Manuel Almarez remembers what it’s like to be in a combat zone—sometimes all too vividly.
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.
Ulloa Jazmine, Rita Chapa
A glimpse into the Julia Hernandez's craft store that caters to quinceañeras in East Austin. Julia, a self-employed bussiness woman has built her little store up from a small booth at the local flea market. Today she, and her one employee, Veronica Barahona, offer a wide range of quinceañera materials and hand made supplies...from dresses to table decorations.
Juan Elizondo, Michelle Mejia, Rachael Schroeder
Champion boxer Ann Wolfe wasn't always on top of the world. On the contrary: boxing gave her a way out of poverty, personal tragedy, and homelessness. Now it gives her a way to share something with East Austin kids, and to live her philosophy that it's the people whose lives you touch that really make a difference. (And as an added bonus, it gives her a way to make fools of a lot of guys who think women can't box.)
Amy Khoshbin, Matthew Carey, Aaron Castillo
What is soul food? Even Gene Tumbs and Sandra Black, who cook it up on East Eleventh Street, have a hard time describing it. Sandra says it's a matter of seasoning, having just the right amount of onion and bacon. Gene says all it takes is some good, finger-licking gravy, like what Sandra uses to make her famous smothered pork chops. But whatever it is, diners say they're doing it right.
Lauren Bigley, Adam Robinette
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
Christine Castano, DJ Carwille
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.
Eloise Santa Maria
Cain, Father J.C.
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.
Christina Kim, Mary Ann McQuillan, Roger Timm
Learning to read—and especially spell—English is hard for anyone. For native speakers of other languages, a little extra help is often required. The Victory tutoring program provides that help.
Some people do their art on paper, canvas, or glass. Arnoldo Carrillo does his art on skin, where his intricate, lifelike tattoos inspire admiration and repeat business. He knows that he loses some business because some people won't go over to the East side. Too bad for them, they miss Arnoldo's art as well as his ideas on life.
Eric Jenkins, Steven Ray
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
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.
It only took a couple of cameras and some digital editing software to turn a bunch of sometimes troublemakers into budding filmmakers. The footage Mike Cueva, Angel Pedraza, and the rest of Raiders Films shoot of their classmates is broadcast all over Reagan High School, inspiring pride among jocks, cheerleaders, theater people, and computer people alike. With the help of their teacher, Trent Sharp, they explain why digital media are the voice of their generation.
Alexis Carreiro, Ruth Ann Knudsen
It’s the American Dream—building a business from scratch and watching it grow. Over 18 years, the Nuevo Leon restaurant has developed a loyal customer base that makes Rachel Davila and Kevin Ortiz proud. Some day, they hope, generations of East Austin children will remember their special recipes and personal service.
De La Torre, Marita
Venus Velvet is the burlesque review stage name for Marita De La Torre. Marita plays at that personality for fun but is also a serious advocate of children and the arts as director of LUPE Arte, Latina Unidas Por El Arte.
De La Torre, Marita,
Alisha Brophy, Kevin Pinkerton
Del Bosque, Eugenio
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.
The father of Tejano music and the first Mexican-American rock n’ roll star in Texas, Manuel “Cowboy” Donley is a Lone Star legend. In this documentary, he shares his memories of the old days in Austin, as well his continued skill with a guitar.
Colin Lessing, Chad Sandahl
Dukes, Rev. D.L.
Brooks Bennett, Ellen Risch, Xotchitl Paredes
Arturo Escamilla came to this country for "American dollars and cokes", that is, to make a better life for his family.
Raul Ereivev, Josh New, Jordan Peterson
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.
Jonas-Hall Noreggaard, Brittany Hammer, Sergio Rabczuk
Paula and Glen Foore, owners of Texas Trees and Landscapes, created Springdale Farm, an organic farm, to help pay the bills and to create a better way of living for themselves and their community.
Juan Elizondo, Michelle Mejia, Rachael Schroeder