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BonsáiBonsai

Cristián Jiménez

Chile/France/Argentina/Portugal, Drama/Comedy, 201195 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

This charming debut celebrates love, literature and botany in the portrayal of a struggling writer, who, in order to keep up a lie that he has told his current lover, finds himself writing a book about his very first experience with love. Nostalgic and moving, Jiménez captures the essence of first love, and the loss of innocence that occurs when it disappears. This film has played all over the world, including in Un Certain Regard at Cannes and at the Toronto International Film Festival; winner of the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film at Havana Film Festival, and both the Grand Jury Prize (Ibero-American Competition) and the Jordan Alexander Kressler Screenwriting Award at Miami Film Festival.

Co-presented by Austin Film Society

Austin Premiere

Cristián Jiménez was born in Valdivia, Chile in 1975. Before becoming a filmmaker, he wrote short stories and studied sociology in Santiago de Chile, Heidelberg and London. His first feature film, Ilusiones ópticas, a deadpan dramatic comedy where different lives intersect during a grey winter in Valdivia, premiered in San Sebastián in 2009. He wrote and directed several short films, among them El Tesoro de los Caracoles and XX, co-wrote the feature films 199 Recetas para ser Feliz and Los Debutantes, and worked as a TV producer in the UK during 3 years.

Producer: Bruno Bettati, Julie Gayet, Nadia TurincevScreenwriter: Cristián JiménezCinematographer: Inti BrionesEditor: Soledad SalfateSound Design: Manuel RoblesMusic: Caroline Chaspoul, Eduardo HenríquezCast: Diego Noguera, Natalia Galgani, Gabriela Arancibia, Trinidad González, Hugo Medina

Print Source: Brandon Peters - Strand Releasing, Brandon@strandreleasing.com

Thursday, April 26 - 7:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Screening followed by Skype Q&A with director Cristián Jiménez

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El estudianteThe Student

Santiago Mitre

Argentina, Drama/Thriller, 2011110 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Roque is a handsome young Argentinian just arrived from the provinces to start his studies at the University of Buenos Aires. One of his many sexual conquests is Paola, a pretty but tough young adjunct professor who leads him into the thick of the school's vibrant political life. Soon he meets Alberto, a retired politician who becomes his mentor; Roque quickly learns the ropes and uses his charisma to rise through the ranks and become a student leader and organizer, navigating idealism and betrayals, propelled by his driving ambition. This film has enjoyed success from BAFICI to Toronto International Film Festival, and many places in between, including being honored with numerous accolades by Argentina's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Texas Premiere

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Santiago Mitre was born in Buenos Aires. Known for co-writing the feature films Lion's Den and Carancho with Pablo Trapero, he has also written and directed the short film El Escondite. He co-wrote and co-directed the 2010 feature El amor (primera parte). El estudiante is his solo feature debut.

Producer: Agustina Llambi Campbell, Santiago Mitre, Fernando BromScreenwriter: Santiago MitreCinematographer: Gustavo Biazzi, Soledad Rodríguez, Federico Cantini, Alejo MaglioEditor: Delfina Castagnino Music: Los NatasCast: Esteban Lamothe, Romina Paula, Ricardo Félix, Valeria Correa

Print Source: Agustina Llambi Campbell, launiondelosrios@gmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 7:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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ExtraterrestreExtraterrestrial

Nacho Vigalondo

Spain, Comedy/Drama/Sci-Fi, 201190 min, RedOne, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Julio wakes up with one hell of a hangover. As he gradually takes in his surroundings, it's obvious he's not in his own bed. He introduces himself to Julia, his apparent hookup from the night before, and they go through the typically awkward conversation. Julia is clearly trying to get him out of her apartment as soon as possible. But as he gathers his belongings, they realize that things are much too quiet, even for a Sunday. A quick trip to the balcony reveals absolutely no one on the street. They gaze off into the distance and see a huge spaceship looming on the horizon. While they struggle to understand what they're seeing, Julia's neighbor Angel stops by. Angel brings news of the alien invasion, and it becomes apparent that he's obsessed with Julia and maybe even spying on the apartment. When Julia's live-in boyfriend Carlos comes home, things become even more complicated. (Synopsis by Luke Mullen)

Co-presented by Fantastic Fest

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Nacho Vigalondo was born in Cabezón de la Sal, Cantabria, Spain. He studied Audiovisuals at the University of the Basque Country, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and of the European Film Academy (EFA). He received an Academy Award® nomination for short film 7:35 de la Mañana (2003). His feature films are Timecrimes (2007) and Extraterrestrial (2011).

Producer: Nahikari IpiñaProduction Companies: Sayaka Producciones, Apaches Entertainment, Antena 3 FilmsScreenwriter: Nacho VigalondoCinematographer: Jon D. DomínguezEditor: Jon D. DomínguezSound Design: Roberto FernandezMusic: Jorge MagazCast: Michelle Jenner, Julián Villagrán, Carlos Areces, Miguel Noguera, Raúl Cimas

Print Source: Brian Parsons - Tugg, Inc., brianp@tugginc.com

Saturday, April 28 - 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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Gordo, calvo y bajitoFat, Bald, Short Man

Carlos Osuna

Colombia, Black Comedy/Drama/Animation, 201190 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Antonio Farfán is a middle-aged man who works in a notary's office. He has always believed he is a failure because he is bald, short and fat. Though his mind is never silent, his life goes along almost uneventfully until the new notary arrives: a fatter, balder and shorter man who, unlike Antonio, is successful and loved by others. Dazed and confused, Antonio is now thrown out to the real world where he faces his own fears and ends up living pretty unexpected situations. With an animation style all its own, playing smartly with depth of field, Gordo, calvo y bajito is an impressive cinematic debut, screening internationally and recently receiving a Special Mention at the Warsaw Film Festival.

Austin Premiere

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Carlos Osuna was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1980. He received a Master's degree in Visual Arts from the Javeriana University. In 2009, he was awarded a grant from the Francisco Javier Fund for Social Projects for his documentary Giving Life to Life, and in 2002, his short video, Watch TV, won the Pre-Columbian Gold Circle Award at the Bogotá Film Festival. Gordo, calvo y bajito is his first feature film.

Producer: Carlos Osuna, Juan Mauricio RuizProduction Companies: Malta CineScreenwriter: Carlos Osuna, Juan Mauricio RuizCinematographer: Yomayra Puentes, Guillermo SantosEditor: Carlos OsunaSound Design: Diego Castillo, Diego Gomez, Andrés Martínez, Juan David Quintero Music: Leonardo Bohórquez, Alejandro QuinteroCast: Álvaro Bayona, Fernando Arévalo, Jairo Camargo, Julio Medina, Ernesto Benjumea, Nicolás Montero, Juan Manuel Combariza, Sandra Reyes, Marcela Mar, Juan Diego Bernal, Elkin Díaz, Juan Felipe Ortiz, Florina Lemaitre

Print Source: Jeremy Quist - The Global Film Initiative, bookings@globalfilm.org

Saturday, April 28 - 4:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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Fat, Bald, Short Man is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2012 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org.

José e PilarJose and Pilar

Miguel Gonçalves Mendes

Spain/Portugal, Documentary, 2010117 min, DigiBeta, ColorSpanish, Portuguese with English subtitles

José e Pilar is a deeply moving story about love, loss and literature. It follows the days of José Saramago, the Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, and his wife, Pilar del Río. The film shows their whirlwind life of international travel, his passion for completing his last masterpiece, The Elephant's Journey, and how their love quietly sustains them throughout. José e Pilar reveals the hidden Saramago, unravels any preconceived notions about him, and proves that genius and simplicity are indeed compatible. It is a funny and touching portrait on the endurance of the artistic spirit. A glimpse into the life of one of the greatest creators of the 20th century, it shows us that, as Saramago says, "There is always another way to say everything." This life-affirming film has charmed audiences and juries world wide, and was Portugal's official entry to the 2012 Academy Awards.

Austin Premiere

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Miguel Gonçalves Mendes is a Portuguese film director, screenwriter, and film producer. Since the early 2000s he's worked on a number of shorts and features, generating a filmography that has taken him to renowned film festivals around the globe.

Producer: Agustín Almodóvar, Bel Berlinck, Esther García, Fernando Meirelles, Miguel Gonçalves MendesProduction Companies: JumpCutCinematographer: Daniel NevesEditor: Cláudia Rita OliveiraSound Design: Alessandro Laroca, Armando TorresCast: José Saramago, Pilar del Río, Gael García Bernal, Fernando Meirelles

Print Source: Paul Hudson - Outsider Pictures, info@outsiderpictures.us

Wednesday, April 25 - 7:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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Los viejosThe Parents

Martín Boulocq

Bolivia, Drama, 201173 min, RED/HD, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish with English subtitles

Toño sets off on a long journey back to his hometown in the south of Bolivia. Many years have passed since he was kicked out of his home, where things have now changed with his family. Mario, his adopted father, suffers from a crippling disease and cannot speak. Ana, with whom he shared his childhood and who was also his first love, is now a single mother with a 9-year-old boy. With silent characters, recurring dreams, long walks through the countryside, childhood friends with almost nothing in common, Los viejos is a film about absence and loneliness, banishment and abrupt separations, and, above all, it is a story about the attempt to reconcile with the past. Los viejos enjoyed its world premiere at Busan International Film Festival and continues on a successful festival run.

