Youth

Youth

5, 6, 7, 8... A Story of the Reagan High School Dance Team
Directors
Aileen O'Conor, Esme Ramirez, James Stafford
5, 6, 7, 8... A Story of the Reagan High School Dance Team

The girls on the Reagan High School Dance Team get up early in the morning, and practice all week. But when they show the crowds what they've got, it's all worth it.

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Directors
Aileen O'Conor, Esme Ramirez, James Stafford
ABAD Documentary
ABAD Documentary

When Joe Vela saw a gang problem developing in Austin, he decided that teaching kids boxing was one way to get them off the streets. Through his organization, Austin Boxing Against Drugs, he estimates he helps about 600 kids a year to learn confidence and discipline through training.

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Bikes Across Borders
Directors
David Tillman, Ryan Williams
Bikes Across Borders

Along the Texas-Mexico border, a bike is more than just a fun, convenient, free way to get around. For factory workers along the border, it provides an alternative to the company bus. Here's what happens when a group of East Austin bicycle activists decided to deliver a truckload of bikes to their neighbors to the south.

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Directors
David Tillman, Ryan Williams
Blurring the Lines
Directors
Wade Couturiaux, Rob Ripperda, David Tilman, Ryan Williams
Blurring the Lines

While East Austin is home to both African-Americans and Hispanics, both groups don't always intermingle. Community activists Juan Valadez and Boyd Vance decided to do something about it. By inviting both communities to celebrate cultural festivals like Mexican Independence Day and Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, they hope to make East Austin feel more like one big community than many fragmented groups.

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Directors
Wade Couturiaux, Rob Ripperda, David Tilman, Ryan Williams
Capirotada
Directors
Melissa Aellos, Laura Donnelly
Capirotada

Yolanda Solis is a fourth-generation Mexican-American. Alejandro Mendez is a recent immigrant from Mexico. Both face the quintessential American challenge: surviving junior high. In this documentary, they talk about their families, their lives, their perceptions of other races, and what their Mexican heritage means to them.

Directors
Melissa Aellos, Laura Donnelly
Celebration of our Future
Directors
Christine Castano, DJ Carwille
Celebration of our Future

Education should be a lifelong process, one that begins before kindergarten. At the Ebenezer Baptist Church Child Development Center, the staff provide children with a place to play and learn from very early childhood

Directors
Christine Castano, DJ Carwille
Chispas
Director
Nisha Madhani
Chispas
Director
Nisha Madhani
Climbin' Higher
Director
Julio Noboa
Climbin' Higher

The girls in the rock-climbing club at the Camacho Center have learned a lot. They learned to tie harnesses, to figure out routes, to push themselves when they're tired, and that boys just aren't that good at climbing.

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Director
Julio Noboa
Eastside Pride
Directors
Ulloa Jazmine, Rita Chapa
Eastside Pride

Perla Arpero is a senior at the recently re-named Eastside Memorial High School. Eastside is a troubled school fighting for its existence and that has a profound effect on the students. Perla talks about her hopes for her school and her community. Made by Jazmine Ulloa and Rita Chapa.

Directors
Ulloa Jazmine, Rita Chapa
For Me and Him
Directors
Helen Gagne, Jennifer Parales, Christina Kim
For Me and Him
Directors
Helen Gagne, Jennifer Parales, Christina Kim
LBJ High School - A Look at Two Sides
Directors
Vanessa Orr, Mariah Taylor
LBJ High School - A Look at Two Sides

LBJ High School in East Austin has a magnet program and a non-magnet program in one building. The magnet school draws kids from all over Austin, while the non-magnet is mainly local students. Students from both schools discuss their high school experience.

Directors
Vanessa Orr, Mariah Taylor
Letters for Las Manitas
Directors
Jeff Gipson, Joshua Tate, Yuta Yamaguchi
Letters for Las Manitas
Directors
Jeff Gipson, Joshua Tate, Yuta Yamaguchi
Lives Torn
Directors
Luissana Santibanez, Jenny Alvarado, Sarah Lim
Lives Torn

Luissana Santibañez’s family is torn apart when their mother is arrested and detained in the infamous Hutto immigration detention center, near Houston  Luissana must now care for her three siblings, all U.S. citizens, using her student loans and welfare.  What has happened to Luissana’s family is happening to families all across America.

