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
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
Cuevas Produce is a short documentary about a man who serves his community through his business. He works seven days a week, 365 days a year and approximately fourteen hours everyday. He has devoted his life to helping others and treasures his accolades more than gold.
Heather Saenz,Vanessa Orr,Mariah Taylor
Alisha Brophy,Jeb Kendrick,Kevin Pinkerton,Wayne Cheong
There are dance traditions in the Americas the are older than any single nation. Here, a small troupe in Austin, practicing in the hours they can find in between work or school, perform a dance with roots reaching back hundreds of years.
Any roommate situation has its ups and downs. And that’s all the more true when people who live together are struggling financially. In this film, Fletch, David, and Cisco explain how hard it can be to sort out a communal debt.
Damon Garrett,Michael Pope
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.
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
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
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'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
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
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
At Fire Island Hot Glass Studio, Matthew LaBarbera and Teresa Ueltschney work together to build their glass-blowing business and develop their art. Sometimes it's hard, but they love it when customers appreciate their work, and appreciate the chance to make a living doing what they love.
Sunhee Cho,Mike Cintron,Lisette Garza,Drew Masada
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
Helen Gagne,Jennifer Parales,Christina Kim
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
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
It’s always Black History Month at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. With exhibits on jazz, quilts, the visual arts, and much more, the museum celebrates the contributions of African-Americans to Texan and American culture
Ceramicist Sunyong Chung uses a complex technique called nerikome to make exquisite designs. "To find something each day that inspires you - whatever it is - and make something..create something each and every day...that's my advice."
Erica Bullis,Kushan Dasgupta,Yuta Yamaguchi
Rejina Thomas sold her first painting when she was 15. Now, the award-winning glass art and etching she does in her East Fifth Street studio is collected and shown internationally. Vivacious and opinionated, Thomas shares her Graphic Glass studio, her art, and her advice to young artists: “Don’t wait for the money. Hurry up and do it.