Elmer Modlin ran away with his wife Margaret and his son Nelson to a distant land. They shut themselves inside a dark apartment, where Margaret devoted herself to painting the coming Apocalypse, using Nelson and Elmer as models. Thirty years later, hundreds of the family's intimate photographs and documents appeared on the sidewalk like a jigsaw puzzle, waiting for someone to come along and piece together A STORY FOR THE MODLINS.

 

Texas Premierewww.astoryforthemodlins.com , www.madridencorto.es/2012/a-story-for-the-modlins 

Print Source: Madrid en Corto, mail@madridencorto.es

 

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

 

   
  The Language of Love

Marie Clements

Canada, Testimonial Documentary, 201211 min, DVD, ColorEnglish

 

In this deeply moving and raw performance, artist and activist Stephen Lytton poetically recounts the 13 years he endured in one of Canada's residential schools. Through a life of challenges - including physical disability - Lytton's story embodies the strength and perseverance of residential school survivors.

 

Regional Premierewww.froggirlfilms.com 

Print Source: Michelle St. John - Frog Girl Films, michelle@froggirlfilms.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

 

 

 

  PichanguerosKickabouters

Alejandro Hernandez

Chile, Sports Documentary/Social Issue, 201229 min, HDCAM, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

John, an amateur soccer player, is competing with his teammates for a very important tournament. We follow him, and get a look into the neighborhood kickabouts, a team with dreams of making it into Lo Espinoza Football Club.

 

International Premierewww.pichangueros.cl 

Print Source: Iván Nakouz, ivan@luminaria.in

 

 

 

 

   
  PaalChild

Christoph Müller, Victor Vargas Villafuerte

Mexico/Switzerland/Canada, Documentary, 201221 min, Mini-DV, ColorMayan, Spanish with English subtitles

 

PAAL tells the story of Memo, a Mayan child, whose biggest dream is to tell the stories of his people. Through his own vision and fantasy, we explore the everyday life and culture of his town, and the exuberant nature of Yucatan‚ a jungle in the south of Mexico. PAAL pays homage to a magical world that is not exempt from the influence of the occidental world.

 

Regional Premierewww.creativeblends.tv/paal 

Print Source: Creative Blends, paal@creativeblends.tv

 

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

 

 

   
  Filme para Poeta CegoFilm for a Blind Poet

Gustavo Vinagre

Brazil/Cuba, Biographical Documentary, 201226 min, Digital, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

 

Glauco Mattoso, a blind sadomasochistic poet, agrees to participate in a documentary about his own life, but the conditions he imposes raise difficulties for the inexperienced director.

 

North American Premierewww.pretaportefilmes.com.br/en 

Print Source: Juliana Vicente - Preta Portê Filmes, juliana@pretaportefilmes.com.br

  

 

 

   
  Clases de baileDance Classes

Katarzyna Michalak

Cuba/Poland, Documentary, 201112 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

In a small Cuban town, two dance groups tell us their dreams of fame through their movements and rhythms. Ballet and Latin Dance: two styles of dance, two ways of being, and one common passion. The conditions in which they learn, and the effort behind their beauty reveal the intensity of their commitment to dance.

 

North American Premierewww.eictv.org

Print Source: Promoción Internacional - EICTV, promocioninternacional@eictv.co.cu

 

 

 

 

   
  A Mexican Sound

Roy Germano

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

 

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

 

Texas Premierewww.amexicansound.com 

Print Source: Roy Germano, rg@roygermano.com

 

 

   
  La onda chicana

Efraín Gutiérrez

USA, Documentary, 197617 min, 16mm, ColorSpanglish

 

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

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

 

 

 
  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

 

 

 

 

 

   
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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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

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El árbol de las fresasThe Strawberry Tree

Simone Rapisarda Casanova

Canada/Cuba, Documentary, 201171 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Filmed in the remote fishing village of Juan Antonio, Cuba, just before it disappeared at the hands of a hurricane, El árbol de las fresas is a mesmerizing cinematic poem that tests the boundaries between anthropology, documentary and reverie. The villagers' ingeniousness and resilience, as well as their playful and irreverent relationship with the filmmaker, render a sensitive portrait of a unique culture into a reflection on documentary filmmaking and on humanity on the edge of time. El árbol de las fresas won Honorable Mention in the Knight Documentary Competition at the Miami International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.ibidemfilms.org

Simone Rapisarda Casanova was born in rural Sicily and inherited his first camera as a child when his father died in a car accident. He was raised by a mother that taught him how to read using Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees, and as a result, he hopes one day to live in the trees. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada.

Producer: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaProduction Companies: Ibidem FilmsScreenwriter: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaCinematographer: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaEditor: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaSound Design: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaPrint Source: Simone Rapisarda Casanova, simone@ibidemfilms.org

Saturday, April 28 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Hit Me with Music

Miquel Galofré

Jamaica/Spain, Music Documentary, 201175 min, HD CAM, ColorEnglish, Patoise with English subtitles

Jamaica continues to be on top of the world-wide music scene. Reggae has evolved to produce a new genre, Dancehall. The Dancehall phenomenon is unstoppable in Jamaica and the rest of the world. Artists, dancers, and local teenagers explain the content of the controversial Dancehall lyrics and the lifestyle created by the music. This film presents and represents the urban street culture and lifestyle that fuels and is born out of Dancehall, and captures the elements of dance which form an integral part of nightlife in Kingston. Hit Me with Music won Best Documentary and the People's Choice Award at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival.

