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Pelo malo / Bad Hair A film by Mariana Rondón

Starring: Samuel Lange, Samantha Castillo2013, Venezuela/Argentina/Peru/Germany, Drama 93 min, HD, ColorIn Spanish with English subtitles

Closing Night

Sunday, April 27, 8PMMarchesa Hall & Theatre - BUY TICKETS

6226 Middle Fiskville Rd Austin, TX 78752 (512) 454-2000 [Map]

"Mariana Rondon's impressively multilayered drama brings a powerful specificity to the story of a boy and his embittered single mother." - Jay Weissberg, VARIETY

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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Calloused Hands A film by Jesse Quinones

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

Friday, April 25 - 3:30 PMAlamo Village 2

Saturday, April 26 - 11AMAlamo Village 3

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Mateo A film by María Gamboa

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

Thursday, April 24 - 12:30PMAlamo Village 2

Saturday, April 26 - 7PMAlamo Village 2

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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

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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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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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

 

2014 Emergencia Youth Film Competition

Since 2004, Cine Las Americas has been proud to present the Emergencia Youth Film Competition, a special section of the festival showcasing works by filmmakers 19 years or younger. Members of local youth film organizations and high schools curate and present this section of the festival every year. This year’s competition is curated by members representing Connelly Cougar Productions, based in Pflugerville, Texas. Films in competition are eligible for an audience award for Best Emergencia Youth Film. All films are in English, or in original language with subtitles in English.

Emergencia Youth Film Competition 24 Dhivehi: (Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Maldives)Cesar MartinezSay Sí25 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013

Soon after receiving news that he will be moving to the Maldives in 24 hours to attend a rigorous boarding school, Marcus follows the advice of his friends to escape from the confines of his home (and perspective) to spend his last night with the people and the city he calls home.

Bound to ForgetAnna ClarkSay Sí4 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013

An experimental film exploring people's behaviors and attachment to their daily routine.

Demanding to Be HeardManuel BernalSpy Hop Productions5 min, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2013

A conversation on opportunities for undocumented immigrant students who want to pursue higher education.

EddieAllison Coon-ComeWapikoni Mobile4 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013

The journey of a toy car over hill-and-dale; a memorable journey in a childhood land.

FriendshipZaiyah Dennie, Medina Dennie, Ocean DemuthAgent Orange Inc.4 min, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2013Two turtles embark on a dangerous quest for friendship. Will an encounter with a sea monster, a Sasquatch, and magical fairies, lead them to a true friend? Los paisanosMiranda WhitusSay Sí10 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013 This is a short documentary about the rising violence on the Mexican/US border in Texas, and how this reality is affecting the Mexican-American families living in the USA. ShadowsDiesel GarciaCougar Productions3 min, Austin, TX, USA, 2014 Two friends struggle to survive against the darkness, but when one of them confesses to an unfortunate event, they both struggle to decide who will leave... and who will stay.  Softly SpokenAanjeni TwenishWapikoni Mobile2 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013 A boy gets lost in the woods. A man is caught in addiction. Their voices echo one another. Terribly ThereGladys HidalgoReal to Reel, RAW Art Works7 min, Lynn, MA, USA, 2013 In this personal documentary, Gladys explores her father's mental illness and shares what it means for her relationship with him. The DifferenceKeren Rico5 min, Del Valle, TX, USA, 2013 This is the story of a girl for whom nothing seems to work out. She wants to take her life, but in that moment, her classmate’s words of comfort are exactly what she needs. The HearingRussell Ratt BrascoupeWapikoni Mobile4 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013 Russell lost his hearing at the age of 13. He copes well with his disability, but there is a statement he would like to hear above all others. The MicTanisha GarnerReal to Reel, RAW Art Works18 min, Lynn, MA, USA, 2013 Markus Garneris is an 18-year-old rapper with an all-consuming passion for music. He is good at what he does, but what happens when that's all he focuses on? ZenaidaAlec Cano15 min, Hanford, CA, USA, 2013 A young woman named Zenaida is torn from her life as a college student during a war which has engulfed El Salvador. Emergencia Youth Jury

C. Ariel Gonzalez Bizarro

Jessica Luna

Nickoli Roman-Capdeville

Emergencia Youth Jury Coordinators

Christian D. Nelson

 

 

2014 Path Waves Youth Film Program

Presented in cooperation with Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian, Path Waves invites kids to explore the joys and challenges of Native experience in our world today. Hand-drawn animations, reimagined legends, inquisitive documentaries, and fun youth-made live action stories all come together to spark curiosity about the many rich histories and vibrant cultures of indigenous peoples throughout North America. Chartered by an act of Congress in 1989 as the 18th museum of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of American Indian (NMAI) is dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Americas.

