Past AFS Grant Recipients

2017 Recipients

Features

1985
Narrative Feature in post-production
Director and writer: Yen Tan
$10,000 cash for Post-Production
Kodak Film Award (in-Kind): 35mm exhibition print
A terminally ill young man visits his hometown in Texas and struggles to disclose his dire circumstances to his conservative family.

LOVE IS A SENSATION
Documentary Feature
Director: Yaphet Smith
$3,000 cash for Post-Production
Oprah Winfrey hails from Kosciusko, Mississippi, but most pilgrims trek there to visit The Unusual Artist Ms. L.V. Hull at her outlandish home. Now, as L.V.’s health fails, only one visitor would make her life complete: Blues legend B.B. King. Will The Artist meet The King before time runs out?

PAHOKEE
Documentary Feature
Director: Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas
$15,000 cash for Post-Production
Pahokee, Florida (pop.6,094): one hour by car across Palm Beach County from the presidential opulence of Mar-a-Lago. Against a backdrop of industrial agriculture and economic isolation, high school senior from diverse cultural backgrounds forge a sense of meaning and community via elaborate and colorful rites of passage.

THE TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL REGIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL MURDERS
Narrative Feature in production
Director and writer: Clay Liford
$5,000 cash for Production
After witnessing a murder at a prestigious theater festival, a down-on-her-luck theater teacher and her star pupil must decide what to do in order to still win.

THE TROUBLE I SEE
Documentary Feature
Director: Sally O’Grady
EBW By Sandra Adair Grant
$5,000 cash for Post-Production
THE TROUBLE I SEE explores the impact of mass incarceration on three families in Richmond,Va. Using the annual Father-Daughter Dance at the City Jail as the catalyst, the film examines the realities of life in the corrections system for Joey, Andre and Rashaan.

THE TROUBLE WITH RAY
Documentary Feature
Director: Travis Johns
$5,000 cash for Post-Production
THE TROUBLE WITH RAY exposes the wild, untold history of LGBT activism in ultra-conservative Texas and its impact on the national stage as told by the movement’s ultimate outsider, Ray Hill: a labor activists’ son, ex-con, and “loud-mouthed queer,” whose 50 years of fearlessly protesting for LGBTQ equality energized a grassroots movement to take powerful, political action.

Untitled Jennifer Laude Documentary
Documentary Feature
Director: PJ Raval
IndiePendants Grant
$15,000 cash for Post-Production
Grassroots activists in the Philippines are spurred into action when a local transgender woman is found dead in a motel room with a 19-year-old U.S. marine as the leading suspect. As they demand answers and a just trial, hidden histories of U.S. colonization come bubbling to the surface.

WHAT BREAKS THE ICE
Narrative Feature
Director & writer: Rebecca Eskreis
EBW By Sandra Adair Grant
$10,000 cash for Production
During the summer of 1998, Sammy and Emily both 15 years old, strike up a quick and deep friendship, in spite of their disparate backgrounds. But what should have been the best summer of their lives takes an unexpected turn when they become accidental accomplices in a fatal crime: the murder of Sammy’s brother, Travis.

WHEN WE WERE LIVE
Documentary Feature
Director: John Moore
Stuck On On Post-Production Grant
WHEN WE WERE LIVE is a feature documentary about the heyday of Public Access Television in the 1980’s and 90’s, and how it shaped the culture of a pre-internet America. The film weaves together hundreds of hours of archival footage to tell the stories of five former Public Access producers from Austin, TX, the nation’s longest running Public Access Television station.

Shorts

BAD THINGS
Narrative Short
Director: Mira Lippold-Johnson
$2,000 cash for Post-Production
When her older sister gets unjustly suspended from school, eight-year-old Sue Ellen starts to doubt that brains and hard work are enough to keep her out of trouble. Bad teachers, prejudices, a bully: there are impediments to success. So Sue Ellen takes a drastic, violent step to take control.

CALLING
Narrative Short in post-production
Director: Artemis Anastasiadou
EBW By Sandra Adair Grant
$1,000 cash for Post-Production & Distribution
After a violent event comes to an end, a mother struggles to keep on being a caregiver to her handi-capable son.

THE CHEAP SEATS
Narrative short in production
Director: Brittany Reeber
Kodak Film Award: $5,000 in film stock
MPS Camera and Lighting Award: $5,000 in camera package & equipment rentals
Donna and Julianne search for ancestral connection in a place where consumerism has replaced culture and life’s sweet moments tend to be at the bottom of a cheap drink. The fictional script is set in the very real Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp, a small community in central Florida dedicated to Spiritualism and “mediumship”, or the ability to communicate with the dead.

HAO’S NAILS
Narrative Short in Production
Director: Nazanin Shirazi and Katja Straub
EBW By Sandra Adair Grant
$5,000 for production
Every two weeks, 65-year-old Cindy searches for a moment of intimacy at Hao’s Nails.

