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Digna Guerra A film by  Marcel Beltrán

Cuba, Biographical Documentary/Music, 201357 min, 35mm/16mm/HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Wednesday, April 23rd 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Beautiful Sin A film by Gabriela Quirós

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

Saturday, April 26th 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Amancio Williams A film by Gerardo Panero

Argentina, Biographical Documentary/Artist, 201377 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24th 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Rincón de Darwin / Darwin’s Corner A film by Diego Fernández Pujol

Uruguay/Portugal, Road Movie/Comedy/Drama, 201378 min, Digital 4K, ColorSpanish, English with English, Spanish subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 1 PMAlamo Village 3

Saturday, April 26 - 9 PMAlamo Village 3

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O Mestre e o Divino / Master and Divino A film by Tiago Campos

Brazil, Documentary, 201385 min, HDV, ColorGerman, Portuguese, Xavante with English subtitles

Friday, April 25th 6:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Roque Dalton, ¡fusilemos la noche! / Roque Dalton, Let's Shoot the Night! A film by Tina Leisch

Austria/El Salvador/Cuba, Biography/Human Rights Documentary/Poetry, 201387 min, DVCPro, ColorSpanish, French, English with English subtitles

Friday, April 25th 2:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Las Marthas Cristina Ibarra

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

Saturday, April 26th 7:30PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 A film by Julianna Brannum

USA, Educational/Social Issue Documentary/Biography, 201365 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

Saturday, April 26th 1:30PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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

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

Sunday, April 27 - 2:15 PM

Alamo Village 2

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

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

Wednesday, April 23 - 8PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

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

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

Wednesday, April 23 - 6PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

Miradas múltiples, la máquina loca / Multiple Visions (The Crazy Machine) A film by Emilio Maillé

Mexico/France/Spain, Art/Film/Historical Documentary, 201295 min, 35mm/HD, Black & WhiteEnglish, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26 - 9:30 PM

Alamo Village 2

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Luz, Anima, Ação / Between Frames - The Art of Brazilian Animation A film by Eduardo Calvet

Brazil, History/Art Documentary, 201399 min, FullHD, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 8PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

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

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

Sunday, April 27 - 5PM

Alamo Village 2

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Diplomacia secreta / Secret Diplomacy A film by Tomi Brotherus

Chile/Finland/Germany, Historical/Biographical Documentary, 201369 min HD, Color/Black & WhiteFinnish, German, Spanish, Swedish with English subtitles

Friday, April 25 - 4PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

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

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

Saturday 4/26/2014 at 1:30 pm

at St. Edwards University

Free Screening

  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

  

 

 

   
  I for NDN

Darryl Nepinak, Clint Enns

Canada, Video Art/Comedy, 20111 min, DV/Found Footage, ColorEnglish

 

Retro children’s TV takes a comical jab when one letter of the alphabet gets a new association.

 

Regional Premierewww.darrylnepinak.yolasite.com, www.clintenns.tumblr.com

Print Source: Darryl Nepinak, darryl_nepinak@hotmail.com

 

 

 

   
  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 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

 

 

 

  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

 

 

   
  Hinojosa Juan Pablo González

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

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

 

World Premiere

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

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

 

 

 
  Padre Father

Santiago 'Bou' Grasso

Argentina/France, Animation/Historical/Drama, 201312 min, Digital, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

Day by day, a woman nurses her bedridden military father. The dictatorship in Argentina may be over, but not for this army daughter, who is lost to the world. PADRE has won numerous awards, was nominated for Best Argentine Short in 2013 at the Cóndor de Plata Awards, and has been selected to screen at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

 

Regional Premierewww.opusbou.com.ar 

Print Source: Santiago 'Bou' Grasso, info@opusbou.com.ar

Wednesday, April 23rd 4:00PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Saturday, April 26th 1:30PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3

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  Buffalo Calling

Tasha Hubbard

Canada, History/Experimental Animation, 201312 min, HD, ColorNo dialogue

 

Buffalo Calling follows the journey of four buffalo calves, orphaned by the horrific buffalo slaughter in the northern plains grasslands. The buffalo calves and their descendants are brought over the Rocky Mountains in the 1870s to a temporary refuge in the plateau region of the Rockies, assisted by the Salish and Kootenai tribe. After the Dawes Act of 1905, they lose their refugee status and are herded into early 20th century railway cars, to be shipped to the northern parklands of Alberta. But the land in which the calves were born and the spirit of the buffalo continue to call for their return. And after 100 years, the buffalo finally come back to the land of their ancestors. BUFFALO CALLING screened as part of imagineNATIVE in 2013.

