Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Upcoming Events

Documentary Panel
Women in Cinema Meeting and Guest Series (Documentary Panel)


Tuesday, August 30th, 7pm-9pm, CMA Building, Rm # 3.116
Meeting from 7:00-7:30pm, Panel from 7:30-9:00pm

This event is free and open to all.

Join the Women in Cinema group for their Documentary Panel. Panelist Laura Sobel, director of
Cereal: History in a Bowl, Rakeda Lashae, documentary television director, and Mike Nicholson, producer of Better This World come together for an evening of shared non-fiction filmmaking secrets. Hear about non-fiction filmmaking and television production from ladies who have done it before.

Women in Cinema is an official University of Texas at Austin Student Organization, formerly known as Reel Women Students. Women in Cinema provides a support system for student filmmakers at all levels of experience and also aim to provide students with the knowledge, tools and connections that will better enable them to create successful films.


LAURA SOBEL has produced and written for PBS, A&E, Biography, VH1/MTV Networks
and Fuel TV. She directed and wrote Cereal: History in a Bowl, a pilot for The History
Channel that extended to a 13-part series. Her scripts for A&E Biography have run
the gamut from Hugh Jackman to Catherine the Great to a behind-the-scenes looking
at the making of the movie Animal House. She also co-produced the ITVS funding
documentary Tattooed Under Fire with Nancy Schiesari. As a development writer, her
credits include film treatments and series proposals for PBS, HBO, National Geographic,
Bravo, Discovery, HGTV, and A&E. Laura also teaches documentary filmmaking
workshops at DCTV in New York and at The Mobile Film School in Austin, Texas.

RAKEDA LASHAE has more than ten years of experience as a producer and director. Her credits are with networks like A&E, NBC and MTV. Rakeda Lashae's career began at Warner Bros., with work on various television series and feature film, Cats and Dogs. She went on to join VH1, lending her producing and directing talent on the Emmy winning series, Behind The Music. Other VH1 shows on her credit list include Driven, Hip Hop Babylon and Ultimate Albums, which earned several award nominations. In addition, she's produced episodes of documentary series, E! True Hollywood Story and E! Investigates. Her independent work includes shorts films, music videos and The N Word, a Peabody Award winning documentary she associate produced.)

MIKE NICHOLSON is a founding partner of Picturebox and an accomplished graphic artist with more than ten years of experience. He has designed titles for numerous films including The Hot Shoe, Cremains, Clock-Paint-Eyeball, and My Electric Bill. In addition to producing award-winning commercial and industrial projects, Mike served as co-producer and director of photography for the documentary Blaze Foley Inside. With partner J. Kevin Smith he co-directed the feature documentary Teaching Austin, which aired on PBS. Mike recently produced Better This World, a critically acclaimed feature documentary which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2011.


Slacker 2011 Premiere

August 31st, 7pm, The Paramount Theatre

Last semester’s members were able to work together and contribute a scene for the upcoming feature Slacker 2011. Richard Linklater's Slacker inspired a generation of American filmmakers by exploring the subculture of Austin, Texas in a loose narrative with a tapestry of quirky characters. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of that iconic movie, 24 of Austin's top filmmakers banded together to update Slacker with their own perspectives on the city. Slacker 2011 is a stream-of-consciousness chronicle of a day in Austin, presenting the city-dwellers, dragworms, proto-hipsters and locations that give the city its modern identity. The film showcases a transformed town next to things that never change. Slacker 2011 is an homage to twenty years of independent filmmaking, presenting the city’s changing face and showcasing some of its most exciting talent. If you are interested come join us to the screening of the film! Tickets cost $15 for general admission and $10 for AFS Members.

We are planning on meeting up beforehand and going out to dinner, Silhouette ( So let us know if you need a ride or just want to meet us there.


Women in Cinema’s Camera, Sound, Lighting Workshop
Saturday, September 10th, 10am - 5pm

Picturebox Studios, $5 for UT Reel Women Members ONLY

We're offering a beginning of the semester workshop going over camera, lighting and sound to Women in Cinema members. Lunch is included in the $5.00 registration. Come get a stress-free opportunity to get your hands on equipment with trained, professional instructors. To sign up, please send a note to with "WC Students Workshop" in the heading. Pre-registration is required.

The Austin Studios Tour Field Trip

Tuesday, September 13th
5:30pm - 7pm
Austin Studios
Hosts: John Mace, Ryan Long

Cap of 20 Students (Including However Many of Us are Going)
Registration, First Come First Serve
Must Be a Women in Cinema Member

Join Women In Cinema for an evening of exploration of the famous Austin Studios. Learn how studios operate and what kind of things get made. See the largest green screen in the state.


Editors' Panel
Women in Cinema Meeting and Guest Series (The Editing Panel)

Tuesday, September 27th, 7pm-9pm, CMA Building, Rm # 3.116
Meeting from 7:00-7:30pm, Panel from 7:30-9:00pm

This event is free and open to all.

began working as an assistant editor to some of Hollywood’s leading editors in the early 1970s and learned the principles of post-production. She started editing small, low-budget films in the mid-1980s and by 1990 served as second editor on Paramount Pictures' Internal Affairs. In 1991 she moved with her husband and two children to Austin, where she continued to work on both feature films and documentaries. She teamed with Texas documentarian Hector Galan on the award-winning The Hunt for Pancho Villa and Songs of the Homeland. Ms. Adair’s most active alliance in Austin has been with Academy-Award-nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater, for whom she has edited 14 films: Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, subUrbia, The Newton Boys, Waking Life, Tape, the short film Live from Shiva’s Dance Floor, the hit comedy School of Rock, Before Sunset, Bad News Bears, the animated feature A Scanner Darkly, Fast Food Nation, based on the best-selling book, the documentary Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach, Me and Orson Welles and most recently, Bernie. Adair is a member of American Cinema Editors and of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She remains very active in the local film community in Austin, as a mentor and as a
member of the Austin Film Society.

an award-winning filmmaker and internationally exhibited visual artist. She has edited a number of feature documentaries some of which include: Atomic Ed & The Black Hole, Writ Writer, Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt. Sunshine is her first feature film as director.

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