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2013 San Antonio Film Festival: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ June 19, 2013

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The San Antonio Film Festival celebrates their astounding 19th year in high style on June 19-23 when it commandeers three separate theaters — the Embassy, Northwest 14, and Palladium — with a densely-packed screening schedule of thought-provoking and entertaining independent movies.

Opening Night: While the fest’s first day and night of programming on the 19th includes 11 feature films and one block of shorts, the main event is the 7:00 p.m. screening of Story of Luke at the Palladium that will feature appearances by film stars Seth Green and Lou Taylor Pucci and director Alonso Mayo.

Other Special Events: On June 20th at 7:00 p.m., director Annette Haywood-Carter and writer Ken Carter will attend the screening of their Southern drama, Savannah; while on the 21st, horror icon Robert Englund and veteran character actor John Glover will attend the screening of Sanitarium, the thriller anthology in which they both star. Also, on June 22 at 3:00 p.m. is a block of short films all directed by high school students, which is a terrific way to show support for young filmmaking talent.

Other films in the fest include a documentary about the World Trade Center, 16 Acres; the teenage vampire flick Rufus; the inspiring stand-up armed service veterans of Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor; the black market investigation of Tales From the Organ Trade; the crime caper Spring Eddy; thirteen blocks of short films; and tons more.

The full San Antonio Film Festival lineup is below. For more info, please visit the fest’s official website.

June 19

12:30 p.m.: 16 Acres, dir. Mike Marucci. Chronicling the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in New York City.

12:30 p.m.: Uprising, dir. Fredrik Stanton. An inside look at the Egyptian revolution.

12:30 p.m.: Brasslands, dir. The Meerkat Media Collective. Witness the world’s largest trumpet competition held in a tiny Serbian village.

3:00 p.m.: Spring Eddy, dir. George Anson. A criminal on the lam picks up a pretty hitchhiker, witnesses a Texas sheriff commit murder and robs a bank.

3:00 p.m.: “Shorts 1”
Synchrony, dir. Kacey Morrow
Crosshairs, dir. Matt Stryker
Winter Storm, dir. Attila Adam
Pipelines, dir. Maciej Pasynkiewicz
The World Outside, dir. Zachary Kerschen
Beatrice Coron’s Daily Battles, dir. James Stewart
Escape Act, dir. Jaron Downs
Just Grate, dir. Wendy Keeling

3:00 p.m.: Dave, dir. Eric Geadelmann. A coach uses basketball to help an intellectually disabled teenager.

7:00 p.m.: My Father & The Man in Black, dir. Jonathan Holiff. A profile of Johnny Cash and his manager Saul Holiff, who committed suicide.

7:00 p.m.: Wet Behind the Ears, dir. Sloan Copeland. A recent college graduate attempts to find a job.

7:00 p.m.: Story of Luke, dir. Alonso Mayo. A young man with autism attempts to make his way in the world.

9:15 p.m.: Broken Glass, dir. Daniel Chave. An amnesiac man attempts to figure out his own past while attending a group meeting.

9:15 p.m.: Lucy & Jake, dir. R. Michael Berrier. A newspaper reporter cheats on her boyfriend with a visiting dancer.

9:15 p.m.: Delusions of Grandeur, dir. Iris Almaraz. The loves and lives and a trio of young urbanites living in San Francisco.

June 20

12:30 p.m.: Last Paradise: Global Quest, dir. Clive Neeson. Chronicling the lives of extreme sports pioneers.

12:30 p.m.: GMO OMG, dir. Jeremy Seifert. A look at the modern practice of genetically engineering our food.

12:30 p.m.: “Shorts 2”
Three Secrets for Success, dir. Arturo Casares Cortina
The Happy Couple, dir. Kevin Welch
Machinehead, dir. Micah Gallagher
Red, dir. Channing Godfrey Peoples
Foxed!, dir. James Stewart
The Devil’s Luck, dir. Scott Milder
Shoelace, dir. John Paul Fischbach
A.B.S., dir. Brighid Fleming

3:00 p.m.: Where the Trail Ends, dir. Jeremy Grant. Freeride mountain bikers search for untraveled terrain all over the planet.

