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Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with URBAN-15!

Tonight Friday, October 30th at 7pm CST on KSAT News we will be performing in the Dia de Los Muertos parade in special costumes, with choreography, and rhythms designed by URBAN-15 members themselves!

Josiah Media Festival Film Workshops

Man giving Drone Workshop Outdoors

Artist, animator and musician Erica Missey will be hosting the third JMF Student Workshop at 10 a,m, and 1 p.m. on Monday, November 2, Wednesday, November 4 and Friday, November 6, 2020.  All workshops are free and can be found beginning ten minutes before showtime at www.urban15.org/live-stream

 WORKSHOP #3 will bring us insights from a working artist who has used drawing as a stepping stone into animation. She was a principle animator in the film “Space Jam”.   Erica is both a visual artist and a musician as drummer and vocalist in the metal/grunge-inspired trio, Hellgrimm. 

Films to be included in the Workshop #3: 

Aquiescence (2016 

Fierrany Halita 

Catnap (2019) 

Alivia Horsley 

El Violiniste (2010) 

Michael Esparza 

Eggs Over Easy (2005 

Josiah Neundorf 

Fresh Fruit (2007) 

Ed Kelly and Brenden Cicoria 

Fuga Animada (2014) 

Augustus Bilcaho Roque 

Give A Dog A Bone (2009) 

Ed Kelly and Brenden Cicoria 

iRony (2017) 

Redheya Jegatheva 

Leave With Me (2018) 

Mel WonG 

Masso Awwo (2016) 

Duncan Senkumba 

My Lost Things (2016) 

Weijia Chen 

Raccoon and the Light (2018) 

Hanna Kim 

Reversal (2013) 

Sabana (2017) 

Vincenzo Imbimbo 

Shaman (2019) 

Dicle Alemsah Firaat 

The Political Processor (2012) 

Emmanuel Castillo 

Voting Rights, Voting Wrongs: An Election’s Eve Incantation

Our November episode of Hidden Histories premieres
Monday, November 2 @ 7pm CST
ONLINE ONLY on our website or on our Facebook page

On the eve of a monumental election, November’s episode of Hidden Histories delves into local legacies of enfranchisement and disenfranchisement. Recognizing the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, we talk with Dr. Rachel Gunter on the racial and class complexities of the suffrage movement in Texas, which expanded voting rights primarily for Anglo middle-class women even as Black and Mexicana women, immigrants, and other groups remained largely disenfranchised until the 1960s. Picking up on these exclusions, we also speak with Dr. Henry Flores on historic voting rights struggles in San Antonio—against the poll tax, literacy tests, and racial gerrymandering—and screen a short documentary from the Josiah Media Festival archives on the fight for single member district voting in San Antonio. Finally, as artistic blessing and invocation, performance artist Jess Mahogany reads Evie Shockley’s poem “Women’s Voting Rights at One Hundred (But Who’s Counting?).” 

As an online arts and culture magazine, Hidden Histories pursues and preserves the underexplored stories, lives, and places which make San Antonio and South Texas an inspiring cultural treasure. Each monthly episode uncovers important cultural histories of the region by featuring archival interviews with artists and communtiy leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers, and poets; forgotten documentaries and narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues. In uncovering and generating the archives which hold these stories, Hidden Histories endeavors to move beyond the public humanities to one that is truly community-based.

All episodes of Hidden Histories debut on the first Monday of the month, and can be viewed online for FREE on our Facebook page (facebook.com/urban15/live) OR on our website (urban15.org/live-stream). Afterwards, episodes are re-streamed each Monday at 7pm throughout that month and are also archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives/.

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

 

The Gift of Vision: San Antonio Youth Cinema 2006-2016

Miss our October episode? Catch the restreaming every Monday in October at 7pm CST (10/12, 10/19, 10/26)
ONLINE ONLY on our website or on our Facebook page

As an opening to URBAN-15’s 14th annual Josiah Media Festival, October’s episode of Hidden Histories delves into the rich local culture of youth media education that produced Josiah Neundorf, a talented filmmaker from San Antonio whose premature passing in 2006 inaugurated one of the longest running youth film festivals in the world. Beginning with Neundorf’s visionary work, we screen ten of JMF’s best local films by students attending San Antonio high schools and media arts programs. We also interview Josiah’s father Marcus Neundorf on the festival’s origins and impacts, as well as film educator George Ozuna on his involvement in the creative ferment that launched the youth media movement in San Antonio.

