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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Filmmaker Mixer + 2016 Festival Winner Screenings
Cafe Brasil
2604 Dunlavy St.
Houston, TX 77006
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(free event, open to the public)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Opening Party
Literal Magazine
5425 Renwick Dr.
Houston, TX 77081
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Friday, June 16, 2017

6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

German Showcase
In collaboration with the Rice University Classical and European Studies Department
Literal Magazine
5425 Renwick Dr.
Houston, TX 77081
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8:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.

International Voices Program I
Literal Magazine
5425 Renwick Dr.
Houston, TX 77081
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

10:00 a.m. - noon

"Animation - Not Just For Kids" with Patrick Smith
Literal Magazine
5425 Renwick Dr.
Houston, TX 77081
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2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

International Voices Program II
Literal Magazine
5425 Renwick Dr.
Houston, TX 77081
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5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

México Lindo y Querido: Mexico Shorts Program 
Literal Magazine
5425 Renwick Dr.
Houston, TX 77081
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7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

International Voices Program I
Literal Magazine
5425 Renwick Dr.
Houston, TX 77081
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

10:00 a.m. - noon

Breaking Down a Scene Visually with Larry McKee
Literal Magazine
5425 Renwick Dr.
Houston, TX 77081
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4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Local & Fresh: Texas Shorts Program
Literal Magazine
5425 Renwick Dr.
Houston, TX 77081
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7:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.

International Voices Program II
Literal Magazine
5425 Renwick Dr.
Houston, TX 77081
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Sponsors

Jury

Ya'Ke Smith

Ya'Ke's films have received world-wide acclaim, screening and winning awards at over 100 film festivals. The Director’s Guild of America, the Student Academy Awards, HBO, Showtime, and the City of Buffalo, NY, which proclaimed February 23, 2013 as Ya’Ke Smith Day, have honored him. His debut feature, WOLF, which NPR called “an impressive piece by a young director,” premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and has gone on to screen and win awards at festivals across North America. The film is now available for streaming via Amazon Prime and kweliTV. He has been featured on NPR, CNN, HLN, Ebony Online, Indiewire, Filmmaker Magazine and Shadow&Act. His first original series The Beginning and Ending of Everything will be released on-line this summer. He is currently the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Izzy Lee

Izzy Lee works in the Film Department at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. She's worked on retrospectives of filmmakers such as Wim Wenders, Pedro Almodovar, and Nuri Bilge Ceylan as well as on thematic programs such as Technicolor in American cinema and an upcoming exhibition on contemporary Philippine cinema. Lee co-curated the short film program of New Directors/New Films 2017, including a range of films spanning from Greece, Romania, Mozambique, and Portugal.

Carlos Gutierrez

Carlos is Co-founder and Executive Director of Cinema Tropical, the New York-based non-profit organization that has become the leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the U.S. As a guest curator, he has presented several film/video series at different cultural institutions, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, BAMcinématek, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He co-curated the 53rd edition of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. He is a contributing editor to BOMB magazine and has served as a member of the jury and panelist for various film festivals and funds including the Morelia Film Festival, SANFIC, DocsDF, the Sundance Documentary Fund, and the Tribeca Film Institute?s Latin American Media Arts Fund.

Guest of Honor

Dr. Isaac Buston

With prizes in over 12 International competitions, classical guitarist, pedagogue and educator, Dr. Isaac Bustos, enjoys an extensive performing career that has taken him to Canada, Central America, Europe and all over the US. He is in demand as clinician and invited to perform in some of the most prestigious national and international guitar festivals. Bustos has premiered new music for guitar by composers Peter Askim, Frank Wallace, Peter Lieuwen and Nico Muhly. Chamber music collaborations have included performances with Grammy-Award winning artists such as the L.A. Guitar Quartet and Conspirare Singers. In addition, he is a founding member of and performs regularly with the Texas Guitar Quartet. Dr. Bustos currently serves on the faculty at Texas A&M University Department of Performance Studies. He is the founder and artistic director of the Texas A&M International Guitar Symposium and Competition, and the Houston Classical Guitar Workshop.

 

Art Exhibitors

Sicardi Gallery, Sonja Roesch Gallery, Hunter I Gather Project, Hillerbrand+Magsamen
 

Program Information

"Animation - Not Just For Kids" with Patrick Smith

Independent Animator Patrick Smith is known for his sublime and bizarre hand-drawn interpretations of people, our emotions, and identity. His films have been featured on MTV, PBS, FX, Nickelodeon, Rolling Stone, New York Times, and Huffington Post. Currently, Smith and his studio are producing the third season of the PBS series “Blank on Blank”an innovative animated show that visually illustrates rare audio interviews of famous artists, actors and musicians.

