25th Annual Film Festival

CineSol Film Festival is celebrating 25 years!  And we’re taking the festival back where it all started… South Padre Island.

The 25th Annual CineSol Film Festival will be held at South Padre Island Convention Center on South Padre Island November 16-18.

We will be screening 40 independent films over three days!  Films include ten documentaries, six features, and 24 shorts.  The films are from all over the world, such as 1 from United Kingdom, 1 from Indonesia, 1 from Ireland, 1 from Bulgaria, 1 from Mexico and 6 from Spain.

AND the Texas Filmmakers’ Showcase!  AND the 13th Annual 36 Hour Film Race Results!

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

 

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 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018

Tejano directed by David Blue Garcia.  90 minutes.  Feature.  Desperate for money to save his sick Grandfather, a South Texas farmhand resorts to the extreme: He breaks his own arm to smuggle a cast made of cocaine across the Mexican border.  Friday, November 16 @ 8:00pm.  Theater. https://www.facebook.com/tejanothemovie/.  $10.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018

12:00pm.  En Algun Lugar directed by Tadeo Garcia.  112 minutes.  Set against the background of a broken U.S. immigration system, En Algun Lugar is a love story between two young men, Abel & Diego. When tragedy strikes and Diego’s immigration status is revealed, Abel and Diego discover the power of love during uncertain times.  Saturday, November 17 @ noon-1:50pm.  Theater.  https://www.facebook.com/aplacetobemovie/.

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12:10pm.  Shorts Block #1.  Films include:

The Magic of Reading directed by Claudia Moysset.  4 minutes.  Short.  A young boy escapes his boredom by unlocking the magic of reading with the help of his big sister. Together, they both venture into a world that only literature can unlock for them and are shown a glimpse of the world that rests bound in the pages of wonderful books.  Shorts Block #1.  Saturday, November 17 @ 12:10pm-1:36pm. Room 104.

Areka (Ditch) directed by Atxur Animazio Taldea (Collective).  7 minutes.  Spain.  Euxebi’s father was killed during the war. In her youth, Euxebi suffered Francoist repression and, to this day, despite the fact that the dictatorship ended long ago, she has not had the change to recover the memory of her father. After many years, when they finally open the grave where her father is, Euxebi puts a picture next to his bones.  Shorts Block #1.  Saturday, November 17 @ 12:10pm-1:36pm.  Room 104.

Icons directed by Ronnie Cramer.  5 minutes.  Short.  Five hundred years of world art in five minutes, featuring three dozen iconic works rendered with nylon-tip pen and animated old school style. Each painting is onscreen for three seconds; the transitions between them also last three seconds each. Made up of 2,500 individual drawings, with a musical soundtrack created by the artist.  Shorts Block #1.  Saturday, November 17 @ 12:10pm-1:36pm.  Room 104.

Beta directed by Ashish Pabari.  11 minutes.  Animated Short.  An Indian American son rediscovers the value of faith and culture while staying with his father as they deal with the aftermath of a tragic death.  Shorts Block #1.  Saturday, November 17 @ 12:10pm-1:36pm.  Room 104.

In My Mother’s Arms directed by Lia Chapman.  11 minutes.  Short.  Angel’s abusive relationship is interrupted with news that her mother is in a coma. Angel arrives in Los Angeles with a decision to make. Will she pull the plug on her mother? Angel wrestles with her anger for her mother and finds the answer she has longed for all her life…  Shorts Block #1.  Saturday, November 17 @ 12:10pm-1:36pm. Room 104. https://www.facebook.com/inmymothersarms2016/

Super Lupe directed by Chloe Caudillo.  6 minutes.  Short.  When an other-worldly force enters an office, Lupe, the shy cleaning lady, takes action.  Shorts Block #1.  Saturday, November 17 @ 12:10pm-1:36pm. Room 104. https://www.facebook.com/SuperLupeFilm/

Gridlock directed by Ian Hunt Duffy.  20 minutes.  Short.  Ireland.  A thriller set during a traffic jam on a country road. When a little girl goes missing from one of the cars, her father forms a desperate search party to find her, and soon everyone is a suspect.  Shorts Block #1.  Saturday, November 17 @ 12:10pm-1:36pm. https://www.facebook.com/gridlockfilm/

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12:15pm.  El Muro directed by Ramon Resendiz.  73 minutes.  Documentary.  In 2005 the US Congress began enacting legislation for building a physical fence along the US-Mexico border. The proposed “border wall” sought to fence a total of 700 out of the 1,954 miles of the international boundary between Mexico and the United States. As of January 8, 2010 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deemed the construction of the border fence complete, after erecting a seemingly arbitrary barrier spanning some 651 miles, at a taxpayer cost of roughly $2.8 million per mile. By and large the metrics for its efficiency remain political in a psychological and symbolic sense, with little data supporting its intended purpose to slow down illegal immigration, drug trafficking, terrorist activities, or organized crime.  Saturday, November 17 @ 12:15pm-1:28pm.  Room 103.