US Premiere

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Miquel Galofré was born in Barcelona in 1970. For more than two decades, he worked as a director, cameraman, and editor for the Spanish TV industry. In 2005 he made his first short Gua! Pa!. His first documentary feature Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast? was made in 2009.

Producer: Nando Garcia GueretaProduction Companies: Nice TimeScreenwriter: Laura CarullaCinematographer: Miquel GalofréEditor: Miquel GalofréSound Design: Xavier ClaraPrint Source: Miquel Galofré, mikegalloper@hotmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 8:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

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 mudanzaThe Move

Tatiana Lorca

Chile, Family and Personal Narrative Documentary, 201152 min, DigiBeta, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Florida is a retired teacher that recently sold the place where she lived with her family for four decades. Her four daughters have grown and they have gone on to develop their own lives. Although they visit her quite a lot, the family house has become too big for her. Florida has surrounded herself with objects which are carefully stored in boxes getting ready for the move, all of which bring to mind moments that were lived there, and cause her to face memories while mourning her late husband, Coke. Over the course of five years, the documentary filmmaker followed the main character and her neighborhood's transformation. La mudanza, which has enjoyed successful presentations to date in Chile, is an emotional trip, a good bye ritual--like an epilogue, like a sunset and like an excuse to face the pending mourning.

International Premiere

Tatiana Lorca is a journalist. She has been an editor, director, producer and researcher at the main Chilean TV stations, and she has worked for important audiovisual companies. She was awarded with a scholarship from Ibermedia. She has studied documentary filmmaking at the San Antonio EICTV de los Baños, Cuba. She founded Arándano Producciones and directed and produced a series of micro-documentaries all throughout Chile for the Ministerio de Obras Públicas, Dirección de Planeamiento.

Producer: Tatiana LorcaProduction Companies: Arándano ProduccionesScreenwriter: Tatiana LorcaCinematographer: Tatiana Lorca, David Bravo, Mauricio GarciaEditor: Coti DonosoSound Design: Cristián FreundMusic: Subhira Rodrigo CepedaPrint Source: Paula Talloni, patalloni@yahoo.es, paula@palenque.cl

Saturday, April 28 - 4:00 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

Nikkei

Kaori Flores Yonekura

Venezuela, Autobiographical Documentary, 201180 min, Full HD, ColorSpanish, Japanese with English subtitles

Nikkei is a documentary about the identity of the Japanese who migrated to Latin America. It is the story of the director's grandparents, their trip from Japan to Peru, the media campaign against their race, World War II and the hope for a better life in Venezuela. Nikkei recently premiered at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

US Premiere

www.nikkeidocu.tumblr.com

Kaori Flores Yonekura's father is Venezuelan and her mother is Japanese. She was born in Mérida, Venezuela, and at age 22 graduated from the International School of Film and TV of San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba (EICTV). She has dedicated her work to human rights, popular culture, indigenous people and identity.

Producer: Kaori Flores YonekuraProduction Companies: AC No FilmScreenwriter: Kaori Flores YonekuraCinematographer: Kaori Flores YonekuraEditor: Eyeletmy Rodríguez, Kaori Flores YonekuraSound Design: Daniel ZahalkaMusic: Alejandro RossoPrint Source: Kaori Flores Yonekura, nofilm@gmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Olhe Pra Mim de NovoLook at Me Again

Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman

Brazil, Documentary, 201179 min, HD, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

This documentary tells the story of a transsexual living in the northeast part of Brazil. We see him, Sillvyo Luccio, in a journey from Ceará to Paraíba looking for his daughter, Maria Tereza. Tereza does not accept her mother's sex transformation, and they live far away from one another, which is why Sillvyo has to travel for days in order to reach her. The film uses Sillvyo's own voice to tell his story, his sufferings, and his misfortunes, including his desire to have a biological family. He finds solidarity in the lives of other people who have suffered discrimination, such as transvestites and patients of a rare muscle disease. This film had its world premiere at Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente and also screened in the Berlin International Film Festival.

North American Premiere

www.lookatmeagain.wordpress.com

Claudia Priscilla is a journalist that lives in São Paulo. Claudia is the director of several short films including Parachacal, Sexo e Claustro, and Phedra. Claudia is the writer of the screenplay (together with Kiko Goifman) of the documentary, 33, and has worked as producer and designer on several audio-visual productions.Kiko Goifman, an outstanding Brazilian director, has directed the award-winning feature films, 33, Atos dos Homens, and FilmeFobia, winner of the Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro (2008). FilmeFobia screened in competition at Cine Las Americas in 2009.

