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VideoFest Films by Category :: September 23-26, 2010


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23rd Annual VideoFest– Sept. 23-26, 2010

FILMS ABOUT ANIMALS AND KIDS

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Noon

Glamourpuss: The Enchanting World of Kitty Wigs

Kitty Wigs is a Dallas-based company that has been all over the press, from People magazine to The Tonight Show and more. Started by native Dallasite Julie Jackson in 2007, Kitty Wigs has garnered worldwide attention and even a book, now in its fourth printing. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the book with Fort Worth photographer Jill Johnson.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Noon

Rocky and Baylor’s Day-A Dogumentary

A day in the life of two golden retriever mutts Rocky and Baylor in Austin, Texas.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Noon

Jellyfish Sandwich

A hungry shark realizes the he is out of his favorite jelly. He goes a spree searching for his beloved a fruit-flavored gelatin. After failing to fulfill his hopes of finding more jelly around the town, the shark spots a cool jellyfish. He then wonders, ‘Are jellyfish made out of the jelly I eat in my sandwich everyday?’ I guess he’ll have to catch him to find that out.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Noon

Top Dog

Who will earn the title of Iron Dog? The Dock Dogs competition at the 2010 Teva Mountain Games.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Noon

Grumpy Old Man

Lego stop motion animation

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Noon

Daylight: A Doodle Music Video

My name is Sadie Lidji, and I am 12 years old. I’m inspired by the lyrics of my favorite songs to make drawings and collages. Then, I connect those drawings with the song. I call them ‘doodle music videos’. They are visually fun to experience but a very tedious experience to create them, but in the end, it’s a very fulfilling feeling to have made a film that you know you have worked so hard on. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did in making it.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Noon

The Gopher

Sparky, a 15 year-old rat terrier, is determined to catch the taunting gopher. Desperate to stop the ridicule, Sparky lets Chuco, a white poodle, in on the action. Will Sparky catch the Gopher? Will Chuco make a difference? Watch and see how the story unfolds.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

4 p.m.

The Shrimp

The Shrimp is a meditative, lush and subtle documentary that follows the life cycle of a shrimp along the marshes of Savannah, Georgia.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

4:25 p.m.

The Sharecroppers

A brief exploration into a world that most city dwellers have never seen, The Sharecroppers explores the quiet struggles of America’s chicken farmers as they struggle to provide for themselves and their families. Essentially forced into upgrading their farms, these farmers have no choice but to perpetuate a never-ending cycle of debt – on pain of bankruptcy.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

2 p.m.

Aliki

An encounter with a flamingo at an ancient salt lake in Cyprus

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

2 p.m.

Zo Playroom

The Zo is a hand-drawn animated film about a child trapped in a nightmare house by the monster, the Zo.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

3:30 p.m.

Endings

Emmy Ferguson is a 10 year old who learns that, after a long bout with leukemia, today is probably her last day on earth. Chris Ryan is a 35-year-old drug addict who is determined to make this his last day. And Adonna Frost, suffering from advanced breast cancer, has made a similar decision about the end of her life. They are all strangers to each other, but as Emmy embarks on a strange journey, and as the day’s events bring these three dying people together, through Emmy’s unique point of view, their lives are changed forever.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

5:45 p.m.

Big Hands

A young girl builds a time machine to escape the loss of her tight knit family.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

5:45 p.m.

Headphonics

This short video is built around several short loops of home video that are cross-faded and run through various sound responsive luminosity keys and colorizers. A zone out film. A reflection on my son’s growth. This is the fourth part of a series of yearly videos made with my son. This video was produced at the Experimental Video Center in Owego, New York.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

8 p.m.

THE TEXAS SHOW

Balrog 24/7

For their 4th annual elementary school play, the students decide to take a different approach. With a band to compose along side the show, the kids create a musical based on the hit game ‘Street Fighter.’

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

8 p.m.

THE TEXAS SHOW

Danzak

Nina is a 10 year old girl whose life dramatically changes when her father and Master Scissor Dancer asks her to fulfill her last wish.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

8 p.m.

THE TEXAS SHOW

Red Wednesday

Sholeh is a lonely little nine-year-old girl. She eats her lunch at a distance from her schoolmates and wonders why her Zoroastrian mother sends her to a Catholic school in the first place. But the greatest source of sorrow in Sholeh’s life is her sad mother’s failing health.

ANIMATION PROGRAMS

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

9 p.m.

Please Say Something

Please Say Something is a 10-minute short concerning a troubled relationship between a Cat and Mouse set in the distant future. The final film was completed in January 2009 and contains 23 episodes of exactly 25 seconds each.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

8:30 p.m.

Alone in the 475th

Inspired by journals written amid World War II this animated short explores a subjective interpretation of a soldier’s written words. As these journal entries are recited the filmmaker uses a mixture of animation and photographs to visualize a surreal experience based on the soldier’s actual written words.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

3:30 pm.

What Manner of Person Art Thou?

What Manner of Person Art Thou? is a 66 minute animated video which follows two characters, Yoder and Troyer, the only survivors of a deadly epidemic that struck two small colonies somewhere in the Northwestern United States.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

6 p.m.

Confessions of a Superhero

Confessions of a Superhero chronicles the lives of three mortal men and one woman who make their living working as superhero characters on Hollywood Boulevard. This deeply personal look into their daily routines reveals their hardships and triumphs as they pursue and achieve their own kind of fame. The Hulk sold his Super Nintendo for a bus ticket to LA; Wonder Woman was a mid-western homecoming queen; Batman struggles with his anger, while the psyche of Superman is consumed by the Man of Steel. Although the Walk of Fame is right beneath their feet, their own paths to stardom prove to be long, hard climbs.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

7:35 p.m.

Time for a Hero

A superhero musical

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Noon

Grumpy Old Man

Lego stop motion animation

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

2 p.m.

The Zo

The Zo is a hand-drawn animated film about a child trapped in a nightmare house by the monster, the Zo.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

5 p.m.

