Thursday, April 27, 2017

1:00 pm | Block 1 | Short Films

The King | UK | Drama | 13 minutes
Directed by Fred Casella

The Wishgranter | USA | Animation | 5 minutes
Directed by Kal Athannassov, John McDonald, Echo Wu

Fate of Revenge | USA | Drama | 6 minutes
Directed by Elias Moreno

The Perfect Day | Spain | Comedy | 12 minutes
Directed by Ignacio Redondo Gutiérrez

Mamá! | USA | Comedy | 7 minutes
Directed by Leslie Langee

The Bathtub | Germany | Dramedy | 13 minutes
Directed by Tim Ellrich

The Ravens | Australia | Drama | 20 minutes
Directed by Jennifer Perrott

The Controller | USA | Animation | 4 minutes
Directed by Bob Yong, Ian Ie, Kang Yung Ho

Postcards | Spain | Drama | 13 minutes
Directed by Ines Pintor Sierra & Pablo Santidrian

BLOCK 1
Day: Thursday
Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

2:00 pm | Block 2 | Short Films

Crossing The Threshold | Spain | Thriller | 13 minutes
Directed by Sergio Hernandez

Umbra | USA | Drama | 10 minutes
Directed by Brett Bentman

American Moderate | USA | Documentary | 17 minutes
Directed by Jared Callahan

Cul-De-Sac | USA | Drama | 15 minutes
Directed by Damon Russell

Checking Out | USA | Romantic Comedy | 10 minutes
Directed by Joseph Wright Sulek

Hurricane | USA | Dramedy | 14 minutes
Directed by Christiano Dias

EggsChange | USA | Animation | 2 minutes
Directed by Hee Won Ahn

Coming to Terms | Spain | Drama | 12 minutes
Directed by David Bertran

BLOCK 2
Day: Thursday
Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

3:00 pm | Block 3 | Short Films

Outside | UK | Drama | 15 minutes
Directed by David Javid Zaidov

PhoneHead | USA | Comedy | 13 minutes
Directed by Matt Ryan

The Opera Singer | USA | Drama | 3 minutes
Directed by Steve Kahn

Imaginary Friends | USA | Comedy | 14 minutes
Directed by Jason C. Brown

Bella Donna | USA | Drama | 6 minutes
Directed by Christopher Basile

That Day | USA | Drama | 10 minutes
Directed by Stephanie Ard

Rupee Run | USA | Adventure, Friendship, Action | 2 minutes
Directed by Tarun Lakshminarayanan

Killed In Action | USA | Drama, War, Historical | 13 minutes
Directed by Christine Weatherup

Illegal Move | USA | Animation | 4 minutes
Directed by Kyle Lopez and Sana Srinivasan

The Sled | Italy | Drama | 19 minutes
Directed by Emanuela Ponzano

BLOCK 3
Day:
 Thursday
Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

4:45 pm | Block 4 | Special Screening: Family-Friendly Feature - ANNABELLE HOOPER AND THE GHOSTS OF NANTUCKET

Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket | USA | Family, Adventure, Mystery | 92 minutes | Texas Premiere
Directed by Paul Serafini
Presented by Fritztown Cinema

TRAILER: Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket

Film Synopsis
A teen mystery writer and her friends must outwit two scheming thieves while they search to uncover the secrets behind a legendary ghost story and reunite a family.

HCFF Notes: Director Paul Serafini and actor Gary Weeks will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening. (Special Screening / out-of-competition)

BLOCK 4
Day: Thursday
Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 4:45 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

5:30 pm | Filmmaker Welcome* presented by GoFred

Join HCFF and GoFred as we welcome our 2017 Filmmakers to the annual festival and Fredericksburg.  Raise a glass, enjoy a snack and mingle with filmmakers and film fans.

Special thanks to festival sponsors GoFredPedernales Cellars and Friends and Allies Brewing.