Producer: Jurandir MullerScreenwriter: Claudia PriscillaCinematographer: Pedro MarquesEditor: Pedro MarquesSound Design: Livio TragtenbergPrint Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 8:15 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Up Heartbreak Hill

Erica Scharf

USA, Documentary, 201183 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

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

Regional  Premiere

www.upheartbreakhill.com

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

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

Saturday, April 27 - 6:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Yakuaya / La esencia del aguaWater Essence

Marcelo Castillo

Ecuador, Experimental Documentary, 201152 min, HD, ColorNo dialogue

Yakuaya means "the essence of water" in Quechua. The film is a nonverbal documentary that is about the value of water as essential to life. The documentary follows the journey of a drop of water, which originates in a glacier, and eventually reaches the sea. On its way it touches the lives of a peasant, it is enclosed in the rhythm of a water bottling factory, it transforms the life of a woman, it awakens hope in a desert and welcomes the innocence of two children in the sea, among other adventures. This visually engaging film, whose aim is to inspire reflection in its audience, premiered at the Ecuador Film Festival and screened recently at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

North American  Premiere

www.yakuaya.blogspot.com

Marcelo Castillo has worked independently as film director and still photographer for nine years, during which time he's directed a myriad of short films and photography series. In addition to his work in the audiovisual field, he has conducted several projects on social and community life.

Producer: Carlos IdrovoScreenwriter: Carlos Idrovo, Gullermo QuintanaCinematographer: Filippo Burbano, Marcelo CastilloEditor: Gabriel Páez, Jorge FloresSound Design: Mauricio ProañoMusic: Mauricio Proaño, Juan F. Jijón, Víctor Andrade, Jens MunchPrint Source: Marcelo Castillo, marceloxcastillo@yahoo.com

Friday, April 27 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

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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Para vivirTo Live

Juan A. Izaguirre

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

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

Festival Premiere

Producer: Juan A. Izaguirre

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

Saturday, April 28 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Canción del cuerpo

The XY Zone

Kathryn Morrissey, Paloma Gonzalez

US, Documentary, 20118 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

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

Festival Premiere

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

Saturday, April 28 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Canción del cuerpo

Cerro Rico, Tierra Rica

Juan Vallejo

Colombia/Bolivia/USA, Land/Social Issues Documentary, 201190 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

More than ten thousand miners in southwestern Bolivia still excavate the slopes and tunnels of Cerro Rico ("Rich Hill"), the richest silver field in mining history, even though most of the mineral resources of the mountain have been depleted. Raising issues of social and economic sustainability, Cerro Rico offers a striking, unsparing portrait of labor in the highlands of South America, creating a universal statement about the historic cost on workers due to global demands for Earth's wealth. Shot in iconic Potosí and in the surreal salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, where half of the world's lithium is still untapped, Cerro Rico has screened at film festivals all over the world, including the Victoria Film Festival in Canada and FIC VALDIVIA 18.

US Premiere

www.piscofilms.com

Juan Vallejo is a U.S.–born, Colombian–raised filmmaker. He studied Architecture in Bogotá, Colombia, and Film Direction at Purchase College (SUNY) in New York. He recently obtained an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. This is his first feature-length work.

Producer: Juan VallejoCinematographer: Juan Vallejo, Robert Alan RackhamEditor: Juan Vallejo, JiYe KimSound Design: Andrea BellaMusic: Andres SubercaseauxPrint Source: Juan Vallejo, piscofilms@yahoo.com

Thursday, April 26 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

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

El destelloThe Flicker

Gabriel Szollosy

Uruguay, Biographical/Social Issue Documentary, 201180 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

This is the story of Horacio, the grandchild of a slave taken from Africa to Latin America, long after the abolition of slavery. Horacio is a family man who works as a lighthouse keeper on a solitary island in the South Atlantic Ocean. Horacio was raised to serve. Some years ago, a series of unexpected events changed his life forever. His first harrowing experience was surviving a horrific boat crash. He later joined Uruguay's peacekeeping force and was sent to serve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the country of his ancestors. The journey, which began as a means of economic progress, soon became a journey to his own past and the roots of his family. El destello recently screened at É Todo Verdade and BAFICI.

Regional Premiere

www.librecine.com

Gabriel Szollosy has been making films since 1992. His documentaries, filmed on four continents, have been presented in the most renowned international film festivals and have received numerous awards. Gabriel is a member of the training committee of the Encuentro Nacional de Documentalistas (ENDOC) and the Latin American and Caribbean Documentary Filmmakers Network. He is the co-founder of Librecine, an international production company.

Producer: Anna JancsóProduction Companies: LibrecineScreenwriter: Gabriel SzollosyCinematographer: Nyika JancsóEditor: Fernando EpsteinSound Design: Fabián Oliver, Pablo BenedettoMusic: Max RichterCast: Horacio PereiraPrint Source: Gabriel Szollosy, gabriel@librecine.com

Friday, April 27 - 12:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Madres 0,15 el minutoMothers, 15 Cents a Minute

Marina Seresesky

Spain, Human Rights Documentary, 201152 min, Digibeta, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Is it possible to be a mother at a distance? Is it possible to educate from a telephone booth? Women who travel thousands of miles to work in Spain to give a better future to their children, tell us how they live through the reality of being mothers across a telephone or a computer, making the telephone booth their second home and transforming their voices into their most valuable resource. This film has been recognized for its affirmation of women's rights, winning a Biznaga de Plata at the Festival de Málaga.

Texas Premiere

www.promofest.org/films/madres-015-el-minuto

Marina Seresesky was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is an actress and director of cinema and theater. Her latest short film, The cortége, has been selected in more than 200 national and international film festivals, receiving more than 50 prizes.