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12:30pm.  Film Commission 101 workshop.  60 minutes.   Join the South Padre Island, Houston, and Texas Film Commissions for a panel discussion to learn about the variety of services and initiatives for Rio Grande Valley filmmakers – locally and statewide. From location photos to cast/crew calls, your regional and state commissions are here to help with your next project. #FilmTexas.  Saturday, November 17 @ 12:30pm.  Room 102.

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1:40pm.  Shorts Block #2.  Films include:

Kiko directed by Felix Martiz.  24 minutes.  Short.  Kiko, a young factory manager is forced to choose between what is right and what is legal when ICE raids the factory and a friend is deported and separated from her daughter.   Shorts Block #2.  Saturday, November 17 @ 1:40pm-2:49pm. Room 104. https://www.facebook.com/KikoShortFilm/

The Girls We Know directed by Kahea Kiwaha.  10 minutes.  Short.  A story about two teenage sisters who are very close, but inherently different; as they trek through a small South Texas town to get a Plan B pill for their pregnant friend.  Shorts Block #2.  Saturday, November 17 @ 1:40pm-2:49pm. Room 104. https://www.facebook.com/thegirlsweknow/

Towards the Sun directed by Monica Santis.  20 minutes.  Short.  A 12 year old girl confronts her scarring past when she is placed at an immigrant children’s shelter for unaccompanied minors in Texas. As her future hangs in limbo, she embarks on a healing journey to recover her own sense of power through her artwork.  Shorts Block #2.  Saturday, November 17 @ 1:40pm-2:49pm. Room 104. https://www.facebook.com/HaciaElSolFilm/

Aprieta Pero Raramente Ahoga (It’s Tight But It Hardly Chokes) directed by David P. Sanudo.  15 minutes.  Short.  Spain.  Daniel goes to a job interview. If selected, he will be in charge of walking Siegfried, Cosme’s dog. But Siegfried is a fierce dog and, if the right instructions are not followed, he can become fearsome.Shorts Block #2.  Saturday, November 17 @ 1:40pm-2:49pm.  Room 104. https://www.facebook.com/AprietaAmania/

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1:45pm.  Reinventing Power:  America’s Renewable Energy Boom directed by Tony Valentino.  49 minutes.  Documentary.  This documentary takes us across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable. These individuals are working to rebuild what’s broken, rethink what’s possible, and revitalize communities. These stories are proof that America does not need to choose between keeping our lights on and protecting our communities. Saturday, November 17 @ 1:45pm-3:13pm.  Room 103.

Cuba:  An Eternal Dream directed by Gabriel Gonzalez-Andrio.  43 minutes.  Documentary Short.  Spain/Cuba.  A year after the death of Fidel Castro, Cubans continue to dream of a change that does not come… But do we really know what they think? Have they stopped dreaming?  Saturday, November 17 @ 1:45pm-3:13pm.  Room 103.

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2:00pm.  ???

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2:15pm.  Doubting Thomas directed by Will McFadden.  80 minutes.  Feature.  A white couple inexplicably gives birth to a black baby.  Saturday, November 17 @ 2:15pm-3:35pm.  Theater. https://www.facebook.com/doubtingthomasmovie/

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3:05pm.  Shorts Block #3.  Films include:

Mar directed by Faustino Alanis.  6 minutes.  Short.  A young boy searches at the sea a way to bring happiness back to his home. Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 17 @ 3:05pm-4:05pm.  Sunday, November 18 @ 3:15pm-4:15pm. Room 104.

The Red Ballon directed by Jesse Castellanos.  11 minutes.  Short.  After plans don’t go as expected, Josh meets a stranger with a message that presents him with a choice, but is it too late to live the life he hoped for, or will he regain his former self?  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 17 @ 3:05pm-4:05pm.  Sunday, November 18 @ 3:15pm-4:15pm. Room 104.

Game directed by Jeannie Donohoe.  15 minutes.  Short.  A new kid in town shows up at the high school boys basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team?  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 17 @ 3:05pm-4:05pm.  Sunday, November 18 @ 3:15pm-4:15pm. Room 104.

