~ Screening of "Throwing Stones At the Sun" and other short films by Aaron Valdez ~

Austin-based avant-garde film artist Aaron Valdez will hold a retrospective screening of his innovative short films and premiere his newest film, Throwing Stones at the Sun, on Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at the Hideout Theater at 617 Congress. The screening will begin at 8pm. General admission is $6.00. $3.00 for Austin Film Society and Cinemaker Co-op members. The filmmaker will be available for questions following the screening.

Recently featured in the Austin Museum of Art’s 22 to Watch, Aaron Valdez is a rising voice in the American avant-garde film world. The screening will include selections of his award-winning work in experimental documentary, animation, found film collage, underwater filmmaking, multiple projector performance, and hand-painted film. The night will conclude with the Austin premiere of his latest work, Throwing Stones at the Sun, a series of documentary vignettes that capture scenes and abstractions in everyday life to explore its beauty and express an appreciation for the ordinary details of day-to-day existence.

Valdez has won acclaim for his innovations with the short film format and as a projection artist. Valdez’s film and installation work has screened at SXSW, Cinematexas International Short Film and Video Festival, Margo Sawyer’s ¼ Hora Gallery in Elgin, Blue Star Art Space in San Antonio, Austin Museum of Art, Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Aurora Picture Show, Basement Films, Splice This!, and many other festivals and screening spaces across the U.S. Throwing Stones at the Sun so far has been selected for screening at the Dahlonega International Film Festival and won the Juror’s Choice Award from Greta Snider at the Thaw International Film Video and New Media Festival. It is currently touring festivals internationally.

Throwing Stones at the Sun was funded in part by the Austin Film Society. Screening is sponsored by the Austin Cinemaker Co-op.

For more information, visit www.valdezfilm.com

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