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Austin Revolution Film Festival Banned Me After I Requested Laurels that Do Not Feature Guns

The Daily Texan ran an article written by Noah Levine about me getting banned from the Austin Revolution Film Festival after I asked, “Do you have any laurels that don’t have guns on them?”

Photo Credit: Samantha Dorisca | Daily Texan Staff

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Published on September 30, 2018 at 11:37 pm
BY NOAH LEVINE
Every film student looks forward to the day a festival recognizes their work. For UT radio-television-film alumnus Scott Cobb, this dream became a reality, and then quickly became a nightmare.

In June 2018, Cobb’s script entitled “Overwood” was selected as a semi-finalist by the Austin Revolution Film Festival. While Cobb was honored by the award, there was one glaring problem with the festival’s imagery — its focus on guns. The repercussions of his story have struck a chord with current radio-television-film students who one day hope to embrace Austin’s robust selection of film festivals.

Included in the festival’s email were laurels meant to showcase the achievement of the writers, but instead, Cobb said he felt they glorified gun culture.

Not wanting to associate his project with such violent images, Cobb said he asked the festival via email if they offered alternate laurels that did not feature weaponry. They responded, telling Cobb he was welcome to create alternate laurels.

In an email to festival representatives, Scott agreed to consider designing his own laurels but explained his criticism, stating that the laurels were insensitive and out of touch with the modern political climate. As a result, the ARFF revoked Scott’s award, stripping the script of its semi-finalist position.

Cobb said his wariness of gun-related imagery comes from his story as a survivor of armed robbery at a McDonald’s in Houston in the 1990s.

“Two people came in, showed us their guns, hit me in the face with the butt of one, and ordered us into the kitchen,” Cobb said. “I was told to lie down and a long gun was stuck hard in my back.”

Cobb compares his treatment by the festival to mid-1900s Hollywood, when unfair rules and blacklists banned filmmakers with controversial or outspoken opinions from participating in the industry.

Founder and editor of “MovieMaker Magazine” fsTimothy Rhys said it is unfortunate the parties involved were unable to work through the issue respectfully.

“I can appreciate the festival’s unwillingness to change its imagery or allow any usage of alternate imagery,” Rhys said. “I can understand Scott’s point, as well, and don’t think he should have been disinvited.”

The festival is also a part of the Film Festival Alliance, which prides itself in strengthening “the film festival industry and advocates for a sustainable and inclusive environment for film festivals and the people who run them,” according to its website.

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Despite sparking conflict by speaking up, Cobb is trying to find his way in the film industry by continuing to share his work with festivals. Cobb said he believes unjustifiable retractions of recognition due to an artist’s personal or political views represents a major roadblock in the way of aspiring artists like himself.

“(A film festival) harms the entire filmmaking community by silencing people at a time in history when filmmakers should be encouraged to speak out and not feel intimidated into remaining silent,” Cobb said.

See the Films by Women Directors Who Received 2018 Grants from Women in Cinema in RTF at UT-Austin

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of grants awarded by Women in Cinema, a UT student organization. This is the second year WIC has given out grants with the goal to increase the number of women directors in RTF advanced production classes.

Fundraising for the grants began in 2016 through the Grants Initiative to Support Women and Diverse Filmmakers in RTF. Thank you to the donors who made the grants possible!

Women in Cinema has done a great job with the grants! In 2016, there was only one woman director and 12 men directors in the undergraduate thesis class. After two years of grants, this year there are five women directors and five men directors in the thesis class.

Do you want to check out the projects that Women in Cinema gave grants to this semester? Several of them can be seen in the End of Semester Screenings Spring 2018 hosted by the Department of Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin.

 

May 11, 2018

FRIDAY FROM 5:30-7PM (Advanced Narrative):
– Alternate Reality Television dir. Rikki Bleiweiss
– Birthday Boy dir. Monica Silverio 
– What Keeps Us Apart dir. Sarah Nouri

FRIDAY FROM 7:30-10PM (Undergraduate Thesis):
– Blackbird dir. Caitlin Ward
– Elina dir. Maria Forsythe
– Matchstick Willie dir. D.R. Garrett
– My Friend Shokat dir. Bita Ghassemi
– Tuskegee dir. Sharda Karim

All screenings will be in the Texas Union Theater. See you there!

Q&A after UT RTF Undergraduate Thesis Screening May 11, 2018. Congratulations to all the directors, producers, crew and cast! The films were very impressive! Listen around second 50, minute 8:30, and minute 15:20 to hear some comments on gender issues.

“Overwood” Won Best Short Screenplay at the 2018 Hill Country Film Festival.

We won! The script for “Overwood”, written by Scott Cobb, Morgan Floyd, Angelina Castillo and Ali Meier won Best Short Screenplay at the 2018 Hill Country Film Festival.

Morgan Floyd, Ali Meier, Angelina Castillo

 

 

 

Congrats to all the 2018 Hill Country Film Festival Winners!

Cinema Dulce – Best of Fest: The Unicorn (d. Robert Schwartzman, U.S.)

Audience Choice Award: Time Trap (d. Mark Dennis and Ben Foster, U.S.)

