2015 Longhorn Denius Film Showcase at Austin Film Festival

2015 Longhorn Denius Film Showcase at Austin Film Festival

Identical twins—live sisters and puppet brothers—hold fast to fraternal bonds; Texas Tongans and a lonely taxi cab driver embracehigh school football; Mexican ranchers and Costa Rican goldpanners meditate on life; post-apocalyptic frenemies drive to survive; anda Vietnam vet finds refuge throughTai Chi. OnSunday, November 1, delve into these subjects and more with theUT Austin Radio-Television-Film (RTF) Department'sfifth annualselected shorts program,the Longhorn Denius Film Showcase. Thesefiction and documentary filmsrepresent the rich diversity of our production students' interests and styles. Taking place this year for the first time within the Austin Film Festival, this year's showcase also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the UT RTF department, established 1965.

Historically, RTF filmmakers have earned national and international prominence with the films included in the annual showcase. Among this year's selections, a few films and filmmakers have already been receiving major recognition. Named in 2015 by Filmmaker Magazine as one of "25 New Faces of Independent Film," Juan Pablo González won best documentary short at Slamdance for his meditative THE SOLITUDE OF MEMORY, which has played at IDFA (Amsterdam), Morelia (Mexico), Cannes (France), and Edinburgh (Scotland) film festivals. Alvaro Torres Crespo's THE UNDESIRED PLACE won best short documentary at the 2014 Costa Rican International Film Festival and Best Central American Short at the 2014 Icaro Central American Film Festival (Guatamala). Just beginning its festival run, Alison Boland's NIGHT SHIFT is playing this year not just in this showcase at the Austin Film Fest but also as an official selection.

In recent years, Annie Silverstein's drama SKUNKwon first place out of 1631 student films worldwide in the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Cinéfondation section; Elizabeth Chatelain's MY SISTER SARAH won the prestigious International Documentary Association student film award; and the Texas Governor's office recognized John Spottswood Moore’s personal documentary ONCE AGAIN with the Barbara Jordan Media Award. In 2013, three of the showcase films went on to win regional Student Academy Awards, and one of them, Brian Schwarz's OL' DADDY, clinched the national Student Academy Award in the narrative category.

To Attend

The screening will begin at 1 pm on Sunday, November 1st, at the Stateside Theater. We will have a limited number of seats we can hold for people who both RSVP and arrive by 12:30 pm. After 12:30, Austin Film Festival badge, pass, and ticket holders will be let in. A limited number of single tickets may also be available for purchase at the door. After the screening, we will host an RSVP-only reception. If you are interested in attending more screenings from the 22nd annual Austin Film Festival, which runs from October 29–November 5, 2015, please see their website for more information: http://www.austinfilmfestival.com. If you have any questions about the showcase, please contact Elana Wakeman at ewakeman@austin.utexas.edu.

Read our News Story here for more information on RTF presence at this year's Austin Film Festival

Graduate Student Films


her and me, still

Her & Me

Documentary (15 min.)
Shelby Hadden,MFA student

Identical twins, Allie & Gabby, live identical lives.

Game Night

Game Night

Drama (6 min.)
Joel Fendelman,MFA student

A lonely taxi driver falls into a memory of his past after coming across a football field.


The Solitude of Memory

The Solitude of Memory

Documentary (19 min.)
Juan Pablo González, MFA '15

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2015 (Official Selection), Slamdance Film Festival (Best Documentary Short 2015), Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Official Selection), Cine las Américas International Film Festival (TAMI Award), Critic's Week at the Cannes Film Festival (Invitation).

Through a dialogue between its formal aspects and its characters, "The Solitude of Memory" constructs a profound meditation on memory and grief. José, Nando's father, remembers repeatedly the last words that he spoke to his son before he decided to take his own life. José then lives his days without him in a remarkably personal film, charged with poetry and introspection. The film was shot in Milpillas, Atotonilco in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.

From Tonga

From Tonga

Documentary (13 min.)
Huay-Bing Law, MFA student

A Tongan community helps make a high school football team one of the best in Texas.


Leaves on Trees

Leaves on Trees

Drama (16 min.)
Nathan S. Duncan, MFA '14
2015 Best Student Short, Oakcliff Film Festival; Maryland Film Festival; Texas Filmmakers Showcase; Women in Cinema Festival Scholarship; Austin Film Society Shortcase

Navigating a new neighborhood, new peers, and a new set of prescription glasses, Ira struggles to find his own.

The Undesired Place

The Undesired Place

Documentary (26 min.)
Alvaro Torres Crespo, MFA '14

Best Short Documentary Award, 2014 Costa Rican International Film Festival; Best Central American Short Documentary Award, 2014 Icaro Central American Film Festival in Guatemala. The feature-length version, in the production phase, was workshopped at 2015 Berlinale Film Festival.

Men have been searching for gold in the rivers of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica for over sixty years. Thirty years ago, in the name of conservation, these men were expelled from the newly established Corcovado National Park. Modern-day pariahs, the gold-panners continue to move rocks and sift through sand as they try to survive in the rain forest.


Night Shift

Night Shift

Documentary (18 min.)
Alison Boland, MFA '15

Dina Sherzer Documentary Award. New Orleans Film Festival, Austin Film Festival.

Coming from all over the world, members of the night shift custodial team in the Moody College of Communications building at UT Austin and have built a tight-knit work family in the halls where UT students work and study. The film chronicles their life stories and situates these memories within the team's present-day work environment.

Undergraduate Student Films


Entropy

Entropy

Comedy (13 min.)
Nicole Geller,BS '15

A story of survival: two guys are forced to team up to battle unpredictable obstacles after the apocalypse.

Kumite

Kumite

Animation (1 min.)
Alec Rios,RTF student

A new challenger takes on the master in a kumite.


Carne Seca

Carne Seca

Drama (11 min.)
Jazmin Diaz, BS '15

SXSW Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, HollyShorts Film Festival, Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase

Brothers David and Oscar Juarez have until sunset in rural Mexico to turn a profit on their father's business, or face the consequences of his belligerence.

The Warrior Within

The Warrior Within

Documentary (7 min.)
Jacob White, RTF sophomore

Aired on The Mental Health Channel.

A Vietnam vet explores how Tai Chi calms symptoms of PTSD.


Keith and Heath

Keith & Heath

Comedy (9.5 min.)
Andy Young, BS '14

Keith & Heath is the story of two identical twin brothers who are the best of friends, but when someone comes between them they must choose between staying together....or drifting apart. Also they're puppets.