Film Festival

CineSol Film Festival is celebrating 26 years!  And we’re returning the festival back where it all started… South Padre Island.

 

The 26th Annual CineSol Film Festival will be held at South Padre Island Convention Center on South Padre Island November 23-24.

We will be screening 31 independent films over two days!  Films include five documentaries, three features, and 23 shorts.  The films are from all over the world, such as 1 from France, 1 from Malaysia and 8 from Spain.

AND the Texas Filmmakers’ Showcase!  AND the 14th Annual 36 Hour Film Race Results!

Our Celebrity Guest will be Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte!!  He will be doing a panel on Sunday.  Saturday evening, we will be screening Carol of the Bells with Q&A by RJ Mitte.

 

Our host hotel for the 26th Annual CineSol Film Festival at South Padre Island is Hilton Garden Inn at South Padre Island.

To make additional reservation, individuals can either call toll free at 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) or online using the link below.   Please place appropriate arrival date and departure date in the fields when booking on line using the reservation link below. (Ask for the CineSol Film Festival discounted rate)

Click on here to get your DISCOUNTED hotel rate for your hotel stay during the film festival.

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Film Festival Weekend Pass

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019

12:00pm.  When All That’s Left is Love directed by Eric Gordon.  77 minutes.  Documentary.  An emotionally gripping story of a wife’s determination to car for her Alzheimer’s stricken husband in their home.  With unprecedented behind the scenes access, the film reveals the toll that the disease takes on families coping with Alzheimer’s, while also showcasing the power of love that sustains both patients and caregivers.  Saturday, November 23 @ 12:00pm-1:17pm.  Theater.  https://whenallthatsleftislove.com/https://www.facebook.com/whenallthatsleftislove/.  $5. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/when-all-thats-left-is-love-screening-tickets-78622292393.

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12:10pm.  Shorts Block #1.  Room 104.  $5.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shorts-block-1-tickets-78664233841. Films include:

Monsters Walking directed by Diego Porral Soldevilla.  1 minute.  Animated Short.  Spain.  A short film about monsters that walk.  Shorts Block #1.  Saturday, November 23 @ 12:10pm-1:25pm.  Room 104.

How You Remember It directed by Fidencio Casas.  13 minutes.  RGV.  In a south Texas border town, an amateur boxer refuses to give up on his dream.  Shorts Block #1.  Saturday, November 23 @ 12:10pm-1:25pm.  Room 104.

Cargo directed by Abhilash Chandra.  16 minutes.  Malaysia.  A disheartened 12 year old boy encounters a dark supernatural force resting inside the cargo his unassuming father transports from the depths of a Malaysian palm oil plantation.  Shorts Block #1.  Saturday, November 23 @ 12:10pm-1:25pm.  Room 104.

Cantina directed by Erik Mauck.  23 minutes.  Documentary Short.  A documentary about La Perla, the last Tejano bar on 6th Street in Austin, Texas.  Through personal stories, Cantina offers a glimpse into a rich and vibrant East Austin history, and it explores the impact of gentrification on long-time residents of the community.  Shorts Block #1.  Saturday, November 23 @ 12:10pm-1:25pm.  Room 104.  https://www.facebook.com/laperladoc/

Shifter directed by Matthew Marder.  12 minutes.  When an agent infiltrates a Russian Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia and steals mysterious files, the Russians kidnap a woman they believe to be the culprit.  But it may be a case of mistaken identity…  Shorts Block #1.  Saturday, November 23 @ 12:10pm-1:25pm.  Room 104.

The Epidemic directed by Pablo Conde.  10 minutes.  Spain.  A journalist has achieved a great exclusive:  the government has a secret plan to solve the problem of pensions through the flu vaccine.  Shorts Block #1.  Saturday, November 23 @ 12:10pm-1:25pm.  Room 104.

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1:30pm.  Building the American Dream directed by Chelsea Hernandez.  73 minutes.  Documentary.  Across Texas, an unstoppable construction boom drives urban sprawl and luxury high rises.  It’s dirty secret:  abuse of immigrant labor.  A story of courage, resilience and community, the film reveals shocking truths about the hardworking immigrants who build the American Dream, of which they are excluded.  Saturday, November 23 @ 1:30pm-2:43pm.  Theater.  $5.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-the-american-dream-screening-tickets-78623794887.  http://www.buildingtheamericandream.com/https://www.facebook.com/buildingtheamericandream/https://twitter.com/buildingfilm