Fwd: Update on My Life

A hybrid live-action and animated documentary, Fwd: Update on My Life follows Dr. Deanie French, a professor and pioneer of internet-based learning and web accessibility, who decides one day to take a holiday from her prescription mood stabilizers and go on the Atkins diet. With newfound energy, she promptly leaves her husband and sets out starting up multiple businesses, making 10 new ‘special friends,’ and directing a documentary about her life.  In this experimental biography, director and ‘special friend’ Nicky Tavares pieces together the humorous and tragic life story of Dr. Deanie French through a collection of interviews, personal emails, electronic greeting cards, and machinima footage, exploring Dr. French’s complex psychological and professional relationship with the internet and technology. Alternating and probing notions of the virtual and the real, Fwd: Update on My Life reflects upon our idea of reality as it nimbly navigates Dr. French’s fluctuating perceptions of the universe.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

7 p.m.

Sutro

Animated portrait of the eponymous television tower on the hill, guardian of fog and electronic signals in that earthshaking city by the Bay.

BLACK PROGRAMS

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

8:15 p.m

Freedom Riders

Veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s inspirational documentary is the first feature-length film about this courageous band of civil-rights activists. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, Nelson chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.

Black Cinemateque and South Dallas Cultural Center are sponsoring this presentation.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

6:15 p.m.

Memories of Overdevelopment

What happens when a socialist revolutionary intellectual asserts creative freedom? In Memories of Overdevelopment, ideological clashes and contradictions explode and fragment within a Cuban émigré while they spurt across the world stage. A kinetic, mesmerizing, subliminal collage, the film forges new cinematic dimensions with multiple planes fueling each other: a picaresque saga of desire and decomposition, a self-reflexive formal project about art reifying life and vice versa, a surreal foray into memory and the unconscious, and a searing critique of twentieth-century forces like genocide and totalitarianism.

CIVIL RIGHTS/POLITICAL PROGRAMS

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

8:15 p.m

Freedom Riders

Veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s inspirational documentary is the first feature-length film about this courageous band of civil-rights activists. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, Nelson chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.

Black Cinemateque and South Dallas Cultural Center are sponsoring this presentation.

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

8 p.m.

They Are Still There

The filmmaker, a military veteran, explores the impact of the war in Iraq on the lives of three North Texas residents: a mother, a soldier and an activist.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

8:30 pm.

Barbershop Punk

The film tells the story of software engineer Robb Topolski, who was only trying to access turn-of-the-century barbershop quartet music (legally) when he made an unsettling discovery: his service provider was covertly participating in a practice to filter and control its users’ content. What followed would make him the unlikeliest of heroes in the “Net neutrality” debate and would force the federal government to focus on the policies carried out by the nation’s largest media corporations. Filmmakers Georgia Sugimura Archer and Kristin Armfield expertly interweave Robb’s inspiring personal battle against censorship with opinions on both sides of the issue from politicians, commentators and musicians, including Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye, who help put a fine point on what it means to really be “punk.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

8 p.m.

Until Tomorrow Then

A mathematician figures out the exact time the world will end, and it’s sooner than he’d even anticipated. With time running out, he spends his last few days attempting to find forgiveness from the woman he’s always loved.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

8:30 p.m.

We Love Germany: Thanks For Everything

“Sri Lanka ‘National Handball Team’ Disappears in Germany,” reported a small blurb on CBS News. Most surprised were the people of the small village of Wittislingen in Germany, who hosted the Sri Lankan team for a local tournament. After the match the Sri Lankans disappeared and were nowhere to be found. A brief inquiry yielded that a Sri Lankan national handball team never existed, and that the rather well organized scam enabled 23 illegal immigrants to obtain European Union visas. In We Love Germany: Thanks For Everything… Jenny Vogel deals with the aftermath of the incident, as she presents the story from the point of view of the villagers of Wittislingen.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

9:30 p.m.

Erasing David

David Bond lives in one of the most intrusive surveillance states in the world. He decides to find out how much private companies and the government know about him by putting himself under surveillance and attempting to disappear – a decision that changes his life forever. Leaving his pregnant wife and young child behind, he is tracked across the database state on a chilling journey that forces him to contemplate the meaning of privacy – and the loss of it.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

3:30 pm.

What Manner of Person Art Thou?

What Manner of Person Art Thou? is a 66 minute animated video which follows two characters, Yoder and Troyer, the only survivors of a deadly epidemic that struck two small colonies somewhere in the Northwestern United States.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

3:45 p.m.

The Art of Jihad

“Yes, I carry explosives. They are called words.” In our heavily mediated world, words and images play an important role in the creation of misconceptions. In this film, three American artists combine those two elements to address and combat the prevalent stereotypes about Islam in the U.S.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

4:45 p.m.

The Task of the Translator

Lynne Sachs pays homage to Walter Benjamin’s essay ‘The Task of the Translator’ through three studies of the human body. First, she listens to the musings of a wartime doctor grappling with the task of a kind-of cosmetic surgery for corpses. Second, she witnesses a group of Classics scholars confronted with the haunting yet whimsical task of translating a newspaper article on Iraqi burial rituals into Latin. And finally, she turns to a radio news report on human remains.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

5:45 p.m.

The Eternal Quarter Inch

Rising fundamentalism and a government that cites faith to defend war actions have helped grow a desperate society. The first part of the Bearing Witness Trilogy.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

8:15 p.m.

Green Becomes Black and Blue (White Becomes Red)

Reconfigured events from protest to crackdown of the Green movement in Iran recorded by witnesses on cell phones and mini-cams. This work is inspired by a report that the government had changed the green bar on the Iranian flag to blue as an attempt to dis-empower the primary color symbol of the Green movement.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

8:15 p.m.

ATK’s Statement of Environmental Stewardship

It is most strange and wondrous that the corporations that make the deadliest weapons on earth also enjoy proclaiming their ethical, community and environmental values. This video takes the ‘environmental stewardship’ statement of ATK, one of the world’s largest arms manufacturers, and performs it as a short, sacred opera.  ATK’s Statement of Environmental Stewardship forms one part of The Cluster Project, an online exhibition of multimedia artworks exploring the universe of cluster bombs. The site is expected to launch in late summer 2010.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

9 p.m.

The t.A.T.u. Project

The t.A.T.u. Project addresses the social and political significance of the Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. The film focuses on the marketing of singers Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova’s as a lesbian couple, as well as their politicized television appearances: on the Jay Leno Show during the 2003 US Invasion of Iraq, and on a Japanese TV show when they wore t-shirts that addressed a territorial dispute between Russia and Japan.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

Noon

Dive

Follow filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and his circle of friends as they “dumpster dive” in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of L.A.’s supermarkets. In the process, they uncover thousands of dollars worth of good food and an ugly truth about waste in America: grocery stores know they are wasting and most refuse to do anything about it.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

12:40 pm.

