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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

 

View Our Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Facebook Live!

 

Saturday, June 20th at 2pm CST
Click here to watch on our Facebook page!

For the eighteenth year, in celebration of the Summer Solstice, choreographer and dancer Catherine Cisneros presents her solo performance within the lighted squares of Christopher Janney’s “Passing Light” solar sculpture. “Passing Light” was commissioned by the City of San Antonio’s Public Art Office in 2000 and completed in 2001.  The solar sculpture incorporates large plexiglass squares embedded in the ceiling that project a grid of colors onto the passageway surface. Once a year, at 2pm on the Summer Solstice, the lighted grids align with the painted grids on the floor for less than a minute as the Sun passes directly overhead.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year (near June 20/22) is when the Sun is farthest North. In the Southern Hemisphere, winter and summer solstices are exchanged. The Summer Solstice marks the first day of the season of summer.            
Eric Weisstein,World of Astronomy

URBAN-15 Artistic Director Catherine Cisneros has created a dance work that exploits the changing colors penetrating the environment. Her movements are designed to bring a ceremonial awareness of our planet’s humble travels within a celestial clock, evoking the elaborate rituals performed by the ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Celts, Mayans, Hindis, Incas and others to make visible the moment of solar zenith.

Pride, Proud, Present: Collecting San Antonio’s Queer Memorias

Click below to watch the archived episode!

In honor of Pride Month, June’s episode of Hidden Histories explores the spaces that archive the history of LGBT life in San Antonio and celebrates the artists and activists who have made that history sing. We open with Melissa Gohlke, UTSA Special Collections Assistant Archivist, who curates one of the largest LGBTQ collections in Texas. From there, we interview Rebel Mariposa, radical restauranteur and owner of La Botanica, one of San Antonio’s most celebrated vegan restaurants and queer arts spaces. In between, we showcase the final public performance of the late and great Sterling Houston—playwright, musician, and performer with Jump-Start Performance Co.—and debut a Los de Esta Noche tribute by Los MENtirosos, San Antonio’s premiere drag king troupe. We close the night with filmmaker Noi Mahoney, director of Hap Veltman’s San Antonio Country, followed by a screening of his documentary about one of San Antonio’s most famous disco-era gay clubs.

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

 

Best of Josiah Media Festival 2019 Screens May 26th-30th!

The Best of Josiah Media Festival runs all throughout May 2020!
Watch the Best of Josiah 2019 ONLINE
Tuesday, May 26th
Thursday, May 28th
Saturday, May 30th
 12-2pm AND 8-10pm CST

Click here to find out when JMF is screening in your time zone!

*Note that time zones listed below are for location of winning filmmaker*


Narrative
 Winner


1st Place
RESPONSIBILITY
Mehmet Ali Avei
Hvidovre, Denmark
12pm, 8pm CST
7pm, 3am CEST

 

2nd Place
BROTHERS IN SPACE
Alvilda Lyneborg Lassen
Hvidovre, Denmark
12pm, 8pm CST
7pm, 3am CEST

 


3rd Place

ECHO
Signe Buun Bugge
Hvidovre, Denmark
12pm, 8pm CST
7pm, 3am CEST

 

 


Documentary

1st Place
UNDER THE SCARF
Women’s Voices Now
Rolling Hill Estates, CA, USA
12pm, 8pm CST
10am, 6pm PDT

2nd Place
PEARL FRYAR: THE MAN
WITH A GREEN THUMB
Rachel Smith
Rock Hill, SC, USA
12pm, 8pm CST
1pm, 9pm EDT

3rd Place
MORNING STAR
Mert Efe Sakarya
Eskişehir, Turkey
12pm, 8pm CST
8pm, 4am TRT

 

 


Experimental


1st Place
RAINLILLY
Rina Momose
Otsu, Japan
12pm, 8pm CST
2am, 10am JST

 


2nd Place
THE MAGIC SQUARE
Josh Cromwell
Richmond, VA, USA
12pm, 8pm CST
1pm, 9pm EDT

 

3rd Place
WE BUILD OUR
OWN ZIGGURATS
Kyle Ryan
Milwaukee, WI, USA
12pm, 8pm CST

 

 


Animation

1st Place

CATNAP
Alivia Horsley
Belmont, CA, USA

12pm, 8pm CST
2pm, 6pm

 


2nd Place

SHAMAN
Dicle Alemsah Firat
Surrey, England, UK
12pm, 8pm CST
6pm, 12am BST

 


3rd Place
INTERPHASE
Kenny Tran
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
12pm, 8pm CST
1pm, 9pm EDT

 

 


The 2020 Best of Josiah Media Festival takes place ONLINE ONLY throughout May 2020, screening one year of the festival for each week of the month.
For more information, contact us at events@urban15.org.