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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

 

Screening for 1st Recipients of Grants for Women and Diverse Filmmakers May 12, 2017

Congratulations to the first recipients of funds raised through the Grants Initiative to Support Women and Diverse Filmmakers in RTF and awarded by Women in Cinema. Thank you to all the generous donors who made the grants possible!

We plan to do it again in Fall 2017, so over the summer we hope to raise some more money. Women in Cinema did a great job administering the grants!

Behind The Lens: A Women in Cinema Screening, Friday, May 12, 2017, 2504 Whitis Ave, Austin TX 78705 – CMB 2.102

An evening of films directed by UT female and/or minority students presented in order to open a discussion about diversity in the current age of film. A panel with the directors of the films lead by RTF Associate Professor Mary Beltrán will start an interactive conversation with attendees about diverse representation in our new media landscape. This event is to be hosted by the UT student organization Women In Cinema and Professor Beltrán herself.

The five projects that won the 2016 Director’s Grant, and will be highlighted are:

“Cardinal” by Caitlin Ward
“Play Pretend” by Madeline Dimayuga
“Perdóname” by Tani Shukla
“Not Long Now” (Music Video) by Leo Aguirre
“Bokeh” (Music Video) by Akayla Lewis & Mariana Gonzalez

Thank you to the following organizations for supporting the grants program: ATX Television Festival, Austin Film Festival, SAFILM – San Antonio Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival ,Austin Panic Room, Hotel Saint Cecilia, Hotel San José, Shayna Brown of Chez Boom Audio, Moving Image Arts & Education, Dr Jennifer Seger, Hooman Hedayati, and Kat Candler.

Tani Shukla director of Perdóname

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still from Perdóname, directed by Tani Shukla

 

 

 

 

 

Caitlin Ward was a 1st Level grant recipient, and the writer/director of Cardinal. Ward directed this film for her Advanced Narrative class last year, although she has thoroughly refined the film since then and we are very excited to see it! Ward is widely known for her top-notch production design skills but plans to keep diving into the world of writing and directing.

 

 

 

“Cardinal” Starring: Eldren Lavan (left)

 

 

 

 

 

Maddy Dimayuga was a 1st Level grant recipient and the writer/director of Play Pretend. Madeline is a young filmmaker hailing from Katy, Texas. Though widely known for her producing talents, this is her directorial debut.

From Madeline on Play Pretend:
“I want to tell a bit of my story that could possibly be shared by other mixed race kids who felt like they didn’t (or presently don’t) feel like they could fit into the neat little box others wanted them to. This is a film for those who get confused about which box they check on the census, or wonder why people say their English is surprisingly good, or have to explain to people what exactly makes up their specific shade of skin.”

“Play Pretend”, directed by Maddy Dimayuga, starring: Lucky Cantu (left)

 

 

 

 

 

Mariana Gonzalez and Akayla Lewis were 3rd Level grant recipients, and the co-directors for Bokeh- a music video for local artist Tocaio. Lewis hopes to continue working with music videos and more experimental formats, ideally hoping to work for Adult Swim. Gonzalez is an aspiring cinematographer but making Bokeh has inspired them to go into directing music videos as well. 

 

 

 

Leo Aguirre was a 2nd Level grant recipient and the director, editor, and cinematographer of Not Long Now- a music video spec for the James Blake song. Leo is an Austin-based aspiring writer, director, and cinematographer. He was raised in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico where he was exposed to classic Hollywood films by his grandparents. When Leo turned fifteen, his family was transferred overseas to the island of Aruba where he began making films.

 

 A still from “Not Long Now”, directed by Leo Aguirre

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