Festival 2019

 

Literally Short Film Festival is excited to announce its 6th edition in Houston, Texas during the dates of June 5-9, 2019. None of it would have been possible without our proud sponsors: Literal Magazine, St. Arnold’s, The Phoenix on Westheimer and Richmond Arms Pub. Be sure to check out all of our programs and let the fun begin!

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Texas Jury Panel 2019

Alfred Cervantes

Alfred Cervantes, Deputy Director of the Houston Film Commission and a native Houstonian, has worked in the film industry in various capacities for the past 27 years. As freelance crew, some of the movies he has worked on are Reality Bites, The Chase, Jason’s Lyric, Powder, and Apollo 13. His role with the film commission is to promote the greater City of Houston & Harris County area to film/TV producers, production executives and independent filmmakers, to scout locations, and to facilitate any production’s local filming experience.

Mary Magsamen

Mary Magsamen is a curator and artist. Since 2008 she has been the Curator at Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Texas. Magsamen has curated and organized over 250 programs including film screenings, site-specific installations and performances. In 2017 Magsamen was awarded an Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellowship grant to research Feminism and vulnerability.

Prior to Aurora Picture Show, Magsamen curated independently and taught in University programs at The New School University, University of Toledo and University of Houston. Magsamen has a collaborative interdisciplinary artist practice with her husband, Stephan Hillerbrand, as Hillerbrand+Magsamen.

Charles Dove, PhD

Charles Dove was born in Chicago. He received his  Bachelors degree from the University of Illinois, and his Masters and PhD from Johns Hopkins.  Dr. Dove has taught literature and film courses in Houston for twenty-five years. He is currently the Director of Rice Cinema and the Rice Film Program.  His dog is named Floyd.

Bonobo

Grand Jury Prize

By Zoel Aeschbacher

Cousins / Primos

Best Picture

By Federico Gutierrez Obeso

The Future / El Futuro

Award of Excellence

By Ernesto Martinez Bucio

The Match / Matchen

Best Narrative Short

By Pia Andell

Gun Shop

Best Documentary Short

By Patrick Smith

Dream/Life

Best Experimental Short

By David Aufdembrinke

Farmly

Best Texas Short

By Jamie DeWolf

Three August Days

Best Texas Student Short

By Madli Lääne

Documentary Shorts

A Grand Journey

Amon Barker, USA

Born and raised in Jackson, WY Kira has found a great love for the outdoors. Her lifestyle involves hiking, skiing, biking and pursuing her career as a yoga instructor. Kira was born with a rare birth defect and had her lower leg amputated as a child. Since being able to walk, she has used a prosthetic leg. While some might see this as a major setback, Kira’s fiery passion and athleticism drives her to achieve her goals and amaze those around her with her achievements. Climbing the iconic Grand Teton has been a childhood dream of Kira’s. In A Grand Journey short documentary film we get an intimate look into Kira’s unique but incredibly relatable journey as she attempts to take on a goal she herself may not believe is possible.

Gun Shop

Patrick Smith, USA

There are currently 393 million firearms in the US. This film shows 2328 of them. “Gun Shop” juxtaposes the frightening visual power of guns with a whimsy of Jazz percussion, and a dose of cultural irony.

Lily

Adrienne Gruben, USA

Artist, fugitive, trailblazer…the incredible true story of Lily Renée, who escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna as a teenager, and went on to become one of the true pioneers during the Golden Age of comics.

Everything is Upstream

Martin Ponferrada, Australia/China/Korea/Thailand

Part animation and part documentary. Buddhist monks from around the world offer vivid descriptions of their dreams, which are then brought to life through detailed rotoscope.

Lucid Dreaming: Experimental Shorts

Dream/Life

David Aufdembrinke, Germany/Sri Lanka/Thailand

Ridden by thoughts of death and failing his life, a young man tries out what happens if he assumes that everything was possible … and goes far beyond anything he ever imagined.

The Wandering Witch / La Bruja del Fósforo Paseante

Sofia Carrillo, Mexico

A day before her son’s wedding, Agustina tries to have the ceremony called off, only to discover that Emilia, the orphan girl betrothed to her son, still has someone ready to come to her defense.

Landscape

Leonardo Nussenzveig, Czech Republic

This short film, Landscape, is an absurdist comedy about daily life activities and religious beliefs. Surreal situations between worker and employer take place in a rural area of the Czech Republic and are superimposed with a poem about a boy who carried water in a sieve.

Dinner and A Movie: International Shorts

Ashmina

Dekel Berenson, Nepal

In an impoverished country, rife with contradiction, a young girl is torn between her obligation to her family and the influence of foreign visitors.

