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Don Swaynos on New Short Film "Don't Ever Change"
Austin filmmaker serves up gore and giggles
Screens Story  October 26, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...They love what they love passionately. But sometimes that love becomes transgressive, and that's the first bloody motivation in "Don't Ever Change," the latest gore-and-giggles short from Austin filmmaker Don Swaynos..."

Don Swaynos, Superhero
Trailer for new feature arrives online
DAILY Screens  January 22, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...We received a note from filmmaker Don Swaynos the other day. Speaking of his new feature Pictures of Superheroes, he writes, "I sort of accidentally released a teaser trailer online yesterday." We love Swaynos and the whole Jollyville Pictures team, so his "whoops!" is our "cool!"..."

Don't Everybody Freak Out
Dark Matters' horror shows
Screens Story  October 19, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...We caught subtle references to the film's local horror forerunners, chief among them Tobe Hopper's seminal exploration of unhappy family dynamics The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Saturday Morning Nightmare may be billed as a comic chiller, but it doesn't skimp on the red stuff, and the hackle-raising tag-team work of cinematographer Drew Daniels and cutter Don Swaynos makes for a comedy of terrors..."

Austin Filmmakers Return to Horror
Karen Skloss, Owen Egerton, and Don Swaynos talk terror
Screens Story  June 29, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...Colleagues like Cortlund, Halperin, Egerton, and Don Swaynos have emerged as fellow genre experimentalists. Says Egerton, who also co-wrote the 2016 slasher The Axe Murders of Villisca (now on Netflix), "for a lot of indie filmmakers that I know, making horror is a blast ....."

Inside OUTsider
Queer filmmaking panel highlights Texas talent
Screens Story  February 11, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...Though Pit Stop was widely acclaimed, Tan still sees room for improvement, and the panel will give him a key space to explain why. As a Malaysian-born, queer-identifying director, he said he feels that "what happens behind closed doors, the conversations that are happening between the people who really make decisions" make things "hard for everybody." His Dallas-shot short film, "The Outfit," which he co-wrote with Don Swaynos and which OUTsider will show at Salvage Vanguard, mocks the closed-door discrimination perpetuated by politicians, executives, and money-people..."

Three Guys, a Girl, and a Dog Named Friday
Austin film collective Jollyville Pictures on its ingredients for success
Screens Story  December 18, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...It's a relatively gorgeous weekday afternoon, and I'm sitting in Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe with Dano Johnson and Don Swaynos; along with director Tate English and actor T. Lynn Mikeska, they make up the whole of the Jollyville Pictures collective..."

'Pictures of Superheroes' Packs in the Austin Comedy Talent
Quirky comedy filled with familiar faces
Screens Story  October 19, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Don Swaynos has been a busy guy. Since we last wrote about him and the Jollyville Pictures filmmaking collective in 2009 ("Three Guys, a Girl, and a Dog Named Friday," Dec..."

AFF Honors Chris Carter, Announces First Wave
Outstanding TV Writing Award for 'X-Files' creator
DAILY Screens  August 28, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Robert Zemeckis’ return to live-action drama, Flight, will serve as AFF’s Centerpiece Film (scroll down for the trailer; it’s a knockout). Other notable inclusions in the early slate: UT alum Todd Berger’s comedy It’s a Disaster, which just got picked up for distribution by Oscilloscope; new works from Austin directors Don Swaynos (Pictures of Superheroes) and T.C..."

The Fall Film Festival Season Takes Flight
Programming updates from AFF, Fantastic Fest, and aGLIFF
Screens Story  August 31, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...18-25) announced their first wave of programming, including Centerpiece Film Flight, which stars Denzel Washington and marks director Robert Zemeckis' return to live-action drama after a decade almost entirely devoted to motion-capture family films (A Christmas Carol, Polar Express). Also of interest: the world premiere of Austin filmmaker Don Swaynos' comedy Pictures of Superheroes, teeming with this town's funnypeople elite (John Merriman, Kerri Lendo, Byron Brown, Shannon McCormick, Chris Doubek); University of Texas alum Todd Berger's comedy It's a Disaster, starring Julia Stiles, America Ferrera, and David Cross (and recently picked up for distribution by Oscilloscope); and Austin documentarian T.C..."

