Austin indie icon David Gordon Green (“Joe,” “Manglehorn,” many more) and his frequent collaborator Danny McBride (“Eastbound and Down”) will be making the next “Halloween” movie for Miramax. Yes, that “Halloween.”
You want to shake things up and bring back Halloween and make it rock again?”
Well so do I.
So here’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for:
David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team. David and Danny will write the script together and David will direct. I will continue in my executive producer role to consult and offer my advice and feedback as needed.
David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and…WOW. They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away.
I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool.
And you’ll get to see it in theaters on October 19th, 2018.”
Jaws are slated to meet back up with upper palettes sometimes next week.
Now, if you had told me those two were going to take a swing at John Carpenter’s “Dark Star,” I would have said, “Man, that could be amazing.”
This, on the other hand…this is fascinating. Frankly, I think Green is perfectly capable of directing (and Green and McBride writing) an intense, emotionally exhausting horror film in the spirit of the original. No word yet on cast.
Carpenter’s original “Halloween” arrived in 1978 and, for many, embodies the “slasher” genre. It remains one of the most influential motion pictures ever made.
Austin writer Philipp Meyer’s “The Son” is scheduled to start shooting this month in the Austin area, and Pierce Brosnan, the former James Bond, will be replacing Sam Neill as Eli, the patriarch of an oil and ranching family.
The new casting was first reported by Deadline.com, which said Neill dropped out of the project for personal reasons.
The AMC series is based on the book by Meyer and written by Meyer and fellow Michener Center for Writers grads Lee Shipman and Brain McGreevy.
“The Son,” a 2013 Texas epic about the McCullough family, has been hailed as some of the best fiction to come out of the state in recent years.
It deals with Eli McCullough, who was kidnapped by Comanches as a child and goes on to found an empire. It also follows the fortunes of his children and their heirs.
Besides starring as Bond, Brosnan is also known for the 1980s NBC series “Remington Steele.”
Here’s an uplifting tale for aspiring filmmakers out there. And it also illustrates why festivals like South by Southwest, Fantastic Fest and the Austin Film Festival are so important.
Austin resident Greg Kwedar got his debut feature, “Transpecos,” into the narrative feature competition this March at South by Southwest. It was unheralded, and few people in the Austin film crowd even knew who Kwedar was.
But securing a spot in the competition – and providing an early screener to critics – helped build buzz,, and the thriller about the Border Patrol went on to win the audience award – which means festival attendees thought it to be the best of the bunch.
Kwedar and his team had no distributor for the film, however. And without a distributor, most movies just end up screening here and there, at places like the Austin Film Society and various festivals, without reaching a wide audience.
But that’s what festivals are for – raising the profile of small, independent films. And this week, Kwedar got the best news possible. Samuel Goldwyn Films is buying the rights to “Transpecos” and plans a theatrical release in the fall.
And in May, Screen Media Ventures will be attending the Cannes Film Festival, trying to sell distribution rights to international territories.
The deal was first reported by Deadline.com. And Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films said, “Greg is a raw talent in independent cinema. ‘Transpecos’ is an accomplished first feature that we’re eager to deliver to audiences in theaters and in homes across the country.”
Details of the deal were not disclosed.
The thriller stars Johnny Simmons, Gabriel Luna and Clifton Collins Jr. Kwedar co-wrote the script with Clint Bentley.
Central Texas recently got some good news that AMC will start filming the new series based on Philipp Meyer’s “The Son” here this summer. But there’s one troubling development regarding another longtime project that started in Austin.
Robert Rodriguez, who has been shooting his El Rey Network series “From Dusk Till Dawn” at his local Troublemaker Studios, has decided to begin filming season three of the popular show in Albuquerque, N.M.
The new season, a joint production of Miramax and El Rey, will have 10 hour-long episodes with a returning cast of D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Jesse Garcia and Jake Busey.
The new season will follow the travails of the Gecko brothers who have to fight their way through vampire empires in Texas and New Mexico.
Rodriguez has long been a proponent of shooting in Texas, and most of his films have been shot here. But the Texas Legislature has cut funding for the film incentives program overseen by the Texas Film Commission, and New Mexico’s program is more alluring, in financial terms.
This just in: Children with mind powers are always terrifying.
Whether considered savior or menace or simply the lovable moppet you fathered (and with whom you happen to be escaping into the night), children that can do weird stuff with their brains will always freak you out.
