THURSDAY JULY 12TH
AT CROWLEY THEATER
10AM | CROWLEY THEATER
A short film about Milton Glaser, the creator of the infamous I Heart NY symbol and his struggle to find love for the city in a trying time.
SHORT DOC | USA | World Wide Premiere (Tribeca 2018), 6mins.
RISK TAKER is the story of black woman daring greatness in America. It chronicles Jacqueline Alexander's years long odyssey in creation of her healthy snack food brand - "KNOW YOUR FRUIT", in the hyper competitive, white male dominated food industry.
TRAILER | USA | World Premiere, 3mins.
93Queen is a film about female empowerment—in a neighborhood where you'd least expect to find it.Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, 93Queen follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are smashing the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City. With unprecedented and insider access, 93Queen offers a unique portrayal of a group of religious women who are taking matters into their own hands to change their own community from within.
FEATURE DOC | Texas Premiere, 84mins.
12PM | SHORTS PROGRAM 1 | CROWLEY THEATER
Isabel and Lupita are two sisters who immigrated together from Mexico to Texas seeking a better life, however, life has other plans. Already financially struggling, when Lupita finds herself positive for cancer again after being in remission, overdue hospital bills stack up among too many Chinese take-outs. Isabel finds her solace in her Catholic faith, while her sister prefers literature over the Lord. As Lupita battles her second round of cancer, she finds peace knowing she will not survive and asks Isabel to commit the ultimate sin for her.
Tani Paige Shukla
SHORT | USA | 13mins.
In 1979, an up-and-coming local newscaster prepares to cover an anti-Ku Klux Klan protest in Greensboro, North Carolina, realizing as she practices that she may never be ready for the events to come. Five years later, in 1984, she is still not sure.
Courtney Faye Powell
SHORT | USA | Texas Premiere, 10mins.
Secret Drum Band - DaDaDa is the official music video for Secret Drum Band's first single off the album Dynamics. Taking from the experience of a live performance, images of the 6 piece band performing DaDaDa are overlaid with images of liquid light. As the song progresses with driving percussion, distorted guitar and echoey vocals the band gets lost and intertwined in a psychedelic world.
MUSIC VIDEO | USA | 4mins.
Grace is five. She wants milk and cookies. Everyday. Real bad.
Patrick Mulvey and Andrew Scott-Ramsay
SHORT | USA | 8mins.
In the midst of the political upheaval of the early 1990s, an Estonian girl and a Russian boy reach across cultural lines to unite over a shared bottle of American soda.
SHORT | ESTONIA | USA + Texas Premiere, 21mins.
2PM | CROWLEY THEATER
American performance artist Narcissister takes a smart, sassy, spectacle-rich approach to exploring the kinds of sexual fetishism that notoriously fix racial and gender stereotypes. She combines unabashed eroticism, humor, and poignancy to stretch viewers' sensibilities and achieve surprising psychic effects. Narcissister Organ Player is originally a Bessie Awards-nominated performance that takes place in a metaphorical restaurant where Narcissister, unsated by a few spinach leaves, tries to eat the restaurant furniture and ends up "consuming herself" by entering and traveling through her own body, represented by an enormous onstage puppet. The artist's loss provokes an exploration of how her own complex, interracial family history has compelled her to create the masked, erotic performance character Narcissister. Enriched by Martha Colburn's original animation, Narcissister Organ Player is a hybrid personal documentary/performance film that is a vibrant portrait of a family, a radical artistic practice, and an exploration of how ancestral data is stored in our bodies, impacting the lives we lead.
FEATURE | USA | 93mins.
4PM | CROWLEY THEATER
In 2014, Franco-American director couple Sébastien Carayol and Katie Callan set their camera in Marfa, Texas. Commissioned by French/German network ARTE, their art/documentary series I ART MARFA 's aim was to examine the heritage of Donald Judd in town -a presence so indelible, it unexpectedly turned this isolated corner of Texas into an international art hub.
Through five portraits, they followed five notable Marfians in their daily adventures, questioning the idea of living, thriving and creating in this seemingly remote locale - and how Marfa changed their lives.
In this episode of , provocative female artist Julie Speed unveils the former prison that was to become her studio, and explains her unlikely common grounds with Judd - while pondering the influence of the surrounding landscape on her works.
Sébastien Carayol and Katie Callan
SHORT | FRANCE | USA Premiere, 6mins.
Under Her Skin is a series profiling, a diverse group of female artists, ranging from ages 17-71 who draw from pain (whether personal, universal, or intergenerational) in order to create their work emphasizing the transformative power of art and it’s vital role in our society.
Kelsey and Rémy Bennett
SHORT SERIES FEATURE | USA | 50mins.
6PM | CROWLEY THEATER
Set in the 1970's, the film centers on two little girls, who struggle with their mother’s bipolar disease that constantly disrupts their lives and burdens them to grow up early. This semi-autobiographical film tells a story about the relationship between mothers and daughters and how who takes care of who can become interchangeable.
Florine & Kim Nüesch
SHORT | SWITZERLAND | World Premiere, 15mins.
Based on true events seven year old Adrian is growing up in the underground drug scene of the Austrian city Salzburg, famous for culture and classical music. His mother Helga is torn between her drug addiction and her love and dedication for her son. Despite this environment Adrian has a happy and normal childhood, the best of all worlds. Their relationship is tested to the limit when the authorities and child welfare services find out about Helga's addiction.
FEATURE | AUSTRIA | 104mins.
8PM | MARFA FILM FESTIVAL LOUNGE
8PM SPECIAL EVENT SCREENING HAPPY HOUR
Stephanie Mei Huang • EXPERIMENTAL, 45mins.
In presence/absence V, the most recent installment in an ongoing series, Huang camouflages a working overhead bulk feeder on West Texas ranch-land into the environment with paint on timelapse. On a personal level, the timelapse exists as a self-narrative here in West Texas, where she has been able to to form a “home” identity far removed from any identities she has previously consolidated, during a time where reinforcement of fabricated self-image in the media happens on a daily basis. The laborious process of the timelapse is grounded in the desire not only to establish a relationship with the land, but also, to expose the lengths to which other concocted narratives are fabricated: these American lands are associated with an intensely private, non- urban identity only accessible to a small percentage of the population. Well-defined boundaries have become integral to one’s private American identity and even a major feature of the landscape.
DIRECTED + COMPOSED Fared Shafinury
Join us in enchantment, as we journey the modern & classical Persian improvisations and compositions and multimedia visuals, directed and composed by the artist & singer/songwriter Fared Shafinury a critically acclaimed Persian setar virtuoso and world class vocalist who will be accompanied by master Persian percussionist, Hesam Dianpour. stunning visual designs and animations by award winning graphic and animation artists Naghmeh Farzaneh and Kourosh Beigpour. The music and visuals will be narrated and sung with classical poetry from the twelfth to the fourteenth century, from well known Persian poets such as Rumi, Hafez, & Sa'di. Translations will be available for non Persian speaking audience members. MicroTone will explore the relationship between Persian poetry, music, geometry, and the ancient understanding of the cosmos. INTO THE NIGHT presentS a 45minute excerpt of the full Microtone Project performance.
Joh Frank Freeman
In-Between, featuring Colby Keller, is a super-8 short film dealing with themes of identity and environment, detailing how they influence and evolve each other.