2017 Film Festival Schedule

Thursday
2017-03-23
at Talento Bilingüe de Houston
Friday
2017-03-24
at The MATCH
Saturday
2017-03-25
at The MATCH
at Talento Bilingüe de Houston
Sunday
2017-03-26
at The MATCH
at Talento Bilingüe de Houston
at Talento Bilingüe de Houston
at The MATCH
at The MATCH
at Talento Bilingüe de Houston
at The MATCH
at Talento Bilingüe de Houston
19:00
HLFF Opening Night Party
Thursday, March 23 at Talento Bilingue de Houston (333 S Jensen Dr, Houston, TX 77003)

The festival begins its weekend celebration with a kick-off party on March 23rd. Join us for a night of fun with complimentary beers, food provided by True Bark BBQ, photography exhibition, and live music. This year, HLFF is teaming up with Wonky Power Records to provide our guests with some groovy-intergalactic cumbia tunes from Gio Chamba!

19:30
Dolores
Friday, March 24 at The MATCH (3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002)
USA, 2017, Documentary, 95 min | Houston Premiere

Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions by starting the country’s first farm worker’s union with fellow organizer Cesar Chavez. What starts out as a struggle for racial and labor justice, soon becomes a fight for gender equality within the same union she is eventually forced to leave. As she wrestles with raising 11 children, three marriages, and is nearly beaten to death by a San Francisco tactical police squad, Dolores emerges with a vision that connects her new found feminism with racial and class justice. more info >

11:00
The Man Who Saw Too Much
Saturday, March 25 at Talento Bilingue de Houston (333 S Jensen Dr, Houston, TX 77003)
Mexico, 2016, Documentary, 88 min

“The Man Who Saw Too Much” is a film about fragility; about a man obsessed with photographing the accident who discovered that the fate of others was his way of connecting to life. What is it about these photographs, when the image of the accident becomes the object of desire? Through the footsteps of Metinides and the work of the contemporary tabloid photographers we discover Mexico City through a narrative of crime scenes and accidents, while we are confronted by our own fascination with death, morbidity, rubbernecking though the Metinides Gaze. watch trailer >

11:30
Workshop: “Producing for Narrative Films” with Carlos Tovar

Saturday, March 25 at Talento Bilingue de Houston (333 S Jensen Dr, Houston, TX 77003)

Texas-based independent producer Carlos Tovar will provide a high level overview of the filmmaking process from Development through Distribution. If you’re interested in learning to produce your own feature film, short film or original series, this is the first stop in your journey.

13:00
About Us
Saturday, March 25 at Talento Bilingue de Houston (333 S Jensen Dr, Houston, TX 77003)
Costa Rica, 2016, Drama, 87 min | Texas Premiere

Diego, a hopeless romantic desperately trying to salvage his relationship with longtime girlfriend Sofía, plans a beach getaway to clear the air, and propose to her. But a “chance” encounter with Sofía’s old friend Malena will cast doubts on their relationship, and his skewed understanding of love, quickly turning a perfect weekend in paradise into Diego’s worst nightmare. watch trailer >

14:45
Short Film Showcase 1: “Carrusel de Cortos”
Saturday, March 25 at Talento Bilingue de Houston (333 S Jensen Dr, Houston, TX 77003)
Short film showcase, 96 min

“There Was A Place” – 14:00
“Nubia” 0:10:57
“Domingo, The Daybreaker” – 20:50
“Alma” – 12:25
“Solari: The Origin of Ceviche or the Original Ceviche” – 7:41
“Windows” – 12:28
“Rubias” – 17:06

17:00
Onyx
Saturday, March 25 at Talento Bilingue de Houston (333 S Jensen Dr, Houston, TX 77003)
Argentina, 2016, Drama, 76 min

Martina travels with her mother to Villa Mercedes, the city where their relatives live. After twelve years of absence, she meets with her cousins, whom she has not seen since childhood. They grew up apart, so she does not feel they are part of her family. Their mothers have a distant relationship due to problems in the family business. The youngsters in the family are going through a key stage in their lives, each dealing with a future- related crisis, and the family being apart is not doing any help either. A tragedy brings them together, making them go through a journey and get to know each other again. watch trailer >

17:30
Time Suspended
Saturday, March 25 at The MATCH (3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002)
Mexico/Argentina, 2015, Documentary, 64 min

This documentary is about memory, the memory of a woman that has fought tirelessly against historical amnesia and for the justice of the crimes of state in Argentina. Today this woman has lost her memory, liberating her from the pain; she bids farewell to this life without betraying the family she once lost. watch trailer >

