CineFestival: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Tía Chuck: A Portrait of Chuck Ramirez
Directed by Mark and Angela Walley
2018, USA, 63 min
Tía Chuck is the captivating feature length directorial debut by filmmakers Angela and Mark Walley chronicling the life and work of the late artist Chuck Ramirez (1962-2010). Ramirez’s artworks investigate everyday life and are charged with metaphors of cultural identity, sexuality, and mortality. Ramirez was a charismatic and integral part of a flourishing contemporary art scene in San Antonio and saw his HIV+ diagnosis in the early 1990s as motivation to pursue his dream of becoming a successful artist. Before his untimely death in 2010, Ramirez became one of San Antonio’s most beloved artists and exhibited is artwork nationally and internationally.
Scott Hamilton Kennedy, 2017, USA, 11 min
A funny and bittersweet coming of age story set around the drama that happens when two girls have the same Halloween costume for their elementary school Halloween contest.
Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase
The Houston Film Commission presents the best of Texas-made Latino short films from their annual showcase. Curated by Alfred Cervantes, Deputy Director of Houston Film Commission.
North of Ojinaga – Directed by Rommel Eclarinal
Vincent Valdez: The Art of Boxing – Directed by Ray Santisteban
Death of an Ally – Directed by Marla and Julio Quintana
Mentiroso – Directed by Will Shipley
Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John – Directed by Mark and Angela Walley
Carne Seca – Directed by Jazmin Diaz
Peor Es Nada (Nothing’s Worse) – Directed by Gabriel Duran
Burnt Orange y Que! 2.0
This special program features contemporary works by Latina and Latino filmmakers from The University of Texas at Austin.
Mosca – Directed by Lizette Barrera
Youth and Young Manhood – Directed by Leo Aguirre
The Trigger – Directed by Angela Torres Camarena
Autopista Norte (North Highway) – Directed by Andres Torre
The Wilderness – Directed by Agustin Navarro
Atmahaú Pakmát – Directed by Cameron Quevedo
Atlantic City – Directed by Miguel Alvarez
Closer to Bottom
Directed by Jesse Borrego
2017, USA, 87 min
Closer to Bottom is a dramatic coming of age story. Two brothers, Adrian and Rafael, experience grief with the loss of their father in vastly different ways. And when they both fall for the same girl, the tension is more than one of them can handle. Dealing with grief, coming to terms with life, and acceptance are among the universal themes.
Tomorrow We Laugh
Alfredo Ramos, 2017, USA, 11 min
A wayward son returns home to discover that his mother is suffering from mental illness. Featuring CineFestival alums Danny De La Paz and Dyana Ortelli.
Ruben Blades Is Not My Name
Directed by Abner Benaim
2018, USA, 85 min
Spanish with English Subtitles
Latin American icon Ruben Blades was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970’s. His socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms brought Salsa music to an international audience. Blades has won 17 Grammys, acted in Hollywood, earned a law degree from Harvard, and even ran for President of his native Panama. Critically acclaimed director Abner Benaim takes us on a journey through Ruben’s fifty-year career, revealing that Ruben might still have both musical and political ambitions. This is a film about a living legend and his struggle to come to terms with his legacy.
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