Lou Diamond Phillips in S.A. for premiere of new film

Lynette Vega, News 4 San Antonio

Award-winning actor, Lou Diamond Phillips, is in town for the premiere of his new film, Created Equal, at The San Antonio Film Festival.

The film centers around a Catholic nun who sues the Catholic Church in her mission to become a priest. Lou Diamond Phillips and writer and producer, Thada Catalon, stopped by News 4 San Antonio’s Evening Break to share what went into making the film and what you can expect at the screening.

 

Lou Diamond Phillips to debut new film at S.A. Film Festival

Savannah Brock, KENS – August 03, 2017

Well-known actor of La Bamba Lou Diamond Phillips will be in San Antonio this weekend promoting his latest movie showing at the 23rd annual San Antonio Film Festival.

Phillips stars in Created Equal along with Les Miserables and Grease Live star Aaron Tveit and Devious Maids actress Edy Ganem. The film is directed by Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit director, Bill Duke.

Created Equal is a legal thriller that follows Tveit’s Thomas Reilly who is a cocky, up-and-coming attorney who begrudgingly takes on a case for Ganem’s Sister Alejandra Batista, who is desperate to become a priest in the Catholic Church.

The film is based off a novel written by Roger A. Brown, who serves as Executive Producer of the film, and explores how having a higher purpose can be life changing. Created Equal gives a view of the stained-glass ceiling that exists for women in the Catholic Church without actually taking sides.

So far the film has garnered awards throughout the film festival circuit. It won two Sunscreen Film Festival Awards for Best Actor (Tveit) and Best Director (Duke). Created Equal was also nominated for Imagen Awards for Best Actor – Feature Film (Phillips) and Best Actress – Featured Film (Ganem).

Phillips will speak with KENS 5 on Friday about his work with Created Equal.

1950s San Antonio is setting for short film at Tobin Center

By Omar Sanchez, mySA Staff Writer  – August 4, 2017

There is something special about the venue where filmmaker Marcella Ochoa is showing her new short film “My Name is Maria de Jesus”: Her parents graduated there.

Sal and Mary Jessie Ochoa, both 70, went to Fox Tech High School, and their graduation ceremony was at Municipal Auditorium. The renovated auditorium, now the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, is the site of the San Antonio Film Festival, where Ochoa’s short drama will be screened Saturday.

Ochoa, 36, said her parents’ experience in school inspired her to make “My Name is Maria de Jesus.”
In 1950s San Antonio, she said, Sal and Mary Jessie’s teachers taught them to bottle up their Hispanic heritage, even belittling them for speaking Spanish in public. Sal, a second-generation Mexican-American, and Mary Jessie, whose parents were Mexican and Spanish, would be considered American — nothing else.

“The mindset was you’re embarrassed about your language,” Sal said. “You’re embarrassed about your language and embarrassed about your culture.”

San Antonio Film Festival Kicks Off Tuesday with a Spotlight on College Filmmakers

Kiko Martinez – July 31, 2017

 

DOES A BEAR NEED MANY GLASSES?Day one of the 23rd annual San Antonio Film Festival features 15 short films made by college students from around the world, including one from the Alamo City. The shorts will be screened in two separate blocks, so choose wisely or buy tickets to both. At 6 p.m., the shorts screening include Driver’s E d (dir. Chase Norman), Rose Garden (dir. Rafael Nani), Residue Stew (dirs. Anastacia Valdespino, Dayhun Jung , Jack Kelley and Sanghoon Lee ), Capital (dir. Semih Bedir), Boundaries (dir. Alex Dagi), Strings Attached (dir. Katie Theel), Please Hold (dir. Jerell Rosales) and The Hunt (dir. Carlos Garcia, from SA). The Hunt, created by students from the University of the Incarnate Word, is a three-minute animation that tells the story of an 11-year-old kid who tries to hide from something lurking in the shadows.

STRINGS ATTACHED

The second block of shorts starts at 8 p.m. and includes Snap (dir. Rebecca Banks), Mind Your Body (dir. Silke Engler), Everyday Seems Normal (dir. Molly Beresford), 9:04 (dir. Ching Wang), Does a Bear Need Many Glasses? (dir. Wei Cui), I’m Free (dir. Edvard Karijord) and Unattended Item (dir. Filippos Vokotopoulos). $15 per screening block, 6pm & 8pm Tue, Aug. 1, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Its 23rd Year, SAFILM Continues to Develop Its Own Distinct Flavor on the Festival Circuit

Kiko Martinez – August 1, 2017

For the last 23 years, the San Antonio Film Festival has always done its own thing.

