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El Ojo del Agua: Sacred Springs, Sacred Stories

Monday, June 4th at 7pm CST
Watch LIVE in our studio at 2500 S. Presa 78210
or click HERE to view the livestream!

On Monday, June 4th, URBAN-15’s Hidden Histories series returns with a focus on San Antonio’s sacred headwaters—in particular the stories, poems, songs, and other artistic expressions the springs have inspired for millennia among diverse peoples. Facilitated by Sister Martha Ann Kirk of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and Isaac Cardenas, Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan elder, this discussion will explore the cultural and creative centrality of the springs to San Antonio and premiere video of URBAN-15’s performance at the Blue Hole for last year’s Global Water Dances.

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/watch/

2018 Josiah Media Festival Call for Entries Ends June 1

The Josiah Media Festival is open to any filmmaker 21 years old or younger around the world.

$2000 in prizes will be awarded to winning filmmakers.

It is completely FREE to enter. Don’t miss your chance to submit!


SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS JUNE 1st, 2018


Submitting a film is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1. Download the entry forms HERE.
2. Read through the Guidelines and fill out the Entry AND Release Forms in full
3. Send us your completed Entry and Release Forms and an High-Definition copy of your film (.mpeg, .mp4, .avi, etc). Submission materials can be entered physically by mail (send to 2500 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210) or digitally online. 

And you’re done!

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Filmmakers can submit as many films as they choose, but each film must be accompanied with a unique Entry & Release Form. If sent by mail, films should be submitted as HD (720p minimum) digital files on a thumb drive or Data-DVD – Playable DVDs are NOT acceptable. Films and forms can also be submitted by email to josiahfestival@urban15.org. Films entered digitally can be sent through GoogleDrive, Dropbox, WeTransfer, Hightail, etc.

The Josiah Media Festival’s FilmFreeway submission platform will officially begin accepting digital film submissions on March 1st, 2018. Please note that, in order to be accepted into the competition, all films entered through FilmFreeway must still be accompanied with your completed Entry and Release forms. Completed forms can be sent by email to josiahfestival@urban15.org after entering your film on FilmFreeway.

Please note that all films entered through FilmFreeway MUST be accompanied with a Entry and Release form!

For more information on the 2018 Josiah Media Festival, call our studio at (210) 736-1500, or email josiahfestival@urban15.org.

Check out the 2017 2nd Place Experimental Winner,

Journey by Radheya Jegatheva, 18, from Joondanna, Australia

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Literary San Antonio: A Panel Discussion

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH APRIL’S EPISODE OF HIDDEN HISTORIES!

For April’s episode of Hidden Histories, this year’s Mega Corazón offered commentary on San Antonio’s rich literary history by three poetry greats: Jim LaVilla-Havelin, founder of National Poetry Month in San Antonio and poetry editor for the Express-News; inaugural Poet Laureate of San Antonio and former Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla, and Wings Press publisher and writer Bryce Milligan. Hosted by George Cisneros, LaVilla-Havelin, Tafolla, and Milligan discuss the latter’s recent edited volume Literary San Antonio

Part of the city’s calendar of Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a new 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 78204) 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/watch/

Fiesta Noche del Rio: A Historical and Cultural Treasure

Watch the archived episode by clicking image below!

Since 1957, Fiesta Noche del Rio has been an annual showcase of regional culture, celebrating the Mexican, Tejano, Latin American, and Spanish dance and musical traditions that make up San Antonio’s cultural landscape. Produced by the Alamo Kiwanis Club as a charity event for children’s organizations and held each year on the Riverwalk at the Arneson River Theater, Fiesta Noche del Rio archives a rich community history of the many working musicians and dancers who have performed over the decades–not least Rosita Fernandez, San Antonio’ “First Lady of Song,” who helped spearhead the event as a venue through which to showcase local talent. Curated by members of the Alamo Kiwanis Club, May’s episode explores the contributions of these artists, their intersection with the making of the modern Riverwalk, and the long-term community impact of the event.

As part of the city’s calendar of Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a new 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 78204) 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/watch/

Save the Date for INCOGNITO 2018 on Saturday, April 21

This Fiesta season, INCOGNITO will return to the Southside as the infamous high-energy dance party where you can “come as you are not.”  This masquerade is an opportunity for music and mystery as guests don costumes and masks. Join us for live music from San Antonio’s hottest cumbia and reggae-rooted party bands—including Los de Esta Noche and Tallercito de Son–plus food and drinks for sale, vendors, and costume contest with prizes! Check back on urban15.org for updates to band and vendor lineup.

This year’s INCOGNITO will take place at the historical and newly-restored Mission Marquee Plaza, located at 3100 S. Roosevelt Avenue 78214.  Event is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs and blankets. No outside food and drinks allowed, please—food and drinks will be sold onsite.

A crowning feature of every INCOGNITO is the outrageous costume contest for individuals, couples, and teams. Contestants in these three categories will be judged for imagination, design and presentation. Winning contestants will receive prizes donated by local businesses.

Proceeds from INCOGNITO will be dedicated to URBAN-15’s many programs for youth and senior citizens throughout San Antonio.

If interested in sponsoring or reserving space as a vendor or for more info, please contact us at (210) 736-1500 or events@urban15.org.

Miss Mega Corazon 2018? Catch a Re-screening!

Mega Corazon will rescreen all National Poetry Month!

If you missed your favorite poet, tune in at 10am CST on:

Monday, April 16th

Monday, April 23rd

Monday, April 30th

Click HERE to watch!