The Match / Matchen

Pia Andell, Finland

Two middleaged women on a tennis court. One hour match.  One wants desperately to win, and the other is afraid of competing.  Will the breathing exercises be of any help?

Skin

Guy Nattiv, USA

A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.

Cousins / Primos

Federico Gutiérrez Obeso, Mexico

Cousins is a story of binaries, leaded by fantastic apes. A tale of two visions of one place. Matter and spirit come together to transform the nature of these apes.

Everything Will Be Fine: International Shorts

Nursery Rhymes

Tom Noakes, Australia

On the side of a rural highway, a bizarre encounter with a Metalhead takes a profound turn.

Eternity

Anna Sobolevska, Ukraine

2058. Corporations digitize the souls of the dying and place them in the digital world beyond the grave forever.

Cows Cant Swim / KÜHE KÖNNEN NICHT SCHWIMMEN

Jonas Möllmann, Germany

Two lonely Souls meet at a hotel bar. Hotshot TV-Host Nick and blind musician Klara get into each other’s hair immediately. They prey on their counterpart’s weaknesses with precision and persistence, but seemingly just can’t get off each other’s backs.

Franco

Mariana Martínez Gómez, Mexico

Franco and Roberto, photojournalists with different perspectives, witness the violent repression of a young man in a political event. Franco photographs the incident but elements of the candidate’s security figure it out. Roberto will have the possibility of saving his friend’s life at the expense of his own safety.

Why So Serious?: Comedy Shorts

Yes But No / Sí Pero No

Maria Dioni, Mexico

Josefina is fed up. Guilty or not, Juan will pay.

Veritaphobia

John Patrick Hayden, USA

Cindy can’t tell the truth. But Elizabeth, a breakthrough therapist with a perfect record, refuses to believe that.

The Plunge

Simon Ryninks, UK

Falling in love can be a pain in the arse.

La Lengua de Lucy / Lucy's Tongue

Daniel Negrete, Colombia

Lucy is the most gossipy lady in town. In this town, gossip becomes happiness and happiness becomes music.

Not in Kansas Anymore: International Shorts

Bonobo

Zoel Aeschbacher, Switzerland

When the elevator of their public housing breaks down, the fates of Felix, a disabled pensioner, Ana, a single mother struggling with her move and Seydou, a young man passionate about dance, intertwine towards an explosive ending where their limits will be tested.

Starvation

Zahra Rostampour, Iran

A hungry wolf gets stuck in stereotypes about being “the big bad wolf.”

Slaughter

Saman Hosseinpuor, Iran

Ghasem is forced to sell their cow to spend a hard winter in their village, but his son fled out with the cow.

Youll Be Fine / Gros Chagrin

Céline Devaux, France

Give it time. You’ll get over it. Jean celebrates his birthday, gets drunk and recalls the dreadful weekend that led to his break-up with Mathilde.

The Future / El Futuro

Ernesto Martínez Bucio, Mexico

Mother and son drive outside the city. The Police has found some bodies and one of them could be Javier, her son, his brother.

Local & Fresh: Texas Shorts

Heavenly

Ya'Ke Smith

Crystal, a former ballet dancer, returns home after being sex-trafficked and struggles to shake the physical and psychological trauma she endured while “in the life.”

Random Knowledge

Michael Charron

The final round at a pub trivia game puts the random knowledge of six oddly-matched teammates to the test. …but knowing is only half the battle.

Farmly

Jamie DeWolf

A man raised by a family of survivors wrestles with the legacy of growing up in the South as he confronts his sexuality, the contradictions of faith and the emotional violence of his upbringing.

Joe Returns a Video

Robert Neilson

Joe realizes that his rental of Steven Seagal’s above the law is overdue by 10,592 days.

Young & Fresh: Texas Shorts

Three August Days

Madli Lääne

In the midst of the political upheaval of the early 1990s, an Estonian girl and a Russian boy reach across cultural lines to unite over a shared bottle of American soda.

Street Flame

Katherine Propper

Following the death of their friend, a crew of skaters and motley street teens commemorates her on their own terms.

Where You Have Been All Along

Atli Sigurjonsson

Where You Have Been All Along explores the role of museums in modern society through visits to four museums in Austin, Texas.

Drift

Taniel Kilajian

Sam and Chris’ relationship is put to the test.

WORKSHOP

Poetry Workshop with Buddy Wakefield

Saturday, June 8
11:00am – 12:30pm

Buddy is a three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National and has been signed to both Sage Francis’ Strange Famous Records as well as Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear then went on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in over 2000 venues internationally from The Great Lawn of Central Park, Zimbabwe’s Shoko Festival and Scotland’s Oran Mor to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues New Orleans and The Basement in Sydney, Australia.

