In short, a whole lot of Texas tal­ent

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360BETS - — Amer­i­can-States­man Staff

Texas film­mak­ers get a chance to show off their lat­est work tonight in a spe­cial event spon­sored by the Hous­ton Film Com­mis­sion at the Alamo Lake Creek.

The “Texas Film­mak­ers Show­case” fea­tures six shorts by up-and-com­ing Tex­ans, all of whom are ex­pected to at­tend tonight’s screen­ing. Last month, the film­mak­ers went to Los An­ge­les, where their shorts were screened for Hollywood hon­chos. Tonight’s screen­ing in Austin, which is free to mem­bers of the Austin Film Fes­ti­val, will be one of sev­eral hosted through­out the state in the com­ing weeks.

The pro­gram of­fers an ex­cel­lent look at the va­ri­ety — and qual­ity — of shorts be­ing de­vel­oped in Texas.

The shorts that will screen are:

• ‘Der Vater’ (The Fa­ther) by James T. Moore — Moore’s in­tense World War II drama presents one man’s dev­as­tat­ing moral dilemma un­der Nazi pres­sure.

• ‘Ka­t­rina’s Son’ by Austin’s Ya’Ke Smith — Smith turns his fo­cus on the peo­ple, not the pol­i­tics, of Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina, namely a young boy whose life is up­ended in des­per­ate ways by the tragedy.

• ‘Love Bug’ by Austin’s Kat Candler — This six-minute, multi-award-win­ning fam­ily com­edy ex­plores a 9-year-old boy’s tor­tur­ous, bud­ding feel­ings for a bug-ador­ing girl.

• ‘Mnemosyne Ris­ing’ by Miguel Al­varez — A deep-space trans­mit­ter pi­lot be­gins to ex­pe­ri­ence un­usual flash­backs while in or­bit around a newly dis­cov­ered moon. Alone on his ship, he must un­cover the truth be­hind the reawak­en­ing of his long-for­got­ten mem­o­ries.

• ‘The Nat­u­ral Or­der of Things’ by Van Blum­re­ich — Shot on lo­ca­tion in Bei­jing, ‘Nat­u­ral Or­der’ tells of two dif­fer­ent fa­thers who are brought to­gether by a tragedy.

• ‘Never Do This’ by Scott Rice — Partly shot in Austin, this comic short fea­tures quick sketches of things that you re­ally shouldn’t do.

Ya’Ke smith

Austin filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith’s ‘Ka­t­rina’s Son’ is one of the shorts that will be screened as part of the ‘Texas Film­mak­ers Show­case’ at Alamo Lake Creek.

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