Our Lady of Guadalupe ChurchLife's Lessons
At Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, there's a lot more going on than religious services. One of the many ways the community uses the church is for an after-school tutoring program where older students help younger ones—and learn a lot in the process.
Live Oak BreweryLive Oak Rules
Chip McElroy has one goal: world domination. That, and brewing the finest beer in East Austin. His Live Oak brewery has been bubbling, fizzing, and chilling since 1997, and even Chip is surprised how well things have gone. In this unconventional look at the beer-making process, Chip explains how higher education really does help one brew up a fine lager, ale, or hefeweisen.
Neuvo LeonNuevo Leon
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.
French LegationPetanque at the French Legation
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
Shaman Modifications TattooPineapple
Inked, tattoo artist, father. Pineapple runs Shaman Modifications Tattoo in East Austin.
Rosewood PoolPool Rats
"A pool rat is a kid who shows up every single day and does not leave until we close'" says a Rosewood Pool lifeguard..This is a tour of a hot summer day in Austin spent, as much as possible, in the cool pleasure of the public pool. Our guides are Brione, Breece, Brownie, Looney, Keith, Lil' James, the Curry Brothers, and Jarell – all Pool Rats.
Sean Cunningham,Ryan Jarrell,Sam Shaffer
Casa MarienellaPor 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.
Damien Brockmann,Maure Kennedy,Juan Valadez
12th and ChiconPortraits 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.
Rebecca Stewart,Léa Cuveliewr
Austin Community Access CenterRaised on Public Access
JoJoe Johnson hosts a call-in show for teens on cable access TV. Even though he sometimes has to field calls from racist viewers, he would never consider quitting, and considers it a tremendous opportunity to hone his communication and hosting skills.
Martin Middle SchoolRocha'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.
Caroline Hoffman,Maure Kennedy,Laura Kincaid,Melissa Woodward
The Off Center TheaterRude Mechanicals
The Rude Mechanicals strives to be a different kind of theater company, one that works collaboratively to create unique artistic works.
Community Crossroads HomeRuth's Ladder
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
White’s BarbershopSir Dukes
Brooks Bennett,Ellen Risch,Xotchitl Paredes
Reagan High School, Travis High SchoolSkillpoint Alliance
This film documents the work of Skillpoint Alliances Community Technology Training Centers that have served more than 4,000 low-income and unemployed adults, while helping build the Information Technology capacity of the two under-resourced high schools--Reagan High School and Travis High School. The documentary narrates CTTCs work through the stories of past and current students, instructors and individuals who coordinate the program. You will hear stories of how these student lives have changed for the better because of the CCTC program.
Pete Elam,Emmet Campos
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.
Montopolis Baseball ComplexTake 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.
Chelsea Logsdon,Chelsea Kujawa,Nidhi Reddy,Keaton Anderson
Shades of Gray Tattoo ParlorTattooing from the Heart
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
King-Tears MortuaryThe Dash Between the Dates
Stuart King, funeral director of King-Tears Mortuary, reflects on life and death.
Isabel Dunn,Macintosh Drake
The Green and WhiteThe History of the Green and White Store
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.
Juan in a MillionThe Juan and Only
Melissa Woodward,Laura Kincaid,Jack McWilliams
The Comfort HouseThe Light of Montopolis
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
Carver Library, Holly Power PlantThe Walls of East Austin
Across East Austin, murals and graffiti walls and buildings. Sometimes, like the mural on the Carver Library, they represent a community effort to beautify their neighborhood. Other wall-art, like graffiti, is a message from an individual artist. But all contribute to the vibrant visual atmosphere of East Austin.
Andrew Faldt,Adrian Rodriguez,Terrence Tang
The White HorseThe 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.
Amanda Morones,Max Robertson