"...The autumn film festival season isn't quite with us yet. But as Austin film fans brace themselves for news about Austin Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Other Worlds Austin, and more, Austin filmmakers are packing their bags, loading up their Blu-rays, and heading across the planet to show their latest projects...."
"...It’s here at the start of every year that you can first spot some special gems like Manchester by the Sea (opening in Austin this weekend) that are sure to be big award contenders come the end of the year. Also, it’s become customary in recent years to always find works by Austin filmmakers among the initial announcements of chosen films..."
"...Many Texas- and Austin-based filmmakers were honored yesterday by nominations for 2014 Independent Spirit Awards...."
"...Well worth sharing, in other words. Which is why we've got Austin-based filmmakers Macon Blair, Karen Skloss, Owen Egerton, and Emma Rappold here to relate a small array of production snafus toward provoking your empathy, sparking your schadenfreude-laced laughter, and reminding you that, yeah, it's not all smooth sailing in the protean seas of indie filmsville...."
"...Sadism, social anxiety, the adrenaline rush: No answer is perfectly correct or general enough to explain the widespread affection filmmakers feel for scary cinema. Nor does it address why audiences continue to see these movies, when the resultant sensations can include aggressive nausea and sleeplessness..."
"...Fellow filmmakers scribble jokes and taunts on the dry erase board in Clay Liford's Arts+Labor office. A poster for his acclaimed short "My Mom Smokes Weed" cements the notion that Liford is anything but serious – except when it comes to filmmaking..."
"...In a piece titled “Locking Arms in a Shoestring Spirit,” Melena Ryzik allows Austin filmmakers to speak mostly in their own words, which are accompanied by photo portraits. “In Hollywood, entertainment is an industry; here, people say, it is a community, and it has grown substantially over the last decade,” observes Ryzik..."
"...In "Page Two," there's more background and detail as to our thinking. What follows, then, are many lists of films, filmmakers, crew members, and resources..."
"...In a profile on Austin filmmakers in The New York Times last month, Melena Ryzik said: "This may be the year that Austin earns its place on the map as a movie capital."..."
"...Austin filmmakers Bryan Poyser and Anish Savjani score 2011 Spirit Award nominations...."
"...Austin is not like New York or Los Angeles - and it's not trying to be. What people like Paul realize is that we're not a wannabe or ersatz Hollywood; we're a really tight-knit community and therefore can offer something unique to working filmmakers."..."
"...The Austin Film Society supports Texas filmmaking in myriad ways – workshops, work-in-progress screenings, mentorships – but perhaps its biggest impact is in its annual doling out of cold cash to needy filmmakers. How much cash? Over $1.7 million since 1996...."
"...Funding your film is an unavoidable hurdle that every filmmaker, from the simplest short to the most complex narrative feature, has to deal with. Lucky for us Texans, though, the Austin Film Society's annual grant program the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund just awarded a total of $111,000 to worthy Texas-based projects...."
"...Even if you’re working with the itsy-bitsiest of microbudgets, it still takes a lot of cash to make a movie. Where have gads of hometown filmmakers turned, then? The Texas Filmmakers Production Fund..."
"...The biggest challenge facing first time and independent filmmakers is often finance, and that’s just one barrier to fostering diversity in the moviemaking community. Now the Austin Film Society is knocking some of those barriers down with the list of recipients of the 2018 AFS Grants truly reflecting that state’s talent pool...."
"...Originally launched in 1996 as the Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund, in total the society's program has given over $1.5 million to over 385 film and video projects. This year, panelists Ry Russo-Young (Nodody Walks), Matt Wolf (Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell), and AFI Fest Director Jacqueline Lyanga picked 30 projects by 28 filmmakers to receive $90,000 in production, post-production and distribution funds, $10,000 in travel grants, pus $16,000 worth of goods, services and film stock...."
"...While the program (formally known as the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund) is administered by AFS, it is open to any filmmaker who has been resident for at least one year prior to the June 2, 2016 deadline. That said, this is about supporting Texas filmmakers, so the project doesn't even have to be shot in-state..."
