SUNDAY JULY 15TH
AT CROWLEY THEATER
12PM | CROWLEY THEATER
When a drifter (Greg Sestero) befriends a quirky mortician (Tommy Wiseau), an unlikely business partnership is formed. Paranoia soon develops, however, and both men are forced to come to terms with the fragility of friendship and loyalty. An American black comedy starring Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. Produced and written by Sestero, it marks the reunion of Wiseau and Sestero 15 years after making the cult classic The Room.
FEATURE | USA |102mins.
2PM | SHORTS PROGRAM 5 | CROWLEY THEATER
In the summer of 2016 the Chinese government issued a demolition order to some of Tibetan-China's most prominent Buddhist institutions and monasteries. Likely the last and most complete footage before the closure to foreigners + demolition commencement, 'Exile' acts as an homage to these sacred places, their people and their customs, a rare view into a hallowed world of which much is now left in ruin and rubble.
Danielle L. Davis
SHORT DOC | 10mins.
El Tule ranch is a private playground for Texas oil barons and powerful politicians like the Bushes but the manager, Lavoyger Durham has discovered over 20 bodies of people avoiding a nearby border patrol checkpoint. Durham examines his heritage, social media habits and immigration over the course of a quail hunt.
SHORT | USA | 24mins.
An outcast combat veteran living amidst the desolation of the South Texas border country finds common ground with an undocumented immigrant fighting for her life on the migrant trail.
SHORT | USA | 17mins.
After several unsuccessful attempts, Raul finally gets the courage to ask his co-worker, Rosa, out on a date. To his surprise, she says yes, but when the anticipated day arrives, Raul is met with an unforeseen event that changes his life forever.
SHORT | USA | 11mins.
American Dream is the story of a Chinese immigrant attempting to achieve her dream of becoming a singer in Chinatown, New York City. Things do not go as planned as the image of her dream deteriorates into a harsh reality.
SHORT | USA | Texas Premiere, 12mins.
We explore the boundaries of self-expression and what it is like growing up in America as a first generation Asian American in the late 90's. We follow a young Asian American protagonist, My-Linh, through her challenges and realization of acceptance and embracing her Asian features. Beauty is subjective and can be challenging for a young Asian American girl growing up where the media pushes the objectification of women and often portrays white, tall, blonde female as the ideal woman.
SHORT | Texas Premiere, 10mins.
4PM | CROWLEY THEATER
Najwa, a Palestinian separated from her Syrian husband, resides in Lebanon off the Syrian border. Caleb, a young American, faces the challenge to use his voice for an individual suffering from the Syrian Cold War. Syrian millennials across Europe and the Middle East speak with him as he questions his beliefs about free speech.
Caleb P. Hobart
SHORT DOC |World Premiere, 32mins.
Lions of West chronicles the mountain lion research conducted in the Davis Mountains outside of Marfa, TX by Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University.
SHORT | USA | 8mins.
After 20 years of living in New York as an undocumented immigrant, Zsuzsanna is leaving the U.S voluntarily, out of fear of deportation.
SHORT DOC | USA | Texas Premiere, 12mins.
This land is our only home, yet due to our addiction to fossil fuels, a finite, non-renewable source of energy to sustain our lifestyles, we are putting our future at risk. "This Land" takes us from the Texas and Mexico border, to the Dakotas, and then Northern Canada. As we profile methods of extracting fossil fuels and transporting them, we will meet native and local communities fighting against gas and oil pipelines and see what is at stake if we continue on our current path or decide to make a stand for our land, this land, our only home.
FEATURE DOC | USA, Mexico, Canada | Texas Premiere, 58mins.
6PM | CROWLEY THEATER
Meet New York through the eyes of producer, director and videographer, Hal Samples, as New York shares his outlooks on magic, good, and evil in all of us, in this animated short, co-produced & co-directed by F. Joseph Santori and animated by Craig Staggs of Minnow Mountain Animation Studios. This depiction of New York is part of a series of animated shorts that run throughout the forthcoming episodic series, Samples of Society. Samples of Society comes from more than a decade of interviews and personal bonds filmed and created by Hal Samples and we look forward to sharing it with the world in the months to come.
Hal Samples and F. Joseph Santori
ANIMATED SHORT | World Premiere, 5mins.
A psychosexual thriller about Isabelle, a lonely gallery owner who meets a dangerously seductive performance artist and discovers they have more in common than expected. Will Isabelle allow herself to let Camila in without giving in to her true nature?
Maria Alice Arida
SHORT | USA | Texas Premiere, 18mins.
Phantogram's new video for their song “Funeral Pyre” which follows various people in Los Angeles from the view out of a car window. In a statement, Minucci describes it as “a phantom drive in a land of nowhere, where love meets grief, loneliness, violence and desperation.” He continues, “It’s a tragic, Pynchonian elegy, of a world destined to a destroying, but perhaps purifying, fire. A descent to hell, the swan song of a city that celebrates its funeral pyre.”
MUSIC VIDEO | USA | 5mins.
A history of queer cinema from the women who made it happen. Lesbians didn't always get to see themselves on screen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they built visibility, and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, film critic B. Ruby Rich, Jenni Olson, and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they've expressed queer identity through film.
FEATURE | USA | 59mins.
8PM | CROWLEY THEATER | CLOSING FILM
Russian-born American filmmaker, poet, writer, photographer, choreographer, and theorist Maya Deren (1917–1961) endures as one of the most significant independent experimental filmmakers and innovators of avant-garde cinema.
Programed by KB Thomason | 75mins.