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Chasseur (Short)

Screening Times
6:00 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room -- Friday, April 4

11:55 PM @ The Welder Center -- Saturday, April 5

 

Sometime in the first half of the twentieth century, somewhere on the back roads of the Louisiana Bayou, the half-mad Louis Chasseur, hunts the Devil. Setting an ambush at the crossroads, he kills the musician Jedediah Graham before the man can sell his soul. Chasseur then lies in wait for the Devil. Instead, the blood-soaked Chasseur encounters the Devil's lawyer, weaselly Mycroft Coney. What follows is a biblical battle of wills between the brutal, conscienceless Chasseur and the fast-talking Mycroft. Mycroft fights for his life as Chasseur pumps him for information on the Devil. Eventually, Chasseur gets what he wants... and more.

Republic of Rick (Cast and Crew Preview)

Screening Times
8:00 PM @ The Golden Gecko -- Friday, April 4

 

Rick Launer, the Ambassador of the Republic of Texas club, spends his days at Alamo reenactments and haranguing US mailmen to get off Texas soil. But when he takes things too far, he"s jailed and kicked out of his beloved club. Out on bail and a warrant on his head, he manipulates a group of paranoid eccentrics to protect him from the hand of the "oppressive government." Rick must confront what it takes to be a true leader, as a modern day Alamo unfolds on national television.

 

-- Programmer Notes --

Let's be honest, given the dysfunctional state of government, who hasn't dreamed of seceding from America at least once? Well, back in 1998, Rick Launer didn't just dream of it, he drew a line in the sand and launched his own war for Texas independence. And unlike most wars, this one's hilarious. The Republic of Rick is not only the best political satire I've seen in years, it's a modern day Don Quixote. Rick is delusional, and his quest is hopeless, but his manic dedication to the cause has you quickly rooting for Texas to be freed from the grip of federal tyranny. Long live the republic!

-- Aaron Marshall, Narrative Features Programmer

Isip the Warrior (Short)

Screening Times
11:50 PM @ Welder Center -- Friday, April 4

2:00 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room -- Saturday, April 5

Mary (Short)

Screening Times
11:50 PM @ Welder Center -- Friday, April 4

2:00 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room -- Saturday, April 5

 

Divorced and alone, Craig meets the ethereal Mary, who might be the girl of his dreams. Now he just needs to find out if he's awake. A dark comedy with a twist of magical realism.

Lambing Season (Short)

Screening Times
11:50 PM @ Welder Center -- Friday, April 4

2:00 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room Room -- Saturday, April 5


LAMBING SEASON is the offbeat tale of Bridget, an American woman who travels to the Irish countryside to track down her long-lost father while posing as a stranger. When things don't go according to her convoluted plan, Bridget and her father are surprised to learn they have more in common than they imagined. On a sheep farm full of secrets, nature has its way of delivering the truth.

Tapia

Screening Time
6:00 PM @ The Golden Gecko -- Saturday, April 5
12:00 PM @ Welder Center -- Sunday, April 6

 

TAPIA takes us inside the tortured soul of Johnny Tapia, the 5-time world champion boxer whose unprecedented success was overshadowed by a volatile drug addiction brought on by the brutal rape and murder of his mother at the tender age of 8 years old. Director Eddie Alcazar candidly reveals Tapia's public struggles through intimate interviews, archival footage, and photos that showcase his vivacious personality and child-like gusto. With the love and support of his wife by his side, the film follows Johnny Tapia's rise to one of the most legendary fighters of our time, in and out of the ring.

Craters of the Moon

Screening Times
9:30 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room -- Saturday, April 5

 

A young couple on a cross-country road trip lose their way in a blizzard and wind up stranded in the middle of nowhere. As the days pass, their relationship slowly deteriorates, leading to the film's chilling climax.

Satellite Beach (Short)

Screening Times
11:50 PM @ Welder Center -- Friday, April 4

2:00 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room -- Saturday, April 5

 

Satellite Beach follows the unique journey of the Endeavour space shuttle as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center and the final move of the Atlantis space shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center. Watch as Warren Flowers, a devoted and unlikely shuttle manager navigates the missions on his own accord while the citizens, reporters, and officials are perplexed by his involvement.

The Discontentment of Ed Telfair (Short)

Screening Times
11:50 PM @ Welder Center -- Friday, April 4

2:00 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room -- Saturday, April 5

 

Ed Telfair is a mundane middle-aged man who's dealing with insecurities in his life until he decides to take matters into his own hands.