All films are in English, or in original language with subtitles in English.Cynthia Benitez, Film & Video Program Specialist for the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian, will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

Path Waves Films Beboon & ZigwaanWinter & SpringJoseph Briski, Darrin Brown, Katrina Ducheneaux, Dylan Headbird, Rain Headbird, Dinyce Howard, Devin Johnson, Eliza KingbirdIn Progress & The Bu O Nay Ge Shig School4 min, Leech Lake Nation, USA, 2013Beboon & Zigwaan is a video short about a traditional Anishinaabe teaching of Winter and Spring. Corriger le tableauCorrecting the ChalkboardEnsemble pour le respect et la diversitéWapikoni Mobile5 min, Canada, 2012On a blank chalkboard, youth from Manawan rewrite the stories of their lives. How Agate Pass Came to BeLonghouse Media3 min, USA, 2013The creation story of Agate Pass is a powerful reminder of tribal relationships to water. Indian TaxiAbraham Côté, Kevin PapatieWapikoni Mobile1 min, Canada, 2011An animated journey through tradition and modernity. Injunuity: The Great LawAdrian Baker9 min, USA, 2013The Haudenosaunee were practicing democracy long before any settler arrived in the New World. How much influence did Haudenosaunee democracy have on our Founding Fathers and on documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution? More than you know. Injunuity: Two SpiritAdrian Baker7 min, USA, 2013Two Spirit: A person of First Nations or Native American descent possessing both a male and female spirit. An umbrella term used to describe the fluidity of First Nations/Native American gender identity and sexuality with respect to traditional tribal roles. La joie de vivreThe Joy of LivingJérémy VassiliouWapikoni Mobile5 min, Canada, 2011Jérémy delivers a message of hope by talking about the things that give him the will to live. My Name is KobeBriana RobertsAIFI Tribal Touring Program8 min, USA, 2010Meet the cat who calls the tribal office home in this work produced in a Tribal Touring Program workshop. People of the WaterLonghouse Media5 min, USA, 2013Suquamish teen Ty Purser harvests seafood as part of his daily life. Join him from sunrise to sunset on this cultural adventure. Respondan a esta videocarta de ChicahuaxtlaRespond to this Video Letter from ChicahuaxtlaGuillermo MonteforteOjo de Agua Comunicación20 min, Mexico, 2012Children from this Triqui community in Oaxaca, Mexico share with us their lives and knowledge, and invite other children from all over the world to respond with another video letter. Shhh!Steven Paul Judd1 min, USA, 2013Something interrupts an elder as he addresses the tribe. Sigo: A Hunter’s StoryLonghouse Media5 min, USA, 2013Sigo tells the story of Ty Purser's family tradition: hunting. Skatne RonatehiarontieThey Grow TogetherMarion Konwennonhon DelarondeRainbowstinks Productions, Husking House Productions6 min, Kahnawake, Canada, 2011An animated re-telling of a traditional Mohawk farming story, told in the Mohawk language. Presented in cooperation with the

 

 
  Xico + Xana

Francisco Morgado

Austria/Portugal, Comedy/Drama/Coming of Age, 201213 min, RED, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

 

Xico is a lonely 9 year old kid who just lost his father. He tries to cope with the loss with his mother but unfortunately a passion for an older neighbor, Xana, throws things out of balance. This is a tale about the loss of innocence we have all experienced and those unique moments that are forever engraved in our childhood memory.

 

US Premierewww.facebook.com/xicoexana 

Print Source: Francisco Morgado, fakano@gmail.com

 

 

 

   
  Un mundo para RaúlA World for Raul

Mauro Mueller

Mexico/Switzerland/USA, Drama/Coming of Age, 201215 min, HDV/HDCAM, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

When thirteen-year-old Raúl is asked to entertain the local landowner's son, a game of power and pride starts between the two boys.

 

Regional Premierewww.unmundopararaul.com

Print Source: Mauro Mueller, maumueller@gmail.com

 

 

 

   
  Quince añosFifteen years

Liliana Torres

Mexico, Drama, 20127 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

On her fifteenth birthday, life reminds Vianney that it isn’t easy being different.

 

Regional Premierewww.imcine.gob.mx/peliculas/4429 

Print Source: Ivan Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

 

 

   
  Don Sabás

Juan Manuel Zuñiga

Mexico, Drama, 201217 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

Don Sabás is the story of a lonely old man waiting for his days to come to an end. Suddenly his boring routine changes when he is left to care for a young boy.

 

US Premierewww.facebook.com/donsabas.cortometraje 

Print Source: Boris Miramontes - CCC, boris@elccc.com.mx

 

 

 

   
  DespiertaWake Up

Fran Moreno

Spain, Fantasy/Drama/Horror, 201219 min, Digital, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

A child with a perfect life suffers a repetitive nightmare in which he recognizes neither his parents nor his own surroundings.

 

Regional Premierewww.sites.google.com/site/offecam/cortometrajes/despierta  

Print Source: OFF ecam, info@offecam.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

 

 

 

 

   
  Clases de baileDance Classes

Katarzyna Michalak

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

 

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

 

North American Premierewww.eictv.org

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

 

 

 

 

   
  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

 

 

 

 

   
  Pude ver un pumaCould See a Puma

Eduardo “Teddy” Williams

Argentina, Experimental/Drama, 201217 min, 16mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

“The accident” leads a group of young boys from their neighborhood rooftops through devastation and the depths of the earth.

 

Regional Premierewww.alexan.com.ar/pudeverunpuma 

Print Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

 

 

 

 

   
  Alma y Esperanza Alma & Esperanza

Itandehui Jansen

Mexico, Family Drama, 201217 min, HD, ColorSpanish, Mixtec with English subtitles

 

ALMA & ESPERANZA is the story of a girl and her grandmother who meet in a moment of grief. Alma is a ten-year old girl living in the US. Esperanza is her 75-year old grandmother living in an indigenous community in the Mexican mountains. They have never met, but with one devastating phone call, Alma will have to travel to her grandmother's village. The girl and her grandmother have no common language, yet they find closeness without words. The film garnered coveted spots in imagineNATIVE and the Cannes International Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2013.