3 Reasons You Should Know John Merriman’s Name
And only one of them is because it’s easier to spell than 'Galifianakis'
DAILY Screens  September 6, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...New Yorkers have two chances to see Merriman on the big screen this weekend: Yen Tan's Pit Stop plays Lincoln Center on Saturday and Don Swaynos' Pictures of Superheroes screens at the Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn on Sunday. Locally, he'll be appearing at Cap City Comedy's Laugh Dammit live-game show night on Sept..."

A Trap Escapes
Alamo Drafthouse's Video Vortex unleashes Jungle Trap
Screens Story  July 20, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...So, after nearly three decades boxed in an East Texas barn, Jungle Trap sees the screen, with a finalized edit by Austin filmmaker Don Swaynos, and a new synthesizer soundtrack by Choi and Ziemba, all approved by Bryan. "That's what's exciting about Bleeding Skull!," the director said..."

Last Day for AFS Film Grants
Get your AFS Grant applications in before midnight
DAILY Screens  June 2, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...The list of previous recipients is a who's who of local talent: Keith Maitland's Tower, Clay Liford's Slash, Steve Mims' Starving the Beast, Andrew Bujalski's Results, Berndt Mader's Booger Red, Carleton Ranney's Jackrabbit - and that's just the 2014 recipients. Over two decades since its establishment, mainstays of Austin and Texas filmmaking, including the Zellner Bros., Kat Candler, Bob Byington, Bryan Poyser, Kyle Henry, Duane Graves, Heather Courtney, Don Swaynos, and PJ Raval, have all benefited from the program...."

Film Flam
Malick's latest goes to Berlin, fests beckon other locals
DAILY Screens  December 15, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...The original underground cult oddity Beaver Trilogy is a bizarre experimental tale of an Olivia Newton John obsessive from Beaver, Utah, which is then retold in character by Sean Penn and Crispin Glover. This followup was produced by locals Don Swaynos (Pictures of Superheroes) and Kelly Williams (Hellion)...."

Austin Film Festival Unveils Complete Lineup
David Chase's 'Not Fade Away' opens fest
DAILY Screens  September 19, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...BAD PARENTS - Caytha Jenkins (Writer/Director) THE BITTER BUDDHA - Steven Feinartz (Director) EX-GIRLFRIENDS - Alexander Poe (Writer/Director) - World Premiere; Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter") in attendance THE EXQUISITE CORPSE PROJECT - Adam Conover, Chioke Nassor, Dave Segal, Joel Clark, Raphael Bob-Waksberg (Writers), Ben Popik (Director) LAST MAN(S) ON EARTH - Aaron Hultgren (Writer/Director) MISSED CONNECTIONS - Kenny Stevenson (Writer), Eric Kissack (Director) THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! - Negin Farsad, Dean Obeidallah (Directors) PICTURES OF SUPERHEROES - Don Swaynos (Writer/Director)­ - World Premiere..."

Austin Film Festival Announces Full Lineup
AFF's finalized lineup
DAILY Screens  September 24, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...“American Widow Project” (USA, 73 min.) Directors: Taryn Davis, Don Swaynos World Premiere..."

2008 Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund Recipients
Where $103,500 in cash, services, and stock went
Screens Story  August 29, 2008
"...American Widow Project (D: Don Swaynos & Taryn Davis, feature documentary)..."

Documenting 'Danger'
Professor with a camera in a warzone
DAILY Screens  June 11, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...Filmmakers Steve Metze and Don Swaynos will be in attendance at a special Austin Film Festival sponsored screening of Year at Danger (Danger was the name of Metze's basecamp in Iraq) on Thursday, June 12, 7:30pm at the Regal Arbor Cinema (9828 Great Hills Trail). The event is free for AFF members and $4 for the general public..."

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