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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

Monday, November 5, 2018 at 7pm CST
LIVE at 2500 S. Presa 78210
ONLINE at urban15.org/live-stream
FREE and Open to the Public

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!

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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!

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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.

Congratulations to the 2018 Josiah Media Festival Winners!

In 2018, 2,040 films were submitted to URBAN-15’s 12th annual Josiah Media Festival. 254 of these were eligible for judging by a panel of filmmakers and film critics, and out of these 254 films–hailing from 38 countries–the following 12 films rose to the top in their genre categories. Congratulations to these young filmmakers and their crews!

Bios of winners and other selected filmmakers coming soon.


ANIMATION

 

1st Place:

RACCOON AND THE LIGHT
Hannah Kim, 21
Valencia, CA, USA

 

 

2nd Place:

LEAVE WITH ME
Mel Wong, 23
London, UK

 

 

3rd Place:

EI: EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Dennis Sungmin, 21
Seoul, South Korea


DOCUMENTARY

 

1st Place:

A CHRISTMAS STORY
Andrei Olanescu, 22
Rm. Valcea, Romania

 

2nd Place:

OPEN LETTER TO THE CLOSE-HEARTED
Kiersten Wilkins, 18
San Antonio, TX, USA

 

 

3rd Place:

JOHAR (HELLO)
Abhijit Pastro, 19
Rourkela, India

 


EXPERIMENTAL

 

1st Place:

COMPANY
Max Michel Thillaye, 23
Berlin, Germany

 

 

2nd Place:

A NOTE TO MYSELF
Vivek Jain, 20
Indore, India

 

 

3rd Place:

WAIT PRETTY BUTTERFLY
Brynne McGregor, 20
Cincinatti, OH, USA

 


NARRATIVE

 

1st Place:

TUNDRA
Carol Nguyen, 20
Toronto, Canada

 

 

2nd:

SOARING SOLDIERS
Cecile Elmholt Skou, 19
Hvidovre, Denmark

 

 

3rd:

BREAK
Anne-Marie Bjerre Koch, 19
Hvidovre, Denmark

 


The 2018 Josiah Media Festival will take place Thursday, October 20th – Saturday, October 22nd and will be held at the URBAN-15 Studio, located at 2500 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX, 78210. For more information on this year’s festival, contact us at (210) 736-1500 or josiahfestival@urban15.org.

Tezcatlipoca: Azteca Intergalactic Ambassadors

Opening alongside the Hidden Histories episode “Space is the Place: Unexplained Encounters in South Texas,” visual artist Luis Valderas presents a collection of sculpture pieces collectively exhibited as “Tezcatlipoca: An Interpretation of Azteca Intergalactic Ambassadors.” This exhibit centrally features his Styrofoam and wood piece “White Rocket Tezcalipoca” (2003), which considers icons of present day-architecture, space travel and commonly discarded materials available and what they mean to our future as a species. With the expansive problem of waste as a result of our consumerist global culture, humans face an ominous future—much like the humans in the MesoAmerican creation stories featuring Tezcatlipoca, child of Ometeotl (Lord/Lady of Duality) who presided over the North. As White Tezcatlipoca, he presided over the West and represented light, mercy, and the wind. Tezcatlipoca also represented judgement and was said to prey upon travelers at night on the road at crossroads tearing them to shreds as the jaguar.
Valderas has combined wood, paper mache and styrofoam pulled out of trash dumpsters to fabricate a futuristic version of Tezcatlipoca, which rises out of an agave-like form on top of a skyscraper structure and wields arms made of rockets, accented with an aura reimagined from the discarded styrofoam. “White Rocket Tezcatlipoca” augurs a future where science and global awareness will become paramount to the survival of humans. Alongside this central piece, Valderas will also exhibit several other small, whimsical sculptures juxtaposing the pre-Columbian and the robotic, collectively imagining a Chicanx futurism.
“Tezcatlipoca: An Interpretation of Azteca Intergalactic Ambassadors” will open Monday, August 6th at 6pm and run through Friday, August 10th at 5pm. Exhibit can also be viewed virtually, here:

For more information on the work of Luis Valderas, please visit luisvalderasartist.com or email him at macuiltochtli005@gmail.com

The Exquisite Costume Raffle

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Congratulations to our latest costume raffle winners!

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Watch this space…details coming soon on how to enter our next costume raffle.

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LAST MONTH’S RAFFLE:

Enter to win any of three (or all three!) gorgeous butterfly headpieces hand-crafted by URBAN-15 Artistic Director Catherine Cisneros. Tickets are $10 per chance. Next drawing will be Friday, August 31st, 2018.

 

Piece #1 is a Butterfly Crown with Blue Fairy LightsCrown Butter Collage
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Piece #2 is a Butterfly Headband Lit with a Multicolored Blinking Light
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Piece #3 is a Butterfly Sunhat with Net Ruffle and Leather Chin Strap
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Enter today to win any (or all) of these three beautiful items. Drawing will be held  Friday, August 18, 2018.