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Beneath the Blindfold A film by Ines Sommer, Kathy Berger

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

Wednesday, April 23rd 8:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Uvanga A film by Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Madeline Piujuq Ivalu

Canada, Drama, 201386 min, HD, ColorInuktitut, English with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26th 4:30PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

Tickets on Sale Soon

El verano de los peces voladores / The Summer of Flying Fish A film by Marcela Said

Chile/France, Coming of Age/Drama/Comedy, 201387 min, HD, ColorIn Spanish with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26 - 6:30PMAlamo Village 3

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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

at Alamo DraftHouse 3

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O Menino e o Mundo / The Boy and the World A film by Alê Abreu

Brazil, Animation/Drama/Fantasy, 201380 min, Digital, ColorNo dialogue

Wednesday, April 23 - 4PMAlamo Village 3

Saturday, April 26 - 1:30 PMAlamo Village 3

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We Women Warriors A film by Nicole Karsin

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

Thursday, April 24th 6:30PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

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

Sigo siendo (Kachkaniraqmi) / I’m Still A film by Javier Corcuera

Peru/Spain, Music Documentary, 2013120 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Friday, April 25th 8:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

  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

  

 

   
  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

  

 

 

   
  The 6th World

Nanobah Becker

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

 

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

 

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

Print Source: Nanobah Becker, nanobah_becker@hotmail.com

  

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

 

   
  A Mexican Sound

Roy Germano

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

 

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

 

Texas Premierewww.amexicansound.com 

Print Source: Roy Germano, rg@roygermano.com

 

 

   
  Reviens-MoiReturn to Me

Tracy Rector

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

   
  El Salto de la PrincesaPrincess Falls

Joy Penroz

Chile, Fantasy/Magical Realism, 2012

20 min, HD, Color

Spanish, French with English subtitles

 

Eleonore travels to the south of Chile with her boyfriend Martin, looking for her roots. They walk into a dense forest, and begin to take pictures. Suddenly, they meet Lincoyan and he offers to guide them through the forest. The deeper they get, the stranger Eleonore begins to act. Will she make it out of the forest alive?

 

North American Premierewww.elsaltodelaprincesa.cl

Print Source: Joy Penroz, goproducciones@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

   
  A Red Girl's Reasoning

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Canada, Thriller/Social Issue Drama, 201211 min, RED, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Cree

 

After the justice system fails, a the survivor of a brutal, racially-driven sexual assault takes matters into her own hands. She becomes a motorcycle-riding, ass-kicking vigilante who takes on attackers of other women who've suffered the same fate.

 

Texas Premierewww.facebook.com/ARedGirlsReasoning 

Print Source:  Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, maija.tailfeathers@gmail.com

  

 

 

   
Every Emotion Costs

Darlene Naponse

Canada, Family Drama, 201193 min, RED, ColorEnglish

Every Emotion Costs is a family drama set in the Ojibway community. Quilla is a painter. One day she receives a call that her mother has died, and she needs to go home to help bury her. Quilla has not been home or spoken to her family in years. She resents her dead mother for abandoning her and her sisters. Through ceremony and the burial, Quilla ignites the details of her past and surrenders to the harsh realities she has suppressed for so long. This film has a serious artistic direction, and it entertains with humor, rich characters, music and a visual impact of the northern landscape. Every Emotion Costs inspires its audience with love, the face of denial and addiction, while portraying a contemporary vision of First Nations people. Every Emotion Costs had its world premiere at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and was a Best Film Nominee AIFI Fest 2011.

Regional Premiere

www.pineneedleblankets.com

Darlene Naponse is an Ojibway woman from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek - Northern Ontario, Canada. She is a writer, director, video artist and poet. Her short films and feature films have screened in various film festivals around the world including the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Her art-based video work has been installed in various galleries and programs nationally and internationally.

Producer: Darlene NaponseProduction Companies: Pine Needle ProductionsScreenwriter: Darlene NaponseCinematographer: Manfred GutheEditor: Darlene NaponseSound Design: Andrea Agro, Dermain Finlayson, Adam Stein Cast: Tantoo Cardinal, Michelle St. John, Rosanne Supernault, Sage Petahtegoose, Adam Garcia, Nathaniel ArcandPrint Source: Darlene Naponse, darlene@pineneedleblankets.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 3:30PM

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Friday, April 27 - 6:30 PM

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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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

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

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

Amaqqut NunaatThe Country of Wolves

Neil Christopher

Canada, Animation/Aboriginal Narrative, 201112 min, HDCAM, ColorEnglish

In Amaqqut Nunaat, two brothers find themselves adrift on broken sea ice while out hunting for seal. They drift in the darkness for many days, until the ice they are on settles on the shore of a strange and distant land. Winner of Best Canadian Short, imagineNATIVE 2011.

