Narratives

Tejano

Directed By: David Blue Garcia         

Country of Origin: USA

Language: Spanish                                      

Rating: Late Teen / Adult (language, violence)

Runtime: 90 min

Synopsis: Javi (Patrick Mackie), lives and works in the fields of South Texas with his grandfather Arturo (Hector Uribe, No Country For Old Men). Secretly, Javi plans on escaping South Texas with his Mexican 
girlfriend, Lorena (Mayra Leal, Machete). But when Arturo’s cancer takes a turn for the worse Javi’s plans are put on hold.

Bite Me

Directed By: Meredith Edwards                    

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                       

Rating: Late Teen / Adult (language)

Runtime: 81 Mins

Synopsis: Sarah is a 20-something living in New York. She is also a vampire. Not the mythical kind; she's part of the underground subculture of people who self-identify and live as vampires. James works for the IRS and has spent his entire life trying to seem more normal than he feels. When Sarah’s coven gets audited, she and James meet. Although the initial spark between them is strong, they struggle to make a relationship work as she doesn’t trust him to love her and he can’t quite believe she needs blood to survive.

Speaking in Tongues

Directed By: Nathan Deming

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                       

Rating: Late Teen / Adult (language)

Runtime: 87 min

Synopsis: A coming-of-atheism story: a lonely college student grieving the loss of his mother has found purpose in a local megachurch. When a young pastor invites him to Chicago for a summer internship evangelizing the 'lost', his new faith is challenged.

This World Won't Break

Directed By: Josh David Jordan

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                       

Rating: Late Teen / Adult 

Runtime: 140 min

Synopsis: A Texas singer/songwriter's quiet life is upset by the realization that he isn't where he had hoped to be at this point in his career. He questions the decisions of putting off a family life in hopes to one day "make it" by isolating himself on the open road and playing small honkey-tonks. Too late to stop following the dream and too early in his career to be a legend, Wes Milligan's struggle for a better life begins to spiral out of control. In these darkest moments, he writes THE song. 

Dizzy Pursuit

Directed By: Jay Alvarez

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                       

Rating: Late Teen / Adult (

Runtime: 87 min

Synopsis: A young couple receives unwanted visits from family members while trying to cast their independent feature film.

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DOCUMENTARIES

Minor Injustice

Directed By: Jonathan Seaborn, Emily de Santos

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                     

Rating: All Ages

Runtime: 69 min

Synopsis: Texas is now one of only 4 states that charges 17 year olds as adults. During the 2017 legislative session there were two bills being introduced that addressed this issue. One to raise the age of adult prosecution from 17 to 18, and the other would allow people currently in prison for a crime committed before the age of 18 a chance at early parole. Right now Texas sentencing laws ignore recent scientific evidence on adolescent development and neuroscience, and the state’s current parole system provides no viable mechanism for reviewing a case after a young person has grown up and matured. Can we morally keep sending our youth to adult prisons?

Our Friend Jon

  

Directed By: Edward Payson

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                     

Rating: Teen, Adult

Runtime: 120 min

Synopsis: Before Jon Hernandez passed away due to complications stemming from Sickle Cell Anemia, he was writing a horror film he wanted to make with his friends. Upon his untimely death his friends (all whom have their own disabilities) decide to make the film in Jon's honor, even though they have no clue where to start. This is that story.

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shorts programming

The Myth of Summer

Directed By: Jordan Dee Crabtree

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                       

Synopsis: Set in future suburbia, two sisters spend a day together before the oldest leaves for college.

You Didn't Forget

Directed By: Simon Intihar     

Country of Origin: USA

Language: Slovenia                                  

Subtitles: English 

Synopsis: Simon Intihar (18.7.1990, Postojna, Slovenia) graduated in Film and TV directing at the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He works on various Film, Video and TV projects. He is also an active musician.

Melontana

Directed By: Duane Graves, Justin Meeks       

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                       

Rating:  

Synopsis: An aging cowboy entrepreneur abandons his native Texas for Montana, migrating north with nothing but his dog, Big Sky dreams, and a truckload of watermelons.

The Lost Weekend

Directed By: Ryan O'Leary      

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                       

Synopsis: After a rough breakup, Charlie Monahan dives headfirst into the world of online dating. Guided by his charismatic best friend, Rufus, Charlie meets the charmingly complicated Maggie Mae. Quickly learning the differences between expectations and reality, Charlie's forced to confront the challenges of maintaining a relationship in the digital age. In an era where everyone's connected, Charlie's never felt more apart.