Snowgirl directed by Ilina Peranova.  28 minutes.  Short.  Bulgaria/Estonia.  A mysterious girl appears in the lives of an elderly childless couple and a troubled young man and transforms their understanding about love and life. Loosely based on the Russian fairy tale about Snegurochka, this story is about miracles and trusting the divine forces at work in our lives.  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 17 @ 3:05pm-4:05pm.  Sunday, November 18 @ 3:15pm-4:15pm. Room 104.

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3:25pm.  Voices in the Dark directed by Rebecca Howland.  124 minutes.  Documentary.  Voices in the Dark features a story, 11 years in the making, of one of the most notorious animal rescues conducted by Live and Let Live Farm. Using the rescue that would come to be known as ‘D-Day’ as the backdrop, the film simultaneously illustrates what constitutes animal abuse, both ethically and legally, using other anecdotal stories throughout the farm’s rescue history. Additional, the film introduces the viewer to the owner and founder of the farm, as well as some of the volunteers that emotionally and physically invest themselves to the care of the voiceless animals among us.  Saturday, November 17 @ 3:25pm-5:29pm.  Room 103.

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3:30pm.  How to I Made it in Hollywood.  60 minutes.  Panel.  Ali Naqvi will be taking you through his journey from his days at UT-RGV to his most recent positions on hit shows such as HBO’s Westworld and Netflix’s Altered Carbon.  This hour will be filled with stories and experiences on whatever the NDA’s don’t forbid him to talk about.  Check out some of his work at www.naqturnal.com.   Saturday, November 17 @ 3:30pm.  Room 102.  $5.

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4:20pm.  Shorts Block #4.  Films include:

Strain directed by Reynier Molenaar.  12 minutes.  Short.  Strain follows two survivors of the zombie apocalypse who must travel across ground zero to deliver important biological samples.  When a mismatched pair discover they are being hunted, they must join forces to save their lives — and their humanity.  Shorts Block #4.  Saturday, November 17 @ 4:20pm-5:41pm.  Sunday, November 18 @ 12:10pm-1:31pm. Room 104.

Birth directed by Ozlem Altingoz.  17 minutes.  Short.  Years ago, in the basement of the Ravencrest Hospital, a deal was made to spare the life of a young child. In exchange for his life, he must give up the soul of his first born, and the time has come for that price to be paid.  Shorts Block #4.  Saturday, November 17 @ 4:20pm-5:41pm.  Sunday, November 18 @ 12:10pm-1:31pm.  Room 104. https://www.facebook.com/officalshorthorrorBirth/

RIP directed by Albert Pinto & Caye Casas.  16 minutes.  Short.  Spain.  In a small forsaken village, a woman prepares the funeral of her husband with utmost care. She wants everything to go according to plan, since for her it is very important to give a good impression to the guests.  Shorts Block #4.  Saturday, November 17 @ 4:20pm-5:41pm.  Sunday, November 18 @ 12:10pm-1:31pm. Room 104.

Personal Demons directed by Brinke Stevens.  36 minutes.  Short.  Pandora’s party-girl lifestyle lands her in rehab… again. The actress becomes tabloid fodder, and producers are reluctant to hire her.  When her aunt dies, Pandora inherits a Victorian mansion and retreats there to study her lines. A mysterious incantation unleashes a vengeful demon. With the help of her dead aunt, Pandora desperately fights for her sobriety, her sanity, and ultimately her very soul.  Shorts Block #4.  Saturday, November 17 @ 4:20pm-5:41pm.  Sunday, November 18 @ 12:10pm-1:31pm. Room 104.  https://www.facebook.com/PersonalDemonsMovie/.

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8:00pm – ??? with director Catherine Hardwicke.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2018

12:00pm.  Compulsion directed by Angel Gonzalez.  70 minutes.  Feature.  Spain.  A shy young woman suspects that her enigmatic boyfriend is cheating on her. When start looking for the truth she will find a sinister secret that will turn her life into an endless nightmare.  Sunday, November 18 @ 12:00pm-1:10pm.  Theater.

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12:00pm.  Texas Filmmakers’ Showcase.  120. Minutes.  Sunday, November 18 @ 12:00pm.  Room 102.

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12:10pm.  Shorts Block #4.  Films include:

Strain directed by Reynier Molenaar.  12 minutes.  Short.  Strain follows two survivors of the zombie apocalypse who must travel across ground zero to deliver important biological samples.  When a mismatched pair discover they are being hunted, they must join forces to save their lives — and their humanity.  Shorts Block #4.  Saturday, November 17 @ 4:20pm-5:41pm.  Sunday, November 18 @ 12:10pm-1:31pm. Room 104.

