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friday, OCT 13

San Marcos Public Library 

625 E. Hopkins Drive

All library screenings are free of charge.

  • Noon - IN BLACK & WHITE (1hr 5min)

    • ​A documentary of one bi-racial family’s experience in a poor Black community, deep in the heart of Jim Crow America: northeast Texas in the middle of the 20th century. U.S. Premiere! Followed by Q&A with Director Dwight Sirls

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  • 1:20 PM - SEW TO SAY (1hr 9min, UK)

    • ​Among the longest feminist protests in British history: in 1981, several dozen anti-nuke women marched & created a peace camp to decry the arrival of American Cruise missiles.​

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  • 2:40 PM - THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT (51min, Minnesota)

    • ​Combining animation, narration, individual stories & experimental film, this documentary shows people making a difference for monarchs, one milkweed at a time.

  • FLOWER (3min, Los Angeles)

    • ​In this stop-motion tale, Zip – a character made from found objects – finds a "broken" flower & tries to fix it while his friends look on.

  • 3:45 PM - BREAKING THE STIGMA: A.D.H.D. IN AFRICAN AMERICANS (2hr 3min, Dallas)

    • ​This documentary dives into Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, clearing up myths & misconceptions, with a focus on Black perspectives of living with ADHD. Followed by Q&A with Director David Brown.

 Price Center 

222 W. San Antonio St

Tickets for Price Center screenings ($10 Day Pass) here.

10 AM - Around-the-world Narrative Shorts Bloc

  • KULESHOV EFFECT (3min, Mexico)

    • ​One day all of your fears knock on your door, & you will have to offer them a good coffee in the morning & a good drink at night.

  • SALZ GOT HERPEEZ (13min, London)

    • ​A hip, young lady from a big city wakes up to graffiti sprayed across the front of her house; full of rage, she seeks out the person responsible.

  • 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. Texas Premiere!

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  • SLAM DUNK, SEHAJ! (10min, Canada)

    • ​A stay-at-home mom revisits her dream of playing basketball, despite her husband’s opposition.

  • ONE LIKE US (25min, Korea)

    • ​A prominent writer of queer novels, who misrepresented his sexual identity to the public, opts to come out as hetero.

  • FLAMES (7min, Canada)

    • ​Pressured by their grandfather to take up wrestling, two young men instead want nothing more than to dance.

  • STILL BLEEDING (6min, Italy)

    • ​A young man, constantly questioned by his family, finally decides to take action to change his destiny.

  • NUOTO (8min, Italy)

    • ​A businessman swims away from time & reality.

  • SHAPE OF CLAY (14min, Romania)

    • ​Sara, an actress, & Andrew, a director, are perfect partners in life & art until parallels emerge between their love & their latest stage play.

Total Runtime: 1hr 30min


 

Noon - It’s-Friday-the-13th Scary Bloc

  • KILLER IN A SMALL TOWN (19min, Nevada)

    • ​True-crime superfan Will Wesley has seen it all, but tonight a face in the dark may outsmart him.

  • THE CAPTURE & KILLING OF THE COLA KING (22min, ATX)

    • ​A meeting between two representatives of rivaling cola companies grows violent as accusations of tampering are exchanged.

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  • THE FAVOR (10min, Los Angeles)

    • ​When the Angel of Death comes to collect a woman who is just not ready to go, things take a surprising turn.

  • KOJI (3min, Los Angeles)

    • ​A teen-made horror film in first person & third person, depicting struggle & the reliving of a trauma from the past.

  • LA PLANCHADA (9min, Cali)

    • ​In the 1970s, Mexican immigrants endured sadistic abuse in borderland hospitals; today, men who committed the heinous acts live with guilt, awaiting ghosts of the past to return.

  • DON’T WALK ALONE IN THE DARK (9min, San Fran)

    • ​Strolling by herself at night, a young woman faces terrifying, yet friendly, monsters. But her desire to be helpful & kind leads her neighbor to take advantage.

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  • THE FAVOR (10min, Los Angeles)

    • ​When the Angel of Death comes to collect a woman who is just not ready to go, things take a surprising turn.

