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We have added 17 films, 2 venues and extended the festival until March 25th!

Oh and did we mention, admission to these new program additions will be FREE?!?!?!

We are very excited to announce that we have expanded the festival to reach a larger audience and broaden our programming. Thanks to the Victoria College Film Club and Lisa Devries, We have secured the Johnson Symposium as a second venue for the festival. We will screen 6 more feature films and 2 short films over a 3 day period. See schedule below:

The Apostles of Park Slope

MARCH 22 – Johnson Symposium

DATE: MARCH 22

TIME: NOON

LOCATION: JOHNSON SYMPOSIUM (2200 East Red River Victoria, TX 77901)

ADMISSION: FREE

The Apostles of Park Slope

Directed by Jason Cusato

When Mike Callahan loses his mother Mary, the old crew from his neighborhood rallies the troops and takes Mike out to a local restaurant in an attempt to cheer him up. Father Paul, a priest returning to Brooklyn after spending several years in South America rebuilding churches, is invited to join dinner. After some thought Father agrees in the hopes of convincing Mike and the gang to turn to the Lord during their time of loss. What ensues is an unlikely reunion of friends where Father comes to see the true meaning of friendship and where sometimes the word of the Lord has four letters.

DATE: MARCH 22

TIME: 2PM

LOCATION: JOHNSON SYMPOSIUM (2200 East Red River Victoria, TX 77901)

ADMISSION: FREE

Freaks In Love: a quarter century in underground rock with Alice Donut

Directed by: David Koslowski & Skyzz Cyzyk

FREAKS IN LOVE documents the 25 year career of the seminal psychedelic-punk band Alice Donut. From it’s humble beginnings to just play a gig at CBGBs to signing to Alternative Tentacles to performing at Reading Festival and touring with Blind Melon.

MARCH 23 - Johnson Symposium

TIFN Showcases “BBQ and Beer” Double Feature and Slacker 2011 at VTXIFF

The Texas Independent Film Network (TIFN) is proud to present a “BBQ and Beer” double feature for the month of March. In the tradition of Texas culture, TIFN will showcase two films that focus on two things that Texans have loved for decades- BBQ and Beer. First, TIFN will play BBQ: A TEXAS LOVES STORY and SOMETHIN’S BREWIN IN SHINER, a film directed by Mike Woolf.

TIME: Noon

LOCATION: JOHNSON SYMPOSIUM (2200 East Red River Victoria, TX 77901)

ADMISSION: FREE

BBQ: A Texas Love Story (short film)

directed by: Chris Elley & Narrated by former Governor Ann Richards

BBQ: A TEXAS LOVES STORY takes viewers on a journey across the state to visit many of the different BBQ spots in Texas and the individuals behind them, from local pit masters, to a group of University of Texas students that have formed their own BBQ club. In each city and town, Elley shows the best places for brisket and the undying enthusiasm that Texans have for BBQ.

DATE: MARCH 23

TIME: 1pm

LOCATION: JOHNSON SYMPOSIUM (2200 East Red River Victoria, TX 77901)

ADMISSION: FREE

Something’s Brewin in Shiner (short film)

Directed by Mike Woolf

SOMETHIN’S BREWIN IN SHINER follows the small town of Shiner, TX during the summer of 2003 as the Spoetzl Brewery was set to launch its next great beer. Filmmaker Mike Woolf captures the history of the town’s brewery as well as the small town culture. Speaking with everyone from the mayor to the fire chief, Woolf treats the audience to an often-humorous commentary on the importance of beer in Shiner, TX.

DATE: MARCH 23

TIME: 2pm

LOCATION: JOHNSON SYMPOSIUM (2200 East Red River Victoria, TX 77901)

ADMISSION: FREE

Slacker 2011

Directed by: Bob Ray, Spencer Parsons, Rusty Kelley, Berndt Mader, Amy Grappell, Karen Skloss, Duane Graves & Justin Meeks, Paul Gordon, Jonny Stranger, David & Nathan Zellner, Jay Duplass, John Bryant, Sam Wainwright Douglas, Ben Steinbauer, Elisabeth Sikes, Mike Dolan, Geoff Marslett, Bardley Beesley, Bob Byington & Clay Lifford, Carlyn Hudson, Miguel Alvarez, Scott R. Meyers, PJ Raval, and Chris Eska.

1991′s SLACKER is a love story to Austin, Texas and a near-documentary portrait of that era in its history. For twenty years, Austin has been defined by the film and its band of eccentric city-dwellers, dragworms and proto-hipsters. Two decades later, a new generation of filmmakers have emerged in the wake of this film. It is now their turn to tell the story of Austin.

24 of Austin’s brightest young filmmakers have banded together to update SLACKER with their own perspectives on the city. SLACKER 2011 is a stream-of-consciousness chronicle of a day in Austin, presenting the various personalities and locations that give the city its identity. The film showcases how the town has transformed so drastically from that moment in 1991, and also how some things never change.

SLACKER 2011 is a funny and thoroughly creative send-up of the original film and of twenty years of Austin filmmaking, presenting the city’s changing face while showcasing some of its most exciting talent.

DATE: MARCH 23

TIME: 4pm

LOCATION: JOHNSON SYMPOSIUM (2200 East Red River Victoria, TX 77901)

ADMISSION: FREE

Daylight

Directed by: David Barker

A harrowing psychological thriller from a widely acclaimed filmmaker, Daylight pits a couple lost in America against a conniving gang of kidnappers, in David Barker’s rigorous and personal re-imagining of the genre film. Despite its familiar genre elements, Daylight is different – a powerful, shocking piece of vigorous cinema, which fuses eroticism and tenderness with the harrowing weight of pregnancy and kidnapping. On their way to a wedding, Danny and Irene pick up a hitchhiker – throwing the film in the direction of the conventional rural kidnapper thriller. But with the skill of director David Barker and his miraculous cast and crew, Daylight emerges as much, much more than just another exploitation picture. Kidnappers Renny, Leo, and Murphy enact a bizarre and terrifying ritual of politeness, endowing such scenes as the passing of a bread knife at a kitchen table with a threat of ferocious violence – but also trust…

MARCH 25 - Johnson Symposium

TIME: Noon

LOCATION: JOHNSON SYMPOSIUM (2200 East Red River Victoria, TX 77901)

ADMISSION: FREE

Incredibly Small

Directed by: Dean Peterson

Two recent college graduates, Anne, an ambitious law student and Amir, an aimless escalator attendant and aspiring sculptor move into a 300 square foot apartment and try to start a life together. But the combination of their small apartment, their threateningly handsome neighbor across the hall and unexpected visitors from the past make them realize that maybe they aren’t as perfect for each other as they previously had thought.

DATE: MARCH 25

TIME: 2pm

LOCATION: JOHNSON SYMPOSIUM (2200 East Red River Victoria, TX 77901)

ADMISSION: FREE

Here and There

Directed by: Darko Lungulov

In two interconnected stories Robert, a jaded middle-aged New Yorker, goes to Serbia to make quick cash by marrying someone for U.S. immigration papers. The plan goes awry when the promised cash never arrives. At the same time, a young Serbian immigrant named Branko struggles in a never forgiving New York, desperately trying to bring his girlfriend from Serbia to USA.

Keep checking back for more announcements. We still have 9 more films to announce and the 3rd Venue!