Birth directed by Ozlem Altingoz.  17 minutes.  Short.  Years ago, in the basement of the Ravencrest Hospital, a deal was made to spare the life of a young child. In exchange for his life, he must give up the soul of his first born, and the time has come for that price to be paid.  Shorts Block #4.  Saturday, November 17 @ 4:20pm-5:41pm.  Sunday, November 18 @ 12:10pm-1:31pm.  Room 104. https://www.facebook.com/officalshorthorrorBirth/

RIP directed by Albert Pinto & Caye Casas.  16 minutes.  Short.  Spain.  In a small forsaken village, a woman prepares the funeral of her husband with utmost care. She wants everything to go according to plan, since for her it is very important to give a good impression to the guests.  Shorts Block #4.  Saturday, November 17 @ 4:20pm-5:41pm.  Sunday, November 18 @ 12:10pm-1:31pm. Room 104.

Personal Demons directed by Brinke Stevens.  36 minutes.  Short.  Pandora’s party-girl lifestyle lands her in rehab… again. The actress becomes tabloid fodder, and producers are reluctant to hire her.  When her aunt dies, Pandora inherits a Victorian mansion and retreats there to study her lines. A mysterious incantation unleashes a vengeful demon. With the help of her dead aunt, Pandora desperately fights for her sobriety, her sanity, and ultimately her very soul.  Shorts Block #4.  Saturday, November 17 @ 4:20pm-5:41pm.  Sunday, November 18 @ 12:10pm-1:31pm. Room 104.

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12:15pm.  The Wall directed by Brian Kaufman.  81 minutes.  Documentary.  For almost 2,000 miles, one line defines a country and divides two worlds. The line has always been about people – keeping people out, keeping people safe, making people believe they can save one way of life, or have a chance at a better one. And now, along this line, a newly elected president has proposed a wall. From the Gulf to the Pacific, “The Wall” explores the impact, reveals unknown issues and details the unintended consequences of President Trump’s $20 billion promise to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.  Sunday, November18 @ 12:15pm-1:35pm.  Room 103.

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1:30pm.  I Wish, I Wish directed by Ed Clorio.  82 minutes.  Feature.  Mexico.  Five cousins discover an old board game in her recently dead grandma’s house. Participants must ask for three wishes; for every wish, the game demands a payment. If you pay, your wish is granted with terrible consequences; if not, you’ll be punished. Who will win?  Sunday, November 18 @ 1:30pm-2:42pm.  Theater.

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1:45pm.  Documentary Block.  Films include:

What Happens to a Dream Defferred directed by Scott Boehm.  11 minutes.  Documentary.  A short film about two DREAMers who are graduate students at Michigan State University, It is an intimate portrait of a day in the life of José Adrián Badillo Carlos and Osvaldo Sandoval after the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.  Sunday, November 16 @ 1:45pm-2:57pm.  Room 103.

Mexican American Heritage: Revised directed by John Ayala.  9 minutes.  Documentary Short.  How do we inspire the Dreamers, Chicanos and Latino children that now represent the majority of the student body in Texas? Texas State Board of Education member, Ruben Cortez, hoped to do so by creating a textbook on the history and culture of this ever growing majority, but when the finished book is full of racist stereotypes, it’s up to Ruben to galvanize the public to try and stop it from being published.  Sunday, November 16 @ 1:45pm-2:57pm.  Room 103.

Slave Children:  The Back Door directed by Ana Palacios.  25 minutes.  Documentary Short.  Spain/Benin/Togo.  What happens after a slave child escapes? How can a shattered childhood be put back together? This documentary show how 21st-century children victim of human trafficking are returned to society: from the time they are rescued from slavery to the moment they are returned to their families. Sunday, November 16 @ 1:45pm-2:57pm.  Room 103.

Honey West:  The Gloria Fickling Story directed by Laura Varela.  26 minutes.  Documentary.  This documentary chronicles the trajectory and longevity of G.G. Flickling’s career, including her work as a fashion editor; her authorship of 11 Honey West novels; and her contribution to the path breaking Honey West television show… a show that changed the content and trajectory of women’s roles in television! This film provides unprecedented first time access to Ms. Fickling as she reveals the backdrop to her life and creative process. This is her story.  Sunday, November 18 @ 1:45pm-2:47pm.  Room 103.

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1:50pm.  Shorts Block #5.  Films include:

Birthplace directed by Sil Van Der Woerd & Jorik Dozy.  5 minutes.  Short.  Indonesia.  The symbolic story of a man arriving on a perfect Earth, who encounters his nemesis in the form of ocean pollution.  Shorts Block #5.  Sunday, November 18 @ 1:50pm-2:57pm.  Room 104.

