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Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase

Each year the Houston Film Commission curates a collection of their favorite shorts that were made where the stars at night are big and bright.

Five Star (26:40 min.) by Ryan Booth & Henry Proegler – Austin, TX

With 41 full-ride Division I scholarship offers, Brandon Jones is one of the most heavily recruited high school football players in the country. But beneath the stats, the college offers, and the very real possibility of achieving his dreams of playing in the NFL, he’s just a kid. And he’s facing the biggest decision of his life.

Flown (20:38 min.) by Mark Blumberg – Austin, TX

A former astronaut’s adjustment to civilian life is upended by the death of a young test pilot.

The Gold Line (12:52 min.) by Lance Childers – Houston, TX

The sun breaks the horizon and covers the Houston skyline in morning light and long shadows. This is the beginning of the golden hour. Inside his apartment, Steven just woke up and had an epiphany, an idea for a great graffiti mural. After roughly sketching his idea, he leaves his apartment and skateboards toward the Houston skyline. Along the way, he is inspired by the stunning visuals that come with a great sunrise. At the same time, five other young skateboarders are navigating their own individual paths through the urban landscape of downtown Houston. The day, and their lives have just begun. Few will ever be this alive and awake.

Imago (8:00 min.) by Liz Cardenas Franke – Dallas, TX

The courageous, life-altering decision to never let anyone bully him again – not even his own father – leads a 15-year-old gay teen to fully embrace his true identity. Based on a true story.

Native (15:00 min.) by Travis Champagne & Stephen Kinigopoulos – The Woodlands, TX

While on a ceremonial walkabout a young boy must defend his tribe against a mysterious force.

Shilo (9:00 min.) by Tyler Russell – Austin, TX

In 2006 a young man on his second deployment with the 10th Mountain Division arrived into war-torn Baghdad. His name is Shilo Harris. He had left his home behind, as his father did for Vietnam, to fulfill his destiny and serve his country. Five months later, his severely burned body was recovered alongside three fallen soldiers and their exploded armored vehicle. How Staff Sergeant Harris survived against all odds and became the man he was meant to be is the unforgettable story of ‘Shilo’.