A socioeconomic dissection of Houston's overlapping African-American and Hispanic/Latino communities, an experimental film about a pronoun-cake monster and a love story exclusively en español. Not your typical presentation of films, right?
Yes, right, especially when talking about Stephanie Saint Sanchez's brainchild that is the Señorita Cinema Film Festival. Entering its third year, Sanchez's La Chicana Laundry Pictures is posting up alongside Aurora Picture Show in presenting the fest that's scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 27. The scene will be Talento Bilingüe de Houston, located at 333 South Jensen.
Sanchez, an accomplished maker of short films who is currently tackling a feature effort about Anna Nicole Smith, founded Texas's only all-Latina cinematic shindig in order to showcase Latina filmmakers. Handpicked by a host of jurors, this year's program features close to ten films, which you can read about below, courtesy of an Aurora Picture Show press release. (For more information, check out the Aurora Picture Show website.)
A Conversation With Nick Gaitan by Brenda Cruz Local Houston musician Nick Gaitan talks about his musical world, including his band Nick Gaitan and the Umbrella Man, and what he loves most -- Houston.
No Kids. No Cry by Fanny Veliz A humorous look at the issue of child support through the eyes of three single dads. Today is payday... for the baby mamas, that is.
Possed by the Beat by Rachel Estrada A '20s period piece inspired by Joan Crawford's Our Dancing Daughters fused with multimedia artist Max Xandaux's latest single, "Possessed By the Beat," with music produced by one of Houston's brightest music producers, BLACK CAT.
Impatient by Jelly Jar Collective/Monica Villareal and Autum Knight A black and brown friendship, mediated by language, provides a lens to examine the increasingly overlapping presence of African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos throughout Houston.
Feast of the Beast by Mev Luna A performative video about a monster hell bent on consuming pronoun cakes representing the gender spectrum in an attempt to "undo" gender, but in the process becomes "undone" by the commentary from the curator and the mass amount of cake consumed.
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Un encuentro de dos tiempos by Sayra Contreras A love story en glorious Español. Porque el amor no ve, no juzga y no respeta reglas sociales. El amor es, simplemente es.
Reign Subterraneo by Stalina Emmanuelle Villarreal Prosaic yet sickly tabletop-puppet twins enlist their healthy tabletop-puppet friend Bella to help enter the portal of an underground world of shadow puppetry, where the poet of the underworld and his gatekeeper the jaguar protect the verses of ancestry.
Little Courage by Veronica Caicedo Small steps can lead to incredible results. A six-year-old decides to take matters into her own hands for the well-being of others. Will she be successful?
The Moon Song of Assassination by Dolissa Medina A film"docu-legend" about the life and death of the Tejano music singer Selena Quintanilla which combines appropriated news accounts, performance footage and 1960s NASA imagery to tell the story of Selena's ascension into America's pantheon of martyred cultural figures -- a moment when "The Big Bang began not with a bang and not with a boom but with the biddi biddi bom bom of Yolanda's gun."