  • KOJI (3min, Los Angeles)

    • ​A teen-made horror film in first person & third person, depicting struggle & the reliving of a trauma from the past.

  • LA PLANCHADA (9min, Cali)

    • ​In the 1970s, Mexican immigrants endured sadistic abuse in borderland hospitals; today, men who committed the heinous acts live with guilt, awaiting ghosts of the past to return.

  • DON’T WALK ALONE IN THE DARK (9min, San Fran)

    • ​Strolling by herself at night, a young woman faces terrifying, yet friendly, monsters. But her desire to be helpful & kind leads her neighbor to take advantage.

  • GRBBR (12min, Michigan)

    • ​After being laid off from her tech job, a young woman fights her way through the increasingly terrifying world of gig work.

  • THE HAUNTED BABY CAGE FROM HELL (9min, Portland)

    • Spencer & Cameron move into a new home, haunted by an old baby carriage – but the couple just doesn't care... like... you know... at all. 
       

Followed by Q&A – led by Taylor High School Theater Arts teacher Jason Angco-Barrera –

with THE CAPTURE & KILLING OF THE COLA KING Director Duncan Smith & DON’T WALK ALONE IN THE DARK Director Kate Patterson
 

2:30 PM - International Music Video Bloc

  • GOLD IN THEM HILLS* (4min, Los Angeles); 

  • NADANIYA (4min, India); 

  • MACHINE (3min, Nashville); 

  • LIVIN BEYOND THE PAIN (5min, Cali); 

  • TODOS LOS ANIMALES SE DROGAN* (5min, Dominican Republic); 

  • THE LAST ONE (4min, ATX); 

  • IF I WERE PRIME MINISTER (5min, Israel); 

  • SHE DREAMT ALONE (6min, Los Angeles); 

  • EACH WAVE (5min, Israel - Texas Premiere!);

  • GHOST SONG (6min, Brooklyn - Texas Premiere!); 

  • THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO (4min, Switzerland); 

  • SPØKELSESBY (5min, Norway); 

  • NEOSPECTERS (5min, Germany); 

  • MARINE MANASAIN (4min, Russia); 

  • WALLS BENEATH OUR FEET (5min, Finland);

  • DDD (3min, ATX);

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  • THE GHOST OF ORVAL FAUBUS* (3min, Arkansas);

  • A SONG FOR YOU (7min, Beverly Hills - Texas Premiere!)

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  • BARRIO UNIDO* (7min, San Anto)

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Q&A conducted by Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice, including with Director Eric Unusual of DDD & THE LAST ONE; Director/Singer Adrian Christian of A SONG FOR YOU; Director Gene Reid of THE GHOST OF ORVAL FAUBUS; & Director of BARRIO UNIDO Robb S Garcia & Bombasta frontman Roberto Livar
 

Total Runtime: 1hr 30min

5 PM - Domestic Short Doc Bloc

  • MOVING AT THE SPEED OF THOUGHT (4min, Queens)

    • ​A tenant organizer’s experimental film on memories & resiliency, witnessing a 50-year gap between "Operation Move-In" in 1970 & Operation Stay, aka Cancel Rent, in 2020.

  • DANNY (10min, Los Angeles)

    • ​Danny had a normal life, but one day everything changed. Animation, verite & Americana footage fuse to tell a tale of overcoming opioids.

  • THE GROTTO OF DEATH (16min, Houston)

    • ​At its peak in the 1970s, Mexico was the world's largest per-capita producer of comic books – & Julio Camarena Pérez was one of its most elevated practitioners. U.S. Premiere!

  • THE EYE BEGINS IN THE HAND (16min, Cali)

    • ​A tribute to campesino histories via the work of unsung Chicano artist Ruben A. Sanchez & reckoning with the fate of many cultural workers’ struggle to pay rent.

  • STRAWBERRY PICKER (20min, Cali)

    • ​A boy who grew up in labor camps is now a world-class artist; a look at generations of struggle & resilience in the Chicano Art community through the experiences of Juan R. Fuentes.

