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Borders | No Borders is generously supported by the Texas Film Commission and Independent Media Arts Foundation.

Borders | No Borders Documentary 1

Includes Beirut on the Bayou by Brent Joseph, What Remains by Yudiel Landa, History in Pieces by Bronson Crabtree, Too Long Here by Emily Packer, Where It Stands by Owen Schwartzbard, Pancho Clause by Javier Fernandez, and Lost ID by Axel Gonzalez.

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Borders | No Borders Narrative 1

Includes And We Stood Still by Ilana Coleman, The American Dream by Baldev Sandhu, How We Are Bound by Prakshi Malik, A Song Often Played On the Radio by Raven Chacon & Cristobal Martinez, and Goodbye Rebecca & Eileen by Sarah Hill.

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Borders | No Borders Documentary 2

Includes Puppet Regime by Ghazal Ghazi, Mi Sueno Americano by Joe Cardoza, Inauguration by Peng Zuqiang, El Gigante De Puelba by Lucero Tlahueti, and California Creole: Zydeco & Regional Respect by Abby Berendt Lavoi & Jeremey Lavoi.

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Borders | No Borders Narrative 2

Includes De La Luz by Alfonso Loya, Silver Dollar by Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Nowhere Arkansas by Robert Linsley, Win By Two by Abraham Felix, and Plane Pretend by Sharon Arteaga.

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About Borders | No Borders Short Film Competition

 

Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) launched a new regional short film competition this year. Borders | No Borders is open to short narrative and documentary films with strong ties to Texas, the states bordering Texas, and Mexico. The competition opened on June 11th with a regular deadline of August 1st and a late deadline of August 21th 2020. Finalist films were announced with the Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2020 lineup in mid-October and will be screened at the festival. Missed the deadline to submit? We will be accepting 2021 submissions in the middle of 2021. Check back for more details.

Cultural exchange is often thought of as happening between countries, but it can also take place between cities, states, and even neighborhoods — anywhere a border is perceived or imposed. Houston is the most diverse city in the United States, and Texas, in addition to being the largest state in the continental U.S., shares borders with Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Mexico, which each have their own distinct cultures and identities. These regions inform Houston’s past, present, and future with their cultures, histories, cuisines, ancestral and contemporary sacrifices, injustices, unceded lands, art, music, dance, theater, film, and storytellers. As we cling to home these days, HCAS is taking this opportunity to celebrate the complexity of Houston and its neighboring communities, all of which contribute to H-Town’s je ne sais quoi.

Borders | No Borders invites residents of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Mexico as well as filmmakers with meaningful ties to these areas to submit narrative and documentary short films. Films in all languages are welcomed and encouraged, but we request that films that are not in English be submitted with English subtitles to ensure that the translations best represent the filmmaker’s vision. The winners for Best Narrative Short Film and Best Documentary Short Film will each be awarded a prize of $1,000. There will be two additional Jury Prizes of $500 selected by a panel of six jurors. Jurors include filmmakers Damon Davis, Kimberly Rivers Roberts, and Sumie Garcia for the Documentary Jury Prize and artists Bassam Tariq, Giorgio Angelini, and Brett Cullen for the Narrative Jury Prize.

La Sociedad de Artes Del Cine de Houston (HCAS) ha organizado un concurso regional de cortometraje. Fronteras | Sin Fronteras está abierta a cortometrajes documentales y narrativos con nexos con Texas, con los estados limitrofes, y México. La competencia inicio el 11 de junio, fecha limite regular es el 1ero. de Agosto y como cierre tardio hasta el 21 de Agosto del 2020. Los cortometrajes finalistas se anunciarán en el Festival de Artes del Cine de Houston del 2020 a mediados del mes de octubre y serán proyectados durante el festival. 

Con frecuencia se piensa que los intercambios culturales ocurren entre países, pero también  puede suceder entre ciudades, estados, e incluso vecindarios – cualquier lugar en donde exista frontera ya sea percibida o impuesta. Houston es la ciudad más diversa en los Estados Unidos, Texas, además de ser el estado más grande en los Estados Unidos continentales, comparte fronteras con Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Nuevo México y México, y cada lugar tiene su propia cultura e identidad. Estas regiones informan el pasado, presente, y futuro de Houston con sus culturas, historias, cocinas, sacrificios ancestrales y contemporáneos, injusticias, tierras sin ceder, arte, musica, teatro, cine, y leyendas. Durante estos días que nos quedamos en casa, La Sociedad de Artes Del Cine de Houston está aprovechando la oportunidad para celebrar la complejidad de Houston y sus comunidades vecinas, que contribuyen a el “je ne sais quoi” de Houston. 

