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.
• Screamless (Scream spoof), Nicholas Venecia
• Neighbor of the Year (pandemic satire), Robert Holguin
• You’ll Find Love (music video), Karla Armendariz
• I’ve Got the Flashdrive, from the Hit Broadway musical Vampire, Vampire, Who’s Got the Vampire (experimental), Jeremy Alice Long
• Once an Eagle (music video), Galen Ivey
• Can’t Have It Both Ways (music video), Jenn Garcia
• JOSIE (documentary), Jacqueline Barragan
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.
• Sweet Light (animated music video), Eric Coughanor
• Salvando a Salvador (comedy), Luisa Gonzalez
• In This Moment (music video), Jenn Garcia
• Lavasola (drama), Manuel Urueta
• True Love Will Find You in the End (music video), Arantza C. Shaeffer
• Cenicero de Dios (drama), Celina Galicia
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.
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.
The deadline for submissions has passed. Thank you for your interest!