 

Regional Premierewww.listacalistafilms.com 

Print Source: Armando Bautista Garcia, armando@listacalistafilms.com

Wednesday, April 23 - 9:30 pmat the Alamo Drafthouse Village 2Friday, April 25 - 12:30 pmat the Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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  Rojo Red

Carlos Alejandro Molina M.

Venezuela, Drama/Coming of Age, 201320 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

Jesse is an adolescent addicted to chatting. One day an unknown gay “friend” proposes a blind date in a public place, but the boy, not having seen his face, insists he uses a “red” shirt so he can recognize him. What Jesse never imagined was that with that meeting some of his worst fears would come true, beyond anything he could imagine. Along with a stop at the Havana Film Festival, ROJO won both Best Screenplay and Best Short Film at the Entre Largos y Cortos Film Festival.

 

North American Premierewww.tempanofilms.com 

Print Source: Témpano Films & Arts, tempanodifusion@gmail.com, contacto@tempanofilms.com

Friday, April 25th 7:00PMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3Sunday, April 27th 11:00AMAlamo Drafthouse Village 3

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  Buenos días resistencia Good Morning Resistance

Adrián Orr

Spain, Family Documentary, 201320 min, DCP, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

David wakes his three children, even though it is still dark. They begin the day with one objective: get to school on time. This documentary has screened in every corner of the world, from BACIFI to the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the International Festival of Shorts in Istanbul.

 

Texas Premierewww.madridencorto.es/2013/buenos-dias-resistencia 

Print Source: Ismael Martín- Madrid en corto, mail@madridencorto.es

Thursday, April 24th 6:30PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  Godka Cirka A Hole in the Sky

Àlex Lora, Antonio Tibaldi

Spain/USA, Youth/Human Rights/Documentary, 201410 min, DVCPro, ColorSomalian with English subtitles

 

Beerato: a small, little-known area with wide open expanses in wind swept Somaliland. Young Alifa looks up at the Somali sky. She thinks about her daily life as a shepherdess. She knows that the day that will change her life forever is about to come. GODKA CIRCA has had the privilege to be a part of the 2014 Sundance Official Selection and also screened at the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2013.

 

Texas Premierewww.aholeinthesky.org , www.alexlora.es 

Print Source: Eduardo M. Escribano, mailukifilms@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24th 8:45PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  Trazos en la cumbre Drawing on the Heights

Alejandro Victorero, Carlos Alejandro Molina

Venezuela, Documentary/Art/Coming of Age, 201329 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

Golfredo is a fourteen-year-old boy who lives high in the mountains of Mérida, Venezuela, in a little town called Los Nevados. He spends his time working the land, to which his father wants him to devote his life. Although he has serious trouble with his eyesight, his great passion is drawing. TRAZOS EN LA CUMBRE is the true story of how this boy, through his perseverance and goodness, struggles through difficulties to achieve his dream, transforming his life and the life of those around him. The film has charmed audiences at Havana Film Festival and won the Grand Prize for Short Film, Best Short Documentary, and Best Screenplay at the Barquisimeto Short Film Festival.

 

North American Premierewww.tempanofilms.com 

Print Source: Témpano Films & Arts, tempanodifusion@gmail.com, contacto@tempanofilms.com

Saturday, April 26th 4:00PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  Mundos Diferentes, Episodes 1-8

Produced by high school students at the Austin School of Film

Student filmmakers will be present for a Q&A session after the screening

"Hey baby, qué pasó?" A totally different take on the bi-cultural teenage world of sex, drugs, and Tejano rock 'n' roll, that's what's up. Produced entirely by high school students at the Austin School of Film, MUNDOS DIFERENTES is a telenovela that reflects the true-to-life highs and lows of life, love, and loss as seen through the eyes of a quartet of young Latinos in a modern American high school in Austin, Texas. Maria, Alejandra, Christina, and Alex face daily challenges not only of teen life but also specific cross-cultural conflicts: a forgotten sister left behind, a young fugitive fleeing the grim specter of cartel violence, forbidden loves, and buried pasts that are not, perhaps, as deeply interred as they would like. 

Presented in cooperation with the Austin School of Film.

Saturday, April 26 - 10:00 AMat the MACC

Free admission

 

 

 
  Route 22

Malina Panovich

USA, Drama/Coming of Age/Reality, 201210 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

Ana, a quiet, gay teenager, encounters resistance and acceptance from different women in her life. She tries to connect with her opinionated Hispanic mother Mercedes, Jessica, a tall blond from school, and an intriguing girl named Olive she sees at the bus station, all in the course of single day.

 

Regional Premierewww.facebook.com/pages/Route-22/337629839606883  

Print Source: Malina Panovich, mpanovich@utexas.edu

 

  

 

 

   
  Flutter

Sam Lerma

USA, Drama, 20128 min, HDV/HDCAM, ColorEnglish

 

A father takes his daughter on a bike ride through the heart of the city's green space to get to a birthday party.  The day does not end as expected.