Jeff Nichols knows this. The Austin filmmaker (“Mud,” “Take Shelter”) draws on a number of traditions in the canny “Midnight Special.” He’s called it an ode to 1980s chase movies such as “E.T.,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” but there’s also plenty of ‘80s comic book sensibility (not for nothing do we see Reagan-era issues of “Superman” and “New Teen Titans”) and call-backs to the 1970s meta-human-kid craze (see also the Witch Mountain books and movies).
Two men, Roy, who dressed with his shirt buttoned all the way to the top (Michael Shannon) and Lucas, who looks ex-military (Joel Edgerton). They are in a h=motel with the windows covered in cardboard. According to the TV, they have kidnapped an eight-year old named Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), Roy’s son, who sits reading comics with blue goggles over his eyes and industrial-grade ear protection. It is time to move, which they can only do at night because of something having to do with Alton. Texas gives way to Louisiana.
They are being hunted by two groups: the religious community from which Roy and Alton escaped (led by Sam Shepherd) called simply “the ranch,” and the government, led by an NSA analyst who is as much fascinated with Alton as dangerous to him (a pitch-perfect Adam Driver).
And oh yeah, now and then, blinding rays of light stream for Alton’s eyes. They can be intensely destructive, but what one sees when his eyes explode is…revelatory. The sort of thing that makes people believe in him. The sort of thing that can bring a satellite crashing to earth.
What is Alton? What is Roy and Lucas’s relationship? Who is Alton’s mother? What does the NSA want with him? Is he a weapon? Is he a messiah?
Like a good student of What Makes These Movies Work, Nichols knows that the question fires the imagination far more than the answer. Less is always, always more in these situations. (This is where the $18 million budget, a very small amount by contemporary blockbuster-type/genre-movie standards, comes in handy — no temptation to fall back on overblown CGI here.)
Nichols’ restraint is on-point, his pacing measured, his withholding of information wise. That said, it is to his lasting credit that the reveals work, that the coda is pitch perfect, that the haunted melancholy is both familiar and welcome. May it find the audience it deserves.
Writer Nelson George, producer Gale Anne Hurd and actor/director Joe Swanberg will offer the keynote addresses at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival, it was announced Tuesday.
SXSW also released their full conference schedule which also included (deep breath) conversations with “Miles Ahead” director star Don Cheadle, actress Gaby Hoffmann, directors Joe Berlinger and Barbara Kopple, Texas filmmakers Andrew Bujalski and David Lowery and actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
George, a longtime journalist, critic, filmmaker and producer, directed the HBO films “Life Support” and “A Ballerina’s Tale” and is a writer/producer on the Netflix series “The Get Down,” which is slated to premiere in August. (It also sounds like it covers the same place and time as HBO’s “Vinyl” — New York’s wild ’70s are back!)
Hurd produced the “Terminator” trilogy, “Aliens,” and many other films and currently exec produces AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead.” Look for her to survey her career and discuss her new shows, the Syfy series “Hunters, which premieres April 11 and USA Network’s “Falling Water” will debut later this year.
Swanberg has directed 20 features, including “Drinking Buddies” and “Happy Christmas,” and starred in “You’re Next,” “The Sacrament” and “V/H/S.”and has started producing for other filmmakers such as Alex Ross Perry and Zach Clark.
As for the conversations, Joe Berlinger (the “West Memphis 3” films) and Barbara Kopple (“Wild Man Blues,” “Harlan County U.S.A.”) are both brilliant and well-regarded documentarians; their chat should prove extremely insightful about their discipline.
Childhood buddies Louis Black ( SXSW co-founder, Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny directo ) and film critic Leonard Maltin will likely discuss, well, the fact that they are childhood buddies and serious movie nerds.
Look for Austin filmmaker Andrew Bujalski (“Computer Chess,” “Results” and Dallas filmmaker David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” the “Pete’s Dragon” reboot) to talk about their time at past SXSW fests with various films.
Don Cheadle will probably talk mostly about his Miles Davis movie “Miles Ahead,” in which he also stars. I am hoping for weird stories about “Traffic,” the Avengers movies and possibly also his Showtime show “House of Lies.”
You might remember actor Joel Edgerton from his role as Tom in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, the leader of the SEAL team in “Zero Dark Thirty” or The Gift, which he also directed, wrote and produced. Look for him in “Jane Got a Gun” and Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols’ drama “Loving.”
Actress Gaby Hoffman has been in everything from “Uncle Buck” to “Girls” to “Transparent.” She is also the daughter of former Warhol superstar Viva and was raised for a spell in the Chelsea Hotel, which will never get old to some of us.
