2017 film selections will be announced on March 20 and the full schedule will be announced by April 1.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

2 pm | Block 1 | Short Films

Joseph’s Reel | UK | Drama | 15 minutes | Michael Lavers
When an elderly man is allowed to relive one day of his life before passing away, he must choose between a beautiful memory and a heart-wrenching admission. Starring BAFTA winner Robert Hardy. [TRAILER]

Perry’s Grind | USA | Drama | 18 minutes | Dan Curtis
Perry’s a loner, used to being abused. It takes meeting the wrong people in the wrong places to make Perry value what he’s had right in front of him all along.

This Time It’s Shopping  | USA | Comedy | 4 minutes | Chek Wingo
A peculiar customer interrupts a gift store owner’s quiet day. Is she really shopping, or is this some kind of game? [TRAILER]

The Listener | UK | Drama | 23 minutes | Michael Gilhooly
In a dystopian society where every home is eavesdropped by a Listener, civilians are warned that straying from the path will only lead to a place in the tower. Jeremy, a lonely subservient Listener, finds himself on the brink of a promotion just as he meets a beguiling new colleague who challenges his loyalty to the Directorate. As they grow closer Jeremy must decide what he values most: following the path or saving his friend. [TRAILER]

Rip It Up and Start Again | Ireland | Comedy | 6 minutes | Stephen Ryan
With pen and paper a quiet, retiring man reaches out to his one true love. But writing the perfect love letter is only half the battle. [TRAILER]

Riva | USA | Drama | 12 minutes | Christopher Wiegand
Led by a mysterious compass, a homeless woman embarks on a perilous journey to find healing for her broken hands.

Sweep | USA | Drama | 13 minutes | Spencer Gillis 
A tense chance encounter at a local recycling center leads to an instant friendship – which in turn leads to a bitter moment of reckoning. [TRAILER] 

BLOCK 1
Day: Thursday
Date: April 28, 2016
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

2:30 pm | Block 2 | Short Films

Jackdaw | USA | Drama | 15 minutes | Travis Champagne
A father mourns on the one year anniversary of his wife’s disappearance. (Texas Film) [TRAILER]

Of Her I Dream | Norway | Drama | 25 minutes | Katarina Gellin
Freya must return from London to her small Norwegian village when her beloved mother Anne is dying of cancer. There, she has to face her grieving, estranged stepfather and find a way to connect with him – or lose both parents forever.

The Chicken | Germany | Drama | 15 minutes | Una Gunjak
As a present for her 6th birthday, Selma gets a live chicken. When she realizes the animal is going to be killed to feed the family, she decides to save it and set it free, unaware of the high stakes such action will lead to.

Vindication | USA | Drama | 26 minutes | Jarod O’Flaherty
Caught in the crosshairs of a criminal investigation, Derek Taylor recalls the details of his involvement to a suspicious detective. (Texas Film) [TRAILER]

About a Mother | Russian Federation | Animation | 8 minutes | Dina Velikovskaya
This story is about a mother who has given so much that it looks like she has nothing left … but the life opens up the new opportunities. [TRAILER]

BLOCK 2
Day: Thursday
Date: April 28, 2016
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 2
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

4:15 pm | Block 3 | Documentary Feature - DAYLIGHT COME

Daylight Come | USA | 77 minutes | Evan Vetter

DCL
TRAILER: Daylight Come

Film Synopsis
Following decades of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, two American women struggle to help a group of Congolese women rebuild their lives amidst the scars of sexual violence and poverty. As their Western ideas create new challenges, Daylight Come begs the question: in the face of tremendous suffering, can one person really make a difference? Offering a new voice in the story being told about Congo, Daylight Come reveals hope can still be found no matter how long the night.

HCFF Notes: Filmmaker, Evan Vetter will be in attendance for Q&A following the screening. Vetter is a 2015 HCFF alum – Times Like Dying.

BLOCK 3
Day: Thursday
Date: April 28, 2016
Time: 4:15 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

4:45 pm | Block 4 | Special Screening: Family-Friendly Animated Feature - THE BOOK OF LIFE

The Book of Life | USA | Animation | 95 minutes |  Jorge R. Gutierrez

BOL
TRAILER: The Book Of Life

From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. THE BOOK OF LIFE is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, THE BOOK OF LIFE encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future. (Rated PG) (Special screening/out-of-competition)

BLOCK 4
Day:
 Thursday
Date: April 28, 2016
Time: 4:45 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

6 pm | Filmmaker Welcome* presented by GoFred

Join HCFF and GoFred as we welcome our 2016 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 Shiner Beer.

