Panorama Feature Films

Vou Rifar Meu Coração
I Will Raffle off My Heart

Ana Rieper

Brazil, Music Documentary, 2011
78 min, HDV, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles

Vou Rifar Meu Coração is about the music, the performers and the followers of Brazilian romantic music, called "cheesy" by music critics and rich people. Using the music as a catalyst, this documentary shows the sentiments, love, suffering and sexuality of the fans and their idols, creating a scenario that reveals their practices and desires. This genre represents a very important part of popular art, seldom registered as part of Brazilian Popular Music. Most books about Brazilian music solemnly ignore it, even though it has always sold millions of records. Frequently associated with bad taste and poor quality, the style is admired by the low class, under-, sub- or unemployed population, originally from rural extract, banished to the cities in search of work and a better life. This film has played around the world, including the 44th Festival de Brasilia.

North American  Premiere

Ana RieperAna Rieper was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1975. She is a documentary filmmaker with a Masters Degree in Development and Environment. She graduated with a degree in Geography at the Fluminense Federal University, where she also studied Cinema for two years. Ana has been working in audiovisual media since 1998, when she made the documentary Saara, about the immigrants from different parts of the world who settled in downtown Rio de Janeiro, forming a community known as Saara. Vou Rifar meu Coração is her first feature film to have a theatrical release.

Producer: Suzana Amado
Production Companies: Amado arte&produção
Cinematographer: Manuel Aguas
Editor: Pedro Asbeg
Sound Design: Aurelio Dias
Cast: Agnaldo Timóteo, Amado Batista, Lindomar Castilho, Nelson Ned, Odair José, Rodrigo Mell, Walter de Afogados, Wando

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Vou Rifar Meu Coracao

Wednesday, April 25 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)



The Thick Dark Fog

Randy Vasquez

USA, Biographical Documentary, 2011
57 min, HDCAM/MiniDV, Color/Black & White

Walter Littlemoon attended a federal Indian boarding school in South Dakota in the 1950s. The mission of these schools was still to "kill the Indian and save the man." Many Indians, like Walter, lived with this unresolved trauma into adulthood, acting it out through alcoholism and domestic violence. At age 58, Walter decided to write and publish his memoirs as a way to explain himself to his estranged children. The film tells the story of how Walter confronted the "thick dark fog" of his past so that he could renew himself and his community. The Thick Dark Fog had its world premiere at the American Indian Institute Film Festival.

Regional  Premiere

Randy VasquezRandy Vasquez grew up on the beaches of southern California and in the mountains of North Carolina. His first feature documentary, Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story, was filmed in El Salvador and screened at Cine Las Americas in 2002. When Walter Littlemoon saw it, he decided to collaborate with Randy on this film, The Thick Dark Fog. Randy has been fortunate enough to eke out a living over the last 30 years as an actor; recently he appeared in Beto Gomez' Mexican hit film Saving Private Perez in 2011. On the 29 year installment plan, he finally graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in American Indian Studies last June.

Producer: Jonathan Skurnik
Production Companies: High Valley Productions
Cinematographer: Kahlil Hudson
Editor: Paul Freedman
Music: Kathryn Bostic

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The Thick Dark Fog

Thursday, April 26 - 5:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

With research advisor Julianna Brannum in attendance



The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz

Scott Petersen

USA, Documentary, 2011
74 min, MiniDV/8mm/Super16mm, Color
Spanish, English with English subtitles

Mata Ortiz, a small community located in the Chihuahuan Desert, is an unlikely place for an artistic renaissance. In the 1960s, resident Juan Quezada found some pottery created by the Paquimé Indians while searching for firewood in the mountains. Quezada began to experiment with local clay, pigments and firing techniques. Without any sort of training, he relied on a painstaking trial-and-error method. In 1976, anthropologist Spencer MacCallum found a few of Quezada's pots in a second-hand store in New Mexico. Fascinated by Quezada's skill and unique talent, MacCallum decided to track down the artist. He finally located Quezada in Mata Ortiz and convinced him that his pottery could be sold in the US. What began as a hobby for Quezada has turned into a phenomenon that is recognized worldwide. The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz recently won the Directors' Choice Award for Best Arts Film at the Sedona Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

Scott PetersenArmed with degrees in film and economics from the University of Michigan, Scott Petersen began his career on the feature film, Zebrahead. Along with working in John Hughes' office, his résumé includes work on Antiques Roadshow, Rescue 911, Unsolved Mysteries, Fox News, BBC, VH1, the Food Network, MGM Home Entertainment and several feature films and commercials. The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz is his third long-form documentary. He lives in Southern California.

