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One in a Crowd: Florence and Living Springs

Barton Springs web series, plus a last ask for UT project

By Richard Whittaker, 10:48AM, Sun. Aug. 31

One in a Crowd: Florence and Living Springs

In this time of terrible drought, it seems Austinites feel closer than ever to the water that flows through the city. Web series Living Springs needs your help to explain the science, the history, and the cultural significance of Barton Springs.

This is an ambitious project: The filmmakers have already raised $160,000, and filmed 22 of the planned 30 videos. The series will also soon become part of the Splash! Into the Edwards Aquifer exhibit at Barton Springs. You can see many of their videos at their website, www.livingspringsaustin.com.

So why are they still fundraising? Because over the last few months, Austin residents have been opening their scrap books and giving personal interviews about the history of Barton Springs, and its role in Austin. The team still hope to raise $5,000 to edit that material together for the last remaining videos. You can contribute via their Kickstarter page.

And while you're in the giving mood, there's a UT project that needs your help. Florence is a new film by Caleb b. Kuntz, and will serve as his graduate thesis. Kuntz explained the story: "Florence is a socially-removed teenager who is enraptured by her hyper-sensitive perspective of the world. Thus, she is medically misdiagnosed and prescribed psychotropic medication. The film follows Florence on her first day of the prescription."

Austin actress Josephine McAdam plays the ghostly Florence in this commentary on America's overmedicated youth. Kuntz is just over half way to his $6,000 goal, but with a deadline of midnight on Aug. 31, you can help reach that goal by donating via the film's Indiegogo page.


One in a Crowd is a series intended to showcase Texas film and tech projects that are crowdfunding their way to a goal, be it distribution, a prototype, or production costs. If you have a project that we should know about, email us at filmflam@austinchronicle.com.

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