CHICLE
Narrative Short
Director: Lizette Barrera
EBW by Sandra Adair Grant
$4,000 cash for Post-Production
An ill-tempered teenager attempts to find peaceful solitude on the day of her grandfather’s passing until an estranged friend pays her a visit

JUNE
Narrative Short
Director: Huay-Bing Law
$5,000 cash for Production & Post-Production
An immigrant Chinese wife does her best to fit in at her husband’s graduation ceremony in 1950’s segregated Texas.

LET ‘EM KNOW YOU’RE THERE: THE STORY OF BIG JIM & THE TRIPLE DOUBLE
Documentary Short in post-production
Director: Field Humphrey
$2,500 cash for Post-Production
A forgotten basketball pioneer and NBA record holder, Jim Tucker reveals what is truly worth remembering as he struggles with Alzheimer’s disease

“MAUDE”
Narrative short in post-production
Director: Anna Margaret Hollyman
Stuck On On Post Production Grant
MAUDE is a comedy about a woman named Teeny who is surprised to learn that she is babysitting the daughter of a former college classmate, Priscilla, a successful Gwyneth Paltrow-esque lifestyle guru. Over the course of the day, Teeny begins to take on the other woman’s identity with hilarious consequences.

RENEEPOPTOSIS
Animated Short in production
Director: Renee Zhan
EBW By Sandra Adair Grant
$5,000 cash for production
RENEEPOPTOSIS follows the adventures of three Renees at various points of their lifespan as they go on a spiritual journey to find God (who is also Renee). Along the way, the Renees discuss and experience in full glory the trials, tribulations, and wonders of being Renee.

THE SHAKE-UP
Documentary Short
Director: Benjamin Altenberg
$5,000 cash for production
Mental healthcare patients and providers in New Mexico struggle to find a path forward after the state government makes false accusations of Medicaid fraud that result in widespread closures of clinics and the disruption of life-saving services for thousands.

THINGS WE LEFT BEHIND
Documentary Short
Director: Amy Bench
MPS Camera and Lighting Award: $5,000 in-kind
THINGS WE LEFT BEHIND is a visual diary film that touches on the refugee experience, through the objects that connect them to their former lives. It is a series of portraits of women living in the United States, who came to this country with no more than a carry-on bag or a couple of suitcases.

THROUGH A CITY SHOESTRING
Narrative Short
Director: Kent Juliff
$1,000 cash for production & post-production
On a lazy summer, two lifeguard friends get caught up in a small town mystery after their boss is kidnapped.

Special Grants

DJI Grant Recipient:
Derek Allison
Derek Allison is in post-production on his narrative short film, MENSCH, which deals with an ex-marine adjusting to life after deployment. He has directed the short films TEMPERAMENT and NIGHT’S TOUR, and worked on production in Los Angeles before moving to Austin to attend UT’s RTF Program. DJI will support Derek on his next short film, providing a production budget, and DJI equipment, including drones, cameras and stablizers.

Harrison McClure endowed grant for an undergraduate filmmaker
PERDÓNAME
Narrative short, $2500 in grant support
Filmmaker: Tani Shukla
A Catholic woman is put at odds with her faith when her cancer-afflicted sister asks her to commit the ultimate sin.

Travel Grant Recipients

Micah Barber, INTO THE WHO KNOWS!
Sarasota Film Festival

Lizette Barrera, MOSCA
NALIP Latino Media Festival

Robin Berghaus, STUMPED
Frameline Film Festival

Patrick Bresnan, THE RABBIT HUNT
Sundance Film Festival
Berlin International Film Festival

Bob Byington, INFINITY BABY
San Francisco International Film Festival

Sam Douglas, THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE
MoMA Doc Fortnight

David Fenster, OPUNTIA
Los Angeles Film Festival

Jose Luis González, ENSUEÑO
San Francisco International Film Festival

Kent Juliff, LAST NIGHT
Slamdance Film Festival

Daniel Laabs, JULES OF LIGHT AND DARK
IFP Rough Cut Labs

Joel Pena, PEDAZOS
Outfest

PJ Raval, Untitled Jennifer Laude Documentary
Sheffield Doc Fest Lab

Todd Rohal, THE SUPLEX DUPLEX COMPLEX
Seattle International Film Festival

Brittany Shepherd, EYE, CAMERA
Hot Docs Film Festival

Drew Xanthopoulos, THE SENSITIVES
Tribeca Film Festival

Panelists

Our 2017 Panelists included:

  • Brandon Harris
  • Penny Lane
  • Jennifer Phang

2016 Recipients

Feature Narrative

SHOOT THE MOON –Graham Lenoir Carter– Austin, TX
$5,000 cash for Production
MPS Camera & Lighting Award (in-Kind): $10,000 in camera and equipment rentals

A musical comedy about a couple of Texas con men who scam housekeepers into stealing money from their wealthy employers. Their plans change when they meet the newly reformed Maureen… all this while a bumbling, lovesick PI is hot on their trail. Based on the James Joyce short story “Two Gallants,” and the songs of John Prine.

