Each year many filmmakers from the Austin area submit to support the city’s homegrown festival for nonprofits.  These are the films that were filmed in the Austin area, or have nonprofits active in Austin.  We invite the local community to come learn more about the good work being done by your neighbors.


Thursday July 28, 2011

7pm – 10pm (Buy Tickets – proceeds go to winning nonprofits)
The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service
Free parking in lot off Red River. Lot #39 on this map.

Paradise Recovered
Shot entirely on location in Southern Indiana and Austin, Texas, Paradise Recovered attempts a modern-day retelling of the parable of the Good Samaritan while addressing hard questions involving faith, tolerance, and spiritual abuse in modern culture. (96 mins) >>

Cards of Hope
Our film focuses on a community organization in Cebu City, Philippines called Alay Kapwa. The members live in Cebu City’s poorest slums but work together to generate income, provide early education programs for children, and support those most in need in the community. In their most recent initiative, the members make and sell greeting cards to fund a high school and college scholarship program. The film follows one of the scholarship recipients in her walk to school and the card making process, from its roots to the final sale here in Austin, Texas. (3 mins) >>

Fight Like Hell
Fight Like Hell is an Alpheus Media film which chronicles the experience of Brian, a professional baseball coach, through his diagnosis with stage 4 melanoma, as he undergoes treatment, navigates the health care system, and confronts challenges that all cancer survivors must face. In life as in baseball, you have to have a team to be successful, and Brian is supported along the way by his girlfriend Lupe, his family and LIVESTRONG. (10 mins) >>

Colin’s Hope – Prevent Childhood Drowning
The video informs viewer why Colin’s Hope exists and gives viewers facts about drowning. The video also gives viewers tips to help prevent childhood drownings and asks viewers to take the Colin’s Hope, Water Guardian Pledge. (3 mins) >>

Friday July 29, 2011

7pm – 10pm (Buy Tickets – proceeds go to winning nonprofits)
The Spirit of Texas Theater at the Bob Bullock Museum
Free parking in attached garage

A Read on Inside Books
A short film about Inside Books Project, a nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas, that provides free books to people in Texas prisons. The film features volunteers of the organization who explain how the organization works and why its purpose is so important. (9.5 mins) >>

Build. Believe. Become.
Saint Louise House empowers women with children to overcome homelessness in Central Texas. They believe in the intrinsic worth of every person. They strive to keep families together. This film tells the story of the Saint Louise House, and relates through its residents how they help the community. (5 mins) >>


Saturday July 30, 2011

3pm – 6pm (Buy Tickets – proceeds go to winning nonprofits)
The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service
Free parking in lot on Red River. Lot #39 on this map.

Wrap party immediately after the screening!
6:30-10:00 Cuatros

The Cipher – Austin’s Hip Hop Project

The Cipher is on a mission to unite Austin youth through music, poetry and activism. The Cipher began in 2007 and its’ creation was inspired by the film the Hip Hop Project. Through their love of music, these youth have become involved with and connected to many other nonprofits, the local music industry and each other. It is a start of a movement in Austin that will reach many more young people and inspire many. (15 mins)  >>

Meet the Digits
Meet the Digits, an ordinary family enjoying an ordinary summer until Lucy surprised everybody by falling from her favorite tree, which landed her in an Austin hospital. The Digits didn’t live close enough to drive there every day, but they needed to be with Lucy while she healed. (2 mins) >>

Tex. S Taxpayer Series
The genesis of this project is rooted in the fundamental challenge that all individuals and families struggling with homelessness face on a daily basis – how to get people to see beyond the word “homeless” and all that entails? “Homeless” is a barrier that precludes too many people from giving our residents a chance. >>