LocationFritztown Cinema | 2254 US HWY 87S
Time — 6pm – 7:30pm
Credentials — Invited guests, Filmmaker and All Access badge holders only


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7:45 pm | Block 5 | Special Screening: Feature Film - THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

The Last Picture Show | USA | Drama | 126 minutes | Peter Bogdanovich

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TRAILER: The Last Picture Show

In tiny Anarene, Texas, in the lull between World War Two and the Korean Conflict, Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) are best friends. Enduring that awkward period of life between boyhood and manhood, the two pass their time the best way they know how — with the movie house, football, and girls. Jacy (Cybill Shepherd) is Duane’s steady, wanted by every boy in school, and she knows it. Her daddy is rich and her mom is good looking and loose. It’s the general consensus that whoever wins Jacy’s heart will be set for life. But Anarene is dying a quiet death as folks head for the big cities to make their livings and raise their kids. The boys are torn between a future somewhere out there beyond the borders of town or making do with their inheritance of a run-down pool hall and a decrepit movie house — the legacy of their friend and mentor, Sam the Lion (Ben Johnson). As high school graduation approaches, they learn some difficult lessons about love, loneliness, and jealousy. Then folks stop attending the second-run features at the movie house and the time comes for the last picture show. With the closure of the movie house, the boys feel that a stage of their lives is closing. They stand uneasily on the threshold of the rest of their lives. (Special screening/out-of-competition)

BLOCK 5
Day:
 Thursday
Date: April 28, 2016
Time: 7:45 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket — at-the-door, as available | All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

9:30 pm | Thursday Party at Auslander Restaurant and Biergarten

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

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

Friday, April 29, 2016

9 am | Breakfast Panel Discussion* - AN ACTOR'S JOURNEY presented by TCU Bob Schieffer College of Communication

An Actor’s Journey

An in depth look into the craft, career and life of an actor.

Panelists
Trish Avery – SAG-AFTRA DFW Local Executive Director
Rebekah Downs – previous HCFF best actress award winner
Peggy Schott – Austin based actress
Blayne Weaver – New York based actor
Gary Weeks – Atlanta based actor

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.


 

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10 am | Block 6 | Short Films

The Secession | USA | Comedy | 13 minutes | Jay Hubert
A story about two Texas boys, a secession and egg rolls. (Texas Film)

Cowboys | Spain | Dramedy | 20 minutes | Bernabé Rico
Martin is a finished actor, both professionally and personally. He’s divorced, has no friends and a son he hasn’t talked to for more than a year. But one fine day he’ll get a working offer his agent will not let him pass: to be companion of a 5-year-old boy in a costume contest at the amusement park.

Speed Dating | USA | Comedy | 11 minutes | Meghann Artes
Desperate to find the man of her dreams, sweet and plain Ava tries a last ditch effort, speed dating. But the absurd cast of characters she encounters makes her wonder if being single is not so bad after all. [TRAILER]

Promise Me | USA | Drama | 8 minutes | Kevin Machate
Promise Me is an emotionally charged social drama in which a once flourishing woman, now at the end of her life, struggles to ensure that her recently reconciled son does not make the same mistakes that she did. (Texas Film; Machate’s screenplay for Promise Me won the Best Short Screenplay at the 2015 Hill Country Film Festival) [TRAILER]

Hello Charles | USA | Dramedy | 7 minutes | Hamish Grieve
30 year old George gets a visit from his imaginary childhood friend Charles at the lowest point in his life.

The Gift | UK | Drama | 13 minutes | Gabriel Robertson
To celebrate his eleventh birthday, a young boy selects his gift – knowing little that his choice will change the world. [TRAILER]

Aestas | Canada | Drama | 20 minutes | Guillaume Comtois
A man returning from a business trip saves a teenage girl from drowning. She disappears a few moments later leaving the man quite shaken. His girlfriend tries to cheer him up, but she disappears too, when the teenage girl suddenly comes back.