Producer: Teatro Meridional S.L.Production Companies: Teatro Meridional S.L.Screenwriter: Marina Seresesky, Julio SalvatierraCinematographer: Roberto FernandezEditor: Julio SalvatierraSound Design: Oscar Barros, MilciclosMusic: Mariano Marin, Chani MartinPrint Source: Marina Seresesky, info@promofest.org

Wednesday, April 25 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Precious Knowledge

Ari Palos

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

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

Regional Premiere

www.dosvatos.com

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

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

Saturday, April 28 - 11:30 AM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

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 Renaissance of Mata Ortiz

Scott Petersen

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

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

Texas Premiere

www.helpfundmymovie.com

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

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

Friday, April 27 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

The Thick Dark Fog

Randy Vasquez

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

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

Regional  Premiere

www.thickdarkfog.com

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

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

Thursday, April 26 - 5:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

With research advisor Julianna Brannum in attendance

Free

Vou Rifar Meu CoraçãoI Will Raffle off My Heart

Ana Rieper

Brazil, Music Documentary, 201178 min, HDV, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

Vou Rifar Meu Coração is about the music, the performers and the followers of Brazilian romantic music, called "cheesy" by music critics and rich people. Using the music as a catalyst, this documentary shows the sentiments, love, suffering and sexuality of the fans and their idols, creating a scenario that reveals their practices and desires. This genre represents a very important part of popular art, seldom registered as part of Brazilian Popular Music. Most books about Brazilian music solemnly ignore it, even though it has always sold millions of records. Frequently associated with bad taste and poor quality, the style is admired by the low class, under-, sub- or unemployed population, originally from rural extract, banished to the cities in search of work and a better life. This film has played around the world, including the 44th Festival de Brasilia.

North American  Premiere

www.vourifarmeucoracao.com

Ana Rieper was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1975. She is a documentary filmmaker with a Masters Degree in Development and Environment. She graduated with a degree in Geography at the Fluminense Federal University, where she also studied Cinema for two years. Ana has been working in audiovisual media since 1998, when she made the documentary Saara, about the immigrants from different parts of the world who settled in downtown Rio de Janeiro, forming a community known as Saara. Vou Rifar meu Coração is her first feature film to have a theatrical release.

Producer: Suzana AmadoProduction Companies: Amado arte&produçãoCinematographer: Manuel AguasEditor: Pedro AsbegSound Design: Aurelio DiasCast: Agnaldo Timóteo, Amado Batista, Lindomar Castilho, Nelson Ned, Odair José, Rodrigo Mell, Walter de Afogados, WandoPrint Source: Suzana Amado, suzana.amado@globo.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

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

Esas voces que curanVoices that Heal

Delia Ackerman, Heather Greer

Peru, Documentary, 201146 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, Shipibo with English subtitles

The Shipibo-Conibo people have lived in the Peruvian Amazon for over 4,000 years, passing on their knowledge of plants and sacred songs from one generation to the next. Esas voces que curan tells the story of a Shipibo shaman and her family, and of their struggle to keep their traditions alive while facing the challenges of the modern world. Esas voces que curan has screened in official selection at Festival de Cine de Lima, The Oaxaca International Independent Film and Video Festival, and the London Latin American Film Festival.

North American Premiere

Lima, Peru native Delia Ackerman received her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences at the University of Lima in 1986 and a Masters in Journalism from New York’s Columbia University. She has worked as a journalist for Caretas and América Televisión and has collaborated on projects with Time

Magazine and National Geographic. Her other films include Senor de Pachacamac (1993), The Medicine of Forgiveness (2001), Seeking the Light (2006) and The King of the Desert is Dying (2008).Heather Greer is an award-winning filmmaker and multimedia artist based in New York. She has been an adjunct professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Programs at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for the past nine years. Her past works have included the documentary The Gentleman from Shanghai and The F Word for which she was the cinematographer and was an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Producer: Delia Ackerman, Heather Greer, Douglass SimsProduction Companies: FilFilms, BlackTartanCinematographer: Heather GreerEditor: Javier ArciniegaSound Design: Guillermo PalaciosMusic: Augustin-Fernandez FamilyPrint Source: Heather Greer, amazi@earthlink.net

Saturday, April 28 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Los nueve infiernosNine Hells

Abril Schmucler

Mexico, Experimental Documentary, 201125 min, Video, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

A baby's bath in a dirty public space. Angry rebel young people running through the streets. A man crawling in pursuit of divine forgiveness. The brother who cannot buy a small car. The eternal wait of a musician on a long night.... A lover sings, beside him a hobo complains. Millions of people whose eyes will never meet. This city is silence. This documentary was honored in its home country with an Honorary Mention from the Sociedad Mexicana de Autores de Fotografía at DOCSDF.

American Premiere

Abril Schmucler was born in Mexico City in 1982. In 2003 she joined the CCC, where she currently specializes in documentary filmmaking.

Producer: Abril SchmuclerProduction Companies: Centro de Capacitación CinematográficoScreenwriter: Abril SchmuclerCinematographer: José de la Torre, Damián Aguilar, Abril SchmuclerEditor: Alfredo MendozaSound Design: Federico SchmuclerMusic: Federico SchmuclerPrint Source: Boris Miramontes - CCC, boris@elccc.com.mx

Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

EspectadoresSpectators

Roger Villarroya

Spain, Social Issue Documentary, 201215 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Those who attend a public spectacle.

World Premiere

www.mailukifilms.blogspot.com

Roger Villarroya was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1985. He graduated from ITES (Spain) as an audiovisual director and studied filmmaking in Los Angeles. His debut short film Capicúa (Palindrome) played at over sixty festivals worldwide, gaining numerous awards along the way.