Trash-Out

This deeply affecting and simple short shows workers cleaning out a house that has been foreclosed upon. What do the things left behind say about a family? What does an empty house say that was once a home? In a mere five minutes, TRASH-OUT makes a poignant statement on a timely subject.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

1:30 p.m.

Latch On

The politics of breastfeeding

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

2 p.m.

Sins of My Father

Pablo Escobar, the most notorious and brutal drug lord in Colombia’s history, was gunned down in Medellín in 1993. After his father’s death, Juan Escobar fled to Buenos Aires, changed his name to Sebastián Marroquín, assuming a new identity to escape his father’s dubious legacy. For the first time since Escobar’s death, Marroquín comes forward to tell his father’s story. With heartfelt honesty, he recounts what it was like to grow up loving a father that he knew was his country’s number-one enemy. Unsatisfied with simply relating history, Marroquín requests a meeting with the sons of two celebrated Colombian political leaders who were among hundreds of victims that his father had killed in the 1980s.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

3:45 p.m.

Facing History

When my closest friend, a Brooklyn rabbi’s daughter raised among Holocaust survivors, refused to visit me in Germany, I understood her concerns. I’m not Jewish, but I too felt uneasy about moving to Germany for my husband’s academic sabbatical. Then, during my eight months in the small town of Tübingen, I met people who, after a while, began to tell me about their highly personal struggles with their country’s past.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

5 p.m.

In the Wake of the Flood

Taking us behind the curtain of Margaret Atwood’s travelling medicine show, ‘In the Wake of the Flood’ offers a candid, revealing portrait of the author as activist oracle — Atwood is the ultimate camp counselor, mounting a pageant to save the planet with a birdsong in her heart and a silent spring in her step.”

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

5:45 p.m.

The Last Castrato

The Last Castrato’ video narrates the story of two men whose lives intersect through unexpected circumstances, yielding unfortunate results. The main protagonist is going through major upheavals in his life. He has lost his son to war and is trying to come to terms with it.  He is angry, furious, yet sad and confused. As a result, he is yearning for reconciliation with some of the unexplainable circumstances life throws at him, and possibly with himself as well. All of these emotions eventually yield tragic results when he unleashes his rage onto a stranger who he mistakes for a burglar breaking into his house.  The stranger, a Muslim character, is only trying to return his wallet.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

6:15 p.m.

Memories of Overdevelopment

What happens when a socialist revolutionary intellectual asserts creative freedom? In Memories of Overdevelopment, ideological clashes and contradictions explode and fragment within a Cuban émigré while they spurt across the world stage. A kinetic, mesmerizing, subliminal collage, the film forges new cinematic dimensions with multiple planes fueling each other: a picaresque saga of desire and decomposition, a self-reflexive formal project about art reifying life and vice versa, a surreal foray into memory and the unconscious, and a searing critique of twentieth-century forces like genocide and totalitarianism.

PROGRAMS ABOUT FILMMAKING AND TV

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

7 p.m.

A Film Unfinished

At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply “Ghetto,” this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings of the footage. A FILM UNFINISHED presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing “the good life” enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.

3 Star Cinema is the community partner for this screening.

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

8:30 p.m.

Forgetting Dad

One week after a seemingly harmless car accident, a 45-year-old man suffers total amnesia. Sixteen years later, his filmmaker son investigates why his father’s memory never returned.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

10:30 p.m.

Never Trust a Woman

In this pulse pounding new thriller, The Love Boat’s Lauren Tewes answers the age-old question, ‘…does a cuckoo clock make music?’ from l’enfant terrible Michael Frost comes one of his latest cut-up process cinematic excursions that… may persuade you to never pick up an old telephone land line again.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

2 p.m.

No Subtitles Necessary

No Subtitles Necessary follows the lives of renowned cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond from escaping the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary to present day.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

7 p.m.

Girl with Black Balloons

The Chelsea Hotel is a New York City icon – ever wondered who lives in it? Girl with Black Balloons is no ordinary character study but a multi-faceted portrait of Bettina – a reclusive, artist living within the confines of Manhattan’s legendary lodgings. Reflexive and tender, the film develops a dialogue between filmmaker and subject born out of mutual respect, blurring the roles of confidante and muse. The result provides a fascinating insight into a unique life and graceful meditation on the powers of memory, creativity, order and discord.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

8:15 p.m.

The Harvey Girl From Shanghai

The Harvey Girl From Shanghai is a fictional documentary about a film Orson Welles started to make with Judy Garland but was stopped mid-production.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

8:15 p.m.

A Movie by Jen Proctor

A loving remake of Bruce Conner’s seminal 1958 found footage film A Movie using appropriated material from video sharing sites YouTube and LiveLeak.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

8:15 p.m.

On 24

The May 24 finale of the political-action series 24 marks the end of one of the most stylistically fresh and politically controversial programs in broadcast TV history. The video essay series 5 on 24 examines various aspects of the show, including its real-time structure, its depiction of torture, and the psychology of its hero, counterterrorist agent Jack Bauer.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

8:15 p.m.

Filmpiece for Bartlett

A tribute to the late filmmaker Scott Bartlett (‘Off/On’, ‘Serpent’). A fountain in the Museum of Modern Art courtyard becomes a literal and figurative reflection upon Bartlett’s quote in Gene Youngblood’s ‘Expanded Cinema’: ‘There is a pattern in film work that could be the pattern of a hundred-thousand movies. It simply is: ‘Repeat and purify; repeat and synthesize; abstract, abstract, abstract.’

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

8:15 p.m.

Green Becomes Black and Blue (White Becomes Red)

Reconfigured events from protest to crackdown of the Green movement in Iran recorded by witnesses on cell phones and mini-cams. This work is inspired by a report that the government had changed the green bar on the Iranian flag to blue as an attempt to dis-empower the primary color symbol of the Green movement.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

8:15 p.m.

ATK’s Statement of Environmental Stewardship

It is most strange and wondrous that the corporations that make the deadliest weapons on earth also enjoy proclaiming their ethical, community and environmental values. This video takes the ‘environmental stewardship’ statement of ATK, one of the world’s largest arms manufacturers, and performs it as a short, sacred opera.  ATK’s Statement of Environmental Stewardship forms one part of The Cluster Project, an online exhibition of multimedia artworks exploring the universe of cluster bombs. The site is expected to launch in late summer 2010.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

2 p.m.

