Friday, December 20, 2013

Film Festival Scholarship Winners

The fall semester has officially ended and we are very excited to announce the winners of the Women In Cinema Fall Film Festival Scholarship. Drum roll please.....

My Super Valentine - Jing Yang
Imaginative 7-year-old Ashley has to stand up to the class bully to save her crush in an art class on Valentine’s day.

The Rapture and Gammy Gwen - Brittany Reeber
At the stern request of Great Grandma Gwen, a young woman must spend the day with her overbearing family as they await the rapture.

Transidentity - Jenny Phillips
Transidentity is a short documentary that captures the experiences of two transgender male students, who attend a public high school, in the suburbs of Kansas City.

And a huge thank you to our three wonderful judges Treva Wurmfeld, Sarah Deuel, and Ying Liu for their time.  You ladies rock!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Film Festival Scholarship 2013

The deadline for Women in Cinema's Film Festival Scholarship is approaching on December 6 at noon. Winners will be announced on December 9. Three winners will receive waived submission fees to the following festivals:

1. SXSW Film Festival
2. Hill Country Film Festival
3. Sarasota Film Festival
4. Dallas International Film Festival
5. deadCenter Film Festival
6. Maryland Film Festival

Rules and Guidelines:
-Director or Producer must be a current and paid member of Women in Cinema
-An entrant may submit only ONE entry
-Previous winners are not eligible
-All films must be completed after January 2013
-There is NO entry fee
-Send completed applications to

Visit the scholarship tab at the top of the web page to access the application and for more information!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Life After Film School Panel - Rescheduled

Recent film school graduates Carlyn Hudson, Beth Chatelain, Sarah Deuel, Monique Walton, and Carmen Hilbert join the November Women In Cinema Panel to talk about life after college.  Stop by to learn how each panelist transitioned from college to working life, what they're currently working on (from gaffing to directing to editing), and for general advice on post-grad options!

November 13, 2013
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

20th Annual Austin Film Festival

Austin Film Festival is back for its 20th year and we couldn’t be more excited for all the films, panels, and parties popping up around Austin over the next week.  There’s so many great folks coming to town and we’ve outlined (in no particular order) films with a female writer and/or director and female panelists who will be attending the festival.  Cheers to all you ladies out there!

Maggie Kiley (Writer/Director: LIGHT YEARS)
Madellaine Paxson (Director: BLOOD PUNCH)
Tara Anaise (Writer/Director: DARK MOUNTAIN)
Hilary Brougher (Writer/Director: INNOCENCE)
Chelsea Hernandez (Director: THE ROAD TO LIVINGSTON)
Kelly Daniela Norris (Writer/Director: SOMBRAS DE AZUL)

Alexandra Lescaze (Director: ALL OF ME)
Laura Waters Hinson (Director: DOG DAYS)
Maureen Judge (Director: LIVING DOLLS)

Holle Singer (Writer/Director: ABANDONED)
Jenny van den Broeke (Writer/Director: BLINDE LIEFDE)
Erica Harrison (Writer: A CAUTIONARY TAIL)
Wendy Dent (Writer/Director: DECEMBER 25)
Jessica Yu (Director: THE GUIDE)
Paola Morabito (Writer/Director: I’M THE ONE)
Janine Sides (Writer/Director: JODY’S BRA)
Grace Kim (Writer/Director: LUMIN)
Frances Poletti (Writer: MISS TODD)
Kristina Yee (Writer: MISS TODD)
Jing Yang (Writer/Director: MY SUPER VALENTINE)
Bracey Smith (Writer/Director: OUVERTURE)
Becca Friedman (Director: PAST THEIR PRIME)
Kate Marks (Writer/Director: PEARL WAS HERE)
Jennifer Suwak (Director: PULLING TEETH)
Jacqueline Christy (Writer/Director: REHEARSAL)
Sara Zandieh (Writer/Director: REZA HASSANI GOEST TO THE MALL)
Sarah Jean Kruchowski (Writer/Director: SPECIAL MOMENTS BY OKSANA)
Claire Winter (Director: TALENT SHOW)
Renee Felice Smith (Writer/Director: YOUNG(ISH))

Terri Edda Miller (Screenwriter: DYSENCHANTED)
Madellaine Paxson (Screenwriter)
Tara Anaise (Screenwriter)
Lisa Kaselak (Media Artist)
Kate O’Toole (Actress)
Melissa Breaux (Washington Square Arts)
Meta Valentic (Producer: URBANIA)

Camera, Lighting, and Sound Workshop Recap

On Saturday, September 28th, Women in Cinema hosted the Fall 2013 Camera, Lighting and Sound Workshop at Picturebox Studios in Austin. This was definitely the most successful one yet! We had a completely full house with an awesome turnout of both UT students and a few people from the community. 