North American  Premiere

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Martín Boulocq was born in 1980 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He dropped out of his Philosophy and Social Communication studies in order to write and direct his first feature Lo más bonito y mis mejores años, which garnered awards at the Guadalajara, Havana, and Valdivia film festivals. He later founded the company CQ Films.

Producer: Alba BalderramaProduction Companies: CQ FilmsScreenwriter: Martín Boulocq, Rodrigo HasbunCinematographer: Daniela CajíasEditor: Martín Boulocq, Salvy FuentesSound Design: Martín García ServentiMusic: Ronisch, Ramiro Robles, Grillo VillegasCast: Andrea Camponovo, Fabricio Camponovo, Roberto Guihon, Julio Iglesias

Print Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

Sunday, April 29 - 4:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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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

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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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SalSalt

Diego Rougier

Argentina/Chile, Western/Drama/Comedy, 2011112 min, RED/Super 16mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

A Spanish film director obsessed with making a Western decides to go to Northern Chile in search of a story for his screenplay. Once there, he gets confused for another man, and a real adventure begins. Now he will have a good script... if he leaves alive. This is the story of a man with no history, the journey of an author becoming his own character and his impossible return. Sal has enjoyed successful festival screenings including at Stockholm Film Festival and the Viña del Mar International Film Festival, and is set for a theatrical run later this year.

Co-presented by Fantastic Fest

Texas Premiere

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Born in Buenos Aires in 1970, Diego Rougier has built a successful career as a director of music videos, soap operas, TV series, and short films. Most recently he wrote and directed the short films Demasiado joven, Debut y despedida, Escorbo and Otro Domingo, as well as the series La Colonia for three seasons. Sal, which he wrote and directed, is his first feature film.

Producer: Javiera ContadorProduction Companies: Picardía FilmsScreenwriter: Diego RougierCinematographer: David BravoEditor: Danielle FilliosSound Design: Felipe ZabalaMusic: Gonzalo ValenzuelaCast: Fele Martinez, Javiera Contador, Sergio Hernandez, Patricio Contreras, Gonzalo Valenzuela, Luis DuboPrint Source: Diego Rougier, diego.rougier@gmail.com

Thursday, April 26 - 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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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

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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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Sunday, April 29 - 5:00 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

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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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De caravanaClubbing

Rosendo Ruiz

Argentina, Drama/Adventure/Comedy, 201196 min, 35 mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Juan Cruz, a well-known photographer, gets hired to photograph a popular singer's concert. La Mona Jiménez is one of the most popular singers in Córdoba, Argentina. When Juan goes to the concert, he gets immersed in the music and culture of Cuarteto. He also meets Sara. Together they will live a love story which will lead them to a thrilling journey of adventures, and Juan will learn about what it means to be a true artist. De caravana won the CINECOLOR Audience Award at Mar del Plata International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

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Rosendo Ruiz was born in San Juan, Argentina, in 1967. He studied at the Film and TV School of Córdoba National University. In 1999, he formed the theatre company El Carro. His first short film, Una manga de negros was made in 2005. De caravana is his first feature film.

Producer: Rosendo Ruiz, Inés MoyanoProduction Companies: EL CARROScreenwriter: Rosendo RuizCinematographer: Pablo Gonzalez GalettoEditor: Agustín GoyaSound Design: Guillermo SemproniMusic: Andrés OddoneCast: Francisco Colja, Yohana Pereyra, Gustavo Almada, Rodrigo Savina, Martín RenaPrint Source: KAFilms, jkrause@kafilms.tv

Wednesday, April 25 - 9:30 PM

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Sunday, April 29 - 11:30 AM

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El lenguaje de los machetesMachete Language

Kyzza Terrazas

Mexico, Romance/Music/Drama, 201184 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Ray and Ramona are a young couple. They hate the injustice of the social context they are part of. Each from their own niche, Ramona as a musician, Ray as an activist, tries to fight for a more just world. Devoted to self-sabotage, Ray fails in his rebellion and drags Ramona into a downward spiral that culminates in an act of poetic terrorism. This film has screened around the world, premiering at the Venice Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

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Kyzza Terrazas was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1977. He studied Philosophy as an undergrad at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where he graduated after completing a thesis on Melancholy and Philosophy. He is currently working for Mexico's Cineteca Nacional creating a film archive of orphan, amateur and home movies. El lenguaje de los machetes is his first feature film as a writer/director.

Producer: Rafael LeyProduction Companies: Mr. WooScreenwriter: Kyzza TerrazasCinematographer: Christian RiveraEditor: Yibran AssaudSound Design: Alejandro de IcazaMusic: Jessy Bulbo, Mariana UribeCast: Andrés Almeida, Jessy BulboPrint Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

Thursday, April 26 - 9:30 PM

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Sunday, April 29 - 2:15 PM

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La llamadaThe Call

Stefano Pasetto

Argentina/Italy, Drama/Romance, 201093 min, Digital, ColorItalian, Spanish with English subtitles

A tale of two women from different generations and very different sensibilities. Lea, the young, free spirit, and Lucia, who longs for commitment. Unfulfilled in each of their relationships, they accept the liberating experience of a journey to Argentina's Patagonia. As the two women grow closer and closer, their journey takes them from betrayal to love as each must face the man she left behind. La llamada, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, has gone on to international success and accolades.

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Director Stefano Pasetto was born in Rome in 1970. After obtaining his Arts degree with a thesis on Krzysztof Kieslowski, he studied at the National Film School of Rome from 1996 to 1999. Pasetto has directed several shorts that have been screened and awarded at important international film festivals such as Cannes, Oberhausen, London, Rome and Turin. He has also directed documentaries such as Waiting in the Wings, Ancient Water, and Italian Women Rebels of the 20th Century and narrative films. He has also worked as screenwriter and editor, and is a contributor to several film magazines.

Producer: Gian Filippo Minervini, Pier Andrea NocellaProduction Companies: Iter Film, Rai Cinema, Dock SurScreenwriter: Stefano Pasetto, Veronica CascelliCinematographer: Guillermo “Bill” NietoEditor: Alessio DoglioneSound Design: Abel TortorelliMusic: Andrea FarriCast: Sandra Ceccarelli, Francesca Inaudi, César Bordón, Guillermo Pfening, Arturo Goetz, Julieta Cardinalli, Ilda Bernard

Print Source: Paul Hudson - Outsider Pictures, info@outsiderpictures.us

Friday, April 27 - 3:30 PM

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Saturday, April 28 - 7:45 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

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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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Música campesinaCountry Music

Alberto Fuguet

Chile/USA, Drama/Comedy, 2011105 min, HD, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

Alejandro Tazo, a broken-hearted Chilean in his thirties, arrives in Nashville, Tennessee, the cradle of country music. Tazo wants to meet people and make this trip worth something, but he will realize that life is unpredictable, especially in a foreign country. Música campesina, which was filmed in Nashville, premiered at BAFICI and went on to win Best National Film at Valdivia.

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Alberto Fuguet was born in Santiago and studied journalism at the University of Chile. He has developed a career as a novelist, film critic, and filmmaker, and in 2010 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction. He writes for the magazine Qué Pasa and is a resident professor of film and literature at Diego Portales University. He is currently writing a book of essays about North American film from the 1970s, among other projects.

Producer: Sarah Childress, Mauricio Varela, Ted FischerProduction Companies: CinepataScreenwriter: Alberto FugetCinematographer: Ashley ZeigerEditor: Sebastián ArriagadaSound Design: Cristián MascaróMusic: Gustavo Leon-CapedevilleCast: Pablo Cerda, James Cathcart, Karin Whitehouse, Ezra Fitz, Todd Hughes, Cole KinnearPrint Source: Silvio Canihuante, silvio@cinepata.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 12:30 PM

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Friday, April 27 - 9:30 PM

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El árbol de las fresasThe Strawberry Tree

Simone Rapisarda Casanova

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

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

Texas Premiere

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

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

Saturday, April 28 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

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La maleta mexicanaThe Mexican Suitcase

Trisha Ziff

Mexico/Spain, Documentary, 201186 min, HDV/35mm, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

La maleta mexicana tells the story of lost negatives found at the bottom of a closet in Mexico City in 2007. The photographers were exiled from their countries, but were able to document the dangers of fascism in Spain with their cameras. The photojournalists, Robert Capa, David Seymour, and Gerda Taro met in Paris in 1936, then traveled to Spain. Throughout the film, we learn the story of the war and the exile of the photojournalists. This is a film about images taken in the past and recovered in our present. It also looks at how a new generation in Spain is beginning to reconcile itself with its own history. La maleta mexicana is about the power and fragility of memory, about the historical ties between Mexico and Spain, and about the search for the truth. Along with other renowned collaborators, John Sayles served as an advisor on this ambitious and thoughtful film, which has screened at festivals including San Sebastián and Morelia International.

 

Texas Premiere

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Trisha Ziff is a curator of contemporary photography, filmmaker and Guggenheim scholar. Director of Chevolution, Ziff also produced the documentary Oaxacalifornia, was a co-producer of My Mexican Shiva, and executive producer of 9months 9days. She is currently in development on her next project, Pirate Copy, a documentary about intellectual rights and global pirating. Trisha lives in Mexico City with her son, Julio.