 

Austin Premiere

Print Source: Sam Lerma, samuellerma@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

   
Mosquita y Mari

Aurora Guerrero

USA, Drama/Coming-of-Age, 2011

85 min, HD, Color

English, Spanish with English subtitles

Mosquita y Mari tells the story of two 15-year-old girls growing up in Los Angeles. When Yolanda meets her new neighbor, all they see in each other are differences. As an only child to her older, immigrant parents, Yolanda’s sole concern is going to college. For her part, street-smart Mari has to hustle to help her undocumented family stay above water. Despite Yolanda and Mari's contrasting approach to survival, they are soon brought together when Mari is almost expelled after saving Yolanda from an incident at school. Determined to call it even, Yolanda convinces Mari to let her tutor her to prove to the school’s principal that she’s more than a delinquent. They then forge a friendship that soon proves more complex and sensual than anticipated. Mosquita y Mari premiered earlier this year at Sundance Film Festival.

Austin Premiere

www.mosquitaymari.com

Aurora Guerrero's short films include Pura Lengua and Viernes Girl. Mosquita y Mari participated in Tribeca All Access and the 2009 Film Independent Producers Lab. Most recently, Mosquita y Mari was awarded the 2011 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant and an LG Cinema 3D Fellowship, and Guerrero was named a Time Warner Fellow. Guerrero holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Psychology and Chicano Studies, and from CalArts in Directing.

Producer: Chad Burris

Production Companies: Indion Entertainment Group, Maya Entertainment

Screenwriter: Aurora Guerrero

Cinematographer: Megela Croisignani

Editor: Augie Robles

Music: Ryan Beveridge

Cast: Fenessa Pineda, Venecia Troncoso, Laura Patalano, Joaquín Garrido, Dulce Maria Solis, Omar Leyva

Print Source: Jeffrey Winter - New American Vision, jeffrey@newamericanvision.com

Saturday, April 28 - 2:15 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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Camera obscura

Maru Solores

Spain, Drama/Coming of Age/Disability, 201194 min, RED, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

Ane, a blind girl on the verge of puberty, discovers photography and her first love at the hands of her uncle Antonio, a mysterious photographer who returns after a long time to the family home, where they spend the summer. Overprotected by her parents, who want to try another operation to restore her vision, and isolated by other teenagers, Ane spends her time capturing with her camera things that nobody wants to see, and which will shed new light on familial dynamics. Finally, disappointed by the adults in her life, Ane has to finds her own way to navigate the world as a teenager and as a blind person. Camera obscura premiered at the Valladolid International Film Festival.

 

North American Premiere

www.cameraobscura.es

 

Maru Solores (Donosti, 1968) studied at the School of Cinema and Video of Andoain, Gipuzkoa. Also, she took part in film workshops given by the scriptwriter Michel Gaztambide and the director Jose Luis Guerín. Then, she moved to Berlin and studied Film Direction at the Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie Berlin. She directed many short films in 16mm, 35mm and documentaries. Her short film in 35mm, Dortoka Uhartea, won many international awards. After 10 years in Berlin, she returned to the Basque Country. She has worked in television (as a producer, TV director and editor), in film editing, and teaching.

 

Producer: Carlos Juárez, Raquel PereaProduction Companies: Basque FilmsScreenwriter: Ruth Rehmet, Maru SoloresCinematographer: Frank AmannEditor: Juan OrtuosteSound Design: Martín GuridiMusic: Pablo CervantesCast: Jaqueline Duarte, Leyre Berrocal, Víctor Clavijo, Josean Bengoetxea, Pello MadariagaPrint Source: Carlos Juárez, info@basquefilms.com

Friday, April 27 - 12:30 PM

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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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Las malas intencionesThe Bad Intentions

Rosario Garcia-Montero

Peru/Argentina/Germany, Drama, 2011107 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Peru, 1982. Cayetana, a nine-year-old girl, grows up in a privileged household in Lima. She is raised by maids. Her mother is abroad for several months with her stepfather, studying. Finally, the couple returns and Cayetana learns that her mother is pregnant. She becomes convinced that she will have to die the day her brother is born. This film is a life-affirming and humorous journey into both the reality and imagination of a 9-year-old, as seen through the eyes of South American Magical Realism. This award-winning film has played around the world, including being honored as Best Film at the Mar del Plata Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.lasmalasintenciones.com

Rosario Garcia-Montero has an international education in film, which ranges from her degree in Film Studies from the University of Lima, her M.A. in Film from the New School University in New York, and workshops at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV) in Cuba, where she worked on the script for Las malas intenciones.

