Wednesday 9/24: The Elsewheres

A tremendous selection of films from outside Texas. (We won't hold it against them.) This block has astounding variety, from Merry Melodies-esque animation to bravura sci-fi to charming relational storybook fantasies to piercing explorations of PTSD. 1 hour 42 minutes of films. Films marked MA contain strong language and adult themes. Post-program meeting spot: Rick's (bar/restaurant).

  • Thursday / Pedro Del Río / 14m / Spain / María asks Jorge for a lighter and continues her ordinary way to the office, unaware that she is being observed. What started as a regular day may not be so…
  • Where The River Goes / Anthony Frederick / 14m / USA / In the dire landscape of an alternative 1950s America, a unique race of humans are under mass genocide by renegade ex-soldiers. One such soldier discovers the last of this unique race, a little girl who will change everything he knows.
  • An Interview with The Owl and The Pussycat / Urvashi Lele / 3m / UK / Join Frank and Ella as they tell you the story of how they met. Based on Sir Edward Lear’s whimsical poem in the style of 1930s cartoons.
  • The Cold Side of the Pillow / Herminio Cardiel / 11m /Spain / A couple who just met share a pillow that night. They will discover that the pillow has a side colder than it seems…
  • Into the Dark / Lukas Hassel / 14m / USA / MA / In the future, two men strapped back to back, on a journey from Moon to Earth. Real Justice. Just Reality.
  • Dispossessed / Cheyanne Kane / 15m / USA / MA / After being brutally raped, Jill is forced to find any way to emotionally survive. She searches for herself through reckless relationships. With each failure, Jill traumatically disintegrates. She videos a trip to New Mexico to prove to the one she loves that she’s changed. Please be aware that this film explores the trauma of sexual assault.
  • The Naked Leading the Blind / Wim Vanacker / 15m / Belgium / A dissection of the human condition on a hot summer’s day blurred by alcohol, late night television, and smoldering spirituality. Love and marriage. Serve and observe.
  • Getting There / Brendan Prost / 16m / Canada / MA / Tanner, a passionate and single-minded mandolin player in a multi-instrumental folk band, struggles to drag his bandmates towards relevance at the risk of his own personal estrangement. A vibrant, musical consideration of an artist’s struggle to collaborate and keep things in perspective.

Thursday 9/25: The Young and The Rest

A bafflingly good array of films from our under-18 filmmakers, along with a couple that fit right alongside them. You've got action. You've got sci-fi. You've got documentary. You've got animation. Look man, you've just got a crazy wide selection of films from some preternaturally talented young filmmakers. Appropriate for all ages. 1 hour 21 minutes of films + Q&A with attending filmmakers. Films marked YF were produced by filmmakers under 18. Post-program meeting spot: Jake's (bar/restaurant).

  • Secret Agent Jones Takes a Lover / Calvin O'Neal Jr. / 15m / USA / Alice breaks up with Nick. Distraught, Nick goes to his slacker friend, Jones—the only one who can save Nick & Alice’s relationship.
  • In Time / Gabrielle Giacomo & Mary Grace Henry / 4m / USA / YF / Overachieving high school junior Thalia meets cocky Cedric, a boy who says he can stop time. As Thalia learns more about him, she begins to question the things she used to value in her life.
  • Run In / Ronnie Baker / 11m / Texas / YF / Two robbers are in for the night of their life when they rob the same house at the same time.
  • Hall Monitors / Jason Harvey, Matthew Baca, Kirkland Eggemeyer, Dempsey Duprie, Union Brooks / 11m / Texas / YF / A camera crew follows a tight-knit group of hall monitors, documenting their daily activities.
  • Plastic Platoon / Alex Johnston / 3m / Texas / YF / When a seemingly normal home is left alone, war is waged by two plastic armies.
  • Home Cooking / Elizabeth Herrick / 1m / USA / YF / A girl discovers that her college roommate’s cooking is very different from mom's home cooking.
  • My Heart / Yaser Talebi / 2m / Iran / The teacher is sick. Her students are trying to prepare a gift for her.
  • KERS / Alexia Salingaros / 5m / Texas / Documentary / YF / Braving the public’s criticizing eye, a female graffiti artist takes us through the struggles of her art form.
  • Diana / Ciara Boniface / 16m / USA / YF / A mentally unstable writer struggles to improve his novel, Diana. His grasp on reality fades as his schizophrenic episodes become more common.
  • Zugzwang / Yolanda Centeno / 9m / USA / Zugzwang in German means “obligation to move”. Life and chess are not so different.
  • A Girl With a View / Alexia Salingaros / 4m / Texas / YF / A young teenage girl reflects on the ways she interacts with our world despite her disability.