Best Texas Film: Dance Hall Days – A Documentary on Texas Dance Halls(d. Erik McCowan, U.S.)

Best Feature Film: Die beste aller Welten (The Best of All Worlds) (d. Adrian Goiginger, Austria)

Best Short Film: Imperdonabile (Unforgivable) (d. Giosue Petrone, Italy)

Best Documentary Film: Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (d. Dana Adam Shapiro, U.S.)

Best Student Short Film: Hacia el Sol – Towards the Sun (d. Monica Santis, U.S.)

Best Director: Dianne Dryer (Change in the Air)

Best Actress: Emilie Krause (They Are Strangers)

Best Actor: James Paxton (An American in Texas)

Best Short Screenplay: OVERWOOD written by Scott Cobb, Morgan Floyd, Angelina Castillo, Ali Meier

Best Feature Screenplay: SUMMER OF ’84 written by L. Elizabeth Powers

Cinema Dulce – Best of Fest: The Unicorn (d. Robert Schwartzman, U.S.)

Audience Choice Award: Time Trap (d. Mark Dennis and Ben Foster, U.S.)

Best Texas Film: Dance Hall Days – A Documentary on Texas Dance Halls(d. Erik McCowan, U.S.)

Best Feature Film: Die beste aller Welten (The Best of All Worlds) (d. Adrian Goiginger, Austria)

Best Short Film: Imperdonabile (Unforgivable) (d. Giosue Petrone, Italy)

Best Documentary Film: Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (d. Dana Adam Shapiro, U.S.)

Best Student Short Film: Hacia el Sol – Towards the Sun (d. Monica Santis, U.S.)

Best Director: Dianne Dryer (Change in the Air)

Best Actress: Emilie Krause (They Are Strangers)

Best Actor: James Paxton (An American in Texas)

Best Short Screenplay: OVERWOOD written by Scott Cobb, Morgan Floyd, Angelina Castillo, Ali Meier

Best Feature Screenplay: SUMMER OF ’84 written by L. Elizabeth Powers

“Overwood” Selected as Hill Country Film Festival 2018 Short Screenplay Finalist

The script for “Overwood”, written by Scott Cobb, Morgan Floyd, Angelina Castillo and Ali Meier is accepted to the Hill Country Film Festival as a 2018 Short Screenplay Finalist. The festival takes place in Fredericksburg, Texas April 26-29, 2018.

The 2018 Hill Country Film Festival Award Nominations

Overwood is a short film about a woman who returns to her childhood home for the first time after ten years abroad to find it sitting empty with the furniture covered in sheets. Her two sisters discover her in the house and confront her about her long absence from their lives.

Overwood is the name of the house that the sisters gave their home as children after watching the 1939 film Wuthering Heights because they liked the idea of homes having names.

2018 HCFF program

“Ilyanica” Official Selection of the 13th Annual Cinema on the Bayou in January 2018

Ilyanica” is an Official Selection, to the 13th Annual Cinema on the Bayou in Lafayette, Louisiana Jan 24-31, 2018. “Ilyanica” screens Sunday, January 28 at noon.

From their website:

“The 13th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival has selected over 160 films, including World, U.S. and Louisiana Premieres, from around the world to be screened at venues in and around Lafayette, Louisiana during the annual eight-day Festival to be held on January 24-31, 2018.

The Festival will open on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 6:30 pm at Acadiana Center for the Arts with the World Premiere screening of “Rifles & Rosary Beads,” a short documentary about the power of turning trauma into art.

Located in Lafayette, Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun country, Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival is dedicated to presenting narrative, documentary and animated films and filmmakers with truly original voices in one of the friendliest, most unique cultures in the world.

Grants Application Open for 2nd Year of Grants to Support Women Directors in RTF

Women in Cinema, a student organization at UT-Austin, has posted the grants application for this year’s Women and Minority Directors Grants! If you are a woman in Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin, you can apply for one of the grants if you’ll be enrolling in the advanced narrative, advanced cinematography, or undergraduate thesis class in spring 2018. If you’re in an upper-division class not listed and feel that you could use the money to help your film, please contact Women in Cinema to ask about it.

The applications are due by 5PM on February 16, 2018.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2CCGt9W8GDteUFVX1JkOEt5NzA

Last year Women in Cinema gave out more than $1,600 to five projects with funds raised through the Grants Initiative to Support Women and Diverse Filmmakers in RTF. This year, significantly more funds are available. The goal is to increase the number of women directors making films in the advanced directing classes in RTF. In 2016, the undergraduate thesis class had 12 men directors and only one woman director. In 2017, the thesis class had only 3 women directors out of 11 total directors. 2018, could be the year the thesis class is at least 50 percent women directors.

Photos from San Antonio Film Festival

The quality of the films at the San Antonio Film Festival is very impressive. We were definitely in good company in our block of shorts.  Martina Mitchell, one of the actors in “Ilyanica” and I represented the cast and crew at the screening, which was packed. There was an excited hubbub in the lobby as people milled about beforehand. Thanks to all the organizers for putting on a great festival! #safilm

 

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