Producer: Benito Mueller, Wolfgang Müller, Paul TypaldosProduction Companies: Garmont Films, Barry Films, Steve AkermanScreenwriter: Rosario Garcia-MonteroCinematographer: Rodrigo PulpeiroEditor: Rosario SuárezSound Design: Guido BerenblumCast: Fátima Buntinx, Katerina D'Onofrio, Paul Vega, Kani Hart, Melchor Gorrochátegui, Jean Paul Strauss, Alberick García, Nicolás Fantinato, Carlos Vertiz, Pietro Sibille, Fernando de Soria, Claudia Dammert Print Source: Ondamax Films, info@ondamaxfilms.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 PM

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Saturday, April 28 - 11:30 AM

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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

  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

 

 

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

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

BurrosDonkeys

Odín Salazar Flores

Mexico, Drama/Coming of Age, 201190 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

People tend to forget that donkeys, apart from being stubborn and hard-working, are also characterized by their invaluable ability to carry other people's burdens. Lautaro is a young boy growing up in the inner Guerero State of Mexico during the 40s. After his father is murdered, his mother decides to send him away to live with his aunt, lest the murderers decide to do the same to her son. While Lautaro is sad about being away from his family, he makes an exciting new discovery, as he is introduced for the first time to the world of the spirits. With one foot firmly in the dimension of realism, and the other reaching out to the universe of magic, Burros follows Lautaro in his abrupt coming-of-age journey, as he is forced to carry an inherited responsibility. This award winning film has screened internationally, including receiving commendations for Best Director and Photography from Guadalajara International Film Festival.

US Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

Odín Salazar Flores was born in Mexico City in 1969. He attended Engineering School for five years before he began studying film at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC) at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), where he majored as in film direction in 2000. Since 2001 he worked as 1AD in several films, documentaries and TV series.

Producer: Elsa Reyes GarcíaProduction Companies: IMCINE, Burros FilmsScreenwriter: Odín Salazar FloresCinematographer: Alejandro CantúEditor: Pedro JiménezSound Design: Pablo TamezCast: Abimael Orozco, Leticia Gutierrez, Alfredo HerreraPrint Source: Iván Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

Thursday, April 26 - 4:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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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

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

Balanços e MilkshakesSwings and Milkshakes

Erick Ricco, Fernando Mendes

Brazil, Animation, 201010 min, HD, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

This animated short film is about a dark-haired boy and a girl with large eyes. They meet and become friends over an innocent game of hopscotch. The children begin spending all their time together. As time passes, the boy and girl become very happy to be together. Balanços e Milkshakes tells the story of first, timid love and happiness from sharing time together. Balanços e Milkshakes received resources from the Filme em Minas Award and the Belo Horizonte Cultural Fund.

US Premiere

wwww.balancosemilkshakes.com

Erick Ricco was born in 1985 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Balanços e Milkshakes (Swings and Milkshakes) which he wrote and co-directed received the Filme em Minas Award and Belo Horizonte Cultural Fund.

Co-director Fernando Mendes was also born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where he currently works mainly as an independent director and editor, and is part of the experimental duet “eocopo”.

Producer: Fernanda Salgado, Thais PimentaScreenwriter: Erick RiccoCinematographer: Erick RiccoEditor: Erick Ricco, Fernando MendesMusic: eocopoCast: Ana Clara Moreira, Paulo Kayser Maia, Bruno Miglioli Cunha (narrator)Print Source: Apiário, alo@apiario.net

Friday, April 27 - 7:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for El estudiante

Hit Me with Music

Miquel Galofré

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

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

US Premiere

www.facebook.com/pages/Hit-Me-With-Music-the-documentary/111430962256965

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

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

Thursday, April 26 - 8:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

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

2012 Emergencia Youth Film Program Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural CenterSaturday, April 28 1:00pm - FREE!

 

Emergencia Jury Special Presentation

 

FacingSofia Castellanos, Ulyses CastellanosCinema Du Cannes Project5 min, Austin, TX, 2011

Through the eyes of a mime, the streets of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico are filled with many stages that purport scenes of violence, apathy and human suffering.

 

 

FallenSofia CastellanosCinema Du Cannes Project15 min, Austin, TX, 2011

Struggling with being the only survivor of a fatal accident that left both his parents dead, Octavio must confront his inner demons while trying to maintain stability within his life.

 

 

Emergencia Youth Film Competition

 

Billy Lesko Cromwell - The Water BottleAmber CordovaMustang Cinema Club3 min, San Antonio, TX, 2010

A wealthy water bottle experiences a life-changing downfall.

 

 

CempasúchilesMarigoldsCésar MartínezSay Sí13 min, San Antonio, TX, 2011

A lost soul must find his way back to the heart of his loved one on the Day of the Dead.

 

 

FriendShipGalder Sacanell3 min, Spain, 2011

FriendShip is not as simple as it seems. Sometimes we gain or lose friends over the most trivial matters, but only the most skillful are able to keep them.

Futures for GrantedMiranda Whitus, Omar HilarioSay Sí9 min, San Antonio, TX, 2011

A short documentary about the repercussions of the school budget cuts implemented in the North East School District in San Antonio, TX.

How the Chipmunk Got Its StripesTulalip Native LensLonghouse Media3 min, Tulalip Reservation, WA, 2011

An animated story of how the Chipmunk got its stripes.

Le Petit ChefThe Small ChefSara Martin7 min, Whittier, CA, 2011

A young boy wants to become a chef in Paris, France, but needs to gain the approval of his father to have his dream become a reality.

One Final FlowerPeter RodriguezReal to Reel, RAW Art Works6 min, Lynn, MA, 2011

A narrative poem showing the experience and emotions of a child dealing with the loss of a loved one.

 

Peace Be upon YouMia Kozlovsky, Ricardo Castro, Marcos Kauffman, Bernard KauffmanSay Sí9 min, San Antonio, TX, 2011

A short documentary about the Muslim community in San Antonio, TX.