Location — The Backyard at Fritztown Cinema | 2254 US HWY 87S
Time — 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Credentials — Invited guests, Filmmaker and All Access badge holders only


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7:00 pm | Block 5 | Feature Film - AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE

TRAILER: As Far As The Eye Can See

As Far As The Eye Can See | USA | Drama | 87 minutes
Directed by David Franklin
Texas Film
Presented by Gastehaus Schmidt Reservation Service

Film Synopsis
Jack Ridge is stuck, 40 years old, living on a North Texas farm he has let go to seed. In the land of Van Cliburn, where classical piano holds pride of place, Jack is a former prodigy who has withdrawn to his family’s land. His wife has left him, and the week of the annual county piano competition he puts his fist through a wall, threatening to derail his performance and burn his last remaining bridge to the town he grew up in. When the local corporate farm ratchets up the pressure on him to sell his land, his only allies are Phillip, the cantankerous, elderly owner of the local Mexican restaurant and Alyssa, a teenage spitfire with dreams of being a farmer. Jack Ridge is living in the past, but the future is coming for him.

HCFF Notes: Director David Franklin and Screenwriter Paden Fallis will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

BLOCK 5
Day:
 Thursday
Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket — at-the-door, as available | All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

7:15 pm | Block 6 | Feature Film - THERAPY

THERAPY | Germany | Drama | 116 minutes | North American Premiere
Directed by Felix Charin

Film Synopsis
A young female felon has to do mandatory therapy following her jail time – but the therapy grows into a stalking, because the therapist is out for revenge.

HCFF Notes: Screens in German with English Subtitles.

BLOCK 6
Day: 
Thursday
Date: 
April 27, 2017
Time: 
7:15 pm
Location:
Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: 
$10 individual ticket — at-the-door, as available | All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

9:00 pm | Thursday Party at Auslander Restaurant and Biergarten Presented by MPS Studios

LocationAuslander Restaurant & Biergarten | 323 E Main Street
Time — 9:30 pm – midnight

Special thanks to festival sponsor MPS Studios.

Complimentary drinks (limited quantity) for Filmmaker and All Access badge holders


MPS Studios

For nearly 40 years, MPS Studio’s 35+ highly-specialized, factory trained, and industry savvy workforce has provided world-class services to clients around the corner and around the globe. Not only do they focus on providing the friendliest, most comfortable atmosphere and the most functional facility imaginable, they aim to give you the best rental experience possible. Call on their Dallas, Austin, and Denver offices to customize a package designed specifically for your movie, commercial, or tv show.

Friday, April 28, 2017

9 am | Breakfast Panel Discussion* - Filmmaking: Dedicating Yourself to Your Art presented by TCU Bob Schieffer College of Communication

Filmmaking: Dedicating Yourself to Your Art

If filmmaking was easy, everyone would be doing it.  Making movies involves not only commitment but compromise. How dedicated are you to your craft and what sacrifices are you willing to pay for your art? We ask these questions of our panelists in this Friday morning discussion.

Panelists 
Julia Barnett – actress/writer/director
Dean Peterson – writer/director
Paul Serafini – writer/director
Christine Weatherup – actress/writer/director

Moderator — Tricia Jenkins, Ph.D
Tricia Jenkins is an associate professor in Film, TV and Digital Media at Texas Christian University. She holds a Ph.D. in American media studies from Michigan State University and is the author of The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television, now in its second edition from the University of Texas Press.

Location — Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Time — 9 am – 9:50 am
Credentials — Filmmaker and All Access badge holders only

Breakfast will be available in the VIP lounge beginning at 8:45 am.


 

Bob Schieffer College_ver-01The TCU Bob Schieffer College of Communication mission — to educate students to think, act and communicate effectively, ethically, critically and creatively in a global environment enriching their personal and professional lives. 

10:00 am | Block 7 | Short Films

Risky Game | Germany | 11 minutes
Directed by Stefan Plepp & Christine Kabisch

The Muse Will Find You Working | USA | Drama | 12 minutes
Directed by Wade Koch

Chika, The Dog in the Ghetto | Germany | Animation | 10 minutes
Directed by Sandra Schießl