 

International Premiere

Print Source: Tasha Hubbard, tasha.alaine@gmail.com

Friday, April 25th 6:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  Derby & Groma

Kara Blake

Canada, Biographical Documentary/Artist, 201317 min, Super 16mm, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish with English subtitles

 

While taking a stroll in Buenos Aires, photo collector Pablo Cruz Aguirre came across an unusual gift.  Blowing down the street was a collection of letters, postcards and photos depicting a performing duo named Derby and Groma. Desolina Merlino, alias Derby, was born 1891 of Italian descent. Samuel Salomón Gromatzky, alias Groma, was the son of Jewish immigrants in Argentina, born in 1895.  The two performed acrobatic dance routines in theaters throughout Europe and Latin America in the late 1920’s.  With the assistance of historians and collectors, the film paints a picture of Argentina’s cultural life in the early 20th century, a world from which few traces still exist. After premiering at Hot Docs in 2013, the film has continued to gain recognition at festivals like DOC NYC and the International Festival of Films on Art.

 

Regional Premierewww.philtrefilms.com/films/derby-and-groma 

Print Source: Philtre Films,  philtrefilms@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 23rd 6:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  Piove, il film di Pio Pio's Movie

Thiago B. Mendonça

Brazil, Experimental/Biographical Documentary, 201215 min, HD, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

 

PIOVE is not a portrait of the forgotten filmaker Pio Zamuner. It is the establishment of a relationship between two generations of directors. But who directs whom? The film has reached audiences internationally, and has received an Honorable Mention for Best Documentary at CINESUL 2013.

 

North American Premierewww.memoriavivacine.com.br 

Print Source: Memória Viva, memoriavivacine@gmail.com

Saturday, April 26th 6:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  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

  

 

 

   
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

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

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

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

The "Gift"

Terril Calder

Canada, Animation, 20112 min, HD, ColorEnglish

The "Gift" interrogates why the European settlers gave the native people blankets with diseases on them, and if they did it on purpose. This issue has been resurrected for debate in an attempt to discredit the use of smallpox blankets as a myth. The history of quite a few tribes was lost during this time because so many people fell sick and died. As a result, the woolen blanket represents all of the broken promises that are interwoven in native history. Using a very minimalist style, this animated short leaves a lasting impression. The "Gift" had its world premiere at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

US Premiere

www.vtape.org

Terril Calder is a Métis artist, born in Fort Frances, Ontario. She attended the Fine Arts program at the University of Manitoba as a drawing major with a focus on performance art. After receiving additional training in computer animation, she decided to explore the fusion of various disciplines which now manifests itself in her film work.

Producer: Terril CalderScreenwriter: Terril CalderCinematographer: Terril CalderEditor: Terril Calder Cast: Terril Calder (voice)Print Source: Kaherawaks Thompson - V Tape, distribution@vtape.org

Thursday, April 26 - 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Sal

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!

 

 

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!

 

 

Lupano Leyva

Felipe Gómez

Mexico, Surrealist Drama, 2009 14 min, 35mm, Black & White Spanish with English subtitles

 

Lupano Leyva, a federal soldier, is injured in one of the battles of the Mexican Revolution. After Death imprisons him, he is forced to confront his inevitable demise.

 

Regional Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

 

Producer: Claudia Valdez Production Companies: IMCINE Screenwriter: Felipe Gómez, Alejandro Valle Cinematographer: Javier Morón Editor: Felipe Gómez Sound Design: Isabel Muñoz Cota, Pablo Fernández, Miguel Molina Music: Alfonso Figueroa Cast: Roberto Sosa, Gerardo Taracena, Ángeles Cruz, Mario Zaragoza, Rubén Cristani, Alejandro Felipe, Horacio García Rojas Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

 

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!

 

 

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!

 

Electrodomésticos: El frío misterio Electrodomesticos: The Cold Mystery

Sergio Castro San Martín

Chile, Music Documentary, 2011 120 min, HD, Black & White Spanish with English subtitles

 

At the beginning of the 80s, two musicians from Santiago were experimenting with strange recordings, including those of a blender. In 1984 they met an ex-air-traffic controller with similar interests, and formed one of the most experimental rock bands in Chile. Electrodomésticos: El frío misterio reveals the story of a movement and artistic protest as carried out by this influential band. Winner of the jury award for Best Film at the Festival Internacional de Cine y Documental Musical INEDIT-NESCAFÉ.

