Día de los Muertos - Film Program

Friday, October 28 to Saturday, November 5, 2016

The film program will be made of three blocks of short films that reflect Dia de los Muertos. The themes are "To Grieve", "Safe Journey" and "The Horror".

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TO GRIEVE
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THE PROMISED DAUGHTER (Mexico)
2015 / 15 min

Synopsis
Abdias and Sara are a married couple who have lost their 7-year-old daughter named Ana. Sara convinces her husband to take Ana’s dead body in their car trunk and enter on a journey hoping to find a clergyman who could miraculously resuscitate their daughter.

About the Director
Fernando Rangel Estrada was born on December 21st, 1990 in Acapulco, Guerrero. He’s the son of two lawyers, and he’s been fascinated with film since his childhood. He’s currently studying film in Mexico City at Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica. He is currently in the editing process of a documentary about the community police of Guerrero.

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SEE YOU TOMORROW, AMELIA (Mexico)
2015 / 14 min

Synopsis
Amelia, at the very moment of her own death, has a short time to say goodbye to her parents, who have to accept their loss.

About the Director
Abraham Ramos, Mexico City, 1982.
Abraham participated in different TV spots and film features in 2006. He became a film student at Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in 2007 and collaborated with several student productions. Since then, he’s participated in several professional positions in areas like production, direction and postproduction.

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A JOURNEY TO THE MOON SYMPHONY (Colombia)
2015 / 13 min

Synopsis
Nicolás is a little kid who thinks that when his grandmother dies she goes to the moon. He begins to come up with ways to travel to the moon to see her again. However, he fails in all his inventions and his father tries to make his dream come true.

About the Director
Sandra Reyes Sotomayor was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She studied Film and TV at the National University of Colombia where she concentrated in sound design. Since 2009 she has begun animation-direction and she studied in Buenos Aires University, focusing on production for children and adolescents. A Journey to the Moon Symphony previously screened at the Houston Latino Film Festival earlier this year.

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SQUEEZEBOX (United States)
2015 / 20 min

Synopsis
Manuel Casillas reemerges from a musical hiatus determined to embark on a new phase of his career. His plans are put to a halt by a collection of vivid dreams, a group of feral cats, and a strange box containing a substance that devours whatever it touches.

About the Director
Sam Lerma, is an award winning filmmaker in San Antonio, Texas. He’s been working in the TV/Film industry for the past 13 years. Lerma has worked for two San Antonio news stations, KABB/FOX29, and KSAT-12, the local ABC affiliate, as a video editor, news photographer, and video journalist. He is now the Director of Production and teaches at the Film School of San Antonio, a magnet school at Harlandale High School. Squeezebox previously screened at the Houston Latino Film Festival earlier this year.

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REMINISCE (Mexico)
2015 / 16 min

Synopsis
After many years, Juan, a young photographer tired of his everyday life, decides to take a trip to the desert and reconnect with his long lost best friend Willy. They have an adventure in the desert in search of the perfect picture while they reminisce about their past and lament the present.

About the Director
Jesus Castorena received his Degree in Cinematographic Art at Universidad Interamericana del Norte in Monterrey, Nuevo León. He’s directed several short films including the documentary, "Dime Quien Eres," which won Best Short of Nuevo León at the 7th International Film Festival in Monterrey, as well as Best Editing in the Kinoki 2012 Festival, and Best Short Film at the Congress SIE7E Tecnológico de Mty 2012.

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SAFE JOURNEY
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WHERE LEAVES FALL (Spain)
2016 / 18 min

Synopsis
Eva receives an unexpected call -- her mother is at death's door. In that cold hospital full of fear and anxiety, Eva must get past her troubled memories and accept the magical helping hand.

About the Director
Alicia Albares was born in Madrid in July, 1984, where she studied Communication at Complutense University of Madrid. Focused occupationally and vocationally in cinema scope, she has worked on many films as third assistant director and production assistant. In 2013, she directed, wrote and produced her first short film, “To the Other Side,” an astonishing story full of magic and mystery. It went on to win 20 awards and entered more than 160 festivals in Spain and around the globe. It has been selected in festivals such as Los Angeles Screamfest, Razor Reel, Lund Fantastic Film Festival, and Zaragoza's Film Festival. “Where Leaves Fall” is her second short film, starring María Miguel, Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa, Jesús Castejón and Asunción Balaguer. Alicia Albares is a dream seeker, a pure creative person, and a young woman who knows that her stories have much to offer. She hopes to keep making stories to share with the world.

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WOMEN IN VAVIÉN (United Kingdom)
2015 / 13 min

Synopsis
In Puerto Rico, Zoe Taína is about to marry her girlfriend. As she struggles to fit into her grandmother’s old wedding dress, she receives a surprise visit from her mother, who’s been dead since Taína was a newborn. Zoemaris, a rebellious first generation Puerto Rican, compels Taína to forgive her for missing this momentous occasion, and to have compassion for her grandma Zoe Tilde, a conservative Spaniard who upholds the old traditions. Caught between both forces, Taína must make peace with her family’s past before someone walks in and catches her talking to her own reflection!

About the Director
Cecilia Pérez-Homar is a Director from Puerto Rico who studied Film in New York City and then attended Edinburgh Napier University where she acquired an MA in Film Directing. Cecilia has directed a series of visually stunning short films such as “Daphne’s Omnipotent Wednesday”, “Women in Vaivén”, and “Bathroom Break”. As a Director, Cecilia takes risks and looks at the world as though there is magic in it. Her work in the films she has made and plans to make aim to combine the magic of filmmaking with the themes she is most interested in: the search for and meaning of personal liberty.