The Visitant | Australia |Drama, Mystery | 5 minutes
Directed by Nic Barker

One Man | Canada | Drama | 13 minutes
Directed by Philippe Grégoire

1 to 10 | USA | Dramedy | 7 minutes
Directed by Robert G. Putka

Oracle | USA | Drama | 13 minutes
Directed by Mayo Whaley

Prelude | USA | Drama | 10 minutes
Directed by Isaiah Stratton

MISSIO: Can I Exist | USA | Music Video | 5 minutes
Directed by Jeff Ray

BLOCK 7
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

10:15 am | Block 8 | Documentary Feature Film - HARD TO BELIEVE + Documentary Short Film - WELL AWARE WORLD

Hard To Believe | USA | Documentary | 56 minutes
Directed by Ken Stone
TEXAS PREMIERE

TRAILER: Hard to Believe

Film Synopsis
IT’S HAPPENED BEFORE: Governments killing their own citizens for their political or spiritual beliefs. But it’s never happened like this.  It’s happened so often that the world doesn’t always pay attention. But is economic influence the reason, that this time, it’s going largely unreported? It’s hard to believe that doctors would carve up innocent people so their organs could be sold. It’s even harder to believe that major media are not investigating. Yet it happened tens of thousands of times, and may be happening still.  Hard to Believe is a documentary that examines the issue of forced live organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners of conscience, and the response—or lack of it—around the world. Produced by Swoop Films, two-time Emmy Award-winning director/producer, Ken Stone, and Irene Silber.

HCFF Notes: Special screening/out-of-competition. This short feature film will be preceded by the short film documentary below.

Well Aware World | USA | Documentary | 23 minutes
Directed by Brad Feeser

Austin, Texas based non-profit, Well Aware, proves that to make an impact, it takes a village. Follow local documentarian and filmmaker, Brad Feeser (aka Hearty Films), along with a group of like-minded passionate souls, as they travel to Kenya, Africa to deliver sustainable water solutions to those in need. (Special screening/out-of-competition)

HCFF Notes: Director Brad Feeser will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

BLOCK 8
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 10:15 am
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

12:00 pm | Block 9 | Feature Film - ALMOST PARIS

Almost Paris | USA | Comedy | 109 minutes
Directed by Domenica Cameron-Scorsese
Presented by Quality Lube & Brake

TRAILER: Almost Paris

Film Synopsis
Almost grown-up. Almost sorry. Almost love. In the wake of the mortgage-lending crisis, a former banker returns to his hometown. Faced with his family and childhood friends— and seeing the impact of his actions— our hero learns to show up and give back to those he loves in ways that are priceless.

HCFF Notes: This film played at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.  Screenwriter and actor Wally Marzano-Lesnevich will be in attendance for Q&A following the screening.

BLOCK 9
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

12:15 pm | Block 10 | Documentary Feature Film - GABE + Documentary Short Film - CHASING LIGHT

Gabe | USA | Documentary | 73 minutes | Texas Premiere
Directed by Luke Terrell
Presented by YETI

TRAILER: Gabe

Film Synopsis
No parent should have to bury their child, but that was the reality the Weil’s faced when their son Gabe was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Told he would not live past 25, Gabe made it his life goal to earn a college degree. During his senior year of college, he received a new diagnosis, doubling his life expectancy overnight. This unforeseen scenario, though remarkable, presented Gabe with a complicated obstacle – creating a future for which he had never planned. “Gabe” speaks to the universal themes of acceptance and perseverance. The film challenges us to live with renewed purpose and reminds us that, despite our differences, we are all connected through our shared humanity.

HCFF Notes: This short feature film will be preceded by the short film documentary below.

Chasing Light | USA | Documentary| 8 minutes
Directed by Rabbit Foot
Texas Film

Wildlife photographer Wyman Meinzer is, more than anything else, a Texan. After years as a hunter, trapper & marksman, this outdoor pioneer traded in his rifle to stare down the barrel of a zoom lens. (Special screening/out of competition)

BLOCK 10
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 12:15 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

2:00 pm | Block 11 | Documentary Feature - WALK WITH ME: THE TRIALS OF DAMON J. KEITH + Documentary Short Film - ANCHOR POINT

Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith | USA | 100 minutes
Directed by Jesse Nesser
Presented by YETI

