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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

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

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

Los insólitos peces gato / The Amazing Catfish A film by Claudia Sainte-Luce

Mexico, Comedy/Drama, 201389 min, Digital, ColorIn Spanish with English subtitles

Wednesday, April 23rd 7:00PM

Marchesa Hall & TheatreBuy Tickets

Germán, últimas viñetas / German, Last Vignettes A film by Cristian Bernard

Argentina, Biography/Comedy/Drama, 2013131 min, Full HD, ColorIn Spanish with English subtitles

Friday, April 25 - 9:15PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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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, April 26 - 4:00 pm

Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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La espera desespera / Hopeful Hopeless A film by Coraly Santaliz

Puerto Rico, Comedy/Drama, 201397 min, DVCPro HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Wednesday, April 23 - 3:30 PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Buy Tickets

Friday, April 25 - 9:45 PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

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 Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

Saturday, April 26 - 1:30 PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

Jirafas / Giraffes A film by Kiki Álvarez

Panama/Cuba/Colombia, Drama, 201293 min, Full HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 9:30 pmAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Buy TicketsFriday, April 25 - 1:00 pmAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

Bobô A film by Inês Oliveira

Portugal, Drama/Family Drama, 201380 min, Digital, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 4PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

Saturday, April 26 - 11:30 PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Buy Tickets

Calloused Hands A film by Jesse Quinones

USA/UK, Drama/Coming of Age, 201395 min, RED, ColorEnglish

Friday, April 25 - 3:30 PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Buy Tickets

Saturday, April 26 - 11AMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Buy Tickets

Mateo A film by María Gamboa

Colombia/France, Drama/Social Issue, 201486 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 12:30PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Buy Tickets

Saturday, April 26 - 7PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Buy Tickets

We Women Warriors A film by Nicole Karsin

USA, Human Rights/Social Issue Documentary, 201283 min, DVCAM, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Spanish with English subtitlesDirector and producer Nicole Karsin in attendance

Thursday, April 24th 6:30PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Reinas / Majesty A film by Ana Endara Mislov

Panama, Satire/Culture/Social Issue Documentary, 201365 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Wednesday, April 23rd 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

El cuarto desnudo / The Naked Room A film by Nuria Ibáñez

Mexico, Testimonial Documentary, 201370 min, HD, ColorIn Spanish with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26th 8:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

The Visit A film by Fany de la Chica

Spain/UK, Observational Documentary, 201352 min, HD, ColorKhmer with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24th 8:45PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

Chateles del campo / Country Kids A film by Jason Outenreath

Nicaragua, Coming of Age/Observational Documentary, 201370 min, DVCPro HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitlesDirector/cinematographer Jason Outenreach in attendance

Saturday, April 26th 11:00AM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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Micha A film by Eugene Martin

USA, Coming of Age/Drama, 201375 min, RED, ColorEnglishDirector Eugene Martin in attendance

Sunday, April 27th  5:00PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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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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Waiting for Sandoval A film by David B. Carren

USA, Thriller/Fantasy, 201483 min, HD, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

Sunday, April 27th 2:00PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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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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El cañaveral / The Sugarcane A film by Samuel Lopez

Canada/El Salvador, Human Rights/Social Issue Documentary, 201358 min, MiniDV/Super 8mm, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish, English with English subtitles

Thursday, April 24 - 6PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

Adelante / Forward A film by Noam Osband

USA, Community/Social Issue Documentary, 201259 min, DVCAM, ColorSpanish with English subtitlesDirector/producer Noam Osband in attendance

Saturday, April 26 - 3PM

St. Edward's

Free Screening

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

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

Thursday, April 24 - 2PM

Mexican American Cultual Center

Free Screening

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

Atempa - Sueños a orillas del río / Atempa: Dreams by the River A film by Edson Jair Caballero Trujillo

Mexico, Sexual Diversity Documentary, 201386 min, DV, ColorZapotec, Spanish with English subtitles