Producer: Roger VillarroyaProduction Companies: Mailuki FilmsScreenwriter: Roger VillarroyaCinematographer: Eladio SánchezEditor: Roger VillarroyaSound Design: David RomeroMusic: Pablo LaspraPrint Source: Roger Villarroya, mailukifilms@gmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Memorias del vientoGuiding Sight

Katherina Harder Sacre

Chile, Biographical Documentary, 201118 min, Mini DV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Rafael Egaña is going blind. With us, he goes through the images that his father, a passionate photographer, has collected over the past 50 years. Each image represents a particular memory, but what happens with them when losing sight? Do they disintegrate together with the visible world or do they become clearer when being unable to generate new ones? Memorias del viento screened in Official Competition at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

US Premiere

www.facebook.com/memoriasdelviento

Katherina Harder Sacre was born in Iquique in 1988. She graduated from the University of Chile with a degree in Film and Television and is the founder of the Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Iquique (FICIIQQ). Recently, Katherina won the Fondo de Fomento Audiovisual 2012 award to attend a screenwriting workshop at the EICTV in Cuba.

Producer: Catalina DonosoScreenwriter: Katherina Harder Sacre, Catalina Donoso, Natalia Cabrera, Isabel OrellanaCinematographer: Catalina DonosoSound Design: Roberto Carlos CollioMusic: Roberto Arancibia Cast: Rafael Egaña, Javier Luis Egaña, Pilar Vial Beatriz BarajaPrint Source: Katherina Harder Sacre, katherina.harder@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 8:15 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Paraíso

Nadav Kurtz

USA, Documentary, 201210 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Three immigrant window cleaners risk their lives every day rappelling down some of Chicago's tallest sky-scrapers. Paraíso reveals the danger of their job and what they see on the way down. This short has been enjoying a whirlwind festival run, including Tribeca and True/False Film Festivals, prior to coming to Austin.

Texas Premiere

www.paraisofilm.com

Nadav Kurtz was born in 1978 in Tel Aviv, Israel and lived in England and Switzerland before moving to the United States at the age of nine. He began his career as an award-winning commercial and film editor. Most recently, he co-edited Bolden, a not yet released feature film by Vilmos Zsigmund, and edited and co-produced Street Thief which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Production Companies: Dictionary FilmsCinematographer: Nadav KurtzEditor: Nadav Kurtz, Tony GannonSound Design: Adam Biagianti, Zach Goheen, Jose RivasMusic: Ronen LandaCast: Sergio Polanco, Jaime Polanco, Cruz GuzmanPrint Source: Nadav Kurtz, nadavkurtz@hotmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 6:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

pt.es

Pedro Sena Nunes

Portugal, Documentary, 201123 min, HD, ColorPortuguese, Spanish with English subtitles

This documentary short explores the culture clash among two countries along their borders. pt.es takes a "slice of life" approach, as a documentary examining the small amount of land that connects Spain and Portugal. The film utilizes anecdotes from people on both sides of the border to illustrate how the two nationalities, which had been slowly integrating, are rapidly coming together in the modern age. pt.es recently screened in the Semana del Cine de Medina del Campo.

International Premiere

pedrosenanunes.blogspot.com

Pedro Sena Nunes was born in Lisbon in 1968. He completed his degree in Cinema in 1992 at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema after attending the Lisbon Engineering Institute in 1989. Over the years, he has produced over 100 radio and TV publicity spots and currently works as Artistic Director at the Vo'Arte Association and coordinates projects with young emergent artists.

Producer: Pedro Sena Nunes, Ana Rita BarataProduction Companies: Associação Vo'ArteScreenwriter: Pedro Sena NunesCinematographer: Pedro Sena NunesEditor: Maribel Espinal, Cristina BrumSound Design: Filipe Chagas, Vando EnesMusic: Nuno CostaPrint Source: Associação Vo'Arte, cinemalerta@voarte.com

Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Guañape Sur

János Richter

Italy/Peru, Documentary, 201023 min, HDCAM, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Guañape Sur is a barren rock island off the coast of Peru. No soil, no water. Nothing grows there. Around its shores, a restricted area has been established. The island serves hundreds of thousands of sea birds as a breeding ground. A war has been fought over guano. And even during peacetime, harvesting it from the sharp rock is a brutal fight. Everything on the island is done by hand. The beautiful cinematography contrasts with its subject matter, and leaves the viewer impressed by the landscape and the workers' experiences. Guañape Sur has previously screened around the world, including at the prestigious Hot Docs and IDFA.

Regional Premiere

Producer: János RichterProduction Companies: ZeLIGScreenwriter: János RichterCinematographer: Jakob StarkEditor: János RichterSound Design: János RichterPrint Source: Georg Zeller, zeller@zeligfilm.it

Wednesday, April 25 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Northern Haze: Living the Dream

Derek Aqqiaruq

Canada, Music Documentary, 201136 min, Video, ColorEnglish, Inuktitut with English subtitles

In 2010, independent music producer Jason Flower traveled to the remote community of Igloolik (Nunavut) to interview the remaining band members of Northern Haze, the first known Inuit Rock Band to sing in their native tongue. A sensation in Northern Canada, the band remains largely unknown in the rest of the country. Northern Haze: Living the Dream, which screened at imagineNATIVE 2011, tells the story of this close knit band and their love of music.

