New Documentary Short from Curtis Craven

Today we’re sharing with you a short documentary piece from NOMN contributor Curtis Craven. Enjoy this little piece of Texas flavor!

ARMANDO’S BOOTS V1 from Curtis Craven on Vimeo.


Check out this Sundance Labs dark comedy on the 14th

Director/writer Matt Szymanowski has invited us to join him on Nov 14th for a screening of his comedy The Purple Onion at the Marquesa as part of the Austin Asian American Film Fest. Matt and his lead actor will both be in attendance for Q&A. Looks like fun!

Purple Onion was a Sundance Labs and IFP Labs finalist.

Matt also has shared a 20% off discount code: po20. You can use it here to buy tickets online.

The Purple Onion Teaser Trailer from Wolves on Vimeo.

Susan Youssef’s new feature project seeks your help…

Hello Austin movie fans!

Nueva Onda may be a fried chicken restaurant now, but we haven’t forgotten you.

Nueva Onda Movie Nights alumna Susan Youssef has a new project that’s she’s funding through Kickstarter. It’s a feature-length expansion of the short that she played for us, “Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf!” Check it out.

Also, you guys might remember the sci-fi/humor publication that I occasionally mentioned at NOMN. We have a new issue out this year. It’s 24 pages in full color, featuring the best stories from the website from 2012 to 2015. They’re all short, fun, and the first one is a doozy that’s been favorably reviewed at Swallowable. If you’d like to give it a read for free, just go to the Space Squid contact page and send a message asking for the NOMN discount code.

NOMN: Nueva Onda alum wins Camera Novo, & a screening Thurs!

HabibiHello to long-unseen friends!

The Nueva Onda we remember is now Lucy’s Fried Chicken. But the spirit of Nueva Onda lives on, and the filmmakers from the Nueva Onda Movie Nights are still going strong!

What are you doing Thursday?

How about a movie? Maybe one starring our own Kevin Cox, multiple-term NOMN screener and man about town?

Kevin writes, “RESET, my latest film project, will be shown as part of Miguel Alvarez’s End of Semester Screenings at Studio 4D in UT Building CMA . CMA.A is the windowless building on East side of Guadalupe where Austin City Limits used to be filmed. The screening is free and runs 8p to 10p.

“In RESET I play a Physics Professor who has invented a Time-Travel device who gets caught in a loop of events that he can’t change.

“Free on street parking can be found north of Dean Keeton, or west of the UT Campus.”

Susan Youssef wins the Camera Novo!

Our splash image today comes from the Cinema Novo Festival, where NOMN alumni Susan Youssef (“Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf”) has landed a mighty big fish!

Habibati | Darlings,

I am happy to announce that Habibi has just won the jury prize at Cinema Novo Festival in Belgium, the Camera Novo.

Thanks to your support behind me and Habibi, which has allowed the film to successfully screen internationally, I am currently listed as number 25 of the ‘100 Most Powerful Arab Women,’ in Arabian Business.

We’re committed to giving back to Gaza. On May 10 at 7 p.m., Middle East Children’s Alliance screens Habibi at the historic Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland, CA. This is a fundraiser for clean water for childen in Gaza, a special project led by Dr. Mona El-Farra.

We screen Habibi in festivals this spring, in addition to our education tour… To check out where Habibi screens next, please vist our website.

Finally, if you would like to order a Habibi book featuring photos and poems from the film, you can do so at Blurb.

Thanks to all of you who have come out to our screenings! I look forward to meeting more of you soon as we continue our tour.


Susan Youssef
Director, Habibi

Follow me at Twitter – @susanyoussef
Join our Facebook group – Habibi Rasak Kharban

A hearty congrats to Susan and Kevin. We hope to see you around town!

“Faces of Austin” Accepting Submissions

Hope everyone’s enjoying the winter break!

Thought we’d share this tidbit: the City of Austin is seeking cinematic and multimedia work for a public screening in the City Council Chambers and City Hall. Both fictional and non-fictional pieces are being sought. There are no prizes, but this might be perfect for you if you (or someone you know) have work that needs an audience. The deadline is coming up fast – January 28.

