23rd Annual Film Festival Schedule

The 23rd Annual CineSol Film Festival will be held at Cine El Rey on November 19-20.  311 S 17th St, McAllen, TX 78501.

We will be screening 20 independent films over two days!  Films include five documentaries, two features, and 13 shorts.  The films are from all over the world, such as 1 from Uruguay, 4 from Spain, 2 from Germany, and 1 from Australia.

AND the Texas Filmmakers’ Showcase!  AND the 11th Annual 36 Hour Film Race Results!

Every event is $5 except for Ingress and 36 Hour Film Race Results.  Those two events are $10.  A Weekend Pass is $50.  For more information, call 956-793-8783.



Uncensored:  Narco Journalism directed by Steph Martinez.  52 minute documentary.  Through the lives of three Colombian journalists, the film recounts the peril journalists endured while covering Colombia’s narcoterrorism violence in the 1980s during the reign of Pablo Escobar’s Medellin cartel, the 1990s during the rise of corruption in the military and 2000s during a behind-closed-doors oppressive administration. http://www.uncensoredthedoc.com  http://www.twitter.com/uncensoreddoc.    https://vimeo.com/136779464.  Saturday, November 19.  12:00pm-12:52pm.


Shorts #2.  Saturday, November 19.  1:00pm-2:12pm.

Films include:

5 Segundos (5 seconds) directed by David Gonzalez Rudiez.  4 minute short.  I can’t wait to see your face when you open your eyes.

Warrior directed by Rick Gonzales.  12 minute short.  Eric Morante, is in every essence of the word, a Warrior. He proved it in battle while serving in the Marine Corp where he lost his leg to a suicide bomber. He proved it in the ring as a boxer. He will continue to live his life with a mentality of service and an indomitable spirit.

A Helping Paw directed by Faith Cox.  8 minute short.  This short documentary shares the stories of two people partnered with service dogs as well as a service dog trainer in a series of three vignettes. Each story takes a closer look at these incredible animals and how they impact the lives of those around them.  http://www.faithcox.com/a-helping-paw.

In the Distance directed by Florian Grolig.  7 minute animation.  Germany.  It’s calm and peaceful above the clouds. But chaos lurks in the distance and each night, it draws closer.

Mr. X directed by J.A. Moreno.  8 minute short.  Spain.  Linus must rob a bank by using a phone if he wants his wife to stay alive.

Risky Game directed by Stefan Plepp.  11 minute short.  Germany.  Seventeen year old Melanie gets beaten by her father when she has bad grades.  When she fails completely in a physical science test, she tries to blackmail her teacher.  But he’s not the pushover she thought he was.  He has his own violent history.  Who’s the victim and who’s the offender?

Second Sight directed by Chase Lee.  10 minute short.  Australia.  Each night, Megan and Liam dream about each other but then wake up alone.  Will they ever find each other in the real world?

Los Angeles 1991 directed by Miguel Olaso & Bruno Zacarias.  10 minute short.  Spain.  The streets have become a hotbed of racial tension and hate about to burst.  Today is an important day for Eladio:  he is going to avenge the death of his older brother.  Within minutes, he will find out that he is not the only one who has reasons to kill someone.


Indivisible directed by Hilary Linder.  79 minute documentary.  Renata, Evelyn, and Antonio were young children when their parents brought them to the U.S. in search of a better life; they were teenagers when their families were deported. Indivisible takes place at a pivotal moment in their lives, as they fight for a pathway to citizenship and a chance to be reunited with their loved ones. With the future of immigration reform uncertain, will they see their families again?  http://www.indivisiblefilm.comhttps://www.facebook.com/indivisiblefilmhttps://twitter.com/indivisibledoc. Saturday, November 19.  2:20pm-3:39pm.


Brewed in the 210 directed by Marco Ortega.  62 minute documentary.  This documentary highlights San Antonio area brewers and local businesses, who have contributed to the growth and revival of handcrafted beer deep in the heart of Texas. Local brewers tell their stories, share their passion, and illustrate how craft beer has made an impact on the community of San Antonio.  https://www.facebook.com/brewedinthe210/ .  Saturday, November 19.  3:50pm-4:52pm.


TV/Film Production and Financing & Distribution brought you by Duke & Sterling:

Panel discussion will explore and discuss Film Financing through traditional forms of financing, creative funding, and basic elements of Film Financing. The TV/Film Production discussion will cover will include script writing, pitching your script, knowing your target market, the importance of distribution, hiring crew, casting, and the organization required to produce a successful film (and smoother shoot). The Film Distribution discussion will cover historical/traditional distribution models and current trending forms of distribution.  Saturday, November 19.  5:00pm-6:00pm.



Ingress directed by Christian Blake.  100 minute feature.  Ten months after the collapse where mankind was annihilated in a war with monsters of unknown origin, a young man named Adam lives alone in an empty world. One calm evening a young man named Seth shows up, soaking wet, and claims to have come from a time where the world was normal. With this knowledge the two discover that there are portals in bodies of water that lead to different time continuum’s. Through their journey they meet another individual named Noah and together are tasked to find the portal that leads to the continuum that they seek.  https://www.facebook.com/ingressmovie/.  Saturday, November 19.  Doors open @ 6:30pm.  7:00pm-8:40pm.  $10.




