The Lone Star Slate

The Lone Star Slate is a selection of AFS-supported films by Texas filmmakers, currently streaming in our Virtual Cinema. Each title is available as a video-on-demand rental, with proceeds directly support the filmmakers. A portion of rental fees will be donated back to the Austin Film Society to fund our Filmmaker Support programs. Follow the links below to navigate to each film's rental page. Thank you for supporting independent film.

STREAM THESE TEXAS-MADE FILMS

ABOVE ALL ELSE

Documentary Feature, John Fiege, 2014, 95 min.

In this dramatic, firsthand account of activists on the front line of the climate fight, one man risks it all to stop the tar sands of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from crossing his land.

BULL

Narrative Feature, Annie Silverstein, 2019, 108 min.

A selection of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. A headstrong teenager from the outskirts of Houston seems destined to follow her mother to the state penitentiary, until she’s forced to work for her equally willful neighbor, an aging bullrider.

CABALLERANGO

Documentary Feature, Juan Pablo González, 2018, 61 min.

In the Mexican village of Milpillas, a family remembers the last day they saw their youngest child, Nando, a lifelong horse wrangler. Exploring a rural community’s daily rituals, CABALLERANGO evokes the presence of those who have parted.

CALL HER GANDA

Documentary Feature, PJ Raval, 2018, 97 min.

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transwoman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women – an activist attorney (Virgie Suarez), a transgender journalist (Meredith Talusan), and Jennifer’s mother (Julita Nanay Laude) – galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperialism.

CANINE SOLDIERS

Documentary Feature, Nancy Schiesari, 2016, 76 min.

CANINE SOLDIERS explores the experience of going to war with a Military Working Dog, trained to find bombs before they can kill or maim soldiers, often at the expense of the dog’s sanity. Schiesari’s open, observational style allows the viewer a direct experience of the war dog program, pushing us to make our own observations and judgements about America’s defense project and the acceptability of war’s lasting wounds.

MISS JUNETEENTH

Narrative Feature, Channing Godfrey Peoples, 2020, 103 min.

Turquoise Jones is a single mom who holds down a household, a rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes down at Wayman’s BBQ & Lounge. Turquoise is also a bona fide beauty queen—she was once crowned Miss Juneteenth, a title commemorating the day slaves in Texas were freed –two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Life didn’t turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else.

NOTHIN' NO BETTER

Documentary Feature, Ben and Bo Powell, 2020, 70 min.

Meet the people of Rosedale, Mississippi, in this gently composed peek at life in a fading but beloved Delta town. All sorts of people make their homes in this quintessential and iconic American community. Despite a painful past and an uncertain future, Rosedale’s still hanging on.

NOW, FORAGER

Narrative Feature, Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin, 2012, 94 min.

A food lovers’ film. Lucien and Regina are foragers – they gather wild mushrooms and sell them to New York restaurants. Their lifestyle is simple, their income unstable. As Regina seeks more stability and Lucien wants to devote himself to full-time nomadic foraging, their individual desires put the marriage to a test.

PAHOKEE

Documentary Feature, Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas, 2019, 110 min

A complex and multi-layered work that recalls both the gritty social realism of the new American cinema as well as the neorealist touch, PAHOKEE is a powerful portrait of a forgotten America absent from the current political discourse.

PETTING ZOO

Narrative Feature, Micah Magee, 2015, 92 min.

A story of love, sex and teen pregnancy in San Antonio, Texas. PETTING ZOO is the portrait of a young woman coming into her own, in an environment that does not always present ideal circumstances.

SLASH

Narrative Feature, Clay Liford, 2016, 100 min.

Neil is a questioning teen who secretly writes erotic fan fiction about a popular SciFi hero. When his classmate Julia discovers this, she leads him on an adventure of self-discovery.

SOMBRAS DE AZUL

Narrative Feature, Kelly Daniela Norris, 2013, 98 min.

In the wake of her brother’s suicide, a young Mexican woman (Seedne Bujaidar) journeys to the place he’d always dreamt of going – Cuba – where, through tortured ruminations and the guidance of a devoted stranger, she searches for answers, and must decide whether to open herself up to love and loss once again.

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