“We’re not the Toronto Film Festival or anywhere close to South by Southwest, and we’re not trying to be,” said Adam Rocha, director and founder of SAFILM, which runs through August 6 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. “But we are trying to have fun. We are what we are, which is San Antonio. We’re pure San Antonio.”

Representing the city on an international scale, Rocha said, has included fostering relationships with filmmakers, which has kept SAFILM in the minds of people in the movie industry as an event he considers “inviting” compared to other fests.

“It’s all about fellowship,” said Rocha. “I think that’s what we do as a film festival. At other film festivals, you don’t have much access and it seems like you’re left out in the cold. We’re trying to do the opposite. We make friends and we keep friends.” Along with six days of screenings, SAFILM will also hold four workshops for filmmakers: “SAG-indie Filmmaking” with Darrien Michele Gipson (9:15am Fri, Aug. 4); “Making a Career in Show Business” with producer Marcia Nasatir (9:30am Sat, Aug. 5); “The Editor’s Cut: Feature Films vs. Docs” with Anne Goursaud (11am Sat, Aug. 5); and “Seal the Deal” with Hollywood agent Harry Ufland (11:30am Sat, Aug. 5).

 The Current chose 10 features to review this year prior to SAFILM. Like most film festivals, there’s good, bad and everything in between, so choose your screenings wisely. For a full schedule of features and shorts screening this year, including films that are part of the coinciding San Antonio Children’s Film Festival, visit safilm.com.

CCOURTESY OF YAZOO REVISTED

Yazoo Revisited
(dir. David Rae Morris)

Filmmaker Rae Morris returns to Yazoo City, Mississippi, the hometown of his late father, to reexamine the history of the community in the 1970s when it became one of the first in the state to integrate its public schools. Seen by many at the time as a seamless example of how integration could work in a divided country, Morris isn’t afraid to get to the root of the truth not only through candid interviews with former students and administrators who were there during the groundbreaking period, but also with current teachers and residents to understand how the local district has re-segregated over the last half century. Through powerful words and images, Morris has created a documentary that is both timely and sincere. 7pm Wed, Aug. 2


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Engrams
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dir. Armando Luis Alvarez)

It’s obvious Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was a heavy influence on director/writer Luis Alvarez, but unlike filmmaker Michel Gondry’s 2004 masterpiece, Alvarez’s indie sci-fi lacks any fully formed ideas and is pieced together in an amateurish way. It feels like an aimless experimental project where flashbacks, awkward editing and nonlinear timelines actual become a burden on the already messy love story. Genuine emotion is absent as we watch a scientist, who finds a cure for depression by activating happy memories, globe-trot to find his missing girlfriend. Is there a method to Alvarez’s madness? Maybe, but after 100 long minutes, it’s hard to care one way or the other. 1:30pm Thu, Aug. 3


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The Weight of Honor
(dir. Stephanie Seldin Howard)

The stories of the 1.1 million family caregivers of post-9/11 military veterans are given the respect and admiration they deserve in filmmaker Stephanie Seldin Howard’s touching documentary, which also reveals the harsh realities that come with their responsibilities. Wives and mothers open their hearts to Howard as she reminisces with them about how their lives changed when a loved one was critically injured in war and the impact it has taken on their relationships and their own identity. Howard is also courageous enough to point out some of the flaws in the VA system without becoming overtly political. Noon Fri, Aug. 4


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The Other Kids
(dir. Chris Brown)

Described by some as a “ficumentary” drama, there is an authenticity and refreshing candor that director Chris Brown allows to envelope his narrative, a difficult thing to capture, especially with non-actors who know when a camera is pointing at them. In this hybrid project, Brown films real-life high school students in small-town California portraying cinematic versions of themselves as they discuss politics, religion and plans for their future. It’s a compelling inside look into the minds of six seniors as they contemplate adulthood and recognize how their lives are about the change. 7pm Fri, Aug. 4


Silverfish
(dir. Matt Thornton)