19:00
Santoalla
Saturday, March 25 at Talento Bilingue de Houston (333 S Jensen Dr, Houston, TX 77003)
USA, 2016, Documentary, 83 min

Progressive Dutch couple, Martin Verfondern and Margo Pool, had only one dream – to live off the land, far from the constraints and complications of the city. But, when they arrive in the crumbling, Spanish village of Santoalla, the foreigners challenge the traditions of the town’s sole remaining family, igniting a decade-long conflict that culminates in Martin’s mysterious disappearance. As this once forgotten landscape is thrust into the center of controversy, Margo finds herself searching not only for answers, but for the strength to persevere. watch trailer >

19:00
Short Film Showcase 2: “Sabado de Gigantes”
Saturday, March 25 at The MATCH  (3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002)
Short film showcase, 94 min

“Cowboys and Indians” – 4:11
“And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye” – 18:39
“Everything’s Not So Awful” – 13:42
“Everything’s OK” – 15:49
“Shine a Light” – 12:33
“Babe, I Fucked Bunbury” – 3:28
“Betty” – 10:25
“Behind” – 15:00

21:00
Finding Oscar
Saturday, March 25 at The MATCH (3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002)
USA, 2016, Documentary, 95 min

In a forgotten massacre during Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, a young boy was spared, only to be raised by one of the very soldiers who killed his family. Nearly 30 years after the tragedy, it will take a dedicated team – from a forensic scientist to a young Guatemalan prosecutor – to uncover the truth and bring justice to those responsible…by finding the missing boy named Oscar. more info >

21:00
Short Film Showcase 3: “Strangelove”
Saturday, March 25 at Talento Bilingue de Houston (333 S Jensen Dr, Houston, TX 77003)
Short film showcase, 96 min.

“Hostal Edén” – 14:00
“Decorosa” – 12:50
“Salt” 0:15:54
“Dream the Other” – 17:01
“The Guilt, Probably” – 13:49
“Zerch” – 7:12
“40th Anniversary” – 14:28

11:00
Short Film Showcase 4: “Sunday Special”
Sunday, March 26 at The MATCH (3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002)
Short film showcase, 97 min

“Exiled” – 30:19
“This is What We Do” – 8:53
“The Texture of the Light” – 21:58
“A Hole” – 4:10
“Dance Traditions for the Feast Day of the Virgen de Guadalupe” – 5:17
“Contigo” – 6:54
“The Name of the Day” – 18:51

13:15
Family Life
Sunday, March 26 at The MATCH (3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002)
Chile, 2017, Drama, 82 min | Texas Premiere

While housesitting for a distant cousin, a lonely man fabricates the existence of a vindictive ex-wifewitholding his daughter in order to gain the sympathy of the single mother he has just met.

15:00
Short Film Showcase 5: “RESIST”
Sunday, March 26 at The MATCH (3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002)
Short film showcase, 97 min

“The Good Mother” – 5:37
“Spark” 0:19:00
“Suenos Americanos” – 3:57
“The Exile” – 17:01
“Child for Child” – 10:53
“Brazilian Steakhouse” – 20:00
“Bulletproof” – 5:51
“A New Civilization” – 14:10

15:30
Ada for Mayor
Sunday, March 26 at Talento Bilingue de Houston (333 S Jensen Dr, Houston, TX 77003)
Spain, 2016, Documentary, 86 min

“Ada for Mayor” follows Ada Colau for one year, from her time spent organizing the anti-eviction fight in Barcelona to the day she is sworn-in as its mayor. The intimate chronicle -featuring Colau’s own video diary- and privileged access to the inner-workings of a new citizen platform reveal an extraordinary journey in which two prevalent themes are united: a historic victory illustrative of the political changes taking place in southern Europe, and the inner struggle of someone who fears becoming what she has so often questioned. watch trailer >

17:30
Short Film Showcase 6: ¡Viva México!
Sunday, March 26 at Talento Bilingue de Houston (333 S Jensen Dr, Houston, TX 77003)
Short film showcase, 97 min

“Milk” – 18:52
“Campo Santo” – 10:33
“The Problem of Being a Binary Star” – 13:12
“María Bonita” – 18:31
“3 Variations on Ofelia” – 14:56
“Domingo” – 20:01

19:30
Breadcrumbs
Sunday, March 26 at Talento Bilingue de Houston (333 S Jensen Dr, Houston, TX 77003)
Uruguay, 2016, Drama, 109 min

Liliana Pereira is returning to her country. There she will have to confront a past which meant persecution, imprisonment and the loss of custody of her son. A victim with other women of systematic violence, Liliana must choose between what her heart demands and what her conscience dictates. more info >

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