SEPTEMBER 27-28, 2019

Screening schedule TBA

Festival Schedule

Screenings and Awards Program


Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake Hotel
3000 NASA Parkway
Houston TX, 77058
(281) 333-9300

Friday, September 27, 2019

Production Company: Dual Mind LLC
Director: Tsvetalina Pouciau
Producers: Bryan Pourciau, Julitta Pouciau
Screenwriter: Rufus Tillman
Genre: Student
Run Time: 0:9:21
Show Time: 4:00p.m.

The Last Astronaut
Production Company: Welling Films
Director: Shawn Welling
Producer: Derek Potts
Screenwriter: Claire Hamrick
Genre: Action/Adventure
Run Time: 01:15:13
Show Time: 4:15p.m.

Baker’s Mound
Production Company: James Coate Presents
Director: James Coate
Producer: James Coate
Screenwriter: James Coate
Genre: Horror
Run Time: 0:34:14
Show Time: 5:40p.m.

Production Company: ACantar Films
Director: Lidia Porto
Producer: Margarita Reyes
Screenwriters: Margarita Reyes, Lidia Porto
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 0:15:21
Show Time: 6:00p.m.

Blues Nation
Production Company:
Magik Motion Pictures/Golden Westwinds Production
Director: Karim Khorsheed
Producers: Karim Khorsheed, Zach Mullins, Jeff Spike Wong
Screenwriter: Zach Mullins
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 0:10:00
Show Time: 6:20p.m.

Production Company: Withered Fig Productions
Director: Bryce Taylor
Producer: Ben Wilson
Screenwriters: Bryce Taylor
Genre: Comedy
Run Time: 1:39:39
Show Time: 6:40p.m.

Loving Relationship
Director: W. Dave Keith
Producers: Annie Walsh, Rachael Jane, Haley Chaffin
Screenwriters: Allison Flom, Suneaters
Genre: Art/Experimental
Run Time: 0:42:16
Show Time: 8:05p.m.

Body Language
Production Company: Margo Stutts Toombs
Director: Loueva Smith
Producer: Margo Stutts Toombs
Screenwriter: Loueva Smith
Genre: Art/Experimental
Run Time: 0:17:08
Show Time: 8:30p.m

The Cure
Director: Josh Painter
Producer: Asim Gul Paracha
Screenwriter: Asim Gul Paracha
Genre: Horror
Run Time: 0:03:00
Show Time: 8:50p.m.

Director: Michael Cadwallader
Producer: Michael Cadwallader
Screenwriter: Michael Cadwallader
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 0:24:31
Show Time: 9:00p.m

L’Eau Est La Vie (Water Is Life)
Director: Sam Vinal
Producer: Melissa Cox
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 0:24:07
Show Time: 9:30p.m.

Beating Harvey
Production Company: JP II
Director: James Pinedo II
Producers: James Pinedo II, Peter Pinedo
Screenwriter: James Pinedo II
Genre: Action/Adventure
Run Time: 0:13:23
Show Time: 10:00p.m.

AIM For Independent Living
Director: Mark Baird
Producers: Ashley Sanchez
Screenwriter: Mark Baird, Ashley Sanchez
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 0:07:00
Show Time: 10:15p.m.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

My Stretch of Texas Ground
Production Company: Lost Maples Productions
Director: Sheriff Joe Haladen
Producer: Ralph C. Cinque
Screenwriter: Ralph C. Cinque
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 1:40:30
Show Time: 8:00a.m.

Director: Lauren Ferro
Producer: Montgomery High School-Bear TV
Screenwriter: Lauren Ferro
Genre: Drama / Student
Run Time: 0:07:00
Show Time: 9:50a.m.

The Fiddling Horse
Production Margarette Bird Pictures
Director: CJ Wallis
Producer: Mallory Kennedy
Screenwriter: CJ Wallis
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 1:17:00
Show Time: 10:05a.m.

The Cost of Freedom
Production Company: Tight Flowers Productions
Director: Rick Hayes
Producers: Julie Hayes, Rick Hayes
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 0:06:45
Show Time: 11:25a.m.

