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“Lights. Camera. Help.”: An Austin Film Festival With A Cause

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Lights. Camera. Help., an Austin film festival, will be held at the Mexican American Cultural Center, The Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex and Space 12.
Lights. Camera. Help., an Austin film festival, will be held at the Mexican American Cultural Center, The Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex and Space 12.

Lights. Camera. Help., an Austin film festival devoted to flicks with a cause and giving a hand to non-profits, is on again for its second year.  The festival, which runs Thursday July 29th  to Saturday, July 31st, is the world’s first film festival exclusively for non-profit and cause-driven films.  Out of 235 documentaries, Public Service Announcements, and short films, 33 have been selected highlighting causes and projects here in Austin and throughout the world. The festival’s selections addresses all sorts of issues: from animals to gender equality, from education to transportation. Texas causes from their Official Selections include:

Shelter (17 min)
A short documentary from Austin Pets Alive about Austin’s animal shelter and the city’s mission to become a no-kill city.

Richard Lopez: Achiever of the Year (4 min)
This is a short film that demonstrates Goodwill Industries of Central Texas’ ability to help individuals turn their lives around.

Hunger is Unacceptable (3 min)
To launch their “Hunger Is Unacceptable” campaign, the Capital Area Food Bank created this branding video.

Arts Erotica (35 min) * Content not suitable for children
To raise funds for the Paul Kirby AIDS Emergency Fund, the Octopus Club created this documentary about their annual erotic art auction.

Voices From the Field (2 min)
This vignette documents the progress of the Globaloria program, established by the World Wide Workshop Foundation, at an East Austin school.

The Future of Education (2 min)
A PSA from the Ann Richards School, this animated film shows what improvements we need in our educational system.

Bitter Memories (14 min)
A short narrative by Scenarios USA that focuses on domestic violence through the eyes of a young Hispanic male in Pharr, Texas.

The festival also features national and global topics such as:

Voices From the Gulf: Shell Beach Fisherman (3 min)
Global Green USA had this film made to raise money to combat the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

A`ynan (11 min)
This film highlights the issue of individual freedom of women in the Middle East through one woman’s decision to not wear her head scarf.

EcoViva: An Introduction (3 min)
An Introduction to EcoViva, whose mission is to promote self-sufficiency, sustainable development and community organizations in El Salvador.

16 Blades of Grass (42 min)
A documentary about the lack of educational opportunities for young women in rural India.

Every Heart Matters (60 sec)
Freedom Action Inclusion Rights created this PSA in order to promote marriage equality in response to California’s Prop 8.

The festival will be held at the Mexican American Cultural Center, The Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, and Space 12.  Screenings are from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.  3-Day, 2-day and 1 day passes are available for $30, $20, and $12.  Passes can be purchased here. Lights. Camera. Help. is a non-profit which also offers workshops and consultations for non-profits and cause-driven organizations.