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2022 Sustainable Stories Film Fest

November 10 & 11 UHCL Bayou Theater
November 7 - December 9 UHCL Art Gallery

About the Film Fest

Our festival was kicked off by a 2-day event on November 10 & 11, 2022. During these two days we had 4 film screenings, 2 panel discussions, a performance of the Houston band The Free Radicals and the official opening of our art exhibition in the UHCL Art Gallery The gallery space consisted of a Black Box Theater, several other screening spots throughout the gallery, as well as sustainability-related physical art, such as framed photographs, paintings, sculptures and a Virtual Reality installation. During the gallery exhibition opening on November 10, Houston-based artist Geraldina Wise painted a mural on the wall space outside the gallery. The mural (see banner above), which was created with much participation from UHCL students, is part of the larger Gulf Coast Mural project. The mural will remain for the foreseeable future and also has a GIS component which was created in collaboration with the UHCL Geography program under Dr. Jeff Lash and  which will be developed further in semesters to come. The gallery exhibition was open to the public from November 7 - December 9.  Our Black Box Theater adjacent to the gallery also had scheduled film screenings from November 28 - December 9. A Virtual Reality film was also shown in the UHCL Alfred R. Neuman's brand new VR space.


The films  & physical art pieces of our 2022 SSFF edition have been curated by Mary Magsamen, long-time curator at the Houston-based Aurora Picture Show, Michel Brims & Claudia Trujillo. The festival had submissions from over 40 countries and screened over 100 films and physical work from over 30 artists  The festival drew an audience of approximately 1500 people overall.

Our festival partners with the Houston Citizens' Environmental Coalition (CEC), founded in 1971 to foster dialogue, education, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston / Gulf Coast region. It connects concerned citizens and community leaders with well over 100 diverse environmental organizations. CEC shares, supports, and enhances people's efforts and environmental advocacy. 



The Art Gallery Exhibit will be open November 7 - December 9

UHCL Art Gallery Hours: Mon - Thurs 9am-6pm & Fri 9am-12pm


Art Gallery Opening & Vendor Expo - UHCL Gallery

Concert performed by the FREE RADICALS - Bayou Theater

5 - 7 PM

7:30 PM



1:00 - 2:30pm: General Short Films on Sustainability

3:00 - 4:15pm: Short Films on Environmental Advocacy

4:15 - 5:00pm: Conversation with filmmakers about Environmental Advocacy

6:00 - 7:00pm: General Short Films on Sustainability


7:30 - 9:00pm: The Condor and the Eagle, followed by a conversation with filmmakers

Screening Schedule
Partcipating Films


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Mary Magsamen, MFA

Mary is a curator, educator and artist. She is currently working as an independent curator on large scale public art video projects. From 2008 – 2022 she was the Curator at the Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Texas, a media arts organization that specializes in experimental film, video and art. She is the recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellowship and a FACE Curatorial Fellowship. For the Aurora Picture Show, Mary curated, among other things, their annual Extremely Shorts festival. She also judged for the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, Houston Arts Alliance, University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, Kingwood Community College, and Texas Commission on the Arts. Prior to Aurora Picture Show, Magsamen curated independently and taught in University programs at The New School University, University of Toledo and University of Houston. Magsamen has a collaborative interdisciplinary artist practice with her husband, Stephan Hillerbrand, as Hillerbrand+Magsamen. Mary holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan,


Submission Info

All Film, Digital Photography, VR and AR submissions must be made through our Film Freeway Site. For Artwork submissions (sculptures, framed photography, pottery, etc. please email:

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