Vault of Vapors

A weather diary series set in Oklahoma with a wistful tone and wispy environment. The TV is on and the porcelain is smeared with some residue atrocity from a previous passion. But all is well as emptiness persists beyond the four walls of this prairie mausoleum.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

5 p.m.

Fwd: Update on My Life

A hybrid live-action and animated documentary, Fwd: Update on My Life follows Dr. Deanie French, a professor and pioneer of internet-based learning and web accessibility, who decides one day to take a holiday from her prescription mood stabilizers and go on the Atkins diet. With newfound energy, she promptly leaves her husband and sets out starting up multiple businesses, making 10 new ‘special friends,’ and directing a documentary about her life.  In this experimental biography, director and ‘special friend’ Nicky Tavares pieces together the humorous and tragic life story of Dr. Deanie French through a collection of interviews, personal emails, electronic greeting cards, and machinima footage, exploring Dr. French’s complex psychological and professional relationship with the internet and technology. Alternating and probing notions of the virtual and the real, Fwd: Update on My Life reflects upon our idea of reality as it nimbly navigates Dr. French’s fluctuating perceptions of the universe.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

5:45 p.m.

10 Short Documentaries about My Childhood Home

10 Short Documentaries about My Childhood Home mixes old movie piano music, re-enactments with masks, observational documentary and old slides of my childhood to create a snapshot about the process of selling our family house and my mother’s subsequent move to an assisted living situation.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

5:45 p.m.

Headphonics

This short video is built around several short loops of home video that are cross-faded and run through various sound responsive luminosity keys and colorizers. A zone out film. A reflection on my son’s growth. This is the fourth part of a series of yearly videos made with my son. This video was produced at the Experimental Video Center in Owego, New York.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

6:15 p.m.

Memories of Overdevelopment

What happens when a socialist revolutionary intellectual asserts creative freedom? In Memories of Overdevelopment, ideological clashes and contradictions explode and fragment within a Cuban émigré while they spurt across the world stage. A kinetic, mesmerizing, subliminal collage, the film forges new cinematic dimensions with multiple planes fueling each other: a picaresque saga of desire and decomposition, a self-reflexive formal project about art reifying life and vice versa, a surreal foray into memory and the unconscious, and a searing critique of twentieth-century forces like genocide and totalitarianism.

HEALTH PROGRAMS

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

8:30 p.m.

Forgetting Dad

One week after a seemingly harmless car accident, a 45-year-old man suffers total amnesia. Sixteen years later, his filmmaker son investigates why his father’s memory never returned.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

3:30 p.m.

What Manner of Person Art Thou?

What Manner of Person Art Thou? is a 66 minute animated video which follows two characters, Yoder and Troyer, the only survivors of a deadly epidemic that struck two small colonies somewhere in the Northwestern United States.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

4:45 p.m.

The Darkness of Day

The Darkness of Day is a haunting meditation on suicide. It is comprised entirely of found 16mm footage that had been discarded. The sadness, the isolation, and the desire to escape are recorded on film in various contexts. Voice-over readings from the journal kept by a brother of the filmmaker’s friend who committed suicide in 1990 intermix with a range of compelling stories, from the poignant double suicide of an elderly American couple to a Japanese teenager who jumped into a volcano, spawning over a thousand imitations. While this is a serious exploration of a cultural taboo, its lyrical qualities invite the viewer to approach the subject with understanding and compassion.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

4:45 p.m.

Grief Becomes Me

Poet Donna Hilbert’s life changed in an instant with her husband Larry’s sudden death. In the months following she addressed her grief in poetry, completing the acclaimed Transforming Matter. ‘This wondrous collection examines faith, grief, the afterlife . . .’ (Denise Duhamel) Six years later her life again changed dramatically when director Christine Fugate discovered her work and began translating it to film. Grief Becomes Me, a short film consisting of three poems, debuted at the LA Short Film Festival and the Long Beach Museum of Art. The short was the first in a trilogy of poems dealing with life, death and the afterlife. After the success of the short, Fugate decided to produce and direct a longer film Grief Becomes Me: A Love Story, an interweaving of documentary footage and narrative interpretations of Hilbert’s poetry.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

4:45 p.m.

The Task of the Translator

Lynne Sachs pays homage to Walter Benjamin’s essay ‘The Task of the Translator’ through three studies of the human body. First, she listens to the musings of a wartime doctor grappling with the task of a kind-of cosmetic surgery for corpses. Second, she witnesses a group of Classics scholars confronted with the haunting yet whimsical task of translating a newspaper article on Iraqi burial rituals into Latin. And finally, she turns to a radio news report on human remains.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

5 p.m.

Burzynski

Ph.D biochemist, Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, won one of the largest legal battles against the Food & Drug Administration in U.S. history. Dr. Burzynski and his patients endured a treacherous 14-year journey in order to obtain FDA-approved clinical trials for a new cancer-fighting drug. His groundbreaking medical and legal battles have brought revolutionary cancer treatment to the public. Upon completion, his treatment will be available the world over – sending a shock wave through the cancer industry.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

1:30 p.m.

Latch On

The politics of breastfeeding

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

3:30 p.m.

Endings

Emmy Ferguson is a 10 year old who learns that, after a long bout with leukemia, today is probably her last day on earth. Chris Ryan is a 35-year-old drug addict who is determined to make this his last day. And Adonna Frost, suffering from advanced breast cancer, has made a similar decision about the end of her life. They are all strangers to each other, but as Emmy embarks on a strange journey, and as the day’s events bring these three dying people together, through Emmy’s unique point of view, their lives are changed forever.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

5:45 p.m.

10 Short Documentaries about My Childhood Home

10 Short Documentaries about My Childhood Home mixes old movie piano music, re-enactments with masks, observational documentary and old slides of my childhood to create a snapshot about the process of selling our family house and my mother’s subsequent move to an assisted living situation.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

5:45 p.m.

Close to Home

Close to Home follows the story of a father broken from the loss of his son, and a daughter waiting for the father that she once knew.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

5:45 p.m.

Big Hands

A young girl builds a time machine to escape the loss of her tight knit family.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

8 p.m.

