Palace Theater, 314 South Austin St

 

FREE screenings courtesy of the Seguin Arts Commission & The Summerlee Foundation!

 

11AM - TEXAS SHORTS

HIGHS & LOWS (ATX, 5min)

A brief & dark comedy about empathy.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

HOUSE (ATX, 11min)

Liza’s home is falling apart, parallel to the crumbling of her mental state; how can it be repaired?

 

ONE OF THEM GUYS (San Anto, 4min)

Music video by Natasha Straley & Shayne Marie.

 

THE PERFECT FIT (ATX, 16min)

An insecure teen dreads shopping for clothes with her judgmental mom; nothing ever seems to fit, but when she discovers the perfect top, a decision must  be made as to what constitutes true beauty.

 

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.

 

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, 40 min)

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.

Total Runtime:  2hr 12 min

 

Followed by Q&A with filmmakers, including Director D. Nelson Murray (HIGHS & LOWS); Director Natasha Straley (ONE OF THEM GUYS)

 

2PM - YOU'VE SUCCEEDED: THE LIFE & TIMES OF DIMAS GARZA (San Anto, 60min)

A grassroots documentary on the legendary crooner of the Royal Jesters, illuminating the origin story of Chicano Soul music emanating out of the Westside of San Antonio in the late ‘50s & early ‘60s.

followed by Q&A with filmmaker Chuco Garcia

3:30PM - BLOOD OF THE DINOSAURS (Louisiana, 18min)

In a disturbing presentation, Uncle Bobbo teaches children where oil comes from.


 

4PM - Justice & Liberation Bloc

THE SENTENCING OF MICHAEL THOMPSON (Michigan, 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.

 

THE TAKEOVER (NYC, 39min)

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 5 min

5:30PM - RICOCHET (California, 76 min)

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.

followed by discussion of Public Defender Office with Texas Indigent Defense Commission & Mano Amiga


7:30PM - SEADRIFT (Coastal TX/Seguin, 68 min)

In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shoots & kills a white fisherman at the docks in Seadrift, TX: what began as a dispute over fishing territory erupts into violence & ignites a maelstrom of boat burnings, KKK intimidation & other hostilities against immigrants along the Gulf Coast. 

followed by Q&A outside, at park across the street, with Beth Aplin Martin, subject in the documentary

SUNDAY, OCT 30