East Austin has changed dramatically over the past two decades, and that change has been
documented by The University of Texas film students, through the East Austin Stories
documentary class, taught by filmmaker Andrew Garrison since 2000. East Austin Stories
students will show their newest short films on May 11th, in two free screenings.
The films will be shown twice on Thursday, May 11th. First at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Hall of
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, across from the Texas State Cemetery, and then again that same
night at 9:00 p.m. in Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, on East 11th Street, next to the historic Victory
This year’s documentaries include :
Vecinos Unidos (Neighbors United): After an abrupt eviction, families of 5020 Manor Rd.
recount their stories and deal with the aftermath of displacement.
900 Thompson Street: Alumni of “old” Anderson High School fight to preserve the history of
their school by recalling its impact on the African-American community of East Austin.
[CON]TEMPORARY: An actor explores what success means to her, as she tries to improve
and grow as an artist, maybe outgrowing the community that sustains her.
Reyna de Veracruz: The risk of deportation did not deter Reyna, an undocumented immigrant,
from fulfilling her lifelong dream of owning her own restaurant. Today, Veracruz All Natural
serves one of the five best tacos in America. Also shot in 360° video.
Student filmmakers and the film subjects will be present at the screenings. After the public
screenings, the documentaries will become available at https://rtf.utexas.edu/eas. This website is
the home for East Austin Stories documentaries from all the previous years. For more
information about this year’s program, visit our East Austin Stories Facebook site.