Shorts #1.  Sunday, November 20.  12:00pm-1:10pm.

Films include:

Alto el Juego (Cease Game) directed by Walter Tournier.  7 minute animation.  Uruguay.  In the middle of a war, a boy and a dog try to protect themselves.  A not so innocent game.

The Proposed directed by Joe Gonzales.  10 minute short.  A romantic picnic for two isn’t enough to save Peter, when his “special spot” turns out to be a popular destination for others with similar intentions.  https://www.facebook.com/proposalmovie.

El Trastero (Self Storage) directed by Gaizka Urresti.  16 minute short.  Spain.  Javier goes to a repository where his parents rented a storage room to keep the furniture from the family home.  Javier recalls moments of his childhood, as he discovers a handwritten letter by his mother.

The Prey directed by Joe R. Maldonado.  16 minute short.  The Prey is a psychological thriller about a serial killer who has his latest kill in the trunk of his car, but he can’t get hold of his accomplice to get rid of the body. The story is full of twists and turns that will keep the audience guessing what will happen.

Foley Artist directed by Toni Bestard.  18 minute short.  Spain.  A sound technician who specializes in foley effects has an accident that forces him to stay home for a few days.  During that time, the attractive neighbor across the street who has just moved in, becomes his new sound muse.  https://www.facebook.com/cortofoleyartist.


Insatiable directed by Brett A. Schwartz.  99 minute documentary. Chef and inventor Homaro Cantu helped put Chicago on the culinary map when he opened his first restaurant “Moto” and became a celebrity chef in his late twenties. A renowned inventor and social entrepreneur, Cantu innovated his restaurants and tackled big problems from Americans’ love affair with refined sugar to reimagining space cuisine. Filmed over a period of three years with remarkable access, Insatiable follows Cantu at a pivotal moment in his career and tells a story that moves from redemption and inspiration to tragedy and back again.  https://www.facebook.com/InsatiableDocumentary/  http://www.insatiablemovie.com/.  Sunday, November 20.  1:25pm-3:04pm.


The Slippers directed by Morgan White.  91 minute documentary.  The Slippers traces the unbelievable history of The Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz. They have been bought, stolen, and coveted by many, and are the single most desired piece of Hollywood Memorabilia. https://www.facebook.com/theslippersdocumentary/.  Sunday, November 20.  3:10pm-4:41pm.


Transient directed by Alexander Stockton.  109 minute feature.  Franky DeLuna is brought over to the US from Mexico as a young child and grows up as an American in all but name, with big dreams of being a product designer. However, when an unfortunate incident results in his deportation, Franky must choose whether to stay in Mexico with his long-lost father, but under the iron fist of the cartel, or to make the dangerous journey back to the US.  http://www.transientfilm.com  https://www.facebook.com/TransientFilm/.  Sunday, November 20.  4:50pm-5:59pm.


11th Annual 36 Hour Film Race Results.  Sunday, November 20, 2016.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  Screening starts at 7pm.  $10.







Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Houston Filmmakers’ Showcase @ Cine El Rey.  8pm

FREE screening

CineSol Film Festival, Cine El Rey and the Houston Film Commissionpresent the Texas Filmmakers’ Showcase 2016.

Each year the Houston Film Commission puts together a collection of exemplary Texas short films and tours it, showing these homegrown marvels far and wide.

(FREE movie screening!! And we will be giving away limited copies of the DVD.)

Here are the EIGHT short films:

Breakfast in Bed (5:40 min.) by Payton Thropp – Conroe, TX. A young girl faces changes in her family with bravery and hope.

Hit & Run (12:29 min.) by Jason Neulander – Austin, TX. In this Lovecraft-inspired short, Katie finds an amulet by the side of the road and suffers the consequences of picking it up.

Jackdaw (14:50 min.) by Travis Champagne – The Woodlands, TX. A father mourns on the one year anniversary of his wife’s disappearance.

Jenny & Tom (14:18 min.) by Ford Gunter – Houston, TX. Jenny and Tom have found the happiness that eludes others by living life on their own terms. But sometimes doubt comes from the warmest of places.

Minor Setback (10:00 min.) by Augustine Frizzell – Dallas, TX. High school dropouts and BFF’s, Jessie and Angela come up with a brilliant excuse to skip out on work so they can spend a day at the beach. Laying in the sand, smokin’ fatties and eating donuts is so close they can almost taste it… until something unexpected goes down.

More Than Four Hours (10:40 min.) by Bryan Poyser – Austin, TX. On his first day on the job, a high school algebra teacher mixes up his medications to disastrous results.

Peor Es Nada (Nothing’s Worse) (13:29 min.) by Gabriel Duran – Arlington, TX. Marco is a family man and who has nothing left in Mexico. He motivated to get to the US to reunite with his wife and newborn child by any possible means. Marco makes a deal with a local coyote but he ends up in the US and not knowing how he got there. With a metal box attached to his arm, he must find his way to his family.

Sound and Time (8:39 min.) by Angela & Mark Walley – San Antonio, TX. Inspired by his sensitivity to sound at a very young age artist Justin Boyd has been recording and working with sound and music since the mid 90s. This film follows Boyd as he actively captures field recordings for integration of sound with found objects.