 

Producer: Eamon O'FarrillProduction Companies: 212 BerlinScreenwriter: Trisha ZiffCinematographer: Claudio RochaEditor: Luis LopezSound Design: Yuri Laguna, Amanda Villavieja Music: Michael NymanPrint Source: Kevin Iwashina - Preferred Content, asst@preferredcontent.net

Friday, April 27 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

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La mudanzaThe Move

Tatiana Lorca

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

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

International Premiere

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

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

Saturday, April 28 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

La palabra en el bosqueThe Word in the Woods

Jeffrey Gould, Carlos Henriquez

El Salvador/USA, Human Rights Documentary, 201156 min, DVCAM/35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

During the early 1970s, hundreds of peasants in a remote region of El Salvador began to emulate the early Christians, working the land together and building communities based on solidarity. By the late 1970s, thousands of peasants in northern Morazan organized to resist National Guard repression, which often involved torture and executions. In the 1980s, the military engaged in scorched earth operations against their villages, inaugurating a 12-year civil war. La palabra en el bosque tells their stories, placing them in context within the light of current reality.

World Premiere

Carlos Henriquez Consalvi is the founder of the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen which is committed to the investigation, rescue, preservation and public exhibition of El Salvador's history and culture. In 2002, he co-directed and co-produced with Gould the award winning Scars of Memory, El Salvador, 1932.

Jeffrey L. Gould is the James H. Rudy Professor of History at Indiana University. From 1995-2008, he was Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is also a prolific writer. In 2012-2013 he will be a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Producer: Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Jeffrey GouldScreenwriter: Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Jeffrey GouldCinematographer: Guillermo Escalon, Paolo HasbunEditor: Carlos ColoradoSound Design: Jose HuwaidiMusic: Ygor de Gondaria, Ramses Calderon Print Source: Jeffrey Gould, gouldj@indiana.edu

Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Morir de pieDie Standing Up

Jacaranda Correa

Mexico, Biographical Documentary, 201174 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

The son of Mexican communist militants, living with increasing disability, continues to promote socialism and the Cuban Revolution; identifying with the ideologies of Che Guevara and even resembling Che physically, he embraces the cause. Surprisingly, his disability is not the greatest challenge he will face in his life. Handicapped and discriminated against, Irina Layevska defies adversity and faces life with her true self supported on this journey by her lifelong partner, Nelida. A story of courage to live and love that has no gender, and leaves no audience unmoved. Morir de pie won Best Mexican Documentary, Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.morirdepie.com

Jacaranda Correa studied Journalism at UNAM. She also has a degree in Political Sociology from the Université de Sorbonne in Paris. Ms. Correa has been a journalist, hostess and editor-in-chief of the Journalistic Investigation program on Canal 22 since 2001.

Producer: Martha OrozcoProduction Companies: Mediam9, Martfilms, FOPROCINE, with the collaboration of Canal 22Screenwriter: Jacaranda CorreaCinematographer: Dariela LudlowEditor: Rodolfo Santa M. TroncosoSound Design: Bernart FortianaMusic: Taniel MoralesCast: Irina Layevska, Nélida ReyesPrint Source: Iván Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

Friday, April 27 - 6:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Nikkei

Kaori Flores Yonekura

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

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

US Premiere

www.nikkeidocu.tumblr.com

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

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

Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

  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

 

 

Canción del cuerpoSong of the Body

Andrew Segovia, Gabriela Alcalá

USA, Performance Documentary, 201156 min, miniDV/HD, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

In the fall of 2009, Texas Performing Arts, the University of Texas Theatre and Dance Department, and El Colegio del Cuerpo coordinated a pilot project spanning over six months, with residency periods in both Texas and Colombia. Five professional male dancers from Cartagena, Colombia were paired with five female student dancers to develop a new dance work. They were expected to work together, overcoming cultural differences and language barriers, to create a new dance piece. A behind-the-scenes look at dance production and cultural fusion, with artists being pushed out of their comfort zones.

 

World Premiere

www.segoviaproductions.com

 

Andrew Segovia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a dual degree in Radio-TV-Film and Theatre and Dance. This is his first feature.

 

 

 

Gabriela Alcalá graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Mathematics. She has a passion for theatre arts and multicultural exchange. This is her first feature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Joe RandelProduction Companies: Segovia ProductionsScreenwriter: Andrew SegoviaCinematographer: Andrew Segovia, Gabriela AlcaláEditor: Andrew SegoviaSound Design: Andrew SegoviaMusic: Scott Cater, Dan Phillipson, La-33, You Me and IowaCast: UT Theatre and Dance, El Colegio del Cuerpo companiesPrint Source: Andrew Segovia, asegovia.ut@gmail.com

Saturday, April 28 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Andrew Segovia and producer Joe Randel in attendance

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Hombre y tierraMan and Earth

Christian Cisneros

USA, Suspense/Horror, 201184 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

Mauro Bosque was an adventurer who disappeared into the San Ignacio forest of Belize while filming an episode of his popular web-series, Hombre y tierra. What happened in those woods was a mystery until now. This is a mockumentary of that journey and his encounters with a mysterious creature. Hombre y tierra recently celebrated its world premiere at the Miami International Film Festival.

 

Regional Premiere

www.hombreytierra.com

 

Christian Cisneros was raised in Texas. He graduated college with two degrees, one in Digital Media Design and the other in Media Communications. This is his first feature film.

 

Producer: Chad Brewer, Maurice Ripke, Eric Garcia, Joe AzzatoProduction Companies: The Moving Image CompanyScreenwriter: Richard WatsonCinematographer: Chad BrewerEditor: Richard WatsonSound Design: Richard WatsonMusic: Richard WatsonCast: Maurice Ripke, Julian GuevaraPrint Source: Christian Cisneros, ccisneros@tmivideos.com

Saturday, April 28 - 1:45 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Christian Cisneros and actor Robert Stewart in attendance

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In the Shadow

Nicole Elmer

USA/Puerto Rico, Surrealism/Drama/Horror, 201197 min, Red One HD, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

Exhausted from the demands of his abilities as a healer, Diego lives in isolation on a small island in his native Puerto Rico. However, his quiet life is disrupted when Hilary, a documentary filmmaker, arrives to continue her project on migration and identity. Intrigued by Diego's mystery and the local gossip about him, she tries to get closer to him. He allows her into his life, but as the two become attracted to each other, Hilary discovers Diego's "gift" also comes with a curse, an uncontrollably violent one that brings painful consequences and changes to both of their lives. In the Shadow recently had its world premiere at Anchorage International Film Festival.

 

Regional Premiere

www.intheshadowmovie.com

 

Award-winning filmmaker, writer, and playwright Nicole Elmer studied acting and film production at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and The University of Texas at Austin where she received her degree in Radio-TV-Film. Nicole is also a fiction writer, with numerous published short stories and the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize-winning dramatic play, La fruta nunca se cae.

 

 

Producer: Jorge Sermini, Nicole ElmerProduction Companies: Blue Paper Film WorksScreenwriter: Nicole Elmer, Jorge Sermini, Jason TremblayCinematographer: Michael MorlanEditor: Nicole Elmer, Tag SimlerSound Design: Arles EstesMusic: Arles EstesCast: Jorge Sermini, Michelle Keffer, Danny TrejoPrint Source: Nicole Elmer, nicole_elmer@yahoo.com

Sunday, April 29 - 11:00 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Nicole Elmer and editor Tag Simler

in attendance

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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

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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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

The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz

Scott Petersen

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

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

Texas Premiere

www.helpfundmymovie.com

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

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

Friday, April 27 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

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

www.facebook.com/ChildoftheDesertMovie ,www.ilianasosa.com/?page_id=23

 

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

 

 

El pescadorThe Fisherman

Samantha Pineda Sierra

Mexico, Drama, 201111 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

On the Day of the Dead, Leni, an old fisherman, uses photographs to fish his best memories out of the sea. El pescador has enjoyed success in its homeland at prestigious festivals including Guanajuato International Film Festival, and also receiving a Special Mention for Mexican Short Film at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia.

Texas Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

Producer: Edgar San JuanProduction Companies: IMCINEScreenwriter: Samantha Pineda, Davy GiorgiCinematographer: Santiago NavarreteEditor: Mario SandovalSound Design: Pablo Tamez, Alejandro de IcazaMusic: Alejandro de IcazaCast: Rubén Pablos, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Edgar ValadézPrint Source: Iván Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

Thursday, April 26 - 12:30 PM

Saturday, April 28 - 5:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Cápsulas

Los teleféricosThe Cable Cars

Federico Actis

Argentina, Drama/Comedy, 201014 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Los teleféricos is a story looking for a way out, a desired but final escape. It is a story full of repetitions and symmetries, about roads that come and go but never meet, like cable cars themselves. It is the story of Lucas, who decides to help his grandfather and leaves behind a city that always shows the same grey sceneries and buildings full of little homes. Lucas' grandfather needs a cable car; he is finding it hard to keep climbing. This short has charmed audiences and juries alike, including garnering special mention from the Iberoamerican Shorts Jury at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.lostelefericos.blogspot.com.ar

Federico Actis was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1981. A Social Communicator (National University of Rosario) and filmmaker (EPCTV), he was a student at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Guadalajara, México. His works have included the short films Todo de tí, El Otro, Shhh!! and Under and he is currently working on his feature film debut.

