The Houston Film Commission's
Texas Filmmakers Showcase 1990's Retrospective!
Texas Theatre | 231 West Jefferson Blvd, Oak Cliff | Saturday December 18 @ 7pm | $8
Aviation Cinemas is proud to present a collection of handpicked shorts from the Houston Film Commission's "Texas Filmmakers Showcase" that span all the way back in time to the glorious 1990's – when many films were still filmed on… film!
Since 1994, the Houston Film Commission has been putting together Best Of Texas-made short films in order to introduce them to new audiences in Los Angeles, around Texas, and anywhere else the opportunity presented itself. Over the years there have been films with now famous faces in them as well as the early works of many Texans established in the industry around the world.
Established by Drew Mayer-Oakes in 1993, the program began as a student film contest open to any Texas film school student and was initially called the Young Filmmakers Showcase. Heading into a new century, 1999 brought the change of the name to the Texas Filmmakers Showcase along with opening up eligibility for entry to any current Texas resident who has made a short film.
The Showcase remains a unique Texas short film program and an opportunity for talented Texas filmmakers. The collection continues to be screened for the industry every summer in Los Angeles with the filmmakers in attendance and screened with partner organizations and film festivals around Texas in the fall. Each screening has been met with praise leaving audiences impressed with Texas filmmakers and filmmaking.
DON'T MISS this screening of handpicked select titles from the 1990s that were outstanding among all of them that were chosen on their own merit. The screening is made possible with fresh transfers of our master BetaSP tapes-to-digital provided by The Texas Archive of the Moving Image!
Texas Filmmakers Showcase Retrospective Schedule
(Additional Titles Pending):
"Tryptych" by Daniel DeLoach (9:45 min., 8mm, 1996)
Somewhere between Irish limericks, American dead-baby jokes and German fairy tales, lies the uniquely Russian "Sadistkye Kupleti." It is a form of black humor that counterbalanced the state-sponsored optimism of communism. "Tryptych" is a visualization of three of these "Sadistkye Kupleti."
"Jesus of Judson" by Jacob Vaughan (20:00 min., 16mm, 1997)
Twelve year-old Daryl is a military brat and Judson Street is just another suburban military community until Daryl meets Sammy, a 20 year-old kid at heart who leads a gang of army brat misfits. Daryl finds more than friendship with Sammy in this coming of age story that captures the nuances of gawky adolescence.
In 2003 Jacob Vaughan produced, shot, and edited the Independent Spirit Award nominated feature film "Dear Pillow". He directed indie feature "The Cassidy Kids" in 2005, produced by Burnt Orange Productions and utilizing a crew of mostly University of Texas students and alumni. He also edited the Independent Spirit Award winning feature "In Search of a Midnight Kiss", and was an additional editor on the recent festival hits "Harmony and Me" and "The Overbrook Brothers". In 2009 he was an assistant editor on Fox Searchlight’s "CYRUS", directed by the Duplass brothers and is currently working on their new project called "Jeff, Who Lives at Home". Jacob is based in Los Angeles.
"R & R" by Cressandra Thibodeaux (9:00 min., 16mm, 1997)
A soldier visits his best friend's wife on R & R and learns not all casualties of the Vietnam war are soldiers. Based on a true story.
Born in New York City, New York, Cressandra Thibodeaux received a B.F.A. from the University of Texas, Austin and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. She has directed; three award-winning commercials, several short films and was the camera-woman for numerous documentaries. In addition, Thibodeaux has received numerous awards and grants for her writing, one of the grants being a Rockefeller Travel Grant to attend the McDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire to write "Bill Picket — Bulldogger," which won 4th place at Slamdance. She was accepted into the WGA in 2006 for her script "American Eagle" which was a semi-finalist in both the Chesterfield and Nichols fellowships. She presently resides in Houston and owns and operates a microcinema called 14 Pews.
"Crosswalk" by Lance Larson (25:00 min., 35mm, 1999)
Just diagnosed with a terminal illness, Harold Moss withdraws what little savings he has at a nearby credit union. On this very same day, David Hiatt, an out-of-work young man who is desperately trying to secure a loan is rejected. With no money to pay the bills and a sick daughter, he makes a decision that will affect both men's lives forever. Crosswalk is a lesson in the cruel and comedic irony that results when people choose to do the wrong things for the right reasons.
Lance Larson is an award winning Director/Editor based in LA. His films, "Bloom" and "Crosswalk", have played at festivals around the world including featured screenings at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo Japan and Universal Studios. Currently Lance is attached to direct the feature film "Invisible", a script he developed with A-list writer David Elliot . Some of David's credits include "Four Brothers", "G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra", "It's Takes a Thief" and soon to be released "5th Brother". Lance also directs commercials for Austin and Los Angeles based Synthetic Pictures. Lance is known for his highly stylized and visual effects. Larson also donates his time directing commercials for non-profit organizations such as End Hunger, United Way and The Boys and Girls Club of America.
"RoadHead" by Tommy Pallotta & Bob Sabiston (14:00 min., Animation, 1999)
RoadHead is a digitally animated documentary short. Filmmakers Bob Sabiston and Tommy Pallotta drove last December from New York to Austin and documented their trip. A series of random people encountered on the road were interviewed, edited, and then animated. A group of twelve artists donated their time and talent to animate the film, using Sabiston's proprietary software. The film capitalizes on the diversity of the artists' styles – each animator was allowed to illustrate the interview subjects in whatever manner they chose. The result is a chaotic, visually arresting series of cartoon portraits.
Tommy Pallotta is a visionary storyteller who creatively blends technology with filmmaking, animation and interactivity. His penchant for innovation was recognized by Microsoft Research and Development where he helmed an interactive project based on Jonathan Lethem's novel Amnesia Moon. Pallotta also directed the first machinima music video, "In the Waiting Line", and the rotoscoped MTV Breakthrough video "Destiny", both for the band Zero 7. He has produced several short animated films that garnered numerous awards, including "Snack and Drink", which is now part of a permanent collection in the New York Museum of Modern Art. Tommy first connected Richard Linklater with animation when he produced the award-winning feature film "Waking Life". He followed up with Philip K. Dick’s "A Scanner Darkly", starring Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey Jr. He then turned to documentary films and directed "American Prince", a companion to Martin Scorsese's "American Boy". Now he is back with a boundary-bashing transmedia thriller: "Collapsus", which combines documentary, gaming, fiction and animation.
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