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2013 South Texas Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

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The 2nd annual South Texas Underground Film Festival, running Oct. 3-6 in Corpus Christi, Texas, is a massive celebration of international alternative cinema, including plenty from Texas filmmakers, of course.

The fest opened on the 3rd with the drop-dead hilarious comedy Pictures of Superheroes by Austin filmmaker Don Swaynos.

But, there’s still plenty more to see throughout the jam-packed weekend wherein films screen from morning until, well, early into the next morning.

The film that’s absolutely not to be missed is the screening on the 6th at 10:30 a.m. of Savage Witches, the amazing celebration of the art of filmmaking by British directors Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais. A colorful spectacle of multiple filmmaking styles, Savage Witches is a real joy to experience.

Also to be on the lookout for are on the 5th at 11:00 a.m. is the new rockin’ documentary Mondo Fuzz: Twilight of the Idles by Andy Ray Lemon about Austin’s current garage music scene; and on the 6th at 4:30 p.m. is Elias’ disturbing horror meditation Gut.

Plus, there are films from all over the world, like Switzerland’s Halb So Wild (Never Mind) by Jeshua Dreyfus; Ireland’s HSP: There Is No Escape From the Terrors of the Mind by Rouzbeh Rashidi; Spain’s The Expanse of Heaven by Karlos Alastruey; and more.

And there are loads of short films by the likes of Aaron Zeghers, Kevin D. Lonano, Leslie Supnet and way, way more.

The full South Texas Underground Film Festival screening lineup is below, but please visit the fest’s official website for more info, including info on other events, such as music performances, seminars and the proverbial more.

October 3

7:30 p.m.: Pictures of Superheroes, dir. Don Swaynos. A professional cleaning woman gets dumped by her boyfriend then begins working for a neurotic businessman.
Screening with:
Sad Bastard Hero, dir. Mike Cuenca
Luminaris, dir. Juan Pablo Zaramella

October 4

10:30 a.m.: “Kiss My Turku”
They Rest in the North, dir. Esa Jussila
No Family, dir. Rami Airola Mom
The Duke: Faith of Humanity, dir. Paul J. Helin

12:30 p.m.: Kaptn Oskar, dir. Tom Lass. Following a disastrous relationship, a gay man attempts to control his next relationship without acknowledging his new lover’s emotional issues.

2:00 p.m.: Halb So Wild (Never Mind), dir. Jeshua Dreyfus. Five friends on a relaxing trip stir up trouble when they start playing a game in which each player is forced to be brutally honest with everyone.

3:30 p.m.: I Love You, Apple, I Love You, Orange, dir. Horam Kim. A woman has a enough trouble dealing with her boyfriend, but her situation becomes extremely strange when the food in her house begin talking to her.

5:30 p.m.: Dwellings Close, dir. Jorge Cuaik. A real estate agent and a mysterious woman get locked in a house from which escape proves extremely difficult.

5:30 p.m.: “Shorts 1”
Up, dir. Scott Fitzpatrick
Dubus, dir. Alexei Dmitriev
Heart Shaped Bruises, dir. Diego Ramirez
Filth, dir. Emma Varker
Documentary Underground Romance “Psyche”, dir. Nikita Bulgakov
Abstract?, dir. Alexei Dmitriev
Places With Meaning, dir. Scott Fitzpatrick
Fake Feminine, dir. Hea Jung Joo
Hermeneutics, dir. Alexei Dmitriev
Shiuli: In Search of My Goddess, dir. Amartya Bhattacharyya

6:30 p.m.: “Shorts 2: Animation”
Clink, dir. Alireza Nosrati
Catalyst: Trial 8, dir. Sebastian Kawar, Nick Eisele, Michael Mueller
Heads and Tails, dir. Lana Simanenkova
El Castigo (The Punishment), dir. Nelson Fernandes
How to Care for Introverts, dir. Leslie Supnet
Game Over, dir. Seyed Mohsen Pourmohseni Shakib

7:00 p.m.: Must Come Down, dir. Kenny Riches. Two grown women still act like children and are forced to grow up.
Screening with:
Social Butterfly, dir. Lauren Wolkstein

7:30 p.m.: The Cardboard Bernini, dir. Olympia Stone. Artist James Grashow attempts to build a giant cardboard fountain in this documentary profile.