FRIDAY’S CHILD –Andrew J. Edwards– San Antonio, TX
Stuck On On DCP Grant (in-Kind): one theatrical digital cinema package

Friday’s Child is the story of Richie who ages out of foster care at the age of 18 and collides with the perils and temptations of a life apart. When he mistakenly murders his landlord during a botched robbery, Richie must right his wrongs and seek redemption. The film is a contemporary, narrative drama that parallels the themes of Crime and Punishment and An American Tragedy. It is a challenging study of youth, poverty, forgiveness, and love.

MUTT –Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews– Austin, TX
$8,000 cash for Production
Kodak Film Award (in-kind): $4,500 in film stock

A misunderstanding with authorities separates a homeless veteran, Daniel Sidney, from his only companion, his dog Saxton. Daniel reunites with his estranged brother to search the city’s animal shelters, leading him to the doorstep of an affluent family that is reluctant to give up the adopted dog, forcing him to weigh what’s best for the animal, and himself.

MISS JUNETEENTH –Channing Godfrey Peoples– Fort Worth, TX
$8,000 cash for Production

Turquoise, a former beauty pageant queen turned single mother prepares her teenage daughter, Kai, for the upcoming pageant while making sure her daughter doesn’t make the same mistakes in life that she did.

THE EPIPHANISTS –Scott Stark– Austin, TX
$2,500 cash for Production

THE EPIPHANISTS is an experimental narrative told entirely with found 35mm movie trailers, reprinted by hand onto raw film stock, creating a pulsing, kinetic and intensely dramatic visual joyride. Set after the Epiphany – the moment in a future time when the dire warnings about climate change have become undeniable –Tonya and a team of insurgents attempt to infiltrate the remaining vestiges of corporate power, in a last attempt to reverse planetary self-immolation.

Feature Documentary

THE SECRET LIFE OF LANCE LETSCHER –Sandra Adair– Austin, TX
$4,000 cash for Post-Production
Stuck On On DCP (in-Kind): one theatrical digital cinema package

This deeply intimate and psychological portrait of collage artist Lance Letscher traces his artistic evolution, capturing the mystery of his creative process and revealing his struggle to overcome personal tragedy.

PEYOTEROS –Eugenio del Bosque Gomez– Austin, TX
$4,000 cash for Production

Three Mexican-American men in South Texas are the only individuals left who can legally harvest and sell peyote in the United States. Traditionally known as Peyoteros, these men supply the sacred plant to members of the Native American Church with medicine for their sacrament. Supplies of the plant are dwindling, and demand continues to rise.

BORN WITH IT –Alexander Koffler– Austin, TX
$5,000 cash for Production

Grammy-nominated blues artist Cedric Burnside–grandson of the legendary R.L. Burnside–continues the legacy of the great Hill Country Bluesman, playing to crowds around the world. Juggling a rigorous touring schedule of 200 shows a year and a challenging home life, Cedric channels the transcendent power of blues as a way to cope with life and continue his struggle keeping the musical form alive and his family afloat on the banks of the Mississippi.

DOKDO: LONE ISLAND –Matthew Koshmrl– Austin, TX
$5,000 cash for Production

DOKDO: LONE ISLAND explores the disputed island territory between South Korea and Japan. It takes an intimate view into the lives of three Korean people who have dedicated their lives to fighting for the sovereignty of the island. The film meditates on the reasons that urge their fight, while challenging nationalistic thinking with a breath of irony, and exploring identity and individual legacy.

UNTITLED MICHAEL BRODY JR DOCUMENTARY –Keith Maitland– Austin, TX
$10,000 cash for Production

In 1970, Michael Brody Jr, a young hippie millionaire, announced he would give away $25M, capturing the attention of the media and inspiring scores of people before spiraling into personal tragedy. With the discovery of thousands of unopened letters written to Brody in 1970, his story and his impact on those who wrote to him is explored in a stranger-than-fiction account of a troubled young man and the chaos that ensued when he invited the world to share in his supposed good fortune.

CANINE SOLDIERS –Nancy Schiesari– Austin, TX
$3,000 cash for Post-Production

Dogs can be man’s best friend, and a soldier’s too. CANINE SOLDIERS explores the intimate bond between Soldier Handlers and their Military Working Dogs, when human survival depends upon the superior instincts of another species. In the war in Afghanistan, where the rules of engagement have shifted from traditional combat to the unforeseen and the invisible, canine intelligence and their powerful instincts are saving lives, giving soldiers comfort, hope and protection.

