Friday, September 16, 2011

McAllen, I mean Harlingen is eating our artistic lonche

From The McAllen Monitor

I don't really know if anyone even goes to Cinesol Film Festival in Harlingen but you have to give the Valley credit for at least being creative. Below is a schedule for some of the films being showcased this weekend at various locations in Harlingen, Texas. It looks like McAllen told their neighbor just how easy and delicious it is to eat Laredo's lunch and now they want to be part of the feast. After last week's proclamation by our Mayor that even San Antonio is "eating our lunch", is anyone surprised for other cities wanting to jump on the bandwagon.

Maybe Laredo is not ready to host a film festival per se but at least they could start with an Ad Festival. Imagine all the corny local commercials that KGNS has put together over the last few years. That in itself would be a substantial offering. From the Pout girls to the Single Lady ripoff to the infamous There goes Jerry ad, Laredo can compete with any small-medium market TV stations around the state. 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 17University of Texas-Pan American (1201 W. University Drive, Edinburg)
  • 12 p.m. “Deseada”    Main Theater (330)
  • 12:30 p.m. “Damn!”    Classroom #1 (50)
  • 1:30 p.m. Golden Age in Mexican Movies  Main Theater (330)
  • 2 p.m. “Challenge of a Champion”  Classroom #1 (50)
  • 2:45 p.m. “Una Ruta Nada Santa”   Main Theater (330)
  • 3:45 p.m. “Where Soldiers Come From”  Classroom #1 (50)
  • 4 p.m. Film Festivals: A Tool to Promote Movie Main Theater (330)
  • 5:15 p.m. “New Children/New York”  Main Theater (330)
  • 5:30 p.m. “Portraits on the Malecon”  Classroom #1 (50)
  • 6:30 p.m. Reception (Library Lobby)  Main Theater (330)
  • 7:30 p.m. “The Summer of Massacre”  Main Theater (330)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 18 University of Texas-Pan American (1201 W. University Drive, Edinburg)
  • 12 p.m. Script to Screen Panel     Main Theater (330)
  • 12:30 p.m. “Wuss!”      Classroom #1 (50)
  • 1:30 p.m. “El Ambulante”     Main Theater (330)
  • 2:30 p.m. “Sixty in 60”     Classroom #1 (50)
  • 3:15 p.m. Video Distribution    Main Theater (330)
  • 3:45 p.m. “Close Up”     Classroom #1 (50)
  • 4:30 p.m. Shorts #2     Main Theater (330)
  • 5:30 p.m. “How to Boil a Frog”    Classroom #1 (50)
  • 6 p.m. “City Dark”     Main Theater (330)
  • 7:30 p.m. “Hard to Love” and “A Lonely Place for Dying” Main Theater (330)


  1. Nice post.

    But what would Mayor Salinas respond to your harping on McAllen and the Valley eating Laredo's lunch?

    Pos muevete al Valley!!!!

  2. You make me laugh with your lunch-eating observations, LT.

    Just wanted to let you know that there have been film festivals in Laredo. There were those that focused on small independent films of specific topics (but then the artsy couple that would organized them moved to India) and then a few times there were original Laredo short film fests. I bet you Harlingen didn't pick up on any we had here, though. Unfortunately, they have never really been consistent enough to create a buzz about the festivals. Ni modo.