And of course, feel free to share your work with us, too! Just visit and follow the roadsigns. We’ll start up movies again in the spring.

NOMN Presents HAUSU, special Prehallow’s Eve screening, 8pm, Friday Oct. 29

Friday, October 29th, the Nueva Onda Movie Nights is screening the bloody, mindbending Japanese film HAUSU – at 8pm! Free! Door prizes!

Hausu is a Japanese horror movie so eccentric it qualifies as its own genre. Often imitated, never matched, it lived for years on bootleg tapes and discs — and in the lurid memories of all who saw it on a big screen. Now it’s back in a great-looking reissue, and still bat-crap crazy. If you missed it at Fantastic Fest, like I did, now is your time to make Halloween amends.

Seven young women, who have chosen as nicknames the brand names of much-advertised consumer products, begin to disappear in a decidedly suspicious manner. Are they fashion victims? How else can one explain the eerie coordination between their pastel outfits and the pastels of the rooms in which they appear? It is up to the heroine — whose every screen appearance is heralded by special lighting, gentle breezes, and a soft camera focus — to find out what is going on. To reveal any more would spoil the unique effect of the delirious cinematic entity that is Hausu. (1977, 88 minutes.)

7.5 stars at IMDB. Possibly the oddest cinematic experience ever to come out of Japan.

Wow! Noribuki Obayashi’s “Hausu” aka. “House” of 1977 is easily one of the weirdest films I ever saw and I generally generally am a fan of the bizarre. – IMDB user

A brain-rattling delight. – Austin Chronicle Chronolog

Parental warning: Too weird for kids. Possibly too weird for adults.

And… don’t forget to vote in our NOMN polls… and early voting for the midterm elections has begun! Vote!


The Nueva Onda Movie Nights is a FREE, fan- and mister-cooled monthly movie screening held rain-or-shine, 8 pm, on the covered patio at Nueva Onda restaurant, 2218 College, just northwest of Oltorf and S. Congress. Our volunteers show award-winning indie shorts, docs, and features from around the world. Find out more about us at! Limited menu of nachos, cookies, popcorn, and drinks. Schedule subject to change.

Unavailable Indie Classic “Toto the Hero,” Thurs Oct 7

Thursday, October 7th, the Nueva Onda Movie Nights is screening TOTO THE HERO – at 8pm! Free! Door prizes! Our last regular screening of the year!

As part of our UNRENTABLE series, the Movie Nights is pleased to show this unavailable arthouse classic.

Former circus performer Jaco Van Dormael made his feature-film directing bow with the Belgian/French/German coproduction Toto Le Héros (Toto the Hero). The title character is a fictional supersecret agent, idolized by a young boy named Thomas who aspires to become Toto when he grows up. Thanks to a kaleidoscope of flashbacks and flashforwards, we know that his real fate is far different. The film hopscotches between the Three Ages of Thomas: wide-eyed youngster, mediocrity-mired adult, bitter old man, forever jealous of his wealthy boyhood friend Alfred, fantasizing that he and his chum were switched at birth. A delightful art-house hit from 1991, now all but forgotten. (French with English subtitles)

A stunning tale that combines mystery, fantasy, drama, action, comedy, and a little bit of everything else, Toto The Hero (Toto le Hero) is one of those films that’s kept me coming back again and again, because I get a little more out of it with every viewing. – Austin Chronicle

And if you enjoy the movie nights, please tell your friends…! And don’t forget our movie night poll. Vote and let us know what we could do better.

The Nueva Onda Movie Nights is a FREE, fan- and mister-cooled monthly movie screening held rain-or-shine, 8 pm, on the covered patio at Nueva Onda restaurant, 2218 College, just northwest of Oltorf and S. Congress. Our volunteers show award-winning indie shorts, docs, and features from around the world. Find out more about us at! Limited menu of nachos, cookies, popcorn, and drinks. NOMN is BYOB. Schedule subject to change.