It wouldn't have been such a hit without our great group of instructors teaching the participants. Mariam Aziz, who is a current MFA Production candidate at UT Austin and Cinematographer, headed up the camera section. Curtis Henderson is finishing up his undergrad work at UT and also works as a Production Sound Recordist and in Post-Production Sound shared his knowledge and experience working in sound. And, Carmen Hilbert, a recent graduate from UT and current Gaffer/Grip, taught our lighting section and shared her experience working in professional G&E departments. 

This event was also co-sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin's Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. 

Thank you to everyone who came out and participated and a big thanks for everyone who continues to support us! 

If you missed out on this fun event, never fear! Be sure to come next semester!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Camera, Sound, Lighting Workshop

The last weekend in September marks the fall edition of the Women In Cinema Camera, Sound, and Lighting Workshop!  This workshop is a great opportunity for all to refresh their film knowledge and network with others participating in the workshop.  So how do you get in on all the fun?  Simply email to reserve your spot at this event.

Saturday, September 28
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
@ 701 Tillery St., Picturebox Studio

Workshop costs $5 for Women In Cinema members and $15 for non-members.  Lunch provided at workshop.  If you need transportation to and from the workshop, please email to let us know.

-Gloves to handle lights (if you have them)
-Something to write notes on
-Do not wear open toed shoes

See you there!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Welcome Back + Fall Social

We’re back!  Fall semester has officially kicked off and we have some great things planned for this semester.  First up on the list, a fall social!  Join us at Spider House on September 11 to catch up with old friends, meet new people, and renew your membership for the semester or become a new member.  This is going to be a fun and relaxing event so we hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Spider House (29th & Fruth)
6:30 p.m.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Film Events in Austin

It’s summer in Austin which means temperatures are on the rise, iced tea is a must, and everyone ends up at Barton Springs at one point or another.  Summer time in Austin also brings a plethora of film screenings, most of which are completely free!  So thank you, Austin, for being so kind to us poor college students who stayed in town for the summer months.  Below you can find a list of screenings happening around town.

Austin Sound & Cinema will feature six weeks of unique pairings of live music and some of the most popular movies of all time. Bands will perform a tribute to the movie, followed by the film screening on The Alamo’s giant inflatable outdoor screen. This will take place on the lawn at The Long Center, with the perfect view of the sun setting on the downtown skyline behind the stage.

The events will all be free, all-ages, open to the public, and will fall on alternating Wednesdays from June 5 through August 21. These events are 100% free to the public thanks to presenting sponsor Aquasana, the Austin-based makers of best-in-class home water filtration systems, who will be on site with free, filtered, great-tasting water for every event.  Click here for more info.

Wednesday, June 5: "Labyrinth" featuring live music by SUPER CREEPS
Wednesday, June 19: "Smokey and the Bandit" featuring THE WHISKEY SHIVERS
Wednesday, July 17: "Back to the Future" featuring live music by HELLO WHEELS
Wednesday, July 31: "School of Rock" featuring WILL TAYLOR & STRINGS ATTACHED
Wednesday, Aug 14: "Flash Gordon" featuring live music with MAGNIFICO
Wednesday, Aug 21: "Jurassic Park" featuring live music TBA

Movies in the Park is a series of free films brought to you by the Austin Parks Foundation, and presented by the #1 movie theater in America, the Alamo Drafthouse. Each year, APF and the Drafthouse bring you totally free movies right in downtown Austin at Republic Square Park. Austin residents and visitors bring their blanket or lawn chairs (and often a picnic dinner!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky.  Click here for more info.

Thursday, May 16 at 8:30pm, “The Fifth Element”
Thursday, June 6 at 8:30pm, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”
Thursday, July 11 at 8:30pm, “A League of Their Own”
Thursday, September 12 at 7:30pm, “Rocky
Thursday, October 24 at 7:30pm, “Ghostbusters”
Thursday, November 7 at 7:30pm, “The Hunger Games”

