Documentary Shorts Competition

Canción de toquilla
A Song of Toquilla You Decide

Javier Andrade

Ecuador, Documentary, 2010
24 min, HD Cam, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

 

The famous Toquilla straw hats, commonly known as Panama Hats, are not actually made in Panama. Instead, they are made in a rural community called Pile on the coast of Ecuador. The artisans here are the last who still possess the 250 year-old knowledge of making fine, handmade hats. But due to a falling dollar and younger generations choosing paths other than hat-making, this art is disappearing. As elders explain the process of making the hats, and how they are actively teaching the craft to the youth in the community, it is also evident that the artisans of Pile could quietly, suddenly disappear.

 

World Premiere


Producer: Maria de Los Angeles Palacios
Production Companies: PUNK
Cinematographer: Olivier Auverlau
Editor: Javier Andrade
Sound Design: Cristina Arias
Music: Kathiuska Lopera, Paco del Castillo, Filemon Macias
Cast: Domingo Carranza, Pascuala Delgado, Idolo Espinal, Geronimo Carranza, Maribel de Carranza
Print Source: Mariangeles Palacios, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Cancion_de_toquilla

Mexican American Cultural Center
Fri. April 22 1:00 PM
FREE!

 

 

Columbus Day Legacy

Bennie Klain

USA, Documentary, 2010
35 min, MiniDV/8mm Super, Color/Black & White
English

 

Columbus Day Legacy explores the quintessential American issues of free speech and ethnic pride against the backdrop of the ongoing Columbus Day controversy in Denver, Colorado. Since its recent incarnation in 1992, the 500th anniversary of America's "discovery," the Italian-American community in Denver has wholeheartedly celebrated its revered holiday, much to the dismay of the many local Native Americans. Both the Italian- and Native American communities are strong, vibrant, and tight-knit. Columbus Day Legacy conveys this sense of community on both sides of this vigorous debate while addressing the conflicts involving freedom of speech, the interpretation of history, and what it means to be an "American."

 

World Premiere

www.tricksterfilms.com

 

Producer: Leighton C. Peterson
Production Companies: TricksterFilms
Cinematographer: Marko Slavnic, Nancy Schiesari
Editor: Bennie Klain
Sound Design: William Riddle
Music: Various Artists
Print Source: Bennie Klain - TricksterFilms, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Columbus_Day_Legacy

Mexican American Cultural Center
Sat. April 23 8:00 PM
FREE!

 

 

 

Dreams Awake

Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith

USA, Documentary, 2010
7 min, DVCPro HD, Color
Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Doroteo Garcia, like countless Mexican immigrants, came to the United States to make a better life for his family. What was meant to be a short separation from his family has now lasted longer than a decade. To deal with his loneliness, Doroteo turned to poetry to express himself. To combat the invisibility of immigrant workers, he also became a union activist. This film explores the many layers of this charismatic man by juxtaposing his poetry and storytelling with scenes of his life both inside and outside the art museum where he works.

 

Texas Premiere

www.kevingordonfilms.com

 

Producer: Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith
Cinematographer: Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith
Editor: Rebekah Meredith, Kevin Gordon
Sound Design: Kevin Gordon, Rebekah Meredith
Print Source: Rebekah Meredith, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Dreams_Awake

Mexican American Cultural Center
Fri. April 22 3:00 PM
FREE!

 

 

El ring y sus titanes
The Ring and Its Titans

Miko Meloni

Bolivia/Italy, Documentary, 2010
40 min, DV CAM, Color
Spanish, Italian with English subtitles

 

El ring y sus titanes tells the story of the Lucha Libre matches that take place between the cities of La Paz and El Alto, Bolivia. Cholitas, men, dwarves, superheroes and monsters are the focus of the ring, and they all reflect, in a surreal parade, the complex reality of the contemporary Bolivia. A fresco of idiosyncrasies, contaminations, bereavement and Andean cultural myths, El ring y sus titanes shows that for a "luchador," it is not the difference between reality and fiction, or the game and victory that matters, but just to keep on fighting.

 

North American Premiere


Producer: Miko Meloni
Production Companies: Maravilla Tambo
Screenwriter: Miko Meloni
Cinematographer: Miko Meloni
Editor: Diego Pascal Panarello
Sound Design: Miko Meloni
Music: Belkings
Cast: Los Luchadors
Print Source: Maravilla Tambo, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

El_ring_y_sus_titanes

Mexican American Cultural Center
Fri. April 22 3:00 PM
FREE!

