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FRIDAY NOV. 3

MARTINDALE, TX

Lawn across from Martindale River Cafe

415 Main Street

FREE SCREENING!

7PM - THE STARS AT NIGHT (Texas, 1hr 1min) 

What is the consequence of losing our view of the night sky? 

Through a mix of expert interviews, testimonials & a trip by four young filmmakers to Big Bend to experience the night sky like they never have before, this film explores the connection between astronomy, mythology & original storytelling.

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preceded by EARTHLING (10min, Maine/DC)

In 1976, Jack, along with his twin brother & two friends, went camping in Maine’s Allagash wilderness, where aliens abducted them. Ten years later, through hypnosis, the men explored what happened.
 

Films introduced by Sonja Villalobos, Mayor Pro Tem of Martindale, who will discuss the city’s Dark Sky Ordinance & followed by Q&A with THE STARS AT NIGHT Director Betty Buckley.

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LOCKHART, TX

 Gaslight Baker Theatre 

216 South Main Street

10AM - Wake & Bake Bloc

  • TWO BIRDS & A STONE (1hr 3min, Atlanta)

    • A teen battles his mental health on 420, while a cop embarks on a journey of his past that will impact the young man’s future. 

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FATIH THE CONQUEROR (15min, Turkey)

    • On someone else’s wedding day, Fatih huddles in a car in the parking lot, contemplating the far-fetched prospect of marriage to Ipek, his buddy’s sister.

NOON - Raúl & Resistance Bloc - FREE!

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NOON - Raúl & Resistance Bloc - FREE!

  • RAÚLSALINAS & THE POETRY OF LIBERATION: UN TRIP (25min, ATX/San Anto)

    • A splitscreen jazz-&-liberation film based on the words of “Un Trip through the Mind Jail” by raúlrsalinas, written in 1969 in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. The poem expresses lived experience in La Loma (East Austin). The short explores contemporary issues: imprisonment in the jail machine, community destruction & gentrification, the overwhelming force of cultural memory in sanity & salvation, the need for societal transformation. 

  • PRACTICAL ABOLITION (3min, Philly)

    • Amistad Law Project lifts up alternatives to policing: mobilizing emergency resources for communities hardest hit by gun violence, alongside policies & programs to make us safer. Shown courtesy of the Working Films “Beyond Walls” compilation

  • I AM LIGHT (4min, UK)

    • Gorgeous & poignant assemblage of vignettes to showcase the joys & pains of life as a Black person in the UK, including those whose families hail from the Caribbean.

  • CATWOMAN VS. THE WHITE HOUSE (12min, Berlin)

    • Newly discovered audio & video tells the full story between Eartha Kitt's run in with the President & the First Lady in 1968.

  • IMMORTAL ROSE (19min, Myanmar)

    • After Myanmar’s coup of February 2021 – & the military meeting peaceful protest with killing & imprisonment – this documentary follows a teen into the jungle for her duty of armed revolution.

Followed by Q&A with RAÚLSALINAS & THE POETRY OF LIBERATION: UN TRIP Directors Anne Lewis & Laura Varela

2PM - Lone Star Showcase

  • DDD (3min, ATX)

    • One man seeking redemption, but unable and unwilling to change his ways.

  • CLOSE SHAVE (10min, ATX)

    • A real estate agent gets more than a shave when he visits his hometown barber.

  • NIGHT VISIT (5min, ATX)

    • A woman is followed home by a menacing creature that visits her after dark.

  • SHAME FULL (11min, ATX)

    • Traumatized by body shaming during her childhood, a mother struggles to separate her past from her daughter’s present.

  • A NEW DAY (BROUGHT TO YOU BY HORIZON RESEARCH SYSTEMS) (4min, ATX)                

    • At Horizon Research Systems, we pride ourselves on helping you achieve the life of your dreams - the life you deserve. Also, we may owe you a few apologies…

  • LOOKING BACK (9min, ATX)

    • George gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a ghost living in the backup camera of his new car.

  • CIVIC DUTY (ATX, 14min)

    • In the not-so-distant future, “patriotic duty” is taken to extremes when society shifts to draft the masses to keep the elite alive.

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AMERICAN ALIEN (13 min, ATX)

    • The absurd journey of an extraterrestrial caught at the Mexico border & processed into the U.S. immigration system.

  • MOTHER F—ER (8min, ATX)

    • A fed up young mother scrambles to surmount a neighborhood rascal.

  • TWINSIES (10min, ATX)

    • A young woman's search for a job forces her into a nonsensical bubble where delusion & eccentricity call the shots.

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  • SUPERMARKET AFFAIRS (15min, ATX)

    • Readying for the anniversary of her husband’s death, a Vietnamese immigrant woman & her Americanized adult daughter butt heads over how to best honor him.

  • IN TOW* (21min, ATX)

    • A self-involved teen & her overworked single mom confront their differences as their mobile home is towed away … with them inside of it!

Followed by Q&A with CIVIC DUTY Director Andrea Furedy; TWINSIES DIrector Tiana Stuart; & MOTHER F—-ER Director Justin Arnold

Total Runtime: 2hr 3min


4:30 PM - WHEEL OF HEAVEN (1hr 43min, Louisiana)

A woman caught up in predatory relationships is thrown into a multi-layered world of choices after she discovers a mystical book in a thrift store.
 

7 PM - WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE: Special 30th Anniversary Screening!

An epic, coming-of-age story of a young grocery clerk (Johnny Depp) who cares for his little brother (Leonardo DiCaprio), navigating his intellectual disability the best he can, as well as the stresses of small-town life in Endora. The film was partly shot in Lockhart & is the namesake of our festival.

 

Introduced by Tom Copeland, former Director of the Texas Film Commission

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