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.


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.


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


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


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

(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



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


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


(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


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]

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


23 years of SAFILM Fest cinematic celebration

The San Antonio Film Festival (SAFILM) is preparing to celebrate their twenty-third year by screening more than 150 films, including features, documentaries, and shorts.

SAFILM Fest will take over the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, located at 100 Auditorium Circle, Aug. 1 through Aug. 6. Individual screening tickets are $10-$15, with VIP, Weekend and Day Badges also available at www.TobinCenter.org.

Since its inception, SAFILM executive director Adam Rocha aimed to expose local and up-and-coming talent rather than traditional Hollywood fare. Rocha, who founded the festival when he was just 22 years old, believes that providing homegrown talent a legitimate platform will yield bigger opportunities in the future.

“This year, we have 30 San Antonio filmmakers in the festival. We do not aspire to be that big. We aspire to be what we are: homegrown,” said Rocha to La Prensa. “Since the start of the festival in 1994, the exact purpose is to learn about the film industry. We offer that as a launchpad for San Antonio filmmakers to put them next to [films] with multi-million dollar budgets.”

With a frugal SAFILM Fest budget of $65,000, the Texas Commission on the Arts was stunned to see the local festival thriving. Compared to similar film festivals Austin and Dallas, who both boast a budget of an estimated $2 million, Rocha has the humble understanding that he is not doing it for the money.

As a high school teacher for the Northside Independent School District, Rocha also sees the festival as a teaching tool for younger students. Back by popular demand, SAFILM and the historic Pearl join forces to bring the second annual San Antonio Children’s Film Festival. There will morning screenings and a free puppet show at 9:45 a.m. Doors open at 9:30, screenings start at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 2 through Saturday, August 5 at the STUDIO at the Pearl in the Full Goods Building.

“I had a single mom and she was at work all the time at a trailer park. I would live in those 1 hour and 30-minute worlds on TV. It is important for kids to broaden their scope,” continued Rocha. “I think movies are a dreamlike state where we can live vicariously through the characters and relate to them; and as a child at one point, it was understanding the world I lived in.”

SAFILM will open the fest with the Texas premiere of “Wind River,” Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olson on Tuesday, August 1 at 6 p.m., and closes with the family-friendly animated film “Leap” with voiceovers by Elle Fanning, Mel Brooks, Maddie Ziegler and Kate McKinnon on Sunday, August 6 at 6 p.m.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg will also be present for this year’s special SAFILM Saturday Night Awards Ceremony at the Tobin. The festival is offering a special free community screening of the award-winning film “A Classy Broad: Marcia’s Adventures in Hollywood” on July 31 at 6 p.m. at the Pearl Studio. Along with the screening, panels featuring notable film industry names will begin on Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5 to educate and inspire those with their own celluloid dreams:

“SAG-indie” Filmmaking with Darrien Michele Gipson

Friday, August 4, Alvarez Studio 9:15 a.m – 11:45 a.m


Making a Career in Show Business with Legendary Producer Marcia Nasatir


Saturday, August 5, Alvarez Studio 9:30 a.m – 11:00 a.m.


Seal the Deal with Hollywood Agent Harry Ufland

(Known for repping Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen)

Saturday, August 5, Alvarez Studio 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.


The Editor’s Cut: Feature Films VS. Docs with Anne Goursaud


Saturday, August 5, Feik Family Rotunda 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

What started with a young kid exploring movies, transformed into a tale about a man inspired to edify the public on the importance of the art form. In return the UT Film School Alumnus only asks for support of the growing festival.

“This is a way to understand your neighbor and I think that is what the world needs is more understanding and empathy for your fellow man. Educating anyone whether through film or other forms of art, it is important to appreciate [variety].” concluded Rocha.

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2017 SAFILM Fest set to arrive at the Tobin

SAFILM Fest executive director Adam Rocha prepares for the 23rd Annual San Antonio Film Festival at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts from August 1-6. (Photo/ Courtesy)

A great film can come in many forms. Adam Rocha is striving to find them all.

The executive director of the San Antonio Film Festival has been on a mission to make the Alamo City a hub for filmmakers looking for new frontiers aside from the celluloid bastion of Austin, Texas.

During the 23 year run of the festival, Rocha has overseen the growth of the once fledgling event. Now it encompasses projects from across the country and the world and even includes a children’s festival all starting August 1-6 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The Children’s Film Festival, taking place from August 2-5, will take place at the Pearl. With many similar festivals often out of financial reach for many would-be patrons, SAFILM Fest is a surprisingly affordable.

For a festival that has screened Academy Award nominated features like last year’s “Hell or High Water,” the $10.00-$15.00  price for a badge is unheard of in the film industry. With badges already on sale, the number of moviegoers is only skyrocketing.

March Magazine caught up with Rocha to discuss the evolution of the festival and the film scene in San Antonio.

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