Watch Texas Films from Past Sundance Festivals


Before You Know ItThe Sundance Institute Artist Services program recently announced the availability of 14 independent films through digital video on-demand platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. Launched in 2011, Sundance Institute's Artist Services is designed to connect consumers directly with films associated with the Sundance Film Festival and Institute through partnerships with key online distribution platforms.

Four films in this new collection are from Texas, all of which received support from the Austin Film Society. For details on the additional titles available in this new collection, visit the Sundance Institute's "Now Playing."

Before You Know It -- Three gay seniors (pictured at top) "navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of life and love in their golden years." Check out Don's SXSW review and Jordan's interview with director PJ Raval. The documentary is available for purchase at this new website featuring bonus extras including Gary and Ose's wedding video and behind-the scenes-material. (on iTunes)

Above All Else -- Director John Fiege (Mississippi Chicken) documented the controversy surrounding the construction of the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline project in East Texas, and the challenges experienced by a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop the project.

Many of these people faced financial ruin as well as personal risk for themselves and their families to affect change in their community. Read Don's SXSW review and Elizabeth's interview with Fiege. (on iTunes)

Evolution of a Criminal -- This autobiographical feature from Houston-based filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe tells the story of how his criminal activity 10 years ago impacted the lives of his family and friends as well as the victims of the bank robbery. 

Yakona -- Yakona means "rising water" in the native Tonkawa language, and this film flows in a non-narrative manner through visually dynamic imagery of the clear waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake. Directed by Paul Collins and Anlo Sepulveda. Read Caitlin's SXSW review. (on iTunes)