a few minutes, and he'll give you a feature-length film's worth of feeling. The writer and director will screen two of his outstanding short films and a work in progress for today's First Thursdays at Dean's event. InKid
(12 minutes), the UT grad student tells the story of a sensitive 13-year-old whose father coerces him into undertaking a violent rite of passage.Tadpoles
(eight minutes) deals with a similar loss of innocence, but here the trauma sets up a more cynical conclusion. And Alvarez's work in progress,
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(18 minutes), will be screening in public for the first time. If he can pack an emotional wallop into an eight-minute film, imagine what he can do with an extra ten minutes. 9 p.m. 316 Main. For information, call 713-437-5249 or visit www.houstonfilmcommission.com/firstthursdays. Free.
Thu., Oct. 1, 9 p.m., 2009