A few more highlights: Look for Austin filmmaker David Gordon Green to chat with Jake Gyllenhaal. The latter is shooting Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” the former will be at SXSW with longtime friend and collaborator Danny McBride’s new HBO show “Vice Principals.”
There will also be a panel on the smash HBO series “Silicon Valley” and its relationship to the actual tech community. Look for cast members Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Zach Woods as well as executive producers Mike Judge and Alec Berg.
And last but very much not least, following the world premiere of “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” Pee-wee producer Judd Apatow will perform stand up comedy with special guests, to be announced. If you are seated for the premier, you can stay for the sets.
Here is the whole schedule, subject to change, obviously:
2016 FILM CONFERENCE SESSIONS BY TRACK
To improve navigation of the rich panoply of Conference sessions available for SXSW registrants, the Film Conference has been organized into four tracks: Influencers, Creating Your Content, Finding Your Audience, and What’s Next. Each session also has a format, ranging from one-on-one mentor sessions to hands-on workshops to panels with up to four industry experts.
Inspiration from thought leaders, experts and innovators including Keynotes and conversations.
Nelson George Keynote
Nelson George is the author of groundbreaking histories of African American music, including Where Did Our Love Go: the Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound and Hip Hop America. George has directed the HBO films Life Support and A Ballerina’s Tale about the career of Misty Copeland. He is a writer/producer on the Netflix series The Get Down, premiering in August. George will speak about transitions in careers and technology, how the two intersect, and how change is like your crazy best friend. (Sunday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)
Gale Anne Hurd Keynote
Producer Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator trilogy, Aliens, The Waterdance and many other films) will discuss her career, creative producing, and being a female producer in a predominately male industry. She will offer observations and advice for aspiring filmmakers coupled with practical insight based on her personal experiences. Gale is currently an Officer of the Producers Guild of America and Executive Produces AMC’s The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. Her newest shows, Hunters, a Syfy original series, premieres April 11th and USA Network’s Falling Water will debut later this year.
(Tuesday, March 15, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)
Joe Swanberg Keynote
Joe Swanberg is the director of 20 feature films, including Hannah Takes The Stairs, Drinking Buddies, and Happy Christmas. As an actor, he has had leading roles in several horror successes, most notably You’re Next, The Sacrament, and V/H/S. Recently, through his Forager Film Company, he has produced the work of other filmmakers, including Alex Ross Perry, Harrison Atkin and Zach Clark. He and his wife, Kris, created the popular web series Young American Bodies which ran for four seasons on Nerve.com and IFC.com.
(Monday, March 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)
A Conversation with Joe Berlinger and Barbara Kopple
Always true to their cinéma-verité roots in an ever-changing documentary landscape, Kopple and Berlinger remain two of the most fearless and authentic filmmakers in the business. This conversation offers formidable insight from a lifetime in the creative trenches.
(Sunday, March 13 – Room 16AM, Austin Convention Center)
A Conversation with Louis Black and Leonard Maltin
Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny director (with Karen Bernstein) and SXSW co-founder Louis Black will join friend and veteran critic Leonard Maltin for this special conversation. Sure to engage, with great humor and insight drawn from a shared, longtime love of cinema, this is a can’t-miss session for cinephiles.
A Conversation with Andrew Bujalski and David Lowery
This special conversation teams two restlessly inventive film artists with enviable resumes. Emerging from the community of creatives that developed around SXSW in the mid-2000s, Bujalski and Lowery will deliver invaluable perspective for the next wave of aspiring creatives.
An intimate conversation Don Cheadle. Miles Ahead marks the directorial debut of the Academy Award® nominee. Don’s credits include Boogie Nights, Traffic, Hotel Rwanda, Crash, Iron Man 2 & 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Cheadle also stars in, executive produces, and occasionally directs Showtime’s House of Lies, for which he has earned a Golden Globe® Award, NAACP Award, as well as Emmy and SAG nominations.
Joel Edgerton earned a 2013 Australian Film Institute Award for his performance in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. His recent projects include starring roles in Black Mass, Zero Dark Thirty, Wish You Were Here, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, Felony, Warrior, and The Gift, which he also directed, wrote and produced. He will next star in Jane Got a Gun, and the Jeff Nichols drama Loving.