It’s enough of a chore to get through the muddled, six-minute-long opening scene of this frustrating drama, but hold on tight. Writer/director/actor Matt Thornton has a whole lot more pointless dialogue and narrative to deliver post title card. The film follows a divorced, sexually inadequate aerospace engineer who agrees to be filmed for a documentary during sessions with his sex therapist/surrogate, who is trying to make him a better lover. The story splinters off to focus on the relationship the promiscuous doc filmmaker begins with the surrogate’s indifferent brother. Listening to people psychobabble about their sex lives when they’re as uninteresting as this group of characters is a tedious task to undertake. 9pm Fri, Aug. 4


 

SHAKTI PICTURES

Daughters of the Curved Moon
(dirs. Miranda Morton Yap + Sophie Dia Pegrum)

Frozen in time, the older generation of women of the small rural town of Jumla in Western Nepal spend their days doing what they have always done — cooking, cleaning, raising children, backbreaking labor. Their daughters, however, want more out of life and find a way to break from the traditional beliefs of their elders when they begin to attend a training program that will prepare them for an actual career. Documentarians Miranda Morton Yap and Sophie Dia Pegrum take audiences to the scenic Himalayas and embed themselves with these women and their families to gain personal and fascinating insight into the evolving nature of a woman’s place in society in this region. Look out Gal Gadot: documentary subject Nisha Budha is the new Wonder Woman. 3:30pm Sat, Aug. 5


ODYSSEY CREATIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Scene Queen
(dir. Janet Harvey)

There have been a handful of films in recent years that have tried to tackle the dangers of social media and the internet when minors are involved, but none have really found a way to bring the elements together in an absorbing enough script — with the exception of 2011’s Trust. Unfortunately, Scene Queen — a comedy-less version of Mean Girls for the post-millennial generation — doesn’t offer audiences anything of significance in a story about a catty clique of high school girls who post videos online to demean each other. Director Janet Harvey might’ve had something profound to say about teenage disconnection, but without any emotional pull, it’s like everyone involved is stuck in an after-school special by way of reality-show gimmickry. 7pm Sat, Aug. 5


Waiting for the Storm
(dir. Rogelio Salinas III)

There are a couple of instances in this thriller where it might have been possible for filmmaker Rogelio Salinas to flip the genre on its head and go in a completely different direction from other home invasion movies of the past — almost darkly satirical, perhaps. It won’t take long, however, to realize Salinas isn’t shooting for anything special. Instead, the script hits all the typical beats before revealing some ineffective twists and a ridiculous third act that includes scenes where one criminal tries to rape a teenage girl and another makes a joke about a ham sandwich. Take cover. Storm is a Category 5 tonal disaster. 9pmSat, Aug. 5


CREATIVE VISION

Slipaway
(dirs. Julia Butler + Daniel Mentz)

Directors/writers Julia Butler and Daniel Mentz might have something meaningful to say about the contentious topic of death with dignity, but their familiar and, at times, clichéd script prevents the narrative from diving deeper into the most thought-provoking aspect of the story. The dynamic between Fall, a lonely octogenarian, and Adam, a young, homeless musician, hits a few heartwarming moments, but the motivation behind their unlikely friendship isn’t fleshed out enough to get us completely on board. A secondary storyline about Adam’s shady past is an afterthought, and composer Tao Liu’s overdramatic score is, at best, ambitious. 2pm Sun, Aug. 6


ZIPPER BROS FILMS

Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana!
(dirs. Ryan Harvie + John Paul Horstmann

As far as amusing, stranger-than-fiction documentaries go, it might not be at the same level as 2007’s The King of Kong or 2015’s Finders Keepers, but Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana! is ripe with humor and, like the aforementioned docs, features a real-life antagonistic jerk that audiences will love to hate. In fact, the film should have focused even more on Paul Richards, a semi-pro wrestler from Seattle who attempts to sabotage his wrestling organization when he is asked to stop performing as his alter ego The Banana. Directors Ryan Harvie and John Paul Horstmann do a noteworthy job capturing the lives of these outcast wrestlers, we just wish they peeled back the layers of the title character a bit more. 4pm Sun, Aug. 6

George Clooney, Guillermo del Toro on Venice Film Fest slate

ROME (AP) — This year’s Venice Film Festival will include a crime comedy by George Clooney, a Guillermo del Torofantasy and a Darren Aronofsky thriller.

Organizers of the world’s oldest film festival announced a 21-film competition lineup Thursday that features the Clooney-directed “Suburbicon,” the story of a home invasion gone wrong that stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, with a script by Joel and Ethan Coen.

