Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Film Series May 28: Altered Lives: An Immigration Film Series

America's Family Prison showing at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum!  Learn more about the history of border crossing in Texas beyond and including family detention.  It's only 5 bucks!

In conjunction with the special exhibit, Forgotten Gateway, the Museum
Thursday evening with a series of short films presented by Austin Film
Festival. Thursday at 7pm; Museum members FREE; non-members $5.

Altered Lives: An Immigration Film Series
February – June 2009 7-9 PM
Spirit Theater
Film Organizations Members and Museum Members FREE
Non-Members, $5

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is located at 1800 N.
Congress Avenue at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
in downtown Austin, Texas. With close proximity to Interstate Highway
35 and MoPAC Expressway (Loop 1), the Museum is easy to access.

To help tell the story illustrated in the special exhibition,
Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island, the
Museum is hosting a film series that will run from February through

May 28, 2009:
Austin Film Festival presents Stories of Borders: Short Films about
Immigration.  Join us for an evening of film and an appearance by
local filmmakers Matthew Gossage (Director of America's Family Prison)
and Angela Torres Camarena (Director of Exiled in America).  The short
film lineup includes:

Wet Foot/Dry Foot – Finding themselves stranded on a deserted island,
two Cuban refugees must struggle against nature and each other to
stand a chance at freedom. Get caught in the water, and they send you
home, but touch dry land and you’re allowed to stay. (USA, 17 min.)
Directed by: Carlos Gutierrez

Muertas – A young American journalist attempts to piece together the
fractured memories of a love lost amidst the ongoing Juarez, Mexico
murders. (USA, 9 min.) Directed by: Ryan Piers Williams

Victoria Para Chino – In May 2003 a refrigerated truck carrying more
than 80 undocumented immigrants from the Mexican border drove into the
Heartland of Texas. This is a story of that journey. (USA, 13 min.)
Directed by: Cary Fukunaga

America’s Family Prison – A determined people stand in solidarity with
imprisoned, non-criminal immigrant families to close the for-profit
“residential facility” which holds them. (USA, 18 min.) Directed by:
Matthew Gossage

Exiled in America – A group of siblings cope with the deportation of
their mother, a legal U.S. citizen, while calling into question the
legality and morality of the nation’s zero tolerance laws. (USA,
10min.) Directed by Angela Torres Camarena