THE TEXAS SHOW

Life’s Waltz

Life’s Waltz explores old age, loss, and love.  Betty finds joy and purpose in playing the piano, gardening, and making the most of each day as a widow at her retirement community. Then we meet Bob and Dorothy, a married couple with a unique sense of humor about their transition into the same retirement community, health decline, and their love for one another.  Our outsider to retirement communities is David, a “25-year-old inside of a 77-year-old’s body.” He commemorates his late wife and offers a profound perspective on love and loss as we age.  Betty, Bob, Dorothy, and David, show us that old age is nothing to fear; it can be as wonderful as any other time in our lives.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

8 p.m.

THE TEXAS SHOW

Red Wednesday

Sholeh is a lonely little nine-year-old girl. She eats her lunch at a distance from her schoolmates and wonders why her Zoroastrian mother sends her to a Catholic school in the first place. But the greatest source of sorrow in Sholeh’s life is her sad mother’s failing health.

HISTORY PROGRAMS

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

7 p.m.

A Film Unfinished

At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply “Ghetto,” this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings of the footage. A FILM UNFINISHED presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing “the good life” enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.

3 Star Cinema is the community partner for this screening.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

8:30 p.m.

Alone in the 475th

Inspired by journals written amid World War II this animated short explores a subjective interpretation of a soldier’s written words. As these journal entries are recited the filmmaker uses a mixture of animation and photographs to visualize a surreal experience based on the soldier’s actual written words.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

1:45 p.m.

Polack

An in-the-closet Polish-American seeks the source of the Polack joke, but only finds new levels of rejection. Polack is a documentary film that incorporates personal journey, and archival and entertainment footage, while considering the history of Poland and contemporary social politics.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

2 p.m.

No Subtitles Necessary

No Subtitles Necessary follows the lives of renowned cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond from escaping the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary to present day.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

3 p.m.

Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean

Living in the wake of the Idi Amin reign of terror and institutional discrimination, one Ugandan coffee farmer organized a group of Christian, Muslim and Jewish neighbors to challenge historical — as well as economic and environmental — hurdles by forming Delicious Peace Coffee Cooperative to enhance peaceful relationships and economic development. Partnering with a Fair Trade US distributor, the standard of living of the farmers is improving, peace is flourishing, and their messages of peace and fair wages are spreading to coffee customers in the US. Narrated by Ed O’Neill.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

8 p.m.

Mars

A new space race is born between NASA and the ESA when Charlie Brownsville, Hank Morrison, and Dr. Casey Cook compete against an artificially intelligent robot to find out what’s up there on the red planet. ‘Mars’ follows these three astronauts on the first manned mission to our galactic neighbor. On the way they experience life-threatening accidents, self doubts, obnoxious reporters, and the boredom of extended space travel.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

3:45 p.m.

Facing History

When my closest friend, a Brooklyn rabbi’s daughter raised among Holocaust survivors, refused to visit me in Germany, I understood her concerns. I’m not Jewish, but I too felt uneasy about moving to Germany for my husband’s academic sabbatical. Then, during my eight months in the small town of Tübingen, I met people who, after a while, began to tell me about their highly personal struggles with their country’s past.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

1 p.m.

Der Vater

Near the end of WWII, the vicious SS recruited every able man to fight on the front lines in an attempt to push back the allies and further eradicate the Jews.  When Erich, a peaceful man and father of two, is recruited, tragic circumstances befall him and he is ordered to kill two Jewish children. Now he must decide between murdering the children or aiding in their escape, knowing that doing so will result in his own death.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

5:45 p.m.

Bye Bye Now

Bye Bye Now offers a charming and poignant look at the gradual disappearance of phone booths in Ireland. With the advent of modern technology, the phone booth has all but vanished all over the world. In a loving tribute to this soon-to-be relic of the past, Bye Bye Now stands out as a nostalgic reminder of the communication of yesteryear.

LATINO PROGRAMS

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

2 p.m.

Sins of My Father

Pablo Escobar, the most notorious and brutal drug lord in Colombia’s history, was gunned down in Medellín in 1993. After his father’s death, Juan Escobar fled to Buenos Aires, changed his name to Sebastián Marroquín, assuming a new identity to escape his father’s dubious legacy. For the first time since Escobar’s death, Marroquín comes forward to tell his father’s story. With heartfelt honesty, he recounts what it was like to grow up loving a father that he knew was his country’s number-one enemy. Unsatisfied with simply relating history, Marroquín requests a meeting with the sons of two celebrated Colombian political leaders who were among hundreds of victims that his father had killed in the 1980s.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

6:15 p.m.

Memories of Overdevelopment

What happens when a socialist revolutionary intellectual asserts creative freedom? In Memories of Overdevelopment, ideological clashes and contradictions explode and fragment within a Cuban émigré while they spurt across the world stage. A kinetic, mesmerizing, subliminal collage, the film forges new cinematic dimensions with multiple planes fueling each other: a picaresque saga of desire and decomposition, a self-reflexive formal project about art reifying life and vice versa, a surreal foray into memory and the unconscious, and a searing critique of twentieth-century forces like genocide and totalitarianism.

LESBIAN AND GAY PROGRAMS

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

9 p.m.

The t.A.T.u. Project

The t.A.T.u. Project addresses the social and political significance of the Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. The film focuses on the marketing of singers Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova’s as a lesbian couple, as well as their politicized television appearances: on the Jay Leno Show during the 2003 US Invasion of Iraq, and on a Japanese TV show when they wore t-shirts that addressed a territorial dispute between Russia and Japan.

LITERARY AND THEATER PROGRAMS

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

4:45 p.m.

Grief Becomes Me

Poet Donna Hilbert’s life changed in an instant with her husband Larry’s sudden death. In the months following she addressed her grief in poetry, completing the acclaimed Transforming Matter. ‘This wondrous collection examines faith, grief, the afterlife . . .’ (Denise Duhamel) Six years later her life again changed dramatically when director Christine Fugate discovered her work and began translating it to film. Grief Becomes Me, a short film consisting of three poems, debuted at the LA Short Film Festival and the Long Beach Museum of Art. The short was the first in a trilogy of poems dealing with life, death and the afterlife. After the success of the short, Fugate decided to produce and direct a longer film Grief Becomes Me: A Love Story, an interweaving of documentary footage and narrative interpretations of Hilbert’s poetry.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

4:45 p.m.