"...SXSW programs globally, but its heart remains local, as the strong presence of Austin filmmakers show. Of course, it wouldn't be South By without the Zellners, and brothers David and Nathan ride home with their latest, offbeat historical comedy Damsel..."
"...Providing some of the financial fuel to the flames of Texas filmmakers' passions, today the Austin Film Society released the projects they are funding this year, as part of their AFS Grant program...."
"...Established in 1996 by AFS Artistic Director Richard Linklater as the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund, the AFS grants have become a key component of the state's indie production economy, as vital for raising awareness about projects as they are for paying the bills. That said, the money has been important, with $1.5 million in cash, and $203,960 in goods and services, distributed to 461 projects over the last 19 years...."
"..."We were watching hard-hitting relationship dramas.” Movies like Ordinary People and Kramer vs. Kramer captivated these filmmakers-to-be, a fact that Duplass acknowledges is more than a little strange...."
"...Don't know how many of you know this, but the Los Angeles Film Festival loves us! For the last few years running, Austin films (Gretchen, Chalk, August Evening) have won big awards, including the $50,000 Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature. That is no small chunk of change, especially for independent filmmakers who almost certainly will never ever see a return on their microbudget labor of love..."
"...Austin Film Festival is just around the corner. But in between major international screenings like Natalie Portman in opening night pop drama Vox Lux, and Hugh Jackman closing the event as Gary Hart in The Front Runner, there's a strong showing as always from Texas filmmakers...."
"...It's actually the festival's second financial boost for filmmakers, after the organizers established the Mary Shelley Award for women filmmakers last year (the winner of which, Embers, just arrived on VOD this week: Read our review here)...."
"...Stassney. From 9am to 7pm, the center's Internal Revenue Service-certified volunteers will prepare taxes free of charge for visual artists, dancers, actors, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and anyone else who counts him- or herself as a member of Austin's creative class and makes up to $50,000 annually..."
"...Last week, programming announcements came dribbling in daily; by now we have a pretty full picture of what the 2013 fest will look like – and it looks to be mighty Texan. Hosts of Austin (and friends of Austin) filmmakers will be screening new work, including Richard Linklater, who'll debut the third film in the ongoing Before Sunrise saga-masterwork, Before Midnight; David Gordon Green, with Bastrop-shot comedy Prince Avalanche, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch; and Jeff Nichols, with the first stateside screening of Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey (who's currently racking in year-end accolades for his very fine work in Bernie, Magic Mike, and Killer Joe)..."
"...Inspired by the omnibus film Six in Paris (which will screen next Saturday, Aug. 3), six familiar Austin filmmakers and/or filmmaking-brother teams were commissioned by producers Anne Del Castillo and Tamara Klindt last summer to film six separate vignettes related only by their formatting requirements and the fact that they are all set in Austin..."
"...The grant program is designed to break conventional and outmoded wisdom about who can and can't be a filmmaker, and is intended to spotlight and support artists from nontraditional backgrounds and underrepresented communities. The money will go to AFF's Diversity Focus Program, with its stated aim of fostering increased representation for marginalized voices, through providing travel assistance and accommodation for screenwriters and filmmakers, as well as programs including marketing material supporting underserved demographics...."
"...The festival hopes that its track record for 2017 will speak for itself. The schedule gave a platform for award-bound filmmakers like Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Helen Whitney (Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death), Michael del Monte (Transformer), and Virgil Williams (Mudbound) who either represented diversity themselves, or told stories that represented diverse communities..."
"...When it comes to modern horror, filmmakers face a dilemma: Go meta, go referential, or try for something new. At first glimpse, neo-slasher Ruin Me seems to be running face-first into the razorblade traps of postmodern spoof..."
"...It's hard to imagine either science fiction or horror without Mary Shelley, the creator of fiction's greatest mad scientist, Frankenstein. That's why sci-fi festival Other Worlds Austin has the Mary Shelley award for women genre filmmakers, and the list of this year's finalists is out...."
"...From Rosemary's Baby to The Sacrament, filmmakers have been obsessed with the twisted vision of cults. Austin Film Festival Dark Matters Features competition jury award winner The Cliff (aka Acantilado) continues the tradition with a distinctly Iberian twist...."
