SATURDAY, OCT 22
Price Center, 222 W. San Antonio St
10 AM - UNDOING PATRIARCHY BLOC
SOLEDAD (Mission, TX, 15min)
A hardworking, devoted wife – struggling to maintain a happy marriage – finally reaches her breaking point.
THE OTHER SIDE (Spain, 7min)
In a neighborhood bar, Rafa must decide how to respond to a premonition about gender-based abuse.
ELI NAZIK (Turkey, 8min)
Titled for a delicious Turkish dish that also means “gentle hand,” Saliha shoots food-recipe videos for extra income, unbeknownst to her problematic husband. Entirely shot on an iPhone.
TO WADE OR ROW (NY, 15min)
When Jane visits a small-town motel, the receptionist's coded questions grant access to its covert abortion clinic – but the unexpected arrival of a Sheriff threatens the underground operation.
ABSOLUTE POWER (Irving, 8min)
An obnoxious director’s arrogance disillusions a recent film graduate with the industry that awaits her.
THE PLAYERS (Houston, 36 min)
A man taken with an aspiring actress tries to lure her into an intimate relationship by producing his own film.
Total runtime: 1hr 29min
followed by Q&A, facilitated by Abigail Milam, with filmmakers, including Director Nathaniel Avila (ABSOLUTE POWER), Director Fatima Hye (THE PLAYERS) & Director Julio Cesar Gonzalez (SOLEDAD)
12:30 PM - TEXAS IMMIGRATION BLOC
HEARTBREAK COUNTRY (Brooks County, TX, 26min)
The remains of thousands of immigrants lie undiscovered in the remote & inhospitable landscape just 200 miles from San Marcos; the South Texas Human Rights Center & the Texas State University community are working together to confront the humanitarian crisis.
THE SOUTHERN FRONT (Laredo, 40min)
A documentary showcasing the remarkable & unique success of the people of Laredo employing a diversity of tactics to thwart construction of the border wall in their city.
OTRA VIDA: A CELEBRATION OF THE IMMIGRANT (ATX, 13min)
Three immigrant stories converge as newcomers to the nation grapple in their everyday experience to achieve the American Dream.
NANA (ATX, 8 min)
A day in the life of an admirable Austin nanny.
DREAM CARRIERS (San Anto, 7min)
On a final ride through her neighborhood, a college-bound Chicana reflects on past generations of women through the telling of the migration of monarch butterflies.
Total runtime: 1hr 34min
Followed by Q&A with filmmakers, including Director Esmeralda Hernandez (DREAM CARRIERS); Director Anthony Gomez & Producer Maximillian Hess (OTRA VIDA)
3 PM - FIGHTBACK BLOC
TOTAL DISASTER (U.S., 12min) Texas Premiere!
Trickster environmental activists pretending to be oil behemoth Total stage a satirical press conference to introduce "RéHabitat": a plan to rescue animals from the East African Oil Pipeline by relocating them to “more sustainable” habitats in France.
THE RACE AGAINST RACE (NYC, 20min)
Nattalyee launches a 50-mile Protest Run For Justice in NYC to lift up 50 Black and Brown lives taken by way of police brutality.
THE SENTENCE OF MICHAEL THOMPSON (NYC, 26min)
The longest serving non-violent offender in Michigan’s history is finally up for clemency; arrested in 1994 for selling three pounds of marijuana to a close-friend-turned-police-informant, an unjustifiable quarter-century later Michael may at last have a chance at freedom.
TAKEOVER (NYC, 37min)
Examines the twelve historic hours in July 1970 in which fifty militant Boricuas – members of the Young Lords Party – stormed the dilapidated Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, drove out administrative staff, barricading entrances & windows to make their cries for decent healthcare known to the world.
Total runtime: 1hr 35min
5 PM - RICOCHET (1hr 16min), followed by Q&A with Matt Gonzales, Chief Attorney of the Public Defender Office in San Francisco
When a young woman is shot by an undocumented immigrant on Pier 14 in San Francisco, it ignites a political & media furor that culminates in Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States. In the eye of this fierce storm, the Public Defender Office fights to reveal the truth.
8:30 PM - Poetry Night w/ Infrarrealista Review
10 PM - 100 WAYS TO CROSS THE BORDER (Dallas, 1hr 24min)
In chronicling acclaimed artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s work & life – thereby considering performance art as it relates to liminal geography, borders, and the body – the film is crafted as a performance itself, blending lines between protagonist & director, what is scripted & what is improvised.
preceded by AMALIA ORTIZ: LA VALIENTE (San Anto, 10min)
A rumination on the influences & worldview of Amalia Ortiz, a spoken-word artist whose works probe themes of gender equality, police violence, cultural identity & Chicanx political resistance.