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.
Luissana Santibanez,Jenny Alvarado,Sarah Lim
La Llorona, "The Weeping Woman" is a notorious Mexican ghost tale. Part cautionary tale, part social commentary, part curfew enforcer for the children, the story is told all through central and south Texas, too. Montopolis residents tell their versions and their brushes with "La Llorona"!
Rita Chapa,Geoff Yano,James Ruiz
Nijalon Dunn, a Reagan High School student, has something to prove--to his family, the state, the world, but mainly to himself. Making a mission trip to the world's biggest slum his goal is a way for him to find what he needs, and show what he's got. Nijalon and his brothers talk about him, family, and what it means to strive for something.
Chelsea-Shay Laning,Cory Tice,Emilee Wuebben
Lucha Libre is the Mexican tradition of masked wrestling. Stars of Lucha Libre are legendary. But how do you get into the business? Every week wrestlers, pro and amateur, come to QFC Lucha Libre to train and for matches. Meet professionals Mascarita Suprema, Monje Diabólico, Blacteria and hopefuls training hard to make it.
Jeff Yano,Jerry Garcia
Taylor black,Sweta Vohra,Caroline Hoffman,Lindsay Stillman
The nonprofit group Meals on Wheels and More serves 1,750 meals to hungry people every day. But as Michael Goldstein explains, its about more than delivering food. Its about developing independent living.
Toni De Atzlan,Diane Zilliox,Ed Boisvenue,Trevor Gureckis
Mary Ann McQuillan
Behind the scenes with the group, Mindz of a Different Kind, in East Austin.
Anna Thomson,Kyle Greenberg,Nadia Nadesan,Catherine Gonzales,Jonathan Begnaud
Trey Bennett,Michelle Berg,Daniel Hanna,Jason King,Sylvia Le
While Austinites have to travel to experience A Night in Old San Antonio, many find that the music, performances, and fun of the celebration of Mexican culture is well worth it.
Damien Brockman,Mary Ann McQuillan,Jack McWilliams,Chris Obel
“Mama” Sustaita never uses a recipe to cook her pies, cakes, and tamales for her family, neighbors, and bake sales. She doesn’t need to—she learned it all from her own mother. In this documentary, she shows off some of her unwritten techniques.
It is nearly impossible to pass the Chicon-Rosewood intersection in East Austin without noticing the purple, alligator-laden restaurant on the corner. The restaurant's name is Nubian Queen Lo-La's Cajun Kitchen, and its vibrant decor only begins to reflect the spirit of its homeless operator. Relying on the "angels" in her community to help sustain her financially, Lozina "Lo-La" Stephens feeds the hungry and homeless every Sunday and expresses her love every day through her food.
Winner, Best Documentary. The 15 Short Film Festival, Charlotte, NC.
Jeff Gipson,Alexander Skalomenos,Joshua Tate,Robert Travis
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.
Sisters Carmen, Frances, Olga, and Josie Salas have always been a part of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on 9th and Lydia. "We were born to the church. Church came first," says Josie. A family history intertwined with church history. The sisters still live two blocks away from the church in the same house where Josie was born 76 years ago.
Chelsea Hernandez,Juan Elizondo,Lacey Triplett
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
Rose Saenz,Matt Castro
Inked, tattoo artist, father. Pineapple runs Shaman Modifications Tattoo in East Austin.
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
Miguel Guajardo,Lane Genzlinger,Arlette Saucedo,Juan Valadez
"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