Now in its 22nd year, the San Antonio Film Festival continues to grow, with more than 50 film screenings, industry panels and a kid-centered mini-festival all scheduled July 25-31. Not sure where to start? Here’s a list of must-sees for every person, whether a foodie or die-hard sports fan.
What to see if you’re a …
Craft Beer Lover
Brewed in the 210, Monday/Opening Night, July 25, 7 p.m., Pearl Stable
San Antonio Director Marco Ortega highlights the brewers and businesses that have contributed to what he describes as San Antonio’s craft beer renaissance. Hear from the people behind The Friendly Spot, Big Hops, Blue Star Brewing Co., Alamo Beer and other local breweries and find out how San Antonio is leading the craft beer industry in South Texas.
Cooking With Love, Tuesday, July 26, 8 p.m., Tobin Center
A 41-minute short film, Cooking with Love follows four Thai women who demonstrate how cooking can be about much more than food. Tuesday night’s short film screening also includes a showing of The Unconventional Gourmet, a 13-minute dark foodie comedy, and Salute to the Classics, a 29-minute short produced in Austin that explores the Southwestern Food Movement through the work of chefs like Stephen Pyles.
Requiem for a Running Back, Wednesday, July 27, 7 p.m., Tobin Center
Research on brain damage among NFL players gets personal with Rebecca Carpenter’s film. The documentary, which has not been show in Texas before, follows Carpenter’s investigation into the years before her father’s death. Her dad, former Detroit Lion Lew Carpenter, was among the first NFL players diagnosed with previously undetected brain damage. The documentary includes interviews with Carpenter’s family as well as other NFL players and researchers.
San Antonio Children’s Film Festival, Wed-Sat, July 27-30, 10 a.m., Pearl
Organizers of the festival know not all of the films being screened are family friendly. So this year, they’re presenting a Children’s Film Festival that will include four days of kid-friendly shorts, animated films and more. Some shows are limited to the first 100.
Anti-Bullying Campaign, Thursday, July 28, 11:30 a.m., Pearl
Students from 15 area high schools produced 30-second public service announcements about the importance of not bullying.
Quest for Honor, Friday, July 29, 5 p.m., Tobin Center
San Antonio Director Mary Ann Bruni tells the story of a Kurdish newspaper editor who works with others to solve the murder of a widowed young mom while also redefining honor in hopes of eliminating honor killings.
Hell or High Water, Saturday, July 30, 7 p.m., Tobin Center
Texas Rangers and their horses will greet guests on the red carpet before the San Antonio premier of this film. The modern drama that’s set in West Texas tells the story of a family man and an ex-con who team up after their land is foreclosed on. Written by Taylor Sheridan, the film features Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges alongside Chris Pine and Ben Foster.
Business Basics of the Film Industry, Saturday, July 30, 12:15 p.m., Tobin Center
Interested in film but not sure how to break into the industry? Producer Lonnie Ramati, of The Expendables and other films, leads and afternoon panel that will explore the basics of the industry and include tips on how to get started.
A San Antonio Native
A Classy Broad, Sunday, July 31, 4 p.m., Tobin Center
This film may have been produced in L.A. but it’s all about a true San Antonian. Director Anne Goursaud chronicles the Hollywood career of Marcia Nasatir, an Alamo City executive who became the first woman to serve as a vice president at a major Hollywood studio. Using stock footage and interviews, Goursaud shows how Nasatir impacted the film industry not just for women, but also for all budding producers.