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1:40pm.  Shorts Block #2.  Room 104.  $5.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shorts-block-2-screening-saturday-tickets-78699055995. Films include:

Jalisco directed by Kayden Phoenix.  3 minutes.  Jalisco is a powerful Latina superhero that fights crime through the tradition of folklorico dance.  Shorts Block #2.  Saturday, November 23 @ 1:40pm-2:57pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 3:30pm-4:47pm.  Room 104.  https://www.facebook.com/JALISCOSuperhero/https://jaliscosuperhero.com/

Ramona – This too shall pass directed by Rodrigo Moreno Fernandez.  20 minutes.  RGV.  A famous 80 year old female model reveals in front of a camera her torturous past.  Shorts Block #2.  Saturday, November 23 @ 1:40pm-2:57pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 3:30pm-4:47pm.  Room 104.  https://www.facebook.com/ramonamovie/.

Best Actress directed by Sadrak Zmork.  8 minutes.  Spain.  Candy Lewis just on an important film award and is giving a heartfelt speech.  Shorts Block #2.  Saturday, November 23 @ 1:40pm-2:57pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 3:30pm-4:47pm.  Room 104.

Lily directed by Adrienne Gruben.  26 minutes.  Documentary Short.  Artist, fugitive, trailblazer… the incredible true story of Lily Renee, who escaped Nazi occupied Vienna as a teenager, and went on to become one of the true pioneers during the Golden Age of Comics.  Shorts Block #2.  Saturday, November 23 @ 1:40pm-2:57pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 3:30pm-4:47pm.  Room 104.

Burqa City directed by Fabrice Bracq.  20 minutes.  France.  Souleymane and Leila just got married, for better or for worse.  The better is that they love each other very much.  The worse is that they live in an absurd and Kafkaesque country.  Shorts Block #2.  Saturday, November 23 @ 1:40pm-2:57pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 3:30pm-4:47pm.  Room 104.  http://www.fabricebracq.com/fabricebracq/accueil.html

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3:00pm.  Our Quinceanera directed by Fanny Veliz Grande.  75 minutes.  Documentary.  A high school principal in a small town in Texas hosts a yearly Quinceanera for students that can’t afford it.  The event started with four girls and it is now a celebration for 80 girls.  The entire border town of San Benito, TX gets together to reach these girls that with the power of community any dream can come true.  Saturday, November 23 @ 3:00pm-4:15pm.  Theater.  Sunday, November 24 @ 3:10pm-4:25pm.  Theater.  https://www.facebook.com/OurQuinceaneraFilm/.  $5.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-quinceanera-screening-1-tickets-78624486957.

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3:10pm.  Salvage directed by Amy Elliott.  57 minutes.  Documentary.  In Yellowknife, the remote capital of the Northwest Territories of Canada, the town dump is the city’s most popular and notorious manmade attraction, mined by a colorful community of thrifty locals.  But the new city administration is determined to see it tamed, and the battle for Yellowknife’s identity is on. Saturday, November 23 @ 3:10pm-4:07pm.  Room 104.  https://twitter.com/SalvageMovie.  $5.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salvage-screening-tickets-78625391663.

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3:30pm. Intermediate Special FX by Bridgette Trevino of AlterSwitchFX. Product and tool breakdown. Techniques. Slash effect demo. Room 103. https://www.facebook.com/BridgetteTrevinoArtist/ $5. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intermediate-special-effects-class-by-alterswitchfx-tickets-81086013449.

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4:15pm.  Shorts Block #3.  Room 104.  $5.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shorts-block-3-screening-saturday-tickets-78979723479. Films include:

A Line Birds Cannot See directed by Amy Bench.  9 minutes.  Animated Short.  Separated from her mother by smugglers at the border, a determined 12 year old sets out across a desert of Ciudad Juarez, and escapes kidnappers to find her mother and a place where they can be safe again.  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 23 @ 4:15pm-5:29pm.    Sunday, November 24 @ 5:00pm-6:14pm.  Room 104.  http://alinebirdscannotsee.com/https://www.facebook.com/alinebirdscannotsee/.   

Love in the Times of the Wall (Amor en los Tiempos del Muro) directed by Francisco Crisanto and Abel Gonzalez Del Toro.  16 minutes.  RGV.  A young couple migrates to the U.S. legally from Mexico and attempts to start a life.  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 23 @ 4:15pm-5:29pm.    Sunday, November 24 @ 5:00pm-6:14pm.  Room 104.

