THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1
FILMS WITH (***) INDICATE IMMIGRATION NARRATIVE
10am-12pm at The Price Center
FLAG (17min); ***ARE YOU VOLLEYBALL? (15min); FOROUZAN (12min); SONG OF HANDS (20min); FREE FLY FROM THE FIFTH FLOOR (15min)
FLAG: They have named Iran as the (Chalipa territory) which means the cross. The age of this mysterious symbol comes to the Calipa. Symbols commonly used in everyday life of the Qashqai people as those used in tattoos, carpets and handicrafts products drew on livestock. This is a strong belief to fertilizzante prottetore power and stabilizing the vertical line is the symbol of being, on the day, endurance, masculinity. The horizontal line is the symbol of the nullity, night, calm, femininity and the loss.
***ARE YOU VOLLEYBALL?: A group of Arabian spoken asylum seekers arrive to an English spoken country border and can't keep going. They conflict with border soldiers everyday till a deaf-mute baby becomes a catalyst for better communication between two groups.
FOROUZAN: A woman was living in a village with her two small kids. The thieves want to rob her cattle but she finds it out.
SONG OF HANDS: is a story narrated by a kid (hiwa) who is fascinated by music, and accompany other children in his passion. But under the pressure of the traditional and religious environment his father breaks his musical instrument.
FREE FLY FROM THE FIFTH FLOOR: Turkan's father takes her to the university to pick up her diploma in order to apply for a job found by her uncle. But there is something going on at the university and she is hiding it from her father.
12pm-1:30pm at The Price Center
***LIFE IS FARE (Eritrea/US, 1hr 2 min), preceded by THE MAN WHO BEAT THE MAN (South Africa, 3min) & THE REPLACEMENT (Chicago, 15min)
***LIFE IS FARE: is a Tigrinya/ English feature film exploring three wildly different perspectives on the East African nation of Eritrea. The film’s premise follows Sephora, an idealistic young Eritrean American pitching a well meaning but ludicrous film idea to her traditional mother about a man (Haile) who fled their home country and ended up in San Francisco. As a recently arrived immigrant, Haile is terribly homesick for his native Eritrea, but will not admit it due to unease towards speaking ill of the country; and more consciously in hesitance of admitting hard truths about his culture and himself. Life is Fare is a cross cultural analogy to challenge how patriotism and nationalism are practiced by people of a country, and is inspired by current Eritrean and Ethiopian migration journeys.
THE MAN WHO BEAT THE MAN: Former welterweight champion of the world, John H Stracey, wakes up in the ring 40 years after his winning fight. In this nightmarish short film we witness Stracey fighting an unknown opponent in a desperate attempt to protect himself, relying on the memories of his glory days. Round after round it seems he's fighting a losing battle facing his inner demons. His opponent shows himself as the victor.
THE REPLACEMENT: On election night, a janitor feels cheated out of a life he might have lived when his own clone becomes the President. He goes on a bender to seek justice, encountering new forms of prejudice, dismissal, and classism. In a society where the morality around cloning is dividing the masses, physically looking like the newly elected President has its own dangers.
1:30pm-2:45pm at The Price Center
SIGNMAKERS OF MONTREAL (1hr), followed by Q & A with director Matt Soar, presented by Studio San Martian
THE SIGNMAKERS OF MONTREAL
Les Enseignistes de Montréal, aka The Signmakers of Montreal, is a web doc about the people behind the over-sized words and images that have enlivened, perhaps blighted, urban centres across the world since long before the invention of neon. Focusing on Montreal, a cosmopolitan city once hailed as the ‘Paris of North America’, the film features interviews with several experienced signmakers, a self-taught signpainter, and two sign collectors, plus visits to the Ville de Montréal sign shop and a guided tour of the Montréal Signs Project, a permanent exhibition at Concordia University. This visually rich film offers unique insights into the ways that sign-saturated cityscapes have changed over time, for better and worse, and explores the imaginative reuse of two mechanized airport information signs in a recent exhibition about migration and land rights.
2:45pm-5pm at The Price Center
THE OLD STRIPPER (Nevada, 2hr), followed by Q & A with director Jack Truman and Opal Dockery, Presented by Dark Matter Productions
THE 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.
5pm-6pm at The Price Center
***TERROR NULLIUS (Australia, 55min)
is a political revenge fable which offers an un-writing of Australian national mythology. It works entirely within and against the official archive, in order to achieve a queering and othering of Australian cinema. Part political satire, eco-horror and road movie, TERROR NULLIUS is a world in which minorities and animals conspire, and not-so-nice white guys finish last. Where idyllic beaches host race-riots, governments poll love-rights, and the perils of hypermasculinity are overshadowed only by the enduring horror of Australia’s colonising myth of terra nullius.
6pm-7:30pm at The Price Center
WINTRY SPRING (Egypt, 15min); ***IKU MANIEVA (Sinaloa, 8min); ELROY'S BIRTHDAY (London, 14 min); MAMA QOTA (Aymaran Peru, 17min); PIECE OF MIND (Mumbai, 11min); THE SNAG (France, 8min); THOSE WHO CAN DIE (France,19min)
WINTRY SPRING: Nour, is a schoolgirl that lives alone with her father, goes through a crisis on the arrival of her puberty and cannot tell her dad and the father didn’t understand the changes that occurred in her life, which results in tension between them.
***IKU MANIEVA: Two children take refuge in the Sinaloa sierra. Filmed in the municipality of Concordia, Sinaloa, northwest Mexico, the film shows an idyllic landscape wrapped in a rare atmosphere of peace in contrast to the threatening presence of the drug cartels who have operated in the area for decades.
ELROY’S BIRTHDAY: A young Asian man blinded by rage and grief confronts an internet troll responsible for a racist attack.
MAMA QOTA: A documentary interviewing community representatives; illuminate our understanding of how this culture relates to the lakes in their home land as an extension of their own bodies, and as a spiritual source as well as ending ground. Marina Morikawa is a modern day environmental scientist who has been miraculously successful cleaning the pollution of these water bodies using natural methods. He is also interviewed, revealing a similar understanding of how we are mirrors of our Earth.
PIECE OF MIND: A story of a professor of Physics who teaches Optics. While he teaches about the two images formed by a convex parabolic mirror, one being real and the other being virtual, he presents a connotation to his real life; that is, on the outside, though he might be an excellent teacher but on the inside, his inability to speak up for himself intensifies the augmentation of his frustration.
THE SNAG: When Camille meet Etienne, there is something more than usual. But she has a secret which will ruin everything between them : she has HIV. When she runs away and then he catches her, the complicity turned to a lack of understanding. Despite their shared desire, those two hearts will hurt each other.
THOSE WHO CAN DIE: Zoé, 15 years old, enters a strict boarding school. Around her, pupils are playing and attending classes with faded eyes. Through their obsequious facade, the supervisors’ violence lurks. One day Zoé meets Marie and understands what they are destined for.
6pm-8pm at Industry: VIP & Filmmaker Mixer
VIP & FILMMAKER MIXER at INDUSTRY 110 E Martin Luther King Dr #126, San Marcos, TX 78666
7-Midnight: FREE Garden Party on The Price Center Lawn
Presented by Planet K with tunes by Chief & TheDoomsdayDevice, Bad Ingredients Records, Twisted X Brewing, Hill Country Humidor, Tito’s Vodka, Topo Chico
8pm-9:30pm at The Price Center
Every year our Opening Night consists of a film shot in San Marcos; given our political moment, we’ve selected…
IDIOCRACY (1hr 42min) presented by Planet K, hosted by Atom Von Amdt
Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.