A Question of Humanity to Screen at San Antonio Film Festival

SAFILM_Festival_Laurel_2015 “A Question of Humanity” has been selected to screen at the San Antonio Film Festival at 3pm on Wednesday, July 29 – 2015 at the Tobin Center.  Tickets to this screening are $10.  Click the link below to buy your tickets.


At 21 years old, SAFILM-San Antonio Film Festival knows exactly who it is:

The SAFILM-San Antonio Film Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this summer. It started with free community screenings at the Pearl Stable and Josephine Theatre—documentaries with local flavor, like The Kings of BBQ: Barbecue Kuwait (about five of the world’s greatest pitmasters traveling to Kuwait to feed over 5,000 U.S. soldiers—after all, San Antonio is Military City, USA), and Bottled Up: The Battle Over Dublin Dr Pepper (about a drink Texans pride themselves on: Dublin Dr Pepper, or Dr Pepper made with real cane sugar).

A week-long celebration of independent films followed, with star-studded red carpets at City Base Cinema, the city’s only movie theater built, from the ground up, for digital and 4K. The festival worked hard to capture the creative spark of the entirety of the Alamo City, with after-parties in the heart of Southtown and downtown San Antonio. One such party was held at Brick at the Blue Star Arts Complex, a huge warehouse with black-and-white film clips projected onto white drapes around the space. Drinking (free!) ALAMO beer, brewed and bottled in Texas, I watched a live performance by Patricia Vonne, a singer, actress, native San Antonian, and sister of local star Robert Rodriguez.

The festival featured films from every level—from a high-school short film showcase, to college-level and industry pro films. A special feature of SAFILM is the emphasis on education and mentoring: Free workshops are a huge part of the programming every year, and many of the panelists stick around for the entire week. I had the opportunity to speak with many of them, including musician Damien Rodriguez, who explained his scoring process to me in great depth.

SAFILM provides this non-intimidating atmosphere, collapsing barriers for an artist-friendly environment—even volunteers shared what they learned about the ins-and-outs of running a film festival, and got to work with the visiting luminaries. Of these, veteran actor and best-selling author Peter Coyote and former professional MLB player Jose Canseco, subject of documentary Jose Canseco: The Truth Hurts, were mainstays on the red carpet, in Q&A sessions, screenings, and panels.


Desiree San Martín