SAT, OCT 19

 
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Price Center Ballroom, 222 W. San Antonio St.

9 AM - VIP BRUNCH

Texas & Czech kolaches as well as coffee, courtesy Dos Gatos Kolache Bakery, served in the VIP Lounge

10AM - EXPERIMENTAL IRAN BLOC:

 
 
 

MOTHERLAND (11 MIN; IRAN)

A man, David, wakes from a nightmarish coma in search for his mother only to find he’s lost everything. A modern retelling of a biblical tale of David, directed & written by Baset Zandi.

Watch trailer here.


 
 
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STARVATION (7 MIN; IRAN)

An animated short of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, reimagined by Zahra Rostampour as a darker comedy that asks, ‘who is the real big bad wolf?’

Watch trailer here.


 
 

DIVINE COMEDY (13 MIN; IRAN)

Dante's Divine Comedy gets a digital make-over in Behnaz Zahmatkesh’s tale of a painter who goes through a dark virtual space to find lost love.  


 
 

WOUND (23 MIN; IRAN)

Digging your grave in this surrealist piece by Nima Valibeigi with death, dinner & a desert.

 
 

SALSUS (44 MIN; IRAN) 

One man’s love for sausage spurs him on a Documentary journey through history, nutrition &  health, all the while ignoring his doctor’s orders.


 
 
 

12:30PM - CREEPY OUTDOORS BLOC: 

FEED THE GROUND (1 HR, 44 MIN; US)

A newly expecting couple move to a remote farm, soon finding their happy new home isn’t what they were expecting at all. Something strange lurks in the woods in this horror by Jonathan Marshall, & it needs to feed.

Watch the trailer here.

SAFE (8 MIN; CALI)

Two girls go hiking in the woods only to play a dangerous game in this horror thriller by Sean Lewis. Can you get to Safe?

 
 
 
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TRUTH LIES UPSTREAM (15 MIN; MISSISSIPPI)

Two angling buddies go out fishing for answers on a cold case in this Robb Rokk short crime drama; what they reel in is revenge.

Watch trailer here.

 
 

3PM - EMPTY NESTER’S HANDBOOK (1HR 27 MIN) W/ DIRECTOR/PRODUCER DAVID REYES

Sponsored by: Kissing Tree
A charming, dramatic comedy honing on a dynamic faced by countless couples but seldom explored in popular culture: 40-somethings alone again, after the kids move out.  In an unmistakably Austin context, this film shadows a couple rediscovering themselves - in the absence of children to define themselves by - & how to sculpt a sudden bounty of free time into new passions & pursuits, while stoking romanticism, now that, two decades later, it’s just-the-two-of-us again. Watch trailer here.


 
 
 

San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins St.

All screenings at the library will be free to the community:

 
 
 
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10AM-  EL LIBRO DE LILA  (1HR 16MIN; COLOMBIA, SPANISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

Lila, a character in a children's story book, suddenly falls out of her paper world, trapped in a place she doesn't belong. The only person who can save her - Ramon, the book's owner - hasn't read it for many years & has lost faith in fantasy, so her escape will not be easy. Presented by local elementary-school teacher Diana Garcia along with an announcement of winners in our citywide Lost River Film Fest youth essay contest!

 
 
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NOON:  THE BIRTH OF BIG AIR (49 MIN; USA), PRECEDED BY BOOK READING FROM BMX LEGEND MAT HOFFMAN: "THE RIDE OF MY LIFE"

One of the world's best known BMX athletes shares excerpts from his autobiography, reflecting on an unparalleled career as a freestyle-biking pioneer, who lost his spleen while setting the aerial-jump world record. This ESPN special, by Oscar-nominated director Spike Jonze & Johnny Knoxville, chronicles the BMX icon who tested on two wheels the absolute restrictions of gravity. 

 
 
 

2-5 PM: WHEELZ & REELZ (OUTDOORS)

Sponsored by: Planet K & Empire BMX

A free spectacle in the skatepark, together with Mat Hoffman, at the other end of the library parking lot, featuring demos by BMX pros Chase Hawk, Tony Cardona, EZ, R Dog, skater Sam Bethke, the San Marcos River Rollers derby team & live music around 4PM by Split Hoof. Artists Tim Kerr, Rene Perez, Stephen Sample & Alberto Kroeger on hand, as well!

Hosted by Cinema Club's inimitable Stevo, a.k.a. Deejay Shuffle!

 
 
 

2PM: OUR FRIEND JON (1HR 20MIN; CALI) w/ film songwriter Paul Nagi

When Jon Hernandez died due to Sickle Cell Anemia, the horror flick he was writing & hoped to produce with friends was left unfinished. This film compellingly documents how his pals, all of whom live with their own disabilities, strived to honor Jon's vision by casting, staging & editing a delicious, homemade, B-movie terror their friend surely would have cherished.