7:30 p.m.: “Shorts 3: Experimental”
Capacities, dir. Kuesti Fraun
((In Stasis)), dir. Aaron Zeghers
Erasure, dir. Chance Taylor
How to Talk to Kids, dir. Scott Fitzpatrick
The Divided Line, dir. Mel Miskell
Ben, dir. Kuesti Fraun
Where Have You Been All My Life, dir. Chance Taylor
Living on the Edge, dir. Aaron Zeghers
Being Home, dir. Kuesti Fraun
Chroma, dir. Jeremy Moss
Spectroscopy, dir. Leslie Supnet
Swing Low, dir. Kuesti Fraun
The Voice of God, dir. Bernd Lützeler

8:00 p.m.: “Music Visuals”
Die Krupps: Risikofaktor, dir. Rogelio Salinas
Broken Down the Walls Movement 3: The Curse, The Cross and the Lion Symphony, dir. Nathan Felix
Cold Living: Spirit Vine, dir. Mike Cuenca
Corpus Music, dir. John Rosales
Lightning in a Jug, dir. Paul Gonzalez
Untitled, dir. John Rosales

9:00 p.m.: “Shorts Block 4”
The Life of a Dog, dir. Renny McCauly
Unplugged, dir. John Lambert
Discernment, dir. Jimmy Willden
Nana’s Brunch, dir. Brandon Santiago
Screenwriters Brigade, dir. Antoinette Anders

9:00 p.m.: “Texas Filmmakers Showcase”
Cork’s Cattlebarron, dir. Eric Steele
The Garden and the Wilderness, dir. Craig Whitney
Hellion, dir. Kat Candler
Little Lions, dir. Tony Costello
Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John, dir. Angela & Mark Walley
Vultures of Tibet, dir. Russell Oliver Bush

10:30 p.m.: Breakin LA, dir. Lemus & Castro. German bicycle enthusiasts travel to Los Angeles and attempt to explore the city.

11:00 p.m.: “Shorts 12”
The Trip, dir. Michael Cory
Mimsy’s Grave, dir. Rodrigo Cirpiano
The Specialists, dir. Brett Mauser

12:00 a.m.: Buck Wild, dir. Tyler Glodt. Four friends on a hunting trip turns into a nightmare when they accidentally kill the owner of the property they’re hunting on.

October 5

10:00 a.m.: HSP: There Is No Escape From the Terrors of the Mind, dir. Rouzbeh Rashidi. A man journeys across surreal landscapes.

11:00 a.m.: Mondo Fuzz: Twilight of the Idles, dir. Andy Ray Lemon. Dive into the world of Austin, Texas’ garage rock scene in this documentary.

12:00 p.m.: El Coyote: The Last Movie, dir. Sergio Coyote & Damien Rodriguez. While filming a movie about a serial killer who becomes a hero in Mexico, an American film crew gets visited by local gangsters.

12:45 p.m.: Subcultured: The Rise of DIY Rock in Corpus Christi (1985-1995), dir. Richard Guerrero. This documentary probes into the DIY music scene that rocked Corpus Christi, Texas. Featuring bands Right Turn Clyde, Sweet Daddy, Childman, Angkor Wat, Brutal Poverty and more.

1:30 p.m.: The Expanse of Heaven (La extensión del cielo), dir. Karlos Alastruey. A half dozen survivors try to eke out an existence on a deserted continent.

2:45 p.m.: When We Ruled H-Town, dir. Joseph “J” Schneider. This documentary looks into the past musical greatness of Houston, Texas. Featuring the bands Taste of Garlic, Deadhorse, Spunk, 30Footfall, Manhole and more.

3:00 p.m.: Sujet, dir. Geoff Norris. A spaceman on a long, lonely journey loses his mind while sleeping in suspended animation.

5:00 p.m.: “Shorts 5: Horror”
Sleepwalk, dir. Laura Salvini
Melancolia, dir. Vojta Zak
Refugio, dir. Ivan Villamel
115. 8 (Eight), dir. Raul Cerezo
Reckoning, dir. Ivan Malekin
Arose the Coward, dir. Buddy Calvo
Space Dracula, dir. Kevin D. Lonano
Maria, dir. Iina Hänninen
Seven Deadly Sins, dir. Cary Cadena
Sloth, dir. Brett Mauser
Wrath, dir. Sergio Campa

7:30 p.m.: Billy Bang: Long Overdue, dir. Oscar Sanders. This documentary profiles jazz composer Billy Bang and delves into the spirit of creativity that goes into making great music.