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ALMA (United States)
2016 / 13 min

Synopsis
ALMA tells the story of a not so typical family reunion in which distinct family members are forced to face and resolve their past conflicts. Will they be able to overcome their problems and become a family again?

About the Director
Originally from Mexico City, Alycya Magaña moved to Chicago about a year ago to continue training in acting. ALMA is the first short film she has directed.

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THE NAME OF THE DAY (Brazil)
2015 / 19 min

Synopsis
A deep and silent pain unites father and mother in the nostalgia of their son. To move forward, they need to face the unknown suffering. The son said that every day had a name, but he left without saying the name of his death’s day.

About the Director
Marcello Quintella e Boynard, a 48 years-old Brazilian screenwriter, directed his first short film in 2010, "Besieged" (Sitiados), that was selected in nearly 50 film festivals around the world, and won two best movie prizes, including the audience award in the Can-Con Movie Festival - Corto Tokio 2010. In 2011, he created his own company, Fata Morgana Filmes, with which he produced "Hooji", a film that received, until now, 47 awards in about 80 film festivals. "The Name of the Day” (O nome do dia) is his third film.

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LA TETA DE BOTERO (Mexico)
2015 / 16 min

Synopsis
Kike, a young man highly concerned about his health, meets with Sofia and through her experiences he discovers a new vision in order to survive.

About the Director
Humberto Busto is a graduate of the School of Dramatic Arts of the Autonomous University of Mexico. Currently, he’s in post-production with Monkey Head Films and Infirehouse for his next short film titled HULKITA, and preparing for his first feature film project. La Teta de Botero previously screened at the Houston Latino Film Festival earlier this year, and won Best Short Film.

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VIDEOCLUB (Spain)
2015 / 8 min

Synopsis
Before the Internet the video store was the only temple of cinema, the only place to find all those movies that you dreamed; classics, rarities, cult movies... There are few still standing and some barely surviving today. Pedro (Alex O'Dogherty) works in one of the few that remain. For Nacho (Nacho Vigalondo), it's the best one.

About the Director
Àlam Raja pays tribute to all the past video stores with VIDEOCLUB, especially those that still remain.

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THE HORROR
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SWEET DREAMS (Mexico)
2015 / 2 min

Synopsis
A short film about nightmares.

Director
Josue Castillo

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LIBBY (Spain)
2015 / 17 min

Synopsis
Libby, a nine year old girl, has recurring nightmares. Trying to help her out, her parents give her Nicholas, a new friend who will be the trigger of an unexpected end.

About the Director
Juanan Martínez has a degree in Audiovisual Communication from Complutense University of Madrid. He has worked as a director on TV programs in Spain. Libby was previously screened at the Houston Latino Film Festival earlier this year.

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LA TRAMPA (Spain)
2015 / 11 min

Synopsis
Veronica is preparing a very special dinner for her fiancé, but an argument she has had earlier leads to an accident which leaves her immobilised in the living-room at her home. Matters get worse as time passes.

About the Director
Isaac Berrokal’s work includes short films as: "The Lumance Evil" (2006) "Four Dead Times" (2006) "Stuffed Guts" (2007) "Dunder Büchse" (2008) "Today is Sunday" (2008) "Brown House" (2009) "Contranatura" (2010) "The Dantesca Scene" (2012) "Killrats" (2013). La Trampa was screened earlier this year at the Houston Latino Film Festival.

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PESANTA (Spain)
2015 / 19 min

Synopsis
Mahr is a young nurse who travels to her aunt's town to take care of her. There, she will discover the state of paranoia experienced by the old lady due to sleep paralysis and eventually she will be attacked by her own fears.

About the Director
ÁNGEL VALERA (Valencia, SPAIN, 06/10/1982). "PESANTA" is Ángel Valera's debut as a film director.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY (Mexico)
2015 / 14 min

Synopsis
It’s Victor’s eighteenth birthday and although his mom has a nice family get together planned to celebrate it, Victor just wants to spend it with friends. At a party, his birthday suddenly becomes a nightmare and, out of panic, he has no choice but to face his mother with his careless actions.

About the Director
Carlos Mendoza Guillén received a Bachelor of Communication Sciences at the Tec de Monterrey as well as a postgraduate degree in Media Production. In 2005, he began his career as a director and producer of film and video projects around the world. He is currently completing the Diploma in Dramatic Arts Theatre School of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the UANL. Happy Birthday was previously screened at the Houston Latino Film Festival earlier this year. It was also one of 5 finalists of 900 shorts up for the Hispanic Heritage Award, as well as receiving air time on PBS, USA, and Shorts HD. It is currently in consideration for nominee for the Oscars.

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BEHIND (Spain)
2015 / 14 min

Synopsis
Arianne is a divorced mother obsessed with the idea that her ex-husband might take her baby away from her. At a birthday party, a mysterious old woman called Leonor tells Arianne that there is a strange figure following her: a terrifying looking man. Back at home with her little baby, Arianne will have to fight something a lot darker than her deepest fears. Something that will make her worst nightmares come alive.

About the Director
Ángel Gómez Hernández is a film director, scriptwriter, stage manager, script consultant and filmmaking instructor. He co-manages the film production company Estudio V, where he has developed feature films such as Deep House, Looking for Eli, and Behind. Behind was developed with Juan de Dios Garduño (Extinction), Tom Holland (Child's Play) and Jorge Trinchet. He currently works as director and scriptwriter for Aliwood Producciones where he is developing the feature film, Hidden Sides. Aliwood Producciones is responsible for films such as 5 Metros Cuadrados, Justin y la espada del valor (Nominated for the Goya Award in 2014), and Un Cuento Chino (Goya Award winner in 2012).

 

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