DATE:  May 26, 2006       
CONTACT: Dr. Bill Huie, Professor, College of Arts and Humanities, Deborah Fullerton, Curator of Education at the South Texas Institute for the Arts, (361) 825-3505; or Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336             

“The Territory” to Premier 16th Season on KEDT with Showcase of Works by Two Coastal Bend Filmmakers
Series on independent films co-produced by South Texas Institute for the Arts and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Arts and Humanities

“The Territory,” a five-week series of one-hour television programs featuring screening and discussion of film and video works by independent media artists, will open its 16th season by showcasing the works of two local filmmakers at 10 p.m. Saturday, June 3 on South Texas Public Broadcasting, KEDT-TV Channel 16.
“Harbor of Souls” by Reagan Johnson took first-place at the Edgeworks Film Festival last November. The 26-minute film is set in Corpus Christi’s Harbor Playhouse which is widely believed to be haunted. The program will also spotlight excerpts from Stephen Belyeu’s “Some Sunny Day.” Belyeu’s first feature-length film is a coming-of-age story set in the Coastal Bend. During the program, both Johnson and Belyeu will discuss their films.
The remaining programs in the series will be a retrospective of previously-shown works.
On Saturday, June 24, early works by established filmmakers will be featured. “Bedhead” by Robert Rodriguez, is a psycho-suspense thriller comedy of terror, revenge, and magical powers with all-kid cast; “A Girl’s Own Story” by Jane Campion tells a bizarre story of adolescence when school, family, and friends are all a little strange; “Sitting on Top of the World” is a dark emotionally-gripping work by John Sanborn that blends performance art and music video; and  “Snack and Drink”  by Bob Sabiston and Tommy Pallotta chronicles a trip to the convenience store that  is transformed into an amazing animated vision using a new software program created by Sabiston.
Featured films on Saturday, July 1 tell their stories through narratives. “Birds of a Feather” by Kathrin Nowak is a film about a free-spirited hairdresser who connects with an odd duck on an island somewhere close to the edge of the world; Joseph Ambrosavage’s “Epiphany,” takes a swipe at our all-too-human foibles using subtle, offbeat humor with a payoff right out of the Twilight Zone; “Cockfight” by Sigalit Lipschitz, is a farce that plays out ancient conflict in story of  former colleagues who come to a standoff at a remote border crossing in the Middle East; and “What’s Wrong With This Picture?” by Jeffrey Travis parodies public service announcements when a little boy follows all the rules, but in a moment of carelessness, his own crayon creation goes horribly, comically awry.
Documentaries will be featured on Saturday, July 8. “With Raised Hands” by Mitko Panov brings a historic Holocaust photograph to life as a young boy magically escapes a Nazi death train in the midst of World War II; “Twenty-Five Cents” by Tasca Shadix recalls an adventurous trip to the store in a Texas tale of country life in a simpler time; Dara Birnbaum’s “Will-o’-the-Wisp” reflects the past of a woman while current life continues around her. “Styx” by Jan Krawitz takes views on a mesmerizing underground journey aboard a Philadelphia subway; and “Still Revolutionaries” by Sienna McLean recounts how two women revolutionaries examine why they joined and eventually fled the Black Panther Party.
The series closes on Saturday, July 15 with a look at film poetry. “Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase” by Oscar-winning artist and filmmaker Joan Gratz employs the innovative technique of clay painting to chart the early history of modern art; “Strings” by Wendy Tilby focuses on the beauty of ordinary life using finely crafted animation painted on a single piece of glass; “Choreography for Copy Machine” by Chel White, tells the story of how a typical day in the office playing with the copy machine is transformed into a playful artistic lament; “Warp” by Steina Vasulka takes a guided tour through a master video artist’s experimental funhouse; and  “How Wings Are Attached to the Backs of revealed through the baroque, macabre style of the great European animators, featuring excerpts of work by American expatriates the Quay brothers.
Four films by Francesca Talenti will also be shown. “Love Defined” takes an animated look at how people struggle to find, and to define, love; “On Writing Hat Poems,” renders a poet’s reflections on writing in thoughtfully-crafted images; “A Poem by Rilke,” tells an under-stated story about fathers and sons in which words trump images; and “I Reason,” combines a haunting Emily Dickinson poem with images of the New York City skyline to convey the unspeakable.
“The Territory” is produced and directed by Dr. Bill Huie, professor of Communication and Film at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Dr. Ethan Thompson, assistant professor of Communication at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; and Deborah Fullerton, curator of education at the South Texas Institute for the Arts. Series producer at KEDT is Jeff Felts. Works of media art are provided by Mary Lampe, director of the Southwest Alternate Media Project.

Major funding for the series is provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional funding is provided by the South Texas Institute for the Arts, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and the Arts and Cultural Commission of the City of Corpus Christi.