SEADRIFT –Timothy Tsai– Austin, TX
Powered by Dell Grant (in-kind): a post-production technology package valued at $10,000

In 1979, the fatal shooting of a white crabber in a small Texas fishing village ignites a maelstrom of hostilities against Vietnamese fishing communities along the Gulf Coast. Seadrift inspects the circumstances surrounding the incident and its tumultuous aftermath, and tells the story of Vietnamese refugees who flee their home country only to be confronted by angry fishermen and the KKK as they search for a new home in a strange land.

INNER SANCTUM –Aaron Jacob Weiss and Robert Weiss– Austin, TX
$5,000 cash for Production

INNER SANCTUM is a film inspired by candid conversations with mortician Dale Carter. They explore unique perspectives about the fragility and complexity of the human condition. Through being granted access to this foreign and forbidden world of the funerary process, they present this subject through the lens of spirituality and mysticism paired with social realism.

Narrative Shorts

ATLANTIC CITY –Miguel Alvarez– Austin, TX
Colaborator Narrative Short Film Grant, co-sponsored by TXMPA: $5,000 cash for Production and an in-kind package worth $33,000 including a Panavision camera package, Assimilate Software, Final Draft Software, and GoPro Hero 4 Black Camera.

ATLANTIC CITY is a short film that examines family and loss as told through the eyes of two homeless day laborers drifting through San Antonio, Texas.

ESCAPE VELOCITY –Caleb Michael Johnson– Austin, TX
$2,000 cash for Post-Production

A small kid goes looking for his astronaut father.

INBETWEEN DAYS –Madli Laane– Austin, TX
$3,000 cash for Production

In the midst of the 1991 coup in Soviet Union, an Estonian girl and a Russian boy reach across cultural and political lines to unite over a shared bottle of American soda.

SUNSHINE AND RAIN –Vish Vallabhaneni– Austin, TX
$2,500 cash for Distribution

SUNSHINE AND RAIN is a gritty narrative following Kayla, who is dead-set on going back to college and leaving the Dallas Housing Projects behind. However, after her mother’s release from rehab and her younger brother’s involvement with a rough crowd, Kayla faces the decision between her family and her future.

Documentary Shorts

LAVOYGER –Rachel Bardin– Austin, TX
$3,000 cash for Distribution

El Tule ranch is a private playground for Texas oil barons and powerful politicians but the manager, Lavoyger Durham has discovered over 20 bodies of people who died avoiding a nearby border patrol checkpoint. In this short documentary portrait, we follow Durham as he details his history with the ranch, Texas, and its people.

SKIP DAY –Patrick Xavier Bresnan and Ivete Lucas– Austin, TX
$4,000 cash for Post-Production

On the Monday after their prom, seniors at Pahokee High skip classes and race the roads through the fifty miles of agriculture that separate them from the costal economy. SKIP DAY is an observational film that follows students on the verge of graduation as they leave their rural African American community of Pahokee, FL to experience the unwelcoming beaches on the opposite side of Palm Beach County.

NATURALISM –Peter Bo Rappmund– Dallas, TX
$2,000 cash for Production
Kodak Film Award: $500 in film stock

NATURALISM is a short, experimental documentary that looks at how an environment comes to be defined through the stories we tell. Focusing on the peculiar structure of Enchanted Rock, Texas, the film uses two narrators to describe both the geologic description of the giant granite plutonic batholith, as well as the native account of the significance of the site. Naturalism is animated entirely from 35mm still frame photography and contains field recordings taken on location.

Animated Shorts

ENSUEÑO –José Luis Gonzalez– Austin, TX
$4,000 cash for Post-Production

ENSUEÑO centers around Ester Bolaños. Curious and intelligent, restless and slightly reckless, she is a teenager stuck in an isolated west Texas border town. Part of a larger narrative of Ester’s life and her family, ENSUEÑO captures the ways in which even the most mundane of activities can be overtaken by Ester’s vivid imagination.

TIGHTLY WOUND –Shelby Gaffney Hadden– Austin, TX
$5,000 cash for Production

A woman recounts her experience living with chronic pelvic pain – how health professionals have failed her, men have rejected her, and shame, anger, and hatred have plagued her body.

2016 International Documentary Association (IDA)/AFS Travel Grant Recipients

Deborah S. Esquenazi – Austin, TX
Getting Real IDA Conference

Keith Maitland – Austin, TX
Getting Real IDA Conference

PJ Raval – Austin, TX
Getting Real IDA Conference

Panelists

Our 2016 Panelists included:

  • Dennis Lim
  • Daniel Patrick Carbone
  • Grace Lee

2015 Recipients

(Austin, TX)—The Austin Film Society (AFS) proudly announces the recipients of the 2015 AFS Grant. Through the Grant, AFS awards $105,000 in cash and $30,000 in goods and services to 37 projects and 38 filmmakers from across the state of Texas. AFS Artistic Director Richard Linklater led the establishment of the grant in 1996 to address the lack of public funding for emerging Texas artists. Since 1996, the Austin Film Society has awarded a total of $1.5 million in cash, and $212,790 in goods and services, to 466 projects.