Animal directed by Alex Cole.  13 minutes.  Short.  United Kingdom.  After making a devastating discovery in the forest, Rose stumbles into a world where morals no longer seem to apply. Everyone has an animal living within them; the forest unearths it.  Shorts Block #5.  Sunday, November 18 @ 1:50pm-2:57pm.  Room 104.  https://www.facebook.com/shortfilmanimal/

Good Business Sense directed by Emmett Loverde.  21 minutes.  Short.  Tonight, businessman Bartholomew is making the biggest boardroom presentation of his life: a proposal of marriage to the equally industrious Claudia. Everything is perfect — the numbers have been crunched, the projections have been double-checked, and even the ring has been market-tested. But Claudia wants flowers and violins, not charts and graphs.  Shorts Block #5.  Sunday, November 18 @ 1:50pm-2:57pm.  Room 104. https://www.facebook.com/GoodBusinessSense/.

Tomasito directed by Ignacio F. Rodo & Sergio Arrospide.  12 minutes.  Short.  Spain.  Firing someone is an easy task. Unless that person has been in the company for 12 years, has a flawless CV and his name is Tommy.  Shorts Block #5.  Sunday, November 18 @ 1:50pm-2:57pm. Room 104.

Atlantic City directed by Miguel Alvarez.  15 minutes.  Short.  Pony and Junior are two south Texas drifters – brothers in spirit, if not blood. The two come at odds when Junior refuses to help Pony go find his estranged mother up north. Pony resorts to taking a job from a local thug to raise the money to search for her himself. It’s here that he meets Marie, a fifteen-year old runaway that he tries to help.  Shorts Block #5.  Sunday, November 18 @ 1:50pm-2:57pm.  Room 104. http://www.atlanticcitythefilm.com/.

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2:30pm.  Basic Beginner Special Effects.  60 minutes.  Workshop.    Presented by Alter Switch FX.  Learn step by step how to do bruises, scrapes, bullet holes, and more.  Followed by a Q&A.  Sunday, November 18 @ 2:30pm.  Room 102.  https://www.facebook.com/BridgetteTrevinoArtist/.

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3:00pm.  Destino directed by JC Gonzalez.  87 minutes.  Feature.  Destino is a fragment in the life of Mariana, an undocumented girl who moves to the United States hoping for a better life. She lives alone, and faces difficult situations when she tries to get a job and get ahead, she is pressured and taken advantage of. Sunday, November 18 @ 3:00pm-4:27pm.  Theater.  https://www.facebook.com/Destino-Pelicula-193621268112249/

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3:15pm.  3:05pm.  Shorts Block #3.  Films include:

Mar directed by Faustino Alanis.  6 minutes.  Short.  A young boy searches at the sea a way to bring happiness back to his home. Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 17 @ 3:05pm-4:05pm.  Sunday, November 18 @ 3:15pm-4:15pm. Room 104.

The Red Ballon directed by Jesse Castellanos.  11 minutes.  Short.  After plans don’t go as expected, Josh meets a stranger with a message that presents him with a choice, but is it too late to live the life he hoped for, or will he regain his former self?  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 17 @ 3:05pm-4:05pm.  Sunday, November 18 @ 3:15pm-4:15pm. Room 104.

Game directed by Jeannie Donohoe.  15 minutes.  Short.  A new kid in town shows up at the high school boys basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team?  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 17 @ 3:05pm-4:05pm.

Snowgirl directed by Ilina Peranova.  28 minutes.  Short.  Bulgaria/Estonia.  A mysterious girl appears in the lives of an elderly childless couple and a troubled young man and transforms their understanding about love and life. Loosely based on the Russian fairy tale about Snegurochka, this story is about miracles and trusting the divine forces at work in our lives.  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 17 @ 3:05pm-4:05pm.  Sunday, November 18 @ 3:15pm-4:15pm. Room 104.

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3:15pm.  Tia Chuck:  A Portrait of Chuck Ramirez directed by Angela & Mark Walley.  63 minutes.  Documentary.  Tia Chuck chronicles the life and work of the late artist Chuck Ramirez (1962-2010). Ramirez’s artworks investigate everyday life and are charged with metaphors of cultural identity, sexuality, and mortality. Ramirez was a charismatic and integral part of a flourishing contemporary art scene in San Antonio and saw his HIV+ diagnosis in the early 1990s as motivation to pursue his dream of becoming a successful artist. Before his untimely death in 2010, Ramirez became one of San Antonio’s most beloved artists and exhibited is artwork nationally and internationally.  Sunday, November 18 @ 3:15pm-4:18pm.  Room 103.  https://twitter.com/tiachuckfilm.

 

5:00pm.  Doors open.

5:30pm.  13th Annual 36 Hour Film Race Results.  Theater.  $10.