 

International Premiere

www.promedia.cl/electrodomesticos

 

After a career in architecture, Sergio Castro San Martín entered the Escuela de Cine de Chile in 2005. His first film, Paseo, screened at various festivals and won the jury award for Best Chilean Film at SANFIC 5. He is currently working on his second feature, La mujer de barro.

 

Producer: Marco Martinez Production Companies: Promedia Cine Screenwriter: Sergio Castro San Martin Cinematographer: Sergio Armstrong, Diego Pequeno Editor: Sergio Castro San Martin Sound Design: Roberto Espinoza Music: Electrodomesticos, Primeros Auxilios, Carlos Cabezas, Silvio Paredes Cast: Carlos Cabezas, Silvio Paredes, Ernesto Medina Print Source: Sergio Castro San Martín - Promedia Cine, scastro@promedia.cl

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Mon. April 25 7:00 PM FREE!

 

 

El hada buena: Una fabula peronista The Good Fairy: A Peronist Tale

María Laura Casabé

Argentina, Science Fiction/Fantasy, 2010 85 min, MiniDV, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

In a near-future Argentina where the government has returned to a Peronist benefactor model of society... siblings Esther and Horacio have adapted to this new way of living by participating in the public options of children who are up for adoption. Families flock to these auctions in hopes of buying a child who is worthy of winning the Perón Sponsorship, which provides a life-long pension to the family of the winning child. With Juan Domingo the Seventh, Esther and Horacio may have found a candidate for the prize. El hada buena shows a fantasy world where all the rules have changed, and all the hopes and dreams of Argentina's citizens lie in a false leader.

 

International Premiere

elhadabuenapelicula.blogspot.com

 

Laura Casabé, one of the founders of Horno Productions, worked as cinematographer on several of the company's shorts titled Plop videos. El hada buena: Una fabula peronista is her first feature.

 

 

Producer: Eugenia Tramezzani, Micaela Sleigh Production Companies: Horno Producciones Screenwriter: Laura Casabé Cinematographer: Laura Casabé Editor: Eugenia Tramezzani Sound Design: Mariano Suarez Music: Federico Haro Cast: Alejandro Parrilla, Rodrigo Lico Lorente, Orlando Mastropaolo, Walter Cornás, Lidia Epztein, Hernan Losicer, Rocio Rodriguez Presedo Print Source: Laura Casabé, lauracasabe@yahoo.com.ar

 

Blue Starlite Drive-In Tue. April 26 11:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Rosa patria Rose Homeland

Santiago Loza

Argentina, Biographical Documentary, 2009 96 min, HD, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Nestor Perlongher was an Argentine poet, sociologist, political activist and one of the founders of the Homosexual Liberation Front. By focusing on this important activist, a humorous and nostalgic collage of images, letters, and testimonies of members of the Homosexual Liberation Front movement help reconstruct a little-known part of Latin American history: the struggle of homosexuals during the years of change and repression in the 1970s.

 

North American Premiere

www.rosapatria.com.ar

 

Born in Córdoba, Argentina in 1971, Santiago Loza has written and directed various acclaimed films including Los labios, La invención de la carne, Cuatro mujeres descalzas, and Extraño.

 

 

Producer: Liliana Paolinelli Production Companies: Mandragora Producciones Screenwriter: Santiago Loza Cinematographer: Paula Grandio Editor: Lorena Moriconi Sound Design: Leandro de Loredo Music: Cristian Bazzo, Carlos Casella Cast: Rodolfo Fogwill, María Inés Aldaburu, Fernando Noy, Juan José Sebreli, Sara Torres Print Source: Paula Grandio - Mandragora Producciones, paula.grandio@gmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Wed. April 27 3:00 PMFREE!

 

La reina del pueblo The Queen of the People

Juan Andrés Bello

Venezuela, Documentary, 2010 65 min, DigiBeta, Color/Black & White Spanish with English subtitles

 

The first time Venezuelans went to vote, they did so in order to choose a beauty queen. In 1944, Caracas hosted the 7th Baseball Amateur World Series and the organizers decided the beauty queen of the event would be elected via popular vote. As the campaign begins, the country is divided into two factions. On one side, there are the supporters of Oly Clemente, the daughter of the President's secretary; on the other, those of Yolanda Leal, a school-teacher from a poor neighborhood in Caracas. The country was going through a transition to democracy and the newly formed political organizations understood this as a means to promote their ideas. It was an opportunity to test if the citizens were ready to choose who was going to govern.