3:00 p.m.: “Shorts 3”
Stryngs, dir. Derek Presley
The Return of the Pri, dir. Patricio Salinas
Granny Baby, dir. Eva Colmers
Tinker, dir. Justin Plummer III & Martin Strauss
To Be Gray, dir. Ryan Britton

3:00 p.m.: Black & White and Dead All Over, dir. Chris Foster. An examination of the modern newspaper industry.

7:00 p.m.: Sick Mick and the Boys, dir. Jose Asuncion. Brothers attempt to break the motorcycle land speed record.

7:00 p.m.: “Shorts 4”
Faisal Goes West, dir. Bentley Brown
The Whirl Is Not Enough, dir. Markus Bauer
The Midwife’s Husband, dir. Deja Bernhardt
Genesis, dir. Isaac Kerlow

7:00 p.m.: Savannah, dir. Annette Haywood-Carter. A man ditches his plantation heritage to lead a life of leisure traveling along the river.

9:15 p.m.: Blood Cousins, dir. Regan Arevalos, Larry Garza and Jess Castro. Four cousins reconnect on the occasion of their grandmother’s death.

9:15 p.m.: Missing Piece: The Truth About the Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa, dir. Joe Medeiros. A profile of Vincenzo Peruggia, who stole the Mona Lisa in 1911.

9:15 p.m.: “Shorts 5”
Cavedigger, dir. Jeffrey Karoff
Crisalida, dir. Alejandro Enmanuel Alonso Estrella, Esther de Rothschild, Rosanna Mendez Gonzales & Laura Costa Canta
Harvest, dir. Ayda Erbal
Ghocial, dir. Travis Lippert
Born to Dance This Way, dir. Jerell Rosales

June 21

12:30 p.m.: Gorging, dir. Brian Olliver. An examination of the sport of descending into canyons.

12:30 p.m.: You’ll Be a Man, dir. Benoit Cohen. A wayward 20-something learns life lessons from his new 10-year-old friend.

12:30 p.m.: “Shorts 6”
A House, A Home, dir. Daniel Fickle
Broken, dir. Wolfgang Bodison
Music Video, dir. Ari Gold
About Time, dir. Joseph Megel
The Upside of Down, dir. Brett Webster
Wholehearted, dir. Christopher Leps
Silent Wave, dir. Sudeep Kanwal

3:00 p.m.: “Shorts 7”
What Is the Price, dir. Sergio Yunta
New Era, dir. Erica Silverman & Zachary Taylor
Mr. Bellpond, dir. A. Todd Smith
The Mission, dir. Nate Watkin
A Perfect Day, dir. Adam Rubin
Book “The Spaces Between”, dir. Brad Milne

3:00 p.m.: “Shorts 8”
Somebody, dir. Doug Van Bebber
Cool Shades, dir. Evan Weinerman
Baggage, dir. Ivan Kander
Mail (Male) Order, dir. Caroline Banks
The Fabled Fable, dir. Bramwell Noah & Dan Noah
King Lion, dir. Taylor James Johnson, Dylan Cody Altman & Christopher Earle Haley
Curse of the Sunset Starlet, dir. Lori Precious

3:00 p.m.: A.K.A. Doc Pomus, dir. William Hechter & Peter Miller. A profile of the legendary blues singer.

7:00 p.m.: Tales From the Organ Trade, dir. Ric Esther Bienstock. A look at black-market organ trafficking.

7:00 p.m.: “Shorts 9”
Right There, dir. Florence Buchanan
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, dir. Callan Harrison & Aidan Ander
Potosi, dir. Lisa Rhoden Boyd
Desert Road Kill, dir. Michael Carreno
Late Night Coffee, dir. Christian Hawx

7:00 p.m.: Sanitarium, dir. Bryan Ortiz, Kerry Valderrama & Bryan Ramirez. An anthology film of three tales of patients in a mental institution.

9:15 p.m.: Virgin Alexander, dir. Sean Fallon & Charlotte Barrett. In order to save his house, a virgin turns it into a brothel.

9:15 p.m.: Horizon Sky, dir. Dmitry Marinin & Andrey Kureychik. A young Belorussian rock musician attempts to move on with his life after discovering he is HIV positive.