BLOCK 6
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 29, 2016
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 7 | Short FIlms

The Usual Silence | USA | Drama | 5 minutes | Samuel Z.P. Thomas
An everyday Joe with his everyday problems happens upon a man experiencing true grief. Whether he can help or not, he won’t walk away unchanged. (Texas Film) [TRAILER]

The Box | Germany | Horror | 15 minutes | Sascha Zimmermann
Hannah, a young woman, wakes up locked in a dark wooden box. She has no clue how she got there. She pleads for her freedom. All she wants is out of the box until she watches through a small crack while a gruesome surgery takes place just feet away. When she notices a number in her box and it suggests she is next, she panics. She begs and pleads to no avail. For what happens outside of the box, determines her fate. The Box is a dark twisted tale of capture for profit.

Tea Man | UK | Comedy | 4 minutes | Tom Nicoll
The Tea Man wakes up from a bad night and a bad dream. The only way he can shake it is with a nice cup of tea. He grabs a cup, milk, sugar, but wait, no tea bags! Lucky he has an emergency stash… Is he too into tea?

Skål | France | Sci-fi | 15 minutes | Benjamin Cappelletti
And if tomorrow… in one night… all the planet’s water disappeared? Would you share your water reserves? But… with whom? And why? A range of choices that a young YouTube celebrity will have to suddenly and brutally confront. [TRAILER]

Honor Student | USA | Drama | 9 minutes | Aaron B. Koontz
A middle aged woman with nothing left to give meanders through a day just like any other, or so she thought. (Texas Film) [TRAILER]

Ave Maria | State of Palestine | Dramedy | 15 minutes | Basil Khalil
The nuns of the Sisters of Mercy Convent, in the middle of the West Bank wilderness, have their daily routine of silence and prayer disrupted when a family of Jewish settlers come knocking at their door for help after crashing into the convent wall. (Nominated for a 2016 Academy Award®) [TRAILER]

Three Dalmatians | Norway | Drama | 15 minutes | Ingrid Stenersen
Three single mothers in a small Norwegian town bemoan the lack of single men in the village – until the day that three hunky new cops arrive, setting the woman on the road to crime.

Picawalico | UK | Animation | 10 minutes | Malcolm Morrison
An impossibly tiny man lives his absurd life in devotion to his mother. (Texas Film) [TRAILER]

The Visitor | USA | Drama | 5 minutes | Bennett Pellington
Two men argue over the events of a murdered loved one in a prison psych ward.

BLOCK 7
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 29, 2016
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

12:15 | Block 8 | Documentary Feature - NATHAN EAST: FOR THE RECORD

Nathan East: For the Record | USA | 85 minutes | Chris Gero

Nathan
TRAILER: Nathan East For The Record

Nathan East: For the Record is a documentary film that takes viewers behind-the-scenes as one of the most influential bass players in modern music recorded his debut solo album last year. His long-awaited solo album (released in March) spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album chart and 34 weeks in the top position on smoothjazz.com. For The Record also chronicles Nathan’s three decade plus career from when he hit the road age 16 with Barry White, his session and touring work across musical genres and membership in the legendary jazz quartet Fourplay. The film features interviews with many of the musicians he’s worked with including Clapton, Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Don Was and more.

BLOCK 8
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 28, 2016
Time: 12:15 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

12:45 pm | Block 9 | Feature Film - SOME BEASTS

Some Beasts | USA | Drama | 89 minutes | Cameron Bruce Nelson

Some Beasts
TRAILER: Some Beasts

Film Synopsis
Living in an insular farming community, Sal Damon, a modern-day Thoreau, seeks solace from a past relationship in Appalachia. After his neighbor dies and he discovers a feral child living on the lam, he must reconcile his place in a world that lives outside of the law.

BLOCK 9
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 29, 2016
Time: 12:45 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

2:30 pm | Block 10 | Documentary Feature - TOWER

TOWER | USA | 93 minutes | Keith Maitland

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TRAILER: Tower

Film Synopsis
Nearly fifty years ago, a gunman rode the elevator to the twenty-seventh floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire. Tower, an animated and action-packed documentary, shares the untold story of that day – when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

HCFF Notes: Texas-based director Keith Maitland and producer Hillary Pierce will be in attendance for Q&A following the screening.

BLOCK 10
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 29, 2016
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

3 pm | Block 11 | Feature Film - DEPENDENT'S DAY

Dependent’s Day | USA | Comedy | 89 minutes | Michael David Lynch

Dday
TRAILER: Dependents Day

Film Synopsis
Claimed as a ‘dependent’ by his successful bread-winning girlfriend Alice, Cam struggles to prove himself as he stumbles through different jobs and  life’s obstacles in the hopes to live out his Hollywood dream and finally rise to the occasion. Dependent’s Day is a hilarious, heartfelt, authentic relationship comedy about the adventures of being in love and making it work.