Producer: Scott Petersen
Screenwriter: Scott Petersen
Cinematographer: Pete Biagi
Editor: Scott Petersen
Sound Design: Bobby Garza
Music: Patrick Kirst
Cast: Spencer MacCallum, Juan Quezada, Diego Valles, Nicolas Quezada, Walter Parks

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The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz

Friday, April 27 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)



Robert's Paintings

Shelley Niro

Canada, Biographical Documentary, 2011
52 min, HD, Color
English, Saulteaux with English subtitles

Robert Houle is an acclaimed Anishinaabe (Ojibwe-Saulteaux) artist and activist on behalf of First Nation peoples; this film examines his life and career as an artist, curator, educator and cultural theorist. Like many of his generation, Houle was schooled in the residential school system. As a result, he has created a body of work encapsulating his memories from childhood. His vast body of work explores what happened to the First Nation people and the way Canada has treated them throughout the years. Houle uses his experiences to teach others their heritage through Canadian indigenous artwork. This film is about not forgetting, but rather contributing to the collective memory of a nation. It is a celebration. Robert's Paintings premiered at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

US Premiere

Shelley_NiroShelley Niro is a Mohawk member of the Six Nations Reserve. She belongs to the Turtle Clan. Niro is a visual artist whose work has shown at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the National Museum of the American Indian, New York and Washington, DC, and has recently exhibited at the Institute of American Indian Art Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Production Companies: Turtle Night Productions
Screenwriter: Shelley Niro
Cinematographer: Richard Storey
Editor: Katharine Asals
Sound Design: Steve Sanguedolce
Music: Sarah DeCarlo
Cast: Robert Houle, Alanis Obomsawin, Vivian Ferguson, George Miller, Steve Loft, Wanda Nanibush, Renata Gutterman, Barbara Morrison, Kenny Anderson

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Thursday, April 26 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)



Precious Knowledge

Ari Palos

USA, Social Issue Documentary, 2011
72 min, DVCPro HD, Color

Arizona lawmakers believe Tucson High School teachers are teaching victimization, racism, and revolution in their Ethnic Studies classes. Why is studying Mexican culture and history controversial? What is Ethnic Studies? Why is the national dropout rate so high for Latino youth? The Dos Vatos Productions team filmed a year in the classroom to find out why the Mexican American Studies program is so popular with students, so misunderstood by the public, and to discover what actually happens in the classroom. Precious Knowledge had its world premiere at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, and is especially timely in light of the recent ban on Mexican American Studies in Tucson.

Regional Premiere

Ari PalosAri Luis Palos has directed and shot a number of films. Palos enjoys participating in Tucson's All Soul's Procession, a performance art extravaganza where he transforms into a dead vaquero to mourn and celebrate loved ones who have passed. He once rode a Harley Davidson motorcycle from Oaxaca, Mexico to a small factory in Nicaragua, just to smoke the world's finest cigar.

Producer: Eren McGinnis
Production Companies: Dos Vatos Productions
Cinematographer: Ari Palos
Editor: Jacob Bricca
Sound Design: Otto Helmuth
Music: Naim Amor
Cast: Curtis Acosta, Jose Gonzalez

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Precious Knowledge

Saturday, April 28 - 11:30 AM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)



Madres 0,15 el minuto
Mothers, 15 Cents a Minute

Marina Seresesky

Spain, Human Rights Documentary, 2011
52 min, Digibeta, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Is it possible to be a mother at a distance? Is it possible to educate from a telephone booth? Women who travel thousands of miles to work in Spain to give a better future to their children, tell us how they live through the reality of being mothers across a telephone or a computer, making the telephone booth their second home and transforming their voices into their most valuable resource. This film has been recognized for its affirmation of women's rights, winning a Biznaga de Plata at the Festival de Málaga.

Texas Premiere

Marina SereseskyMarina Seresesky was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is an actress and director of cinema and theater. Her latest short film, The cortége, has been selected in more than 200 national and international film festivals, receiving more than 50 prizes.