 Venice’s late-summer time slot — starting a few days ahead of the Toronto festival — has helped make it a major awards-season springboard. In recent years it has presented the world premieres of multiple Oscar winners including “Spotlight” and “La La Land.”

This year’s contenders for Venice’s top Golden Lion award include del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” starring Sally Hawkinsas a woman who forges a relationship with a sea creature, and Aronofsky’s secrecy-shrouded “mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence.

 The 74th Venice festival opens Aug. 30 in the canal-crossed Italian city with Alexander Payne‘s “Downsizing,” about a man — Damon again — who decides to shrink himself. It closes Sept. 9 with Takeshi Kitano‘s Japanese gangster thriller “Outrage Coda.”

The winner of the Golden Lion and other prizes will be decided by a jury led this year by actress Annette Bening.

Films in competition include “Human Flow,” a documentary about migration by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei; “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” by Ireland’s auteur of tragicomedy, Martin McDonagh; “The Third Murder,” by Japan’s Hirokazu Koreeda; and “Mektour, My Love: Canto Uno” by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche, director of the Cannes winner “Blue is the Warmest Color.”

 Competing directors are drawn from around the globe, with films from Australia’s Warwick Thornton (“Sweet Country”), Israel’s Samuel Maoz (“Foxtrot”), and Lebanon’s Ziad Doueiri (“The Insult”). But only one director among the 21 is a woman — China’s Vivian Qu, whose “Angels Wear White” centers on two girls assaulted by a man in a small seaside town.
 Outside the main competition, high-interest entries include Fernando Leon de Aranoa‘s “Loving Pablo,” starring Javier Bardem as Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar, and Stephen Frears‘ reality-based historical drama “Victoria & Abdul,” with Judi Dench as Britain’s Queen Victoria and Ai Fazal as her Indian servant Abdul Karim.

The streaming service Netflix, which has shaken up the business of making and distributing movies, will debut the miniseries “Our Souls at Night,” a late-life romance starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.

Maui Connections

Rick Chatenever – July 25, 2017

Lots of news on the Maui filmmaking front these days.

Fresh from its Audience Award at the Maui Film Festival in June, “Kuleana” will have its North American premiere as the opening-night selection at 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at the 23rd annual San Antonio Film Festival.

Written and directed by Brian Kohne and produced by Stefan Schaefer, who also co-stars, the mystery drama set on Maui in the early years of statehood is Maui-made in every respect. It features contributions by hundreds of local folks on both sides of the camera, and in its waves of supporters.

Along with Brian, Dr. James Merrett and executive producer Susan Naylor will attend the Texas festival screening, which will be preceded by hula by a halau whose kumu is from Maui.

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Ken Martinez Burgmaier’s Maui-based Jazz Alley TV recently celebrated its 25th year on broadcast television. It’s the longest running jazz, blues, world and Hawaiian music TV series on the planet, having aired in 80 countries.

Jazz Alley has amassed three Emmy nominations and wins, two Billboard Music awards, 12 Telly Awards, 10 Aurora Film awards and two Pele awards among other distinctions. Its latest TV special on the 2016 Maui Jazz & Blues Festival is viewable at www.jazzalleytv.com.

“2307: Winter’s Dream,” the futuristic sci-fi adventure that Ken co-produced, has gotten a new name, “The Winter Soldier,” by its distributor in the United Kingdom. The film has already picked up prizes at film festivals in the U.S. and Europe, and will soon screen on Sky Cinema.

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Emmy-winning Maui filmmaker Dr. Tom Vendetti and iconic island musician Keola Beamer will attend a free 3-D screening of their “Tibetan Illusion Destroyer” from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23, hosted by PBS Hawaii at its new Honolulu headquarters at 315 Sand Island Access Road.

Tom and Keola were in a contingent that attended and chronicled the Mani Rimdu Festival high in the Himalayas of Nepal. Spanning several days, the mesmerizing Tibetan Buddhist ritual has monks and performers in colorful costumes destroying illusions created in the human mind that lead to suffering.

Tom filmed in 3-D to add another layer of illusion and Keola scored the film and recorded the soundtrack with musicians in the region. They will participate in a Q&A session following the screening.

The film had its premiere at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in May.

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And then there are the movies we create ourselves and watch in our minds.

I’ve been enjoying lots of that kind since we arrived in California last week for a visit with old friends and four generations of extended family. Besides all the warm fuzziness, and the constant chaos, a family vacation provides a great excuse to act like tourists without the slightest hint of embarrassment.