Knuckle Jack

Screening Times
8:00 PM @ Welder Center -- Friday, April 4
2:00 PM @ The Golden Gecko -- Sunday, April 6

 

Jack has never left his small Catskill town. Shadowed by a childhood tragedy, he limps through his days in a lonely haze of drugs, booze and bitterness. At night he paints pictures of dark highways-- different versions of the same nightmarish stark scene-- which he then plants inside the wealthy weekenders' homes he robs in between disability checks. He's not stealing; just 'trading art for things they don't need.' When Jack is summoned by his mother, the estranged son is surprised when his 8 year old niece Frankie opens the door. Frankie's mother is battling cancer, and Jack begrudgingly takes on the task of caring for the quiet girl. 'Don't fuck anything up,' he says to her as they head home. Not one to let a little girl cramp his style, Jack carries on business-as-usual, drinking, painting and thieving. Soon Frankie catches on to his mysterious house visits and wants in on the action. Looks like larceny runs in the family. These two banged-up, lonesome souls-- one broken, the other braving a new kind of dark-- burn through the thick Catskill summer. Jack needs his weed; Frankie needs her mom; but before long they need each other. Along the way we meet colorful locals-- dealers, sellers, good-time girls.... all of them, like Jack and Frankie, just hoping to make a buck, make a date, make it to tomorrow. KNUCKLE JACK is a portrait of what we've lost and how we get by. There's an art to survival: A life like Jack's, canvassed in black and washed in despair, paints by its own cruel numbers. But sometimes a tiny crack (or an 8 year-old girl) lets in a sliver of light, and a whole new picture is revealed.

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Walter

Screening Times
8:00 PM @ Welder Center --Thursday, April 3

4:00 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room -- Saturday, April 5

 

After an encounter with Walter Breuning, the World’s Oldest Man, Hunter Weeks and his fiancée, Sarah, embark on an adventure capturing the extraordinary lives of people 110 years or older. Traveling across the United States, Cuba, and Italy, Hunter and Sarah explore life’s lessons through the stories of several living supercentenarians and the families that support them. WALTER connects us to the inspiring lives of our elders and their lessons for living life right.

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Screening Times
10:00 PM @ Welder Center -- Thursday, April 3

 

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.

Little Hope Was Arson

Screening Times
2:30 PM @ Welder Center -- Saturday, April 5

12:00 PM @ The Golden Gecko -- Sunday, April 6

 

January 2010: In the buckle of the Bible Belt, 10 churches burn to the ground in just over a month igniting the largest criminal investigation in East Texas history. No stone is left unturned and even Satan himself is considered a suspect in this gripping investigation of a community terrorized from the inside-out. Families are torn apart and communities of faith struggle with forgiveness and justice in this incredible true story.

Walk On

Screening Times
4:00 PM @ Welder Center -- Saturday, April 5

2:00 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room -- Sunday, April 6

 

A disabled 21-year-old, who was born HIV Positive, trains for an AIDS walk while educating others about HIV and disabilities with the help of a Quadriplegic Comic, an Amputee Sprinter, and a Purple Heart Veteran.

Lawrence and Holloman

Screening Times
6:00 PM @ Welder Center -- Saturday, April 5

4:00 PM @ The Golden Gecko -- Sunday, April 6

 

'Lawrence & Holloman' is the dark and twisted story of a cynical and suicidal accounting clerk (Holloman) who gets taken under the wing of a happy-go-lucky, ever-optimistic suit salesman (Lawrence). Lawrence the optimist tries to teach Holloman the pessimist how to live happily and remain positive, until his own good luck starts to turn... Lawrence's fiance dumps him, his car is demolished, his dog goes missing, he loses his job, and his apartment is burned to the ground... and that's just the beginning! Is happiness determined by our outlook on life? Or can our destiny be changed... by another. Based on the hysterical and highly successful stage play by two-time Governor General Award-winning writer Morris Panych.

Sulfuric (Short)

Screening Times
6:00 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room -- Friday, April 4

11:55 PM @ The Welder Center -- Saturday, April 5

 

Jennifer returns home to find her roommate unconscious. After reviving her, it becomes apparent that something is occurring inside their apartment. Something awful.

One Please (Short)

Screening Times
6:00 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room -- Friday, April 4

11:55 PM @ The Welder Center -- Saturday, April 5

 

Mommy and daddy love you...very much.