Cinema East is a place where all can come to comfortably enjoy premier independent films without the stress or price of many larger festivals. We're proud to stand behind our community and happy to be able to offer these extraordinary films to casual moviegoers and aficionados alike.  All films are screened at French Legation Museum.  Doors open at 7pm, films start at 9pm.  Pay what you can, $2-5 donation.  Click here for more info.
Sunday June 9: “Cutie And The Boxer”, Short film: “Black Metal”
Sunday June 23: “A Teacher”, Short film: “Weighting”
Sunday July 7: “Zero Charisma”, Short film: “SLASH”
Sunday, July 21: “Bluebird”, Short film: “When We Lived in Miami”

Deep Eddy Movie Nights, a family-friendly summer tradition since the 1940's, returns this year on July 6, 2013.  The City of Austin invites families to see five movies on a giant 20’ x 11’ inflatable screen, while enjoying a swim in Texas' oldest swimming pool.  July 6 kicks off the first screening with Grease (PG), beginning at dusk. The series will continue on Saturdays through August 3, 2013. Pool-goers are encouraged to enjoy the show from the grassy slope, concrete steps, or bring their inner tube to float in the refreshing 70F water.  Admission: $0-3.  Click here for more info.

Saturday, July 6 - Grease (PG)
Saturday, July 13 - Hunger Games (PG-13)
Saturday, July 20 - Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13)
Saturday, July 27 - Wreck-It Ralph (PG)
August 3 - The Avengers (PG-13)

We can’t wait to see you at the Drive-in!  All events now will take place at our new space behind the National Guard Building at AFS.  Enter directly under the water tower at the second driveway.  Follow the arrows to the left and our entrance is now the last gate on the right at the end of the driveway.  Click here for more info.

Wednesday, July 9 at 9pm, “Independence Day”
Friday, July 13 at 9pm, “Dazed and Confused” and “Night of the Living Dead”
Saturday, July 14 at 9pm, “The School of Rock” and “Waking Life”
Thursday, July 26 at 9pm, “Office Space”
Friday, July 27 at 9pm, “Grindhouse: Planet Terror”
Saturday, July 28 at 9pm, “Spy Kids”

101X Summer Cinema at Central Market
Beginning June 12, 2013, 101x brings back its Summer Cinema, thanks to the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow. The summer movie series features five free movies at Central Market North Lamar, starting at sundown. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Free admission!  Click here for more info.

Wednesday, June 12: “Can’t Hardly Wait”
Wednesday, June 26: “Karate Kid”
Wednesday, July 10: “The 5th Element”
Wednesday, July 24: “Tommy Boy”
Wednesday, August 7: “Star Trek”

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Austin Film Organizations Panel

Ladies and Gents, the school semester is almost over but we still have a great Women In Cinema Panel lined up!  Mark your calendars for our final Women in Cinema Panel: AUSTIN FILM ORGANIZATIONS.  We have some awesome ladies talking with us so don't be late. Come learn about what's happening in your community and how to get involved!


Kristen Bell has served as the Director of Programs for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas since fall 2011. Prior to this role, she was the General Manager of one of the largest and most profitable Alamo Drafthouse location, the South Lamar location from 2006-2011. Here she oversaw the stores day-to-day operations in addition to all major events that took place at any Austin Alamo venues.  In addition to her role at the Alamo Drafthouse, Kristen also serves as the Festival Director of Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, since 2008. Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the United States and was recognized as “one of the 10 festivals we love” by Variety president Charlie Koones.

Rebecca Feferman joined the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference & Festival to head up their Media Relations in Fall 2008.  In her role, she cultivates key relationships with major film studios, talent and media, and serves as a Programmer for both festival and conference content.  Additionally, she strategizes timing of all announcements and facilitates targeted placement, generates national and local press opportunities for the festival and its filmmakers, and produces Red Carpet premieres during the event.  She also leads the corporate Marketing Team for all three events (Music, Film & Interactive), and serves as a Contributing Editor for SXSWORLD Magazine. Before her work at SXSW, she spent four years as a publicist representing actors at ID Public Relations in Los Angeles, where she shepherded the long-term publicity goals for her clients.  In addition to tailoring and implementing project-based campaigns by working directly with top-tier media, Feferman handled crisis management and devised specialized positioning to secure major award nominations and wins for her clients.  Prior to joining ID, Rebecca worked in the National Publicity department of Warner Bros. Pictures.  A graduate from the University of Michigan, Feferman is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Laura Kincaid is the Directory & Marketing Coordinator at the Texas Film Commission, a division of the Governor's Office that supports the media industries of Texas. She manages the Texas Production Directory, a free online resource for Texas-based crew and vendors, and markets the state at trade shows, film festivals and events across the country. Laura is a native Austinite, graduated from UT in 2006 with a Bachelor’s in Radio-Television-Film, and serves on the Advisory Board of the ATX Television Festival. She loves movies and trashy TV, is a spontaneous world traveler and has co-edited numerous short films (and one very long documentary in French, Arabic and Portuguese, none of which she speaks). On rainy days, she dreams her life is a musical.