Producer: María Elia RodríguezProduction Companies: INCAAScreenwriter: Federico ActisCinematographer: Lucas PérezEditor: Lucio GarciaSound Design: Santiago ZeccaMusic: Alexis PerepelyciaCast: Juan Nemirovsky, Mirko Buchin, Claudia CanteroPrint Source: Federico Actis, fgactis@gmail.com

Friday, April 27 - 3:30 PM

Saturday, April 28 - 7:45 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for La llamada

Mar blindadoShielded Sea

Gerard Uzcátegui

Venezuela, Drama/Fantasy, 201011 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

A sentry box in a bank holds within its walls a man and his story. Inside that dark and reduced space, reality is wasted away by the surge of time. Layer by layer, new sensations, situations and visions are unveiled. The closer we get, the more we realize in truth how far away we are from discovering the contradictions of this man, held in the shadow of this shelter-turned-prison. Mar blindado premiered at Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.gerarduzcategui.com

Gerard Uzcátegui has a Bachelor’s Degree in Audiovisual Media from The University of The Andes and attended the New York Film Academy. He is a director and cinematographer. His works have received numerous Venezuelan film festival awards and have competed in internationally renowned film festivals such as Mar del Plata. 

Producer: Patricia Fonseca Screenwriter: Gerard UzcáteguiCinematographer: Gerard UzcáteguiEditor: Gerard Uzcátegui, Dayana GauthierSound Design: Lino Ocanto Colmenares Cast: Irina Dendiouk, Luigi Sciamanna, Keiner Semeco, Juvel VielmaPrint Source: Gerard Uzcátegui, gwuc@yahoo.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 PM

Saturday, April 28 - 11:30 AM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Las malas intenciones

Matador on the Road

Alexis Morante

Spain, Drama/Comedy, 201116 min, HDCAM, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

On the way to Las Vegas, a Cadillac runs over something in the middle of the desert, totaling the car. In the car is a Spanish matador, who has to get to Las Vegas to be in a bullfight. However, the new situation with the totaled car creates an unexpected ending. Glory awaits him in Las Vegas, but sometimes, glory is left behind on the road. Matador on the Road is garnering international renown including screening in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.matadorontheroad.comwww.agenciafreak.com/cortometraje/MATADOR-ON-THE-ROAD/12

Producer: Alexis MoranteProduction Companies: FREAK Short Film AgencyScreenwriter: Alexis Morante, Raúl SantosCinematographer: Carlos García de DiosEditor: Alexis MoranteSound Design: Diana SagristaMusic: Enrique BunburyCast: Juan Diego, Fernando Aldaz, Tamara Arias, Miguel Ángel GonzálezPrint Source: Mónica Gallego, prints@agenciafreak.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 12:30 PM

Friday, April 27 - 9:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Música campesina

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

A Wild Idea

Veronica Moscoso

Ecuador/USA, Activism/Documentary, 201127 min, HDV, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

A Wild Idea is a documentary about the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, Ecuador's unprecedented proposal for fighting global climate change. In exchange for payments from the world community, the country will leave untouched its largest oil reserves. The film takes the viewer to the Ecuadorian Amazon, capturing the rain forest's stunning biodiversity. The film also focuses on the millions of barrels of oil lying beneath a place known as the ITT Block. A Wild Idea has been sharing its point of view with audiences world-wide, and recently won Best Short Film at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.awildidea-movie.com

Producer: Veronica MoscosoProduction Companies: UC Berkeley Graduate School of JournalismEditor: Veronica MoscosoSound Design: Dan OlmstedMusic: Max LohPrint Source: Veronica Moscoso, vero@veromundo.com

Friday, April 27 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Brigada intramurosIntra-Walls Brigade

Cláudia Alves Vasconcelos

Cuba/Portugal, Performance/Political Documentary, 201018 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

A group of college students from the EICTV plan an art performance piece in which they will prohibit the entrance of tourists to a Havana square. The art performance is being performed to bring awareness of the injustices that Cubans go through when they are "blocked" from going to places where only foreigners are allowed. In this documentary, we see the meetings that they have to plan the art piece, the actual performance, and the afterthoughts. The students are from a film school and are planning on filming people's reactions. From beginning to end they all discuss together the purpose of the performance and its implications as a political work of art. Cláudia Alves and her work have been recognized by the Berlinale Talent Campus.

North American Premiere

www.eictv.org

Producer: Ivette LiangScreenwriter: Cláudia Alves VasconsuelosCinematographer: María Isabel Aris AlonsoEditor: María Alejandra Briganti LozanoPrint Source: Promoción Internacional - EICTV, promocioninternacional@eictv.org.cu

Saturday, April 28 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Esas voces que curanVoices that Heal

Delia Ackerman, Heather Greer

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

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

North American Premiere

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

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

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

Saturday, April 28 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Los nueve infiernosNine Hells

Abril Schmucler

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

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

American Premiere

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

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

Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

EspectadoresSpectators

Roger Villarroya

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

Those who attend a public spectacle.

World Premiere

www.mailukifilms.blogspot.com

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

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

Friday, April 27 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Memorias del vientoGuiding Sight

Katherina Harder Sacre

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

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

US Premiere

www.facebook.com/memoriasdelviento

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

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

Wednesday, April 25 - 8:15 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Paraíso

Nadav Kurtz

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

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

Texas Premiere

www.paraisofilm.com

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

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

Friday, April 27 - 6:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

pt.es

Pedro Sena Nunes

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

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

International Premiere

pedrosenanunes.blogspot.com

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

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

Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

En la ciudad (Xoco)In the City (Xoco)

Raúl Sanabria

Mexico, Drama, 201017 min, Video, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Three friends find a film reel. They begin an exciting adventure that will end with an unexpected event. This tribute to the power of film premiered at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia.

US Premiere

Raúl Sanabria Bonilla studied Architecture at the Universidad Centroamericana UCA in El Salvador, graduating in 2003. In 2007 he began work with the CCC. Among his other shorts as director are Alicia (2006) and El Humo (2008).

Producer: Tania Suárez, Atziri Ramírez, Idalia Patricia ZepedaProduction Companies: Centro de Capacitación CinematográficaScreenwriter: Raúl SanabriaCinematographer: María José GlenderEditor: Raúl SanabriaSound Design: Raúl Sanabria Music: Fabian Becerril García, Ricardo Hernández Morales, Fernando David Barrios NavasCast: Alejandro Pizano, Fabiola Delgado, Iván Skinfill, Guadalupe Barragán Chávez, Ermis CruzPrint Source: Boris Miramontes - CCC, boris@elcccc.com.mx

Saturday, April 28 - 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Extraterrestre

GABI

Zoé Salicrup-Junco

Puerto Rico, Drama, 201120 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

A Puerto Rican saying haunts single women in their 30's: "If such a woman is not married by this time, she must be a slut, a lesbian, or a prude." This is the story of that woman... Gabi Padilla thrives in a life full of pleasure and independence. But after her mother's unexpected death, she is forced to return to her rural hometown, a place where Gabi's sensual flair is not welcome. GABI recently played at Tribeca Film Festival and won the Best Actress award at the Cinears International Film Festival.

Regional Premiere

www.gabifilm.com

Producer: Zoé Salicrup-JuncoScreenwriter: Zoé Salicrup-JuncoCinematographer: Adam Newport-BerraEditor: Frank Dale ArroyoSound Design: Anthony JonesMusic: Agatha KasprzykCast: Dalia Davi, Aris Mejias, Marisé Alvarez, Roy Sánchez-VahamondePrint Source: Zoé Salicrup-Junco, zoesalicrup@gmail.com

Sunday, April 29 - 4:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Los viejos

Guañape Sur

János Richter

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

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

Regional Premiere

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

Wednesday, April 25 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Juan y La BorregaJuan and La Borrega

J. Xavier Velasco

Mexico, Crime/Drama, 201111 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Juan works in a uniform store. He has a safe, mundane life without ambition. Until, one day, La Borrega comes along. This film has garnered international attention, including screening as part of Cannes Short Film Corner 2011.

Texas Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

Producer: Edgar San JuanProduction Companies: IMCINEScreenwriter: J. Xavier VelascoCinematographer: Felipe Pérez-BurchardEditor: J. Xavier VelascoSound Design: Federico González, Alejandro de IcazaMusic: Alejandro BonillaCast: Manuel Domínguez, Carlos Aragón, Édgar VivarPrint Source: Iván Gutierrez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

Friday, April 27 - 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Meu País

La huídaThe Runaway

Victor Carrey

Spain, Comedy/Fantasy/Urban Adventure, 201011 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Chewing gum. A dog leash. An Australia-shaped stain on the wall. A bent traffic light. Each of these elements and more has its own story, even though all of them together can create a new plot. This award-winning film has been tearing up the festival circuit, and now brings its zany style to Austin.

Texas Premiere

www.agenciafreak.com/cortometraje/LA-HUIDA/10

Producer: Sergi CasamitjanaProduction Companies: FREAK Short Film AgencyScreenwriter: Victor CarreyCinematographer: Bet RourichEditor: Israel L., Martí Escudero, RocaSound Design: Marta CunillCast: Joaquín Díaz, Guim Badia, Dani el Rojo, Hans Richter, Gori de Palma, Joan PernilPrint Source: Gisela Casas - Escándalo Films, S.L, gisela.casas@escandalofilms.com

Thursday, April 26 - 1:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for La hora cero

La siestaThe Nap

Kate Hartnoll

Cuba/UK, Narrative, 201111 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Raimundo, a senile old man living alone in an over-crowded Havana apartment block, is only too happy to look after his young neighbor's baby for the afternoon. But, when another friend comes for a visit, he begins to realize that Raimundo might not be all there. The old man is reluctant to accept the reality of the baby that was left with him. This film was Kate Hartnoll's thesis film at EICTV.