Without Shame (Sin Verguenza) directed by David E. Valdez.  13 minutes.  Two men cross paths somewhere in the hot Arizona desert.  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 23 @ 4:15pm-5:29pm.    Sunday, November 24 @ 5:00pm-6:14pm.  Room 104. 

The Drone directed by Wojciech Lorenc.  14 minutes.  A story of DJ, a small quadcopter who is simply trying to fit in.  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 23 @ 4:15pm-5:29pm.    Sunday, November 24 @ 5:00pm-6:14pm.  Room 104.  https://www.facebook.com/thatdronefilm/.

Latino$ + Film + USA directed by Mariana Gomez.  8 minutes.  Documentary Short.  An insight of the everyday struggles young Latino filmmakers go through to survive in the industry.  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 23 @ 4:15pm-5:29pm.    Sunday, November 24 @ 5:00pm-6:14pm.  Room 104.

Trivial directed by Fran Menchon and Sandra Reina.  14 minutes.  Spain.  Trivial Pursuit is already set up on the table, and Paloma and Miguel seem like the perfect opponents for an easy win.  Everything is going well until Paloma and Miguel take out a lucky coin and being to answer questions correctly.  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 23 @ 4:15pm-5:29pm.    Sunday, November 24 @ 5:00pm-6:14pm.  Room 104. 

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4:45pm.  Tigers are not Afraid directed by Issa Lopez.  84 minutes.  A haunting horror fairytale set against the backdrop of Mexico’s devastating drug wars, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID follows a group of orphaned children armed with three magical wishes, running from the ghosts that haunt them and the cartel that murdered their parents.  Saturday, November 23 @ 4:45pm-6:19pm.  Theater.  https://tigersarenotafraid.com/.  $5.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tigers-are-not-afraid-screening-tickets-78625548131.

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6:30.  Doors open.  Screening starts at 7pm.  Carol of the Bells directed by Joey Travolta with Q&A with RJ Mitte.  100 minutes.  A young man with a troubled past seeks out his biological mother. His world is turned upside down upon discovering that she is developmentally disabled. Unable to work through this new discovery on his own, the man’s wife takes matters into her own hands forcing her husband to face the truth and heal the past.  Saturday, November 23.  Doors open @ 6:30pm.  Screening starts @ 7:00pm.  Theater.  $10. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carol-of-the-bells-screening-tickets-78625991457.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2019

12:00pm.  Remember My Soul directed by Jillian Glantz.  88 minutes.  Documentary.  RGV.  The documentary unearths the history of Sephardic Jews in South Texas and explores how their contributions to regional customs and culture have shaped the identity of people in the borderlands.  Sunday, November 24 @ 12:00pm-1:24pm.  Theater.  https://www.facebook.com/remembermysoulmovie/.  $5.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/remember-my-soul-screening-tickets-78626127865.

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12:10pm.  Shorts #4.  Room 104.  $5.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shorts-block-4-tickets-78780960975. Films include:

A Day in the Park directed by Diego Porral Soldevilla.  3 minutes.  Animated Short.  Spain.  A monologue by a grandfather who explains to his grandkid how things used to be… or maybe how they are now.  Shorts Block #4.  Sunday, November 24 @ 12:10pm-1:14pm.  Room 104.

Tic directed by Christian Jacob Ramon.  8 minutes.  RGV.  A teenage learns a hard lesson in empathy with his little brother’s Tourette’s Syndrome when they are out at the movies one night.  Shorts Block #4.  Sunday, November 24 @ 12:10pm-1:14pm.  Room 104.

The Mariachi Woman directed by Adan Ruiz.  9 minutes.  Documentary Short.  Mexico.  Nancy is a mariachi woman who was unfairly imprisoned when she was mistaken as a trafficker while trying to cross the border into the United States.  Now, she is one of the few mariachi women to sing in Garibaldi.  Shorts Block #4.  Sunday, November 24 @ 12:10pm-1:14pm.  Room 104.  https://adanruiz.com/proyecto.php?id=1

I, Monster directed by Paco Ruiz.  15 minutes.  Spain.  A method actor, during the shooting of a horror film, is unable to kill the lead actor of the film.  He has forgotten how to be a monster… and how to be himself.  Shorts Block #4.  Sunday, November 24 @ 12:10pm-1:14pm.  Room 104.

Born directed by Leonardo Perez Garcia.  17 minutes.  Spain.  Abelardo, tired of his daily fight with life, wants to leave everything behind and be free.  But his adventure towards the unknown is hindered by the emergence of a deep rooted suffering in his self.  A strange creature appears to show him that the only possible way out is facing his fears. Shorts Block #4.  Sunday, November 24 @ 12:10pm-1:14pm.  Room 104.