An independent panel determines the recipients of the AFS Grant.  2015 jurors include Alison Bagnall, the co-writer of BUFFALO ’66 and writer/director of SXSW selections FUNNY BUNNY and THE DISH & THE SPOON; Terence Nance, multimedia artist, musician and writer/director of Gotham Award Winner AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY; and curator Basil Tsiokos, Director of Programming at the Nantucket and DOC NYC Film Festivals, and Associate Programmer of documentaries at Sundance. The Grant team is led by AFS’s Associate Artistic Director Holly Herrick, with Artist Services Manager Iliana Sosa administering the process.

Feature Narrative

NAKOM – Kelly Daniela Norris and TW Pittman – Austin, TX

$9,000 for Post-Production

An intimate narrative from northern Ghana, NAKOM follows a talented medical student who must return to his home village after his father’s death, and fight for his family’s survival.

WOLVES – Paul Gordon – Austin, TX
AFS Powered by Dell Technology Grant (up to $7,500 value)
$5,000 for Production

Ashley, a young idealistic woman, takes in a homeless performance artist/chef couple–Brandi and Theo–after meeting Brandi at a therapeutic laughter class at the community center where she works.

BAGATELLE – Daniel Levin – Sugar Land, TX
AFS Kodak Film Award: $5,000 in film stock

While on tour in South Texas, a struggling Russian cellist ditches her musical career to attempt a marriage with a wealthy farmer. The story is inspired and is loosely based on “Count Nulin”, a poem by Alexander Pushkin.

JULES OF LIGHT AND DARK – Daniel Laabs – Dallas, TX
$2,000 for Production
MPS Camera and Lighting Award: $3,000 in camera package & equipment rentals

A mysterious car accident brings together two strangers who are struggling to reconcile dual lives in a rural Pennsylvania town.

Feature Documentaries

SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR – Deborah Esquenazi- Austin, TX
AFS Powered by Dell Cash Grant: $5,000 for Post-Production
$5,000 for Post-Production

SOUTHWEST OF SALEM excavates the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez – four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of allegedly gang raping two little girls in San Antonio, TX. The film unravels the sinister interplay of mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor, which led to this modern day witch hunt during the ‘Satanic sexual abuse hysteria’ from the late-80’s and early-90’s in the U.S.

THE SENSITIVES – Drew Xanthopoulos – Austin, TX
$9,000 for Post-Production

A loving grandfather is struck down by a debilitating illness with mysterious, environmental origins, and faces an agonizing choice: an uncertain future with his family or the lure of an isolated, “safe” community built for “sensitives” like him.

STUMPED – Robin Berghaus – Austin, TX
$9,000 for Post-Production

When filmmaker Will Lautzenheiser loses his limbs to a bacterial infection, he turns to stand-up comedy as a new creative outlet. After three years of intense rehab and late-night comedy gigs, Will risks his life to undergo a rare double-arm transplantation in the hope of reclaiming his independence while advancing experimental medicine.

UNTITLED ROSEDALE PROJECT – Ben and Bo Powell – Austin, TX
AFS Powered by Dell Cash Grant: $5,000 for Production
AFS Powered by Dell Technology Grant (up to $7,500 value)
MPS Camera and Lighting Award: $5,000 in camera package & equipment rentals

The people of UNTITLED ROSEDALE PROJECT — they’re gonna show you this town. This tough old town in the Mississippi Delta, where the scars of slavery and segregation run deep. The “South’s South” – some people make it here, most people don’t, and that’s the way it’s always been. Who built this ghost town, and who are the ghosts? It depends who’s leading the tour.

GOOD OL’ GIRL – Sarah Kolb – Kenedy, TX
$5,000 for Production

GOOD OL’ GIRL chronicles the progressive stages of a ranch’s working life through three Texas women’s stories. Through Tanya (a single black mother of five), LeMoine (a young Southern Belle set to inherit one of the largest ranches in Texas), and Dillie (a seventy year-old widow navigating tense family battles and her own failing health), GOOD OL’ GIRL investigates a bevy of women’s issues through the lens of a niche industry that has historically been ruled by men.

JUSTICE FOR JENNIFER – PJ Raval – Austin, TX
$5,000 for Production

As U.S. military presence in the Philippines escalates, JUSTICE FOR JENNIFER captures national outrage over the murder of a young Filipina transgender woman by a U.S. marine. Challenging the terms of the Philippine-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) through grassroots organizing and courtroom advocacy, a cast of unforgettable feminist and transgender activists tirelessly confronts homophobia and transphobia, as long-simmering postcolonial tensions rise to the surface.

LESLIE – Tracy Frazier – Austin, TX
$5,000 for Production

LESLIE (working title) is a hybrid documentary that reveals the inner and bizarre world of Albert Leslie Cochran, a rebellious, cross-dressing homeless man who became the most unlikely civic symbol of Austin, Texas. Told with unapologetic humor, the film chronicles the life and career of a misfit who becomes a cultural icon while searching for love and a true sense of home. LESLIE draws a parallel between one man’s efforts to preserve his identity with the collective struggle of a changing city.

