Austin Film Society presents Doc Days
Austin Film Society will present its inaugural mini-festival, Doc Days, a long weekend of brand-new documentary films with visiting filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad. In addition to screening favorite new documentaries from the festival circuit, the weekend will include parties, discussions, and moderated Q&As by Austin’s documentary film community. Scheduled with no overlapping screenings, festival attendees can see every film back to back. Cocktails and drink specials inspired by Doc Days films will be served throughout the festival.
Schedule of films:
- May 10: Minding The Gap - Bing Liu and his friends, young men growing up in the rustbelt, have experienced poverty and violence in their families. Liu picks up a camera to ostensibly to make skate videos with his crew, but instead follows them as their lives transition into adulthood, and makes universal revelations about American life and masculinity today. Winner of a breakthrough director award at the Sundance Film Festival.
- May 11: Opuntia - Conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca journeyed from Florida to Texas to Chihuahua in the sixteenth century, avoiding starvation through the discovery of the prickly pear fruit, and surviving disease due to his contact with various Native American groups who taught him the arts of shamanic healing. Director David Fenster uses a psychic medium to contact Cabeza de Vaca and tell his story which heralds the age of Spanish colonization of the Americas. Director David Fenster in attendance.
- May 11: Devil's Freedom - (In Spanish with English subtitles) Director Everardo González draws out the harrowing stories of victims and the perpetrators of drug violence in his home country of Mexico through the use of masks, which shield his subjects so they can speak openly and directly to the camera. Producer Roberto Garza in attendance.
- May 12: Of Fathers And Sons - (In Arabic with English subtitles) A stunning observation of childhood inside an Islamist Caliphate. Director Talal Derki embeds himself on the Iraqi-Syrian border to film the daily life a radical Islamist family. The screening includes a Skype Q&A with Tala Derki.
- May 12: The Sentence - Mexican-American filmmaker Rudy Valdez explores the hot-button political issue of mandatory minimum sentencing on the most intimate and personal plane possible: he picks up his camera when his beloved sister is served with a 15-year sentence. Valdez crafts an emotional saga about love, family, and the fight for justice. Director Rudy Valdez in attendance.
- May 12: The Gospel According To Andre - Before he became a staple on the global high fashion scene as the editor-at-large of Vogue Magazine, André Leon Talley was a working-class African-American kid growing up in a segregated North Carolina town. Director Kate Novak takes a deep dive into André’s unique life story and his strongly held beliefs about art, style and identity. Director Kate Novak in attendance.
- May 13: Hale County This Morning, This Evening - An intimate, expressive story of two young African-American men in small-town Alabama in this first feature-length film from photographer RaMell Ross.