East Austin Stories

Since 2000, as the forces of gentrification and development make profound changes in neighborhoods of East Austin, University of Texas RTF students have made short documentary films about the communities, families, individuals, institutions, and businesses east of I-35.

East Austin Stories is the name of the ongoing class in documentary filmmaking; the annual, free, public screening of new films in neighborhood venues; and this collection of all of the short films. 

Diana
Diana

Colombian Singer-songwriter, Diana Naranjo, sings from the soul as she embraces her artistic expression.

Crew:

Elias A. Hinojosa - Director

David Parrella - Cinematorgrapher and Colorist

Rodrigo Gutierrez - Sound and Subtitles

Directors
Elias A. Hinojosa, David Parrella, Rodrigo Gutierrez
Portraits Behind the Paint
Portraits Behind the Paint

Portraits Behind the Paint - Meet Chris Rogers, the artist behind the mural at 12th & Chicon streets.  “…Chris Rogers’ mural at 12th and Chicon streets was painted over, sparking outrage from the community over what many saw as an act of gentrification…” (Austin American-Statesman, 2/19/2018). Chris shares his passion behind his work, what it was like painting for and with the East Austin community, and his thoughts on dealing with change while staying true to one's self.

Directors
Rebecca Stewart, Léa Cuveliewr
Hosea Hargrove: Low Down Blues
Hosea Hargrove: Low Down Blues

2011 - Hosea Hargrove is a legend of Texas post-WWII Blues. He lives, gardens, and plays the Blues in Austin, TX. Produced by Preston Hicks, Anthony Montemayor, Melissa Moralez, and Ryan Smith.

Update: Hosea died on September 5, 2018. https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily...

Directors
Preston Hicks, Anthony Montemayor, Melissa Moralez, Ryan Smith
Anderson Alum at City Council Meeting
Fighting for Anderson
Fighting for Anderson

Anderson High Schol was the first and only African American High School in Austin for many years. After desegregation it eventually shut down. The alumni are still active and trying to preserve their history.

Directors
Zachary Jones, Matthew Adams
The Dash Between the Dates
The Dash Between the Dates
The Dash Between the Dates

Stuart King, funeral director of King-Tears Mortuary, reflects on life and death.

Directors
Isabel Dunn, Macintosh Drake
The Steelband on 10th St
The Steelband on 10th St
The Steelband on 10th St

A West Indian steelband played by 11 year olds in Austin, TX? Meet Cecil Francis and the Austin Community Steelband.

Directors
Simone Khan, Emily Hughes, Kayla Galang
SXSEAST
SXSEAST
SXSEAST

SXSW is known for bringing people from all over the world together, but how is it seen by the people of the East Side who are having their everyday lives interrupted by an influx of temporary vagabonds? That's where SXSEast comes in. This is a documentary shot over 10 days during the SXSW Music/Film/Interactive festival in Austin, TX.

Director
Amanda Morones
Space 12
Space 12
Space 12

A night club with the inflammatory history of the shooting of a young African-American man by police is transformed by a church into a community space.

Director
Tracie Hunter
ShopTalk, Or "No Change in the Barbershop"
ShopTalk, Or "No Change in the Barbershop"
ShopTalk, Or "No Change in the Barbershop"

Shop Talk explores local East Side barbershops, the men who own them, and the constant haven they provide in an ever changing neighborhood.

Directors
Sarah Kolb, Kyle Greenberg
Reness Broussard
Reness Broussard
Reness Broussard

Reness Broussard left prison two years ago hoping to make a life for himself in Austin, Texas. However, the near non-existence of housing open to convicted felons has kept him houseless and unable to live a full and independent life. This short documentary is a personal insight into some of the issues of life after incarceration.

Director
Eloise Santa Maria
Mindz of a Different Kind
Mindz of a Different Kind
Mindz of a Different Kind

Behind the scenes with the group, Mindz of a Different Kind, in East Austin.

Directors
Anna Thomson, Kyle Greenberg, Nadia Nadesan, Catherine Gonzales, Jonathan Begnaud
Eats of Eden
Eats of Eden
Eats of Eden

Austin chef, Sonya Coté, is making a go of it on East 11th Street at the Hillside Farmacy. The work is hard, the days are long, the food is...wonderful.

