Here's what to watch at the Victoria film festival
Take a minute to check out the goods before you commit to anything serious at the Victoria TX Independent Film Festival this year. Here are quick looks, in alphabetical order, of all the features along with any perks (short films, Q&A's, etc.) that may come with the show.
Directed by Drew Stone
A documentary of the early Boston hardcore music scene from 1981-84. The film delves deep into the social and communal aspects of that unique and explosive era. (PG-13)
'AN UNREAL DREAM'
Directed by Al Reinert
The prospect of unjust imprisonment is a plight both easily imagined and terrifying, and we all wonder how we might fare in such a grim circumstance. No case in modern America illuminates this condition more completely than the story of Michael Morton. (PG-13)
Q&A: Producer John Dean
Directed by Olivia Silver
Greta's dad is moving the family cross-country, promising a California paradise and packing half the household into a dented station wagon. All that's missing is Mom. (PG-13)
Short film: "Jody's Bra"
'BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA'
Directed by Jessie Taylor and Dave Schmidt
When she was 9, Zainab's parents made the heartbreaking decision to leave their home in northern Afghanistan. They set out on a journey across the globe, putting the fate of their family in the hands of strangers. (PG)
Short film: "Luminaris"
Q&A: Directors Jesse Taylor and David Schmidt
Directed by Todd Looby
When Mary returns to work after her maternity leave, Paul is in charge of their baby, Pearl, as he struggles to write a screenplay. Mary misses Pearl terribly, but her benefits are the only security to family has. It all comes to a head one day when Paul's good nature gets the best of him and he quickly becomes the jerk he thought he'd never be. (PG-13)
Short film: "Lollywood"
Q&A: Director Todd Looby
'BOUND BY FLESH'
Directed by Leslie Zemeck
The true story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, America's siamese twin sweethearts. (PG-13)
Directed by Karla Lemus and Boris Castro
A group of bicycle aficionados from Hamburg, Sankt Pauli traveled to Los Angeles, to cross the city for 12 days into all cardinal directions. (PG-13)
Q&A: Filmmakers Karla Lemus and Boris Castro
Etc.: After the film there will be a late night, social ride that will end at Greek's 205 for an afterparty.
'THE CARDBOARD BERNINI'
Directed by Olympia Stone
"The Cardboard Bernini" examines the life and work of artist James Grashow as he spends four years building a giant cardboard fountain with the intent of putting it outside to dissolve. (PG)
Short film: "The Cart"
Q&A: Director Olympia Stone
Directed by Steve Balderson
Four American college grads, who take their first trip overseas, get caught in an international crime ring. It's an action-packed thrill ride with humor, intrigue and tweets. (PG-13)
Short film: "Lualu"
Q&A: Director Steve Balderson, Starina Johnson and Mark Booker
Directed by Matt Johnson
Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn't joking. (PG-13)
Short film: "America 101"
Q&A: Director/actor Matt Johnson
Directed by Kirsten Sheridan
A group of wild teens break into a luxurious house in an upper-class suburb for a night of partying, destruction and mayhem that will change them all forever. (R)
Short film: "Maelstrom"
'THE DOLLS OF LISBON'
Directed by Ethan Minsker
Featuring artists from the U.S., Ecuador, Portugal and fellow Antagonist artists in Europe, this documentary focuses on the labors of the artist and begs the question: If you knew being an artist would be this much of a struggle, would you still have taken this path? (PG-13)
Short Film: "Seed Story"
Q&A: Director Ethan Minsker and Antagonists James Rubio and Crispy
'EL ELEFANTE BLANCO'
Directed by Alan Rexroth
"El Elefante Blanco" is set in the Mercado Adolfo Lpez Mateos traditional market located in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Once an object of great prestige, today it is besieged by emerging supermarkets, mismanagement and its own degeneration. (PG-13)
Short film: "To the Bone"
Q&A: Director Alan Rexroth
Directed by Philipp Mueller-Dorn
Dominik Liebmann is a man who has lost everything: his wife, son, job, house - even his pride. Financially and emotionally bankrupt, he enters Berlin's first and only Mannerhaus: a shelter for battered men. (PG-13)
Q&A: Director Philipp Mueller-Dorn
'FIRE IN OUR HEARTS'
Directed by Jayshree Janu Kharpade
Jayshree Janu Kharpade, a 16 year old from India, illuminates the immense social and economic potential of educating girls in the developing world. (PG)
Q&A: Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Holly Carter
'GHOST TEAM 1'
Directed by Scott Rutherford and Ben Peyser
In order to impress a girl, two roommates set out to make a documentary about a murder that took place in their house decades ago. (R)