Black Champagne
Production Company: Original Legacy
Director: Jeremiah Williams
Producers: Fadjar Kurnia, Rafico Lingga
Screenwriters: Jeremiah Williams, Kenya Crawford, Krahn Crawford Cole
Genre: Animation
Run Time: 0:05:24
Show Time: 11:40a.m.

Ice Fog
Production Company: Janessa Zimmer-Powell
Director: Janessa Zimmer-Powell
Producer: Janessa Zimmer-Powell
Screenwriter: Janessa Zimmer-Powell
Genre: Music Video
Run Time: 0:01:40
Show Time: 11:50a.m.

Production Company: Megan Caulfield Productions, Astray, Sandwich Post
Director: Megan Caulfield
Producer: Megan Caulfield, Nina Fowler, Joe Astray
Screenwriter: Megan Caulfield
Genre: Foreign Language With Subtitles
Run Time: 0:05:45
Show Time: 1:35p.m.

Skinny Atlas
Production Company: Misfits of Film LLC
Director: Charles Stanley
Producer: Matt Jenkins
Screenwriter: Matt Jenkins
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 1:11:53
Show Time: 1:45p.m.

Kick The Door Down With Mickey
Production Company: HItchings Productions
Director: Mickey Conrad
Producer: Mickey Conrad
Genre: Vintage
Run Time: 0:27:10
Show Time: 3:00p.m.


2425 Nasa Pkwy, Seabrook, TX   77586

Award Trophy

6:00 – 6:30 pm  –  Pre-Dinner Networking – Meet the Filmmakers

7:00 pm . –  Awards Presentations

8:30 pm Dinner


Ernie Manouse is a eleven-time Emmy Award winning TV anchor, producer, and host, known for the Houston Public Media produced series: InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse (which ran for 15 seasons on PBS stations across the country); the arts magazine show Arts InSight; and the nationally-syndicated, top- rated Downton Abbey-inspired talk show, Manor of Speaking. Ernie began his career in radio and has worked primarily in television for the last 22 years. With the re-launch and re-branding of Channel 8 as part of Houston Public Media, he can now be heard and seen on radio, TV, and the internet. Additionally, Manouse tours the country interviewing Al Pacino in the stage show PACINO: One Night Only; is co-host to finance expert Suze Orman on her bi-annual PBS specials; and holds the title of “Ultimate Interviewer” from the Houston Chronicle.


Lidia Porto is an actress best known for her role as Cartel Queenpin Amara de Escalones in Epix’ Original Series “Get Shorty”. She has also Guest Starred on shows like American Housewife, Shameless, Jack Ryan, Major Crimes and the new Spectrum Series “LA’s Finest.” She recently worked with Stranger Things’ David Harbour on a comedy special soon to be released by Netflix. Memorable film roles include “Maria” in Scary Movie 5, Horrible Bosses 2, Idiocracy and Dope, among others. She was a Houston based actress and voiceover talent for 22 years. In addition she worked with local actors both as a Board Member and Instructor at Mercury Studios, and by directing many local theatre productions in both English and Spanish. Her production work for clients in the medical center integrated dramatic story telling with health education, including an early concept “choose your own adventure” web-novela called “Sugar, Heart and Life” and an innovative attempt to use live interactive theatre to promote early testing for cancer prevention for Baylor College of Medicine. She loves working with younger children and enjoyed using the arts in her Spanish class at Hunters Creek elementary School in Spring Branch many years ago, and more recently with LA based organizations that give Public School Students the opportunity to write and create original films. She directed and co-wrote the short film, “Bonita” which her one time co-instructor, actress and producer Margarita Reyes., which is being submitted to film festivals this year. She is grateful for the nurturing support of her Gulf Coast colleagues and deeply moved by this recognition.


Brandon Smith has been a working actor for over 55 years and has appeared in over 100 movies and television projects, and acted in or directed over 300 plays. Brandon trained at the East 14 Acting School in London, the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England, and the Jacques LeCoq School of Mime and Theatre in Paris, France. Most recently he worked with the Texas Ballet Theater and the National Ballet of Canada as acting coach for their co-production of Pinocchio in Dallas.  Brandon has worked professionally as an actor, director and teacher in England, Australia and Canada, but has always been proud to call the Gulf Coast his home.


Finalist Screenings