 

US Premiere

www.produccionestriana.com/lareinadelpueblo.htm

 

Juan Andrés Bello, born in Venezuela in 1970, is a director and producer dedicated to Latin American history, culture and art topics. Director of the award-winning El Cerrito, Bello has also participated in projects for A&E and The Biography Channel.

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Constanza Burucua Production Companies: Producciones Triana Screenwriter: Juan Andrés Bello Cinematographer: Enrique Blein Editor: Juan Andrés Bello Sound Design: Setfano Gramitto Music: Varios Authors Cast: Yolanda Leal, Olga Risquez, Nelly Blanco Yepes Print Source: Constanza Burucua - Producciones Triana, cburucua@gmail.com

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 1:00 PMFREE!

 

La isla - Archive einer Tragödie La isla - Archives of a Tragedy

Uli Stelzner

Germany/Guatemala, Human Rights Documentary, 2010 85 min, HDV, Color/Black & White Spanish with English subtitles

 

At the end of the 20th century, members of the Guatemalan police and armed forces killed and abducted thousands of people. However this unprecedented, modern genocide goes unpunished. To this day, a system of terror and impunity relies on silence and a lack of evidence. But in July 2005 an explosion in the Guatemalan capital led to the discovery of the archive of Guatemala's National Police. "The Island," as it was known then, was the secret prison of the notorious national police squads. Millions of documents were uncovered that helped trace a story of tragedy and inconceivable atrocities, and revealed that a young generation of archive workers was willing to free their country from the suffocating grip of its own history.

 

Regional Premiere

www.laislaguatemala.com

 

Born in 1961 in Germany, Uli Stelzner is an author, director and producer living and working in Berlin and Central America. He is also co-founder of the independent media group ISKA, as well as director of the Human Rights Festival in Guatemala.

 

 

 

 

Producer: Uli Stelzner, Elke Benz, Zoran Solomun, Gabriela Melendez Production Companies: Iskacine, Ohne Gepaeck Filmproduktion, Asociación Luciérnaga Screenwriter: Uli Stelzner Cinematographer: Guillermo Escalon Editor: Alina Teodorescu Sound Design: Eduardo Cáceres Music: Nim Alae, Paulo Alvarado Print Source: Ohne Gepaeck Filmproduktion, Info@Ohnegepaeck.De

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterThur. April 28 3:00 PMFREE!

 

El edificio de los chilenos The Chilean Building

Macarena Aguiló Marchi, Susana Foxley

Chile/Cuba/France/Netherlands, Autobiographical Documentary, 2010 96 min, HDV, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

By reconstructing her past from memories, letters, childhood drawings and animation, Macarena Aguiló Marchi attempts to understand why her parents sent her abroad to be raised by strangers while they risked their lives back in Chile fighting the Pinochet regime. El edificio de los chilenos is a film about children who lost their parents under the relocation project Proyecto Hogares, as well as the parents who not only lost the Revolution, but any chance of ever seeing their children again. Winner of the Grand Prize at the FIDOCS festival in Santiago, Chile.

 

North American Premiere

www.eledificiodeloschilenos.blogspot.com

 

Macarena Aguiló Marchi was born in 1971 in Chile. El edificio de los chilenos is her first film, and after this autobiographical production, she also contributed to the work of other documentaries including Final Image and The Other Side of La Moneda.

Producer: Macarena Aguiló Marchi Production Companies: Rayo Verde Screenwriter: Macarena Aguiló Marchi Cinematographer: Arnaldo Rodríguez Editor: Catherine Mabilat, Macarena Aguiló Marchi, Ilán Stehberg, Galut Alarcón, Ismael Miranda Sound Design: Mauricio Molina Music: Elizabeth Morris Print Source: Macarena Aguiló Marchi, maguilomar@gmail.com

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Fri. April 22 7:00 PM Buy Tickets

 

Nostalgia de la luz Nostalgia for the Light

Patricio Guzmán

Chile/France/Spain/Germany, Documentary, 2010 90 min, HDCam, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Co-sponsored by Austin Film Society

Astronomers from all over the world gather in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile to observe the stars. Here, the transparency of the sky means that you can see to the very limits of the universe. Below the desert, the dryness of the ground keeps human remains intact forever: pre-Colombian mummies, explorers, miners, and the remains of disappeared political prisoners from Pinochet's dictatorship. Women sift the desert soil for the bones of their loved ones while archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations, and astronomers examine the old and distant galaxies. Melding celestial and earthly quests, Nostalgia de la luz is a gorgeous, moving, and deeply personal odyssey. Named Best Documentary at the 2010 European Film Academy Awards.