Friday, April 25 - 8:00 pm

at St. Edward's University

Free Screening

Sea de luz / Let There Be Light A film by Anna Wilking

Ecuador, Personal Narrative/Social Issue Documentary, 201352 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Saturday, April 26 - 12PM

St. Edward's University

Free Screening

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

Habla Women A film by Alberto Fererras

USA, Comedy/Drama/Documentary, 201358 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

Friday, April 25 - 6:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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

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

Saturday, April 26 - 1:30 pm

St. Edwards University

Free Screening

  The REDress REdress Project

Tina Keeper

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

 

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

 

Regional Premierewww.buffalogalpictures.com 

Print Source: Tina Keeper, tina@kistikanpictures.com

  

 

   
  ¡Adiós Padresitos!

Javier Macipe

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

 

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

 

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

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

  

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

 

   
  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

  

 

 

   
  La cuesta: Worlding a Sidewalk

Alvaro Torres, Daniel Perera

Costa Rica/Guatemala/USA, Experimental Documentary, 201315 min, HD, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish, English with English subtitles

Director Alvaro Torres in attendance

The places we notice in passing are sites where social hierarchies manifest themselves and interact. In the realm of the visible, only some people are able to remain unseen, to choose whom to see and when. Aesthetics are not how the world is presented to us but rather how it is pre-established for us--what Jacques Ranciere calls “the distribution of the sensible.” What would emerge if we explored an ordinary stretch of sidewalk in the East Side of Austin, Texas, for a period of several months? How and by whom would we be challenged aesthetically and politically? LA CUESTA evokes a place on the side of the road and the lives that sustain it. This interactive documentary is a sensuous ethnography, a confrontation, and a poem.

 

World Premiere

Print Source: Alvaro Torres Crespo, atorrescrespo@gmail.com

Saturday, April 26th 11:00AMMarchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature film CHATELES DEL CAMPOBUY TICKETS

 

 

 
  Huyhuy Trade

Sky Hopinka

USA, Drama, 20135 min, Digital, ColorChinuk Wawa with English subtitles

 

A deal between two men threatens to unravel as tensions rise in this contemporary look at indigenous language and culture. One man comes from a lower, working class, and is at the beck and call of the other man, who lives in more privileged comfort. HUYHUY premiered at imagineNATIVE 2013, where it received an Honorable Mention for Best Indigenous Language Production.

 

Regional Premierewww.skyhopinka.wordpress.com 

Print Source: Sky Hopinka, skyhopinka@gmail.com

Friday, April 25 - 3:30 pmAlamo Drafthouse Village 2Screens before the feature filmCALLOUSED HANDSBuy TicketsSaturday, April 26 - 11:00 amAlamo Drafthouse Village 3

Screens before the feature filmCALLOUSED HANDSBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  Interstate

Camille Stochitch

USA, Drama/Social Issue, 201320 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

Joaquin is a driving instructor who has been living and working in East Los Angeles for years. On the side, he also teaches illegal immigrants how to drive. Yet, one day, after a driving lesson with Nayeli, a new student whose dreams particularly catch Joaquin's attention, Vazquez, a HSI agent who has been on his trail for some time, shows up at Joaquin's door. He must help Vazquez arrest Lalo during their next drop-off, or else he will be locked away for good. Joaquin must decide whether to save himself or give up the immigrants he has been helping, including Nayeli, whom he cares about more than he thought he would. This AFI thesis film has screened in Latino festivals around the country, including the San Diego and Chicago Latino Film Festivals.

 

Texas Premierewww.interstatethefilm.com 

Print Source: Camille Stochitch, stochitch.camille@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24 - 1:00PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Screens before the feature film RINCON DE DARWINBuy TicketsSaturday, April 26 - 9:00PMAlamo 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

Screens before the feature-length documentaryO MESTRE E O DIVINOFree Screening

 

 

 
  Ghosts on the Mountain

Jared Jakins, Carly Jakins

USA, Social Issue Documentary, 201326 min, HDV, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

GHOSTS ON THE MOUNTAIN examines the isolated lifestyle of H2A guest workers in the American West. The film's subjects leave their families and native lands to work in the United States on H2A work visas, or no visas at all. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, these workers find themselves in solitude and loneliness. This isolation is heightened by language barriers and the remoteness of these sheep pasture lands.