The Task of the Translator

Lynne Sachs pays homage to Walter Benjamin’s essay ‘The Task of the Translator’ through three studies of the human body. First, she listens to the musings of a wartime doctor grappling with the task of a kind-of cosmetic surgery for corpses. Second, she witnesses a group of Classics scholars confronted with the haunting yet whimsical task of translating a newspaper article on Iraqi burial rituals into Latin. And finally, she turns to a radio news report on human remains.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

5:45 p.m.

A Pattern of Prophecies: an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth

This film is an exploration of Shakespeare’s scansion and the downfall of the notorious Scottish couple.

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2010

5 p.m.

In the Wake of the Flood

Taking us behind the curtain of Margaret Atwood’s travelling medicine show, ‘In the Wake of the Flood’ offers a candid, revealing portrait of the author as activist oracle — Atwood is the ultimate camp counselor, mounting a pageant to save the planet with a birdsong in her heart and a silent spring in her step.”

FILMS ABOUT MONEY

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

4:02 p.m.

Traders

A musical video based upon a day on the trading floor – and what really moves the markets.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

4:25 p.m.

The Sharecroppers

A brief exploration into a world that most city dwellers have never seen, The Sharecroppers explores the quiet struggles of America’s chicken farmers as they struggle to provide for themselves and their families. Essentially forced into upgrading their farms, these farmers have no choice but to perpetuate a never-ending cycle of debt – on pain of bankruptcy.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

Noon

Dive

Follow filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and his circle of friends as they “dumpster dive” in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of L.A.’s supermarkets. In the process, they uncover thousands of dollars worth of good food and an ugly truth about waste in America: grocery stores know they are wasting and most refuse to do anything about it.

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2010

12:40 pm.

Trash-Out

This deeply affecting and simple short shows workers cleaning out a house that has been foreclosed upon. What do the things left behind say about a family? What does an empty house say that was once a home? In a mere five minutes, TRASH-OUT makes a poignant statement on a timely subject.

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2010

12:40 pm.

Prim Limit

A plot of land is purchased in the online network of SecondLife and a simple question is asked: Where do discarded 3D objects go and can we build a dumpster to accommodate them?

MUSIC AND DANCE PROGRAMS

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

9:15 p.m.

Echotone

Austin is known worldwide as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” But what exactly does this mean? As nearly two dozen high-rises pop up throughout the city amidst an economic downfall, how does the working musician get along? This lyrical documentary provides a telescopic view in the lives of Austin’s vibrant young musicians as they grapple with questions of artistic integrity, commercialism, experimentation, and the future of their beloved city. Echotone is a cultural portrait of the modern American city examined through the lyrics and lens of its creative class.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

8:30 pm.

Barbershop Punk

The film tells the story of software engineer Robb Topolski, who was only trying to access turn-of-the-century barbershop quartet music (legally) when he made an unsettling discovery: his service provider was covertly participating in a practice to filter and control its users’ content. What followed would make him the unlikeliest of heroes in the “Net neutrality” debate and would force the federal government to focus on the policies carried out by the nation’s largest media corporations. Filmmakers Georgia Sugimura Archer and Kristin Armfield expertly interweave Robb’s inspiring personal battle against censorship with opinions on both sides of the issue from politicians, commentators and musicians, including Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye, who help put a fine point on what it means to really be “punk.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

9:45 p.m.

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

From the shifting faultlines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan’s America, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry and the nation. Telling it like it is, the iconic Laurence Fishburne narrates EVERYDAY SUNSHINE, a story about music, history, fear, courage and funking on the one.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

7 p.m.

Eight Women

A portrait of eight women who are now in their eighties that reflects on the delicate balance of their lives as homemakers and members of a 1960s modern dance group.  A rendering of the intersections of motherhood, marriage, and movement.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

7:30 p.m.

Keep Dancing

Keep Dancing seamlessly blends nine decades of archival film and photographs with present day footage.  It tells a story through dance of the passing of time and the process of aging. After celebrated careers, legendary dancers Marge Champion and Donald Saddler became friends while performing together in the 2001 Broadway production of Follies. When the show closed, they decided to rent a private studio together, where they have been choreographing and rehearsing original dances ever since.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

8 p.m.

Haggle

Two white students are approached by a black musician; who is trying to get his start in underground jazz by selling demo CDs on the street. The two lead him on to believe they will buy a CD, but in the process cause him to reflect on the legitimacy of making and selling his art.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

9 p.m.

The t.A.T.u. Project

The t.A.T.u. Project addresses the social and political significance of the Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. The film focuses on the marketing of singers Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova’s as a lesbian couple, as well as their politicized television appearances: on the Jay Leno Show during the 2003 US Invasion of Iraq, and on a Japanese TV show when they wore t-shirts that addressed a territorial dispute between Russia and Japan.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

7 p.m.

Sweet Dreams

Artist karaoke project shot on location in Second Life and starring Sunshine Hernandoz as herself.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

7 p.m.

I Can’t Wait to Meet You There

A consideration of embalming through mass media. A prayer for Kurt Cobain.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

7 p.m.

Fragments from Death Comes for Britney Spears! The musical

Ben Greenman and Erika Yeomans team up to create a dark parody on Britney Spears and the Industry of Gossip.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

7 p.m.

Sutro

Animated portrait of the eponymous television tower on the hill, guardian of fog and electronic signals in that earthshaking city by the Bay.

PROGRAMS ABOUT RELIGION/SPIRITUALITY

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

8 p.m.

Until Tomorrow Then

A mathematician figures out the exact time the world will end, and it’s sooner than he’d even anticipated. With time running out, he spends his last few days attempting to find forgiveness from the woman he’s always loved.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

3:30 pm.

What Manner of Person Art Thou?

What Manner of Person Art Thou? is a 66 minute animated video which follows two characters, Yoder and Troyer, the only survivors of a deadly epidemic that struck two small colonies somewhere in the Northwestern United States.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

3:45 p.m.

The Art of Jihad

“Yes, I carry explosives. They are called words.” In our heavily mediated world, words and images play an important role in the creation of misconceptions. In this film, three American artists combine those two elements to address and combat the prevalent stereotypes about Islam in the U.S.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

5:45 p.m.

The Eternal Quarter Inch

Rising fundamentalism and a government that cites faith to defend war actions have helped grow a desperate society. The first part of the Bearing Witness Trilogy.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

1 p.m.

