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Austin Filmmakers Make International Festival Waves
Watch out Chicago (and Montreal, and Edinburgh, and London)
DAILY Screens  July 17, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Austin Filmmakers Announced for Sundance
Several local filmmakers chosen to compete at Sundance 2017
DAILY Screens  December 1, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Austin Filmmakers Have That Independent Spirit
Several local directors earned nominations for Spirit Awards
DAILY Screens  November 27, 2013, by Sarah Marloff
"...Many Texas- and Austin-based filmmakers were honored yesterday by nominations for 2014 Independent Spirit Awards...."

Austin Filmmakers’ Waking Nightmares
They're just making a movie. What could possibly go wrong?
Screens Story  October 4, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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...."

Austin Filmmakers Return to Horror
Karen Skloss, Owen Egerton, and Don Swaynos talk terror
Screens Story  June 29, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...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..."

Austin Filmmakers’ Creative Spaces
PHOTO GALLERY  November 19, 2015
"...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..."

Austin Filmmakers' Creative Spaces: Photo Gallery
Screens Story  November 19, 2015, by Joe O'Connell


A Selection of Short Films and Videos by Austin Filmmakers
The screening hosts works by Barna Kantor, Justin Hennard, Am Fejes, Leon Elwood Harris, Gonzalo Gonzalez, Salvatore Botti, Shannon Owens, and Gary Price. Also included is a Swiss film collective's...
Film Review  October 19, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten


Austin Film Scene: Where Pragmatism Meets Idealism
‘The New York Times’ floats a capital idea
DAILY Screens  May 18, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Once Upon a Time in Austin
The films, the filmmakers, the crews, the making of a scene
Screens Story  March 12, 2004, by Louis Black
"...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..."

Austin Represents on Indiewire Influencers List
From Alamo to Tugg, ATX film industry favorites make the cut
DAILY Screens  June 18, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...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's Indie Spirit
Anish Savjani and Bryan Poyser score noms
DAILY Screens  November 30, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Austin filmmakers Bryan Poyser and Anish Savjani score 2011 Spirit Award nominations...."

Real Austin Stories
Austin's Exploding Documentary Scene
Screens Story  March 13, 1998, by Jerry Johnson
"...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."..."

Austin Film Society Announces 2017 Film Grants
$143,000 in cash and support awarded to 34 filmmakers
DAILY Screens  August 28, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...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...."

2011 Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund Recipients Announced
2011 TFPF winners announced
DAILY Screens  August 29, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Fund Your Local Filmmakers
The TFPF is still $22,000 shy of its goal. That's on you.
DAILY Screens  August 10, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

Austin Film Society Announces 2018 Grant Winners
Recipients show strength and diversity of Texas filmmakers
DAILY Screens  September 5, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Austin Film Society Announces 2013 Grants
$116,000 awarded to Texas filmmakers
DAILY Screens  August 28, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Austin Film Society Wants to Give You Money
Not an April fool: AFS Grants now up for grabs
DAILY Screens  April 1, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Austin Film News
Locals at SXSW, plus RSVP for a Maybe Shower
Screens Column  March 8, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Austin Film Society Announces 2016 Grants
Program gives much-needed funds to Texas filmmakers
DAILY Screens  August 29, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...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...."

Austin Film Society Announces 2015 Grants
Newcomers and established names get AFS boost
DAILY Screens  September 1, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Austin Film Festival: A Conversation With Jay Duplass
On making movies and making babies
DAILY Screens  October 25, 2014, by Rod Machen
"..."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...."

The City of Angels, Air-Kissing Austin
Dispatch from the Los Angeles Film Festival
Screens Story  June 27, 2008, by Kyle Henry
"...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..."

Putting the Austin in Austin Film Festival
What ATX and Lone Star titles are screening at next week's fest?
DAILY Screens  October 17, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

New Grant at Other Worlds Austin
Dan O'Bannon award to help Texas filmmakers
DAILY Screens  August 5, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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)...."

Austin Creatives' Day
Free tax prep for artists from Foundation Communities and Austin Creative Alliance
Arts Story  March 15, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Sundance Taps Texas Filmmakers for 2013 Fest
Richard Linklater, David Gordon Green, Andrew Bujalski, and more head to Park City to show off new films
Screens Story  December 7, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...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)..."

Six in Austin
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...
Film Review  July 23, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Austin Film Festival Leading the Charge on Diversity
Film fest awarded Academy grant for second year
DAILY Screens  September 6, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Austin Film Society Announces 2018 Grant Winners
Recipients show strength and diversity of Texas filmmakers
Screens Story  September 6, 2018, by Richard Whittaker


Austin Film Festival Puts Diversity First
Writer-focused fest plans to amplify more unheard voices
DAILY Screens  December 19, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Austin Film Festival Review: Ruin Me
Less meta, more manic in this scary sleepover
DAILY Screens  November 2, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Other Worlds Austin Announces Mary Shelley Award Finalists
Shortlist for prize for rising female film talents
DAILY Screens  November 23, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Austin Film Festival Review: The Cliff
Spanish thriller adds political intrigue to cult horror
DAILY Screens  October 18, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Austin Film Festival Film Review: Homestate
Endearing local feature pops with authenticity and nuance
DAILY Screens  October 17, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...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)..."

Other Worlds Austin Unleashes First Wave
Sci-fi icon Sybil Danning to be honored
DAILY Screens  October 4, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Austin Film Society Hiring Theatre Manager
No details on location of new two-screen cinema
DAILY Screens  March 25, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Other Worlds Austin: Reconnoiter
Lo-fi sci-fi busts micro-production expectations
DAILY Screens  December 5, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Austin Film Festival Showcases Linklater, Cumberbatch
First round of films announced mixes world and Texas premieres
DAILY Screens  August 20, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Other Worlds Austin Finds the 'Dead Within'
Austin's newest film fest announces special preview screening
DAILY Screens  August 4, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Austin's Dot on That Great Golden Globe
'Before Midnight' and 'Dallas Buyers Club' get some HFPA lovin'
DAILY Screens  December 13, 2013, by Neha Aziz


Austin Film Festival Announces Jury and Screenplay Awards
Audiences still have chances to catch screenings
DAILY Screens  October 27, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...• 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)..."

Hey, Filmmakers! We're Number One!
'Moviemaker' says the 512 has opportunity, talent and affordability
DAILY Screens  March 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker


Austin Film Society Announces SXSW Shortcase
Short films package includes festival faves and award winners
DAILY SXSW  March 4, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Make Watch Love Austin
Network, check out gear, wine and dine at Austin Studios.
DAILY Chron Events  December 4, 2012, by Joe Layton
"...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...."

Austin Film Festival Announces Preliminary Lineup
Slumdog Millionaire, Synedoche, New York confirmed
DAILY Screens  September 20, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Matt Stone Visits Austin Via South Park
Matt Stone of South Park visits UT
DAILY Screens  May 2, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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."..."

Austin Film Festival and Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference
Screens Story  September 28, 2001, by Kimberley Jones
"... 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..."

Chronicle Recommends: The Best of Austin
Our recommendations of the finest movies from and about the ATX
DAILY Screens  November 4, 2018, by Chronicle Film Staff
"...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..."

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