This Side Has Dreams Too

Directed By:Spencer Rabin  

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                       

Synopsis: Mexican artist Enrique Chiu is painting the longest mural in the world on the border wall separating Mexico and the United States. Chiu is an international artist who works with social advocacy groups, immigrants, and other artists from around the world. His mural is a collaborative effort that captures the hopes and dreams of the men, women and children whose stories are written on the wall.

Blackout

Directed By: Taylor HIll

Country of Origin: Canada

Language: English                                       

Synopsis: The meaning of intimacy is challenged after a young man brings his one-night stand to his best friend's funeral reception.

At Sea

Directed By: JOSHUA HOLZ 

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                       

Synopsis: 

When Nora makes a tragic assumption, a friend doesn't know if she's home.

Inspired by "Before the Law" by Franz Kafka, At Sea adapts philosophical conflict into a drama by asking one of the most basic questions in a relationship – if someone can leave whenever they want.

THE OLD STRIPPER

Directed By: Jack Truman

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                       

Synopsis: HE OLD STRIPPER is an epic feature documentary film about a burlesque legend visiting her dancing cities from yesterday. Burlesque legend Opal Dockery travels the country with her real-life son, award-winning filmmaker Jack Truman on a cross country road trip. Visiting all 48 states coast to coast, Dockery and Truman visit her dancing cities from yesterday, landmarks nationwide, and interview over 50 burlesque dancers across the country, young and old, to show how burlesque is today compared to yesterday. An epic underground unforgettable journey, THE OLD STRIPPER opens the audience's eyes to a lost era.

Nova

Directed By: Alex Sigtenhorst

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                       

Synopsis: After suffering a mental breakdown onstage, young but jaded pop star Lissie Nova journeys back to her family home by hitchhiking with an understanding stranger.

Difference

Directed By: Ali Asadollahi

Country of Origin: Iran, Islamic Republic of

Language: Persian                                  

Synopsis: Ali Asadollahi was born in 1979 in Abadan,Iran. He has a BA in Film Directing from Soore University of Isfahan (2004), and also passed two filmmaking courses taught by Mr. Abbas Kiarostami (2006 – 2007). Ali Asadollahi has been the scriptwriter, director and producer of the short films: Longing (15 min- 2002), Elasticity (15 min- 2004), Difference (14 min- 2017), The Companion (8 min- 2017). He has also been the first assistant director of feature films: Empty Chair by Saman Estereki (2007), Three and a Half by Naghi Nemati (2010).

Make Out Party

Directed By: Emily Esperanza

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                               

Synopsis: 

Make Out Party is a queer no-budget, high-style comedy of errors that follows three vibrant characters through a day of misadventure as they set out to attend hostess Mary Woah’s Make Out Party.

A love letter to the Chicago underground, Make Out Party features a cast, crew, wardrobe, and soundtrack created by the city’s resident artists and weirdos.

Loser Leaves Town

Directed By: Mark Nickelsburg

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                               

Synopsis: An 11-year-old luchador uses his vivid imagination to make it through the toughest weekend of his life.

Katie and the Black Robin Hood

Directed By: John Richie

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                

Synopsis: Katie Carter is a Public Defender in New Orleans who makes sentencing films on behalf of her clients. When she screens her short documentaries during sentencing at trials, even the harshest judges showed leniency. One client, Christopher Simms has spent most of his life since age thirteen incarcerated. After being repeatedly failed by the criminal justice system, Simms, who calls himself “The Black Robin Hood,” robbed 10 banks in 5 States with then intention of going to Federal Prison. Katie and the Black Robin Hood follows Katie as she attempts to use her innovative approach on Chris’s behalf, demonstrating the power of empathy to reform our justice system.

DREAM/LIFE

Directed By: David (DAVI.IN) Aufdembrinke

Country of Origin: Germany

Language: German/English                              

Synopsis: Ridden by thoughts of death and failing his life, a young man tries out what happens if he assumes that everything was possible ... and goes far beyond anything he ever imagined.

KATZ On The Internet

Directed By: James M. Martin

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                

Synopsis: Young hipster cats, Gwendolyn and Milo, decide to chronicle their life in the city through documentary in order to show the world a different view of online cat videos.

Un solo disparo

Directed By: Virginia Tognola

Country of Origin: Argentina

Language: Spanish                                  

Synopsis: Two await embraced by the gloom at night. 
They were trapped, they were betrayed. 
They could not realize their revenge because, not being fully prepared, they erred. 
They erred because what moves them is not strategy but fire.

The Porcelains

Directed By: Jacob Sizemore

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                                 

Synopsis: The film is a chilling tale of the lengths an outcast, Bianca, goes through to be accepted by the most popular group of girls in high school.

Biophilia

Directed By: Marina Michelson

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English                              

Synopsis: When an animal dies under her watch, an isolated new farmer is pushed to prove her worth.