In this lecture, you will learn about different animation techniques and how they are represented in real life contexts. An event not to miss!

Tickets: $40 (free with VIP pass)
Breaking Down a Scene Visually with Larry McKee

Emmy Award winning cinematographer Larry Mckee has worked with the likes of Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Woody Harrelson, Danny Trejo, Owen Wilson, Antonio Banderas, and many others. McKee's television credits include productions for PBS, The Discovery Channel, TNN, and The Outlaw Music Channel. He worked as Producer and Director of Photography on the popular FOX 26 series, Bailamos, which consistently received six times as many viewers as other programs in its time slot. McKee has worked on several documentaries, including a piece chronicling the life of serial killer Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr. and another centered around guitar legend Sam "Lightnin" Hopkins. He has served as Director of Photography on a number of motion pictures, including Through the Valley, In the Mirror Dimly, Escape of the Wild Thing and Suicide Notes.

In this course you will learn how lens choices and lighting design can help you tell your story more effectively.

Tickets: $40 (free with VIP pass)

The Manliest Man

Grand Jury Prize

by Anuj Gulati, India

The Aeronauts / Los aeronautas

Best Picture

by León Fernández, Mexico

Green / Verde

Award of Excellence

by Alonso Ruizpalacios, Mexico
 

BEST OF INTERNATIONAL VOICES

Get Yourself Together, Mikey by Danna Frank, Israel  

BEST OF MEXICO SHORTS

Winds of Furnace / Aire quemado by Yamil Quintana  

BEST OF TEXAS SHORTS

Tender Moments by Rob Neilson, Alberto Govela  

INTERNATIONAL VOICES I  (95 mins)

Get Yourself Together, Mikey by Danna Frank, narrative, Israel (Best of International Voices) Following a harsh breakup, Mikey gets an unlikable chance for a closure and a new sense of purpose for his life.

The Alan Dimension by Jac Clinch, animation, United Kingdom Alan Brown uses divine powers of precognition to foresee the fate of mankind... and breakfast. Meanwhile, Wendy has had enough of being married to 'the next step in cognitive evolution.' 

Slow Wine / Por Sifo by Guillermo Rodríguez, Mario Hernandez, narrative, Spain After over a year, two brothers get together to make a toast for everything, for nothing, for the thin line that separates love and hate between two siblings.

My Life for Ireland by Kieron J. Walsh, narrative, Ireland Easter, 1916. In Dublin, Patrick Pearse leads an armed rebellion against British rule, inspiring patriots throughout Ireland to join the fight for freedom.

Other World / Andere Welt by Sandro Japaridze, experimental, Georgia/Germany "Die, or die" - worldwide tragedy of the 21st century, war that has no borders, no beginning, no end. A life that leaves children with a single choice of survival - engage in a war involuntarily or flee. Run or get killed.

Pittari by Patrick Smith, animation, USA Loosely based on Tom Robbin's depiction of Tanuki, a Japanese mythical creature known for his mischief, "Pittari" is scored to an old phonographic gospel recording to help illustrate a relentless resistance to the creatures gritty penetration.

Submarine by Mounia Akl, narrative, Lebanon Under the imminent threat of Lebanon's garbage crisis, Hala is the only one to refuse evacuation, clinging to whatever remains of home.

INTERNATIONAL VOICES II  (105 mins)

Goliath by Loïc Barché, narrative, France Nicolas is madly in love with Charlotte, a Facebook friend he barely knows. With a friend, he decides to prove his love for her by accomplishing an exploit.

A Halt / Pysähdys by Pia Andell, narrative, Finland The tram stops. A woman inside sees a familiar man stretching outside. A soundless conversation begins to flow through the glass window.

Hilde by Felix Knoche, narrative, Austria/Germany After an incident at the lake, 11-year-old Melly expriences a strange metamorphosis. Her mother Hilde desperately tries to keep up normality.

Laps by Charlotte Wells, narrative, USA On a routine morning, a woman on a crowded New York City subway is sexually assaulted in plain sight.

Stream of Doubts by Joseph Catté, experimental, France A young woman needs your help to find her life purpose. A short-movie about your place in the cosmos. Sort of.