Join actor Gaby Hoffmann for a career conversation spanning her early roles in Field of Dreams and Uncle Buck to her present-day performances in Girls and Transparent. She will reflect on her personal experiences and artistic influences that have informed and shaped her career. In addition, she will share valuable insights into her process, the craft and industry. Presented by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
There was a time when short films were made solely to launch careers but those days are gone. Today short-form storytelling is a big deal and is being embraced by auteur and amateur filmmakers alike. With outlets such as Field of Vision and The New Yorker Presents (Amazon Prime Video), there are more and more opportunities to showcase these powerful films. Join filmmakers, curators and producers as they discuss the ever-expanding landscape for getting these films made and seen. Moderated by Anne Thompson, Indiewire.
Audiences and critics alike have lauded HBO’s hit comedy Silicon Valley for its hilariously spot-on depiction of Silicon Valley tech culture. What has the feedback been from the tech community itself? How has the reaction from that community impacted the show and its cast? Cast members Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Zach Woods, joined by executive producers Mike Judge and Alec Berg, return to SXSW for a discussion moderated by co-star Andy Daly.
Previously announced Influencer and Featured Sessions:
Anthony Bourdain as Interviewed by Nathan Thornburgh
Digital has overtaken print throughout the media, and it’s no different in the realms of food and travel. But can travel websites move beyond top ten lists and gauzy food porn? Can you build an audience while talking about the world as it really exists, with all its heartache and idiocy and occasional triumphs? Anthony Bourdain talks food, fear and the future of travel media with Roads & Kingdoms co-founder Nathan Thornburgh.
Filmmaker Athima Rachel Tsangari (Chevalier, Attenberg) will speak with Sarah Green, an Academy Award-nominated independent film producer known for her ongoing work with visionary directors including Jeff Nichols, Terrence Malick, Julie Taymor, David Mamet, Karyn Kusama and John Sayles. Green has produced such acclaimed films as Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (Winner, Palme d’Or; Nominated, Academy Award for Best Picture), Jeff Nichols’ Mud, and Julie Taymor’s Frida. Upcoming releases include Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, and Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, Weightless, and Voyage of Time. Green is currently in production on Jeff Nichols’ Loving.
David Gordon Green will speak with Academy Award nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who has established himself as one of the finest actors of his generation. He can next be seen in Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition and is shooting Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals.
Want to make a living making online entertainment? This solo session explores how to develop your voice and your audience without having to sell out or rely on viral videos. Speaker: Zach Anner, Zach Anner Productions
Sam Esmail, Rami Malek and Christian Slater will take part in a “Coding on Camera: MR. ROBOT & Authenticity on TV” a panel in the Future of Entertainment Convergence track at SXSW 2016. Mr. Robot World Premiered in the Episodics section of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and went on to win critical and audience acclaim.
A conversation with filmmakers and tech innovators JJ Abrams and Andrew Jarecki about the relevance of the human factor in digital communications. Advances in digital storytelling tools, and the mass adoption of social media promise to enhance our ability to share authentic human experience.
Join Geena Davis, Academy Award-Winning Actor, Founder and Chair, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, for a conversation about gender and the media. Geena and Paula have worked together to make changes in the way that women and girls are portrayed onscreen.
(Monday, March 14, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, Room EFG, Austin Convention Center)
*Future of Entertainment
Kerry Washington and the New Rules of Social Stardom
A one-on-one discussion with Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor, producer, philanthropist, and role model Kerry Washington about the new rules of modern personal branding. Kerry will be chatting with InStyle‘s Editorial Director Ariel Foxman about how she has successfully harnessed the power of social media to promote not only her career and hit TV Show, Scandal, but also positivity and social good.
(Sunday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Room EFG, Austin Convention Center)
*Future of Entertainment
Marie Claire Talks to the Stars of Broad City
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the creators, executive producers and stars of Comedy Central’s critically-acclaimed hit show Broad City, sit down with Marie Claire’s editor in chief Anne Fulenwider for a broad ranging discussion on the transition of their show from web series to cultural phenom.
(Saturday, March 12, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, Room EFG, Austin Convention Center)
*Future of Entertainment
Race in America with Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates
Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates will discuss why race is critical to their understanding of America and their work and how as a nation we deal with race today. They examine how race and conceptions of race, along with ideas about freedom and independence, influence our politics and policies, from abolitionism to civil rights to the war on poverty and what it means to have an African American as President.