North American Premiere

www.eictv.org

Producer: Ivette Liang, Leticia Brea CalderónScreenwriter: Carlos Machado, Kate HartnollCinematographer: Luis Joan Mirabal RodríguezEditor: Sergio Caraballo MalaveSound Design: Rafael Bobadilla BáezMusic: Tony TañoCast: Mario Balmaceda, Osvaldo Doimeadiós, Lynn CruzPrint Source: Promoción Internacional - EICTV, promocioninternacional@eictv.org.cu

Saturday, April 28 - 4:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Gordo, calvo y bajito

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

Under My Nails

Arí Maniel Cruz

Puerto Rico/USA, Drama/Erotic Thriller, 2011102 min, HD, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

In New York City, Solimar, a woman who is from Puerto Rico, works in a nail salon. She becomes obsessed with the violent sexual practices of her new neighbors, a Dominican man named Roberto and his Haitian-Dominican wife. Solimar, as a voyeur of their intimate life, one day witnesses a particularly brutal encounter. Roberto's wife disappears after that. In her absence, Solimar and Roberto develop an intense and violent sexual relationship. But the sudden appearance of an unidentified woman's dead body in the Bronx River awakens Solimar's suspicion. Solimar has fallen in love with Roberto, and what could be a threat for her has transformed into an erotic drive that she can't stop. Under My Nails recently won the Best Actress Award at the San Juan International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.undermynails.com

Arí Maniel Cruz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended school in Rio Piedras and college in Santurce, both districts of San Juan. After his graduation from college with a BA in Communications, because there were no film schools on the island, he moved to Mexico City and studied screenwriting. From 2007 to 2011, he worked in New York City as an executive producer and TV host in V-ME, a US National Television Network in Spanish. He is currently working on his next two films, La Tierra Prometida and Carmín.

Producer: Arí Maniel Cruz, Kisha Tikina Burgos, Andrei NemcikProduction Companies: La Teta ProductionsScreenwriter: Kisha Tikina BurgosCinematographer: Corey GegnerEditor: Andrei NemcikSound Design: José Elí PérezMusic: Omar Silva, Colectivo Electrónica IsleñaCast: Kisha Tikina Burgos, Iván Camilo, Rosie Berrido, Dolores Pedro, Antonio Pantojas, Enrique Juliá, Maite Bonilla, Miranda Purcell, Marilú AcostaPrint Source: Arí Maniel Cruz, latetaproductions@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 1:00 PM

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Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

El Cantante

León Ichaso

USA, Biographical Drama, 2006 106 min, 35mm, Color Spanish, English

 

Spanning the 1960s to the 1980s, EL CANTANTE charts Hector Lavoe's rapid rise to success and fame as an artist whose music combined Puerto Rican tradition with streetwise modernity, unabashed emotion with straightforward realism. It reveals the singer not only as an architect of salsa but as its soul; the kind of artist, like Billie Holliday, Edith Piaf or La Lupe, who forges an uncanny emotional bond with his audience. Love, pain, joy, pride, sorrow, endurance: Hector Lavoe's singing contained the raw stuff of life as ordinary people - and he himself - knew it.

 

Leon Ichaso was born in Havana, Cuba. He left the island for exile in the United States with his mother and sister at age 14; his father joined them 5 years later having stayed behind to support the Cuban Revolution. Ichaso is known as "an actor's director," as a writer and director who does not compromise as he tells his tales, and as a filmmaker who specializes in gritty urban realism.

 

Producer: Julio Caro, Simon Fields, Jennifer Lopez, David Maldonado Production Companies: Nuyorican Productions, R-Caro Productions Screenwriter: Leon Ichaso, David Darmstaeder, Todd Bello Cinematographer: Claudio Chea Editor: David Tedeschi Sound Design: Sandy Berman Music: Willie Colón, Andrés Levin Cast: Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, John Ortiz, Manny Perez, Vincent Laresca, Federico Castellucio, Nelson Vasquez

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterBlack Box TheaterWed. April 27 9:00 PM

Free

 

Paraíso Paraiso

León Ichaso

USA, Thriller/Drama, 2009 100, HD, Color/Black & White Spanish, English with English subtitles

The monotonous life of Miami radio personality Remigio Gallegos changes abruptly when he answers the phone to find out that a son he has never met is waiting for him at the immigration office. Along with his mother's cross, the young man brings with him a haunted past. Paraiso explores generational and class divides within the Cuban exile community in southern Florida. Part thriller, drama, and existential romance, the film explodes with heart, color, music, and a desperate tale.

Regional Premiere

www.paraisothefilm.blogspot.com

Leon Ichaso was born in Havana, Cuba. He left the island for exile in the United States with his mother and sister at age 14; his father joined them 5 years later having stayed behind to support the Cuban Revolution. Ichaso is known as "an actor's director," as a writer and director who does not compromise as he tells his tales, and as a filmmaker who specializes in gritty urban realism.

Producer: León Ichaso, Lisa Rhoden Boyd Production Companies: Camino Verde Films Screenwriter: León Ichaso Cinematographer: Henry Vargas, Henry Lynk Editor: Juan Carlos Garza, Sebastián Jiménez Sound Design: Bruno Canale Music: Alfredo Triff Cast: Miguel Gutiérrez, Adrián Más, Tamara Melián, Lili Rentería, Ariel Texido, Juan David Ferrer, Aliani Sánchez, Larry Villanueva, Sandra García, Rosie Iguanzo, Roberto Poveda Print Source: León Ichaso, Lichaso1@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Black Box Theater Tuesday, April 26, 9pm Free!

 

Por que las babosas no comen sal Why Slugs Don't Like Salt

José Corral

Spain, Comedy, 2010 24 min, HD, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

J. J. Coco, upon his manager's insistence, has to write a commercial screenplay. At the same time, his mistress asks for expensive gifts and his ex-wife, together with their child, yells furiously at him. The Hero snivels, the Policeman menaces, the Baron is obsessed with money, the Crazy Scrap Dealer dreams about dominating them all, and Leopold, the slug, is just looking for some food. Sounds like an absurd story... it is.

 

Texas Premiere

Producer: José Corral Production Companies: Rana Films Screenwriter: José Corral Cinematographer: Carlos Malder Editor: José Corral Sound Design: Gabriel Gutierrez Music: Pablo Barahona, Gonzalo Givaja Cast: Paco Obregon, Balbino Lacosta, Eduardo Antuña, Carlos Velasco, Helena Carrion, Manolo Caro Print Source: Gorka Leon - The House of Films, Gorkaleon@thehouseoffilms.com

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sun. April 24 3:30 PM

Opens for Verano de Goliat

 

Ukuku Ukuku - The Bear Man

Gastón Vizcarra

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

 

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

 

Texas Premiere

www.facebook.com/pages/Ukuku/227798254993

 

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

 

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

 

Red Casas del Migrante Scalabrini Network of Scalbrini Migrant Houses

Marcela Morán

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

 

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

 

World Premiere

www.migrante.com.mx

 

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

 

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

 

Periferias interiores Internal Outskirts

Sergio García Locatelli

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

 

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

 

North American Premiere

www.quechuafilms.com

 

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

 

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

 

 

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!

 

 

La mina de oro Gold Mine

Jacques Bonnavent

Mexico, Drama, 2009 10 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Betina, a woman in her fifties, finds love through the internet. She decides to leave her monotonous, city life and move to the other side of the country to be with her virtual fiancé. Once she arrives she is greeted by a big surprise.

Texas Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

 

Producer: Hilda Soriano, Ana Graciela Ugalde Production Companies: IMCINE, Gran Angular Films Screenwriter: Jacques Bonnavent Cinematographer: Ramón Orozco Stoltenberg Editor: Alexis Rodil Sound Design: Mario Martínez Cobos, Guinduri Arroyo, Mario Martínez Cobos, Víctor Barragán Music: Marc Lejeune Cast: Paloma Woolrich, Alfonso Dosal, Cristina Michaus, Sonia Couoh, Adrián Rubio, Olga Durón, Guillermo Harrsch, Godeleva Pérez Chávez, Luis Rodríguez Leal, Eréndira Pérez Neri, Alondra Alavez Ángeles, Natalia Urquiza, Jaime Katzew Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

Alamo South Lamar - Mon. April 25 7:30 PM

Opens for Des-Autorizados

 

Día de los muertos: A Day for the Living

Trina Bardusco

USA, Documentary, 2011 13 min, HDV, Color English, Spanish, Spanglish with English subtitles

 

The "Day of the Dead" is celebrated in Texas with its own unique flavor. This documentary short explores everything from the how's and why's of altar making, to what this celebration really means to a special group of San Antonio residents as they commemorate their loved ones. Featuring Rita Vidaurri-Eden (legendary singer), David Rice (writer), Carmen Tafolla (writer-performer), Jesús de la Torre (educator), Patricia S. Castillo (Family violence prevention activist), and an Aztec inspired ceremony at our Lady of the Lake University with Prof. Oswald J. Nira. A colorful and poignant mezcla of parades and events that illustrate the deeper meanings of this often misunderstood, but very popular celebration.