TRAILER: Walk with Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith

Film Synopsis
Walk With Me: The Trials of Judge Damon J. Keith tells the story of ten extraordinary years, four groundbreaking cases, and one unconventional federal judge, whose rulings forever changed the face of civil rights in the United States.   It may be the greatest story you never heard.   Judge Damon J. Keith was first appointed to the U.S. District Court in Detroit, in 1967, only three months after race riots tore apart the city. A rookie judge and an African American, he faced controversy almost immediately when, in an unusual confluence of circumstance, four divisive cases landed on his docket—all of which concerned hidden discriminatory practices that were deeply woven into housing, education, employment, and police institutions. Keith shook the nation as he challenged the status quo and faced off against angry crowds, the KKK, corporate America, and even a sitting U.S. President.   As Judge Keith was reshaping civil rights at the local level, his rulings began setting precedents for change across the nation. Ultimately, the Supreme Court upheld every one of his decisions. There would be no going back.   Walk With Me is deliberately structured as a tapestry, rather than a chronicle, in order to create balance between an intimate portrait and interesting legal history. In his own words, the Judge recounts the significant emotional events that shaped his life, how he came to his decisions on these groundbreaking cases, and his thoughts about the impact of those rulings then, and now. The film interweaves Judge Keith’s life with those of his colleagues, his contemporaries in the struggle for civil rights, his daughters, and most movingly, the people whose lives were changed by his decisions, whether he ruled in their favor or against them.   Now 93, Judge Keith still serves on the US Circuit Court of Appeals; a living embodiment of nearly a century of US history. He was once an ordinary “colored” man; a janitor whose personal struggles reflected those of a nation first coming to terms with civil rights. He became a fearless and extraordinary judge whose rulings resonate with surprising relevance in a nation still arguing about “which lives matter” almost 50 years later.

HCFF Notes: This short feature film will be preceded by the short film documentary below.

Anchor Point | USA | Documentary | 8 minutes
Directed by Chris Malloy
Texas Film

A poet and Texas songwriting legend, the infamous Townes Van Zandt left a powerful, if not destructive, legacy in his wake. And for his son JT, viewing Townes’ musical fervor encouraged him to find his own passion for the outdoors. (Special screening/out of competition)

BLOCK 11
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

2:15 pm | Block 12 | Feature Film - THE BIG SPOON

The Big Spoon | USA | Comedy | 80 minutes
Directed by Carlyn Hudson
Texas Film
Presented by MPS Studios

Film Synopsis
Mallory and her emotionally minimalist boyfriend Ben are going on three years of… something. Most of the time they’re long-distance, but Ben spends a portion of the year writing his next “masterpiece” (he’s no Tennessee Williams) for the New York stage from Mallory’s tiny Austin cottage she shares with her wacky and often irresponsible childhood friend Elise. Though she is only a few years younger than her, Elise looks to Mallory “like a big sister,” and she recently transitioned from flailing actress to a performance artist. That means she videotapes herself a lot. They’re the kind of friends who are only close because of their history; had they met as adults their friendship would most likely be nonexistent. Unbeknownst to Mallory, Elise is coming home at the same time that Ben is coming to write, cutting her Chilean ‘sabbatical’ short and arriving with a surprise carry-on: her youthful and charming lover Lionel. Not one to handle change well, Ben is unable to deal with the new lovebirds in the house and decides to rent a nearby bachelor pad for his stay. He also informs Mallory that he is practicing semi-celibacy due to the severe nature of his current writing effort: they can only have sex one day a week, the other six needing to be driven by pent-up emotion like a boxer preparing for a match. Things start to unravel for Mallory when Ben becomes increasingly hostile toward the foreigner and she realizes her relationship may not be everything she had hoped. At a near-catastrophic ‘Welcome Lionel’/’Happy 30th Mallory’ party at the cottage, Elise talks to her baby daddy about being more involved in their child Yorke’s life and a very drunk Mallory makes a move on Lionel. The next night Mal’s had it with Ben and spirals into an epic breakdown in which she manages to confront Lionel, break up with her boyfriend, and jeopardize Elise’s shot at a being a mom all in one fell swoop. Once the dust settles, the girls find themselves alone on a porch swing, thankful for their friendship and embracing the unknown.

HCFF Notes: Producers Melissa Dalley and Jessica Poessiger will be in attendance for Q&A following the screening.

