Father J.C. Cain and Father Prado spend their lives in spiritual pursuits. But sometimes, spiritual experiences strike them without warning. Here, they tell the story of one mystical encounter.
It's a day to celebrate death, and a day to celebrate life. It's Dia de los Muertos, when Mexican-Americans in East Austin remember deceased loved ones with music, dancing, religious services, and food at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
The artists at Aztlan Dance Company use tradition as their inspiration, but they don't let it constrain them. Instead, Director Roen Salinas and company start with dances from across Latin America, from Mexican folklorico to Argentina's tango, and use them to build their own choreography. The result is a unique statement that pays homage to the past while moving Austin's dance scene into the future.
Andrew Lasky,Manny Mendoza
An abstract portrait of East Austin to a techno soundtrack--a little dreamy, a little gritty.
Araceli Jamie,James H. Ruiz
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.
Zachary Jones,Matthew Adams
Maria Ford is the chef and co-owner with husband Fred ("I have some experience in soul food") of Cebuana Filipino Store. Come in for the lunch special, maybe the Kare-Kare platter or the chicken ginger rice soup, and load up on martial arts videos. Maria cooks the old-fashioned way--cooking slowly and with her own prepared ingredients. In Austin, it is the unique Filipino grocery store/restaurant/video shop combination.
Rhea River,Jose Perez,Rachael Schroeder
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.
Rhea Rivera,Chelsea Hernandez,Adrian LaGuette
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.
Tristan Becker,James Boisvenue,Sarah Garcia
Salsa is a lot of things for a lot of people. For Leila, it’s a way to show off her Mexican culture. For Carlos, it’s just something his whole family does. At Huston-Tillotson College, the celebration “Grito 2002” is also a way for African-American and Hispanic students, who don’t always mingle, to develop friendships.
Alexis Carreiro,Ruth Ann Knudsen,Jamie Lagesse,Josh Neu
Nothing like the ice cream truck on a hot Texas day. Our crew rides along with ice cream truck drivers through the neighborhood. What's your favorite? A cherry chill cup?
Megan Bennett,Traci Duran,Tony Faia,Landry Gideon
Johnny Holmes opened the doors of the Victory Grill in 1945, the first customers being Black servicemen from Fort Hood who were not allowed in the USO or other segregated Austin clubs. This portrayal of the people behind one of Austin's original spots offers a taste of authentic Blues and Jazz and down-home hospitality.
Carlyn Hudson,Creston Whittington,Benjamin Lyon,Hannah Kitziger
John Cazeras is the owner of the Green and White. This East Austin landmark has changed roles over time. Formerly a neighborhood grocery store it now offers more esoteric goods, from herbs and incense to lucky candles and arcane artifacts. His clientele is growing. La India or La Mistica is one of his regular customers. She also has her own business in the store. She can break a curse or give you a reading. A film by Caitlin Diaz, Araceli Jaime,Lauren Pruitt, and Jazmine Ulloa.
Caitlin Diaz,Araceli Jaime,Jazmine Ulloa
Lucha Libre is the Mexican tradition of masked wrestling. Stars of Lucha Libre are legendary. But how do you get into the business? Every week wrestlers, pro and amateur, come to QFC Lucha Libre to train and for matches. Meet professionals Mascarita Suprema, Monje Diabólico, Blacteria and hopefuls training hard to make it.
Jeff Yano,Jerry Garcia
Trey Bennett,Michelle Berg,Daniel Hanna,Jason King,Sylvia Le
“Mama” Sustaita never uses a recipe to cook her pies, cakes, and tamales for her family, neighbors, and bake sales. She doesn’t need to—she learned it all from her own mother. In this documentary, she shows off some of her unwritten techniques.
Back when Mirabeau Lamar was the President of the Republic of Texas, the French opened diplomatic relations with the new country. They built on 22 acres of land just east of Austin. Today the French Legation is a part of East Austin and an outpost for French citizens and francophiles to gather. And here we see them engaged in the revered sport of Petanque, the game that is the French cousin of horseshoes and Italian bocce. They are also somewhat engaged in other revered sports of cheese, wine, and bread and associated revelry.
Adrian LaGuette,Michelle Dahlenberg,Matty Greene
Phyllis Holloway Hawkins
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.
Florence Ponziano turned her house in the Montopolis neighborhood into "The Comfort House." Part living art museum, kids' playground, rest stop for the weary, and home sweet home.
Lauren Pruitt,Caitlin Diaz,Jordan Garcia,John Fitch