 

World Premiere

latinomediaworks.com

 

Producer: Trina Bardusco Production Company: HBO Latino and Latino Media Works 2010 Screenwriter: Trina Bardusco Cinematographer: Pete Simmonite Editor: Jacky Kamahji Sound Design: Jacky Kamahji Music: John Branch

 

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

Opens for Habla Texas

 

Corazón de perro Dog Heart

Ismael Nava Alejos

Mexico, Drama/Comedy, 2009 11 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Silvano is a 30 year-old alcoholic, Taibele is a young prostitute. One day they discover life is full of color and their paths merge. Nonetheless, ambition, a weapon, and the opportunity for a big break prove to be a deadly combination.

 

Regional Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

 

Producer: Blanca Aguirre, Janeth Aguirre Elizondo Production Companies: CONARTE, IMCINE Screenwriter: Simón Sepúlveda Torres Cinematographer: Germán de Santiago Puy Editor: Ismael Nava Alejos Sound Design: Emmanuel Castillo, Bernardo Ortiz, Miguel Molina Music: Jorge Zertuche, Gustavo Bolaños, Juan Chávez Cast: Elizabeth Cervantes, Miguel René Moreno, Antonio Craviotto Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

Alamo South Lamar - Mon. April 25 4:00 PM

Opens for Por tu culpa

 

Bombito chin chin tira el pie

Alberto Gajardo Araneda

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

 

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

 

Regional Premiere

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

 

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

Opens for Seguir siendo: Café Tacvba

 

Tongues of Stone

Jason Blalock

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

 

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

 

World Premiere

www.jasonblalock.com

 

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

 

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

 

Si seguimos vivos If We Stay Alive

Juliana Fanjul Espinoza

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

 

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

 

North American Premiere

www.eictv.org

 

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

 

 

El ring y sus titanes The Ring and Its Titans

Miko Meloni

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

 

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

 

North American Premiere

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

 

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

 

 

 

Dreams Awake

Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith

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

 

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

 

Texas Premiere

www.kevingordonfilms.com

 

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

 

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

 

Canción de toquilla A Song of Toquilla You Decide

Javier Andrade

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

 

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

 

World Premiere

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

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 1:00 PM FREE!

 

¡Una carrerita, doctor! A Doctor's Job

Julio O. Ramos

Peru/USA, Dark Comedy, 2010 10 min, Super16mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

In Lima, Peru, a city that challenges his pride and work ethics, an ER physician, Ramon Moran, has to drive a taxicab in order to make ends meet. A Doctor's Job shows the struggle most professionals go through in third world countries.

 

World Premiere

www.unacarreritadoctor.com

 

Producer: Luisa Amanda Huaruco Production Companies: UCLA Department of Film, TV & Digital Media Screenwriter: Julio O. Ramos Cinematographer: Phil Klucsarits Editor: Julio O. Ramos Sound Design: Omar Pareja Music: Leslie Patten, Christian Saglie Cast: Miguel Iza, Luis Menezes, Christian Ojeda, Giancarlo Infante, Hortensia Priale, Gianella Solorzano Print Source: Julio O. Ramos, andinofilms@gmail.com

 

Alamo South Lamar - Fri. April 22 9:45 PM

Opens for Te creís la más linda... (pero erís la más puta)

 

Lupano Leyva

Felipe Gómez

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

 

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

 

Regional Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

 

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

 

 

Luna Moon

Raúl Cárdenas, Rafael Cárdenas

Mexico, Animation, 2010 8 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

In a busy city full of motorized beings controlled by time, a little girl named Zoe will discover a beautiful moon in the middle of the chaos.

 

Texas Premiere

www.imcine.gob.mx

 

Producer: Raúl Cárdenas, Rafael Cárdenas Production Companies: IMCINE Screenwriter: Raúl Cárdenas, Rafael Cárdenas Cinematographer: Raúl Cárdenas, Rafael Cárdenas Editor: Raúl Cárdenas, Rafael Cárdenas Sound Design: Daniel Hidalgo, Jerónimo Gorráez, Adolfo Hernández, Víctor Barragán, Eduardo Gaytán Music: Daniel Hidalgo, Tomás Barreiro Cast: Raúl Cárdenas, Rafael Cárdenas, Mauricio Solís, Maribel Valdés Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

Alamo South Lamar - Fri. April 22 7:30 PM

Opens for Habana Eva

 

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

 

La noche y el universo The Night and the Universe

Gabriel Lizama

Chile, Drama/Comedy, 2010 11 min, MiniDV, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Apolo and Talia are watching the final results of Miss Universe 1987, the year Cecilia Bolocco wins. This creates a crisis for Talia who no longer feels as if she is beautiful enough for her husband.

 

World Premiere

Producer: Jorge Bedriñana Production Companies: Instituto Profesional ARCOS, Mira Lo Que Trajo La Diligencia Screenwriter: Gabriel Lizama, Natalia Gallegos Cinematographer: Roberto Ormazabal Editor: Gabriel Lizama Sound Design: Alberto Gajardo, Gabriel Lizama Music: Claude Debussy, Ludwig van Beethoven Cast: Camila Torres, Rodrigo Inzuza Print Source: Andrea Sarabia D. - IP ARCOS, extensioncineycav@gmail.com

 

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

Opens for Gestación

 

Efecto dominó Domino Effect

Gabriel Gauchet

Cuba/Germany, Drama, 2010 28 min, Super16mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

It is evening in a Havana neighborhood, and a group of men are playing a game of dominoes while their wives are chatting. Suddenly a young man stumbles across a young girl injured in the park nearby. It appears as if the girl has been raped. The girl is the granddaughter of Mercedes and Ramón, and soon the chauvinist tendencies of Ramón and the other neighborhood men escalate to shocking levels as they hunt unceasingly for a culprit.

 

North American Premiere

www.gabrielgauchet.com

 

Producer: Gabriel Gauchet Production Companies: Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (Academy of Media Arts) Screenwriter: Gabriel Gauchet, Francisco García González Cinematographer: Christiane Buchmann Editor: Manuel Iglesias, Leopoldo Nakata Sound Design: Gustavo Fioravante Music: Marc Hupfeld Cast: Alina Rodríguez, Enrique Molina, Luis Alberto García, Yoset Puentes Print Source: Oliver Filser - Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (Academy of Media Arts), filmshipper@khm.de

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Fri. April 22 4:00 PM

Opens for El agua del fin del mundo

Cincuenta Fifty

Manuela Montoya

Colombia/Cuba, Drama, 2010 10 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Marina, a 50-year-old Cuban woman, is celebrating her birthday with those who have not left the country. Not only a look at loneliness and aging, Cincuenta also shows the bittersweet act of confronting one's own expectations of their life's work.

 

North American Premiere

www.eictv.org

 

Producer: Leonardo Maia Production Companies: EICTV Screenwriter: Manuela Montoya, Edgar Soberón Cinematographer: Felipe Díaz Editor: Odalie Reyes Sound Design: Denis Godoy Cast: Isabel Santos, Idalmis García, Margarita del Pozo Print Source: Jorge Rey - EICTV, promocioninternacional@eictv.org.cu

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 7:00 PM

Opens for Go For It!

 

Vanilla: The Sacred Orchid

Curtis Craven

Mexico/USA, Docmentary, 2010 27 min, BetaSP, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Vanilla is a New World spice originating from the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Two different groups of people are involved in its production: the indigenous people who have been growing it on small farms for centuries, and descendants of Italian immigrants who have been processing and selling the bean since the mid-1800s. Vanilla: The Sacred Orchid examines the relationship these two cultures have with the plant during its yearly cycle, from the hand-pollination of the flowers, to the harvesting and subsequent drying of the bean.

 

World Premiere

www.curtiscraven.com

Producer: Curtis Craven Production Companies: Hecho a Mano Productions Screenwriter: Curtis Craven Cinematographer: Curtis Craven Editor: Curtis Craven Sound Design: Curtis Craven Music: Voladores de Papantla, Curt Voelkel Cast: Patricia Vonne, Cristina Lopez, Daniel Eduardo Hurst Print Source: Curtis Craven - Hecho a Mano Productions, ccraven322@yahoo.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 8:00 PM FREE!

 

 

¿Tacos o tacos? ¿Tacos or Tacos?

Robert Lemon

USA, Documentary, 2010 14 min, Digital, Color English, Spanish with English subtitles

 

Austin, TX is seeing a strong emergence of new food cultures, which in turn is shaping community identities throughout the city. By juxtaposing immigrant taco trucks on the East side of Austin to the new, trendy food trucks in the eclectic and eccentric neighborhood of South Austin, ¿Tacos or Tacos? shows that taco trucks are more than just a place to eat for Mexican immigrants.

 

Texas Premiere

www.facebook.com/pages/Tacos-or-Tacos/160105000713358

 

Producer: Robert Lemon Screenwriter: Robert Lemon Cinematographer: Robert Lemon, Aaron Fine Editor: Robert Lemon, Aaron Fine Sound Design: Robert Lemon Music: Guy Clarke, Banda El Grullo Cast: Sarah Courington, Robert Lemon, Jaime Malendez Print Source: Robert Lemon, rdlemon@gmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 8:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Kidnappeando

Norbi Zylberberg

Mexico/USA, Comedy, 2010 13 min, HD, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Kidnappeando is an independent short film that embraces, in a sarcastic and comedic way, the streetwise attitude of a young guy in pursuit of a long-delayed dream.