BLOCK 11
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 29, 2016
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 12 | Feature Film - MAD

MAD | USA | Dramedy | 82 minutes | Robert G. Putka

Mad
TRAILER: Mad

After a late-in-life divorce, and compounded by bi-polar disorder, Mel finds herself in a psych ward. Her two daughters, Connie and Casey, facing varying problems of their own, would rather dodge the responsibility than care for her. Personal grievances, both petty and pointed, bubble to the surface.

HCFF Notes: Producer Mark Reeb is an HCFF alum – Happy Voodoo and People Food.

BLOCK 12
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 29, 2016
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

5:15 pm | Block 13 | Documentary Short Films

Reclaiming Pakistan | USA | 8 minutes | Lisa Donato
A civil rights activist, Mohammad Jibran Nasir, sparks a social revolution after almost 140 children were killed in the Peshawar Army School tragedy. A short documentary that sheds light on the consequences of extreme religion and terrorism in Pakistan and offers hope to the nation’s seemingly bleak reality. Narrated by Pakistani actress Fawzia Mirza, the film features interviews from founders of the organization Pakistan for All, including activist Sabeen Mahmud, who was fatally shot four months after production of this film.

The Texas Sun | USA | 6 minutes | Ted Fisher
It’s good to have friends in high places. Enemies? Not so much. (Texas Film)

Bunee: The Boy from Constanța | USA | 15 minutes | Bunee Tomlinson
After spending the first six years of his life in the dreadful Romanian orphanage system of the 1980’s and 1990’s, a young boy searches for something to drive him in his new world and discovers that filmmaking could be the engine for his personal growth. [TRAILER]

Good Times at the Schützen Verein | USA | 14 minutes | Erik McCowan
Texas dance halls are more than a two-step destination. For some, they aim to keep an old tradition alive. (Texas Film) [TRAILER]

The Night’s Watch: Protecting the Dark Skies of Texas | USA | 12 minutes | Jeffrey Buras
As the night sky in the heart of Texas is threatened by light pollution, meet the astronomer fighting to keep the skies dark. (Texas Film)

Even the Walls | USA | 27 minutes | Sarah Kuck & Saman Maydani
Even the Walls is a short documentary about the members of a public-housing neighborhood grappling with the forces of gentrification. Traveling throughout the changing landscape of a once tight-knit community, and weaving in and out of personal vignettes, the film explores the diversity of experiences had while living in Yesler Terrace. Unable to say goodbye to their homes or to each other, the residents of Seattle’s Yesler Terrace continue life as usual, taking care of the neighborhood children and tending their gardens. But time is running out. Over the next few years, developers will be transitioning their public-housing neighborhood to mixed-income, mixed retail. While some have already chosen to leave, others are still deciding what they will do next. Even the Walls collects what evidence is left of more than seven decades of carefully cultivated human connectivity. (Texas Film) [TRAILER]

BLOCK 13
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 29, 2016
Time: 5:15 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

7 pm | Block 14 | Feature Film - CUT TO THE CHASE

Cut To The Chase | USA | Thriller | 90 minutes | Blayne Weaver

TRAILER: Cut To The Chase

Film Synopsis
Max Chase (Blayne Weaver) has always been on the wrong side of the law but his younger sister Isobel (Erin Cahill) always bails him out… Until the day she disappears.  Isobel’s abusive boyfriend (Luke Sexton), the District Attorney (Patrick Kirton) and the city’s crime boss known as “The Man” (Lance Henriksen) are all suspects in her disappearance.  Fearing for the life of his innocent sister, Max dives back into the world of his dark past while being pursued by The Man’s loyal enforcer (Patrick Day). Max’s only ally is a manipulative yet captivating criminal (Lyndie Greenwood), who is also on the run from The Man.  Max will do whatever it takes to find his baby sister.