 

World Premierewww.ghostsonthemountain.com

Print Source: Kelyn Ikegami, kelyn.ikegami@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24th 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Screens before the feature-length documentaryAMANCIO WILLIAMSFree Screening

 

 

 
  Nadie especial Nobody Special

Juan Alejandro Ramírez

Peru, Human Rights/Social Issue Documentary, 201323 min, 16mm, ColorQuechua with English subtitles

 

A woman fights a losing battle: one can't be poor and still want to stay among the familiar, the everyday, where one was born and raised. She can only observe, with a mix of confusion and rage, how her community is becoming deserted and sad – its children displaced to far off, ugly places. NADIE ESPECIAL is about any place where the cards seem to be forever stacked against the powerless. But with great lyricism, it also shows the resolve of some individuals to challenge their fate and restore their dignity, even if that decision furthers their isolation as they are pushed toward a last frontier. The short film was the Grand Jury Winner at the 28th Mar del Plata International Film Festival and has screened at prestigious festivals world wide. 

 

Regional Premierewww.otrotono.com  

Print Source: Juan Alejandro Ramirez, ramirez@otrotono.com

Wednesday, April 23rd 8:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Screens before the feature-length documentaryBENEATH THE BLINDFOLDFree Screening

 

 

 
  Snare

Lisa Jackson

Canada, Experimental, 2013  4 min, HD Video, ColorNo dialogue

 

Evocative and haunting, SNARE is a stunning performance-based piece that captures the brutality of violence against Indigenous women, yet celebrates hope for a future illuminated through advocacy and understanding. The original silent, 1-minute version was commissioned by the Stolen Sisters Digital Initiative and premiered at imagineNATIVE 2012.

 

US Premierewww.movingimages.ca

Print Source: Moving Images Distribution, mailbox@movingimages.ca

Thursday, April 24th 9:45PM

Marchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature filmHELI

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  O Pacote  The Package

Rafael Aidar

Brazil, Drama, 2013 18 min, Digital, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles 

In a school on the outskirts of São Paulo, the young Leandro meets Jefferson and his friends. The two boys grow intimate and decide to stick together. But Jeff has something irreversible to tell: he's HIV positive. O PACOTE has begun a whirlwind festival tour, winning Best Film, Best Photography, and Best Score at WILDsound in Toronto, and an Honorable Mention at Promofest.

 

Texas Premierewww.aurorafilmes.com.br

Print Source: Beatriz Carvalho - Klaxon Cultura Audiovisual, beatriz@klaxon.art.br

Saturday, April 26 - 4:30PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

Screens before the feature filmUVANGABuy Tickets

 

 

 
  Milk and Honey 

Daniel Pfeffer

USA, Coming of Age/Suspense/Family Drama, 2013  23 min, RED/HDCAM/Super 8mm, ColorEnglish

 

On her fifteenth birthday, Maya Rivera makes the ultimate decision to run away from her abusive foster home. She confesses her escape plans to her loyal boyfriend, Josiah, but little does she know her crazed and jealous stepbrother, Johnny, is hot on their trail.

 

World Premierewww.onelovepictureclassics.tumblr.com, www.facebook.com/INTHELANDOFMILKANDHONEY

Print Source: Daniel F. Pfeffer, dpfeffy@gmail.com

Saturday, April 26 - 4:00PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 3 

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  Lonche

Claire Weissbluth

USA, Cultural/Social Issue Documentary, 2013 20 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English, Spanish subtitles

Director Claire Weissbluth in attendance 

This film is a tale of two taco trucks weaving together the narratives of a Salvadoran family's traditional lunch truck that roams the strawberry fields on the Central Coast of California, with a modern Mexican gourmet food truck serving the high-tech companies of Silicon Valley. As we follow along with both restaurants-on-wheels on their daily routes, we see the dedication and struggle that it takes to feed a hungry workforce in these different communities. LONCHE has been delighting international audiences as part of the Official Selection in the Oaxaca, Take Two, and Food & Farm Film Festivals.

