Indie Grits Festival | April 12-16 2018

Atlantic City

Friday, April 13 at 1:00 PM
Saturday, April 14 at 7:00 PM

Shorts Block: Southern Scenes
Miguel Alvarez | Austin, TX | 15 min
Genre: Narrative Short

Junior and Pony are two drifters on the move in south Texas. Junior wants to head to Laredo but Pony, haunted by the memory of his mother, is determined to make his way to Atlantic City to find her. When Junior refuses to help, Pony turns to a local tough guy for a job that will pay his way.

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Meet The Filmmaker

We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!

Miguel Alvarez:

1. What is your connection to the South?

I was born and raised in Texas and lived here all my life. It’s influenced all my work as well as my proximity to Mexico.

2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?

The songs of Townes Van Zandt were a major influence on Atlantic City as well the city of San Antonio itself. There’s a unique character to it and the people who wander in and out of it.

3. How did you start making films?

I was a lonely mechanical engineer until I took a night time class in filmmaking 17 years ago. I really enjoyed the process and so took another class a couple of months later. After that, I was hooked!

4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?

It’s really, really difficult to find a working train yard to shoot in. I think we called every one in Texas, as well as all the train museums. We ended up finding one in Temple to shoot in at the last possible moment but only because the lady who ran the train yard thought I looked like her favorite TV character ever – Sayid from Lost.

5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?

I can’t wait to meet all of you!

6. Why should someone see your film?

Go see Atlantic City! It’s about family and friendship and all the hardship that comes with it.

Film Shorts

“In Dog Beers I’ve Only Had Two”: A Lesson for Beginners
A Name That I Admire
All Fried: Carolina Fish Camps
All The Beautiful Girls
All The In-Between
Amarillo Ramp
An Accidental Drowning
Atlantic City
Baby Oil
below the neck, above the knees
Blanko – “Hallelujah”
Bless These Sounds Under the City – “THE SLEEPING 8”
The BLM Bridge Protest: One Year Later
Can’t Kids – “Coperroni”
The Checkout Line
Cowgirl Up
CPS Closings & Delays
Dishing Out Community
dragons & seraphim
Elizabeth Sees
F E B R A – “Fasterrrr”
Flagged: An American Love Story
Fluid Frontiers
Forgive Me
Fruit Don’t Fall Far
Gays for Trump?
Girls Rock Columbia
Grand Dragon
Growing Girl
Hair Wolf
Hardcore Wrestling Alliance
Kaye the Beast – “HEARD”
Kevin Devine – “Couldn’t Be Happier”
Kim Bush’s Abduction
Levitate, Levitate, Levitate
Lost Touch
me and my army
My Body Is Not My Own
My Name Is Marc, And You Can Count On It
Not For Medical Use
Nothing A Little Soap Can’t Fix
Ol Scratch
Pak Anggir
The Passages of Pride
Post Nuke
Prayer for Roy Moore
Recuerdos de Sangre / Blood Memories
Roadside Attraction
Sequoyah – “Blue Jays”
Serpents and Doves
Siler City: Bienvenido a Trabajar
Skater Boy and Friendly Cop
Socks on Fire: Uncle John and the Copper Headed Water Rattlers
Station 15
Steve’s Kinkoes
Sweet Nothing
This My Favorite Mural
Three Legged Dog
Tiger Toilet
The Traveler Takamure
You Can’t Play With Us