In this workshop participants will learn about key elements in poetry. Anyone that brings a spoken word piece will receive in-the-moment coaching and feedback. Bring a pen and paper!

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ART EXHIBITION

Pablo Gimenez Zapiola

Early on in life Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola developed a particular interest in art and aesthetics, which led him to experiment with diverse visual expression techniques to develop and express his ideas. He learned composition and the subtlety and richness of color through painting. Photography allowed him for BW darkroom experimentation and to capture reality in a variety of ways. Finally, architecture gave him the knowledge of function and the skills for assemblage and 3D visualization. After completing his degree in architecture, he gained some working experience that led him toward graphic design. This combination of backgrounds taught him to understand art as a way of enhancing meaning in life and at the same time provided him a broader spectrum of resources to draw from and greater freedom to create.


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Sicardi Ayers Bacino Gallery

Founded by María Inés Sicardi in 1994, Sicardi Gallery was among the very first in the United States to represent avant-garde and contemporary artists from Latin America. As of today, the gallery is known as Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino in recognition of its founder’s eighteen years partnership with Allison Armstrong Ayers and Carlos Bacino.

 

Veronique Chapuy

Veronique Chapuy, born in Guadalajra Jalisco in 1969, began her studies in Hotel Administration in Switzerland in the late 80’s. She later became a Sommelier through the Unión Española de Catadores and the Tepeyac University. With a degree in Digital and Commercial Photography, Chapuy’s work has been exhibited in collective and individual expositions in Mexico, USA, Peru and France. In 2015, she acquired the Adquisición de la Revisión 2015, Fotógrafos de Nuevo León prize in Mexico. Her newly published photography book, Demolicion, is found in the libraries of Fototeca Nuevo León, Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, Indie Photobook Library/Arts & Beinecke Libraries at Yale University and the Maison de la Photographie in Paris. Chapuy was also selected for the Primer Concurso de Fotografía Contemporánea de Latinoamérica 2018. She now works and resides in Monterrey, Mexico.

Geraldina Interiano Wise

From a young age and under the tutelage of Violeta Bonilla – protégé of Diego Rivera-Wise learned the tenets of art. Saturdays painting in the ravines of the San Salvador Volcano were a constant during her formative years. After graduating from Rice University in Architecture/Art/Art History, and a raging civil war that separated her family, she became an accidental immigrant. After 25 years in residential design, she returned to her art. Wise works in the realm of abstract painting, printmaking, 2 1/2D collaging, and performance art. Her artist’s voice -including her point of view for her live painting collaborative performance apprised by music, science and context- is rooted in the intellectual patrimony of her Maya ancestry, and informed by the fast changing cultural, social, physical and scientific environment of Houston and the world. The origins of humans and what unites them is a continuing theme across her art, informing her choice of materials, forms, and methods. Wise sources indigo pigment from ancient seed, mined coal and graphite, and harvests local rainwater that add layers of DNA to her art. The overarching theme of coexistence and connectivity within the space-time continuum is a constant in her abstract expressionism, as perceived in her dynamic vocabulary of art and geometric abstractions, towards a layered approach to implied space. Wise works at her studio in the Washington Arts District, where she hosts school art groups, studio visits, and give artist’s talks. She has continued her art education at Glassell School of Art, and printmaking at Rice University; she is an active mentor and volunteer in the art community, is a recipient of an HAA Let Creativity Happen grant, and has been invited to perform at the upcoming international conference on The Brain on Art (Cancun 6/2019) to conduct a scientific experiment on creativity and empathy that derive from art.

 

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June 5, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Documentary Short Films

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June 5, 2019
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lucid Dreaming: Experimental Short Films

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June 6, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Dinner and a Movie: International Short Films

Meal will be provided (Who doesn’t like tacos?)
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June 6, 2019
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Everything Will Be Fine: International Short Films

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June 6, 2019
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

After Party

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June 7, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Why So Serious?: Comedy Short Films

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June 7, 2019
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Not in Kansas Anymore: International Short Films

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June 7, 2019
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

After Party

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June 8, 2019
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Poetry Workshop with Buddy Wakefield

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June 8, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Young & Fresh: Texas Short Films

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June 8, 2019
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Awards Ceremony

Canapés and complimentary beer and wine will be provided
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June 8, 2019
8:00 pm - 12:00 am

Film Trivia

Test your knowledge on film while enjoying a cold beer…
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June 9, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Local & Fresh: Texas Short Films

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