Producer: Teatro Meridional S.L.
Production Companies: Teatro Meridional S.L.
Screenwriter: Marina Seresesky, Julio Salvatierra
Cinematographer: Roberto Fernandez
Editor: Julio Salvatierra
Sound Design: Oscar Barros, Milciclos
Music: Mariano Marin, Chani Martin

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Madres 0 15 el minuto

Wednesday, April 25 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)



La hora cero
The Zero Hour

Diego Velasco

Venezuela, Drama/Action/Adventure, 2010
100 min, 35mm, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

La hora cero is a fast-paced heist film set in Caracas during the 24 hours of a controversial medical strike in 1996. The film tells the story of Parca, a feared hit man that is forced to take an elite hospital hostage in an attempt to save his wounded girlfriend. A love story told in the midst of chaos, La hora cero is a timely and universal story about the mythic rise to power and the inevitable fall from grace. This award-winning film has played all over the world, having its premiere at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

Diego VelascoDiego Velasco's five short films have screened in over 50 festivals and have garnered 26 awards, including an Academy Award consideration fordula ciudadano. He's worked as a Director of Photography for Discovery, NBC, FOX, ABC and others. La hora cero is his feature debut.

Producer: Carolina Paiz, Rodolfo Cova
Screenwriter: Diego Velasco, Carolina Paiz
Cinematographer: Luis Otero Prada
Editor: Otto Scheuren
Sound Design: Freddy Sheinfeld, Gabriel Velasco
Music: José Luis Cheo Pardo, Luis Lange
Cast: Zapata 666, Amanda Key, Erich Wildpret, Laureano Olivarez, Alejandro Furth

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La hora cero

Thursday, April 26 - 1:00 PM

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El invierno de los raros
The Winter of the Odd Ones Out

Rodrigo Guerrero

Argentina, Drama, 2011
109 min, HD, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Six outsiders looking for some kind of love intertwine in the winter drowsiness of a small town. During those days, their lives start to change, almost imperceptibly at first. El invierno de los raros premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Bright Future section 2011.

North American Premiere

Rodrigo GuerreroRodrigo Guerrero was born in Córdoba in 1982, debuting in the audiovisual production field, and then generating his own projects as director and scriptwriter. Some of his personal awards include: 2005 Talent Campus Buenos Aires; 2006 Script Clinic 21º Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2006; Cabeza de Vaca Award (Media Arts category) awarded by Spain-Córdoba Cultural Center 2006; 2008 Script Station, Berlinale Talent Campus and X Colon Workshop for Emerging Latin American Filmmakers organized by TyPA 2009.

Producer: Lorena Quevedo, Rodrigo Guerrero
Production Companies: Twins Latin FIlms
Screenwriter: Rodrigo Guerrero
Cinematographer: Marcos Rostagno
Editor: Rodrigo Guerrero, Antonio Pitta
Sound Design: Guillermo Sempronii
Music: Santiago Candegabe
Cast: Luis Machin, Lautaro Delgado, Paula Lussi, Maitén Laguna, Elisa Gagliano, Fanny Cittadinni

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El invierno de los raros

Wednesday, April 25 - 4:00 PM

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Friday, April 27 - 1:00 PM

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El destello
The Flicker

Gabriel Szollosy

Uruguay, Biographical/Social Issue Documentary, 2011
80 min, HD, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

This is the story of Horacio, the grandchild of a slave taken from Africa to Latin America, long after the abolition of slavery. Horacio is a family man who works as a lighthouse keeper on a solitary island in the South Atlantic Ocean. Horacio was raised to serve. Some years ago, a series of unexpected events changed his life forever. His first harrowing experience was surviving a horrific boat crash. He later joined Uruguay's peacekeeping force and was sent to serve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the country of his ancestors. The journey, which began as a means of economic progress, soon became a journey to his own past and the roots of his family. El destello recently screened at É Todo Verdade and BAFICI.

Regional Premiere

Gabriel SzollosyGabriel Szollosy has been making films since 1992. His documentaries, filmed on four continents, have been presented in the most renowned international film festivals and have received numerous awards. Gabriel is a member of the training committee of the Encuentro Nacional de Documentalistas (ENDOC) and the Latin American and Caribbean Documentary Filmmakers Network. He is the co-founder of Librecine, an international production company.