Jonathan's Chest (Short)

Screening Times
6:00 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room -- Friday, April 4
11:55 PM @ The Welder Center -- Saturday, April 5

 

Everything changes for Alex, a troubled teenage boy, when he is awoken one night by someone claiming to be his brother, who disappeared years earlier.

The Butchers Dozen (Short)

Screening Times
6:00 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room -- Friday, April 4

11:55 PM @ The Welder Center -- Saturday, April 5

 

A dying butcher, a prostitute and a fisher woman.

Everywhen

Screening Times
1:00 PM @ Welder Center -- Saturday, April 5

 

"A boy must fight his way from an alternate reality, back to his own, to save his suicidal 5-year old brother; when 3 billion people are reported missing.”

Hit and Stay

Screening Times
2:00 PM @ The Golden Gecko -- Saturday, April 5

4:00 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room - Sunday, April 6

 

A feature-length documentary about priests and nuns who protested the Vietnam War by breaking into draft boards, destroying draft records, and then waiting around to be arrested. Their actions inspired a movement, which shaped the anti-war movement and helped bring an end to the draft.

Aboard the Carousel

Screening Times
8:00 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room -- Friday, April 4

2:00 PM @ Welder Center -- Sunday, April 6

 

Promiscuous Daphne gives intimacy lessons to the shy Alex, while her teenage brother, Vincent encounters the opposite sex for the first time.

Where the Red Fox Lies (Short)

Screening Times
6:00 PM @ The Golden Gecko -- Friday, April 4

4:00 PM @ Welder Center -- Sunday, April 6

 

What would happen if a person really did suffer from spontaneous combustion?

Ahora, No (Short)

Screening Times
6:00 PM @ The Golden Gecko -- Friday, April 4

4:00 PM @ Welder Center -- Sunday, April 6

 

Spain,1977. Franco has just died but the ghosts of the old regime still linger.Colonel Asensio has gathered his family and friends to celebrate his birthday. The party is going perfectly. However, one of the guests holds a secret that has been buried for many years but that refuses to stay hidden.

Le Chagrin Des Ogres (Short)

Screening Times
6:00 PM @ The Golden Gecko -- Friday, April 4

4:00 PM @ Welder Center -- Sunday, April 6


Marion visits her daughter Celine to the hospital who is suffering from an incurable brain tumor. They have not seen each other for a long time. Paul, the father, is at Celine's bedside. He is the one taking care of the child.During a short absence of Paul, Marion will walk her daughter around the hospital. This evasion will drive them until the end of the day.

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Chasseur (Short)

Screening Times
6:00 PM @ The Naked Grape Theater in the Sam Houston Room -- Friday, April 4

11:55 PM @ The Welder Center -- Saturday, April 5

 

Sometime in the first half of the twentieth century, somewhere on the back roads of the Louisiana Bayou, the half-mad Louis Chasseur, hunts the Devil. Setting an ambush at the crossroads, he kills the musician Jedediah Graham before the man can sell his soul. Chasseur then lies in wait for the Devil. Instead, the blood-soaked Chasseur encounters the Devil's lawyer, weaselly Mycroft Coney. What follows is a biblical battle of wills between the brutal, conscienceless Chasseur and the fast-talking Mycroft. Mycroft fights for his life as Chasseur pumps him for information on the Devil. Eventually, Chasseur gets what he wants... and more.

Republic of Rick (Cast and Crew Preview)

Screening Times
8:00 PM @ The Golden Gecko -- Friday, April 4

 

Rick Launer, the Ambassador of the Republic of Texas club, spends his days at Alamo reenactments and haranguing US mailmen to get off Texas soil. But when he takes things too far, he"s jailed and kicked out of his beloved club. Out on bail and a warrant on his head, he manipulates a group of paranoid eccentrics to protect him from the hand of the "oppressive government." Rick must confront what it takes to be a true leader, as a modern day Alamo unfolds on national television.

 

-- Programmer Notes --

Let's be honest, given the dysfunctional state of government, who hasn't dreamed of seceding from America at least once? Well, back in 1998, Rick Launer didn't just dream of it, he drew a line in the sand and launched his own war for Texas independence. And unlike most wars, this one's hilarious. The Republic of Rick is not only the best political satire I've seen in years, it's a modern day Don Quixote. Rick is delusional, and his quest is hopeless, but his manic dedication to the cause has you quickly rooting for Texas to be freed from the grip of federal tyranny. Long live the republic!

-- Aaron Marshall, Narrative Features Programmer