BLOCK 12
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 2:15 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

4:15 pm | Block 13 | Feature Film - WHAT CHILDREN DO

What Children Do | USA | Dramedy | 83 minutes | Texas Premiere
Directed by Dean Peterson

A comedy about two estranged sisters who are thrust back into each other’s lives by the impending death of their grandmother and forced to try to repair their feral relationship.

HCFF Notes: Writer/director Dean Peterson will be in attendance for Q&A following the screening.

BLOCK 13
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 4:15 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

4:30 pm | Block 14 | Short Films

Presented by John and Kathi Lopez

Last Night in Rozzie | USA | Drama | 14 minutes
Directed by Sean Gannet

Invisible | USA | Animation | 3 minutes
Directed by Andrew Wilson

Native | USA | Drama | 15 minutes
Directed by Travis Champagne & Stephen Kinigopolous

Audible Static | USA | Drama | 11 minutes
Directed by Sai Selvarajan

Guidance | USA | Comedy | 17 minutes
Directed by Josh Wolff

Chasing Grace | USA | 11 minutes
Directed by Julia Barnett

Backstory | Germany | Drama | 8 minutes
Directed by Joschka Laukeninks

BLOCK 14
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

6:15 pm | Block 15 | Short Films

Jack and Jill | USA | Drama | 16 minutes
Directed by Nikhil Melnechuk

Jerry Don | USA | Comedy | 11 minutes
Directed by Paden Fallis

Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell | USA | Drama | 15 minutes
Directed by Andrew Librizzi

Bruce | United Kingdom | 14 minutes
Directed by Adam Etheridge

Manners of Dying | USA | Drama | 23 minutes
Directed by Bo-You Niou

#WhoWeKill | Russian Federation | Thriller | 8 minutes
Directed by Pavel Ivanov

Here Boy | USA | Comedy, Drama, Latino | 3 minutes
Directed by Richard C. Jones

BLOCK 15
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 6:15 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

6:30 pm | Block 16 | Feature Film - VICTOR

Victor  | USA | Drama | 105 minutes | Texas Premiere
Directed by Brandon Dickerson
Presented by Pedernales Cellars

Trailer: VICTOR

Film Synopsis
“A mother’s love. A son’s rebellion. The faith to overcome.” From the streets of THE CROSS & THE SWITCHBLADE comes the inspiring TRUE STORY of a migrant teen from Puerto Rico forced to survive the dark streets of 1962 Brooklyn.   Enslaved by the power of gangs and the addiction of heroin, he must find faith and freedom before he destroys his family and himself.

HCFF Notes: Director Brandon Dickerson will be in attendance for Q&A following the screening.

BLOCK 16
Day: Friday
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

8:15 pm | Block 17 | Feature Film - CAMINO

Camino | USA | Comedy | 95 minutes
Directed by Justin Herring
Texas Film

TRAILER: Camino

Film Synopsis
CAMINO is a feature length dark comedy film about two underage slackers named Mark (who just found out he might be a father soon) and Jack (Mark’s arrogant best friend). Mark and Jack decide to steal a cooler in hopes of finding alcohol and drinking their problems away, but end up finding two human kidneys inside. The film follows Mark and Jack, the two hardened criminals trying to track down their stolen cooler of kidneys as well as a group of law enforcement officers following the bizarre trail of violent crimes left in the wake of the criminal’s search.

HCFF Notes: Director Justin Herring and screenwriter John Patrick Hughes will be in attendance for Q&A following the screening

BLOCK 17
Day: Friday
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 8:15 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

9 pm | Friday Night Party - West End Pizza Company

LocationWest End Pizza Company | 232 W Main Street

Time — 9 pm – midnight

Complimentary drinks (limited quantity) for Filmmaker and All Access badge holders

Saturday, April 29, 2017

9 am | Breakfast Panel Discussion* - Screenwriting: From Script to Screen - presented by TCU Bob Schieffer College of Communication

Screenwriting: From Script to Screen

Writers may work on a script for years with no end in sight.  True screenwriters know when to stop typing and begin the art of selling their story.  Explore the various ways that screenwriters create, produce and stay inspired in this early Saturday morning panel discussion.