Producer: Anna Jancsó
Production Companies: Librecine
Screenwriter: Gabriel Szollosy
Cinematographer: Nyika Jancsó
Editor: Fernando Epstein
Sound Design: Fabián Oliver, Pablo Benedetto
Music: Max Richter
Cast: Horacio Pereira

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El destello

Friday, April 27 - 12:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)



Con mi corazón en Yambo
With My Heart in Yambo

María Fernanda Restrepo

Ecuador, Human Rights Documentary, 2011
137 min, HDCam, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

On January 8, 1988, when María Fernanda Restrepo was 10 years old, her parents went on vacation and left her in the care of her brothers Santiago and Andres. That day, she was at a friends' party and they were supposed to pick her up; they never came. A year later, her family discovered that on that day, her brothers had been tortured and assassinated by the Ecuadorian police, without any reason. Their bodies were disposed of in the Yambo lake, never to be found. This documentary is a personal journey mixed with the memory of a whole country marked by this history. This film has reached audiences internationally, including at the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the Hot Docs Film Festival.

Austin Premiere

Maria Fernanda RestrepoMaría Fernanda Restrepo Arismendi graduated from the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito. She received a Master's Degree in Direction of Documentaries from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, and a Master's in Direction of Photography from the ESCAC (Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya). Currently she is the co-director of Escala Gris, a production company specialized in the making of documentaries and commercials. She has made documentaries for Ecuadorian national television.

Producer: Randi Krarup
Production Companies: Escala Gris
Screenwriter: María Fernanda Restrepo
Cinematographer: Francoise Laso
Editor: Iván Mora
Sound Design: Esteban Brauer
Music: Iván Mora
Cast: María Fernanda Restrepo

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Con mi corazon en yambo

Thursday, April 26 - 7:00 PM

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Cerro Rico, Tierra Rica

Juan Vallejo

Colombia/Bolivia/USA, Land/Social Issues Documentary, 2011
90 min, HDV, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

More than ten thousand miners in southwestern Bolivia still excavate the slopes and tunnels of Cerro Rico ("Rich Hill"), the richest silver field in mining history, even though most of the mineral resources of the mountain have been depleted. Raising issues of social and economic sustainability, Cerro Rico offers a striking, unsparing portrait of labor in the highlands of South America, creating a universal statement about the historic cost on workers due to global demands for Earth's wealth. Shot in iconic Potosí and in the surreal salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, where half of the world's lithium is still untapped, Cerro Rico has screened at film festivals all over the world, including the Victoria Film Festival in Canada and FIC VALDIVIA 18.

US Premiere

Juan VallejoJuan Vallejo is a U.S.–born, Colombian–raised filmmaker. He studied Architecture in Bogotá, Colombia, and Film Direction at Purchase College (SUNY) in New York. He recently obtained an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. This is his first feature-length work.

Producer: Juan Vallejo
Cinematographer: Juan Vallejo, Robert Alan Rackham
Editor: Juan Vallejo, JiYe Kim
Sound Design: Andrea Bella
Music: Andres Subercaseaux

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Thursday, April 26 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)




Odín Salazar Flores

Mexico, Drama/Coming of Age, 2011
90 min, 35mm, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

People tend to forget that donkeys, apart from being stubborn and hard-working, are also characterized by their invaluable ability to carry other people's burdens. Lautaro is a young boy growing up in the inner Guerero State of Mexico during the 40s. After his father is murdered, his mother decides to send him away to live with his aunt, lest the murderers decide to do the same to her son. While Lautaro is sad about being away from his family, he makes an exciting new discovery, as he is introduced for the first time to the world of the spirits. With one foot firmly in the dimension of realism, and the other reaching out to the universe of magic, Burros follows Lautaro in his abrupt coming-of-age journey, as he is forced to carry an inherited responsibility. This award winning film has screened internationally, including receiving commendations for Best Director and Photography from Guadalajara International Film Festival.

US Premiere

Odin SalazarOdín Salazar Flores was born in Mexico City in 1969. He attended Engineering School for five years before he began studying film at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC) at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), where he majored as in film direction in 2000. Since 2001 he worked as 1AD in several films, documentaries and TV series.

Producer: Elsa Reyes García
Production Companies: IMCINE, Burros Films
Screenwriter: Odín Salazar Flores
Cinematographer: Alejandro Cantú
Editor: Pedro Jiménez
Sound Design: Pablo Tamez
Cast: Abimael Orozco, Leticia Gutierrez, Alfredo Herrera

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Thursday, April 26 - 4:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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