Friday 9/26: The Homebrews

Texas brought the heat, as it does, with eight incredible films. This evening will be well-attended by filmmakers, so the Q&A should be terrific. 1 hour 25 minutes of films + Q&A with attending filmmakers. Films marked MA contain strong language. Post-program meeting spot: Sports Zone (bar/restaurant).

  • Shotgun / Maverick Moore / 12m / Texas / MA / Three girls burn rubber and leave no survivors on a wild ride.
  • King Bling / Lauren Kinsler / 14m / Texas / In a Tex-Mex oil town, Rey, a spiritual crossing guard and electronic music enthusiast, gets help from a gothed-out girl in dealing with the death of his mother.
  • Ash / Brett Bentman / 10m / Texas / An unsuspecting couple fights for their freedom after an act of self-defense claims the lives of two others.
  • Molly / Craig Elrod / 12m / Texas / After a breakup with his girlfriend Molly, Byron and his best friend organize a complicated breakdown.
  • The Death of Me / Aaron Handley / 5m / Texas / A girl with a peanut allergy falls in love with a peanut.
  • SideKICKED / J.E. Smith / 10m / Texas / A superhero in need of a replacement sidekick calls a service, but is none too happy with the guy they send. Nevertheless, they must head downtown to confront an evil villainess and her own sidekick. Good help is hard to find in this sly superhero comedy.
  • 3,000 Acres / Lauren Cater / 8m / Texas / Documentary / A short documentary that explores the rural rhythms of life for an East Texas boy, Mason Slaton.
  • Krisha / Trey Edward Shults / 14m / Texas MA / Krisha has not seen her family for many years. When she joins them for a holiday dinner, tensions escalate and Krisha struggles to keep her own demons at bay.

Late-Night Friday 9/26: Primer

After a brief intermission, join us around 9 p.m. for a special presentation of Carruth’s landmark 2004 time travel film, made in Dallas on a micro-budget. Festivalgoers attend free, all others $5 at the door.

Saturday 9/27: Best of the Fest + Wrap Party

Join us back at the Liberty on Saturday night when we replay our top-rated and favorite films from the festival:

  • WINNER, YOUNG FILMMAKER: In Time / Gabrielle Giacomo & Mary Grace Henry / 4m / USA / YF / Overachieving high school junior Thalia meets cocky Cedric, a boy who says he can stop time. As Thalia learns more about him, she begins to question the things she used to value in her life.
  • A Girl With a View / Alexia Salingaros / 4m / Texas / YF / A young teenage girl reflects on the ways she interacts with our world despite her disability.
  • WINNER, BEST EAST TEXAS FILM: 3,000 Acres / Lauren Cater / 8m / Texas / Documentary / A short documentary that explores the rural rhythms of life for an East Texas boy, Mason Slaton.
  • Krisha / Trey Edward Shults / 14m / Texas MA / Krisha has not seen her family for many years. When she joins them for a holiday dinner, tensions escalate and Krisha struggles to keep her own demons at bay.
  • Molly / Craig Elrod / 12m / Texas / After a breakup with his girlfriend Molly, Byron and his best friend organize a complicated breakdown.
  • Shotgun / Maverick Moore / 12m / Texas / MA / Three girls burn rubber and leave no survivors on a wild ride.
  • WINNER, BEST OF THE FEST: The Naked Leading the Blind / Wim Vanacker / 15m / Belgium / A dissection of the human condition on a hot summer’s day blurred by alcohol, late night television, and smoldering spirituality. Love and marriage. Serve and observe.
  • Getting There / Brendan Prost / 16m / Canada / MA / Tanner, a passionate and single-minded mandolin player in a multi-instrumental folk band, struggles to drag his bandmates towards relevance at the risk of his own personal estrangement. A vibrant, musical consideration of an artist’s struggle to collaborate and keep things in perspective.
  • WINNER, AUDIENCE FAVORITE: The Death of Me / Aaron Handley / 5m / Texas / A girl with a peanut allergy falls in love with a peanut.