Ayny - My Second Eye by Ahmad Saleh, stop motion, Jordan/Palestine/Germany A cruel war forces two brothers and their mother to flee their home. Despite the trauma, the boys continue to chase their dreams.

The Manliest Man by Anuj Gulati, narrative, India The potter of a secluded village comes under pressure when he fathers another daughter instead of a son.

Railment by Shunsaku Hayashi, animation, Japan In a continuous scenery, his physical movement stays in the same position, gradually causing a distortion.

GERMAN SHOWCASE  (105 mins)

#selfie by David Lorenz, narrative A couple on holiday in Berlin. Everything is perfect, but then he wants to take a selfie...

Son / Die Nacht Im Hotel by Konstantinos Sampanis, narrative Set against the backdrop of post-war Germany, the screen adaptation of Siegfried Lenz' short story released in 1949 shows a snapshot in time of Mr. Schwamm, an indulgent husband and caring father, who wants to save his depressed son.

E is for Evolution by Paul Kusmaul, animation A short animation consisting of 26 episodes about evolution. Each episode has its own point of view and interpretation due to evolution.

Valentin by Ingrid Hübscher, narrative A dramedy about love, loneliness and jumping into conclusions.

Metube 2 by Daniel Moshel, music video After Elfie and her nerdy son August successfully proved themselves on their home webcam in Metube 1, the odd pair venture onto the street to present the biggest, boldest, and sexiest operativ flash mob anyone has ever witnessed!

My Bakery Blossom / Meine Bäckerblume by Michel Vrinten An extremely shy young man is in love with the girl at his local bakery, but he doesn't have the courage to tell her how he feels.

The Pine Tree Villa / Eine Villa Mit Pinien by Jan Koester, experimental/animation Lion and Bird break into an uninhabited villa to find out about the reason why it is not aging. Immediately they feel the power that keeps the villa alive.

For Your Own Safety / Zu Ihrer Eigenen Sicherheit by Florian Heinzen-Ziob, narrative Jonas works at the hand baggage screening at the airport. He is obsessed by preventing the next terrorist attack, with no support from his boss or colleagues.

Speechless by Robin Polak, narrative A little boy walks through a toy store full of people talking a strange and incomprehensible language.

MEXICO LINDO Y QUERIDO: MEXICAN SHORT FILMS  (95 mins)

Winds of Furnace / Aire quemado by Yamil Quintana, narrative (Best of Mexico Shorts) In a half-urbanized community in the Mexican tropics, Santiago and his friends discover some charred human remains.

Green / Verde by Alonso Ruizpalacios, narrative Ariel, a taciturn security guard who transports other people's millions everyday, has just found out that he is going to be a father. A miraculous flaw in the system creates an opportunity to steal the fortune he is carrying, giving him a fighting chance at fatherhood.

The Garden of Delights / El jardín de las delicias by Alejandro Male, stop motion A demon discovers the gift of creation by combining animals with surprising effects.

Light of Day / Luz del día by Mauricio Calderón Mora, narrative Luisa has been a guard of an underground parking lot for fifteen years. She is secretly in love with Hilario, a young electrician with dreams and aspirations.

The Aeronauts / Los aeronautas by León Fernández, stop motion A tribe survives in the middle of the desert on the meager pickings of a barren landscape.

Refill by Luis Villatoro, experimental A young man is forced to confront nature when the substance that keeps him asleep is no longer available.

Elena and the Shadows / Elena y las sombras by Cesar Cepeda, stop motion Elena moves into a neighborhood where nothing ever seems to happen. A strange-looking, adventurous kid called Felix is about to introduce her to a parallel world.

LOCAL & FRESH: TEXAS SHORT FILMS  (70 mins)

Tender Moments by Rob Neilson, Alberto Govela, narrative (Best of Texas Shorts) A funny short film about sad people and the things we buy.

Cuckold Picasso by Lance Larson, experimental Pablo Picasso's "1971 Harlequin Head," thought forever lost in a Romanian fire, is found vividly alive in the disturbed psyche of a tortured man's soul.

Next Exit by Alberto Govela, experimental An afternoon of a XXIst Century man in a XXIst Century city.

Native by Travis Champagne and Stephen Kinigopoulos, narrative While on a ceremonial walkabout, a young boy must defend his tribe against a mysterious force.

The News Today by Lisa Donato, narrative The familiar and mundane moments between two guys in love become precious in an instant.

Acid Test by Jenny Waldo, narrative When a teenage girl drops acid and goes home to her parents, a hallucinogenic family meltdown erupts.