Schedule of films includes:

The Gift of Vision: Film Montage by Josiah Neundorf (Northeast School of the Arts / Boston Museum School)

The Receptionist (2011, Narrative)
Nicholas Wachter, Age 17, Communication Arts High School

Fresh Fruit (2007, Animation)
Ed Kelley and Brenden Cicoria, Age 17, St. Mary’s Hall

El Gran Machin (2009, Narrative)
Aaron Richmond-Havel, Age 17, Northeast School of the Arts

Le Violoniste (2010, Animation)
Michael Esparza, Age 17, Film School of San Antonio at Harlandale High School

R/G/B (2014, Experimental)
Alejandro Peña, Age 18, Say Si

Picture Day (2016, Narrative)
Rogelio Pedrazo, Age 17, Film School of San Antonio at Harlandale High School

Of Gods and Bells (2016, Documentary)
Alexia Salingaros, Age 18, St. Mary’s Hall

Dolly Wants a Minion (2010, Narrative)
Lena Ozuna, Age 17, San Antonio School for Inquiry and Creativity

Reversal (2013, Animation)
Aaron Matthew Gutierrez, Age 20, University of the Incarnate Word

As an online arts and culture magazine, Hidden Histories pursues and preserves the underexplored stories, lives, and places which make San Antonio and South Texas an inspiring cultural treasure. Each monthly episode uncovers important cultural histories of the region by featuring archival interviews with artists and communtiy leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers, and poets; forgotten documentaries and narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues. In uncovering and generating the archives which hold these stories, Hidden Histories endeavors to move beyond the public humanities to one that is truly community-based.

All episodes of Hidden Histories debut on the first Monday of the month, and can be viewed online for FREE on our Facebook page (facebook.com/urban15/live) OR on our website (urban15.org/live-stream). Afterwards, episodes are re-streamed each Monday at 7pm throughout that month and are also archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives/.

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

 

Manhattan Short Film Festival is Rescheduled for Spring 2021

In light of the current pandemic, the Manhattan Short Film Festival has been rescheduled for Spring 2021.
URBAN-15 hopes the film community can be together soon sharing our love of cinema! Stay safe and healthy!

September Equinox Celebration

Equinox: Moment of Balance is a synchronous performance on the equinox, September 22nd at 8:30 AM CST. All over the earth, at the same time, the single moment of the September equinox takes place. Connecting around the globe, we will perform a 2 minute 20 second dance via Facebook Live.
Join us and the rest of the world as URBAN-15’s Artistic Director, Catherine Cisneros, performs a spectacular choreographed dance in observance of the Equinox.
When: Tuesday, September 22nd at 8:30 am CST (Click here to find your time zone)
Where: Facebook Live
More info: events@urban15.org
“When we humans dance at the same moment, all of us are sending out the same rhythm, and we create a net of energy which produces a real, positive effect. No matter how distant the dancers, there is power in moving together at precisely the same moment. In fact, the greater the distance, the stronger the net.”

Arts Jobs and Women Workers: A Labor Day Special

View the archived episode HERE

410Matamores EditedIn honor of Labor Day, Hidden Histories will explore two critical worker histories in San Antonio. First is the impact of federal jobs creation programs for working artists—from the WPA projects of the 1940s which created some of the city’s best known landmarks to the CETA program of the 1970s and 80s, which allowed the Carver Community Cultural Center to hire 30 local artists to provide free performances and education to long-neglected schools and neighborhoods. Another pair of interviews honors the legacy of women’s skilled labor and organizing power, with Sylvia Reyna of the San Antonio Public Library’s Texana Department discussing the “labor” history held in the library’s collection of midwifery records and Petra Mata and Viola Casares celebrating the 30-year anniversary of Fuerza Unida, founded in 1990 when women workers rose up to protest the closure of three factories on San Antonio’s Southside. Finally, continuing our homage to Studs Terkel’s Working, we present a new collage of short film interviews with a range of San Antonio residents on one question: What was your first job? 

As a grassroots media project that pursues and preserves the underexplored stories of South Texas, Hidden Histories is proud to have recently received a Humanities Texas Relief Grant for this work. This summer, Humanities Texas awarded over $1.1 million to Texas nonprofits that suffered losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients include museums, libraries, preservation organizations, heritage and cultural centers, and community-based arts groups like URBAN-15. At a time of threatened public funding for arts and culture, this critical support allows us to continue uncovering important cultural histories of the region.

