The drama, horror and surrealism of ‘In the Shadow’: An interview with filmmaker Nicole Elmer

Nicole Elmer is an award-winning Texas filmmaker, writer and playwright. ‘In the Shadow’ tells the story of Diego, a man living in isolation on a small island in Puerto Rico whose quiet life is disrupted when Hilary, a documentary filmmaker, arrives to continue her project on migration and identity.

A tree that’s no longer there: An interview with filmmaker Simone Rapisarda Casanova

Simone Rapisarda

Filmmaker Simone Rapisarda Casanova set out to capture what life is like in a remote fishing community and ended up chronicling life in the small village of Juan Antonio, Cuba. What he actually accomplished, however, is much more.

Cine Las Americas brings the world to Austin

The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival is true to its name: it’s an events that brings the world to Austin once a year. With a combination of big budget and indie features, documentaries and short films from all across the U.S., Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean, the final lineup for the 15th edition […]

Interview: Javier Chaparro, a life and career rebuilt from the ashes

Javier Chaparro

Javier Chaparro lost all of his earthly possessions in the Bastrop fires that destroyed 34,000 acres in September of last year. A few days after the fire, the violin virtuoso surveyed what was left of his house. “I knew I had to be strong for my family. I stood in front of the ashes of my house next to my wife and I grabbed her hand,” said Chaparro.