BLOCK 14
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 29, 2016
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

7:30 pm | Block 15 | Short Films

Ártún | Iceland | Drama | 21 minutes | Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Arnar, a boy from a small town has never kissed a girl, travels with his best friend to a city to see if girls there smoke cigarettes and are easy to make out with. (Guðmundsson is a 2015 HCFF alum — Whale Valley)

The Girlfriend Experience | USA | Comedy | 7 minutes | Mark Kunerth
When a broken-hearted guy tries to get over his recent break-up, he gets more than he bargained for. [TRAILER]

The Trouble with Lucie | France | Drama |11 minutes | Lionel Kaplan
Lucie is an actress, but she wanted to be a director. She goes reluctantly to one of many casting calls. After the usual questions, her conversation goes wrong with the casting director, and turns into hostility. Until reality meets fiction. Or maybe it’s the other way round. [TRAILER]

Breaking the Curse | USA | Drama | 16 minutes | Craig Nigh
Two 30 something guys, swapping stories of conquest on just another Friday night out, soon admit they have been lying to each other for months. The faithful bartender sends them to Igor the Russian Master, who explains they must break their curse to find Lady Luck again. They visit a Gypsy, dance their way out of a gay bar and make a fat lady sing, and in the end, discover more than they bargained for. (Texas Film) [TRAILER]

The Run | Germany | Thriller | 25 minutes | Stefan Najib
Martin is a teacher at a local high school. He thinks of himself as a good educator, but his own son, Bastian, begins to rebel against him. One day both drive to school together and get into a fight over Bastian going on a camping vacation with his buddies. Soon after, Bastian’s classmate Tom starts to shoot people in their school. Martin can stop the killing by volunteering to drive an escape car for Tom. During the escape, a harsh psychological duel begins between the teacher and the crazed student.

Amy | USA | Dramedy | 13 minutes | Jacob Chase
A pair of ex-lovers spend a spontaneous afternoon together that could either lead to rekindled love or further heartbreak. Starring Alex Karpovsky and Troian Bellisario. [TRAILER]

BLOCK 15
Day:
 Friday
Date: April 29, 2016
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 | 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 30, 2016

9 am | Breakfast Panel Discussion* - FILM FESTIVALS IN AN EVER-CHANGING INDUSTRY presented by TCU Bob Schieffer College of Communication

Film Festivals in an Ever-Changing Industry

An exploration of film festivals and their relevancy in our culture and industry.

Panelists
Jessica Christopherson – Fort Worth Film Commissioner
Bears Fonté – Other Worlds Austin Sci-Fi Film Festival
Chad Mathews – Lone Star Film Festival & Hill Country Film Festival
Harrison Glaser – Austin Film Festival

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.


 

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10 am | Block 16 | Student Short Films

A Night in the Show | Brazil | Dramedy | 19 minutes | Gabriela Brigagao
A comic and a starlet receive news that their theatre will be closed in order to be replaced by a new building. This is their last show.

Mr. Pastor Jones | USA | Documentary | 12 minutes | Lizette Barrera
Portrait into the life of a once San Antonio street thug and his life as he tries to rebuild it. (Texas Film)

Snacktime | USA | Animation | 7 minutes | Jo Anne Adams, Lacey Hasson, Matt Sveum
Snacktime is the story of Winston, a mischievous little spirit who is awakened from a deep sleep ravenous for treasure! He locks his hungry eyes on an ancient temple high in the Andes Mountains filled with all the riches he could desire. But, with an angry guardian protecting the loot and a pompous conquistador who’s come to steal it, getting a decent meal might be harder than he thought. [TRAILER]

The Brick | USA | Drama | 8 minutes | Raymond Zrike
A mysterious man carries a brick to his apartment. (Texas Film) [TRAILER]

Newbie Newsboy | USA | Animation | 2 minutes | Caitlin Inzinna
It’s Pip’s first day on the job as a newsboy! However, a mysterious force keeps him from delivering his next newspaper. (Texas Film; Inzinna is a 2014 HCFF alum — Flight of the Soul)

Shine | USA | Drama | 6 minutes |  Landon Van Alstyne
Grieving the loss of a loved one has taken a toll on depressed songwriter. A request to watch her nephew allows her to witness the hope that a new life brings. If you can see new souls as anchors to old, your heart can rest in hope.

My Stuffed Granny | UK | Animation |10 minutes | Effie Pappa
Little Sofía loves her grumpy granny, even though she is always hungry and eats what little food they can buy. Her pension is the only thing keeping her and her father alive. To what extremes will they go to once granny is no more? [TRAILER]

Fidelity | Germany | Drama | 24 minutes | Ilker Çatak
Istanbul 2014 – a tensed environment with demonstrations due to political repression. Asli, a young modern woman, gives shelter to a political activist who got into a fight with the cops. The police investigate the case and end up questioning Asli and her family. The situation escalates as she is not willing to cooperate. [TRAILER]

BLOCK 16
Day:
 Saturday
Date: April 30, 2016
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 17 | Short Films

Frontman | USA | Drama | 18 minutes | Matthew Gentile
When an emotionally self-destructive rock star starts to lose his hearing, his personal and professional lives begin to unravel. [TRAILER]

Career Girl | USA | Dramedy | 9 minutes | Fortunato Procopio and Johanna Watts
On the morning of the biggest meeting of her life, Monica wakes up with an unexpected problem.