 

Regional Premierewww.lonchefilm.com

Print Source: Claire Weissbluth - La Osa Productions, cweissbluth@gmail.com

Friday, March 25th 6:30PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

Screens before the featureHABLA WOMENBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  Femmes de ménage Cleaning Women

Fernanda Pessoa

Brazil/Portugal, Immigration/Documentary, 2013  9 min, DSLR, ColorPortuguese, Spanish with English subtitles

 

The French expression “femmes de ménage” can mean two things: first, housekeepers; second, the movement of women. Filmed in Spain, France, and Portugal by a Brazilian director, this is a short film about three women from different countries who have moved out of their homelands and now work as housekeepers. Originally, FEMMES DE MÉNAGE was produced as part of Borderline, a program in the San Sebastián Festival, where it had its world premiere.

Regional PremierePrint Source:  Fernanda Pessoa, fepebarros@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24th 3:30PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2 

Screens before the feature filmNENA, SALUDAME AL DIEGOBuy Tickets

 

 

 
  En la casa, la cama, y la calle At Home, in Bed and in the Streets

Elizabeth Miller

Canada/Nicaragua, Social Issue Documentary, 201336 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

EN LA CASA, LA CAMA Y LA CALLE follows a Nicaraguan women's rights group, Puntos de Encuentro, as it works to end sexual violence at home, in bed and in the streets. The television drama CONTRACORRIENTE (TURNING THE TIDE) is at the center of their campaign. EN LA CASA gets behind the scenes with this visionary team who is “making television not to get to Hollywood, but to make a difference.”

 

Regional Premierewww.redlizardmedia.com/website

Print Source: Liz Miller - Red Lizard Media, casacamacalle@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24th 2:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Screens before the feature-length documentary3 HORAS PARA AMARFree Screening

 

 

 
  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

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

 

 

   
  Bordando la fronteraThe Border

Rene Rhi

Mexico/USA, Social Issue Drama, 201223 min, Super 16mm, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

Miguel Canales learns that his young daughter has a brain tumor and needs surgery. Running out of options, he decides that his only choice to pay for the operation is to work in the United States. After receipt of a considerable fee, a smuggler agrees to guide him through the desert. As they attempt the perilous desert crossing, they come across Tammy, a disoriented 9-year old girl. Tammy leads them to the sight of a grizzly car accident where her mother is pinned inside the vehicle. Miguel wants to help the girl and her mother, but is threatened at gunpoint by his companion. Miguel must make the choice: continue his journey or stay with the girl and lose the chance of helping his family.

 

Austin Premierewww.bordandolafrontera.com Print Source: Rene Rhi, rhi@usc.edu

 

   
Sangue do Meu SangueBlood of My Blood

João Canijo

Portugal, Drama, 2011133 min, HD, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

Marcia is determined to end the cycle of poverty for her family and, when she discovers that her daughter is dating an older professor, she will stop at nothing to end this unwelcome relationship. Sangue do Meu Sangue is about the harshness of life in the inner city of Lisbon and the sacrifices that two women are willing to make for their family. This critically acclaimed film with superb sound design and use of mise-en-scène has played in numerous festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, and won the FIPRESCI Prize at San Sebastián.

Texas Premiere

www.filmesanguedomeusangue.blogs.sapo.pt

João Canijo was born in Portugal. Unlike other Portuguese filmmakers of his generation (those that made their appearance in the late 1980s and early '90s), João did not direct his first film after attending a film school. Instead, he underwent a kind of apprenticeship working as an assistant to Manoel de Oliveira, Wim Wenders, Werner Schroeter and Alain Tanner. Sangue do Meu Sangue is his seventh feature.