In celebration of National Poetry Month, April’s episode of Hidden Histories will present Mega Corazón 2018, 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 2nd from 1-9pm 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 Texas Poet Laureate and inaugural San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla; current San Antonio Poet Laureate Octavio Quintanilla; National Book Award finalist John Phillip Santos; Express-News poetry editor Jim LaVilla-Havelin; poetry slam champion Anthony “The Poet” Flores; Wings Press publisher Bryce Milligan; Jazz Poets founder Eduardo Garza, beloved spoken word artist Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson; playwright, poet and Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan elder Isaac Cardenas; and talented San Antonio poets Frances Treviño Santos, Eddie Vega, Natalia Treviño, Jacinto Cardona, Jessica Tilton-Zertuche, and Nathan Zertuche.

To view poet bios, please click here.

As a special feature of Hidden Histories, this year’s Mega Corazón will also offer commentary on San Antonio’s literary history by Jim LaVilla-Havelin, founder of National Poetry Month in San Antonio, as well as by Bryce Milligan on his recent edited volume Literary San Antonio. This segment will run 7pm-8pm.

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 visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi9WZRNTanM

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 or request a workshop with one of the Mega Corazon poets, contact Anthony “The Poet” Flores at anthonythepoet@gmail.com.

 

Hemisfair ’68: A Stamp in Time

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH MARCH’S EPISODE OF HIDDEN HISTORIES!

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Just in time for the 50th anniversary of Hemisfair ’68, March’s episode of Hidden Histories will recall the 1968 World’s Fair from the perspective of its youth workers. Curator Becky Barrera, Advisory board member for the Institute of Texan Cultures and former Hemisfair ’68 VIP Guide, will moderate a roundtable discussion with several former employees of the fair who were in high school or college at the time about the lasting impact of Hemisfair on the course of their lives, as well as on San Antonio’s history and sense of cultural identity.

As part of the city’s calendar of Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a new 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 78204) 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/watch/

February’s Episode of “Hidden Histories” to Explore “Long Gone Music Venues of San Antonio”

Monday, February 5th, 2018 at 7pm CST
Watch the LIVE PRODUCTION at 2500 S. Presa 78210
Or watch LIVE & ONLINE at urban15.org/live-stream

Curated by local music historian Michael Ann Coker and John Cockerell, musician and education director of the San Antonio Blues Society, February’s segment of Hidden Histories will delve into “Long Gone Music Venues of San Antonio.” Popular from the 1950s through the 1970s, former clubs such as the Eastwood Country Club and the Teen Canteen featured a variety of musical genres and inspired numerous local music and musicians. Featuring photographs, memorabilia, and interviews with club performers and owners, Coker and Cockerell will consider the social context for these clubs as well as their lasting influence in defining the unique San Antonio Sound.

As part of the city’s calendar of Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a new 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 please visit https://urban15.org/hidden-histories/

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) at 7pm on the first Monday of the month. Online screenings can also be viewed live at http://urban15.org /live-stream. Afterwards, episodes are archived on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheUrban15Group).

Hidden Histories Debuts at URBAN-15

CLICK HERE TO VIEW LIVE EVERY 1ST MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT 7PM CST!

As part of the city’s calendar of Tricentennial arts activities, URBAN-15 in 2018 will debut “Hidden Histories,” a new monthly, magazine-format video series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio an inspiring cultural treasure. With the support of the San Antonio Film Commission and the San Antonio Area Foundation, URBAN-15 has developed this project to ensure that the histories memorialized by the Tricentennial celebration and by World Heritage efforts truly reflect the diversity of this region, which has been inhabited for over 10,000 years—well before 300 years of European settlement. Community-produced media is one way we can broaden public participation in official histories.

Over the course of 2018, Hidden Histories will premiere 12 monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening will highlight 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. Held in our studio, these live screenings will be supplemented by interviews and discussions with participants, family members of those featured, and field experts. Following each live screening, video segments will be archived online for 24/7 access on URBAN-15’s YouTube channel.

All live and online screenings of Hidden History are free of charge. Live screenings will take place at the URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78204) at 7pm on the first Monday of the month. Online screenings can be viewed at urban15.org/live-stream.

This project is supported in part by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, the San Antonio Film Commission, the San Antonio Area Foundation, VuTURE Arts, and Friends of URBAN-15. 

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The 2017 Josiah Media Festival Runs October 19-21!

In 2017, the Josiah Media Festival celebrates its 11th 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 2017 call for entries, we received over 1800 films, adjudicated 217 entries from 38 countries, and selected 12 winners from around the world!

This year’s Josiah Media Festival will take place at the URBAN-15 Studio in San Antonio from Thursday, October 19 through Saturday, October 21. Over the course of the three-day festival, we will screen the best 54 films from four categories (narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental) and offer three free 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 Northeast School of the Arts, Say Si, Communication Arts High School, and Saint Mary’s Hall.

Screening Schedule

  • Thursday, October 19 at 7pm
  • Friday, October 20 at 7pm
  • Saturday, October 21 at 2pm (highlighting young San Antonio filmmakers)
  • Saturday, October 21 at 7pm (12 winning films followed by award ceremony and Skype conversations with winners from around the world)

Workshop Schedule

  • Saturday, October 21 at 11am: “3-D Filmmaking with Merge VR”
  • Saturday, October 21 at 12pm: “Feed Your Crew on a Budget” (lunch included!)
  • Saturday, October 21 at 3:30pm: “The State of Youth Media Education in Bexar County: A Roundtable Discussion.”

For full screening schedule, click HERE. For filmmaker bios, click HERE.

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 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.