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South Texas Underground Film
Ph: (361) 673 – 7862
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WHO: South Texas Underground Film
WHAT: South Texas Underground Film Festival announcement of Special Screenings
WHEN: Sept 21st – 27th, 2012
WHERE: Art Center of Corpus Christi and Downtown Corpus Christi, Texas
SOUTH TEXAS UNDERGROUND FILM’S SOUTH TEXAS UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL(STUFF) CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – South Texas Underground Film proudly announces our first wave of officially selected feature films for the South Texas Underground Film Festival that will be held Sept. 21st – Sept. 27th. We are really proud of the selections that have been chosen to screen. We wanted to make sure that we followed our mission statement:
South Texas Underground Film’s sole mission is to engage and inspire the community by screening films without discrimination, creating new films, teaching the art of filmmaking and networking with fellow filmmakers.
South Texas Underground Film wishes to expose Local and International Underground and Independent films that are diverse in film technique, background and culture by providing a public forum to the South Texas community.
5 SHELLS presented by Film ExChange
Directed – Paul S. Myers(Brooklyn, NY)
Screening: Sun. Sept. 23 7:30pm at the Art Center of Corpus Christi Devary Courtyard
After a global financial apocalypse a young girl must protect her older sister as they walk across a desert wasteland. Self Medicated Film Expo, Austin TX – Best of Fest Victoria TX Independent Film Festival, Victoria TX – Best Actress, Best Cinematography
ALL I KNOW The Castle Sessions presented by: House of Songs
Directed – Holly Bronko(Austin, TX/Norway/Denmark/Iceland/Faroe Islands)
Screening with NOISE REVIVAL IN CHINA Saturday Sept. 22 7:30pm at the Art Center of Corpus Christi Devary Courtyard
*Live performance of NOISE REVIVAL ORCHESTRA before screening at 6:30pm
12 Songwriters. 5 Countries. 21 Songs. A 15th Century Castle. And 3 days to get it all done.
ALL I KNOW: THE CASTLE SESSIONS features a program called the Nordic Co-write where 12 songwriters (Therese Aune, Ida Bach, Anna Bell, Troy Campbell, Brandur Enni, Vibeke Falden, Nathan Felix, Johann Kristinsson, Danny Malone, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Lara Runarsdottir, Matt the Electrician along with Roar Amundsen and Allan Reher-Langberg) from all over the world come together for three days of intense co-writing at a 16th Century Castle in Denmark. The films musician’s overcome time constraints, language barriers and cultural differences to collaborate and perform their songs before a live festival audience at the week’s end. This film is about the coming together of strangers, the process of co-writing in all it’s mysteriousness and beauty and how these songs get delivered into the world in a most profound and glorious way.
CAPTURED presented by: Film ExChange
Directed – Daniel Levin, Ben Solomon, Jenner Furst(New York)
Screening: Tue. Sept. 25 12:15am at House of Rock
Since 1979 Clayton Patterson has dedicated his life to documenting the final era of raw creativity and lawlessness in New York City’s Lower East Side, a neighborhood famed for art, music and revolutionary minds.
Traversing the outside edge he’s recorded a dark and colorful society, from drag, hardcore, heroin, homelessness, political chaos and ultimately gentrification. His odyssey from voyeur to provocateur reveals that it can take losing everything you love to find your own significance.
CULTURE SHOCK with Q&A presented by: Film ExChange
Directed – Steve Balderson(Los Angeles, CA/ London, England)
Screening: Thurs. Sept 27th 9pm at Art Center of Corpus Christi Bayview Room
Director Steve Balderson’s new film CULTURE SHOCK is about four American college grads who take their first trip overseas and get caught in an international crime ring. It’s an action-packed thrill ride with humour, intrigue, and tweets. Starring Holly Hinton, Starina Johnson, Mark Booker, Nic Roewert.
DIRTY OLD TOWN presented by: Film ExChange
Directed – Jenner Furst, Daniel B. Levin, Julia Willoughby Nason(NEW YORK)
Screening: Mon. Sept. 24 10:30pm at House of Rock
The Bowery becomes a Nexus of shattered dreams when a merchant has 72hrs to pay his rent. Facing extinction, his ramshackle tent of antiquities, lures a troop pf misfits, freaks and renegades who for a tableaux full of carnival pageantry, white lies and victimless in fleeting glimpse of Downtown New York.
THE DYNAMITER presented by: Film ExChange
Directed – Matthew Gordon
Screening: Fri. Sept. 21 9:30pm at Art Center of Corpus Christi Devary Courtyard
All fourteen-year-old Robbie Hendrick ever wanted was a family. Yet as another Mississippi summer begins, his wayward mother has run off again fearing a breakdown and he’s left to burn the days caring for his half brother, Fess. As the deep days and nights pass without her return and with older brother Lucas dangerously in their lives again, Robbie must face the fact that his dream of a family may only be a dream and he might just lose the only family he’s ever had: Fess.