Piolas, PaúlAdrián MacíasLa Poderosa Media Project8 min, Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador, 2011

A young boy searches for work to appease his alcoholic mother and discovers he possesses a profitable talent.

The DreamerEmileigh PotterSay Sí14 min, San Antonio, TX, 2011

A look at the struggles that Bennie Veliz, the poster child for the DREAM Act, has encountered to fulfill her dream.

Una educaciónAn EducationCandida Duran, Adriana MartinezSpy Hop Productions6 min, Salt Lake City, UT, 2011

A teenage girl chronicles the trials of moving to the United States from Mexico to study in an English school.

 

 

With Kindness & Respect: Teachings from the Blackfeet NationDale Marceau, Charles Pree, Teance Bareleggings, Trevor BareleggingsIn Progress17 min, St. Paul, MN, 2011

A docu-drama that demonstrates the pride Apache youth have in their culture, the love and care they have for others, and their commitment to become strong Apache leaders.

 

 

 

 

Pantocrator: El Cristo Emperador Pantocrator: The Christ Emperor

Mauricio Grez Traverso

Chile, Drama, 2009 10 min, HD XDCAM, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

17 year-old Lucas is a student at a very religious Catholic high school. Though planning on becoming a priest, when he finds out that his girlfriend is pregnant with his child, he is forced to choose between her and his career.

 

World Premiere

Producer: Michelle Bossy, Alejandro Urzúa Production Companies: Instituto Profesional ARCOS Screenwriter: Mauricio Grez Traverso Cinematographer: Christián Inostroza Editor: Franco Celis Sound Design: Sebastián León, Daniel Pacheco Music: Claude Debussy, Ludwig Van Beethoven Cast: Franco Toledo, Paola Aravena, Christián Marambio Print Source: Andrea Sarabia D. - IP ARCOS, extensioncineycav@gmail.com

 

Alamo South Lamar - Mon. April 25 7:00 PM

Opens for La mirada invisible

 

Ofelia

Anita Sinkovic

Spain, Drama/Suspense, 2010 10 min, Red One, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

On a stormy afternoon, while her parents are arguing, 7 year-old Ofelia runs away from home to look for her cat. Both Ofelia and her cat wander separately through the streets in the intense rain; but for Ofelia anything is better than bearing the daily hell at home.

 

International Premiere

Producer: Jacobo Rispa, Carlo D'Ursi, Sergio Rispa Production Companies: Grupo Salvaje Films, Spanish Ministry of Culture Screenwriter: Jacobo Rispa, Javier Gancedo Cinematographer: Juanjo Sánchez Editor: Silvina Soto Sound Design: Jaime Llanos, Jose Luis Canalejos Music: Julio de la Rosa Cast: Miriam Martín, Ana Turpin, Jesús Fuerte Print Source: Potenza Producciones, info@potenzaproducciones.com

 

Alamo South Lamar - Tue. April 26 4:00 PM

Opens for Miss Tacuarembó

 

Mañana Tomorrow

Felipe Holguin

Colombia, Drama, 2009 13 min, 16mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Ramon is a 10 year-old boy living with his mother, Mayi, in a poor neighborhood of Cartagena, Colombia. He dreams of becoming a great soccer player just like his father, whom he has never met. But Mayi is against this dream, believing she will end up alone and abandoned by Ramon, just as she was by Ramon's father. The situation becomes complicated in the lead-up to an important match for Ramon.

 

Austin Premiere

www.vimeo.com/cumbiafilms

 

Producer: Maria Teresa Gaviria Production Companies: Cumbia Films Screenwriter: Felipe Holguin Cinematographer: Alex Khudokon Editor: Firasz Akkach Sound Design: Juan Daniel Caro Music: Systema Solar Cast: Andres Castelar, Alberto Borja, Marta Melendez Print Source: Maria Teresa Gaviria - Cumbia Films, cumbiafilms@gmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterTue. April 26 6:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Bombito chin chin tira el pie

Alberto Gajardo Araneda

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

 

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

 

Regional Premiere

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

 

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

Opens for Seguir siendo: Café Tacvba

 

La pelota de fútbol The Soccer Ball

Laura González Fernández

Spain/Uruguay, Drama, 2009 11 min, DVCPro HD, Color Spanish, Moroccan with English subtitles

 

A Latino boy, a Spanish girl, and a Moroccan boy want to play soccer together, but their parents are opposed to the interaction.

 

North American Premiere

lapelotadefutbol.blogspot.com

 

Producer: Laura González Fernández Production Companies: La Uruguaya Films Screenwriter: Laura González Fernández Cinematographer: David Avila Editor: Thomas Prinzivalli Sound Design: Manuel Manzano, Martín Gamarra Music: Batuseira y Bitxo Malo Cast: Brandon Lastra, Mohamed El Kadmiri, Andrea Parada, Cecilia Voter Print Source: Laura González Fernández - La Uruguaya Films, lauruguayafilms@hotmail.com

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sun. April 24 7:00 PM

Opens for Jean Gentil

 

Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives

Nancy Kelly

USA, Documentary, 2010 78 min, MiniDV, Color English

 

Trust follows Marlin, a young Hondureña living in Chicago who has lived through some of the harshest cruelties imaginable: sexual abuse followed by severe depression. Propelled by her participation in the Albany Park Theater Project, a neighborhood teen theater company which makes original plays based on company members' stories, Marlin experiences a healthy movement away from identifying herself with those traumas in a documentary that is both uplifting and transformative.

