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Don’t Miss Mega Corazon 2019!

Celebrate the 1st Day of National Poetry Month

with the 2019 Mega Corazon

Monday, April 1st

Youth Emphasis 10am – 1pm
General Audience 6 – 10pm

LIVE at the URBAN-15 Studio

(2500 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210)

or ONLINE HERE

In celebration of National Poetry Month, April’s episode of Hidden Histories will present Mega Corazón 2019, URBAN-15’s annual spoken word marathon featuring San Antonio’s premiere performance poets. Celebrating a hybrid San Antonio poetic tradition that combines street, classical, and slam performance styles, Mega Corazón is frontal, improvisational, at times painful, and often choreographed for a highly visual impact. This year’s Mega Corazón will take place on Monday, April 1st from 10am-1pm (youth focus) and 6-10pm (general audience) and can be viewed live and for free either in-studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) or online (urban15.org/live-stream).

Poets confirmed to date include former state poet laureate Carmen Tafolla; internationally recognized writer (and Bill Murray’s favorite poet) Naomi Shihab Nye; National Book Award finalist John Phillip Santos; current San Antonio poet laureate Octavio Quintanilla; poetry slam champion Anthony “The Poet” Flores; spoken word artist Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson; San Antonio’s National Poetry Month founder Jim Lavilla-Havelin; Jazz Poets founder Eduardo Garza; playwrite and Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan elder Isaac Cardenas; Jacinto Cardona; Marisol Cortez; Juan Tejeda with Armando Tejeda; Natalia Treviño; Frances Treviño Santos; and Eddie Vega.

Poet bios coming soon! Check back here for updates.

As a special feature of Hidden Histories, this year’s Mega Corazón will also offer a special performance by Juan Tejeda of a 30-stanza corrido written by his father during World War II, highlighting the role of poetry as a oral form of preserving community histories. Air time for this segment TBD–check back for updates.

For more information on the Hidden Histories series, or to view previous installments, please visit http://hiddenhistories.tv/

For performance videos from previous productions of Mega Corazón, please click HERE.

All live and online screenings of Hidden Histories are free of charge. Live screenings take place at the URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78204) or online at https://urban15.org/live-stream. Afterwards, episodes are archived online at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives/

If you are an educator and want to bring Mega Corazon to your school, contact Fabiola Torralba at events@urban15.org.

 

Open Call Continues!

Open Call for Drummers and Dancers!
Sunday, February 17th & 24th @ 3:00-4:30pm
Tuesday, February 12th, 19th, and 26th @ 6:30-8:00pm
First class is FREE, $10 each following class!

 

Formed in 1987, Carnaval de San Anto is URBAN-15’s original, award-winning, multi-generational community drum and dance ensemble. CDSA was the first group to bring the carnaval rhythms of samba, reggae, rumba, maracatu, and similar Afro-Brazilian and Caribbean rhythms to San Antonio. URBAN-15’s Carnaval de San Anto has toured all over Texas and Mexico, performed at three presidential inaugurations, and become a regular at some of San Antonio’s most iconic and memorable events, such as Luminaria, the Fiesta Flambeau Parade, the King William Fair, and Jazz’SAlive. URBAN-15’s Carnaval de San Anto has changed how this city celebrates and helped shape the culture of San Antonio.


– Carnaval de San Anto in the 2014 Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade –

Every year, the road to Fiesta begins again! This is your chance to join Carnaval de San Anto—we are seeking both drummers and dancers. URBAN-15 will hold a 4-week class for anyone interested in joining the ensemble, followed by an audition. The purpose of this intensive course is to teach basic foundations of music, build up strength, endurance, and coordination, and to teach participants the choreography and rhythms necessary to perform with the ensemble.

Classes will take place throughout February (see schedule above), followed by an audition. The first class if FREE, and each subsequent class costs $10. Drummers are asked to bring their own pair of drumsticks and mallets while most instruments will be provided by URBAN-15.

Interested in volunteering with the group outside of dancing and drumming? URBAN-15 is also looking for volunteers to help with creative costume fabrication, photographers to help document our progress and performances, and event crew to help with equipment transportation, event promotion, and coordination. Are you skilled with any of these abilities? Contact the studio and you too can be a part of Carnaval de San Anto’s performance season!

For more information, call the URBAN-15 Group at 210- 736-1500 or email us at events@urban15.org

 

 

Hidden Histories: Futurespective

Click image below to view the archived episode!

For our final episode of the year, December’s installment of Hidden Histories takes stock of our first season and looks ahead to Season Two. With live music performances by Ricky Hernandez (from episode one) and best-of segments selected by the Hidden Histories production crew, “Futurespective” also sits down with photographer Rahm Carrington to discuss Uniform 300, his recent Tricentennial photoexhibit  which documents the diversity of everyday San Antonio via portraits of work clothing.