The Treatment | Germany | Thriller | 6 minutes | Marvin Meiendresch
The Treatment tells the story of isolated patient Linus. More and more a rigid routine consisting of meals, exercise, lulling music, irritating smoke and examinations by his only attachment figure Dr. Frei causes him suffering. One day Linus notices the massive door to his room has been left ajar and he takes the chance to escape. What he sees outside makes him question: Is he really who he believes he is?

Black and Blue | USA | Drama | 20 minutes | Cc Allen
A college-bound girl’s life is altered when her brother is drafted into service during the Vietnam War. As the family’s new breadwinner, she endures the reality of war and the volatile effect it has in her small town. [TRAILER]

Kapunka | Israel | Comedy | 12 minutes | Tal Greenberg
When Israeli law pushes Shmulik’s back to the wall, he decides to take matters into his own hands. What he can’t foresee is the comical farce his life will become when everything turns topsy-turvy. [TRAILER]

Putting the Dog to Sleep | USA | Drama | 12 minutes | Taylor Washington
A bereaved man copes with a burdensome past and realizes he is inextricably linked to it. (Texas Film)

The Red Thunder | Spain | Comedy | 6 minutes |  Alvaro Ron
Sarah (Allie Grant, “Weeds”), a nerdy teenager, needs her mom’s brand new car to go on a date with Danny (Miles Heizer “Parenthood”), the boy she is in love with. Her mom, Dr. Thun (Karen Strassman, “Silicon Valley”), an absent minded podiatrist, is concerned about Sarah driving by the dangerous streets of downtown Los Angeles. She tells her daughter she may need her car if one of her patients has an emergency, but Sarah doesn’t buy it. After all Dr. Thun is just a podiatrist… Sarah receives a message from Danny asking if she is going to pick him up and she decides to disobey her mom and steal the car. Little does she know the vehicle is actually part of a secret Dr. Thun keeps, and this discovery will change Sarah’s life forever…

The Fly | UK | Drama | 6 minutes | Olly Williams
A getaway driver waiting outside a bank robbery has three nerve shredding minutes to get through before his crew returns. All he has to do is focus…

BLOCK 17
Day: Saturday
Date: April 29, 2016
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

12:15 pm | Block 18 | Feature Film - BEAR WITH US

Bear with Us | USA | Dark Comedy | 95 minutes | William J. Stribling

Bear
TRAILER: Bear With Us

Film Synopsis
Bear with Us is a modern farce about a guy who attempts to propose to his girlfriend in the most romantic way possible, but his plan starts to fall apart when a ravenous bear stumbles upon their charming cabin in the woods. It’s a total comedy of errors that takes a close look at just how far we’ll go to preserve our relationships.

HCFF Notes: Co-writer Russ Nickel will be in attendance for Q&A following the screening.

BLOCK 18
Day: Saturday
Date: April 30, 2016
Time: 12:15 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

12:45 pm | Block 19 | Feature Film - INTERWOVEN

Interwoven | USA | Drama | 88 minutes | VW Scheich

Interwoven
TRAILER: Interwoven

Starring Academy Award® winner Mo’Nique (Precious), Interwoven is a drama exploring the human condition and the search for connection. Inspired by true stories of people struggling with love, loss, addiction, homelessness, and suicide, Director VW Scheich weaves together 13 captivating stories to create one compelling tale of how strangers can impact our lives in unimagined ways, thus revealing the fragile ties which bind us all as everyone searches for their meaning of life.

HCFF Notes: Filmmakers VW Scheich and Uyen Le will be in attendance for Q&A following the screening.  Scheich and Le won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2014 festival.