Bills Included directed by Javier Macipe.  22 minutes.  Spain.  The tenant agrees to ignore the existence of “The Other”, in such a way that both live in the apartment as if it were for individual use. Conversations with each other, physical contact of any kind, as well as mere accidental or visual contact are forbidden. In conclusion, any manifestation of recognition on the part of the tenant that shares the use of the apartment with “The Other”. Shorts Block #4.  Sunday, November 24 @ 12:10pm-1:14pm.  Room 104.

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1:00pm. On and Off-Screen Inclusivity of People of All Abilities Discussion by RJ Mitte.  60 minutes. Exploring the importance of ensuring that on-screen and off-screen environments accurately represent how our world looks, inclusive of those of all abilities. As the conversations around diversity becomes more prevalent in the way casting is handled, this panel will discuss how the industry can grow to be more inclusive, and what the areas of opportunity are. The significance of people of all abilities seeing themselves represented on screen and in behind-the-scenes entertainment industry careers is so important and what it will take for more authentic on-screen portrayals of cognitive, speech, developmental, and mobility disabilities.  Sunday, November 24 @ 1pm-2pm.  Room 103.  $5. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/on-and-off-screen-inclusivity-of-people-of-all-abilities-tickets-78626266279.

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1:45pm.  Harvest Season directed by Bernardo Ruiz.  83 minutes.  Documentary.  Harvest Season delves into the lives of people who work behind the scenes of the premium California wine industry, during one of the most dramatic grape harvests in recent memory.  Sunday, November 24 @ 1:45pm-2:58pm.  Theater.  https://bernardoruiz.com/.  $5.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harvest-season-screening-tickets-78626386639.

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1:45pm.  Texas Filmmakers’ Showcase.  90 minutes.    Sunday, November 24 @ 1:45pm-3:15pm.  Room 104.  $5.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/texas-filmmakers-showcase-2019-tickets-78626573197. Films include:

Bagatelle directed by Daniel Levin.  A Russian cellist is stranded in Texas countryside as she tries to reconcile everyday life and her commitment to art.

            –Boxer Story directed by Lance Myers.  Amateur boxer, Twomey Martin, suffers from a rare and absurd affliction:  the sound of each punch to his face is audible as a one-liner joke.  And even though he dreams of one day becoming a serious contender in a title fight, all anyone ever hears are the ‘punch lines.’

            –Gopherit directed by Bryan Poyser.  12 minutes.  A freelancer working for a job matching website gets hired to help a dominatrix with her invoices but finds out there’s more to the job than he thought.

            –I am Mackenzie directed by Artemis Anastasiadou.  20 minutes.  Caught among toxic masculinity, a sequin dress and a teenage crush, a teen skate, growing up in rural Texas, will have sex for the first time in the back of their dad’s truck.

            –In the Space Between Ages directed by Travis Lee Ratcliff.  A portrait of the sculptor, Dony Mac Manus, who has rejected much of contemporary art in favor of a return to the ideals of the renaissance.  Dony’s life and work raises questions about our experience of time and history.  How do we navigate the past, tradition, and form our identity in the present in response to these forces?

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3:10pm.  Our Quinceanera directed by Fanny Veliz Grande.  75 minutes.  Documentary.  A high school principal in a small town in Texas hosts a yearly Quinceanera for students that can’t afford it.  The event started with four girls and it is now a celebration for 80 girls.  The entire border town of San Benito, TX gets together to reach these girls that with the power of community any dream can come true.  Saturday, November 23 @ 3:00pm-4:15pm.  Theater.  Sunday, November 24 @ 3:10pm-4:25pm.  Theater.  https://www.facebook.com/OurQuinceaneraFilm/.  $5.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-quinceanera-screening-2-tickets-78625110823.

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3:30pm.  Shorts #2.  Room 104.  $5.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shorts-block-2-screening-sunday-tickets-78801709033. Films include:

Jalisco directed by Kayden Phoenix.  3 minutes.  Jalisco is a powerful Latina superhero that fights crime through the tradition of folklorico dance.  Shorts Block #2.  Saturday, November 23 @ 1:40pm-2:57pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 3:30pm-4:47pm.  Room 104.  https://www.facebook.com/JALISCOSuperhero/https://jaliscosuperhero.com/

Ramona – This too shall pass directed by Rodrigo Moreno Fernandez.  20 minutes.  RGV.  A famous 80 year old female model reveals in front of a camera her torturous past.  Shorts Block #2.  Saturday, November 23 @ 1:40pm-2:57pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 3:30pm-4:47pm.  Room 104.  https://www.facebook.com/ramonamovie/.

