1998 Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund


The Austin Film Society has announced the names of the grant recipients of this year's Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund. Now in its fourth year of existence, the TFPF awarded $50,000 to 19 different film and video projects. The grants are funded through a combination of private and corporate donations, and revenue from benefit film premieres.

The four judging panelists this year included filmmakers Britta Sjogren (A Small Domain), Christopher Münch (The Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day, The Hours and Times), and Robb Moss (Riverdogs, The Tourist). While in Austin, the panelists presented their films to the community in three evening programs sponsored by the Austin Film Society.

The TFPF is administered by panels director Elizabeth Peters, with the volunteer assistance of coordinators Tamara Klindt, David Nowlin, and Pati Shampton. Next year's applications will be available in April, and watch for opportunities to participate in fundraising events throughout the year.
The names of the grant recipients and their projects follow. Numerous recipients hail from the Austin area. They include Joseph Ambrosavage, Michael Bayer and Stan Steen, Scott Dodson, Aida E. Franco, Amparo Garcia, Debbie Haber, Heidi Hall, Kyle Henry (TFPF's first two-time winner), Peter Lucas, Gerrie McCall, Wyatt and Zack Phillips, Kevin West, and Gay Studebaker (of Spicewood, Texas).
– Marjorie Baumgarten


Joseph Ambrosavage
Sunday Dinner (20 min. 16mm comedy)
$1,000 post-production/distribution

Michael Bayer & Stan Steen
Yard Sailing
(90 min. 16mm documentary)
$2,500 post-production/distribution

Katie Cokinos
Portrait of a Girl as a Young Cat
(80 min. 16mm experimental narrative)
$3,500 post-production

Scott Dodson
Night of the Bunnies
(20 min. 16mm animation)
$1,000 distribution

Susan Evans
Odessa Sleeps
(120 min. 16mm narrative)
$5,000 post-production

Aida E. Franco
Amada of the Gardens
(30 min. 16mm documentary)
$5,000 production

Amparo Garcia
Loaves and Fishes
(28 min. 16mm drama)
$3,000 production

Debbie Haber
Laredo: Border on the Edge
(30 min. video documentary)
$2,000 post-production

Heidi Hall
Mutant Girl
(20 min. 16mm drama)
$2,000 pre-production

Kyle Henry
University Incorporated
(56 min. 16mm experimental documentary)
$2,500 production/post-production

Jennifer Hoffecker
Experimental Drug
(20 min. video experimental documentary)
$1,500 production

Peter Lucas
The Unearthling
(15 min. 16mm experimental narrative)
$2,000 production

Gerrie McCall & Nancy Schiesari
Where Mommies Come From
(10 min. Super 8/video documentary)
$1,500 post-production

Flora Moon
The Living Tree
(48 min. video documentary)
$5,000 production/post-production

Jennifer Payson
Salinger Takes a Bath
(5-10 min. 16mm experimental)
$2,000 post-production

Wyatt & Zack Phillips
Shades of Gray
(90 min. 16mm dramedy)
$2,500 post-production

Gay Studebaker
Mary & Claire
(9 min. 16mm/video narrative)
$2,000 post-production

Kevin West
Rowdy Round-up: Night of the Killer Piñatas
(90 min. video horror/comedy)
$3,000 production

Scott Wilcox & Spencer Parsons
A Common Confusion
(5 min. 16mm narrative comedy)
$3,000 production

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