San Antonio's first annual Alamo City Film Festival, occurring next month during Alamo City Comic Con, will host a wide variety of indie films, ranging from thought-provoking documentaries, quirky dramas, high-intensity action films, all the way to Star Trek. From Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13, catch the action at theLila Cockrell Theatre, 200 E. Market St., (210) 920-1223. Get your tickets at eventbrite.com.
11:15am – 1pm,Friday, September 11 Poverty, Inc. (USA)
With a whopping 200 interviews conducted by director/producer Michael Matheson Miller in 20 countries, the award-winning Poverty, Inc takes a multi-cultured, in-depth looks at the big business behind charities. So take a closer look at your TOMs slip-ons, because the documentary asks the consumer's ultimate question. Could I be part of the problem?
Directed by Bernardo Ruiz, Kingdom of Shadows takes a humane approach toward the U.S.-Mexican drug trade. A staggering number of Mexicans have vanished in the conflict, and only now has the general public showed concern, the documentary expresses. Kingdom of Shadows follows a activist nun, a U.S. Federal agent and a former Texas smuggler as it explores the crisis in the form of storytelling.
Short Block A
2pm – 3:30pm, Friday, September 11
Omelette, Hunger Pains, UnConventional, Drifting Cloud, Knock, Knock, Bandito, This is Joe, The Autumn of Zao
Short Block B
3:30pm – 4:45pm, Friday, September 11
Zorro Girl in Dead Man’s Alley (feat. SA native Patricia Vonne), Children of the River, X, With the Mouth Closed, Volta, Guest Room
Valley Inn screens Friday evening at 6pm
Short Block C
2pm – 3:30pm, Saturday, September 12
Between Times, One Take, Peppermint, Ferdinand Knapp, Zepo, Nesting Grounds
Short Block D
3:30pm- 5pm, Saturday, September 12
Deliver Me from Glory, Family Spirit, Away with the Fairies, Squeezebox, Horseface, Love, Charlotte, A Band of Thieves
With quirky wit and characters worthy of a Wes Anderson production and the heart of a John Green novel, Kim Swink & Chris Spencer's Valley Inn is more than a sentimental hallmark card about the death of small town America. The film follows a girl's adventure as a door-to-door bible salesman in a small town as she learns about the most important things life can offer.
Red on Yella, Kill a Fella
9pm-11pm, Friday, September 11
An epic western spanning across the Texas landscape, Duane Graves and Justin Meeks' Red on Yella, Kill a Fella takes the classic premise of train robbing bandits and puts it into a stylized turn of the century setting.
Starring a teenage girl whose raccoon eyeliner would put Avril Lavigne to shame, Frank Hall Green's Wildlike follows her journey of discovery in the lush Alaska wilderness.
Skin Trade (Thailand/ Canada/ USA)
9pm-11pm, Saturday, September 12
Instead of dealing with serious, real-life issues such as human trafficking with heavy-handed sentiments, Ekachai Uekrongtham's gritty buddy cop film Skin Trade grabs it by the balls with machine guns, rocket launchers and witty one-liners.
A lovingly fan-made, Kickstarter-funded film under the Star Trek galaxy, an endless black hole of material, Star Trek: Renegades takes the classic series where no other Trekkie hass gone before. This is no ordinary fan-fiction. The film, directed by iCarly actor-turned director Tim Russ and starring USS Enterprise navigator/security officer Pavel Chekov (portrayed by original actor Walter Koenig), pays respect to the infinite Star Trek franchise.