Best Actress directed by Sadrak Zmork.  8 minutes.  Spain.  Candy Lewis just on an important film award and is giving a heartfelt speech.  Shorts Block #2.  Saturday, November 23 @ 1:40pm-2:57pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 3:30pm-4:47pm.  Room 104.

Lily directed by Adrienne Gruben.  26 minutes.  Documentary Short.  Artist, fugitive, trailblazer… the incredible true story of Lily Renee, who escaped Nazi occupied Vienna as a teenager, and went on to become one of the true pioneers during the Golden Age of Comics.  Shorts Block #2.  Saturday, November 23 @ 1:40pm-2:57pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 3:30pm-4:47pm.  Room 104.

Burqa City directed by Fabrice Bracq.  20 minutes.  France.  Souleymane and Leila just got married, for better or for worse.  The better is that they love each other very much.  The worse is that they live in an absurd and Kafkaesque country.  Shorts Block #2.  Saturday, November 23 @ 1:40pm-2:57pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 3:30pm-4:47pm.  Room 104.  http://www.fabricebracq.com/fabricebracq/accueil.html

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4:00pm. Filming in Brownsville.  60 minutes.  Brownsville Film Society talks about using your resources to increase production value and reduce costs in the city of Brownsville. Sunday, November 24 @ 4pm-5pm.  Room 103. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/filming-in-brownsville-presented-by-brownsville-film-society-tickets-80142962759.

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5:00pm.  Foster Boy directed by Youssef Delara.  109 minutes.  Michael Trainer is a lawyer at the center of a trial in which a for-profit foster care agency puts a known sex offender into the same foster home as his young client Jamal, with catastrophic results.  Sunday, November 24 @ 5:00pm-6:50pm.  Theater.  https://www.facebook.com/fosterboyofficial/ . https://www.fosterboy.com/. $5.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/foster-boy-screening-tickets-78626741701.

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5:00pm.  Shorts Block #3.  Room 104.  $5.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shorts-block-3-screening-sunday-tickets-79007853617. Films include:

A Line Birds Cannot See directed by Amy Bench.  9 minutes.  Animated Short.  Separated from her mother by smugglers at the border, a determined 12 year old sets out across a desert of Ciudad Juarez, and escapes kidnappers to find her mother and a place where they can be safe again.  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 23 @ 12:10pm-1:125pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 5:00pm-6:14pm.  Room 104.  http://alinebirdscannotsee.com/https://www.facebook.com/alinebirdscannotsee/.   

Love in the Times of the Wall (Amor en los Tiempos del Muro) directed by Francisco Crisanto and Abel Gonzalez Del Toro.  16 minutes.  RGV.  A young couple migrates to the U.S. legally from Mexico and attempts to start a life.  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 23 @ 12:10pm-1:125pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 5:00pm-6:14pm.  Room 104.

Without Shame (Sin Verguenza) directed by David E. Valdez.  13 minutes.  Two men cross paths somewhere in the hot Arizona desert.  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 23 @ 12:10pm-1:125pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 5:00pm-6:14pm.  Room 104. 

The Drone directed by Wojciech Lorenc.  14 minutes.  A story of DJ, a small quadcopter who is simply trying to fit in.  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 23 @ 12:10pm-1:125pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 5:00pm-6:14pm.  Room 104.  https://www.facebook.com/thatdronefilm/.

Latino$ + Film + USA directed by Mariana Gomez.  8 minutes.  Documentary Short.  An insight of the everyday struggles young Latino filmmakers go through to survive in the industry.  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 23 @ 12:10pm-1:125pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 5:00pm-6:14pm.  Room 104.

Trivial directed by Fran Menchon and Sandra Reina.  14 minutes.  Spain.  Trivial Pursuit is already set up on the table, and Paloma and Miguel seem like the perfect opponents for an easy win.  Everything is going well until Paloma and Miguel take out a lucky coin and being to answer questions correctly.  Shorts Block #3.  Saturday, November 23 @ 12:10pm-1:125pm.  Sunday, November 24 @ 5:00pm-6:14pm.  Room 104. 

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7:00pm.  Doors open.  Screening starts at 7:30pm.  14th Annual 36 Hour Film Race Results.  Theater.  $10. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/14th-annual-36-hour-film-race-results-tickets-78627156943.