  • ALEJANDRO JIMÉNEZ: THE GROUND I STAND ON (12min, Denver)

    • ​A lyrical & meditative exploration of the work & creative process of Mexico’s 2021 Slam Poetry champion, whose experience as a U.S. immigrant farmworker shaped his vision of the power of poetry & its connection to a collective past.

Total Runtime: 1hr 18min


 

7 PM - Dangerously Thick Blue Line Bloc

REIMAGINING SAFETY* (1hr 23min, Los Angeles)

Worldwide protests following the 2020 murder of George Floyd featured calls to defund or abolish the police – until a perceived sharp rise in crime gave politicians & police-supporters fuel to suppress the movement. Unfortunately, a detailed conversation about transforming public safety was never had. In this film, shot on iPhone, ten experts discuss how policing & incarceration create more harm than good, why the system persists & what changes can be made to make everyone safe. Texas Premiere!

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preceded by shorts, courtesy of Working Films’ Beyond Walls compilation:
 

  • 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.

  • DEFUND THE POLICE (4min, Chicago)

    • ​Ideas about policing are shaped by our race, gender, class & parents. Dominant culture sells us an image of “Officer Friendly”– but whose experience is that based on?

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Followed by Q&A with REIMAGINING SAFETY Director Matthew Solomon

Total Runtime: 1hr 30min
 

PM - Policing the Police Forum

Free event, moderated by Sam Benavides of Mano Amiga

Exploration of  strategies to systemically reduce police power across Texas

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Ananda Tomas (she/hers), Executive Director of ACT 4 SA, who successfully advocated for an alternative to police response for mental health crisis calls; updated de-escalation & immigration policies in VIA Transit Police's handbook; reduced the timeline for release of body-cam footage for officer-involved shootings; established Texas's first dashboard tracking officer suspensions (copthedata.com); held Texas' first warrant clinic; co-created a dashboard tracking San Antonio Police Department's (SAPD) budget from 2019-2023; & led the Prop A initiative to decriminalize marijuana & abortion, ban no-knock warrants & chokeholds by SAPD, & codify & expand Cite & Release.

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Chris Harris (he/him), Policy Director for the Austin Justice Coalition, is a native Texan; proud husband & son; & passionate advocate working to upend our unjust status quo by dismantling systems of surveillance, punishment & exclusion while building systems of support, accountability & restoration. Chris is also a Board member for MOVE Texas Action fund, Board President of Equity Action, & as a volunteer for numerous organizations & causes in Austin. Chris has contributed to winning campaigns aimed at limiting: racial disparities in the criminal legal system, police violence, criminalization of poverty, ICE detentions, pre-trial incarceration, subpar indigent defense & investment in police & prisons.

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Eric Martinez (he/him), Policy & Executive Director for Mano Amiga – the first organization to force a police contract repeal in Texas history –, is a Latino male impacted by criminalization through his father's experience. Before Eric knew him, his stepfather served prison time, & decades after his sentence, it still affected where he could work & his family could live. Eric’s seen firsthand the continual devastating impacts of arrests & incarceration on the only man who raised him & his family. Alongside staff, Eric has led Mano Amiga in advocating for both immigrants & criminalized community members by leading the push for the 1st & only Cite & Release Ordinance in Texas, a public defender’s office, a Padilla hub for immigrant community members & more.

10 PM - HUMMINGBIRDS (Laredo, 1hr 18min)

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Best friends Silvia & Beba know that the long summer nights of their youth cannot last forever. Their hang-out spots are so familiar but, stuck in an immigration process over which deportation hangs as a constant possibility, home still seems a fragile concept. Between bars, drive-thrus, friends’ couches & the borderlands, they confront the stresses of survival, the future & community-building. For them, this means protest action for legal abortion & against border-control abuses, in a politically divided America. But the dusty half-light is also a time for poetry & dreams. Their laughter & creative expression cement a sense of solidarity & belonging in togetherness.

 

Followed by Q&A with Director Silvia Del Carmen Castanos

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