US Premiere

An experienced circus performer and musician, Derek Aqqiaruq is also an up and coming filmmaker. A proud Inuk, his film debut was Artcirq Expedition which he directed and edited last year. Northern Haze: Living the Dream is his second documentary film.

Producer: ArtcirqProduction Companies: ArtcirqScreenwriter: Derek AqqiaruqCinematographer: Derek AqqiaruqEditor: Derek AqqiaruqSound Design: Daniel LagacéMusic: Northern HazeCast: Kolitalik Innuksuk, Naisana Qamaniq, James Ungalaq, John Innoya, Elijah Kunnuk, Derek Aqqiaruq, Jason Flower, Elijah EvaloarjukPrint Source: Cara Di Staulo, cara@isuma.ca

Wednesday, April 25 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Por fin parió PaulaIt's About Time, Paula

Patricia Alvarez Astacio, Christopher Newman

Peru, Music Documentary, 20118 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

In the urban music scene of Lima, Peru's capital city, only five percent of musicians are women. Traditionally Peruvian families do not encourage their daughters to seriously pursue music because they consider it to be unfeminine and unstable. Amidst this male-dominated musical environment, a group of professional women have come together to create an all-women percussion ensemble called Parió Paula. Por fin parió Paula reveals how these women are discovering power and creativity through percussion. As they overcome their insecurities about playing music they develop a strong community of women unlike anything they have experienced before.

World Premiere

www.pacificlineproductions.com/pariopaula

Producer: Adele FournetProduction Companies: Pacific Line ProductionsCinematographer: Christopher Newman, Patricia Alvarez AstacioEditor: Christopher Newman, Patricia Alvarez AstacioMusic: Adele Fournet and Parió PaulaPrint Source: Christopher Newman, newmanfilm@gmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 12:00 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

Opens for Without A Net

Red Casas del Migrante Scalabrini Network of Scalbrini Migrant Houses

Marcela Morán

Guatemala/Mexico, Social Issue Documentary, 2010 14 min, MiniDV, Color/Black & White Spanish with English subtitles

 

Red Casas del Migrante Scalabrini deals with a network of five immigrant shelters in Mexico and Guatemala run by Scalabrini missionaries. Through interviews with immigrants, the film explores the causes of migration, as well as connects their local experiences to larger world issues.

 

World Premiere

www.migrante.com.mx

 

Producer: Alejandra Moran Production Companies: Morán Production Screenwriter: Marcela Morán Cinematographer: Fernando Silva Editor: Marcela Morán Sound Design: Marcela Morán Cast: Ademar Barilli, Luiz Kendzierski, Francisco Pellizzari, Mauro Verzelitti, Abraham Ochoa Rios Print Source: Marcela Morán, moranmarcela@hotmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Mon. April 25 6:00 PM FREE!

 

Periferias interiores Internal Outskirts

Sergio García Locatelli

Spain/Peru, Documentary, 2009 19 min, DVCAM, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Seen through the eyes of an exile, the large, Latin American city of Lima, Peru provides a sense of nostalgia and yearning for director Sergio García Locatelli. Filming the city during a grey, misty winter, the historic heart of the city, in all its reconstruction and restructuring, shows the coexistence of two worlds: that of an aristocratic past and of the current inhabitants who emigrated in search of the "Lima dream." The film takes audiences on a panoramic tour of Lima and its outskirts - a place where poverty exists visibly within the margins of wealth.

 

North American Premiere

www.quechuafilms.com

 

Producer: Marino León Production Companies: Quechua Films Screenwriter: Karla Villavicencio, Eva Hurtado, Sergio García Cinematographer: Rodrigo Morcos, Hugo Carmona Editor: Sergio García Locatelli Sound Design: Omar Pareja, José Balado Music: Alonso Acosta performing Beethoven Print Source: Sergio García Locatelli - Quechua Films, sergiogarcia@quechuafilms.com

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Thur. April 28 1:00 PM FREE!

 

 

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

 

Bombito chin chin tira el pie

Alberto Gajardo Araneda

Chile, Documentary, 2009 18 min, MiniDV, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

An 11-year-old boy just starting middle school finds himself called upon to help support his family as a "chinchinero," or street performer. This young boy is one of the last few left performing in Chile today.

 

Regional Premiere

Producer: Alberto Gajardo Araneda Production Companies: Instituto Profesional ARCOS Screenwriter: Alberto Gajardo Araneda Cinematographer: Alberto Gajardo Araneda Editor: Alberto Gajardo Araneda Sound Design: Alberto Gajardo Araneda Music: Conmoción Band Cast: Alberto Gajardo Araneda Print Source: Andrea Sarabia D. - IP ARCOS, extensioncineycav@gmail.com

 

Alamo South Lamar - Mon. April 25 4:30 PM

Opens for Seguir siendo: Café Tacvba

 

Tongues of Stone

Jason Blalock

Argentina/USA, Documentary, 2009 45 min, MiniDV/BetaSP, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

The Rolling Stones have conceded that they are more popular in Argentina than any other country in the world, which is strange since they didn't play a single concert in Buenos Aires until 1995 - two decades into their career. But their absence didn't stop two generations of "rollingas" from sporting the Stones' trademark tongue and developing their own Stones-themed bands, bars, soccer clubs, restaurants, and fashion crazes. Through engaging and often hilarious interviews, performances, and archival footage, Tongues of Stone investigates the legendary status of the Rolling Stones in Argentina, and reveals the strange power of rock 'n' roll in the least likely of places.