All episodes of Hidden Histories debut on the first Monday of the month, and can be viewed online for FREE on our Facebook page (facebook.com/urban15/live) OR on our website (urban15.org/live-stream). Afterwards, episodes are re-streamed each Monday at 7pm throughout that month and are also archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives/.

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

 

“My First Job” Call for Entries

URBAN-15’s Hidden Histories is looking for “first job” stories to feature in September’s Labor Day episode!

To send your story for consideration, record a short (30-60 second) video response on your smartphone or camera to the following questions:

  • What is your name?
  • What was your first job? 
  • Where was it?
  • What year was it?
  • How old were you?
  • How much did you make?
  • What did you do?
  • What was it like?

Then, send us your video. The best stories will air during our September episode of Hidden Histories, which broadcasts live on Monday, September 7 at 7pm CST!

Sending your video is easy!

1. Record yourself on any smartphone, digital camera, or other handheld device. For best results, turn your phone horizontally!

2. Visit https://wetransfer.com/ 

3. Upload your video file and email it to findus@hiddenhistories.tv (no need to register or create an account).

4. In message field, tell us your name and email address so we can confirm we received your video!
For questions or more info, don’t hesitate to call us at 210-279-5818 or email us at findus@hiddenhistories.tv!

5. Deadline for consideration is August 31.

Need inspiration? Click on the video below for stories from Hidden Histories Season 1 and 2!

Best by Request

Click HERE to view our August episode!

After a tumultuous first half of 2020, Hidden Histories pauses for a late-summer breath of reflection. For viewers who have only recently tuned in, our August 2020 episode will delve into the origins of and big ideas behind the series, highlighting our most thoughtful, insightful, and powerful interviews, guests, and performances from Seasons One and Two. Members of the Hidden Histories production team have picked their favorite segments—from visionary author Whitley Strieber and late musical legend Spot Barnett to Dr. Charlie Cottrell remembering his Southside neighborhood before the construction of I-37 to archival performances from San Antonio’s dance history—and more!

As an online arts and culture magazine, Hidden Histories pursues and preserves the underexplored stories, lives, and places which make San Antonio and surrounding regions an inspiring cultural treasure. Each monthly episode uncovers important cultural histories of the region by featuring archival interviews with artists and community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; forgotten documentaries and narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues. In uncovering and generating the archives which hold these stories, Hidden Histories endeavors to move beyond the public humanities to one that is truly community-based.

All episodes air the first Monday of every month, and can be viewed online for FREE in two locations: our website (https://urban15.org/live-stream/) and our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheUrban15Group). Afterwards, episodes are archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives.

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

 

If Not Now, When? Longings for Justice, Songs of Liberation

Episode restreams every Monday in July at 7pm CST!
View it online either on our website or on our Facebook page.
Or, click below to view the archived episode:
July HH Screenshot

July’s episode of Hidden Histories responds to the national convulsions of grief and rage that have followed the brutal murder of George Floyd by officer Derek Chauvin, taking a knee for all Black lives lost to systemic racism. Bringing the issue of police violence to the local level, we hear from two generations of civil rights leadership in San Antonio on the question of where we’ve been and where we go from here: Mario Marcel Salas, former councilman, political science professor, and longtime racial justice activist; and Ananda Sunshine Tomas, one of the young activists centrally involved in organizing San Antonio’s recent Black Lives Matter protests. We also speak with renowned jazz trombonist Ron Wilkins, just recently released from the hospital after a two-month battle with COVID-19. Wilkins will open the show with a solo rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” while reigning San Antonio Poet Laureate Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson will perform an elegy for Breonna Taylor and hometown vocalist Aaron Marshall Taylor will close with a tribute to Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.”

As an online arts and culture magazine, Hidden Histories pursues and preserves the underexplored stories, lives, and places which make San Antonio and surrounding regions an inspiring cultural treasure. Each monthly episode uncovers important cultural histories of the region by featuring archival interviews with artists and community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; forgotten documentaries and narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues. In uncovering and generating the archives which hold these stories, Hidden Histories endeavors to move beyond the public humanities to one that is truly community-based.

All episodes air the first Monday of every month, and can be viewed online for FREE in two locations: our website (https://urban15.org/live-stream/) and our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheUrban15Group). Afterwards, episodes are archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives.

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