As part of the city’s calendar of Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a monthly, magazine-format video series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio an inspiring cultural treasure. Over the course of 2018, Hidden Histories will premiere 12 monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening highlights archival interviews with community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; interactions with working artists; lost documentaries; forgotten narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues.

All episodes are free and can be viewed either live at URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) or online at https://urban15.org/live-stream/

After each live screening, all episodes will be archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives

For more information on the series, visit http://hiddenhistories.tv

URBAN-15’s Annual Holiday Laser Show is FREE This Year

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

FOR ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY–

URBAN-15’s HOLIDAY LASER SHOW!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND @ 4PM
LILA COCKRELL THEATER (200 E. MARKET 78205)
RESERVE TICKETS HERE

2018 marks URBAN-15’s 15th annual Holiday Laser Show, a multimedia spectacular of choreographed laser beams, colorful 3-D animation and light effects performed to traditional holiday favorites and experimental electronic composition. The Holiday Laser Show is a collaborative production of laser artist Tim Walsh and composer George Cisneros, who have worked together on projects in cities all around the United States. Notable presentations include the opening ceremonies of the Texas Sesquicentennial in 1986 at the State Capitol; the World Empathy Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico; and the 2008-2012 LUMINARIA celebrations in San Antonio.

The Holiday Laser Show is much beloved by the thousands of students throughout Bexar County whose schools reserve seats each year for URBAN-15’s daytime shows. URBAN-15 will ALSO present a FREE matinee performance to the general public on Sunday, December 2nd at 4pm. The first half of the show will be holiday-themed and family-oriented, while the second half is for true laser show aficionados, featuring more abstract visual and sonic expressions and a saxophone performance by Tim Walsh. In addition to his long career as a musician, Walsh is recognized worldwide within the field of laser arts as a technological wizard and artistic innovator, and this is a unique opportunity for San Antonio to witness his work.

Admission is free, but seats MUST be reserved in advance. If reserving more than 10 seats, multiple orders are required. To reserve your tickets, click HERE.

For more information, please contact (210) 736-1500 or events@urban15.org.

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Autumnal Assemblage: Common Currents/Veterans/Elections

Click below to view the archived episode from November 2018!

Embracing a magazine format, November’s episode of Hidden Histories presents several segments commemorating key November events. We first undertake a year-end retrospective of Common Currents, a Tricentennial-year collaboration between six downtown art centers that exhibited 300 works by 300 artists, one for each year of San Antonio’s most recent history. Next, in honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11th, we feature a veteran’s profile of Ray Hernandez, member of the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan nation and 12th generation San Antonio resident. And finally, on the eve of the November 6th midterm elections, we hear from Lydia Camarillo of Southwest Voters Registration and Education Project and writer/urban planner Sherry Wagner about women’s role in historic voting rights struggles in San Antonio.

As part of the city’s calendar of Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a monthly, magazine-format video series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio an inspiring cultural treasure. Over the course of 2018, Hidden Histories will premiere 12 monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening highlights archival interviews with community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; interactions with working artists; lost documentaries; forgotten narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues.

All episodes are free and can be viewed either live at URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) or online at https://urban15.org/live-stream/

After each live screening, all episodes will be archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives

For more information on the series, visit http://hiddenhistories.tv

 

The 2018 Josiah Media Festival Runs October 18-20!

In 2018, the Josiah Media Festival celebrates its 12th consecutive year as one of the world’s longest-running film festivals exclusively for young filmmakers 21 years old and under. Each year, this festival has received increased international attention and participation. During the 2018 call for entries, we received over 2,000 films, adjudicated 254 entries, and selected 12 winners from around the world—including here in San Antonio, Texas!

This year’s Josiah Media Festival will take place at the URBAN-15 Studio in San Antonio from Thursday, October 18 through Saturday, October 20. Over the course of the three-day festival, we will screen the best 71 films from four categories (narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental) and offer three Saturday workshops for young filmmakers and film educators. The festival also includes a special Saturday matinee screening that will feature all of the selected films made by young San Antonio filmmakers attending Communication Arts High School, Film School of San Antonio at Harlandale High School, John Marshall High School, Northeast School of the Arts, Say Si, and Saint Mary’s Hall.

Screening Schedule

  • Thursday, October 18 at 7pm
  • Friday, October 19 at 7pm
  • Saturday, October 20 at 2pm (highlighting young San Antonio filmmakers)
  • Saturday, October 20 at 7pm (12 winning films followed by award ceremony and Skype conversations with winners from around the world)

For detailed schedule of films, CLICK HERE. For filmmaker bios, CLICK HERE.