MONUMENT TO CABEZA DE VACA – David Fenster – Marfa, TX
$5,000 for Production

In 1528, Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca, a Spanish conquistador, was shipwrecked in Florida. Over the next 10 years he wandered, lost and naked, to West Texas and became a shaman along the way. De Vaca’s story is told through his own words and contemporary voices including: Asher Hartman, a transgender shaman; Paul Fenster, the filmmaker’s father, who exists in a space between life and death; and a talking cactus that claims to be inhabited by the spirit of De Vaca.

A THIN LINE – Scott Harris – Flower Mound, TX
$5,000 for Production

A filmmaker, haunted by a past of merciless schoolyard bullying, tries to distract himself from fears about his mental health, until he is eventually forced to confront them.

FUNNIEST – Katie Pengra and Dustin Svehlak, – Austin, TX
$2,000 for Post-Production

Outside of mainstays like New York and Los Angeles, Austin is the quickest developing stand up comedy scene in the nation. For 30 years, Capitol City Comedy Club has hosted the Funniest Person in Austin contest, which draws over 200 local contestants annually. After a grueling 7-week competition, only one comic can call themselves Funniest.

THE SONS OF JOSÉ BOLAÑOS – Juan Pablo Gonzalez – Austin, TX
$2,000 for Production

THE SONS OF JOSÉ BOLAÑOS is a meditative portrait of a Mexican rural family, its history with migration and how this contributed to the loss of their youngest son, Fernando. By observing the everyday life of the Bolanos family, and listening to their retelling of the last time each of them spoke to Fernando, The Sons of Jose Bolanos constructs a profound meditation on the mutability of memory as it poignantly depicts the present complexities of rural Mexico.

IN THE SHADOWS – Alvaro Torres-Crespo – Austin, TX
$1,000 for Production

IN THE SHADOWS follows a group of gold panners deep in Costa Rica’s jungle. For years they have panned the rivers and exchanged their gold for food and alcohol. Now, the government has decided to expel them all. This lyrical film captures the men’s struggle and questions Costa Rica’s conservation fame.

OUR VOICES MATTER – Krishnan Vasudevan – Austin, TX
$1,000 for Production

OUR VOICES MATTER follows the journey of young, minority creatives living in Austin, Texas. By creating socially provocative art, music, and films the characters are attempting to engage and rewrite commonly held narratives about race and racial identities in the US. By learning about their experiences, we gain a more nuanced and intimate understanding of the challenges minority youth face.

Shorts

PLANE PRETEND – Sharon Arteaga – Austin, TX
$5,000 for Post-Production

Pilar and her little brothers are ecstatic to take their first flight, but they must hide their excitement or risk revealing their undocumented status and being deported.

NEVER BEEN PIED – Lauren Pruitt – Austin, TX
$1,000 for Production
MPS Camera and Lighting Award: $2,000 in camera package & equipment rentals

Young and flirty Danni has her hopes set on being a plus-size model. Her naive mother Rita unknowingly puts her on a new prescription that will help her on the way to achieving her dream.

BOOBS – Colin Hyer and Bryce Worcester – Austin, TX
$1,000 for Post-Production

Two twelve-year-old boys go on an epic quest to reach the local nudie beach.

CARNE SECA – Jazmin Diaz – Fort Worth, TX
$1,000 for Distribution

Brothers David and Oscar Juarez have until sunset in rural Mexico to turn a profit on their father’s business, or face the consequences of his belligerence.

COMMUNITY CENTRAL – Karen Kocher – Austin, TX
$1,000 for Production

Through oral histories, rare still images, and artful recreations, this documentary recounts the “Golden Age” of Barton Springs; including the little-known, and surprising race history of Austin’s famed swimming hole.

FLORENCE – Caleb Kuntz – Austin, TX
$1,000 for Post-Production

Florence is a teenager enraptured by her unusual perception of the world. Socially unadapted, she is misdiagnosed and prescribed psychotropic medication.

Panelists

An independent panel determines the recipients of the AFS Grant.  2015 jurors include Alison Bagnall, the co-writer of BUFFALO ’66 and writer/director of SXSW selections FUNNY BUNNY and THE DISH & THE SPOON; Terence Nance, multimedia artist, musician and writer/director of Gotham Award Winner AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY; and curator Basil Tsiokos, Director of Programming at the Nantucket and DOC NYC Film Festivals, and Associate Programmer of documentaries at Sundance. The Grant team is led by AFS’s Associate Artistic Director Holly Herrick, with Artist Services Manager Iliana Sosa administering the process.