 

World Premiere

www.kidnappeando.com

 

Producer: Ornella Jaramillo Production Companies: Lost In Traducción Screenwriter: Norbi Zylberberg Cinematographer: Robert Smith Editor: Alex Neuman Sound Design: Pablo Solorzano Music: Gustavo Farias Cast: Francisco "Paco" Hernandez, Linda J. Carter, Nancy Lantis, Mark Hickman Print Source: Norbi Zylberberg, norbigeorge@gmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterFri. April 22 8:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Hermoso silencio Beautiful Silence

Jorge A. Jimenez

USA, Drama, 2010 102 min, DVD, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Cruz is a young man who has lived his entire life in the mountains of northern Mexico. Before the death of his father, he was told that he had family on the other side of the mountains in the United States. After his father's death, he takes a journey into the unknown and begins to see a world he did not know existed. Hermoso silencio is a story about family, friendship, racism, and love, all of which converge in Cruz's story.

 

World Premiere

Jorge A. Jimenez holds a degree in Directing and Acting from Texas State University. He has worked in 13 different films as an actor over the past four years including Clemente, 2:22, Desdemon, El Pozo by Guillermo Arriaga, ¿Alguien ha visto a Lupita?, Maten a Leo Mendez, and Shades of Gray.

 

Producer: Jorge A. Jimenez Production Companies: Ah: Raza Films Screenwriter: Jorge A. Jimenez Cinematographer: Philip Roy Editor: Philip Roy Sound Design: Luis Monterrubio Music: David Frost Cast: Jorge A. Jimenez, Carmen Salinas, Brad Maule, Erin Brooke Print Source: Jorge A. Jimenez, jajimenezv@hotmail.com

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sun. April 24 1:00 PM Buy Tickets

 

Gone Hollywood

Demetrius Navarro

USA, Romantic Comedy, 2011 80 min, Digital, Color English, Spanish with English subtitles

 

Alberto Vasquez is the star of the spy TV show "Chaos Man." Shortly after losing his job on the show, his father dies and leaves Alberto his bar - The Golden Que - located in the small, south Texas town of Elsa. Alberto returns to Elsa with the intention of selling the bar, but along the way, rediscovers his hometown.

 

Austin Premiere

Demetrius Navarro was born and raised in Los Angeles to Mexican parents. Demetrius' primary focus is to produce and direct movies that portray Latinos in a positive light.

 

 

Producer: Demetrius Navarro Production Companies: Latino Films Screenwriter: Demetrius Navarro, David Rice Cinematographer: Mario Ortiz Editor: Ken Morrisey Sound Design: Manuel R. Delgado Music: Juan C. Zavala Cast: Fernado Carrillo, Valente Rodríguez, Erlinda Orozco, Daniel Luján Print Source: David Haines, chiznal@aol.com

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sun. April 24 4:00 PM Buy Tickets

 

 

Tin Tan

Francesco Taboada Tabone

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

 

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

 

Texas Premiere

www.germanvaldestintan.com

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

The Myth of Time

Jaguar X

Guatemala/USA, Experimental Narrative, 2010 92 min, Super16mm/35mm, Color Spanish, English, Mayan with English subtitles

 

The unwritten chapters of the Mayan Popol Vuh are related in The Myth of Time by sharing the story of a boy, the Dark-Eyed One, and his transformation into manhood. The story takes place in a world where a holocaust has just occurred and we follow the Dark-Eyed One through his creation, experiences as a child soldier, first love, and ultimately The Revelation.

 

Regional Premiere

www.TheMythofTimeTheMovie.com

 

Jaguar X, born in Atlanta, Georgia, and a graduate of New York University, has worked as a poet, actor and director of three films: The Dinner Party; La cabra, recipient of a Kodak materials grant; and The Myth of Time, filmed over five years in Guatemala.

 

Producer: Scorpion Hernandez Production Companies: Le Rwa Entertainment Screenwriter: Jaguar X Cinematographer: Gordon Arkenberg, Steven Huber, Cesar Gutierrez Miranda, Axel Rodil Editor: Le Rwa Entertainment Sound Design: Le Rwa Entertainment Music: Scorpion Hernandez, Luis Juárez Quixtán and Ludwin Juárez Quixtan Cast: Daniel Posada, Scorpion H., Enrique Valencia, Alicia Chong, Jaguar X, David Sterne, Rob Morgan, Josue Sotomayor Print Source: Jaguar X - Le Rwa Entertainment, lerwa000@yahoo.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterWed. April 27 1:00 PM FREE!

 

 

La Salsa Cubana

Eric Joseph Johnson, Sarita Streng

USA/Cuba, Music/Dance Documentary, 2011 81 min, MiniDV, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

A salsa dance group from Guanabacoa, located on the outskirts of Havana, is attempting to win the Cuban national dance competition. It is a story and event that engrosses the country. Along the group's journey to the competition, viewers can hear Cuban music, delve into the dancers' lives, learn a bit about the history of dance, and of course, see vibrant dancing.

 

Regional Premiere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancers and directors Eric Joseph Johnson and Sarita Streng were co-teachers and performers before filming La Salsa Cubana. Johnson currently works as a freelance engineer, and Streng runs the Community Dance Program in Albuquerque, NM.

Producer: Eric Joseph Johnson Production Companies: Me Priva Pictures Screenwriter: Eric Joseph Johnson Cinematographer: Alvaro Rangel Editor: Eric Joseph Johnson, David Leach Sound Design: Eric Joseph Johnson, David Leach, Eduardo "Tatico" Collazo Music: David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera, Beny Moré, Chucho Valdés y su Cuarteto, Orquesta Aragón, Adalberto Alvarez y su Son, Elio Revé y su Charangón, Issac Delgado y su Orquesta, Pachito Alonso y sus Kini Kini, Pupy y los que son son, Grupo Changui de Guantanamo, and many more Print Source: Eric Joseph Johnson, ericjjohnson@hotmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterMon. April 25 1:00 PM FREE!

 

 

La hija natural Love Child

Leticia Tonos

Dominican Republic/Puerto Rico, Melodrama, 2011 95 min, HD, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

As a child, María was a simple and sensitive young girl with the strange habit of putting ladybugs in her mouth. After her mother dies in an accident, 18 year-old María decides to look for the father she has never met. She travels to a nearby town taking what few belongings she has. She finds her father, Joaquín, living in a dark, old house in the middle of an abandoned banana plantation, which the locals claim is haunted by spirits. He lives there with an enigmatic Haitian as his only companion. Having no one else in the world, she has no option but to stay with this drunken and recently widowed old man, and confront the ghosts of the past that haunt them both.

 

Regional Premiere

www.lahijanatural.com

 

A graduate of the London Film School, Leticia Tonos is more interested in posing questions than making statements, and as a result, is involved in projects that will lead to deeper reflection. Always concerned about social issues, she has also directed several videos for non-profit organizations.

 

 

 

Producer: Leticia Tonos Production Companies: Producciones Línea Espiral Screenwriter: Leticia Tonos Cinematographer: Sonnel Velazquez Editor: Raúl Marchand Sound Design: David Hernández Music: Miguel Hiraldo Cast: Julieta Rodríguez, Víctor Checo, Andrés "Velcro" Ramos, Gastner Legerme, Frank Perozo Print Source: Leticia Tonos, lety@lineaespiral.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterTue. April 26 8:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Incidente Incident

Mariano Cattaneo

Argentina, Horror, 2011 72 min, HD, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

In 2001, a factory employee murdered 16 of his co-workers for no apparent reason. Two years later, after learning that the murderer practiced Enochian magic, a documentary team enters the factory with a team of investigators and a priest to uncover what really happened. The group is never heard from again. Now, in 2010, a retired police officer shows the video of what really happened in the factory that night. A horror film in the style of [REC] and Diary of the Dead, Incidente creates non-stop tension in this dark, Argentine thriller.

 

International Premiere

www.mcattaneo.blogspot.com

 

Mariano Cattaneo was born in 1979 and has directed numerous shorts appearing in festivals throughout the world, including Casa Tomada, La Carta 282, Bienvenidos al Horror, Templario and The Raven. Incidente is his first feature.

 

Producer: Ezio Massa Production Companies: MFA Films, QK Films Screenwriter: Mariano Cattaneo Cinematographer: Mariano Cattaneo Editor: Mariano Cattaneo Sound Design: Fernando Lopez Avero Music: Andres Borghi Cast: Juan Manuel Rodil, Melisa Fernandez, Diego Sampayo, Simon Ratziel, Cristian Stevenot, Paula Carruega, Galit Gurovich Print Source: Ezio Massa - MFA Films, massaezio@hotmail.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterWed. April 27 7:00 PM FREE!

 

 

En los pasos de Abraham In the Footsteps of Abraham

Daniel Goldberg Lerner

Mexico, Documentary, 2009 90 min, 35mm, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Co-sponsored by Austin Jewish Film Festival

In the Footsteps of Abraham narrates the spiritual journey of three men from Veracruz, Mexico, and the obstacles and sacrifices they must overcome in their quest to convert to Judaism and reach the Holy Land.

 

Austin Premiere

www.goldberglerner.com

 

Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniel Goldberg is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television. A director and producer of various documentary films, Daniel also heads Goldberg Lerner Productions.