"...This is as far from pretentious as independent movies get, and the filmmakers are wise not to try and reinvent the wheel with a high-concept story or bold aesthetics. It’s all quite typical, actually: A young man, Josh (played by Miller), shows up at his artist-sister’s house unannounced, disrupting her suburban Texas life with eccentric daughter Pearl (Grace Love) and a plateaued marriage to home contractor Harvey (Hickey)..."
"...That's not the only title in this first wave of announcements. First up is post-apocalyptic survival thriller The Tribe, for which director Roxy Shih has been announced as the first nominee for the Mary Shelley Award for female filmmakers working in SF..."
"...The announcement came from the stage during the 2016 Texas Film Awards. In some ways, it's no surprise: While it now runs Austin Studios, supports filmmakers through grants, and is taking over management of programming for Austin's public access system, AFS' roots are in screening films..."
"...But once in a while a film appears that it's hard to believe that it was made on no resources. When it happens, as with British sci-fi drama Reconnoiter, it's a testament to the filmmakers' grit and creativity...."
"...As always, there will be several additions to these annual Guest Programmer Series, where filmmakers will show and talk about some of their favorite films, both their own work and that of other creators. The lineup includes Matthew Weiner presenting The Twilight Zone, Jim Sheridan & Terry George presenting In the Name of the Father, John Patrick Shanley presenting Moonstruck, Randall Wallace presenting Braveheart, and Tom Schulman presenting a timely screening of Dead Poets Society...."
"...distribution via Millennium Entertainment. Now, before its VOD release, Fonté is adding it to his plan for monthly OWA screenings of new films by new filmmakers..."
"...• Dark Matters Feature: OXV: The Manual (W/D: Darren Paul Fisher) • Young Filmmakers Program Competition Grand Prize: "HB" (D: Imogen Pohl) • Narrative Student Short: Pistachio Milk (D: Avram Dodson) • Documentary Short: "Blinde Liefde (Blind Love)" (D: Jenny van den Broeke) • Animated Short: "A Cautionary Tale" (D: Erica Harrison)* • Narrative Short: "Fool's Day" (W/D: Cody Blue Snider)* • Documentary Feature: Political Bodies (D: Christopher Englese) • Narrative Feature: Beside Still Waters (W/D: Chris Lowell)..."
"...The shorts were picked from a list of 65 titles submitted by Austin Film Society members and the program was whittled down to seven by AFS program and operations manager Ryan Long, marketing and events coordinator Austin Culp, and Debbie Cerda of Slackerwood. Their selection includes the latest work from Austin's Jacob Hamilton, who received a $15,000 grant from the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund to complete his basketball bio short Kenny Sailors: Jump Shot..."
"...The National Guard Armory updated to be Austin's new creative home features 50,000 square-feet of affordable, scalable office space. Come hang out and share a drink with filmmakers, musicians, game developers, and AFS board members for this inaugural party...."
"...Is it just us or does Austin now have more film festivals per capita than Smurfville had little blue not-so-meanies? Here we are with aGLIFF barely behind us, Fantastic Fest is currently, gloriously redefining the limits of our imaginations (and livers), and as of yesterday the Austin Film Festival, which this year runs Oct. 16-23, has just announced their initial lineup of films, filmmakers, and a handful of the many events that continue to make it one of best fests in the country...."
"...They were already doing exactly what they wanted to be doing. Encouraging words for burgeoning filmmakers and others who make a practice of tweaking society's limits? "There are always workarounds."..."
"... A dozen features will contend for the top prizes (the real prize for hopefuls, of course, is to be picked up for distribution). The festival also will feature midnight shows and an Austin Filmmakers Showcase..."
"...Okay, these are too obvious, and you’ve probably already seen them, but really, you can’t have a list of the best Austin movies without them, because without these two, there wouldn’t even be other Austin movies. Tobe Hooper’s Chain Saw not only jump-started a new generation of low-budget indie horror, it put Austin on the map, and laid out a path for local filmmakers to follow..."