CORPUS CHRISTI – Excerpts from “Tim’s Island,” an 85-minute film video chronicling first-hand the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina will open the 17th season of “The Territory,” Saturday, May 19 at 10 p.m. on KEDT-TV Channel 16.
In late August 2005, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Professor Laszlo Fulop and fellow filmmaker Wickes Helmboldt took refuge in “Tim’s Place,” a loft owned by a mutual friend, when Katrina slammed into New Orleans with winds gusting up to 175 miles an hour. Joined by numerous friends who brought along their dogs and cats, Fulop and Helmboldt battled the storm and its aftermath for several days, as the neighborhood was flooded by several feet of water. Following the film, Fulop, the film’s co-director and editor, will discuss the experience with the audience.
“The Territory,” which will run at 10 p.m. for five Saturdays through June 30, features short independent films on a wide variety of subjects. The series is produced and hosted by Dr. Bill Huie, professor of Communication and Film at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Dr. Ethan Thompson and Laszlo Fulop, both assistant professors of Communication at A&M University-Corpus Christi; and Deborah Fullerton, curator of education at the South Texas Institute for the Arts. Series producer at KEDT-TV South Texas Public Television is Jeff Felts. Works of media art are provided by Mary Lampe, director of the Southwest Alternate Media Project.
Other films to be aired and discussed include:
Saturday, May 26 “Making Art and Making Decisions” – “Vincent Valdez: San Antonio artist Vincent Valdez. “Ryan” by Canadian Chris Landreth is a nightmare vision of how the life and career of animator Ryan Larkin went terribly awry. “Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)” by Frenchman Jean-Gabriel Periot creates hypnotic, flowing impressions that transform familiar passageways into barren geometric dreamscapes. “Dilemma” by Dutchman Boris Pavel challenges viewers to intervene in a life changing, split-second decision.
Saturday, June 16 “Geopolitics and the Personal” – Sports and military metaphors collide in during an Israeli-Palestinian border conflict in “Offside” by Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor. “Les Skateurs (The Skaters)” by German filmmaker Mirko Martin records Islamic Moroccan skateboarders as they discuss theology, politics and emigration. “Sadiq” by Sean Mullin is a good cop/bad cop morality tale that takes a frightening turn for three combatants in Iraq. “Silent Companion” by Iranian Katayoon Shahabi shows a communal wedding gown that symbolizes the fragile hopes of a culture in crisis. “Souvenir” by Stephen Rose is a bittersweet fable of epic proportions shot entirely with a toy camera.
Saturday, June 23 “Border Crossings” – The experimental memoir “Berlin Beirut” by Myrna Maakaron contrasts a young woman’s experiences in two divided cities where violence and conflict have shaped everyday life. The documentary “Frontera” by Luis Salinas traces the plight of immigrants from Mexico and Central and South American countries.
Saturday, June 30 “Comedies-‘n-More” – In the futuristic tale “Division” by German filmmaker Till Nowak, a solitary inventor living outside a ravaged city tests the limits of his creativity. “Francis” by Brent Green tells of an elderly woman who taunts bears in the hope that they will eat her. Medusa goes on a blind date with Eric, the physicist in “Medusa: The First Date” by Australian Pierce Davison. A young slacker resorts to drastic measures to reclaim his ex-girlfriend in “How to Cope with Rejection” by Scottish filmmaker Chris Waitt. “Carjacking,” a French/German bleak comedy of errors by Lars Blumers, features a heroine with remarkable survival skills and an out-of-luck boxer. “K-7” by Christopher Leone shows how an ordinary job interview becomes a life- and-death battle in this Kafkaesque satire.
Major funding for the series and the guest artist’s appearance 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, Whataburger, Inc., and the Arts and Cultural Commission of the City of Corpus Christi.
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