What's the Use? to Screen at the Cine Las Americas 18th International Film Festival
Our second feature film, What's the Use?, will be making its festival premiere at Cine Las Americas in the Hecho en Tejas section. Cine Las Americas promotes films made by or about Latinos or indigenous people of the Americas. The screening time is 2 p.m., Saturday the 25th of April, at the Marchesa Theater.
What's the Use? is set during one hot July 4th evening in Austin, TX, when a teenage girl heads out to settle her junkie father's financial debts to a dangerous loan shark. This black comedy embraces a very experimental visual style, using film footage shot on the Lomokino hand-cranked 35mm camera, along with digital footage from the Black Magic Cinema Camera and the Canon 7D, as well as reels from the public domain.
The film was shot in one of the hottest summers in Austin, that of the summer of 2011, when record temperatures of over 100 were being set almost daily. More scenes were shot in Las Vegas, NV during July, 2013. The learn more about the early stages of this film, visit an 2011 article in Filmmaker Magazine written by Director Nicole Elmer.