The industry is changing for female filmmakers. Let’s hear from the women on the front lines. Members of Film Fatales – all established independent filmmakers – tell all about the changing climate. Speakers: Judi Krant, Beachwood Pictures; Kat Candler, Candler Productions; Leah Meyerhoff, Film Fatales; Marielle Heller
We will dissect a standard delivery to a distributor, what items are required and will examine often-overlooked elements that filmmakers should be thinking about throughout production. Speakers: Adam, Church, Broad Green Pictures; Jason, Tobias, Broad Green Pictures; Jo Dee Freck, Broad Green Pictures
(Saturday, March 12,, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
Documentary to DocuSeries and Beyond
Learn what it takes to produce a marketable and meaningful documentary or docuseries from the producers of such major documentaries as Finders Keepers, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and Chef’s Table. Speakers: Andrew Fried, Boardwalk Pictures; Bryan Carberry Clay Tweel Ross Dinerstein, Campfire; Elsa Ramo, Ramo Law
Fair Use-Docs & Fiction Films-Everybody Is Welcome!
You will learn 3 simple questions that will determine what is and what is not fair use. There will be lots of examples of both documentaries and fictional films by the Obi Wan Kenobi of fair use. Speakers: Michael Donaldson, Donaldson & Callif LLP
(Sunday, March 13, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
How to Grow Ideas
Speakers: Peter Hedges
(Sunday, March 13, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
How To Make (The Most of) Your Music Budget
This panel will provide an overview of the entire process of securing music for independent films, as well as various solutions for maximizing a small budget. Speakers: Amanda Krieg Thomas, Neophonic Music & Media; Joel West Jonathan Lane, Audio Network; Rob Lowry, Sweater Weather Music
Learn tips and strategies to see your film in a whole new light during its final stage of writing… editing. Speakers: David Fabelo Kyle Henry, Northwestern University; Leah Marino Sandra, Adair, Detour Film production
(Saturday, March 12, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
Reimagine bonus content in a digital age. Filmmakers & content producers teach you how to create an iTunes Extras package that highlights bonus content to enhance your film on the iTunes Store. Speakers: Keith Prokop, Radius60; Rebecca Sosa, A24 Films; Alejandro Otero, Radius60; Brian Ellis, Apple
(Tuesday, March 15, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
Mentor sessions – Always popular, always essential, film mentor sessions offer attendees one-on-one interaction with industry experts, including filmmakers programmers, distributors and more. Advance sign up required.
Mentors: Artist Support
Speakers: Emily Best, Seed&Spark Inc; Liz Cook, Kickstarter; Gregory Slewett, Bloom Hergott; Annie Bush, Production For Use; Andrew Meyer, Michael Chaney, Savannah College of Art & Design; Shira Rockowitz, Sundance Institute (Saturday, March 12, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Filmmakers: Documentary
Every filmmaker has a story to tell. Get advice, or share those stories with experienced filmmakers in our Documentary Filmmaker Mentor category. Speakers: Travis Stevens, Snowfort Pictures Inc; Ron Mann, Films We Like; Mat Hames, Alpheus Media Inc; Amy Grappell, LFE Productions; David Modigliani, Live Action Projects; Bradley Beesley, Roadside Media; Amanda Micheli, Runaway Films
Every filmmaker has a story to tell. Get advice, or share those stories with experienced filmmakers in our Narrative Filmmaker Mentor category. Speakers: Suzanne Weinert, Flatiron Pictures; Roxanne Benjamin Mette-Marie Katz, XYZ Films; Adam Donaghey, Aviation Cinemas Inc; Jonathan Lisecki Katharine Emmer, Life in Color (Monday, March 14, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Speakers: Molly Thompson, A&E IndieFilms; Amy Shatsky, ITVS/Independent Lens; David Kaplan, Animal Kingdom; Ashland Viscosi, Business Meet Creatives; An Tran, ARRI; Todd Remis, TR Entertainment Partners; Victor Moyers, Broad Green Pictures; Daniele Melia, Big Beach (Saturday, March 12, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Producers/Production I
Speakers: Hugues Barbier, Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival; George Rush, Law Offices of George M Rush; Dan Satorius, Satorius Law Firm PC; Ram Murali, Kinology; Joe Dishner, Production For Use; Cotty Chubb, ChubbCo; Christopher Roldan, University Of Texas; Brian Behm, Rooster Teeth Productions; Chris Ohlson, Revelator
Speakers: Yen Tan Dan Magnante, Feigco Entertainment; David Zellner, Zellner Bros; Nicole Emanuele, Google/YouTube
(Sunday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
New Financiers: Meet the Film Finance Innovators
Film Finance, from indies to studio films is broken, & where a problem exists, Entrepreneurs are stepping in to create new models. Meet the new financiers of film & innovation: Netflix to Kickstarter Speakers: Liz Cook, Kickstarter; Andy Whittaker, Dogwoof; Alan Maher, Roads Entertainment; Courtney Sexton, CNN Films
Peace Officer, winner of the 2015 SXSW Grand Jury & Audience Awards was made by first time directors. Here they share how to make a timely doc when you don’t win grants, workshops, or labs. Speakers: Brad Barber Scott Christopherson
Building on the success of last year’s hit Unfriended, we explore Screenshare Filmmaking, verité storytelling set entirely on screens of digital devices. More at screensharefilms.com Speakers: Timur Bekmambetov, NBCUniversal; Nelson Greaves
(Tuesday, March 15, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
US-Europe Co-Productions Grow Without Treaty!