 

 

 

 

Se Meu Pai Fosse de Pedra
If My Father Were Made of Stone

Maria Camargo

Brazil, Biographical Documentary, 2010
19 min, 8mm/Super16mm/Digital/HD, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles

 

The sculptor Sergio Camargo died 19 years ago. If the bones left in the grave are in fact his remains, would his sculptures be living remains? What is ephemeral and what is lasting? Is there a possible eternity? Seen through the eyes of his daughter, Maria, Sergio Camargo is examined both as an artist and a man.

 

North American Premiere


Producer: Maria Camargo
Production Companies: CaradeCão Filmes
Screenwriter: Maria Camargo
Cinematographer: Tuca Moraes
Editor: Leo Alves, Maria Camargo
Sound Design: Bruno Fernandes
Music: Tim Rescala
Cast: Maria Camargo, Celso do Prado, Miguel Camargo Kubrusly, Clara Camargo Vianna, João Camargo de Souza Dantas, Nina Camargo de Souza Dantas
Print Source: Maria Camargo, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Se_meu_pai_fosse_de_pedra

Mexican American Cultural Center
Fri. April 22 3:00 PM
FREE!

 

 

Si seguimos vivos
If We Stay Alive

Juliana Fanjul Espinoza

Mexico/Cuba, Documentary, 2010
23 min, HD, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

 

Si seguimos vimos offers a brief look at the life of an elderly group that lives in a shelter. Their bodies, their voices, their time, their rituals, and their obsessions all make the viewer question their sanity, their quality of life and whether it can be considered a life being lived.

 

North American Premiere

www.eictv.org

 

Producer: Miguel Iván González, Carmen Méndez
Production Companies: EICTV
Screenwriter: Juliana Fanjul Espinoza
Cinematographer: César Zayas
Editor: Fernanda Pires Gurdel
Sound Design: Denis Godoy
Print Source Contact: Jorge Rey - EICTV, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Si_Seguimos_Vivos

 

 

Soldados da Borracha
Rubber Soldiers

Cesar Garcia Lima

Brazil, Documentary, 2010
26 min, HD, Color
Portuguese with English Subtitles

 

Between 1942 and 1945, fifty-five thousand Brazilian men worked in the Amazon to extract rubber as part of the World War II effort. At the end of the war, they received no tributes and continued extracting rubber in the forest in the Brazilian state of Acre, where most of them later died. Acre was the site of the largest number of these workers, and in this film four survivors of this period share their stories.

 

World Premiere

www.soldadosdaborracha.blogspot.com

 

Producer: Susanna Lira, Luciana Freitas
Production Companies: Modo Operante Produções
Screenwriter: Cesar Garcia Lima
Cinematographer: Pedro Faerstein
Editor: Tito Gomes, Cesar Garcia Lima
Sound Design: Etienne Chambolle
Music: Caldo de Piaba
Print Source: Luciana Freitas - Modo Operante Produções, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Soldados_da_borracha

Mexican American Cultural Center
Fri. April 22 3:00 PM
FREE!

 

 

 

Tongues of Stone

Jason Blalock

Argentina/USA, Documentary, 2009
45 min, MiniDV/BetaSP, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

 

The Rolling Stones have conceded that they are more popular in Argentina than any other country in the world, which is strange since they didn't play a single concert in Buenos Aires until 1995 - two decades into their career. But their absence didn't stop two generations of "rollingas" from sporting the Stones' trademark tongue and developing their own Stones-themed bands, bars, soccer clubs, restaurants, and fashion crazes. Through engaging and often hilarious interviews, performances, and archival footage, Tongues of Stone investigates the legendary status of the Rolling Stones in Argentina, and reveals the strange power of rock 'n' roll in the least likely of places.

 

World Premiere

www.jasonblalock.com

 

Producer: Jason Blalock
Cinematographer: Jason Blalock
Editor: Jason Blalock
Sound Design: Karolina Knopp, Alysha Yagoda
Music: Jovenes Pordioseros, Ratones Paranoicos, Viejas Locas
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Tongues_of_Stone

Mexican American Cultural Center
Sat. April 23 5:00 PM
FREE!