Luissana’s parents are both Mexican nationals with no green card.  When her father is deported, her mother is forced to find employment to support her family. Luciana’s mother was arrested by ICE officials during a routine traffic accident involving the van in which she was riding.   She has been detained for the past 15 months. If their mother gets deported, the Santibañez children will be forced to move to Mexico, a country and culture they do not know, radically changing their educations and their futures.

Directors
Luissana Santibanez, Jenny Alvarado, Sarah Lim
Making the Grade
Directors
Taylor black, Sweta Vohra, Caroline Hoffman, Lindsay Stillman
Making the Grade
Directors
Taylor black, Sweta Vohra, Caroline Hoffman, Lindsay Stillman
Mentor
Mentor
Peter and Smiley
Directors
Rose Saenz, Matt Castro
Peter and Smiley
Directors
Rose Saenz, Matt Castro
Playing Against the Sun
Directors
Jonas-Hall Noreggaard, Brittany Hammer, Sergio Rabczuk
Playing Against the Sun

This documentary explores the intensity and eager enthusiasm of soccer Coach Juan Flores. Juan is a true believer in purity and the greatness of the sport; he coaches to create opportunities for young girls who come from diverse backgrounds and feels that soccer is a gateway to success.

Directors
Jonas-Hall Noreggaard, Brittany Hammer, Sergio Rabczuk
Playing Papi
Directors
Miguel Guajardo, Lane Genzlinger, Arlette Saucedo, Juan Valadez
Playing Papi
Directors
Miguel Guajardo, Lane Genzlinger, Arlette Saucedo, Juan Valadez
Popcorn
Director
Daniel Del Favero
Popcorn

His grandma called him Popcorn ‘cause his eyes were so big. And those eyes saw a lot as he grew to adulthood in East Austin. The beatboxer, breakdancer, and former drug dealer has seen murder, death, and the desperate things people will do for crack. Now, although he’s straightened his life out, he’s seeing the younger generation make the same mistakes he did.

Director
Daniel Del Favero
Por Media de mis Heridos
Directors
Damien Brockmann, Maure Kennedy, Juan Valadez
Por Media de mis Heridos

Since 1986, Casa Marianella has sheltered, among others, young men fleeing lethal gangs in Central America. This film shows how wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador and the waves of U.S. political asylum and deportation that followed gave rise to violent pandillas. Human rights activists explain how the issue has been distorted through binoculars of hype and machismo. Government crackdowns, they say, only punish the victims -- people like Osman, Jorge and Marlon, who have found refuge at Casa Marianella. Bearing los heridos (the scars) of gang membership, they are struggling to their feet in Austin, as students and as workers, sending support to their families back home.

Directors
Damien Brockmann, Maure Kennedy, Juan Valadez
Rocha's Ghost
Directors
Caroline Hoffman, Maure Kennedy, Laura Kincaid, Melissa Woodward
Rocha's Ghost

In Roman Rocha's Spanish class, verbs are conjugated and floors collapse. He dims the lights and students' eyes open wide, ready for another tale of local mystery. Martin Middle School's Rocha says he makes ghost stories "a reward" for work, but, weaving two languages in the tale-telling, his "kinesthetic" teaching never stops. Everyone will remember that a bruja (witch) makes candles out of corpses. Pencils scratch and doors creak. That whooshing sound is Roman Rocha, sneaky as a phantom, passing East Austin's lore on to another generation.

Directors
Caroline Hoffman, Maure Kennedy, Laura Kincaid, Melissa Woodward
Soccer
Directors
Jonas-Hall Noreggaard, Brittany Hammer, Sergio Rabczuk
Soccer
Directors
Jonas-Hall Noreggaard, Brittany Hammer, Sergio Rabczuk
Talk 60
Director
Henry Gayden
Talk 60

JoJoe Johnson made his television debut on Austin Community Access in the second grade. Now, he hosts his own call-in show called “What’s On Your Mind,” where young people can talk about their troubles and concerns. Next, he says, he’ll be a famous television producer—on the way he’s happy hearing what Austin kids have to say.

Director
Henry Gayden
Transitions
Directors
John Henicke, Markell Pool
Transitions

Life is a process of changes: finishing school, going to college, having children, making a living. As Robert Mendoza and Cuquita Rangel explain, every change comes with rewards and struggles.

Directors
John Henicke, Markell Pool