7 SXSW Films With San Antonio Connections 

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click to enlarge Joe Couvillion's short Art-O-Mat: The Art Machine - COURTESY
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Luminosity and KERS

Saint Mary's Hall junior Alexia Salingaros returns to SXSW after premiering a short film last year with her sister. This time, two of her shorts were accepted into the Texas High School Shorts Competition. In the stop-motion animation Luminosity, imaginative creatures attempt to save their dying civilization. In the documentary KERS, Salingaros follows a classmate who shares her experiences as a graffiti artist. "I thought what my friend was doing was amazing and I wanted to learn more about her," Salingaros said. "She was on her own creative journey."


Loosely adapted from a short story by sci-fi author Ray Bradbury, North East School of the Arts junior Caitlin O'Brien tailors this narrative by adding a human character to her screenplay about a terminally ill girl whose artificially intelligent home is programmed to care for her during her final days. Bradbury's original story does not include people. "Even though there were no characters in his story, I could really feel for all the little machines in the home," O'Brien said. "It still brought me to tears at the end."

Art-O-Mat: The Art Machine

During a trip with his North East School of the Arts cinema class to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, senior Jose Couvillion made this documentary on artist Clark Whittington and his collection of vending machines that contain small pieces of original art for purchase. "I really liked the idea of spreading art to the masses," Couvillion said. "That really sparked my interest." After high school, Couvillion plans to study film at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

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