Texas Shorts Program

Texas Shorts Program

Program Details:

Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Screening Section: Texas Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Shorts Program
Runtime: 108:20 mins

Program Includes:

Caught among toxic masculinity, a sequin dress and a teenage crush, a teen skater, growing up in rural Texas, will have sex for the first time in the back of their dad’s truck. I am Mackenzie is a short coming of age drama about adolescence and the feeling of not belonging; the feeling of being an alien to your home, your peers, your body, your gender. It is a story about rushing towards love, and making mistakes; a story about finding the courage to look honestly at yourself.



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An ill-tempered teenager attempts to find peaceful solitude on the day of her grandfather’s passing until an estranged friend pays her a visit. 



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What is our vanilla perception of the world of kink and BDSM? Dark dungeons, leather corsets, red rooms, riding crops, cracking whips, painful screams, public sex? While these aren’t completely false perceptions, they only represent a small, out of context, piece of Kink and BDSM. What’s lying underneath the toys, spanking, and St. Andrew’s crosses? Trust, consent, lifelong partnership, intimacy, acceptance, therapeutic healing, community, exploration, and honesty. Through these vignettes, we will follow members of the Austin Kink/BDSM community reminiscing on the moments of exciting ‘firsts’, the long journey of healing, and beginnings of lifelong relationships.



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The night before Yirga’s big move, she’s plagued by one problem. With her peace of mind at stake, she must take matters into her own hands.
"Yirga" stars Rekik Neway in her debut performance, and comedians Evelyn Ngugi and Filmon Yohannes. This short combines identity woes with honest humor to deliver a heartfelt film.



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A depressed man puts off an important task.

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The sport is brutal enough. There are the demands for strength and speed and stamina, the hours bathed in sweat, the knowledge that your opponent wants to wipe the mat with you. Those were the very reasons, though, that Mack Beggs loved wrestling—it gave him a sense of purpose and a sense of self. Mack Wrestles takes the audience behind the scenes as this gifted athlete from Euless, Texas, struggles against the outside forces that stigmatize transgender athletes. Despite all the turmoil, this poignant film makes one thing perfectly clear: If life were a wrestling match, the referee would be raising Mack’s arm at the end.



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E.L. never imagined she would leave her tiny village high in the mountains of Guatemala, but when her mother got up the strength to flee a violent home, she was thrust into a journey that would forever change her. After a smuggler separated them, E's life honed to a single goal—surviving so she could find her mother again. In the animated short film 'A Line Birds Cannot See,' E.L tells her story of coming to the US as an unaccompanied minor in 2006.

This intimate look at an immigrant’s journey reveals a key truth behind the immigration debates: E.L., like so many immigrants, just wants a home where she can be safe.



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Tommy 75, is told by his doctor that he's so healthy he could live another 15 years. But he's not interested in living another 15 years, his wife and all his friends are already gone. He asks his son Mike, 45, to put a hefty bag over his head and end it all but Mike refuses. Until his son, Chris, 17, convinces his father they should help Tommy make his transition. Mike and Chris buy gas masks so they can sit in the car with Tommy as he suffocates on carbon dioxide. Except the plan doesn't work and Tommy must decide if he should stick around another year to see if the Boston Bruins will win another Stanley Cup!

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.


Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.