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The Secret Behind Austin's Success at Sundance

Austin filmmakers on Austin filmmaking

By Monica Riese, 5:04PM, Mon. Jan. 27

"Rat Pack Rat"

For their last dispatch from the Sundance Film Festival, the Arts + Labor crew talked to all the members of the Austin contingent about what makes the Austin filmmaking community work differently from (read: better than) that of New York or Los Angeles.

Their verdict? The people and their collaborative, cooperative energy.

Todd Rohal, the director of award-winning short "Rat Pack Rat" hugs Hellion filmmaker Kat Candler, who in turn owes a fair bit of her film's attention to star Aaron Paul and who says it's "the sweetest success" to see any of the Austin crew win big. The No No team owes its start to an Austin Film Society grant and its music supervisor to a good word from Richard Linklater. And so on.

Catch the two-minute group hug here:

Sundance 2014 - Austin Film Scene Rules from Arts+Labor on Vimeo.


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