Workshop Schedule

  • Saturday, October 20 at 10am: “Drone Filmmaking” with Rogy Productions
  • Saturday, October 20 at 11:15am: “Movie Makeup Magic” with The Darkness FX
  • Saturday, October 20 at 12:30pm: “Feed Your Crew on a Budget” (lunch included!)

When Marcus and Nancy Neundorf met with URBAN-15 directors in 2007, no one could have envisioned that a memorial screening of films by their recently deceased son, Josiah Neundorf—a talented young media artist from San Antonio, Texas, USA who succumbed to bone cancer in 2006—would evolve into an internationally-recognized film festival. Since its founding, young filmmakers participating in the Josiah Media Festival have gone on to receive acclaim at other film festivals worldwide; garner attention from national and international media; excel at schools such as Tisch, USC, AFI, Chapman, Columbia and Ringling; and begin thriving professional careers.

Tickets are $10 per screening and $30 for a festival package. Tickets are available at the door and presale HERE. We are happy to make press screeners of the four 1st place films + the San Antonio winner available to local media.

Want to watch from outside San Antonio? Click below to access a livestream of the event!

For more information, email josiahfestival@urban15.org or call us at (210) 736-1500.

The Alamo on Film: Facts, Fiction, Fantasy

Watch October’s archived episode of Hidden Histories by clicking below!

October Screenshot

In Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol, anthropologist Richard R. Flores writes: “Stories of the past … inscribe our present and shape our future.” Historical narratives, in other words, impact self-identity and affect how we relate to others—for better and for worse. Curated by George Cisneros, October’s episode of Hidden Histories examines a long tradition of Alamo cinema, exploring how the story and iconography of the Alamo has shaped the way we view a complex and centuries-long regional history. In “The Alamo on Film,” we discuss five significant Alamo films, aiming to differentiate historical reality from fictional license and interrogate how these narratives have both helped and at times hurt us.

In this Tricentennial year, such questions have expanded from strictly academic inquiry to a wider community of citizen historians. In this spirit, the episode will feature three prominent cultural commentators: first, filmmaker Jimmy Mendiola will discuss the cultural implications of the 1969 comedy Viva Max. Nathan Cone of TPR’s Cinema Tuesdays will then talk about the 1915 silent film Martyrs of the Alamo, the 1960 version of The Alamo starring John Wayne, and John Lee Hancock’s 2004 rendition of The Alamo. Finally, Express-News columnist Elaine Ayala will discuss Remember the Alamo, a thought-provoking documentary produced in 2003 by San Antonio native Joseph Tovares for PBS’s American Experience series. At a time of fraught discussion about U.S.-Mexico relations, panelists will explore how a century of cinematic renderings of the Alamo narrative—probably the most infamous story about “Texans” and “Mexicans”—have influenced and shaped daily life and dialogue between these groups in modern-day San Antonio.

As part of the Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a monthly series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that makes San Antonio a cultural treasure. Throughout 2018, our studio will premiere live episodes once a month, both live in our studio and online. These twelve episodes will highlight and archive interviews with community leaders; performances by significant musicians, dancers, poets, and artists; lost documentary and narrative films; and discussions of vital community issues. Live screenings will be supplemented by interviews with community and field experts.

All episodes are free of charge and can be viewed either live at URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) or online at urban15.org/live-stream. Episodes premiere the first Mondays of the month at 7pm.

After each live screening, all episodes will be archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives

For more information on the series, visit http://hiddenhistories.tv

Save the Date for the 2018 Manhattan Short Film Festival

Did you miss last weekend’s screenings? Two more coming up!
Friday, October 5 @ 8pm
Saturday, October 6 @ 8pm
CLICK HERE for Tickets!

During the week of September 28 – October 8, filmgoers in San Antonio, TX will unite with over 100,000 film lovers across the world to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers. This year, Manhattan Short received 1565 short film entries from 73 countries. The nine finalists hail from eight countries, and in San Antonio will screen at the URBAN-15 Studio for two weekends (Sept 29-30 and Oct 6-7), beginning at 8pm each night.

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Manhattan Short’s unique and enduring feature is that it offers cinema goers a chance to become film critics, filling out a ballot after the screening that allows them to vote for Best Film and Best Actor.  Votes will be sent to Manhattan Short HQ, and winners announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday, October 8th at 10am EST. With past finalists achieving the ultimate in recognition by being nominated and even winning the Oscar in the short film category, Manhattan Short is well recognized as a breeding ground for the next big thing in film.

Manhattan Short began in 1998, when curator Nicholas Mason screened 16 short films onto a screen mounted to the side of a truck on Mulberry Street, Little Italy, in New York City. A year later, the festival moved up-town to Union Square Park in New York City. In the aftermath of 9/11, Manhattan Short transformed into a worldwide phenomenon, becoming the only film festival on the planet that unfolds, simultaneously, in more than 250 cinemas on six continents.