Producer: Pedro BorgesScreenwriter: João CanijoCinematographer: Mário CastanheiraEditor: João Braz Cast: Rita Blanco, Fernando Luís, Anabela Moreira, Beatriz Batarda, Cleia Almeida, Marcello Urgeghe, Nuno Lopes, Teresa Madruga, Rafael Morais, Francisco Tavares, Teresa TavaresPrint Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 10:00 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

With director Kelly J Richardson in attendance

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CápsulasCapsules

Verónica Riedel

Guatemala, Family Drama, 2011101 min, Digital, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

When 12 year old Fonsi and his family woke up one morning, they did not know that, on that day, their lives would be altered forever. In a matter of hours, as this film unfolds, Fonsi's mother Lupe tries to protect him, but she is dating a violent drug dealer. The drug dealer is willing to put Fonsi and his mother in danger for his latest score. Fonsi's "hippie" father, Giaco, whom he has not seen since he was a toddler, comes back into the picture at the precise moment that threatens to both save and ruin Fonsi's life. Due to a series of unexpected events, each character changes drastically, facing a difficult reality. Cápsulas participated in the prestigious Co-Production Encounter of the Guadalajara International Film Festival in 2009.

Texas Premiere

www.capsulaslapelicula.com

Verónica Riedel is an award-winning filmmaker and visual artist who completed her filmmaking degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. Three years ago, she was executive producer of the film, Gasolina, which screened at Cine Las Americas in 2009. This film marked a major step in the Guatemalan industry, opening the door for many filmmakers. A year later she wrote, directed and produced her first feature narrative, Cápsulas. She is the first and only woman director of feature films in Guatemala.

Producer: Verónica RiedelProduction Companies: Anver FilmsScreenwriter: Verónica RiedelCinematographer: Roberto CorreaEditor: Domingo LemusSound Design: Giancarlo Altieri, Giacomo BuonafinaMusic: Giacomo BuonafinaCast: Carolina Cuervo, Giacomo Buonafina, Sebastián GeredaPrint Source: Verónica Riedel - Anver Films, vrcine@gmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 12:30 PM

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Saturday, April 28 - 5:00 PM

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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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

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

  All She Can

Amy Wendel

USA, Drama, 201096 min, Super 16mm, ColorEnglish

 

Welcome to Benavides, Texas, where petite girls can deadlift 280 pounds, military recruiters roam high school halls, and a patriotic Mexican-American community that has been there since before it was Texas struggles with an economy literally collapsing around it. Luz Garcia wants out, and powerlifting is her ticket. It's all or nothing for her until nothing stares her in the face. This award winning film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

Austin Premiere

www.benavidesborn.com

 

Amy Wendel is an alumna of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. Her previous films include the festival award-winning short films Weightless, Covered Girls, and Bodies, each of which aired nationally on either IFC or Showtime. Amy also directed the short comedy and political satire, Foreign Policy, which screened at festivals in the U.S. and Italy.

 

 

 

Producer: Daniel Miesel, Susan KirrProduction Companies: Kapok PicturesScreenwriter: Daniel Miesel, Amy WendelCinematographer: Robert HauerEditor: Andres SantamariaSound Design: Roy MachadoMusic: Kevin AfflackCast: Corina Calderon, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Joseph Julian Soria, Julia Vera, Julio César CedilloPrint Source: Maya Entertainment, christinah@maya-entertainment.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 7:00 PM

St. Edward's University

With producer Susan Kirr in attendance

Free

 

 

Lilia

Sam Lerma

USA, Social Issue Drama, 201118 min, HDCAM/DVCPro, ColorEnglish

 

Lilia is a story about a man's struggle to keep his family together after losing his job. He has a 5-year-old daughter named Lilia, and he's working to make her happy and keep his wife in school. Then one day the rug gets swept from beneath their feet and they find themselves fighting for all they've worked for. This is the story of the desperate measures people take, and how the very things we work so hard to accumulate can tear us apart. This San Antonio produced film premiered in the Urban Stories section of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 2011.