Panelists
Paden Fallis
Bradley Jackson
Wally Marzano-Lesnevich
Tom Provost

Moderator — Tricia Jenkins, Ph.D
Tricia Jenkins is an associate professor in Film, TV and Digital Media at Texas Christian University. She holds a Ph.D. in American media studies from Michigan State University and is the author of The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television, now in its second edition from the University of Texas Press.

Location — Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Time — 9 am – 9:50 am
Credentials — Filmmaker and All Access badge holders only

Breakfast will be available in the VIP lounge beginning at 8:45 am.


 

Bob Schieffer College_ver-01The TCU Bob Schieffer College of Communication mission — to educate students to think, act and communicate effectively, ethically, critically and creatively in a global environment enriching their personal and professional lives. 

10:00 am | Block 18 | All American High School Film Festival Short Films

Huckleberry Delight | Ethan Seneker
Rokt Lax | Lukas Dong
Let Go | Francisco Cabrera
60 Seconds | Jason Phillips
Claude L’Homar | Sam Josephs
Indecisions | Hope Alexander
Chris | Brian Lindenbaum
Pip the Cup | Adam McArthur
Slide | Jayden Gillespie, Andrew Gillies, Cameron Colleran and Danny Sandler
Chores | Danny Rinaldi, Jake Schwencke, Sergio Scardigno and Conor Gallagher
Two and Quarter Minutes | Joshua Ovalle
Muffins | Hadley Hillel
Quintessence | Lucas Bugbee and Leilani Ingold
Yesterday | Sage Meadows
Paradigm | Stephen Boyer

HCFF Notes: Presented by the All American High School Film Festival. Special screening/out-of-competition.

BLOCK 18
Day:
 Saturday
Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

11:00 am | Block 19 | Documentary Feature Film - A FORCE IN NATURE: JOHANN EYFELLS

A Force in Nature: Jóhann Eyfells | USA | Documentary | 93 minutes | World Premiere
Directed by Hayden de Maisoneuve Yates
Presented by Hill Country Science Mill 

Film Synopsis
At 93, an Icelandic sculptor in Texas continues to show his unwavering devotion to the creative process in spite of the struggle he faces every day just to be recognized or understood as an important sculptor of his time.

HCFF Notes: Hayden de Maisoneuve Yates will be in attendance for Q&A following the screening.

TRAILER: A Force of Nature: Johann Eyfells

BLOCK 19
Day: Saturday
Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

11:45 pm | Block 20 | Feature Film - NO RETREAT

No Retreat | USA | Dramedy | 78 minutes
Directed by Nicholas Zafonte

TRAILER: No Retreat

Film Synopsis
Two college friends reunite fifteen years later in a secluded summer home, for a writers’ retreat. As they attempt to write a movie together, Sean, still a carefree musician and Emily, now an uptight lawyer, try to recapture the intimate friendship they once shared.   But over the course of the weekend their relationship gets tested with the surfacing of old insecurities, creative inequalities, and their unfinished sexual past. In a heated argument they unload a decades worth of resentment and repressed anger, each knowing exactly how to hurt the other most. But then Emily reveals a shocking secret that completely undermines Sean’s supposed position of superiority.   The next morning, with nowhere else to go, they’re forced to completely open up. Revealing the insecurities, failures, and disappointments they’ve kept hidden all these years, they come to a deeper understanding of each other. Will they go their separate ways or will their friendship be able to survive this new level of honesty?

BLOCK 20
Day: Saturday
Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 11:45 am
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

1:45 pm | Block 21 | Documentary Feature Film - FLOATING HORSES: THE LIFE OF CASEY TIBBS + Short Film - BOLOS

Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs | USA | 94 minutes | Texas Premeire
Directed by Justin Koehler
Presented by Texas Jack Wild West Outfitters

TRAILER: Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs

Film Synopsis
FLOATING HORSES: THE LIFE OF CASEY TIBBS documentary film reveals the rags to riches story of rodeo legend and Western movie star, Casey Tibbs. Casey’s flamboyant lifestyle included plush, purple Cadillacs and flashy cowboy attire. Akin to riding a wild bronc in competition, Casey’s unpredictable life had its grand victories and cheerless crashes. Get ready to “Let’er Buck!”