2014 Recipients

Feature Narratives

ALL THAT WE LOVE – Yen Tan – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $2,500
MPS Camera Award: $5,000

ANY ROUGH TIMES ARE NOW BEHIND YOU – Alex R. Johnson – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $5,000

BOOGER RED – Berndt Mader – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $10,000

JACKRABBIT – Carleton Ranney – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $2,500

LA BARRACUDA – Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $2,500

NAKOM – Travis Pittman & Kelly Daniela Norris – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $10,000

NEVER GOIN’ BACK – Augustine Frizzell – Dallas, TX
AFS Grant Award: $2,500
MPS Camera Award: $5,000

RESULTS – Andrew Bujalski – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $5,000

SLASH – Clay Liford – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $2,500

Feature Documentaries

ANTHROPOCENE – John Fiege – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $2,500

BOOM TOWN – Chelsea Hernandez – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $2,500

IN THE SHADOWS – Alvaro Torres-Crespo – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $10,000

SEADRIFT – Timothy Tsai – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $5,000

SON OF A BUG – Nicole Marie Tavares & Shams-Tabraiz Muzaffar – Richardson, TX
AFS Grant Award: $10,000

STUMPED – Robin Berghaus – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $2,500

TOWER – Keith Maitland – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $5,000

UNTITLED HIGHER EDUCATION PROJECT – Joe Bailey Jr. & Steve Mims – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $2,500

Shorts

BROKEN ARROW – Dustin Shroff – Austin, TX|
AFS Grant Award: $1,500

BURY ME IN THE DARK – Juan Pablo González – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $1,500

FLORENCE – Caleb Kuntz – Austin, TX
Kodak Film Award (film stock) : $2,000

HOUSEKEEPING – Catherine Licata – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $1,000

MIDDLE WITCH – Amanda Gotera – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $1,500

SKUNK – Annie Silverstein – Austin, TX
AFS Grant Award: $1,000

SLOW CREEP – Jim Hickcox – Austin, TX
Kodak Film Award (film stock) : $3,000

UNTITLED MEGALITH FILM – Jennifer Lane – Marfa, TX
AFS Grant Award: $1,000

Panelists

Tom Hall, Festival Director, Film Programmer, Journalist

Aaron Katz, Writer/Director
(LAND HO!, COLD WEATHER, QUIET CITY, DANCE PARTY U.S.A.)

Angela Tucker, Documentary Director & Producer
(THE NEW BLACK, PUSHING THE ELEPHANT, AFROPOP, (A)SEXUAL, BLACK FOLK DON’T)

AFS raises funds for filmmaker grants through the annual Texas Film Awards and major premieres such as the recent BOYHOOD and SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR events.

The grant, which started in 1996 and is awarded annually, has given $1.4 million in cash and $172,790 in goods and services to over 330 artists.  Filmmakers receiving the grants have completed films that go on to prestigious festivals and receive international recognition. Recent past winners include Andrew Bujalski’s Sundance Award-winning and critically acclaimed feature COMPUTER CHESS,  and Heather Courtney’s Emmy Award-winning documentary WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM.

AFS Associate Artistic Director Holly Herrick administered the 2014 grant. Herrick was assisted by AFS Program Coordinator Aaron Malzahn.

2013 Recipients

Narrative Feature

HELLION
Kat Candler
When a motocross-obsessed teen’s delinquent behavior forces his little brother to be taken away, Jacob and his emotionally absent father must take responsibility for their destructive behavior to bring Wes home.
$5,700 for post-production

THE HONOR FARM
Karen Skloss
After all hell breaks loose at prom, Lucy’s new plans bring her deep into the woods, and on the ride of her life. 
$6,000 for production
$4,000 in MPS Camera Austin Services for production

PETTING ZOO
Micah Magee
PETTING ZOO is a 90 minute fiction feature about sex, love and teen pregnancy in San Antonio, Texas.
$10,000 for post-production

PIT STOP
Yen Tan
Two men. A small town. A love that isn’t quite out of reach.
$3,000 for distribution

 

SOME BEASTS 
Cameron Nelson
Soon after a young man moves to rural Virginia to escape the complications of modern life, he finds that life in the indifferent and harsh landscape of Appalachia can be even more savage than the world he left behind.
$5,000 for post-production

SWEET CHEEKS
Todd Rohal
Tyson & Tyler are 9-year-old brothers that find a man’s discarded rear-end inside an abandoned mailbox and give it to their Momma as a gift. She’s enraged. She didn’t raise no ass thieves! To make good, the brothers set out on a mission to return the rump to the mysterious man who somehow lost his backside. Along the way they run afoul of a slick reverend with strange ideas about love, steal a car from a dirty hobo, get chased by a 6-inch man in a balloon, and confront Jesus Christ in heaven.
$8,000 for production
$6,000 in MPS Camera Austin Services for production
$6,000 in Kodak Film Stock for production

