In short, a whole lot of Texas talent
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.
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.