8:30 p.m.: Motivational Growth, dir. Don Thacker. A talking fungus becomes the life coach to a loser.

9:00 p.m.: “Shorts 9”
Movement 3 – Broken Down the Walls: The Curse, The Cross & The Lion Symphony Music, dir. by Nathan Felix
Kako Samostao Bez Krila (How I Lost My Wings), dir. Ivan Tasic
The Plum Tree, dir. Kippy Edge
Vartul (Circle), dir. Santosh Ram
On the Border, dir. Ahmed Gharib
The Soul of the East Side, dir. Veronica R. Hernandez
Game Over, dir. Seyed Mohsen Pourmohseni Shakib
Jesus of Nacogdoches, dir. John Lambert

10:30 p.m.: Blood Cousins, dir. Comedia A Go-Go (Regan Arevalos, Jess Castro & Larry Garza). Four cousins reconnect on the occasion of their grandmother’s death.

10:30 p.m.: The Missing Piece: Mona Lisa, Her Thief, The True Story, dir. Joe Medeiros. This documentary probes into just why art thief Vincenzo Peruggia stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre.

12:15 a.m.: Blood Cousins, dir. Comedia A Go-Go (Regan Arevalos, Jess Castro & Larry Garza). Four cousins reconnect on the occasion of their grandmother’s death.

12:15 a.m.: A Measure of the Sin, dir. Jeff Wedding. After a young girl’s mother dies, the child goes to live with a family ruled by a sinister man.

October 6

10:30 a.m.: Savage Witches, dir. Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais. Two teenage girls find themselves at the intersection of fantasy and reality.

12:00 p.m.: Break Through, dir. Aaron Hosé. This documentary investigates the 2010 incident in which a gay teenager committed suicide after an illegal video was posted of him in a sexual encounter, and also looks at the larger issue of sexuality and privacy in the video age.

12:30 p.m.: Dias Como Navajas (Days Like Razors), dir. pitu.the.kid. Five teenagers live on the outskirts of society in Valparaiso, Chile.

1:00 p.m.: “Shorts 8: Comedy”
Margot Rourke & The Boys Club, dir. Susan Burke
Adult Contemporary, dir. Sean Ferris
Aryl & Ybur, dir. Tara Tusher
Call Me Crazy, dir. Beau Batterson & Adam Orton
Amy Kidd: Zombie Speech Pathologist, dir. Audrey Noone

1:15 p.m.: March On, dir. Laura McFerrin. This documentary follows five families as they live through the modern Equality Movement.

1:50 p.m.: The Dolls of Lisbon, dir. Ethan H. Minsker. This documentary tries to answer the question, “If you knew being an artist would be this much of a struggle, would you still have taken this path?”

2:00 p.m.: “Shorts 9: Drama”
Hit and Run, dir. Luke McKay
Palabras Pendientes (Things Left Unsaid), dir. Juan Carlos Guerra
Is This It?, dir. Graeme Noble
Vartul (Circle), dir. Santosh Ram
Without a Notch of Blue, dir. Sumantra Roy
First Days, dir. Cinema Ensemble (Ohad Regev)

3:05 p.m.: “Shorts 11”
Me, dir. Adolfo Mora
Finding Franklin, dir. Alex Bohs
Welcome to New York, dir. Steven Tylor O‚’Connor
The Game of Life, dir. Cedric T. Smith

3:10 p.m.: Never Records: You Are Not Listening, dir. Jason Wyche. Artist/musician Ted Riederer and his Never Records project is profiled in this documentary.

4:00 p.m.: “Shorts 10: Documentary”
Southmost U.S.A., dir. Trish Dalton
A Man Since Long Time, dir. Mahmoud Yossry
Pinch-Point: Motorists & Cyclists in Cambridge, dir. Bradley Stearn

4:30 p.m.: Gut, dir. Elias. A man who feels like he is just sleepwalking through life watches an incredibly disturbing video that shakes his universe to the very core.

4:45 p.m.: Vosot: Voice Over/Sound on Tape, dir. Brett Mauser. Behind the scenes of a small town TV station.

5:00 p.m.: “Shorts 7”
Alejandro Part 1, dir. Alejandro Chrstian Noyola and Dr. Sonia Adriana Noyola
King HS Shorts


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