SATURDAY, OCT 29
Gaslight Baker Theater, 216 South Main St
10AM - SMORGASBORD SHORTS BLOC
THE RELEASE (South Africa, 2min)
Fashion film for a post-covid audience shell-shocked after two years of lockdown, in need of a colorful, entertaining escape.
THUMBS UP! (Georgia, 3min)
How would we fare if we understood the type of help we need & could be honest with ourselves in order to begin to feel better?
WHAT STAYS BEHIND (ATX, 5min)
Haunted by horrible memories, the protagonist struggles to keep living after his wife's tragic death & the grief which accompanies.
PUT IT ON ME (SMTX, 3min)
Transported to the dance floor, where the boy across the room cannot take his eyes off of you; music video for Tiera Deniell.
BITTER PILL (ATX, 3min)
Music video by The Best Around.
HAUNTED (ATX, 6min)
Music video by In The Trench.
REACH THE END (ATX, 6min)
Music video by Black Heart Saints.
ANNA PLEASE (ATX, 5min)
Music video by Andrew Combs.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS (ATX, 9min)
Randall wants to impress his girlfriend & her friends at their weekly game night, but things don't quite go as planned.
MOM COMBAT HOME (Colorado, 8min) World premiere!
In 2020, the filmmaker & her daughter recorded themselves reading every billboard encountered on I-70 in Kansas. Set against visuals of the Sunflower State’s natural majesty, twelve native Kansans narrate those remixed words revealing the language of commerce, travel, politics, tourism, priorities, fear, joy, urges & human need.
THE EXPANDING HORIZON (ATX, 10min)
A teenager asks his drug-dealing classmate an unusual request.
RIDE FREE OR DIE (Austin, 29min)
An insider's look into the political world of motorcycle clubs: fighting for constitutional rights against law-enforcement profiling & harassment.
MINORITY MAJORITY (Lockhart, 10min)
Presented by the Voting in America Project, a look at Lockhart’s first MLK march in 2004 & the spirit of civic engagement of those historically excluded from local political participation.
Total runtime: 1hr 36min
followed by Q&A with director Randall Wilson (RIDE FREE OR DIE), director Camron Rushin (BITTER PILL), director Austin Leih (ANNA PLEASE), director Sommer Browning (MOM COMBAT HOME), director Christian Meola (THE EXPANDING HORIZON); director Michael Charron (FIRST IMPRESSIONS), Anne Lewis & Laura Varela (MINORITY MAJORITY)
4PM - WËRAPARA (1hr 21min)
In the heart of Colombia’s coffee zone, on the Karmata Rúa reservation, live Marcela, Roxana, Gina, Alexa, Jaima & Pamela: indigenous trans-women, occupied with crafts, daily tasks in the mountains & fashion. In the Emberá language, wërapara means “girls, women, gay.”
6PM - YOU'VE SUCCEEDED (San Antonio, 60 min), featuring Q&A with Director Chuco Garcia, moderated by legendary Texas music journalist Joe Nick Patoski (who also directed SIR DOUG & THE GENUINE TEXAS GROOVE)
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.
8PM - 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.