 

Austin Premiere

www.mixminusmedia.com

 

Producer: Ralph LopezProduction Companies: Mix Minus MediaScreenwriter: Sam LermaCinematographer: Yuta YamaguchiEditor: Sam LermaSound Design: Dagoberto Patlan Cast: Alfredo Lomeli, Aisa Palomares, Lauren MontemayorPrint Source: Sam Lerma, samuellerma@gmail.com

Saturday, April 28 - 1:45 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With producer Ralph Lopez and actor Lauren Montemayor in attendance

Opens for Hombre y tierra

 

 

Open Your Eyes

Adolfo R. Mora

USA, Social Issue Drama, 201113 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

What is being normal? This question resonates in Ponchin, an eleven-year-old who tries to answer it while playing with his friends. Through his self-reflective journey, the complex yet personal answer lies closer to home than he can imagine. Open Your Eyes was awarded the Red Wasp Social Consciousness Award by the Brazos Progressives Red Wasp Film Festival

Austin Premiere

Producer: Adolfo R. MoraProduction Companies: ARM's StudiosScreenwriter: Adolfo R. MoraCinematographer: Adolfo R. MoraEditor: Adolfo R. MoraSound Design: Adolfo R. MoraMusic: Moby GratisCast: Judith Kilburn, Rolando Santos, Mario SanchezPrint Source: Adolfo R. Mora, arm_productions@yahoo.com

Sunday, April 29 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Adolfo Mora in attendance

Opens for In The Shadow

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

La hora ceroThe Zero Hour

Diego Velasco

Venezuela, Drama/Action/Adventure, 2010100 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

La hora cero is a fast-paced heist film set in Caracas during the 24 hours of a controversial medical strike in 1996. The film tells the story of Parca, a feared hit man that is forced to take an elite hospital hostage in an attempt to save his wounded girlfriend. A love story told in the midst of chaos, La hora cero is a timely and universal story about the mythic rise to power and the inevitable fall from grace. This award-winning film has played all over the world, having its premiere at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.thezerohour-movie.com

Diego Velasco's five short films have screened in over 50 festivals and have garnered 26 awards, including an Academy Award consideration for Cédula ciudadano. He's worked as a Director of Photography for Discovery, NBC, FOX, ABC and others. La hora cero is his feature debut.

Producer: Carolina Paiz, Rodolfo CovaScreenwriter: Diego Velasco, Carolina PaizCinematographer: Luis Otero PradaEditor: Otto ScheurenSound Design: Freddy Sheinfeld, Gabriel VelascoMusic: José Luis Cheo Pardo, Luis LangeCast: Zapata 666, Amanda Key, Erich Wildpret, Laureano Olivarez, Alejandro FurthPrint Source: Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografía (CNAC), festivalesint@cnac.gob.ve

Thursday, April 26 - 1:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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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 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

Child of the Desert

Iliana Sosa

USA, Social Drama, 201119 min, RED, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

Child of the Desert is a contemporary short film that follows Elia, a working class mother, on her journey across the Southwest to see the final resting site of her military son. Fearless and free-spirited, Elia meets Jorge, an undocumented immigrant, at a gas station and befriends him despite the fact that she does not speak Spanish. Set against the backdrop of the Texas desert, Elia believes that her son has returned in the form of Jorge's presence in order to assuage her pain and allow her to forgive herself for not being able to "save" him. Child of the Desert has been screening around the country, including at San Diego Latino Film Festival, and Iliana was presented with the "Best Director" Award at the 2012 BHLIFE Film Festival in Boyle Heights.

 

Austin Premiere

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Iliana Sosa is a filmmaker and writer from El Paso, Texas born to Mexican immigrant parents and currently based in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in film directing from UCLA and is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including the prestigious Steven Bochco Fellowship. With Child of the Desert she aims to honor the mothers of deceased military men and women who must deal with the consequences of a senseless war in very tangible and personal ways.