ECSTASY OF ORDER: THE TETRIS MASTERS
Producers – Adam Corneilus(Portland, OR)(Director), Robin Mihara(Portland, OR), Vince Clemente(Los Angeles, CA)
Screening: Tue. Sept 25 7:30pm at Art Center of Corpus Christi Bayview Room
Live Performance of Kloudy Girl before screening at 6pm: KLOUDY GIRL Corpus Christi’s 1st female nintendoDS chiptune artist. To hear Kloudy Girls music check out her sound cloud: http://soundcloud.com/kloudygirl
ECSTASY OF ORDER: THE TETRIS MASTERS chronicles over two decades of jaw-dropping video game wizardry. Get an up-close look at the masters as they reveal their secrets, recount their decades-long obsession with the game, compete against each other to set new world records, and enter the transcendental state required to reach the highest levels known as the “Ecstasy of Order.”
FIX: THE MINISTRY MOVIE presented by: South Texas Underground Film
Directed – Doug Freel(USA)
Screening: Mon. Sept. 24 8:30pm at House of Rock
FIX: THE MINISTRY MOVIE provides an insider’s view of the groundbreaking, outrageous, creative juggernaut that was the band Ministry – during their world tour – as front man Al Jourgensen slips into drug addiction. Ministry made industrial rock mainstream, and along the way their music and take no prisoners lifestyle, influenced the leaders of today’s most important bands, many of whom are in the film.
Starring: Al Jourgensen, Paul Barker, Trent Reznor, Maynard James Keenan, Lemmy, Jonathan Davis, Steven Baker, Jello Biafra
QUEST FOR HONOR presented by: SB Productions
Directed – Mary Ann Smothers Brunni(San Antonio, TX/Suleymaniyah, IRAQ)
Screening: Sun. Sept. 23 1:15pm at Art Museum of South Texas HEB Auditorium
The alarming rise in “honor killing,” the heinous act of men killing daughters, sisters and wives who threaten “family honor,” endangers tens of thousands of women in Iraq, Turkey, Jordan and adjoining countries. The Women’s Media Center of Suleymaniyah, Iraq, has joined forces with Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to end this practice. Quest for Honor follows Runak Faranj, a former teacher and tireless activist, as she works with local lawmen, journalists and members of the KRG to solve the murder of a widowed young mother, protect the victim of a safe-house shooting, eradicate honor killing and redefine honor.
SIRONIA presented by: Texas Independent Film Network
Directed – Brandon Dickerson(Austin,TX)
Screening: Sat. Sept. 22nd 8:45pm at Art Center of Corpus Christi Devary Courtyard
Inspired by the music of singer-songwriter Wes Cunningham, SIRONIA is the story of a talented musician who has been chewed up and spit out by the Hollywood music machine. Frustrated by his broken career, Thomas Fisher and his wife Molly impulsively pack up and move to small town Sironia, Texas to live a more authentic life and raise their first child near Molly’s brother and his family. Despite the change of scenery, Thomas’s deep resentment over his lost dreams gets the best of him as he struggles to find peace with his stalled career, until he remembers what he loved about music – and Molly – in the first place.
THIS WAY OF LIFE screening with TUMBLEWEEDS! presented by: Film ExChange
Directed – Thomas Burstyn(Montreal, Canada/New Zealand)
Screening: Fri Sept 21 7:30pm at the Art Center of Corpus Christi Devary Courtyard
Peter Karena, his wife Colleen, their six children and many horses live in almost wild freedom of New Zealand’s isolated Ruahine Mountains. Until Peter’s escalating battle with his own father has profound consequences.
WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS? presented by: Art Center of Corpus Christi
Directed – Pamela Tanner Boll(MA), Nancy Kennedy(NY)
Screening: Sun. Sept. 23 1:15pm at the Art Museum of South Texas HEB Auditorium
In a half-changed world, women are often forced to choose: Mothering or working? Your children’s well being or your own own? Responsibility or self expression? Who Does She Think She Is?, a documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll, features five fierce women who refuse to choose. Through their lives, we explore some of the most problematic intersections of our time: mothering and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art. Along the way, the film invites us to consider both ancient legacies of women worshiped as cultural muses and more modern times where most people can’t even name a handful of female artists. In the end, the diverse women in the film demonstrate that our creativity and our care giving are not mutually exclusive, but deeply connected. In fact, their co-existence might just be the key to finishing the job. Synopsis Written by Courtney Martin