BLOCK 19
Day:
 Saturday
Date: April 30, 2016
Time: 12:45 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

2:30 pm | Block 20 | Feature Film - STEREOTYPICALLY YOU

Stereotypically You | USA | Comedy | 83 minutes | Benjamin Cox

Film Synopsis
When Charlie Carroll (Aaron Tveit) quits his job and his girlfriend on the same day, it seems as though he’s finally found freedom. But after a quick dip in the dark waters of the NYC dating pool, Charlie begins to wonder if he’s made a mistake. He’s not equipped for single life. In fact, Charlie might not be equipped for life in general. With no job and no love, Charlie is forced to go on a journey of self-discovery so intense that he begins to suffer from surreal hallucinations, flashbacks, and fantasies. Will he find “the one?” Or did that ship already sail, taking with it his only hopes for relationship sanity?

BLOCK 20
Day:
 Saturday
Date: April 30, 2016
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

3 pm | Block 21 | Documentary Feature - RWANDA & JULIET

Rwanda & Juliet | USA | 87 minutes | Ben Proudfoot

R&J
TRAILER: Rwanda and Juliet

Film Synopsis
Rwanda & Juliet is a feature-length documentary that follows Ivy League professor emeritus Andrew Garrod to Kigali, Rwanda, where he mounts Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with Rwandan college students from both Hutu and Tutsi backgrounds. Twenty years have passed since the 1994 Genocide that left 1,000,000 Tutsis dead. Predominantly orphans, the cast of young Rwandans, led by a stunning, strong headed Juliet, tackle their country’s past and their own future as hopes, expectations, pasts, personalities and cultures collide as opening night approaches.

BLOCK 21
Day:
 Saturday
Date: April 30, 2016
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 22 | Feature Film - TRANSPECOS

Transpecos | USA | Thriller | 86 minutes | Greg Kwedar

Film Synopsis
For three Border Patrol agents working a remote desert checkpoint, the contents of one car will reveal an insidious plot within their own ranks. The next 24 hours will take them on a treacherous journey that could cost them their lives.

HCFF Notes: Co-writer/producer Clint Bentley will be in attendance for Q&A following the screening.

BLOCK 22
Day:
 Saturday
Date: April 30, 2016
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

5:15 pm | Block 23 | Short Films

Marathon | USA | Drama |14 minutes | Lauren Smitelli
A young woman stifled by her future, sets out to find someone from her past. She soon realizes that the journey she’s embarked on might be more complicated than she imagined.

Food First | Germany | Drama | 11 minutes | Pol Ponsarnau
Food first, then morals! A comedy about two couples in a stylish Berlin Tapas restaurant. Tension grows with each dish. All seems lost when the question “who waters your plants?” comes on the table.

Eligeme | Spain | Drama | 9 minutes | Carlos Muñoz
A young couple flees from the chaos and the monotony of the big city to spend a few days together in a country house. What appears to be an idyllic getaway ends when he honestly tells her how he feels. She, completely shocked, will try to find the truth that was hidden behind her love for a long time. [TRAILER]

The Holy Cave | Spain | Comedy | 15 minutes | Aleix Massot
Carlos is just another regular teenager in high school with just one friend, Juan, the classic nerdy guy. He’s in love with Sofia, the girl of his dreams. But, when all of a sudden, Angel, the hottest guy in school starts dating her, he works out something, along with Juan, that changes his entire life. [TRAILER]

Mercy | USA | Drama | 19 minutes | Mylissa Fitzsimmons
An agoraphobic woman wants to lose her virginity on her birthday. When an opportunity presents itself at her door she decides nothing will stop her from getting her birthday wish. (Fitzsimmons is a 2014 HCFF alum — Long Way Home)

Roadside Assistance | USA | Thriller | 7 minutes | Bears Fonté
A mysterious woman stranded by the side of the road hitches a ride with a passing stranger – neither of them is who they seem. (Texas Film; Fonté is a 2013 HCFF alum — The Secret Keeper) [TRAILER]

Pact | USA | Sci-fi | 8 minutes | Zach Endres
Two loners contemplate ending their lives for the sake of an overpopulated Earth. (Texas Film) [TRAILER]

I Am Fairy | Australia | Comedy | 3 minutes | James Vinson
A woman finds a fairy in her backyard.