A unique opportunity to spend an hour with the heads of the European film commission and emerging filmmakers – learning new ways of accessing European funding through cross Atlantic co-productions. Speakers: Holger Carlsson, Little W Productions USA; Truls Kontny, European Film Commission; Mikael Svensson, Southern Sweden Film Commission; Ingrid Rudefors, Film Region Stockholm Mälardalen
Learn how music and picture come together for maximum emotional impact. Attendees will receive advice from Music Supervision pros and try their hand at music supervision with real creative briefs. Speakers: Kat Olsen, Marmoset; Ryan Wines, Marmoset; Beth Amy Rosenblatt
(Sunday, March 13, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
Finding Your Audience
Essential tools of the trade for distribution, marketing, sales and more.
Demystifying Digital Distribution
Thanks to the shift towards digital distribution, there’s more opportunity than ever for filmmakers to reach viewers and monetize their films. Learn what you need to know from the experts. Speakers: Flora Pereira, ITVS; Jason Kwong, Fullscreen; Linzee Troubh, Cinetic Media; Scott Kaplan, FilmBuff
Everyone knows there is a love/hate relationship between crowdfunding and distribution. But the savvy producer understands how to navigate the two so everyone is a winner. Let’s talk about how. Speakers: Annie Roney, RoCo Films; Dan Schoenbrun, Kickstarter; Missy, Laney, Sundance Institute; Matt Grady, Factory 25 (Saturday, March 12, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Room 15, Austin Convention Center)
How Not to Pitch a Movie
Panel of experienced producers, financiers and film executives go over common mistakes people make when approaching them to fund or produce their project. Speakers: Gudrun Giddings, G4C Innovation; Shaked Berenson, Epic Pictures Group Inc; Winnie Kemp, Super Deluxe/Turner; Travis Stevens, Snowfort Pictures Inc
(Monday, March 14, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
Humanity Rising: Storytelling to End Injustice
Hear from filmmakers producing and directing from the frontlines as a transformative tool for justice to help the public more deeply understand oppression and get involved in movements toward justice. Speakers: Christina Hollenback, Televised Revolution; Damon Davis, Whose Streets?; Nusrat, Durrani, MTV World; Sabaah Jordan, Whose Streets? (Sunday, March 13, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Room 15, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Agents and Managers
Speakers: Kevin Rowe, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment; Amy E Mitchell, Amy E Mitchell PLLC; Ben Curtis, Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Melissa Solomon, VERVE; Jeremy Platt, Platform
Speakers: Rebecca Sosa, A24 Films; Oli Harbottle, Dogwoof; Stephen Stanley, Ketchup Entertainment; Orly Ravid, The Film Collaborative/Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp; Andy Kleinman, MobLabs; Julie Angell, Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo; Katharyn Howe, Entertainment One
Speakers: Keith Leopard, Uncork’d Entertainment; Nick Ogiony, CAA; Peter Goldwyn, Samuel Goldwyn Films; Matt Grady, Factory 25; Samantha Scupp, FilmBuff; David Larkin, Gowatchit.com; Marc Hofstatter, Indiegogo; Meghan Oliver, PARADIGM (Tuesday, March 15, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Films are finding success abroad today – how do you make your film viable abroad, find the right distributor and capitalize on International markets? Speakers: Britta Erich, Creative Europe Desk Hamburg; Karen Arikian, Berlin International Film Festival; Lorne Price, National Film Board of Canada; Deborah Osborn, bigBonsai; Ryan Wickers, Europa Corp; Mark Peranson, Festival del film Locarno; Sharon Brenner, Surowitz Immigration PC; Sofía Marquez Moreno, IMCINE Mexican Film Institute; Kati Nuora, The Finnish Film Foundation
(Monday, March 14, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Programming I
Speakers: Carl Spence, Seattle FF/Palm Springs FF; Courtney Sexton, CNN Films; Ryan Watt, Indie Memphis; Basil Tsiokos, Nantucket Film Festival; Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI FEST/American Film Institute; Laura Laaksonen, Helsinki International Film Festival
(Saturday, March 12, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Programming II