Watch trailer here.

 
 

3:45PM: WHEN ALL THAT'S LEFT IS LOVE (1HR 18MIN; USA)

This documentary portrays a wife's resolve to care for her Alzheimer's-stricken husband in their home, unveiling the toll taken by families coping with the disease, as well as the immense power of love.

 
 
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DEAR AUTISM: A PARENTS' PERSPECTIVE (40MIN; VICTORIA, TX)

This penetrating film explores stories of heartbreak & hope from three families with boys on varied places along the autism spectrum.

 
 
 

Sacred Springs Powwow, the Meadows Center Conference Room, 201 San Marcos Springs Dr
(the building beside the springs believed by Coahuiltecans to be the birthplace of their people)

 
 
 

3:30 PM - WARRIOR WOMEN (1 HR 4 MIN), W/ PRODUCER JULIANNA BRANNUM

Chronicles the lifelong struggle of a Lakota mother & daughter as part of the resplendent American Indian Movement’s fight for Native liberation. The film observes early 1970s efforts alongside the Black Panther Party & the overtaking of Alcatraz Island, up to today: protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, ND in 2016. Water is life!

Watch trailer here.

 
 
 

Gil’s Broiler, 328 N. LBJ Dr., downtown

5-6PM: VIP DINNER

Enjoy a classic burger in San Marcos’ oldest restaurant, before crossing the street to watch a night of immigration films in the upstairs Recital Hall of Texas State University’s Performing Arts Center

Texas State University’s Performing Arts Recital Hall, corner of University Drive & Moon St, second floor

(street parking & Gary Parking Garage, 419 N. Edward Gary St.)

Update: We will no longer sell tickets to 6PM & 8PM screenings; instead, film-goers are simply invited to donate to a mother of two in Wimberley who asked Mano Amiga to help raise $ for her husband’s deportation trial Monday

6PM: STORIES BEYOND BORDERS Y MÁS!

Sponsored by: Mano Amiga, Center for the Study of the Southwest & Working Films

SANTUARIO (26 MIN; NORTH CAROLINA)

After seeking asylum in the United States from Guatemala for 24 years, Juana is told by ICE she has 30 days to leave the country or be deported in a non-criminal deportation case. As her deadline approaches, Juana enters sanctuary at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, who welcome her into their parish. 


NOT A CITIZEN (4 MIN; MAINE)

A 28-year-old permanent resident in Maine named Abdi Ali is detailed by ICE after meeting with an attorney. The U.S. threatens to deport Abdi to Somalia, where is family fled as refugees during his childhood.


THE LEGACY OF THE ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY (10 MIN; GUATEMALA)

The story of a 6-year-old Guatemalan girl, Adayanci Perez, who is one of the 2,500+ children separated from their families at the border as part of the Zero Tolerance policy. After separation from her family for three & a half months, doctors diagnose her with PTSD, as she struggles going back to her old self. 


THE DREAM RIDE: #CITIZENSHIP4ALL (9 MIN; SEATTLE->SAN DIEGO)

#Journey2Justice is organized by the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium to raise awareness of emerging movement leaders who are not dreaming of DACA. It follows their six-week bike trek, focused on urging a path to citizenship for 11 million out-of-status immigrants.


UNDOCUJOY (4 MIN; CALI)

UndocuJoy is a story that fights against victimizing representations of people who are undocumented -- by showing their authentic moments of Joy.


WALKING FOR DED (9 MIN; MICHIGAN) w/ Filmmakers Scott Boehm & Peter Johnston

Profiling one site of resistance in the sanctuary movement, amid the Trump era: the inspirational struggle in Detroit to stop the deportation of Ded Rranxburgaj, who took sanctuary in the city’s historic United Methodist Church in January 2018.

Watch trailer here.

LAS ZUVIETAS (20 MIN; ATX)

For Carmen & Silvia Zuvieta, the deportation of husband/father Roman, was not just destructive, it was defining: a catalyst for these two generations of Latinas to become prominent local leaders in a fierce fight for undocumented people's rights.

 
 
 
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8PM - THE INFILTRATORS (1 HR 33 MIN; CALI)

Sponsored by: Mano Amiga

Weaving together documentary footage with scripted re-enactments of events inside the detention center, this Sundance Award-winning film chronicles young activists in Florida purposely getting admitted to Broward Transitional Center, a prison-type facility for imminent deportations. These infiltrators clandestinely coordinate with the robust National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a broad network of organizers, to impede pending expulsions by strategically pressuring elected officials en masse.

 
 
 

AquaBrew, 150 S. LBJ Dr., downtown

10PM - HIGHWATER ROOFTOP DANCE PARTY 

Free beer & appetizers for VIPs in downstairs patio area, as well

* Films with an immigration theme are denoted with an asterisk.