VTXIFF partners with Texas Independent Film Network

July 16, 2014 at 2:16 a.m.

Now that the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts has purchased a new digital projector, the Victoria Texas Indie Film Fest will be able to screen movies year-round.

The first screening is July 26 as VTXIFF joins forces with the Texas Independent Film Network to showcase a series of short films as part of network's summer tour. These films will be shown at partnering arthouse cinemas around the state, including the Violet Crown Cinema in Austin, The Sundance Cinema and Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.

The Welder Center is among 27 theaters showcasing films for the summer tour.

Austin Film Society programmer Lars Nilsen will host the screening - introducing each one of the short films.

Lars served as a head programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and was responsible for leading a team of individuals who programmed the films throughout the national chain. He became known for his classic cult and arthouse programming in addition to his regular Weird Wednesday series that spotlights rare and exploitation films.

The films include:

"Helion" (2012, directed by Kat Candler, six minutes): Two brothers misbehave to the point of ridiculousness, and their put-upon father must find a way to cope with them. The acclaimed short was made into a full-length feature starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis.

"The Karman Line" (2014, directed by Oscar Sharp, 24 minutes): This magical realist fable tells the story of a middle-aged mother who begins to levitate slightly one day.

"A Hell of Note" (1977, directed by Eagle Pennell, 28 minutes): A pair of good old boys swear off work and go on a tear at a local saloon. This is one of the key works made by Austin filmmaker Eagle Pennell, who has been called one of the fathers of the American independent cinema.

"See the Dirt" (2012, directed by Erik Mauck and Chelsea Hernandez, 16 minutes): A charming, low-budget documentary about a 14-year-old boy in Georgetown who has an unusual hobby: collecting vacuum cleaners.

Tickets are $10 at the Welder Center Box Office or online at vtxiff.com. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the films start at 8 p.m. with a reception following the screening. For more information, call 361-570-8587 or email jfriar95@gmail.com



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