Speakers: Landon Zakheim, Sundance Film Festival/AFI FEST; Linda Olszewski, Shorts HD/Movies That Matter; Deirdre Haj, Full Frame Documentary Festival; Anne Chaisson, Hamptons International Film Festival; Martijn te Pas, IDFA; Greg Rhem, HBO; Anderson Le, Hawaii International Film Festival; Jeff Ross, SF IndieFest
(Tuesday, March 15, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Publicity and Marketing I
Speakers: Alia Quart Khan, Film Independent; David Ninh, Kickstarter; Rachel Walker, Sundance/LA Film Fest; Kristin McCracken Gerilyn Shur, Allied Integrated Marketing; Brandy Fons, Fons PR; Elizabeth Benjamin, Together Films; Ngoc Nguyen, Women Rising
Learn about the nuts and bolts of the all-important packaging, marketing and selling of your film. Who you are selling to? How do you land that buyer? Who picks up the tab? Find out here. Speakers: Deborah McIntosh, WME Entertainment; Joe Amodei, Virgil Films; Kate Hurwitz, Cinetic Media; Marc Bortz, Preferred Content; Ryan Kampe, Visit Films; Matthew Levin, Netflix; Alex Nohe, Circus Road Films; Charlie Baker, Orange Entertainment; Bec Smith, UTA
Learn about the nuts and bolts of the all-important packaging, marketing and selling of your film. Who you are selling to? How do you land that buyer? Who picks up the tab? Find out here. Speakers: Peter Trinh, ICM Partners; Tom Davia, CineMaven Media; Benjamin Braun, Submarine Entertainment; John Von Thaden, Magnolia Pictures; Camille Bertrand, Bleeker Street Media; Robert Rock, Random Media; Dan Guando, The Weinstein Company; Laura Smith
In the ever-shifting landscape of content distribution, meet the new faces brokering the deals and staying ahead of trends. Speakers: Linzee Troubh, Cinetic Media; Zac Bright, Preferred Content; Dana Harris, Indiewire; Nick Ogiony, CAA
Joint marketing is the key to Nordic Genre Invasion, a unique development and marketing venture of Scandinavian production companies, has managed to turn local to global. Region’s industry leaders discuss how they succeeded. Speakers: Kjetil Omberg, Norsk Superfilm; Mikko Aromaa, Nordic Genre Invasion; Timo Vuorensola, Iron Sky Universe
In this interactive session a panel of industry experts covers best practices for connecting streaming content with audiences by working with platforms and tech to drive maximum transactions Speakers: Zachary Soreff, Sawyer Studios; Julie Dansker, The Orchard; Addison Mehr, Amplify Releasing
(Saturday, March 12, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
What the F is a PMD and Why do I Need One?
In a world where nearly all filmmakers are distributing films themselves we will explore the role of the Producer of Marketing and Distribution and the costs, availability, benefits, and responsibility. Speakers: Jennifer MacArthur, Borderline Media; Jon Reiss, Hybrid Cinema; Nicolas Gonda, Tugg Inc; Sally Hodgson
Join space filmmaking experts as they examine the latest innovative techniques and camera equipment being used to transport us closer to space than we’ve ever imagined. Speakers: Marsha Ivins Toni Myers, IMAX Corporation; Harry Knowles, Ain’t It Cool Productions
Are the futures of journalism and documentary intertwined? Doc film nonprofit ITVS, Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg of The Atlantic, and director Erika Cohn, will discuss digital storytelling models. Speakers: Kasia Cieplak Mayr von Baldegg, The Atlantic; Lois Vossen, Independent Lens; Erika Cohn, Idle Wild Films
A small portion of SXSW registrants are under 21. But what about building the next generation of filmmakers? Join this panel to learn how several women took the challenge to start a career.
(Saturday, March 12, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Marchesa Theater)
Wake Up Streaming: The Future of Film Fandom
The state of film appreciation and home viewing is alienating and frustrating. This panel will discuss how we want film culture and home viewing to evolve. We will prognosticate and make proposals. Speakers: Tom Roston Johnny Dunn, Annapurna Pictures; Tim League Peter Gerard, Vimeo
How do you not only find the right character for your story but also the best technology to shape the narrative? Join filmmakers Lucy Walker and Bryn Mooser for a look into their creative process. Speakers: Bryn Mooser, RYOT; Lucy Walker, Tree Tree Tree
Explore the changing landscape of entertainment, focusing on TV, episodic content, boundary-pushing digital storytelling.
