What to do in Austin (& San Antonio) this weekend!

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A bunch of things have happened/  lately, so here is a recap:

Think well before buying ACL Vip tickets! Its awesome when you’re in the VIP lounge but you don’t get any benefits where the music is at :/

#WheresWarhol is up and running! The Blanton Museum is sending “Warhols”through the streets of Austin to promote and give passes for the new exhibit “Warhol by the Book”be on the lookout every Wednesday of October and don’t forget to use #WheresWarhol!!! * The exhibition opens this Sunday Oct 16th.

Go to all Austin Chronicle events, specially if it includes “Master Pancake” Comedy troupe, they’re hilarious!!! I went to their “Willow” screening and I cried a lot (laughing of course). It was interactive, funny, and we got to curse a lot, so great stress relief! 😉

POP AUSTIN International Art Show is in town, make sure to drop by, it has some great pieces with old and new favorites like: Richard Colman and Tom Wesselmann.

We’ll be in San Antonio this Saturday with Chido Machine, drop by The Mix and enjoy great music and guilty pleasures yayyy! 😀

Back in Austin, Celebrate the “Intl Video Store Day” at Vulcan Video & I Luv Video! They’re joining forces and will give us great deals on VHS, DVD/Blu Rays plus free beer, prizes, discounts, etc! This Saturday Oct 17th from 12PM-12AM

Saturday is also game day so, I’m sure you’ll find lots of things to do, be careful and have lots of fun! Hope to see you around town!

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La Vida Fácil de Aldonza

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Years and years ago (maybe not that many, but still…) I went on a trip to study French, I met really cool people, among them: Aldonza Velez, this crazy energetic actress that could talk for days without being boring for even a second. LOVED her instantly! 

After that intensive month of studying and being on an era where no social media existed, it was hard to keep in touch once we all went back to our homes; somehow we managed to email back and forth for years, and in 2009 we got to see each other again. She was an actress and part of the production of a film called “From Prada to Nada” that was going to be filmed in my hometown, she called me and we got to work together, it was crazy intense but great! I was so proud of seeing her not only as a grown person (around 10 years after we first met), but the fascinating woman she became! Same crazy energy, instincts and happiness, just way more focused and productive I guess haha.

We’ve stayed in touch and I’ve being following this amazing project she has, (the reason why I’m writing this post) “La Vida Facil de Aldonza” a video Blog where she talks about random things, recipes, experiences, family, etc. It is funny, blunt and so intimate! I love how she’s not acting, it’s just her, plain and clear. Among the themes that she digs deeper is beyond personal: infertility. What she has experienced in it, how it feels for her, what she has learned. I really admire how she’s able to share such personal details and offer support to whomever is willing to listen. Brave, authentic and honest, like always…    * All of this, talking 100 km/hr in Spanish so, be advised! 

If you understand Spanish, or wish to laugh and practice it, please give it a try; the “episode” themes vary a lot from one to another but all of them are funny and personal, kind of like having a pen pal but in video (See? Yes, that old! haha).

  • Here is her FB page too 😉

Bear with me :D

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Just wanted to say hi, since I feel it’s been forever since I posted something…

I’ve been busy finishing projects and starting new ones, everything should go back to normal next week, yayyy!

In the meantime I want to let you guys know that I’m working a lot; I’m both excited and exhausted for what is coming and soon you’ll know all about it! Count with a lot of Art, Music, great food and all things happy 😀

Cheers!

Co.

AFF 2015

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The 22nd Annual Austin Film Festival took place Oct 29th- Nov 5th, and I was happily part of the audience; The Awesome people at Austin Chronicle gave me a pass and I couldn’t be more thankful for it. It was my 1st time going to the festival & only got to see 4 very different films (lame, they presented over 150!). Anyway, it was a very happy experience, you could see people of all ages talking, and discussing all kinds of topics; it was fun to see everyone being excited about their projects, or to know someone that was passionate about film. I saw many people just getting to their seats and turn around and ask, what do you do in the film industry? awesome conversations followed every time.

Even if you’re not in the industry, if you have the time, going is a must, nothing beats back to back movies, networking, nice conversations, and just the opportunity to have your minds blown!

Ok, so lets go to the movies:

The first movie I saw was “In Transit” directed by: Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu

Its a documentary about people traveling on Amtrak’s Empire Builder, the longest train route in the US (a 3 day journey); It shows all kinds of stories and people; some direct, deep conversations, drinking games, kids being kids, etc.

One of the directors talked to us and explained that they would let people know that they were doing a documentary, and invited everyone to talk and share their stories, some did right away, some avoided it, others ended up sharing only because of boredom. There is so much philosophical value to this piece, and all filled with humor, some tears and whatnot. A must see!

* If you’re curios about it, here is the link for the movie: http://www.intransitfilm.com

Second Movie, Isolation, Director: Shane Dax Taylor

Man, where do I start?! Ok, I know… Its supposed to be based in real events; how do you make it seem so fake and without any kind of sense or logic?!!!! Bad acting, bunch of holes in the story, beautiful Bahama landscapes, a gorgeous actress I might say, and thats about it. It’s a thriller with very bad dialogs, it really seems like they inserted some phrases that “kids use now a days” into an already bad script.

Not everyone was bad, but the ones that were, really spoiled the few nice things about this one.

This was the premiere, I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes straight to video…

Third: Monsterman, directed by Antti Haase

Great and very humane story about this Finland Heavy Metal band “Lordi” who got all of the glory, fame and money years ago, and that its struggling to adapt in a Reality TV Show era, and ever-changing crowds.

The story is weirdly nice, interesting, hard and very funny (if you have a bit of a dark sense of humor I might say). Its again a reflection of a very raw, clean human experience living in extreme situations, with technology but more human felt than ever, if that makes any sense…

Here is the link of the movie in case you want to check it out: http://www.monstermanfilm.com/

Fourth: Baby Baby Baby, DirectorWriter: Brian Klugman

Soooo Funny! Im not a fan of Rom Coms but this one is so worth it! Great humor, silly but smart at the same time; filled with awesome acting by Cloris Leachman, Kelsey Grammer, William Shatner and James Roday (among many others).

Great script, talks about creative people and how dysfunctional that life might be; books, art, lots of very weird stories and vulnerability, all hilarious, I swear! The leading characters are very well written, and performed, honestly weeeell done!

Any way, this one doesn’t have an official website yet, but Im sure it’ll come out anytime now. Here is the trailer tho!  Oh BTW, they won Comedy Vanguard Award at the Austin Film Festival 😉

 

So this is my not so short review about the Festival, that I forgot to say before, was very well organized, plus, clean, fast, friendly staff, nothing to complain about!

Count me in for next year!

Cheers!!!!