FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
FILMS WITH (***) INDICATE IMMIGRATION NARRATIVE
10am-Noon at The Price Center
THE GOD INSIDE MY EAR (Louisiana, 1hr40min); preceded by MUMPSIMUS & HALCYON DISCORD (UK, 3min)
THE GOD INSIDE MY EAR
After experiencing a peculiar and sudden breakup with her boyfriend, Elizia discovers a world of conspiracies, strange voices and horrifying visions.
MUMPSIMUS & HALCYON If you are a young person experiencing mental ill health and homelessness, life is far from a walk in the park.This film explores the connections between mental health and homelessness, challenging common misrepresentations in the media. Using the medium of the spoken word, the film questions whether we can ever view issues such as these in an objective way. Rolf has experienced mental health issues and homelessness. He wants to use film to challenge our understanding of both. Rolf is a first time film maker.
11am-1pm: VIP & Filmmaker Mixer at Brooklyn Pie Co.
Complimentary Pizza and Beer from Brooklyn Pie Co.
126 S. Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666
NOON-2pm at The Price Center
WIND (Global Premiere -- ATX, 1hr29min), followed by Q & A with director Julian Montez
An unrelenting young man sets out to decipher the world around him through an improvised yet secretly autobiographical short film he makes in the midst of an existential crisis.
2pm-4pm at The Price Center
RODENTS OF AN UNUSUAL SIZE (Louisiana, 1hr11min), preceded by ***LAVOYGER (TX, 24min), followed by Q & A with LAVOYGER director Rachel Bardin
RODENTS OF AN UNUSUAL SIZE
The residents of Louisiana never know what will attack them next: floods, hurricanes, even monstrous swamp rats. Gigantic orange-toothed nutria are eating up the coastal wetlands, destroying the landscape, and threatening the very existence of the human population. This invasive South American species breeds faster than the roving squads of hunters and trappers can control them. But the people who have lived here for generations are not the type of folks who let their land—and their livelihoods—recede into the Gulf without a fight. Meet fisherman turned bounty hunter Thomas Gonzales and a pack of colorful diehards as they defend their land, culture, and way of life against the unforgiving forces of nature. It is man vs. rodent. May the best mammal win.
4-6pm at the price center
***THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE (1hr 14 min) , followed by Q & A with producer Jeffrey Brown, presented by Indigenous Cultures Institute
THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE
The film follows art collective Postcommodity as they construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddled the U.S.-Mexico border. Postcommodity consists of three Native American artists who put land art in a tribal context. In 2015 the artists worked with communities on both sides to install a series of 28 huge inflatable spheres emblazoned with an insignia known as the "open eye" that has existed in Indigenous cultures from South America to Canada for thousands of years. The artwork crossed the border a mile in each direction and symbolized a suture stitching back together cultures that have inhabited the land long before borders were drawn. Scenes with other artists and intellectuals working in the land art realm provide context and insight as well. These include scenes with Chris Taylor of Texas Tech University's LandArts of the American West program, writer Lucy Lippard and Matt Coolidge of the Center for Land Use Interpretation.
6-9pm FREE BiLingual SCREENING & Tamale Dinner at Cuauhtemoc Hall
1100 Patton St, San Marcos, TX 78666
***COCO (1hr49min), preceded by ***IGNACIO & PATSY (SMTX, 5min), Emceed by Dr. Joca Marquez
Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.
****IGNACIO & PATSY is about two mice who travel together from their hole-in-the-wall with only two things in common - a language barrier and a strong need for food.
10pm-Midnight at The Price Center
THE LURE (1hr 32 min), preceded by REVIVE (SMTX, 7min), presented by The Mermaid Society SMTX
In this bold, genre-defying horror-musical mashup — the playful and confident debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska — a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in an alternate '80s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly aura make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of Smoczynska's imagining. In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen's original Little Mermaid tale, one sister falls for a human, and as the bonds of sisterhood are tested, the lines between love and survival get blurred. A savage coming-of-age fairytale with a catchy new-wave soundtrack, lavishly grimy sets, and outrageous musical numbers, The Lure explores its themes of sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with energy and originality.
REVIVE A Film by Larry Mock (SMTX) A man jumps off a dangerous precipice above a waterfall and floats down the river unconscious, under the watchful eye of mermaids.