Become a Soundhunter!
From documentary to music creation at the age of Internet. How a documentary experience can be turned into a worldwide collaborative music experience? Speakers: François Le Gall, Camera Talk Productions; Nicolas Blies, a_BAHN
(Sunday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Ballroom C, Austin Convention Center)
Distance – A Tale of Hers, His, and Your Choosing
Distance is a web series told from two perspectives – “his” and “hers.” We’ll watch the two halves and discuss how the digital space allows for a unique, “you choose” storytelling experience. Speakers: Alex Dobrenko, Distance; Ashley Spillers Carlyn Hudson, Revelator; Jack Mayer
A Health System Problem Speakers: Gustavo Leon, Gusano Films
(Tuesday, March 15, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Ballroom C, Austin Convention Center)
Family Values Viewed Through Primetime Animation
FOX has had a lot of success with their animated programs including THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY and BOB’S BURGERS. Producers and voice talent can share their experiences from the long running series. Speakers: Al Jean, The Simpsons; Loren Bouchard, Bob’s Burgers; Rich Appel, Family Guy
(Monday, March 14, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Ballroom CD, Four Seasons)
While the traditional history documentary nears its demise, web-interactive formats breathe fresh life into the genre. Storytellers are asked how to keep history appealing to future generations. Speaker: Kika Serra
(Monday, March 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Ballroom C, Austin Convention Center)
Independent Filmmaking Takes A New Turn
Key players explore the gaps in the film marketplace & the role of social media and new marketing channels to connect films with digitally native and always connected audiences. Speakers: Matt Kaplan, Shovel Buddies
(Tuesday, March 15, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Ballroom CD, Four Seasons)
Multioptional Movie – How it Works
The people behind multioptional heist «Late Shift» and interactive film format «CtrlMovie» analyse the formal and creative challenges of interactive movies and share their philosophy and solutions. Speakers: Baptiste Planche, CtrlMovie Ltd; Tobias Weber, CtrlMovie Ltd
Natural Life, an experimental documentary comprised of a single-channel video, an installation and an interactive online archive, tells the stories of five juveniles sentenced to life without parole. Speaker: Tirtza Even, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
RICERCA is an animated, cinematic installation experience, exploring how a narrative film about a bicyclist in search a memory can be told using hand-drawn media, multiple screens, and a 3D soundscape. Speakers: Will Cherry, Yo-Yo Lin, Michael Matchen, Freelance; Elle Callahan, Elle Callahan Sound
The ever-expanding boundaries of digital storytelling will be explored through the case study of White Ninja – the first ever narrative-based series for the Vine social media platform. Speakers: Jameson Parker, Whiskaye Films; Tyler Funk, North of Now Films
(Saturday, March 12, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Ballroom C, Austin Convention Center)
Discover how Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality will change the future.
Five Ways AR Will Change the World
Augmented Reality has been a buzzword for many years but where is it going? Is it really a disruptive technology? If so why and how will it change our lives? Speakers: Awane Jones, MERCHLAR; Troed Sangberg, Sony; Jay Wright, Vuforia
(Wednesday, March 16, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Salon B, Hilton Austin Downtown)
On Feb. 17, Austin Film Society will present a special screening of “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” Sidney Lumet’s final feature film starring Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman, complete with a conversation with Hawke about the making of the film, and collaborating with Lumet and Hoffman.
The following evening, Hawke will be the featured guest at an AFS Artist Spotlight, where he will participate in a live, on-stage conversation about his life and work with AFS Artistic Director and Founder Richard Linklater, Hawke’s long-time creative collaborator.
Hawke is the star of Linklater’s “Before” trilogy, “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset,” and “Before Midnight,” considered by many to be both some of the most romantic and realistic-about-marriage films of their era.
Hawke is also the star of the extraordinary “Boyhood” and has appeared in other Linklater films such as “The Newton Boys” and “Waking Life.”
Both Linklater and Hawke will participate in a private reception Feb. 18. A very limited number of tickets are on sale for the reception and can be purchased by contacting AFS Director of Relationships and Revenue, Lauren Alexander-Labahn at Lauren@austinfilm.org. Tickets are $275 for the public and $250 for AFS Members.
Tickets to the screening are $25 public / $15 for AFS Members. Tickets for the AFS Artist Spotlight are $40 General Public / $30 for AFS Members. Tickets for both are $60 for the public and $40 for AFS members. All are on sale now at austinfilm.org/EthanHawke. Ticket packages are on sale here.