HCFF Notes: Featured interviewee/rodeo historian Gail Woerner, founder of Tres Rios Silver founder Vicki Christensen and The Mystic Cowboys musician Dan Johnson will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

This feature documentary film will be preceded by the short film below:

Bolos | USA | Western, Family, Silent | 6 minutes
Directed by Peche Roberts

The youthful folly of wanting to grow up too fast. A girl and her little sister collect accoutrements from the once Wild West.   The short/narrative music video is set to a reorganization of composer Antonín Dvořák’s popular 12th String Quartet. The piece, written on a visit to the United States in 1893, incorporates impressions of the country’s melting-pot folk music and its various ethnic influences.   The film blends Cowboy Pop culture and Southwestern American Indian motifs and design. 

BLOCK 21
Day:
 Saturday
Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 1:45 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

2:00 pm | Block 22 | Documentary Short Films

Presented by John and Kathi Lopez

219 | USA | Documentary | 17 minutes
Directed by Ed Hancox

Dribbling Dreams | India | Documentary | 7 minutes
Directed by Varun Tandon

The Enchanted Rock | USA | Outdoor, Conservation | 1 minute
Directed by Bud Force

4 Quarters of Silence | USA | Documentary | 18 min
Directed by Cody Broadway

The Cycle | USA | Documentary | 13 minutes
Directed by Audrey Billups

Texas Germans | USA | Documentary | 2 minutes
Directed by Michael Brims

UNKNOWN | USA | Documentary | 8 minutes
Directed by Gregg Baethge

Midnight Oil: The Making of a Mural | USA | Documentary | 25 minutes
Directed by Larry Ray Causey II

BLOCK 22
Day:
 Saturday
Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

3:45 pm | Block 23 | Short Films

The Debt | USA | 10 minutes
Directed by Chris Dickerson

The Importance of Sex Education | USA | Comedy | 15 minutes
Directed by L. Elizabeth Powers

Tándem | Spain | Drama | 14 minutes
Directed by Leandro Alastuey

The Bookworm | USA | Animation | 2 minutes
Directed by Richard Wiley

Ya Albi | USA | Drama | 16 minutes
Directed by Christine Chen

Pretty Bad Shape | USA | Comedy | 8 minutes
Directed by Drake Howard

Boat People | Austria | Drama | 28 minutes
Directed by Paul Meschùh

The History of Magic: Ensueño | USA | Animation | 5 minutes
Directed by Josè Luis Gonzàlez & Dano Johnson

BLOCK 23
Day:
 Saturday
Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 3:45 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

4:00 pm | Block 24 | Feature Documentary Film - DEALT

Dealt | USA | Documentary | 84 minutes | Texas Film
Directed by Luke Korem
Presented by Pedernales Cellars

Film Synopsis
Sixty-two year old Richard Turner is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind. This is an in-depth look at a complex character who is one of magic’s greatest hidden treasures.

HCFF Notes: Screenwriter Bradley Jackson will be in attendance for Q&A following the screening.

BLOCK 24
Day:
 Saturday
Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

6:00 pm | Special Event | A Conversation with Robert Walden Hosted by Louis Black

This Hill Country Film Society and Louis Black welcome Robert Walden to Fredericksburg for an in-depth conversation on the actor’s prolific career, work process and his passion for intensive character development.

ROBERT WALDEN has dedicated himself to the craft of acting for over four decades.  With three EMMY nominations, Walden is best known for the role of reporter Joe Rossi on the television show, “Lou Grant” (1977-1982).  Beyond TV, Walden acted in Academy Award winning films, “All the President’s Men” and “The Hospital”.  A consummate performer, he continues to work in film, TV and stage while serving as an adjunct professor at The New School for Drama in New York City.

LOUIS BLACK is co-founder The Austin Chronicle, where he is the editor, South by Southwest, where he is a director, and was a founding Board Member of the Austin Film Society. He has written extensively on film, music and politics and has produced numerous films, including HCFF films, “Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove” and “Tower”.