Director
Isabella Cook
Take Me Out to the Crowd
Take Me Out to the Crowd
Take Me Out to the Crowd

What season is it? Baseball! The community that surrounds the Montopolis Baseball Complex isn’t bonded by wins or losses, strikeouts, walks or home runs, but through their love of the game and playing it with friends and families. Take a glimpse into baseball season, from aspiring little leaguers; volunteer coaches, devoted high schoolers, to carefree younger siblings and see East Austin’s take on America’s pastime.

Directors
Chelsea Logsdon, Chelsea Kujawa, Nidhi Reddy, Keaton Anderson
Pineapple
Pineapple
Pineapple

Inked, tattoo artist, father. Pineapple runs Shaman Modifications Tattoo in East Austin.

Director
Cherie Bugtong
Queer Family
Queer Family
Queer Family

Queer folks in East Austin reflect on their unique identities and experiences. They share their appreciation for the community they have built.

Director
Andy Escobar
Lacey Roop
Lacey Roop
Lacey Roop

Writer, storyteller, slam poet, Lacey Roop, performing and just talking about life and art.

Director
Cherie Butong
Descubriendo Cine Las Americas
Descubriendo Cine Las Americas
Descubriendo Cine Las Americas

Cine Las Americas is one of the great film festivals in Austin that is still in the shadows of its bigger cousins. But to audiences in the know, and more and more people interested in Cinema of the Americas, it is a great venue. Festival director Eugenio Del Bosque and several participating filmmakers describe this jewell in Austin.

Director
Gretta Herzog
Danza Guerreros Azteca
Danza Guerreros Azteca
Danza Guerreros Azteca

There are dance traditions in the Americas the are older than any single nation. Here, a small troupe in Austin, practicing in the hours they can find in between work or school, perform a dance with roots reaching back hundreds of years.

Director
Wendy Gonzalez
Corazones Inmortales
Corazones Inmortales
Corazones Inmortales

Imagine a troupe of all male dancers in cowboy boots with incredibly, long and pointy tips that resemble exaggerated elf shoes, dancing to energetic, Latin club beats. What you have just visualized is the Mexican dance phenomena known as ‘Tribal Guarachero,’ and the fascinating boots the men wear when dancing are ‘Botas Picudas,’ or ‘Mexican pointy boots.’

This short film takes a look at the lives of Los Inmortales, a group of Tribal dancers from Austin, Texas.

Director
Joel Mize
We Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
We Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
We Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The Green Monk Parakeet is supposed to have big populations in East Austin. Three students set out to find them. And they almost do...

Directors
Lily Angelle, Joel Mize, Shannon McKnight
The White Horse
The White Horse
The White Horse

The White Horse is a bar and more in East Austin. It is community. A place that tries to take care of its bands and its people.

Directors
Amanda Morones, Max Robertson
Green & White
Green & White
Green & White

John Cazares at The Green and White Grocery sells traditional medicines and velas espirituales. But step into the back and you might find him drumming or leading a martial arts class. The Green and White is a place to connect with the community with a history that goes back farther than the building itself.

Directors
Tristan Becker, James Boisvenue, Sarah Garcia
Five Generations
Five Generations
Five Generations

In 1860 Joe Sing migrated from China and became one of the first Asian immigrants to reside in Austin. Five generations later, his family recounts his history and celebrates their American, Mexican, and Chinese culture. Sing's great-great-great grandson, Raul, reached the Austin History Center with long-untouched photos and documents his mother found several years ago. Anywhere from rushing over new photographs to completely remodeling his family's home, Raul has gone through great lengths to dig up and preserve the uncovered mystery that is his heritage.

Directors
Rhea Rivera, Chelsea Hernandez, Adrian LaGuette
The History of Green & White
The History of Green & White
The History of Green & White

The Cazares family has owned their grocery for three generations. In the beginning it was a place where Mexican-Americans could avoid discrimination and find the foods that reminded them of the old country. Now, it is a place where people can find the candles, powders, herbs, and other ingredients they need for esoteric spiritual pursuits.

Director
Elizabeth Lepe