Upcoming Films in Austin and Beyond

Keep an eye out for these films and show your support when they come to your area.

Blacktino, Official Selection SXSW 2011, World Premiere

“blacktino is a dark teen comedy about an overweight half-black, half-hispanic nerd named Stefan Daily. He was raised by his black grandmother in a medium sized suburb of Austin, TX. Struggling to find his place in a mostly white high school, Stefan finds sanctuary among the eclectic mix of social outcasts in the school’s Theatre Department. In the tradition of the great teen comedies of the last thirty years “blacktino” will ensure that the torch of “teen angst” continues to burn bright.”

blacktinothemovie.com

Yelling to the Sky, Official Selection SXSW 2011

“Yelling to the Sky will have it’s World Premiere in Competition on February 12th, 2011 at the Berlin Film Festival. The following month, the film will have it’s US Premiere in the ‘Spotlight’ section at SXSW.
The debut film from writer/director, Victoria Mahoney, stars Zoe Kravitz, Jason Clarke, Antonique Smith, with Gabourey Sidibe and Tim Blake Nelson.”

http://vimeo.com/19483105


Motherland

“Motherland is a breathtaking film, which sweeps the continent of Africa. With an all-star cast, it is a vivid cinematic centrepiece washed with an African aesthetic. A bold empowering sophisticated story of Africa, which in progressive dignity reaffirming terms looks at Africa’s past, present and future. Motherland is an epic and unprecedented entry into the canon of African-owned cinema, which charts the glory and majesty of the Motherland (Enat Hager). Motherland is a film that unapologetically calls for African unity, self-determination and the African rebirth.

From the acclaimed producers of the multi-award winning 500 Years Later , Motherland is Directed by Owen ‘Alik Shahadah. Motherland has been in the making since 2004 and is expected in 2010.”

themotherland.info

Katrina’s Son

“When a young boy loses his grandmother during Hurricane Katrina, he travels to San Antonio, Texas, in search of the mother who abandoned him years earlier. Starring Herman “Tre” Whitney, Nadine Mozon, SkudR Jones, Monique Straw and Michael Cantu. Written and Directed by UT Professor Ya’Ke.”

exodusfilmworks.com

Waiting for Superman

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes,” methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. Written by Sundance Film Festival

http://www.waitingforsuperman.com

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One thought on “Upcoming Films in Austin and Beyond

  1. william says:

    This film promotes Charter Schools as a way to save our public schools and the children who attend them.
    The reality of the situation is that most poor working class and lower income communities cannot afford to have their children in Charter schools. Charter schools are not private but a step away from. They take away good productive public school teachers and lessen the ability for an equal distribution of public school educators to tend to the needs of the students. The more Charter schools exist the more we will see a rise in drop outs and crime. Mostly by young people of color who are already taught that they are under achievers and whose lives are compromised by the lack of strong public school programs.

    IIt;s important that we look further into Charter schools. It’s strengths and weaknesses. They work for some but not do not serve a broader percentage of people in this country. Is it any wonder that Bill Gates (Microsoft) helped promote this film financially and by appearing in it? It’s interesting how the film uses a Black family as an example for other people of color. People of color are never represented unless someone has something, usually financial, to gain from them. Bill Gates stands to gain billions of dollars by investing in Charter schools through Microsoft and so in a sense this film Waiting for Superman is an infomercial for him and Microsoft.

    Don’t take my word for it or the reviewers but look deeper and cross reference into the critical writings and information about Charter Schools.

    “never take anything at face value”

    -Malcolm X

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