 

World Premiere

www.jasonblalock.com

 

Producer: Jason Blalock Cinematographer: Jason Blalock Editor: Jason Blalock Sound Design: Karolina Knopp, Alysha Yagoda Music: Jovenes Pordioseros, Ratones Paranoicos, Viejas Locas Print Source: Jason Blalock, jcblalock@gmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Sat. April 23 5:00 PM FREE!

 

Soldados da Borracha Rubber Soldiers

Cesar Garcia Lima

Brazil, Documentary, 2010 26 min, HD, Color Portuguese with English Subtitles

 

Between 1942 and 1945, fifty-five thousand Brazilian men worked in the Amazon to extract rubber as part of the World War II effort. At the end of the war, they received no tributes and continued extracting rubber in the forest in the Brazilian state of Acre, where most of them later died. Acre was the site of the largest number of these workers, and in this film four survivors of this period share their stories.

 

World Premiere

www.soldadosdaborracha.blogspot.com

 

Producer: Susanna Lira, Luciana Freitas Production Companies: Modo Operante Produções Screenwriter: Cesar Garcia Lima Cinematographer: Pedro Faerstein Editor: Tito Gomes, Cesar Garcia Lima Sound Design: Etienne Chambolle Music: Caldo de Piaba Print Source: Luciana Freitas - Modo Operante Produções, luciana@modooperante.com.br

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Fri. April 22 3:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Si seguimos vivos If We Stay Alive

Juliana Fanjul Espinoza

Mexico/Cuba, Documentary, 2010 23 min, HD, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Si seguimos vimos offers a brief look at the life of an elderly group that lives in a shelter. Their bodies, their voices, their time, their rituals, and their obsessions all make the viewer question their sanity, their quality of life and whether it can be considered a life being lived.

 

North American Premiere

www.eictv.org

 

Producer: Miguel Iván González, Carmen Méndez Production Companies: EICTV Screenwriter: Juliana Fanjul Espinoza Cinematographer: César Zayas Editor: Fernanda Pires Gurdel Sound Design: Denis Godoy Print Source Contact: Jorge Rey - EICTV, promocioninternacional@eictv.org.cu

 

 

Se Meu Pai Fosse de Pedra If My Father Were Made of Stone

Maria Camargo

Brazil, Biographical Documentary, 2010 19 min, 8mm/Super16mm/Digital/HD, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

The sculptor Sergio Camargo died 19 years ago. If the bones left in the grave are in fact his remains, would his sculptures be living remains? What is ephemeral and what is lasting? Is there a possible eternity? Seen through the eyes of his daughter, Maria, Sergio Camargo is examined both as an artist and a man.

 

North American Premiere

Producer: Maria Camargo Production Companies: CaradeCão Filmes Screenwriter: Maria Camargo Cinematographer: Tuca Moraes Editor: Leo Alves, Maria Camargo Sound Design: Bruno Fernandes Music: Tim Rescala Cast: Maria Camargo, Celso do Prado, Miguel Camargo Kubrusly, Clara Camargo Vianna, João Camargo de Souza Dantas, Nina Camargo de Souza Dantas Print Source: Maria Camargo, miacamargo@uol.com.br

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Fri. April 22 3:00 PM FREE!

 

El ring y sus titanes The Ring and Its Titans

Miko Meloni

Bolivia/Italy, Documentary, 2010 40 min, DV CAM, Color Spanish, Italian with English subtitles

 

El ring y sus titanes tells the story of the Lucha Libre matches that take place between the cities of La Paz and El Alto, Bolivia. Cholitas, men, dwarves, superheroes and monsters are the focus of the ring, and they all reflect, in a surreal parade, the complex reality of the contemporary Bolivia. A fresco of idiosyncrasies, contaminations, bereavement and Andean cultural myths, El ring y sus titanes shows that for a "luchador," it is not the difference between reality and fiction, or the game and victory that matters, but just to keep on fighting.

 

North American Premiere

Producer: Miko Meloni Production Companies: Maravilla Tambo Screenwriter: Miko Meloni Cinematographer: Miko Meloni Editor: Diego Pascal Panarello Sound Design: Miko Meloni Music: Belkings Cast: Los Luchadors Print Source: Maravilla Tambo, maravillatambo@gmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Fri. April 22 3:00 PM FREE!

 

 

 

Dreams Awake

Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith

USA, Documentary, 2010 7 min, DVCPro HD, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Doroteo Garcia, like countless Mexican immigrants, came to the United States to make a better life for his family. What was meant to be a short separation from his family has now lasted longer than a decade. To deal with his loneliness, Doroteo turned to poetry to express himself. To combat the invisibility of immigrant workers, he also became a union activist. This film explores the many layers of this charismatic man by juxtaposing his poetry and storytelling with scenes of his life both inside and outside the art museum where he works.

 

Texas Premiere

www.kevingordonfilms.com

 

Producer: Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith Cinematographer: Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith Editor: Rebekah Meredith, Kevin Gordon Sound Design: Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith Print Source: Rebekah Meredith, rebekah_meredith@yahoo.com

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Fri. April 22 3:00 PM FREE!

