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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