A couple of East Austin Stories from the past two years have been
making some festival splash. “Quinceanera,” by Sergio Carvajal and
Ruwan Perera will screen at SXSW as one of the Texas Shorts. “Quinceanera” premiered at last December’s screening of East Austin Stories.
“Letters for Las Manitas,” by Joshua Tate, Yuta Yamaguchi, and Jeff
Gipson, is screening at the San Francisco International Children’s
Film Festival, which begins this weekend. “Letters for Las Manitas”
premiered at the December 2006 screenings of East Austin Stories.”
And finally, a note for Austin residents–“Third Ward TX” my documentary about Project Row Houses in Houston TX wil be broadcast on KLRU beginning Monday night:
Feb 25 2008, 9:00PM
Feb 26 2008, 10:00PM
Feb 28 2008, 12:00AM
Mar 1 2008, 2:00AM
Learn about the East Austin Stories Project: http://www.eastaustinstories.org/
Department of Radio-TV-Film
The University of Texas at Austin
The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies will host its third Amazon Week at The University of Texas at Austin March 4-10, 2008. The week will include panel and roundtable discussions on campus exploring contemporary environmental and social issues in the Amazon and the world premiere of They Killed Sister Dorothy at the SXSW Film Festival.
Experts from the U.S. and Brazil will talk about the various ways the Amazon and its populations have been imagined in the past and present, the way indigenous groups manage the environment, and the special challenges and opportunities of conducting research in the region. Presenters will include Susanna Hecht, a pre-eminent scholar on Amazonian development and policy based at UCLA, and Priscilla Faulhaber, a respected anthropologist at the Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi specializing in interethnic relations between indigenous peoples and Amazonian national societies. Faculty and graduate students in Linguistics, Public Administration, Ecology, History, and Geography will also present their current research.
At a parallel event, They Killed Sister Dorothy will premiere in competition at the SXSW Film Festival. This new feature-length documentary follows the incredible events in the wake of Sister Dorothy Stang’s 2005 murder in the Brazilian Amazon. Produced by Oscar-winner Nigel Noble and narrated by Martin Sheen, They Killed Sister Dorothy captures the battle and the thorny social realities behind tropical deforestation and possible solutions in a suspenseful and surprising film. Director Daniel Junge and cast members will attend screenings at the Austin Convention Center.
UT events are free and open to the public. They will take place in the Texas Union (UNB) at 24th and Guadalupe, and Sid Richardson Hall (SRH) on Red River south of Dean Keaton. For ticket information, visit http://2008.sxsw.com/film. For more info., visit http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/llilas or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Amazon Week is sponsored by the Brazil Center, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, College of Liberal Arts, and the Brazilian Consulate in Houston.