Melissa Woodward,Laura Kincaid,Jack McWilliams
Mindz of a Different Kind,
Behind the scenes with the group, Mindz of a Different Kind, in East Austin.
Anna Thomson,Kyle Greenberg,Nadia Nadesan,Catherine Gonzales,Jonathan Begnaud
Colombian Singer-songwriter, Diana Naranjo, sings from the soul as she embraces her artistic expression.
Elias A. Hinojosa - Director
David Parrella - Cinematorgrapher and Colorist
Rodrigo Gutierrez - Sound and Subtitles
Elias A. Hinojosa,David Parrella,Rodrigo Gutierrez
A documentary about weathermen, psychiatrists, politicians, and professional talkers---or as we've come to know them, cab drivers. This is the story of the people who spend their lives on wheels.
Donovan Gentry,Meenakshi Ramamurthy,Merisa Ibrahimovic,Carol Means
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
Museums are a place we can see ourselves for what we are, says Edward James Olmos. At Mexic-arte Museum, visitors can see the many ways Americans—who Olmos explains are all the people who inhabit the North and South American continents—represent themselves and their cultures.
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.
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
TC's Lounge is an old blues bar off of 12th Street in East Austin with a rich history and atmosphere that reflects the story of the city. This short portrait piece introduces the bar and some of its frequent clientele, focusing on Thomas Perkins, the dedicated owner of the place since the late seventies.
"Every song tells a story," says Clarence Pierce of East Austin blues band The Eastside Kings. While he normally lets his guitar do the talking, in this documentary he accompanies his music with stories.. "However you want it to sound, you work on it and perfect it…you got the Blues."
Jennifer Gardner,Bryan Lozano
Inked, tattoo artist, father. Pineapple runs Shaman Modifications Tattoo in East Austin.
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
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.
Daniel Del Favero
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.
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
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.
John Henicke,Markell Pool
In more than 20 years of helping the homeless get back on their feet, Ruth Robinson has learned that you cant help everybody. But for those who just need a place to stay, a good meal, and a little time to sort things out, her Community Crossroads Home on East 12th Street is a haven. Maybe its because Ms. Robinson knows what its like to just need a little help through the hard times.
Russel Baldonado,Wes Stone
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.
Caroline Hoffman,Maure Kennedy,Laura Kincaid,Melissa Woodward
People leave their homes and move to the United States for many reasons. As Francisco Rodriguez explains, the move may be difficult, but it also comes with rewards.
Raul Erivez,Eric Jenkins,Andrew Lasky,Amy Mullin,Steven Ray
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.
Rebecca Stewart,Léa Cuveliewr
Writer, storyteller, slam poet, Lacey Roop, performing and just talking about life and art.
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.
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