Der Vater

Near the end of WWII, the vicious SS recruited every able man to fight on the front lines in an attempt to push back the allies and further eradicate the Jews.  When Erich, a peaceful man and father of two, is recruited, tragic circumstances befall him and he is ordered to kill two Jewish children. Now he must decide between murdering the children or aiding in their escape, knowing that doing so will result in his own death.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

3:45 p.m.

Facing History

When my closest friend, a Brooklyn rabbi’s daughter raised among Holocaust survivors, refused to visit me in Germany, I understood her concerns. I’m not Jewish, but I too felt uneasy about moving to Germany for my husband’s academic sabbatical. Then, during my eight months in the small town of Tübingen, I met people who, after a while, began to tell me about their highly personal struggles with their country’s past.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

6 p.m.

Some Days are Better Than Others

Some Days are Better Than Others is Matt McCormick’s poetic, character-driven debut feature-length film that asks why the good times slip by so fast while the difficult times seem so sticky. The film explores ideas of abundance, emptiness, human connection and abandonment while observing an interweaving web of awkward characters who maintain hope by inventing their own forms of communication and self-fulfillment.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

8 p.m.

THE TEXAS SHOW

Red Wednesday

Sholeh is a lonely little nine-year-old girl. She eats her lunch at a distance from her schoolmates and wonders why her Zoroastrian mother sends her to a Catholic school in the first place. But the greatest source of sorrow in Sholeh’s life is her sad mother’s failing health.

FILMS ABOUT SEXUALITY

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

10:30 p.m.

Ain’t I a Woman

Ain’t I a Woman follows the story of Lesley, a transgender doll, to examine the gender binary at its intersection with technology and advanced capitalism. As Lesley proceeds through her transformation, the film exposes the ambiguity inherent in our socially constructed notions of gender and the way gender has been commodified and institutionalized by our social and economic systems.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

10:30 p.m.

Nothing Happened

Sex, drugs, diet tips. Girlfriends tell each other everything. But is there one topic that should stay off-limits?

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

10:30 p.m.

The Kelly Tapes

The Kelly Tapes’ is a dark comedy based on 18 answering machine messages left by a real life stalker in 1993. The original answering machine tape provides all of the dialog heard in the film in Kelly’s own voice.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

8 p.m.

Until Tomorrow Then

A mathematician figures out the exact time the world will end, and it’s sooner than he’d even anticipated. With time running out, he spends his last few days attempting to find forgiveness from the woman he’s always loved.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

8:30 p.m.

Ireversible Architecture

We are all invaders and invading. Our personal infrastructure trembles. Today the imagination, the desire to be dynamic, lively, responsible and contemporary can close on itself-by program, by context, by habit, by instruction. We all need vigilance. How does self-insight offer the challenge of the unknown, upsetting personal infrastructures?

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Noon

Left Field

Left Field is the story of a unique community of misfits, artists, musicians, geeks, and party animals whose lives coalesce around the grade school game of kickball. The film centers primarily around the stories of Sarah Hart and KC Haywood, two modern American nomads in search of adventure who stumble upon a wild, fledgling community of anarchistic kick ballers upon their arrival in Chicago. They quickly find themselves immersed in a vibrant culture of creativity, love, play, and excess that embraces them as family. With the kickball league growing larger, structure, rules and competition creep into this anarchist’s Garden of Eden and threaten to destroy its innocence and purity. As the community deals with these new challenges, disaster strikes unexpectedly when a freak accident hospitalizes one of their own. After rallying to support their friend and each other during this difficult time, it becomes clear that love, friendship, and the zest for life triumph over tragedy.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

1:30 p.m.

Fast Girls, Slow Bikes: The Story of Denvers’ Mods ‘n Knockers

Fast Girls, Slow Bikes: The Story of Denver’s Mods ‘n Knockers tells the story of a tight knit all girls gang brought together by a mutual love of classic Vespa and Lambretta scooters.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

1 p.m.

Dovidjenja, Kako Ste? (Good-by How Are You)

Jokes as a weapon of resistance: how satire sustains a beleaguered culture.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

6 p.m.

Confessions of a Superhero

Confessions of a Superhero chronicles the lives of three mortal men and one woman who make their living working as superhero characters on Hollywood Boulevard. This deeply personal look into their daily routines reveals their hardships and triumphs as they pursue and achieve their own kind of fame. The Hulk sold his Super Nintendo for a bus ticket to LA; Wonder Woman was a mid-western homecoming queen; Batman struggles with his anger, while Superman’s psyche is consumed by the Man of Steel. Although the Walk of Fame is right beneath their feet, their own paths to stardom prove to be long, hard climbs.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

7 p.m.

The Voyagers

This summer, I began a hopeful journey into the unknown.  This is a love letter to my fellow traveler.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

7 p.m.

The Necklace

A romantic weekend alone takes an unexpected turn for Matthew and Elizabeth when his mother’s diamond necklace goes missing.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

7 p.m.

Altarcations

Linda and Larry’s forthcoming wedding hits a snag when the local parish priest comes to their home to do some much-needed marriage counseling. As Larry’s anxieties about Linda’s draconian wedding plans escalate, the priest turns out to be much less of a moderator than an instigator.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

1:30 p.m.

Latch On

The politics of breastfeeding

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

6 p.m.

Some Days are Better Than Others

Some Days are Better Than Others is Matt McCormick’s poetic, character-driven debut feature-length film that asks why the good times slip by so fast while the difficult times seem so sticky. The film explores ideas of abundance, emptiness, human connection and abandonment while observing an interweaving web of awkward characters who maintain hope by inventing their own forms of communication and self-fulfillment.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

8 p.m.

THE TEXAS SHOW

Life’s Waltz

Life’s Waltz explores old age, loss, and love.  Betty finds joy and purpose in playing the piano, gardening, and making the most of each day as a widow at her retirement community. Then we meet Bob and Dorothy, a married couple with a unique sense of humor about their transition into the same retirement community, health decline, and their love for one another.  Our outsider to retirement communities is David, a “25-year-old inside of a 77-year-old’s body.” He commemorates his late wife and offers a profound perspective on love and loss as we age.  Betty, Bob, Dorothy, and David, show us that old age is nothing to fear; it can be as wonderful as any other time in our lives.

TEXAS SHOW-FILMS BY TEXANS

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

8 p.m.