For information on this year’s ten finalist films, visit the Manhattan Short website

To view a trailer for this year’s festival, click image below:

Tickets are $10 presale and $15 at the door, so buy early HERE!

Independent Film Maker Anne Lewis Screens in San Antonio

Film Screening of Anne Lewis’s documentary

A Strike and an Uprising (in texas)

Friday, September 7th at 7pm

@ URBAN-15 Studio (2500 S. Presa St)

$10 Presale HERE, $15 at the Door

On Friday, September 7th at 7pm, URBAN-15 will host a film screening of independent filmmaker Anne Lewis’s A Strike and an Uprising (in texas), followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

The film is an experimental documentary based in the telling of two events: the San Antonio pecan shellers’ strike of 1938 and the Jobs with Justice march led by Nacogdoches cafeteria workers, groundskeepers, and housekeepers in 1987.

In 1938, half of the nation’s pecans were shelled in San Antonio. When the shellers’ wages were cut from about 6 cents to 4 cents per shelled pound, Emma Tenayuca led an estimated ten thousand workers in a massive walk out. The strike lasted 3 months before the company gave in. While the pecan shellers’ strike is recognized by many as the birth of the Chicano movement, it is shrouded in myth and denial about its iconic communist leader, Emma Tenayuca.

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The 1987 march on Nacogdoches was the result of the Annie Mae Carpenter race and gender discrimination lawsuit initiated by the NAACP ten years earlier. Finding that the University and the courts were unresponsive, workers organized a march of more than 3,000 people – labor unionists, civil rights and women’s activists. The march led to a union contract, continuing union representation, and the payment of back wages. While the uprising in Nacogdoches is largely unknown, Texas historian Ruthe Winegarten described it as an epiphany for African American women in Texas.

Lewis explores both events in the same film, using the methods of oral history and, as an experiment, relating these stories strongly to contemporary ideas and events.

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Anne Lewis, the Associate Director of HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A., lives in Austin, Texas. She works mostly in Appalachian Kentucky with Appalshop, where she made FAST FOOD WOMEN (Judges Choice, London Film Festival), ON OUR OWN LAND (DuPont-Columbia);
JUSTICE IN THE COALFIELDS (INTERCOM gold); MORRISTOWN: IN THE AIR AND SUN (Ambulante); and (with Mimi Pickering) ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT. Anne teaches film editing at UT Austin and serves on the executive board of TSEU-CWA 6186.

A STRIKE AND AN UPRISING (IN TEXAS) is her first Texas feature. For more information on the film maker, please visit annelewis.org.

Tickets are $10 presale (https://urban-15.ticketleap.com/a-strike-and-an-uprising-in-texas/) and $15 at the door.

To set up an interview with the filmmaker or for questions about the event, please contact URBAN-15 at 210-736-1500 or events@urban15.org.

An Honest Day’s Work: A Labor Day Special

Watch September’s episode of Hidden Histories by clicking below!

Sept Screen Grab

In honor of Labor Day, September’s episode of Hidden Histories explores worker experience in San Antonio and throughout Texas—from the everyday to the extraordinary. The heart of this episode is a discussion with independent filmmaker Anne Lewis, director of A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas), an experimental documentary that tells the story of the San Antonio pecan sheller strike led by Emma Tenayuca and the Jobs with Justice March led by Nacogdoches cafeteria workers, groundskeepers, and housekeepers in 1987. Following discussion with Lewis on the making of this film, brief excerpts will be shown, in anticipation of the full screening on Friday, September 7th at 8pm. Finally, in an homage to Studs Terkel’s Working, September’s episode also presents a collage of short film interviews with a range of San Antonio residents on one question: What was your first job?

Pecan shellers in 1930s San Antonio.

As part of the city’s calendar of Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a monthly, magazine-format video series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio an inspiring cultural treasure. Over the course of 2018, Hidden Histories will premiere 12 monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening highlights archival interviews with community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; interactions with working artists; lost documentaries; forgotten narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues. Live screenings are supplemented by interviews and discussions with participants, family members of those featured, and field experts. Following each live screening, video segments are archived online for 24/7 access.
For more information on the Hidden Histories series, or to view previous installments, please visit http://hiddenhistories.tv/
All live and online screenings of Hidden Histories are free of charge. Live screenings take place at the URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) at 7pm on the first Monday of the month. Online screenings can also be viewed live at https://urban15.org/live-stream. Afterwards, episodes are archived online at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives/
Since there is limited seating, guests wishing to be a part of the live studio audience on September 3rd must RSVP by Sunday, September 2nd to events@urban15.org for a reservation.

Organizing meeting for Jobs for Justice campaign, Nacogdoches.