Case in point, the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. Destinations like that held no interest during those decades I lived just over the hill in hip Santa Cruz. Priorities change when you become a grandpa. Which is what led my wife, daughter and our young granddaughter and niece to the sprawling mansion described as “Beautiful . . . and Bizarre” in the brochures.

Actually, for all the beauty of the 130-year-old Victorian architecture and manicured gardens, the definitely spooky ambiance could bring out the B-movie scriptwriter in anyone. Talk about a fixer-upper. Construction began in the 1880s converting an eight-room farmhouse into a never-ending remodel for Sarah Winchester, widow of the famed firearm family.

It is said the sounds of hammering and sawing went on 24/7 through the lifetime of the 4-foot-11 heiress, whose eccentricity feels like it increased with the addition of each new room, each new doorway and staircase leading nowhere. One room among the eventual 160 was devoted to seances. One theory is that after losing her one daughter as a young child and her husband at an early age, Sarah was trying to keep the spirits of those killed by “the gun that won the West” at bay by all the construction noise, and the maze of blind corners within the mansion.

As she navigated the corridors leading from one eccentric space to another, it’s easy to imagine the diminutive Sarah, with all the money in the world, unable to escape her loneliness or the unending pain and guilt that came with it.

Haunted or not, the unique mansion, created before electricity and indoor plumbing, withstood earthquakes, the passage of time and other forces of nature as the Santa Clara Valley orchards surrounding it morphed into the modern, paradigm-shifting outline of Silicon Valley.

Watching how all that unfolded would make for a great movie.

* Rick Chatenever, award-winning former entertainment and features editor of The Maui News, is a freelance journalist, instructor at UH-Maui College and documentary scriptwriter/producer. Contact him at [email protected]

Women fuel this year’s San Antonio Film Festival

“It’s all about women power at the 23rd annual San Antonio Film Festival, which opens Tuesday and runs through Aug. 6.”

That’s how Adam Rocha, founder and executive director of the long-running summer film festival, characterized this year’s event.

“It’s a lot of girl power this year. We have a lot of female directors who will be in attendance,” Rocha said.

 More than 60 films — feature length, documentaries, film shorts and animated films — are scheduled to screen. Several international filmmakers, such as Canada’s Megan Murphy (“Murphy’s Law”), are slated to attend.
Rocha loves them all but was especially moved by California director Stephanie Seldin Howard’s documentary “The Weight of Honor,” which screens Aug. 4 and is about the lives of the caregivers of wounded warriors. Some of it was shot in San Antonio.
“It’s told from the perspective of the caregivers of the soldiers,” Rocha said.

He’s also high on “Daughters of the Curved Moon,” a documentary from directors Miranda Morton Yap and Sophie Dia. The Himalayas serve as the backdrop to the story.

Singer-songwriter and actress Patricia Vonne, a San Antonio native, has an entry in this year’s festival. Her animated short “Huerta de San Vicente,” made with the Infidels’ Michael Martin, won first prize for best animation at the Madrid International Film Festival. Both musicians illustrated it.

An homage to poet Federico García Lorca, the music video features rotoscoping effects by Johnny Villarreal that are visually similar to A-ha’s 1980s “Take on Me” video.

“It’s an extension of my music,” said Vonne, who has often turned to Lorca for inspiration. “To represent being a Tejana in Madrid, which is my ancestral country, on both sides of my family, was so overwhelming.”

Veronica “Ronnie Stich” Campbell’s “Returned to This” is a personal memoir, a documentary told through exploring the San Antonio punk, metal and goth scene of two decades ago.

The musician, novelist and first-time filmmaker got the idea when she returned to San Antonio for a memorial for Shawn Terry, a musician who once played in her post-punk goth-rock band Veronica’s Veil. Terry, a fixture on the St. Mary’s Strip and underground scene, died in October 2015.

Campbell, who lives in Del Rio, reconnected with many of the old gang — including punk promoter Tony Chainsaw — from her teenage days at the long-defunct DMZ Clubhouse on Cupples Road.

“It was people I hadn’t seen in years,” said Campbell, 41. “I didn’t know anything was going to become of this. They all got their start, somehow, because of the DMZ Clubhouse, which existed in the ’90s. We were accepted at places like the DMZ; if someone had a mohawk, it wasn’t strange.”

“Returned to This” screens Wednesday.