Regional Premiere

www.countryofwolves.weebly.com

Producer: Louise FlahertyProduction Companies: Inhabit MediaScreenwriter: Neil ChristopherEditor: Daniel GiesSound Design: Daniel GiesMusic: Alexis O'Hara, Daniel Gies, Tanya Tagaq GillisCast: Beatrice DeerPrint Source: Inhabit Media Inc., laura@inhabitmedia.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 1:00 PM

Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Under My Nails

Sobre la estepaThese Wild Plains

Ty Roberts

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

 

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

 

North American Premiere

www.hechoencine.com

 

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

Wednesday, April 25 - 9:30 PM

Sunday, April 29 - 11:30 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Ty Roberts and producer Carolina Peredo in attendance

Opens for De caravana

 

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

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

Misawac Kâwi Na'wapamitinUntil We Meet Again

Gail Maurice

Canada, Family/Drama, 201114 min, MiniDV, ColorCree, Michif with English subtitles

Misawac Kâwi Na'wapamitin is a sensitive portrayal of a granddaughter's journey home to say her final farewell to her dying grandmother. We witness the bond that exists between grandmother and granddaughter, as visitors come and go, sharing stories and laughter. Misawac Kâwi Na'wapamitin means "Until We Meet Again" because there is no word for goodbye in Cree/Michif. Like nature, life ends and begins again. Misawac Kâwi Na'wapamitin premiered at imagineNATIVE 2011.

Regional Premiere

Producer: Gail MauriceProduction Companies: Assini ProductionsScreenwriter: Gail MauriceCinematographer: Jorge ManzanoEditor: Gordon BurkellSound Design: Jonathan WormanCast: Judith Laliberte, Maggie Maurice, Vienny Laliberte, Richard Maurice,, Pauline MauricePrint Source: Assini Productions, gailmaurice@gmail.com

Saturday, April 28 - 2:15 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Mosquita y Mari

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 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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

Ukuku Ukuku - The Bear Man

Gastón Vizcarra

Peru, Fantastic, 2009 20 min, HDV, Color Spanish, Quechua with English subtitles

 

The Ukuku is a mythological character from the Andes whose main function is to ascend to the high snow-capped peaks and bring back the ice that many Peruvian people consider to be sacred. But when one Ukuku climbs the high peaks and does not find any ice, his journey to fufill his sacred mission takes him ever-closer to the modern Peruvian coast, where he will finally find ice and an unexpected destiny.

 

Texas Premiere

www.facebook.com/pages/Ukuku/227798254993

 

Producer: Gastón Vizcarra Production Companies: Aguardiente Producciones Screenwriter: Gastón Vizcarra Cinematographer: Rafael Vizarreta Editor: Alfredo Ferreyros Sound Design: David Romero Music: Miguel Figueroa Cast: Sergio Espinoza, Hermelinda Luján, Akinori Sato, Miguel Vergara, Christian Bjork Print Source Contact: Gastón Vizcarra - Aguardiente Producciones, gastonvizcarra@gmail.com

 

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

 

Much'Tal Jedz "Cuando hablamos, lo hacemos una sola vez" Much'Tal Jedz "When We Speak, We Only Do So Once"

Byrt Wammack Weber

Mexico, Experimental/Drama, 2009 35 min, Super 8 Film/DV, Color/Black & White Yucatec Maya with English subtitles

 

When something begins terrorizing a Mayan village, the people know they must do something to overcome it. Their strategies lead them to a famous archaeologist and eventually, to an unexpected solution. Based on recent and historical events, this film is about the Mayan struggle to maintain their autonomy.

 

Texas Premiere

muchtaljedz.yoochel.org

 

Producer: Colectivo Turix Production Companies: Yoochel Kaaj: Cine Video Cultura Screenwriter: Byrt Wammack Weber, Colectivo Turix Cinematographer: Byrt Wammack Weber Editor: Byrt Wammack Weber Sound Design: Byrt Wammack Weber, Elías Puc Music: Elías Puc Cast: Rodolfo Nahuat, Juan Kuyoc, Francisco May, Ofelio Nahuat, Jaime Magaña Print Source: Ana Rosa Duarte Duarte - Yoochel Kaaj: Cine Video Cultura, dduarte@uady.mx

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterTue. April 26 1:00 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!