Fronteras | Sin Fronteras invita a los residentes de Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Nuevo México y México, y a aquellos cineastas con lazos significativos a estas áreas, a someter cortometrajes documentales y narrativos. Los cortometrajes son bien recibidos en todos los idiomas, sin embargo, requerimos que las películas que no están en Inglés sean sometidas al concurso con subtítulos en inglés para garantizar que las traducciones representen mejor la visión del cineasta. Los ganadores de las categorias del Mejor Cortometraje Narrativo y el Mejor Cortometraje Documental serán galardonados con un premio de $1,000. Adicionalmente, habrán dos premios de $500, que serán seleccionados por un jurado formado por 6 personas. Los jueces para la categoria “Premio al documental por eleccion de Jurado” seran Damon Davis y Kimberly Rivers Roberts. Para la categoria “Premio a la narrative por eleccion del Jurado” el Jurado lo formaran los cineastas Bassam Tariq y Giorgio Angelini. La Sociedad de Artes Del Cine de Houston anunciará a los dos jueces faltantes próximamente. 

Documentary Shorts Jury

Damon Davis is an award-winning, post-disciplinary artist who works and resides in St. Louis, Missouri. In a practice that is part therapy, part social commentary, his work spans across a spectrum of creative mediums to tell stories exploring how identity is informed by power and mythology. Davis seeks to empower and give voice to the powerless and combat systems of oppression, focusing not only on pain but also on the joy of the Black experience. Davis co-directed the critically acclaimed film Whose Streets? with Sabaah Folayan, on the Ferguson Uprising. Davis is a 2015 Firelight Media Fellow, 2016 Sundance Music and Sound Design Lab Fellow, 2017 TED Fellow, and 2017 Root100 Honoree. His work is featured in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and he has exhibited at Art Basel Miami, the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts, and the San Diego Contemporary Museum of Art. 

Damon Davis es un un artista galardonado y postdisciplinario (multidisciplinario) que trabaja y reside en St. Louis, Missouri. Su práctica práctica basada en parte en terapia y,”parte comentario social.” Su obra abarca un espectro de diversos medios creativos para contar historias explorando cómo la identidad está informada por el poder y la mitología. Davis busca empoderar y darle voz a los indefensos y combatir los sistemas de opresión, enfocándose, no solo en el dolor, pero también en la alegría de la experiencia Negra. Davis codirigió la película aclamada por la crítica “Whose Streets?” con Sabaah Folayan, sobre el Ferguson Uprising. Davis es un Firelight Media Fellow del 2015, Sundance Music and Sound Design Lab Fellow del 2016, TED Fellow del 2017, y Root100 Honoree del 2017. Su obra aparece en la colección permanente del Museo Nacional de Historia y Cultura Afroamericana del Smithsonian, y ha expuesto en Art Basel Miami, el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de la Diáspora Africana y el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de San Diego. 

Kimberly Rivers-Roberts (Queen Blackkoldmadina) is a New Orleans born and bred director, producer, rap artist, film star, and inspirational speaker who currently lives in the lower 9th ward. She is the director/producer of Fear No Gumbo (2016), which is the follow up to Best Documentary Feature Academy Award nominated Trouble the Water (2008). Kimberly starred in, co-directed, and created the soundtrack for Trouble the Water. Fear No Gumbo won the best documentary awards at the 2018 Hip Hop Film Festival in Harlem, NYC and the LA Femme Interational Film Festival in Los Angeles. 

Kimberly Rivers-Roberts (Queen Blackkoldmadina) es una directora, productora, artista de rap, estrella de cine y oradora, nacida y criada en Nueva Orleans quien actualmente vive en el lower 9th ward. Es la directora / productora de “Fear No Gumbo” (2016), que es la continuación de “Trouble the Water” (2008), nominada al Premio al Mejor Documental de la Academia. Kimberly protagonizó, codirigió y creó la banda sonora de “Trouble the Water.” “Fear No Gumbo” ganó los mejores premios en documentales en el Festival de Cine Hip Hop 2018 en Harlem, Nueva York y el Festival Internacional de Cine LA Femme en Los Ángeles.

