October 19-21 2017
A festival badge is $30 and provides access to all films, parties and Q&A sessions. Individual tickets can be purchased for $10 online or at the door. Student tickets are available for $5 at the door.
True Stories by David Byrne (1986)
Thirtieth Anniversary Screening of this cult film
A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show.
Q&A with Jo Harvey Allen, who plays the Lying Woman in the film. Formerly of Lubbock, Jo Harvey Allen now lives and works in Santa Fe, NM. A renowned writer, actor and artist, she was inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in 2015.
Under the Shadow by Babak Anvari (2016)
As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.
Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains by Marla Fields (2015)
Frank Reaugh (1860-1945) was a key figure in the region’s development of visual art and art education during the turn of the 19th century and his life story serves as an excellent example of the early pioneer spirit that is synonymous with Texas. Featuring his pastel landscapes and nature studies held in public and private collections, interviews, and period photographs, ephemera and music, this documentary brings deserved attention to this visionary’s fascinating life while acknowledging his many contributions to society.
Q & A with Marla Fields
The exhibition of 120 works comprising Frank Reaugh: View from the Easel is on view at the National Ranching Heritage Center on the campus of Texas Tech University, 3121 Fourth Street. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 8 from 5:30 – 7:00pm.
Twilight Angel by James Koskinas and John Witham, produced by Julie Schumer (2014)
A talented, successful artist is painting a powerful series of twelve angels for an exhibit that will be a culmination of his life's work. Experiencing an artistic crisis, he becomes locked in a confrontation with the last canvas, his 'twilight angel.' However, his paintings and the painting process provide a path out of the darkness. The paintings become proxies for characters and events in his life, forcing him to search for missing parts of himself, lost in war and family conflict. The film received the Silver Remi Award in the Dramatic-Experimental Category from WorldFest Houston, the Houston International Film Festival in 2014.
Q & A with James Koskinas, John Witham, and Julie Schumer
Starving the Beast by Steve Mims(2016)
This film examines the ongoing power struggle on college campuses across the nation as political and market-oriented forces push to disrupt and reform America's public universities. The film documents a philosophical shift that seeks to reframe public higher education as a "value proposition" to be borne by the beneficiary of a college degree rather than as a "public good" for society. Financial winners and losers emerge in a struggle poised to profoundly change public higher education. The film focuses on dramas playing out at the University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Louisiana State University, University of Texas and Texas A&M.
Q & A with Steve Mims
The Liberators by Cassie Bryant (2016)
In a tiny Texas town, a priceless medieval treasure is discovered. How it got there is only part of the story. The film follows Willi Korte on his journey to track down a stolen collection of medieval treasure with the help of The New York Times Chief Cultural Correspondent, William H. Honan. From WWII-era Germany to the National Archives in Washington D.C., the film takes the audience on a mesmerizing journey that eventually leads to the tiny Texas town of Whitewright, near the Oklahoma border. But as Korte and Honan get closer to uncovering the truth, they stir up a firestorm of controversy and conflict that rocks the suspect’s family and their small community.
Q & A with Cassie Hay
Honky Tonk Heaven: The Legend of the Broken Spoke by Brenda Green Mitchell and Sam Wainwright Douglas (2016)
This feature-length documentary takes a look at the Broken Spoke, a legendary dance hall and local landmark in Austin, and about the significance it holds in Texas’ cultural history. James White, master storyteller, jokester and musician himself, navigates us through the past 50 years of colorful nights at the Spoke. With fifty years under its belt buckle “the last of the true Texas dance halls” has endured rapid urban growth and skyrocketing rents due to the passion and hard work of its charismatic, tenacious owners. More than a history of who played and when at this landmark venue, the film reveals a universal story about what it takes to maintain a family business in our increasingly corporate-driven society. Interviews include Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dale Watson, James Hand, Jesse Dayton, the Waco Brothers and Alvin Crow.
Q & A with Michelle Randolph Faires, producer
2016 schedule at a glance:
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2016 Short Film Selection
Aliens and In-laws by Daniel Ballard
Benjamin & the Blood Sucker by Brandon Carter
Blankets by Tomás Minick
Flu Season by Aaron Peters
Good Times at Schutzen Verein by Erik Mcowan
Resignation by Michael Ozman
The Canvas by Juan Gil
The Ringer by David Hardberger
The Stages of Grief by Heather Lusk and Zane Ennis