 

 

Producer: Daniel Goldberg Lerner Production Companies: Goldberg Lerner, FOPROCINE, IMCINE Screenwriter: Steve Littman Cinematographer: Nejemye Tenenbaum Editor: Barry Stricke, Abraham Lifshitz Sound Design: Antonino Isordia, Abraham Lifshitz Music: Peter Himmelman, Lior Kaminetsky, Mario Osuna, Alfredo Sánchez Cast: Praxcedes Carmona, Yehuda Pérez, Yehoshua Rangel, José Alberto Velázquez Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

Alamo South Lamar - Wed. April 27 3:30 PM Buy Tickets

 

Electrodomésticos: El frío misterio Electrodomesticos: The Cold Mystery

Sergio Castro San Martín

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

 

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

 

International Premiere

www.promedia.cl/electrodomesticos

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

El perro del hortelano Dog in the Manger

Renzo Zanelli

Peru, Comedy/Human Rights, 2010 90 min, HD, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Co-Sponsored by the Rainforest Partnership

El perro del hortelano is a comedy about Brus, an indigenous artist, and his efforts to organize his community against the American oil company, Kenny Oil. Searching for answers, Brus joins a local NGO, only to find himself entangled in the subversive work of an American researcher, Angie. As Brus explores the surreal world of volunteers and development experts, he ultimately discovers his own way of bringing strength to his community.

 

Austin Premiere

www.perrodelhortelano.com

 

A native of Peru and the US, Renzo Zanelli has worked for nearly 10 years as a director of photography, editor, director and producer. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Renzo founded Magic Flute Films, and has incorporated youth education and media projects into his work.

 

Producer: Annika Beaulieu Production Companies: Selva Rica Screenwriters: The Selva Rica Cooperative Cinematographer: Renzo Zanelli Editor: Renzo Zanelli Sound Design: Renzo Zanelli Music: Chicha Libre, Renzo Zanelli Cast: Brus Rubio Churay, Annika Beaulieu, Kenny Luna, Rodrigo Carbajal Mas, Valbina Miguel Print Source: Selva Rica, info@selvarica.com

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterWed. April 27 6:00 PM FREE!

 

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

María Laura Casabé

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

 

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

 

International Premiere

elhadabuenapelicula.blogspot.com

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Brother Towns / Pueblos Hermanos

Charles D. Thompson, Jr., Michael Davey

USA, Documentary, 2010 58 min, DigiBeta, Color Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Brother Towns/Pueblos Hermanos is the story of two towns linked by immigration, family, and work: Jacaltenango, a highland, Maya town in Guatemala; and Jupiter, Florida, an American coastal resort where many Jacaltecos have settled. The film chronicles the reasons why people migrate across borders, how people make and remake their communities when they travel thousands of miles from home, and how people maintain families despite their travel. With immigration being such controversial topic, the film strives to include the voices of those opposed to as well as advocating for undocumented immigrants, and prompt a deeper dialogue about these issues.

 

Regional Premiere

www.brothertowns.com

 

Charles Thompson is a Lecturer in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and an adjunct professor in the Department of Religion at Duke. His other film works include The Guestworker and We Shall Not Be Moved. Michael Davey, a painter and editor, has worked in the production business for more than twenty years and during that time has edited a wide variety of programs including documentaries for PBS, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, and Animal Planet.

 

Producer: Charles D. Thompson, Jr. Production Companies: Bullfrog Films Cinematographer: Michael Davey, Charles D. Thompson, Jr., Margaret Morales Editor: Michael Davey Sound Design: Michael Davey, Charles D. Thompson, Jr., Margaret Morales Music: La Tona, Santos Montejo, Musicians of Jacaltenango Cast: Filomeno Raymundo Diaz Print Source: Bullfrog Films, video@bullfrogfilms.com

 

Jones Auditorium at the Ragsdale Center, St. Edward's UniversityMon. April 25 7:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Blattángelus Blatangelus

Araceli Santana Lancón

Mexico, Documentary, 2010 70 min, HD, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Co-sponsored by the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

As a member of a traditional Catholic family, Jorge Sosa had always been immersed in schools, activities and unions, in which his homosexuality generated an unbearable ideological conflict. This ended when he decided to completely move away from the precepts and practices of his religion. Then, years later, after receiving the counsel of a priest, he reconciled himself with his identity and now leads a church whose main mission is to promote this same reconciliation of faith and sexuality for others, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Sosa's mission involves teaching about a god who promotes in his followers responsibility and full awareness of their freedom.

 

US Premiere

www.rofilms.com.mx

 

Araceli Santana Lancón, born in Mexico City in 1976, has worked as a literary and screenwriting professor at the Universidad de las Américas and the Centro de Escritores Juan José Arreola de Casa Lamm respectively. She is currently working on her first novel and initial research for her next documentary.

 

 

 

 

Producer: Roberto Canales Production Companies: RO Films, FOPROCINE Screenwriter: Araceli Santana Lancón Cinematographer: Pepe Guevara Editor: Roberto Canales Sound Design: Manuel Montaño Music: Gustavo Reyes, Jethro Carbonell Cast: Jorge Sosa, Juan Álvarez, Mauro Zamora Print Source: Javier Núñez - IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterSat. April 23 6:30 PM FREE!

 

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

Byrt Wammack Weber, Ana Rosa Duarte

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

 

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

 

North American Premiere

arrozconleche.yoochel.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

TL-2: La felicidad es una leyenda urbana Happiness is an Urban Legend

Tetsuo Lumière

Argentina, Science Fiction, 2009 85 min, HDV, Color/Black & White Spanish with English subtitles

 

Lumi has always dreamed of making the best science fiction movie of all time. In the process, he manages to fall in love with both a blind girl named Lourdes and her best friend Natasha. A passionate and secret romance plays out with both girls. At the same time, he convinces his childhood psychiatrist to take on the role of the arch-villain of his movie, which is being produced by a textile company. Lumi ends up blinded by greed and his base instincts, and nothing turns out as planned. As a result, his mother goes crazy obsessively searching for Lumi's real father. Winner of the Best Film Award in the Mar de Plata International Film Festival.

 

North American Premiere

www.TL-2.com.ar

 

Tetsuo Lumière is a film director, writer, producer and actor born in Argentina. After attending several film courses at the Buenos Aires University Rojas Center, he directed his first short comedy, The Strange Spoon-stabbed Woman Affair. His first feature, TL-1: Mi reino por un platillo volador, was well received by critics and won numerous awards. He is currently working on his new project, TL-3: Destiny is My Fate.

 

Producer: Tetsuo Lumière Production Companies: Compañía General de la Imagen Screenwriter: Tetsuo Lumière Cinematographer: Sergio Nemirovsky, Sebastián Zicarello, Paola Bellatio, Mariano Torres, Mariano Aponte Editor: Tetsuo Lumière Sound Design: Hugo Meyer Music: Peter Tchaikovsky, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Modest Mussorgsky, Antonio Vivaldi, Edvard Grieg, Fryderyk Chopin, Claude Debussy Cast: Tetsuo Lumiere, Ana Maria Castel, Natalia Santiago, Diamela Viani, Adrian Goldberger, Daniel Cler, Gabriel Chame Buendía, Claudia Schijman, Gimena Blesa, Simon Ratziel, Leonor De Kirchmayr, Emilio Gei, Gregorio Keleshian, Ezio Massa, Natalia Miranda, Ernesto Suazo, Antu Piazza Print Source: Paul Hudson - Outsider Pictures, info@outsiderpictures.us

 

Alamo South Lamar - Wed. April 27 9:45 PM Buy Tickets

 

 

TL-1: Mi reino por un platillo volador My Kingdom for a Flying Saucer

Tetsuo Lumière

Argentina, Science Fiction, 2004 111 min, HDV, Color/Black & White Spanish with English subtitles

 

Young Lumi, born in a small town without a movie theater, fell in love with movies by watching them on TV. Inspired by his favorite, The War of the Worlds, he dreams of making a movie about flying saucers attacking Buenos Aires. Once a teenager and living in Buenos Aires, he never stopped making cheap movies and waiting for the chance to become rich and famous to finally make his dream film. But one day he faints while filming. After being taken to the hospital, he learns that he has a brain tumor and only a few months to live. Despite having no job, no money, no girlfriend and being on the verge of death, he is not discouraged. He spends his last weeks making his dream film, whatever it takes.

 

North American Premiere

www.TL-1.com.ar

 

Tetsuo Lumière is a film director, writer, producer and actor born in Argentina. After attending several film courses at the Buenos Aires University Rojas Center, he directed his first short comedy, The Strange Spoon-stabbed Woman Affair. His first feature, TL-1: Mi reino por un platillo volador, was well received by critics and won numerous awards. He is currently working on his new project, TL-3: Destiny is My Fate.

 

Producer: Tetsuo Lumière Production Companies: Compañía General de la Imagen Screenwriter: Tetsuo Lumière Cinematographer: Sergio Nemirovsky Editor: Tetsuo Lumière Sound Design: Luis Aguero, Tetsuo Lumiere, Hugo Meyer, Sergio Nemirovsky Music: Peter Tchaikovsky, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Modest Mussorgsky, Antonio Vivaldi, Edvard Grieg, Fryderyk Chopin, Claude Debussy Cast: Anna Maria Castel, Walter Gavazzi, Facundo Estrada, Verónica Mor, Adrián Goldbergereno, Amauri Sola, María Méndez, Claudia Schijman, León Dugodni, Florencia Smayenka, Elvelyn Bliman Print Source: Paul Hudson - Outsider Pictures, info@outsiderpictures.us

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterTue. April 26 7:00 PM FREE!