Sumie García (Mexico City, 1986) graduated Summa Cum Laude from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts focused on film direction. Her work as a visual artist has been showcased in international galleries and fairs; including the OCCenter for Contemporary Art in California (2014), Pink Art Fair in Seoul, South Korea (2015), Salón ACME 6 (2018) in Mexico City, Acacia Gallery in Havana, Cuba (2018) and Zuecca Project Space Spazio Ridotto during the frame of the Venice Architecture Biennale (2018).  She has been awarded the national FONCA Young Creators Grant (Jóvenes Creadores) on two ocassions: 2015-2016 and 2017 – 2018.

Her film Familiar Tale had its world premiere at Visions du Réel 2017 and was selected in numerous festivals including Valdivia, Morelia and Hot Docs. It won Best Short Documentary at Morelia International Film Festival 2017, among others. The film was nominated for a Mexican Academy Award for Best short documentary, Arieles 2018 and was part of the IF/THEN shorts program by the Tribeca Film Institute for Cathay Airlines. The short film The Years participated in over 10 film festivals and experimental film programs.

Her work in film production and post-production includes films such as Echo of the Mountain by Nicolás Echevarría, Resurrección by Eugenio Polgovsky and Red Privada by Manuel Alcalá. She is producer of The Gaze of the Sea by Jose Álvarez, which premiered at Visions du Réel in 2017.

Narrative Shorts Jury

Erica Deiparine-Sugars works with independent media makers and media arts communities expressly to support diverse voices and stories.  She is currently the Director of Programs for the Austin Film Society where she oversees filmmaker grants and artist development programs as well as Austin Public, the city’s community media center.  She has held senior roles in national media arts organizations including ITVS, an award-winning funder and co-producer of independent documentaries. 

Erica has served on grant panels for organizations such as the NEA, IDA and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and has participated on film juries for regional and national film festivals.

Giorgio Angelini came into film from a multi-faceted career in the creative arts. After touring in bands like The Rosebuds and Bishop Allen for much of his 20s, Giorgio enrolled in the Masters of Architecture program at Rice University during the 2008 real estate collapse, planting the seeds for Giorgio’s directorial debut, OWNED: A Tale of Two Americas. Following graduate school, Angelini began working with the boutique architecture firm, Schaum Shieh Architects, where he designed the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, Texas, as well as the headquarters for The Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology. Giorgio launched a production company (Ready Fictions) in 2019 with his producing partner, Arthur Jones. Giorgio served as executive producer for the feature film My Friend Dahmer (2017) and directed a documentary-short for celebrated performance artist Mary Ellen Carroll entitled My Death is Pending…Because. Giorgio is also the Executive Producer for the upcoming coming-of-age drama, Shoplifters of the World.

Giorgio Angelini se inicio en el cine desde una carrera multifacética en las artes creativas. Después de hacer giras con bandas como The Rosebuds y Bishop Allen durante sus 20’s, Giorgio se inscribió en el programa de Maestría en Arquitectura de Rice University mientras ocurría el colapso inmobiliario de 2008, esto planto las semillas para su debut como director de “OWNED: A Tale of Two Americas.” Después de su maestria, Angelini comenzó a trabajar con la firma de arquitectura Schaum Shieh Architects, donde diseñó el White Oak Music Hall en Houston, Texas, así como la sede de la Fundación Transart para el Arte y la Antropología. En 2019 inicia una compañía de producción (Ready Fictions) con su socio productor, Arthur Jones. Siendo Giorgio el productor ejecutivo del largometraje “My Friend Dahmer” (2017) dirigió tambien un cortometraje documental para la celebrada artista de performance Mary Ellen Carroll titulado “My Death is Pending…Because.” En el próximo drama sobre la mayoría de edad, “Shoplifters of the World” tendra como productor ejecutivo a Giorgio Angelini.

Brett Cullen is a veteran film and television actor from Houston.  He has appeared in a wide array of independent and big-budget feature films including The Joker, The Dark Knight Rises, Apollo 13, Something to Talk About, The Replacements, Ghost Rider, The Guilt Trip, The Shallows, 42, The Burning Plain, and Puncture.   Brett has acted in more television shows than we can list including Person Of Interest, Make It Or Break It, True Detective, Friday Night Lights, Are You Sleeping, and West Wing. Brett is known for his characters Goodwin in ABC’s Lost and Ambassador Crosby in Netflix’s Narcos.  He is currently recurring on The Blacklist and will play Bill Sharman, the Laker’s General Manager, in The Untitled Lakers Project for HBO produced and directed by Oscar winner, Adam McKay.  Cullen has produced three indie films:  Beneath The Darkness (a teen thriller starring Dennis Quaid), The Last Rescue with Ryan Merriman, and It Snows All The Time with Leslie Ann Warren.