9:15 p.m.: Leave It on the Track, dir. Benjamin Pascoe. Two Roller Derby teams compete for their place in history.

June 22

12:30 p.m.: Out of Print, dir. Vivienne Roumani. Chronicling the changes in the modern book publishing industry.

12:30 p.m.: Champion, dir. Kevin Nations & Robin Nations. A cattle dog stops doing her job and her master has to decide to replace or keep her.

3:00 p.m.: “Shorts 10”
The Bagel Chronicle, dir. Arielle Solomon
The Condition, dir. Stephen Graziano
The Secret Keeper, dir. Bears Fonte
Martha!, dir. Haley Anderson
The Associate, dir. Shane Leal-Willett
Goldtooth, dir. Lauren Brinkman
The Shooting Star Salesman, dir. Kico Velarde

3:00 p.m.: “High School Shorts”
Speak Slow, dir. Amanda N. Garza
Lost Tales of a Senior, dir. Matt Stanasolovich
Recipe for Love, dir. Gwyneth Christoffel
The Exterminator, dir. Nicholas Rodriguez
Powder, Patch, Ball, dir. Logan Puente
Craft and Courtship, dir. Max Montoya
Killer App, dir. Elizabeth Herrick
A Quest for Peace: Nonviolence Among Religions, dir. Matthew Evans
Forever Yours, dir. Anna Clark
The Guardian, dir. Adrian Garcia
Feeling the Drift, dir. Daniel Panchevre
Mixed Signals, dir. Steven Martinez
What I’ve Done, dir. Joshua Perez
Chocolate, dir. Ruben Garcia
Firestarter, dir. Coral Mendez & Mia Mendez
Marty, dir. Geoffrey James

3:00 p.m.: Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor, dir. John Wager. Five wounded service members are mentored in the world of stand-up comedy by Zach Galifianakis, Bob Saget and Lewis Black.

7:00 p.m.: “Shorts 11”
Franky and the Ant, dir. Billy Hayes
Root, dir. Caleb Johnson
Ojala, dir. Ryan Velasquez
Pilo Y Gloria, dir. Mauricio Coronado
Arose the Coward, dir. Buddy Calvo
Strange Luck, dir. Daniel Maldonado

7:00 p.m.: Thursday’s Speaker, dir. Gary Hebert. A drunken degenerate pretends to be sober at his twelve-step program meetings.

9:15 p.m.: Symphony of Silence, dir. Cedric Smith. A sensitive teenager gets bullied both at home and at school.

9:15 p.m.: Deputized, dir. Susan Hagedorn. Examining the case of the murder of Marcelo Lucero on Long Island and the community’s systemic racism that led to the killing.

June 23

12:30 p.m.: “Shorts 12”
The Man With All the Marbles, dir. Hans Montelius
Crossings, dir. Amos Ezra Katz
The Favorite, dir. Lyvia A. Martinez
Breakdown, dir. Brayden Yoder
La Marqueta Barbershop, dir. Elizabeth Lawrence

12:30 p.m.: From Queens to Cairo, dir. Sherif Sadek. A documentary filmmaker takes his family to Egypt following the recent revolution.

12:30 p.m.: Dream Team 1935, dir. Aigars Grauba. Remembering the first European Championship basketball game in 1935.

3:00 p.m.: “Shorts 13”
Unorthodox, dir. Patrick Waismann
Crossing the River, dir. Emilie McDonald
Juaritos, dir. H. F. Crum
Freedom Deal, dir. Jason “Jack RO” Rosette
Profile, dir. John Swansiger
No One Knows, dir. Bunee Tomlinson
Death by Chinese Junk, dir. Peter Navarro

3:00 p.m.: Rufus, dir. Dave Schultz. A teenage vampire avoids capture by the pharmaceutical company that wants to harvest his genome.

3:00 p.m.: Medora, dir. Davy Rothbart & Andrew Cohn. A high school basketball team struggles during their small town’s recession.

7:00 p.m.: Life According to Sam, dir. Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine. A profile of Sam Berns, who is rapidly aging.

9:15 p.m.: “Awards Ceremony”