 

Texas Premiere

www.trustdocumentary.org

 

Nancy Kelly, a veteran independent filmmaker of more than 25 years, is director of Smitten, Downside UP, and Thousand Pieces of Gold. Currently she is in production on Moments in Time, about how the Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area were saved from development.

 

Producer: Nancy Kelly Production Companies: Kelly+Yamamoto Productions Screenwriter: Nancy Kelly Cinematographer: Daniel B. Gold, Dana Kupper Editor: Kenji Yamamoto Sound Design: Phil Perkins Music: Todd Boekelheide Print Source Contact: Nancy Kelly - Kelly+Yamamoto Productions, nancy@kelly-yamamoto.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterWed. April 27 8:00 PM FREE!

 

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!

 

 

Boys of Summer

Keith Aumont

USA/Curaçao, Documentary, 2010 93 min, HD, Color Papiamentu, English with English subtitles

 

On a tiny Caribbean island, the Curaçao All-Stars have competed at the Little League World Series for an incredible seven consecutive years. They routinely beat teams from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in the hopes of making it to the finals in the US. Over the course of one season, the boys face injuries and obstacles as they try to keep the winning streak alive. Team manager Vernon Isabella and his players learn the meaning of national pride in a story that travels from a humble island ball field to the international spotlight and back.

 

Texas Premiere

www.boysofsummerfilm.com

 

Keith Aumont is the director of two previous short films, American Exquisite and Joint Custody. Boys of Summer is his first feature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Ariana Garfinkel Production Companies: The Putty Division, Reno Productions Cinematographer: Keith Aumont Editor: Keiran Watson-Bonnice Sound Design: Carmine Degennaro Music: Jay Israelson Print Source: Ariana Garfinkel, ariana@boysofsummerfilm.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterTue. April 26 6:00 PM FREE!

 

New Children / New York Compilation

The film New Children/New York, in Cine Las Americas' Feature Documentaries in Competition this year, documents the process by which three Latino Youths from inner-city New York learn to pick up the camera and tell their own stories in their own ways through that medium. We are proud to present this compilation of New Children/New York youth films, representing many of the youth who participated in the workshops, beyond the three profiled in the documentary.

Desconocido Stranger Fausto el Piro 11 min, Ecuador, 2010

Fight Fight Fight! New Children/New York Youth Group 7 min, USA/Ecuador/Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic/Mexico, 2010

G-Boys Bryan Lopez 8 min, Puerto Rico, 2010

iTofu Desiree Camacho 6 min, Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic, 2010

Mojados Miriam Patricia Torres 6 min, Ecuador, 2010

My Life Kelvin Lara 6 min, Dominican Republic, 2010

Sad Churro Family Joshua Carrero 7 min, Puerto Rico/Aruba/USA, 2010

Toronjil con 12 esencias Toronjil with 12 Essences Miriam Patricia Torres 15 min, Ecuador, 2010

Un Ecuatoriano en Nueva York An Ecuadoran in New York Fausto El Piro 5 min, Ecuador, 2010

Wrong Way Michael Vasquez 8 min, Colombia, 2010

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 2:30 PM

FREE!

 

New Children / New York

Gisela Sanders Alcántara

USA/Chile/Guatemala/Mexico/Puerto Rico, Documentary, 2010 63 min, MiniDV, Color English, Spanish with Spanish and English subtitles

 

New Children/New York is an intimate portrait of the struggles and perseverance of young immigrants coming of age in inner-city New York. Set in a community workshop in Bushwick, a low-income neighborhood of Brooklyn with many Latino immigrants, the documentary follows three young people who are studying filmmaking. Their gripping, self-exploratory films, excerpted throughout the documentary, reveal the confidential perceptions of these youth who dramatically straddle the opposing cultures of the U.S. and their homelands. They confront accounts of lost tradition, family separation, death and destitution, and ultimately are galvanized to explore their histories to understand who they are, where they come from and where they're going.

 

Regional Premiere

www.newchildren-newyork.com, www.ojo-de-agua.org

 

A graduate of The City College of New York and the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico, the past work of Gisela Sanders Alcántara includes the dance film series Parallelos and Al borde del cuerpo. Currently she works at CUNY TV and teaches video production with the La Union community organization.

 

Producer: Lauren Mucciolo Production Companies: Ojo de Agua Arte y Producción Screenwriter: Lauren Mucciolo Cinematographer: Dan Akiba Editor: Andrea Chignoli Sound Design: Giacomo Buonafina Music: Maya Martinez, Yarimir Caban Cast: Desiree Camacho, Fausto El Piro, Miriam Patricia Torres, Lauren Mucciolo, Gisela Sanders Alcántara Print Source: Lauren Mucciolo, newchildrennewyork@gmail.com

 

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 1:00 PMFREE!

 

Go For It!