Q&A: Actor Tony Cavalero
Directed by M dot Strange
A tale about a kid, a samurai mime and a stripper who all try to defeat a warlord and an evil clown who have successfully turned a countryside into a never ending nightmare filled with horrible monsters. (Not rated)
Short Film: "Affection" (18+ no exceptions)
Q&A: Director M dot Strange
Directed by Alicia Scherson
When her parents die, adolescent Bianca's universe is suspended. Entrusted with the care of her younger brother, Tomas, and his gym-rat friends, she struggles to keep it together. Using Bianca as a lure for a heist they've concocted, they convince her to initiate a sexual relationship with an enigmatic blind hermit. But as the two spend time together, Bianca unexpectedly finds normalcy and acceptance in the aging B-movie star. (R)
Short film: "Te Vas"
Q&A: Acotr Rutger Hauer
Directed by Aron Lehmann
Aron Lehmann's feature debut is and isn't an adaptation of Henirich von Kleist's novel Kohlhaas. At first, we are watching two movies: One is the documentary about making Kohlhaas, the other, is the story of Kohlhaas the humble horse trader who, after experiencing the wrongs of a lord, seeks justice in what is quickly revealed as an unjust world. (PG-13)
Short film: "Spanola Pepper Sauce
'THE LAST SHEPHERD'
Directed by Marco Bonfanti
A journey through the incredible story of Renato Zucchelli, the last travelling shepherd living in a metropolis, who conquered the city with only his sheep and the power of fantasy. (PG)
'THE MISSING PIECE'
Directed by Joe Medeiros
More than 100 years after the theft of the Mona Lisa, writer/director Joe Medeiros finds the real reason Vincenzo Peruggia stole the masterpiece from the Louvre. (PG)
Short film: "Der Philatelist"
'MUST COME DOWN'
Directed by Kenny Riches
Holly and Ashley, both in the midst of individual quarter-life crises, meet by chance when their peculiar activities intersect at the same bus stop. Holly and Ashley share brief, strange meetings, stumbling through life's final bout of growing pains. (PG-13)
Q&A: Director Kenny Riches and actress Ashley Burch
'NEVER RECORDS: YOU ARE NOT LISTENING'
Directed by Jason Wyche
Feature-length documentary about artist/musician Ted Riederer and his Never Records project. The documentary explores the power of art and music to unite, educate and uplift a community. (PG)
Q&A: Director Jason Wyche and Never Records founder Ted Riederer
Directed by Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin
Lucien and Regina are foragers - they gather wild mushrooms and sell them to New York restaurants. Their lifestyle is simple, their income unstable. As Regina seeks more security and Lucien wants to devote himself to full-time nomadic foraging, their individual desires put the marriage to a test.
Short film: "Seed Story"
Q&A: Directors Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin
Directed by Elizabeth Spear
In a moment of drunken clarity, Sam Jones decides not to give up on his high school dream of playing in the NBA. All he needs is the help of his old basketball coach and a little faith in himself. (PG-13)
Q&A: Director Elizabeth Spear and cast
'RETURN TO HONOR'
Directed by Sharon Burns
This documentary explores how one person took an idea and turned it into a weekend second to none for wounded American heroes. (PG)
Q&A: Director Sharon Burns
'SATELLITE OF LOVE'
Directed by Will Moore
To atone for his absence at their wedding, globe-trotting and hard-partying musician, Samuel, invites his best friend Blake and Blake's new wife Catherine (with whom Samuel has previously shared both a bed and a bond) to idyllic Nadi Vineyards for a weeklong party in paradise. (R)
Short Film: "The Lift"
Q&A: Director Will Moore
'STICK 'EM UP!'
Directed by Alex Luster
"Stick 'Em Up!" is a captivating film that explores the little-known world of wheat pasting, an inner-city art form that's as provocative as it is misunderstood. Documentary filmmaker Alex Luster delves into the minds and motivations behind some of Houston's most notorious guerilla street artists, capturing the lifespan of their art - conception, creation, placement and, ultimately, removal by the city's abatement enforcement. (PG-13)
Directed by Pelin Esmer
Haunted by a tragic incident, Nihat has isolated himself as the fire warden of a remote observation tower. At a rural bus station in the region, Seher has taken a job as a hostess. Through a series of events, their lives are brought together and their pasts exposed. (PG-13)
Short film: "Hatch"
'WHEN I RISE'
Directed by Mat Hames
"When I Rise" is an award-winning documentary about Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera. (PG)
Q&A: Executive producer Don Carlton
'WHEN WE RULED H-TOWN'
Directed by Joseph Schneider
"When We Ruled H-Town" is the story of the '90s Houston music scene. (PG-13)
Q&A: Director Joseph Schneider