 

Austin Premiere

www.icarusfilms.com

 

Patricio Guzmán, born in 1941 in Santiago, Chile, and current chair and founder of the International Documentary Film Festival in Santiago (FICDOCS), is known for his political and historical documentaries, including Salvador Allende, The Pinochet Case and The Battle of Chile, winner of numerous international awards.

 

Producer: Renate Sachse Production Companies: Rosa Filmes, Ad Vitam Production Screenwriter: Patricio Guzmán Cinematographer: Katell Djian Editor: Emmanuelle Joly, Patricio Guzmán Sound Design: Freddy González, Jean-Jacques Quinet, Damien Defoys Music: Luis Rossi, Hernán Muñoz, Natalia Cantillano, Julio Zapata, Celso López, Marco Álvarez, María Eugenia Villegas, José Miguel Tobar, José Miguel Miranda, Randall Ledermann Print Source: Icarus Films, mail@icarusfilms.com

 

Photo Courtesy of Icarus Films

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 6:30 PMBuy Tickets

 

La mirada invisible The Invisible Eye

Diego Lerman

Argentina, Drama, 2010 95 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

María Teresa is a lonely and deeply repressed assistant teacher at an elite Buenos Aires private school. Obedient and willing, she accepts unquestioningly the school's rigid code of conduct and proud identification with the nation state. But her head professor's words about the "cancer of subversion" and need for total surveillance soon feed an unhealthy obsession with one of her students, and lead to an ensuing spiral of degradation and breakdown in discipline that parallels a popular rebellion beyond the school's ivy-covered walls.

 

Texas Premiere

www.globalfilm.org

 

Diego Lerman was born in Buenos Aires in 1976. A graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, in 2002 Lerman directed his first feature, Suddenly, which won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival. Co-founder of the production company Campo Cine with Nicolas Avruj, The Invisible Eye is his third feature film.

 

Producer: Nicolas Avruj, Diego Lerman Production Companies: Campo Cine Screenwriter: Diego Lerman, Maria Meira Cinematographer: Álvaro Gutiérrez Editor: Alberto Ponce Sound Design: Leandro de Loredo Music: Jose Villalobos Cast: Julieta Zylberberg, Osmar Nuñez, Marta Lubos, Gaby Ferrero, Diego Vegezzi, Pablo Sigal Print Source: Jeremy Quist - The Global Film Initiative, bookings@globalfilm.org

 

Alamo South Lamar - Mon. April 25 7:00 PMBuy Tickets

 

Hipólito Hipolito

Teodoro Ciampagna

Argentina, Drama, 2010 100 min, HD, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

In November 1935, the gubernatorial elections in the Province of Córdoba are being held and Marcelo Frías, a young lawyer, is sent to supervise elections in the small town of Plaza de Mercedes. Once there, Marcelo learns of the police's fraudulent interference in the elections thanks to a young boy, Hipólito. When elections are postponed due to a lack of transparency, the political intrigues of Marcelo's own party begin to surface. The situation turns violent, and a disillusioned Marcelo finds refuge in his affection for Hipólito.

 

Regional Premiere

www.orugafilms.com.ar

 

Born in Buenos Aires and raised in the Province of Córdoba, Teodoro Ciampagna was executive producer and director of Apostles, as well as writer of numerous short films. Currently he is also partner and director of Oruga Films.

 

Producer: Paola Suárez Production Companies: Oruga Films Screenwriter: Teodoro Ciampagna, Javier Correa Cáceres Cinematographer: Santiago Seminara Editor: Santiago Seminara, Teodoro Ciampagna Sound Design: Atilio Sánchez Music: Gerónimo Piazza Cast: Tomás Gianola, Lucas Gamarra, Luis Brandoni, Enrique Liporace, Daniel Valenzuela, Pablo Tolosa, Analía Juan Print Source: Paola Suárez - Oruga Films, oruga@orugafilms.com.ar

 

Alamo South Lamar - Wed. April 27 4:00 PMBuy Tickets

 

Down for Life

Alan Jacobs

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

 

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

 

Austin Premiere

www.downforlifemovie.com

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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