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Cine Las Americas announces ‘Hecho en Tejas’ films

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Cine Las Americas announced Wednesday the movies that will be included in the “Hecho en Tejas” program at the 17th annual event, which will be held April 22-27.

The program showcases five features and nine short films representing work by directors from Austin, Arlington, Corinth, Edinburg, El Paso, Houston, San Antonio and San Marcos.

Other sections of the festival also feature Texas ties, including films in the Emergencia Youth Film Competition, the Cine Joven: Mundos Diferentes telenovela from Austin School of Film, and a retrospective of early Chicano films directed by San Antonio native, Efraín Gutiérrez. More details about these programs will be announced soon.

All of the “Hecho en Tejas” films were shot and/or produced in Texas and will be screened April 26 and 27 at the Marchesa Hall and Theater, the Austin Film Society’s new home for classic, independent and art house film programming. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image will present the jury award to the best “Hecho en Tejas” film.

The features are: “Chateles del campo” (“Country Kids”), a documentary about youth in Nicaragua, directed by Jason Outenreath; “LaDonna Harris: Indian 101,” a biographical documentary directed by Julianna Brannum; “Las Marthas,” directed by Cristina Ibarra and documenting the annual debutante ball in Laredo; “Micha,” a coming-of-age drama directed by Eugene Martin; and “Waiting for Sandoval,” a thriller directed by David B. Carren.

The shorts are: “Almost Crimes,” directed by Diego Vega; “Ex-Votos,” directed by Ivete Lucas; “Gift of Gab,” directed by Diego Rico; “Hinojosa,” directed by Juan Pablo González; “La cuesta: Worlding a Sidewalk,” directed by Alvaro Torres and Daniel Perera; “Life of Giorgio,” directed by Sergio Carvajal-Leoni; “La dama el caballo,” directed by Simon Quiroz; “The Good Kind,” directed by Ofelia Yanez; “The Book of Joe,” directed by Mario Pena.

Exact screening dates and times will be announced later. $10 General Admission, $8 Matinee, Marchesa Theater, 6406 N. I-35 #3100.