THE TEXAS SHOW

Screaming

This is a phone call made at 4:49pm on June 22nd, 2009 in San Francisco, California.

Balrog 24/7

For their 4th annual elementary school play, the students decide to take a different approach. With a band to compose along side the show, the kids create a musical based on the hit game ‘Street Fighter.’

Danzak

Nina is a 10 year old girl whose life dramatically changes when her father and Master Scissor Dancer asks her to fulfill her last wish.

Mnemosyne Rising

Set to return to Earth, a deep-space transmitter pilot begins to experience unusual flashbacks while in orbit around a newly-discovered moon.

Red Wednesday

Sholeh is a lonely little nine-year-old girl. She eats her lunch at a distance from her schoolmates and wonders why her Zoroastrian mother sends her to a Catholic school in the first place. But the greatest source of sorrow in Sholeh’s life is her sad mother’s failing health.

Katrina’s Son

When a young boy loses his grandmother during Hurricane Katrina, he travels to San Antonio, Texas, in search of the mother who abandoned him years earlier.

Tough Crowd

An over-scheduled, harassed and self-absorbed daughter with her own family pays an overdue visit to Mom at her retirement home and withers from the disapproval she perceives the staff and other residents have for her–particularly in comparison with her dutiful bachelor brother, who was always Mom’s favorite.

A Veggie Tale

Can love survive a betrayal of meaty proportions?

Life’s Waltz

Life’s Waltz explores old age, loss, and love.  Betty finds joy and purpose in playing the piano, gardening, and making the most of each day as a widow at her retirement community. Then we meet Bob and Dorothy, a married couple with a unique sense of humor about their transition into the same retirement community, health decline, and their love for one another.  Our outsider to retirement communities is David, a “25-year-old inside of a 77-year-old’s body.” He commemorates his late wife and offers a profound perspective on love and loss as we age.  Betty, Bob, Dorothy, and David, show us that old age is nothing to fear; it can be as wonderful as any other time in our lives.

VISUAL ART PROGRAMS

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Noon

Daylight: A Doodle Music Video

My name is Sadie Lidji, and I am 12 years old. I’m inspired by the lyrics of my favorite songs to make drawings and collages. Then, I connect those drawings with the song. I call them ‘doodle music videos’. They are visually fun to experience but a very tedious experience to create them, but in the end, it’s a very fulfilling feeling to have made a film that you know you have worked so hard on. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did in making it.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

3:45 p.m.

Art Elimination Project

A short film in which an artist sets fire to, blows up and otherwise destroys some of his old artwork.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

3:45 p.m.

The Deep Ellum Mural Project

The Deep Ellum Mural project spearheaded by Frank Campagna, artistic wrangler

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

3:45 p.m.

Jerry Heggleman: The Enigmatic Eye

Jerry Heggleman: The Enigmatic Eye is a short documentary film about famed fake photographer Jerry Heggleman. The film follows Heggleman and his assistant John as they travel to visit Stonehenge.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

3:45 p.m.

The Art of Jihad

“Yes, I carry explosives. They are called words.” In our heavily mediated world, words and images play an important role in the creation of misconceptions. In this film, three American artists combine those two elements to address and combat the prevalent stereotypes about Islam in the U.S.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

4:45 p.m.

Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm

An independent video documentary, this is the first film to delve into the work of the renegade 1970s art/architecture collective Ant Farm, best known for its iconic land-art piece Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX. Radical architects, video pioneers, and mordantly funny cultural commentators, the Ant Farmers created a body of deeply subversive work that questioned everything by posing a set of creative and comedic alternatives.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

4:45 p.m.

The Jeff Koons Show

A documentary on the life and work of artist Jeff Koons, told through the perspective of Koons himself, curators, gallerists, and fellow artists (Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel, etc.).

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

7 p.m.

Girl with Black Balloons

The Chelsea Hotel is a New York City icon – ever wondered who lives in it? Girl with Black Balloons is no ordinary character study but a multi-faceted portrait of Bettina – a reclusive, artist living within the confines of Manhattan’s legendary lodgings. Reflexive and tender, the film develops a dialogue between filmmaker and subject born out of mutual respect, blurring the roles of confidante and muse. The result provides a fascinating insight into a unique life and graceful meditation on the powers of memory, creativity, order and discord.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

2 p.m.

Vault of Vapors

A weather diary series set in Oklahoma with a wistful tone and wispy environment. The TV is on and the porcelain is smeared with some residue atrocity from a previous passion. But all is well as emptiness persists beyond the four walls of this prairie mausoleum.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

3:30 p.m.

Below Sea Level

The Louisiana shore before the spill, ominous shots of oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico (some of them destroyed by hurricanes) and the post-Katrina New Orleans are the subjects of this short piece. Partly filmed with a 360° panoramic camera, some of the footage is drawn from “Below Sea Level” – a panoramic video and sound work shown at MASS MoCA from April 2009 to February 2010.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

3:30 p.m.

5 lessons and 9 questions about Chinatown

You live somewhere, walk down the same street 50, 100, 10,000 times, each time taking in fragments, but never fully registering THE PLACE. Years, decades go by and you continue, unseeing, possibly unseen.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

3:30 p.m.

Girl Chit

Cosplay girls, urban farming and a Zamboni. The subtle trace of irreconcilable worlds.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

3:30 p.m.

We Lived There

We Lived There recalls the mundane and sublime moments that make up a life lived.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

3:30 p.m.

The Wind on Moon

The seer and the seen as explored through video.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

3:30 p.m.

Free as a Bird

A surreal metaphor for freedom

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

5 p.m.

Fwd: Update on My Life

A hybrid live-action and animated documentary, Fwd: Update on My Life follows Dr. Deanie French, a professor and pioneer of internet-based learning and web accessibility, who decides one day to take a holiday from her prescription mood stabilizers and go on the Atkins diet. With newfound energy, she promptly leaves her husband and sets out starting up multiple businesses, making 10 new ‘special friends,’ and directing a documentary about her life.  In this experimental biography, director and ‘special friend’ Nicky Tavares pieces together the humorous and tragic life story of Dr. Deanie French through a collection of interviews, personal emails, electronic greeting cards, and machinima footage, exploring Dr. French’s complex psychological and professional relationship with the internet and technology. Alternating and probing notions of the virtual and the real, Fwd: Update on My Life reflects upon our idea of reality as it nimbly navigates Dr. French’s fluctuating perceptions of the universe.

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