Day: Saturday
Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available; students and senior citizens are free / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

7:15 pm | Block 25 | Feature Film - LA BARRACUDA

La Barracuda | USA | Drama | 98 minutes | Texas Film
Directed by Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin
Presented by Covert Buick GMC Austin

Film Synopsis
A young British woman named Sinaloa comes to Texas to find Merle, her half-sister by way of their dead country musician father. It doesn’t take long for Sinaloa to charm her way into Merle’s life. Her singing awakens something in Merle and erases some of the lingering doubts about their shared bloodline. But an all-too-familiar chaos comes with it, which soon starts to unravel Merle’s stable world—her job, her upcoming marriage, and an already tense relationship with her mother, Patricia. And while the family music legacy brought this stranger to town, darker motives are woven into the songs she sings, showing glimpses of a violent rage that’s been building for years.

HCFF Notes: Producer David Hartstein will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

BLOCK 25
Day:
 Saturday
Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 7:15 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

7:30 pm | Block 26 | Special Screening Feature Film - NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

No Country For Old Men | USA | Drama | 102 minutes
Directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

TENTH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL SCREENING
Presented by the San Antonio Affiliates of the Houston Film Critics Society

In rural Texas, welder and hunter Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) discovers the remains of several drug runners who have all killed each other in an exchange gone violently wrong. Rather than report the discovery to the police, Moss decides to simply take the two million dollars present for himself. This puts the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), on his trail as he dispassionately murders nearly every rival, bystander and even employer in his pursuit of his quarry and the money. As Moss desperately attempts to keep one step ahead, the blood from this hunt begins to flow behind him with relentlessly growing intensity as Chigurh closes in. Meanwhile, the laconic Sherrif Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) blithely oversees the investigation even as he struggles to face the sheer enormity of the crimes he is attempting to thwart.

HCFF Notes: Cody Villafana of CineSnob.net and James Roberts of Glide Magazine will introduce the film as San Antonio representatives of the Houston Film Critics Society.

The Houston Film Critics Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization composed of film critics in the greater Houston area as well as San Antonio. The organization includes more than 30 media members and film critics from print publications, internet websites, television and radio.

BLOCK 26
Day:
 Saturday
Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

9 pm | Closing Night Party & Awards* at the Nimitz Museum Ballroom

Celebrate the filmmakers at the Closing Night Party & Awards.

Special thanks to festival sponsors Cinco Vodka, Feast & Merriment Catering, Friends and Allies Brewing, Pedernales Cellars, Seersucker Gin, Tequila 512

Location — Nimitz Ballroom located at the National Museum of the Pacific War | 340 E Main Street
Time — 9 pm – midnight
Credentials — Filmmaker and All Access badge holders

Sunday, April 30, 2017

11 am | Sunday Sendoff and Panel Discussion at Pedernales Cellars*

Pedernales LogoOverlooking the Pedernales River Valley, Pedernales Cellars offers its patrons a home away from home where they can enjoy a slice of the good life.

Join us for a glass of wine, light snacks, a tour of the vineyard and a panel discussion before heading home.

LocationPedernales Cellars | 2916 Upper Albert Rd, Stonewall
Time – 11 am – 1 pm
Credentials – Filmmaker and All Access Badge holders


Filmmaking: Where Do We Go From Here?

Congrats!  You made a short or even a feature film.  Now it’s time to produce something bigger and better.  Rolling momentum over from one project to the next is a taxing experience.  Capitalizing on this short window of opportunity is key.  Can a past project’s success be leveraged into new opportunities?  This group of panelists will discuss the artistic struggle of letting go of the old and creating anew over a wine or two at Pedernales Cellars

Panelists
Travis Champagne – writer/director
Christine Chen – director/producer
Brandon Dickerson – writer/director
Will James Moore – writer/director

Moderator — Tricia Jenkins, Ph.D
Tricia Jenkins is an associate professor in Film, TV and Digital Media at Texas Christian University. She holds a Ph.D. in American media studies from Michigan State University and is the author of The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television, now in its second edition from the University of Texas Press.

Location – Pedernales Cellars | 2916 Upper Albert Rd., Stonewall
Time – 11 am – 11:50 am
Credentials – Filmmaker and All Access badge holders only



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