Manuel Solis is an independent filmmaker and film programmer based in San Antonio. His films have screened at Artpace, Galería Guadalupe, and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. His programming credits include CineFestival, Out at the Movies, and the McNay Art Museum’s Get Reel Film Series. His most recent film, The Social Otherwise, a collaboration with acclaimed interdisciplinary artist Cauleen Smith was featured in the Contingent Habitat exhibition. In 2020, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures recently awarded Solis a San Antonio Artist grant to launch MonteVideo, an ongoing film series whose purpose is to provide Latinx themed independent film screenings for underserved communities via non-traditional venues. Artist Statement: Whether producing independent films or programming socially conscious film festivals, my work often focuses on identity, exploring its impact on communities and a country in flux. Equally influenced by activism, cultura, and faith, my work frequently reflects physical and spiritual journeys in search of social justice. What starts with the individual is ultimately communal. As media continues to evolve, cinema remains one of the few shared experiences in society. My most recent festival, CineFestival 2019, centered on the theme Frontera In Focus, and countered the perceptions of migration in the mainstream media, illuminating the challenges of a community under attack. Cinema captivates our imagination because it combines
The Social Otherwise weaves found footage of riots, starlings, fish shoaling, scenes of an interior with dancing, learning, writing, cowboy-meets-biker women, and a mashup of two songs (\"Light You Up\" by Shawn Mullins and Debby Boone\'s 1977 song \"You Light Up My Life\"), with audio excerpts from the Sandra Bland recording.