BLOCK 23
Day:
 Saturday
Date: April 30, 2016
Time: 5:15 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 3
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating

7 pm | Block 24 | Documentary Feature - A SONG FOR YOU: THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS STORY

A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story | USA | 96 minutes | Keith Maitland

ACL
TRAILER: A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story

Film Synopsis
Packed wall to wall with the greatest music from Texas and beyond, including performances from Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ray Charles, Townes Van Zandt, Johnny Cash, Lightnin Hopkins, Beck, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, and Radiohead, A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story is music to the ears of fans everywhere. This film highlights the PBS series’ evolution through pivotal bookings, proving that after 40 years and 800 performers, ACL is more relevant now than ever before. Featuring interviews with dozens of artists and fans, and untold insights from long-time producer Terry Lickona, a musical institution himself, A Song for You transcends the television show and gives audiences a front-row seat and backstage pass to the greatest performances of the longest running music show in television history. (Texas Film)

BLOCK 24
Day:
 Saturday
Date: April 30, 2016
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

7:30 pm | Block 25 | Short Films

Solemates | USA | Drama | 1 minute | Bryce Dallas Howard
Told from the perspective of shoes, this film tells the story of a couple’s journey through life – the ups, the downs, the passion and the dedication it takes to share your life with the one you love. Solemates was created by actress/writer/director/mother Bryce Dallas Howard as part of Canon’s Project Imagination.

Positive | USA | Drama | 21 minutes | Paul Michael Merryman
When an unfaithful husband learns that he’s HIV positive, he backtracks through his affairs to discover the origin of his infection. [TRAILER]

Wasted Beauty | USA | Drama | 17 minutes | Martin Paves
A beautiful young girl has lost everything and she has nothing except a dream. Through her eyes, we see just how dangerous a day of dreaming on the streets of Hollywood can be. [TRAILER]

Love is a Four Letter Word: Worth Seven Points | UK | Comedy | 5 minutes | Tim Beckmann & John Schwab
One party in a relationship has finally plucked up the courage to express his unhappiness. But that conversation will take an unusual shape. As our couple begin an emotionally charged and brutally honest game of Scrabble, both will get more than they bargained for.

The Present | Germany | Animation | 4 minutes | Jacob Frey
Jake spends most of his time playing video games indoors until his mum decides to give him a present. [TRAILER]

Military Men: Seize the Snow Mountain Castle | Sweden | Animation | 5 minutes | Philip Helander & Gottfrid Helander
A group of American soldiers are on a special mission to stop the Nazis from getting nuclear weapons.

The Unforgiven | USA | Drama | 8 minutes | Jason Piccioni
Trapped in purgatory, a cynical angel is assigned to save the soul of a low level criminal. But when the devil shows up, he is forced to confront his own skepticism. [TRAILER]

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos | Russian Federation | Animation | 15 minutes | Konstantin Bronzit
Two cosmonauts, two friends, try to do their best in their everyday training life to make their common dream a reality. But this story is not only about the dream. (Nominated for a 2016 Academy Award©) [TRAILER]

The Weight of Blood & Bones | USA | Western | 15 minutes | Chris Ekstein
Kip Duane (Jason Patric) resolves to keep his bounty hunter past behind him and away from his wife and young son Buck (Noah Hardin). Buck is no stranger to his father’s legend and boasts that he is not afraid to shoot a man. Kip warns that the dead are “just blood and bones;” it’s the feeling that comes after the killing that “takes something from you, sure as the life you took away.” Meanwhile, Espada, (Danny Trejo) the brother of an outlaw hunted down by Kip, arrives with a vendetta and threatens to kill a man every hour until Kip faces him. Uncle Gus (Marc Boone Junior) witnesses Espada’s murdering spree in the saloon and rides to Kip’s homestead to warn him. Later Buck witnesses the powerful duel as Kip kills Espada and his gang reluctantly, only to be murdered in a surprise ambush. The tragic death of his father, and the look in his eyes marks Buck forever and sets him on a path of vengeance. [TRAILER]

Wrapped | Germany | Animation | 4 minutes | Roman Kälin, Falko Paeper and Florian Wittmann
The deterioration of one is the foundation of another one’s life. The world with its never-ending interplay of eating and being eaten, takes on new dimensions when the unexpected forces of nature clash with the existing structures of our society. What was believed to be forever, melts away in the course of time. The only constant is change. [TRAILER]

BLOCK 25
Day:
 Saturday
Date: April 30, 2016
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 Barrel + Brine Food Co.Dulce Vida Tequila, Pedernales Cellars, Shiner Beer and Treaty Oak Distilling Company.

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, May 1, 2016

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


Panel Discussion: A Writer’s Journey presented by TCU Bob Schieffer College of Communication

A conversation on the screenwriting process.

Panelists
Clint Bentley
– Dallas
NT Bullock
 – New Orleans
Russ Nickel – Los Angeles
Blayne Weaver
– New York

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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The 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.