Also for music lovers is director Tarik Hodzic’s “Scream for Me Sarajevo,” which screens Wednesday, about the music scene in the early and mid-1990s in Bosnia’s war-torn capital. It culminates in a cathartic 1994 concert miraculously pulled off by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson.

Los Angeles director Taylor Sheridan returns to the San Antonio Film Festival with one of the event’s big screenings, “Wind River,” starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. Sheridan was nominated for an Oscar for the writing the screenplay for “Hell or High Water,” which made its Texas premiere at the festival last year.

L.A. filmmakers Ryan Harvie and John Paul Horstmann’s “Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana,” which screens on closing day, was this year’s invited film. Rocha said the Tribeca Film Festival entry was just too fun to pass up.

“I know there’s a lot of San Antonio wrastlin’ fans, so that will be fun,” said Rocha about the offbeat documentary about underground wrestlers in Seattle coming up against city hall. “Super Size Me” director Morgan Spurlock produced the film.

Harvie and Horstmann have been in the area working on a documentary about the May 2015 shootout in a Twin Peaks parking lot between the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle clubs that left several dead, 20 injured and nearly 200 bikers under arrest.

A hot commodity from the Sundance Film Festival is Justin Chon’s “Gook,” which screens Aug. 5. The feature film examines the tension between the Korean and African American communities during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Also from Sundance, “Columbus,” which screens Wednesday.

A free screening at Pearl Studio on Monday is among Rocha’s picks. Los Angeles filmmaker Anne Goursaud returns with a favorite from last year, “A Classy Broad.” It’s about Marcia Nasatir, 91, a Hollywood legend in film circles, the first female vice president of production at United Artists and among the first female executives of the studio system. One of her claims to fame is “The Big Chill.”

Nasatir is also a San Antonio native.

“We’ve become friends,” Rocha said. “She’ll be here to talk at panel about her life and working in Hollywood.”

As always, San Antonio filmmakers are part of the mix, dozens of Austin filmmakers, too. Some of that is due to the fact that South by Southwest Film Festival has become increasingly competitive, Rocha said, “so, we’re the spillover.”

San Antonio director Brett William Mauser is presenting his feature film “Blow a Kiss,” a drama about the drug world that screens Wednesday. Jorge Sandoval brings his sentimental documentary, “Las Tesoros de San Antonio: A West Side Story,” about cherished ranchera singers Rita Vidaurri, Blanca Rodriguez, Beatriz Llamas and the late Janet Cortez. It’s a closing-day film.

Patricia Vonne Wins ‘Best Animation’ at Madrid International Film Festival

 

 

Patricia Vonne is back from Madrid with the Best Animation award for “Huerta de San Vicente,” a music video and homage to Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. The Texas native, musician, actress & two time SXSW best female vocalist winner adds another award to her growing accolades. The video, from the song featured on Vonne’s album Firebird and her Spanish compilation album Viva Bandolera, is no stranger to awards. It was the “Grand Prize” winner in the Latin category for the John Lennon Songwriting CONTEST in 2009. Vonne celebrates the win with two upcoming July shows in San Antonio and Austin. Details below.

Vonne enthusiastically states about the win, “I feel deeply grateful and honored to be recognized with this prestigious award from my ancestral country of Spain for paying homage to the dynamic spirit of Federico García Lorca & all that he represents through his life & his works.” “Huerta de San Vicente” premiered at Cine Las Americas International Film Festival and will screen from August 1-6 in her hometown for the San Antonio Film Festival.

The stunning stop motion animation was inspired by her visit to Huerta de San Vicente in Granada, Spain where Lorca wrote many of his works. Considered one of the most influential Spanish poets of the 20th century, García Lorca died tragically during the Spanish Civil War, but his spirit lives on through his art, with energy and spirit as palpable as Vonne’s own works.

Vonne has just returned from a 37 date European Tour and is now in the studio recording her seventh studio album with producers Rick Del Castillo and Michael Ramos featuring co-writes with Alejandro Escovedo, Joe King Carrasco & Willie Nile, among others.

Video Credits:

Illustrations by Patricia Vonne & Michael Martin, rotoscoped by Johnny Villarreal (Edge of Imagination Station). Music, lyrics, shot & edited by Patricia Vonne.

Upcoming Show Details:

Celebrate with Vonne at her upcoming performance
Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017

Venue: One-2-One Bar
Address: 1509 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Time/Price/Ages: 8:30pm / $12 / 21+
Link: http://holdmyticket.com/event/284626