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Local Flavor

Unknown 2 A still from James Arrabito’s ‘I See a Darkness’

A total of 13 short films, seven directed or produced by women, comprise this year’s two Local Flavor shorts programs.

The selections include documentaries, narratives, music videos, one spoof and one spooky song from a faux musical.

Seven entries will be shown in Local Flavor I at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 30 in the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Admission is $6.

They are:
Screamless (Scream spoof), Nicholas Venecia
2:07 minutes
Neighbor of the Year (pandemic satire), Robert Holguin
10 minutes
You’ll Find Love (music video), Karla Armendariz
3:25 minutes
I’ve Got the Flashdrive, from the Hit Broadway musical Vampire, Vampire, Who’s Got the Vampire (experimental), Jeremy Alice Long
4 minutes
Once an Eagle (music video), Galen Ivey
3:50 minutes
Can’t Have It Both Ways (music video), Jenn Garcia
8:39 minutes
JOSIE (documentary), Jacqueline Barragan
14:04 minutes

The other six titles will be screened in Local Flavor II at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 6 in the Chavez. Admission is $6.

They are:
Sweet Light (animated music video), Eric Coughanor
4:14 minutes
Salvando a Salvador (comedy), Luisa Gonzalez
11:51 minutes
In This Moment (music video), Jenn Garcia
4 minutes
Lavasola (drama), Manuel Urueta
8:05 minutes
True Love Will Find You in the End (music video), Arantza C. Shaeffer
3:20 minutes
Cenicero de Dios (drama), Celina Galicia
14:06 minutes

Additionally, James Arrabito’s 78-minute drama I See a Darkness will be screened at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, August 7 in the Plaza Theatre. Admission is $6. It will not be in competition for prize money.

And musician-director Billy Townes’ Border Lords II will be shown under the Local Flavor banner at 11 p.m. Friday, August 6 in the Chavez Theatre. Tickets are $6. It was scheduled for the 2011 Plaza Classic Film Festival, but the screening at the El Paso Museum of Art was canceled due to a water leak. The screening precedes the release of Border Lords III, which continues the saga of the Cortez crime family. Its completion is expected this year.

This year’s Local Flavor Awards will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, August 8 in the Chavez Theatre. Admission is free. Sponsored by TFCU, it will feature encore screenings of the top three films selected by curators and filmmakers Zach Passero and Lucky McKee, and festival director Doug Pullen, program director of the El Paso Community Foundation, plus the audience favorite. Ballots will be available at Local Flavor I and Local Flavor II.

The Local Flavor showcase is sponsored by the Texas Film Commission.

Tickets for the Local Flavor programs are on sale at the Plaza Theatre box office, Ticketmaster.com and Plazaclassic.com/schedule.

A total of $2,250 will be awarded before the encore screenings — the $1,000 First Prize, $750 Second Prize, $500 Third Prize and the $250 Audience Flavorite Award. Ballots will be distributed and collected at the two Local Flavor shorts programs.

Local Flavor Submission Form


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