Producer: Iliana Sosa, Carlos CorralScreenwriter: Iliana SosaCinematographer: Judy PhuEditor: Alex DeMilleSound Design: Eric HoehnMusic: Claire HolleyCast: Dale Dickey, Victor BonevaPrint Source: Iliana Sosa, sosa.iliana@gmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 12:30 PM

Sunday, April 29 - 5:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Camera obscura

 

 

PescadoraFisherwoman

Daniel Enrique García

Peru/USA, Drama, 201124 min, RED, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Late one night, Dora meets her boyfriend Steven, a young fisherman, under an upturned boat. A relative mentions that fishermen recently made a big catch nearby. Dora visits Steven again, hoping he will take her out on a boat. Steven tells Dora to choose between marrying him or following her dream of becoming a fisherman. Pescadora had its world premiere at Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes del Cusco.

Regional Premiere

www.pescadorafilm.com

Producer: Daniel Enrique GarcíaScreenwriter: Daniel Enrique GarcíaCinematographer: Chad TerpstraEditor: Daniel Enrique García, Chad TerpstraSound Design: Edgar LostenauMusic: Miguel FloresCast: Jazmine Zapata Morante, Orieta Foy, Flor Castillo Alma, Steven Salgado, Cesar Panta Fiestas, Narciso Anton Vilela, Clemencio Sanchez Quiroga, Eder Junior Fiestas GalanPrint Source: Daniel E. García, danieliyo99@gmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 9:30 PM

With director Daniel García in attendance

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Sunday, April 29 - 2:15 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for El lenguaje de los machetes

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

The Night of the Moon Has Many Hours

Mauricio Arango

Colombia/USA, Surrealist Human Rights Drama, 201016 min, HDCAM, ColorNo dialogue

A young man living in the Colombian countryside wakes up in the middle of the night. With some difficulty he gets up, dresses, and ventures outside. As he walks, nature's presence is felt in a heightened way: animal noises, trees swaying in the wind, and an impenetrable darkness overtake his path. After reaching the river's shore, he wades into the water on a raft with nothing but a long stick to row with and a single light to guide him. Beneath the moon-lit ripples he makes a startling discovery. In the eerie stillness of the night, it is hard to distinguish him from what he finds. He navigates upstream, alone and consumed by the weight of his chore. This short film has been enjoying an international festival tour along with accolades including a Jury's Choice Award at the Black Maria Film + Video Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.mauricioarango.net/nightofthemoon

Producer: Mauricio Arango, Julian ArangoScreenwriter: Mauricio ArangoCinematographer: Juan MartinezEditor: Mauricio ArangoSound Design: Neil BenezraCast: Alex BetancurPrint Source: Mauricio Arango, contact@mauricioarango.net

Thursday, April 26 - 4:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Burros

Toy Soldiers

José Yapur

Mexico/UK, Drama, 201214 min, HD, Black & WhiteEnglish

One by one, perfectly lined toy soldiers are knocked down by a marble in a therapist's office. As a means to express his anger, introverted 11-year-old Michael is told to think of each soldier as a situation that bothers him. Bullied in school and misunderstood at home, he has a few to choose from. And though he used to find refuge in his powerful imagination, the tragedy of innocence is in its inevitable end.

World Premiere

www.toysoldiersfilm.tk

Born in Mexico City, José Yapur went to film school in London and is currently based in Los Angeles. His thesis short film was one of the very few selected to be screened at the prestigious British Film Institute where it stood as one of the highlights of the event. Toy Soldiers is a semi-autobiographical short film that he also produced, wrote and edited.

Producer: Alana O'NeilProduction Companies: Met FilmScreenwriter: José Yapur

Cinematographer: Ryan GeddisEditor: José YapurSound Design: Chris Huang, José YapurMusic: Greg HarwoodCast: Harvey Allen, Conor Short, Shea DavisPrint Source: José Yapur, joseyapur@gmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 3:30 PM

Saturday, April 28 - 10:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Dia de Preto