 

 

Shimásání Blackhorse Lowe

USA, Drama, 2009 15 min, 35mm, Black & White Navajo with English subtitles

 

In the late 1920s on the serene Navajo reservation, Mary Jane spends her time daydreaming and tending to her family's flock of sheep under the customs and guidance of her Másání (grandmother). When her older sister, Anne Mae, flees from boarding school, she returns to the reservation with a world geography book. The images in the book reveal new worlds that are "just over the mountain." Conflicted by her obedient nature and her curious imagination, Mary Jane must privately decide her own fate: to maintain her typical lifestyle alongside the sheep and Másání, or to depart into the exotic, unknown world shown on the pages of the book.

 

Texas Premiere

www.shimasani.com, www.blackmesaentertainment.com, www.killerwhaleprm.org

 

Producer: Chad Burris Production Companies: Másání Screenwriter: Blackhorse Lowe Cinematographer: Smokey Nelson Editor: Blackhorse Lowe Sound Design: David Stevens Cast: Brigadier Brown, Carmelita B. Lowe, Noelle Brown Print Source: Michelle Svenson - Killer Whale PR+M/Black Mesa Entertainment, MSvenson@gmail.com

 

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 9:45 PM

Opens for On the Ice

 

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!

 

 

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!

 

 

Konün Wenu: La entrada al cielo The Threshold to Heaven

Francisco Javier Toro Lessen

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

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

 

World Premiere

www.konunwenu.com

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

Byrt Wammack Weber, Ana Rosa Duarte

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

 

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

 

North American Premiere

arrozconleche.yoochel.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

Historia de un día The Story of a Day

Rosana Matecki

Venezuela, Documentary, 2009 89 min, DV, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Historia de un día begins by observing the peaceful life of farmers living in a rural area in Latin America. Day breaks. A woman touches her eyebrows. A man shaves. Chickens are set loose and goats are fed. Little or nothing is said but the soundtrack gradually evolves into a rich, subtle combination of background noise and added sounds. This observation takes on a more contemplative mood, when attention is focused on the other subjects of the film.

 

Austin Premiere

www.kiiskakuna.com

 

Rosana Matecki studied communications in Caracas, Venezuela, has directed 12 documentaries, and has worked as a producer, director, researcher and/or screenwriter on various projects, including Ancestral Women and El último Don. She is the founder of Kiiskakuna Productions.

 

Producer: Rosana Matecki Production Companies: Kiiskakuna Cinematographer: John Márquez, Emil Guevara Editor: Lucas Villegas Sound Design: Cecilia Nava Music: Alejandro Rodríguez Cast: Famille Guerrero Carrizales, Avendaño Rodríguez Zabala, Hernandez Epieyú, Pushainá y Girnú Print Source: Latinofusión, latinofusion@latinofusion.com.mx

 

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Mon. April 25 8:00 PM

FREE!

 

Contrary Warrior: The Life and Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle

John Ferry

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

 

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

 

Texas Premiere

www.LilliMar.com

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

On the Ice

Andrew Okpeaha MacLean

USA, Drama, 2011 96 min, 35mm, Color English, Iñupiaq with English subtitles

 

Co-sponsored by Austin Film Festival

Two teenage boys who have grown up like brothers go about their lives in the comfortable claustrophobia of an isolated Alaskan town. Early one morning, on a seal hunt with another teenager, an argument between the three boys quickly escalates into a tragic accident. Bonded by their dark secret, the two best friends are forced to create one fabrication after another in order to survive. They stumble through guilt fueled days, avoiding the suspicions of their community as they weave a web of deceit. With their future in the balance, the two boys are forced to explore the limits of friendship and honor.

 

Regional Premiere

www.ontheicethemovie.com

A graduate of New York University, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean is an Iñupiaq filmmaker born and raised in Alaska. Director of various award-winning shorts including Sikumi, and Kinnaq Nigaqtuqtuaq (The Snaring Madman), On the Ice is his first feature.

Producer: Cara Marcous, Lynette Howell, Marco Londoner, Zhana Londoner Production Companies: Silverwood Films, Whitewater Films, Goldcrest Films, Treehead Films Screenwriter: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean Cinematographer: Lol Crawley Editor: Nat Sanders Sound Design: Bob Edwards Music: iZLER Cast: Josiah Patkotak, Frank Qutuq Irelan, Teddy Kyle Smith, Adamina Kerr, Sierra Jade Sampson, Rosabelle Kunnanna Rexford, John Miller Print Source: Cara Marcous - Treehead Films, cara.marcous@gmail.com

 

 

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