Carmen Marron

USA, Drama/Coming-of-Age, 2011 83 min, Digital, Color English

 

Carmen, a 19 year-old student raised in inner-city Chicago, is trying to find her identity. She spends most of her time in underground clubs enjoying her true passion: dance. Afraid to believe in herself, and not receiving much support from her parents, she is challenged by her professor to audition for a formal dance school in California. While confronting these and other obstacles, she also encounters the biggest chance of her life. Go For It! was inspired by the director's experiences as a street dancer growing up in Chicago, and serves as hopeful inspiration for urban youth to believe in their inner-strength and follow their dreams. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival.

 

Austin Premiere

www.goforitmovie.com

 

Carmen Marron, a Chicago native and former elementary school guidance counselor, began the screenplay for Go For It! as a response to the portrayals of minorities in TV and film. Founder of Sparkhope Productions, she is dedicated to creating films that address women's issues and cultural diversity.

 

Producer: Carmen Marron, Sid Idris Production Companies: Sparkhope Productions Screenwriter: Carmen Marron Cinematographer: Christian Sprenger Editor: Carmen Marron, Anthony David, John Coniglio Sound Design: David Barber, Michael Crosby, Kevin Faber Music: Kenny Wood Cast: Aimee Garcia, Al Bandiero, Jossara Jinaro, Derrick Denicola, Louie Alegria, Andres Perez-Molina, David Hernandez, Gustavo Mellado, Rene Rosado, Liliana Montenegro, Safia Hannin, Peggy Lee Goss, Brad Armacost, Lisa Roumain, David Ross Paterson, Daniel Yabut, Carlos Pratts, Katie L. Hall, Gil Menchaca Print Source: Carmen Marron, carmen@sparkhope.com

 

Photo Courtesy of Sparkhope Productions

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 7:00 PM Buy Tickets for Film

 

Master Class - Mexican American Cultural Center - Mon. April 25 4PM - FREE Master Classes!

Gestación Gestation

Esteban Ramírez

Costa Rica, Drama, 2009 91 min, HD, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Jessie is a happy, pretty girl living in a modest part of San José, Costa Rica. The daughter of a religious single mother, she attends a private Catholic school on a scholarship. Teo is a charismatic, mischievous only-child living in an upper middle class area with his strict mother. One mistake will put both Jessie and Teo's lives and love to test in a story based on true events. Winner of the Best Film Award at the Trieste International Film Festival.

 

Texas Premiere

www.gestacionlapelicula.com

 

A graduate of the Universidad de Costa Rica, Esteban Ramírez directed the award-winning, box-office hit Caribe. Another box-office success in Costa Rica, Gestación is his second feature.

 

 

Producer: Gabriel Gonzáles, Esteban Ramírez Production Companies: Cinetel Screenwriter: Esteban Ramírez, María Silva Cinematographer: Eduardo Flores Editor: Pablo Rojas, Felipe Lacerda Sound Design: Nano Flores Music: Bernal Villegas Cast: Adriana Álvares, Edgar Róman, María Bonilla, Natalia Arias, Abelardo Vladich Print Source: Pilar Rico - Domain Entertainment, pilar@hffny.com

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sun. April 24 12:30 PM Buy Tickets

 

A Alegria The Joy

Felipe Bragança, Marina Meliande

Brazil, Drama, 2010 100 min, HD, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

A fairy tale about youth and courage, A Alegria tells the story of 16-year-old Luiza, a girl who is tired of hearing about the end of the world. During the Christmas holidays, her cousin João is shot in a poor neighborhood of the city and disappears into the middle of the night. Some weeks after, while Luiza is alone in her apartment, she finds a mysterious guest waiting for her in the living room: João, as a ghost, asking her to help hide him.

 

Regional Premiere

www.figafilms.com

 

Felipe Bragança and Marina Meliande, both 29 years old, are part of a new generation of Brazilian filmmakers. Together they developed the Coração no Fogo Trilogy as a way of questioning some realistic traditions in Brazilian movies. A Alegria is the second film of the trilogy.

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Lara Frigotto, Felipe Bragança, Marina Meliande Production Companies: Duas Mariola Filmes Screenwriter: Felipe Bragança Cinematographer: Andra Capella Editor: Marina Meliande Sound Design: Felippe Mussel Music: Lucas Marcier Cast: Tainá Medina, Cesar Cardadeiro, Flora Dias, Rikle Jeová Print Source: Alex Garcia - FiGa Films, alex@figafilms.com

 

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 4:00 PM Buy Tickets

 

Down for Life

Alan Jacobs

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

 

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

 

Austin Premiere

www.downforlifemovie.com

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Master Class - Mexican American Cultural Center - Thurs. April 28 4PM - FREE Master Classes!

 

As a celebration of young filmmakers, Cine Las Americas presents the Emergencia Youth Film Competition, a special section of the festival  open to filmmakers ages 19 and younger.

 

The 2010 Emergencia screenings contain a great selection of youth films produced by a diversity of individuals and organizations. The selection includes works from the multidisciplinary arts program Say Si! in San Antonio TX, the Real to Reel Digital School in Lynn MA, Puyallup youth from Seattle WA, Navajo youth from Arizona, the Global Action Project in New York City, and young filmmakers in California.

 

The award for Best Emergencia Film will be granted by an invited Youth Film Jury, comprised of students who attend the Boys and Girls Club of the Austin Area after-school programs at LBJ High School in Austin.

 

Thursday April 22 – 4 to 7 PM – FREE!

Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC)

600 River Street, Map

 

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