 

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!

 

 

Canción de toquilla A Song of Toquilla You Decide

Javier Andrade

Ecuador, Documentary, 2010 24 min, HD Cam, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

The famous Toquilla straw hats, commonly known as Panama Hats, are not actually made in Panama. Instead, they are made in a rural community called Pile on the coast of Ecuador. The artisans here are the last who still possess the 250 year-old knowledge of making fine, handmade hats. But due to a falling dollar and younger generations choosing paths other than hat-making, this art is disappearing. As elders explain the process of making the hats, and how they are actively teaching the craft to the youth in the community, it is also evident that the artisans of Pile could quietly, suddenly disappear.

 

World Premiere

Producer: Maria de Los Angeles Palacios Production Companies: PUNK Cinematographer: Olivier Auverlau Editor: Javier Andrade Sound Design: Cristina Arias Music: Kathiuska Lopera, Paco del Castillo, Filemon Macias Cast: Domingo Carranza, Pascuala Delgado, Idolo Espinal, Geronimo Carranza, Maribel de Carranza Print Source: Mariangeles Palacios, mariangelespb@gmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 1:00 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!

 

 

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!

 

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!

 

Um Dia com Frederico Morais A Day with Frederico Morais

Guilherme Coelho

Brazil, Biographical/Experimental Documentary, 2010 60 min, HDV/Super 8mm, Color/Black & White Portuguese with English subtitles

 

Frederico Morais is a 74 year-old art critic, curator and former director of the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro. Morais allows director Guilherme Coelho into his home to view a little-known audio-visual project of sequences of photos shown on slides with accompanying audio recordings. With this project he creates a unique dialogue with the artists he critiques; in analyzing their works of art, he creates his own to provide his critical commentary.

 

World Premiere

www.matizar.com.br

 

Born in 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Coelho studied economics, documentary filmmaking, journalism and theater at Stanford University. He is also the director of numerous films including the series Portraits in Contemporary Art, Fernando Lemos-Behind the Image, Cildo, and 5 +5 +.

 

 

 

 

Producer: Mariana Ferraz Production Companies: Matizar Filmes Screenwriter: Guilherme Coelho, Letícia Simões, Marcia Watzl Cinematographer: Alberto Bellezia Editor: Marcia Watzl Sound Design: Denilson Campos Print Source: Mariana Ferraz, mariana@matizar.com.br

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterThur. April 28 1:00 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!

 

Tin Tan

Francesco Taboada Tabone

Mexico, Biographical Documentary, 2010 90 min, HDV, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Germán Cipriano Gómez Valdés Castillo, better known as his famous character "Tin Tan," gained the attention of an entire continent through his "pachuco" style, use of Spanglish, and rapid, comedic improvisation. His talent as an actor, singer, dancer and comedian also helped establish the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. Through interviews with his family and members of the film industry who knew and worked with him, the story of Tin Tan is told as it never has been before.

 

Texas Premiere

www.germanvaldestintan.com

 

A graduate of the UNAM in Mexico, Francesco Taboada has directed numerous award-winning films, including Los últimos Zapatistas, Pancho Villa, La Revolución no ha terminado, and 13 pueblos en defensa del agua el aire y la tierra.

 

 

Producer: Rosalía Valdés Julián, Francesco Taboada Tabone, Mónica Cervera Production Companies: IMCINE Screenwriter: Aldo Jiménez Tabone Cinematographer: Francesco Taboada Tabone Editor: Aldo Jiménez Tabone, Francesco Taboada Tabone Sound Design: Fernanda Robinson, Atahualpa Caldera Music: Dámaso Pérez Prado, Germán Valdés Tin Tan, Don Tos Cast: Jorge Zamora "Zamorita," Yolanda Montez "Tongolele," Manuel "Loco" Valdés, Silvia Pinal, Gaspar Henaine "Capulina," Fannie Kaufman "Vitola," Rosita Fornés, Ana Luisa Peluffo, Carlos Monsivais, and many more Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

Alamo South Lamar - Tue. April 26 3:30 PM Buy Tickets

 

 

No Meio do Rio Entre as Árvores Within the River Among the Trees

Jorge Bodanzky

Brazil, Human Rights Documentary, 2010 73 min, Digital, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

Within the Amazon Basin, there are a total of 35 communities living across 16.4 million acres of conservation areas of rainforest. The river is the only means of access to these communities. No Meio do Rio Entre as Árvores captures images of an abundant world, full of beauty, but where predatory economic exploration has left its marks.

 

World Premiere

www.raizdistribuidora.com.br

 

Jorge Bodanzky was born in São Paulo in 1942. Director of various films, such as Iracema, Uma Transa Amazônica, O Terceiro Milênio, and Igreja dos Oprimidos, he has produced and directed hundreds of documentaries and currently holds visual art and music workshops with communities in the Amazon.

 

 

 

Producer: Beto Lacerda, Jorge Bodanzky Screenwriter: Jorge Bodanzky Cinematographer: Jorge Pennington Editor: Rodrigo Menecucci Sound Design: Alice Bodanzky Music: Thiago Cury, Marcus Siqueira Cast: Indigenous peoples of the Amazon Print Source : Raiz Distribuidora, distribuidora@raizprod.com.br

 

Jones Auditorium at the Ragsdale Center, St. Edward's UniversityTue. April 26 7:00 PM FREE!