Sarah Ann Mockbee began her tenure with AFS in 2008 and became deputy director in 2011. Before joining the team, she worked in the development department at KUT and in the communications department at WNYC, the premiere NPR affiliate in New York City. She has served on the board of the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects and been a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a producer of CITIZEN ARCHITECT, a documentary about her father, Samuel Mockbee, and the architectural design/build program Rural Studio that he created in Alabama.

Wednesday, April 17
7pm - 9pm
CMA 3.120, UT Campus (Corner of Dean Keaton & Whitis)
Free admission and open to the public
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Women @ SXSW Panel Recap

We have to give a huge thank you to all the phenomenally talented and fascinating filmmakers who took the time out from their busy South by Southwest schedules to honor us with their vibrant presence at our SXSW panel. With a slew of award-winning films under their belts and three of their SXSW films premiering at Sundance, it was an awe-inspiring group who were remarkably forthcoming, funny and brilliant. In addition to our six scheduled female panelists, we also were graced by surprise guests and honorary “woMeN” in cinema: Jeremy Hersh, director of the short Natives and Ruben Amar, co-director and writer of Swim Little Fish Swim.  

The lucky audience members were treated to what felt like an intimate, convivial gathering - akin to the “salons” of early 20th century France – with the panelists more genuinely interested in each other than in selling themselves.  Despite the thousands of film related conversations I’m sure they had during their SXSW stints, it seemed like our panel was a unique opportunity for them to commune with fellow filmmakers in a calm and casual atmosphere – without the pressure to self-promote and power-network.

Kat Candler - Women in Cinema’s godmother and director of a SXSW/Sundance short film for the 2nd year in a row - moderated the panel with her usual charm, creating an inclusive conversation that went in depth into a handful of pertinent topics such as inspiration, process and navigating the complicated relationships that films are dependent on.  Each director made unique and insightful contributions on every topic.  Here we have included one insight from each.

Celia Rowlson-Hall was a serious dancer before delving into directing, and her films - including her TWO films in SXSW this year - often feature herself as she employs her dance and choreography skills.  Celia is a strong advocate for honesty as the foundation of filmmaking: “the work that I make is just me trying to figure things out,” she confided.
 Lauren Wolkstein revealed that she also manifests honesty in her work and is given to explore the unexpected circumstances that life throws at you.  She was staying with her producer in the south of France in order to write a different script, when she had a strange experience being the only American at a French party which inspired her film Social Butterfly. 

And Julia Pott too recounted thriving on the self-expressive aspect of filmmaking – even when adapting someone else’s material.  The narration of her animated film The Event was a poem by Tom Chivers, and Julia was surprised and slightly anxious when he gave her complete freedom to interpret the poem as she wished – but she ultimately found the experience to be exhilarating. By entrusting her with the text of his poem, Chiver was clearly a key contributor to Julia’s film. Other panelists, however, described working with crucial contributors who were not so unquestionably amenable.

Jillian Schlessinger was the only panelist with a documentary in the festival: Maidentrip, a feature documentary about Laura Dekker, a 14-year-old girl who sails around the world by herself.  Jillian conveyed the emotional delicacy involved in securing the participation of her adolescent subject who was at first reticent about being the subject of a documentary.  Now she and Laura are fast friends and collaborated closely throughout the filmmaking process.

Frances Bodomo had a narrative filmmaking version of Jillian’s experience while making her narrative short Boneshaker.  She still hadn’t found an appropriate actor to fill the African immigrant father role, until already on location in Louisiana when she came across a local man in a coffee shop who she had to coax to be one of her principal actors as his first ever acting experience.  Frances also recounted her flipside experience: the kismet of discovering Quvenzhané Wallis, the astounding starlet of Beasts of the Southern Wild, through her NYU connections to the crew of that film.

And Lola Bessis provided an unusual perspective on the process of working with actors – since she not only directed but acted in the feature she co-directed with Ruben Amar, Swim Little Fish Swim.  Lola opened up about facing certain backlash from the other actors who at times resented that as an actress she was exempt from the critiques she would give them as director.  But she clearly overcame this and ultimately Lola evinced the passionate perseverance that radiated from all of the panelists: she has at least 3 other feature scripts she is working on.  “We want to explore as many worlds as we can,” she said.