Documentary Feature

ABOVE ALL ELSE
John Fiege
ABOVE ALL ELSE is a documentary film that tells the story of the Keystone XL pipeline project and of the landowners and activists who set out to stop it. 
$9,000 for production

BARGE
Ben Powell
BARGE is an experiential journey into the lives of people who navigate the Mississippi River. From lowly deckhands to seasoned mates, the characters throughout BARGE give insight into the social spectrum of the inland waterways. Through their experiences, we gain new perspectives throughout the film of how the river industry works. 
$4,000 for post-production

FORTY PANES: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY
Laura Dunn
FORTY PANES is a portrait of the world lensed through the works of farmer, writer and activist Wendell Berry.
$12,000 for production

SEEKER (WORKING TITLE)
Michel Scott
“SEEKER” documents 3 families on a journey to live in the remote forests of northern Wisconsin for one full year, using only the natural resources at hand to survive.  These personal stories of survival provide a window into the struggle to balance environmental and emotional needs of individuals with the needs of the larger global community.
$5,500 for post-production

THE SENSITIVES
Drew Xanthopoulos
THE SENSITIVES is a feature-length, verite documentary taking the viewer deep into the fragile existence of those exiled from society by extreme environmental sensitivity. Set in remote edgelands, deserts and rural backwoods, THE SENSITIVES walks in the shoes of those with a complicated and often misunderstood illness that’s radically changed their lives forever.
$1,500 Production

STAR NATION 
Justin Agnew
STAR NATION is a character driven documentary following the most polarizing figure and most beloved in the midst of the emerging landscape of electronic sports.
$6,000 for production

UNTITLED
Jeffrey Peixoto
A feature documentary about religion in the 21st century.
$2,000 for production

Shorts

KING BLING
Lauren Kinsler
Rey, a spiritual crossing guard and electronic music enthusiast, gets help from a gothed-out girl in dealing with the death of his mother.
Narrative Short
$700 for post-production

HIGHER GROUND
Mary Magsamen & Stephan Hillerbrand
Building an Art Car style spaceship in their Houston backyard with cardboard boxes, home appliances and imagination power, the collaborative artist team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen and their two children embark on an adventure to construct and fly a rocket ship to the moon.
Experimental Short
$3,000 for production

 

PART-TIME JOBS
Zellner Bros.
A short film constructed in part from dozens of re-appropriated VHS home movies originally produced between 1984-1993. The films explores an adolescent’s interpretation of adult genre fare, predominantly focusing on horror, fantasy, action and adventure, all with absurdist, surrealistic overtones both intentional and unintentional. In-camera editing and VFX, creature creations, and cross-dressing child actors populate this fever-dream narrative.
Narrative Experimental Short
$4,100 for production

REHEARSAL
Thomas Rosenberg
A surreal study of a simulated terrorist attack in middle America. Composed frames observe the meticulous care taken to create a hyperreal terrorist event. Once the bomb goes off,  hundreds of volunteers deliver a convincing performance as stunned and mutilated blast victims.
Experimental Documentary Short
$1,500 for post-production

UNTITLED FREAKSHOW ANIMATION
Nidhi Reddy
In a fantastical Indian circus, a young boy delves into the world of freak shows and unexpectedly falls in love with The Wolf Girl. 
Animated Narrative Short
$3,000 for production

Panelists

Matthew Wolf, Filmmaker
(TEENAGE, WILD COMBINATION)

Jacqueline Lyanga, Festival Director & Programmer
(Director of AFI FEST)

Ry Russo-Young, Filmmaker
(NOBODY WALKS, YOU WON’T MISS ME)

The Austin Film Society is very proud to announce the recipients of its 2013 AFS Grant, which this year gave away $90,000 to 18 projects from emerging Texas filmmakers. In addition to cash grants of $90,000, AFS gave away $10,000 in goods and services from MPS Camera Austin and $6,000 worth of Kodak film stock.

AFS’s Travel Grant program also disbursed another $10,000 in cash in travel stipends to 12 Texas filmmakers, bringing AFS’s total grant amount to $116,000 for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

AFS raised funds for the AFS Grant through the annual Texas Film Hall of Fame and major premieres like THE SCHOOL OF ROCK 10th Anniversay and BEFORE MIDNIGHT. AFS has now given out over $1.5 million to 385 film and video projects since the program began in 1996.

2012 Recipients

Narrative Feature

STAY WITH ME
Andy Irvine
Narrative Feature
$5,000 for production

Documentary Feature

A FORCE IN NATURE
Hayden Yates

$6,500 for production

ABOVE ALL ELSE
John Fiege

$6,000 in MPS Camera Austin Services for production

CANINE SOLDIERS
Nancy Schiesari
$10,000 for production

KALTAG, ALASKA
Daniel Levin
$6,000 for production
$3,000 in MPS Camera Austin Services for production

ROADMAN
Bennie Klain

$10,000 for production

THE SHOW MUST GO ON
Landry Gideon

$10,000 for production

UNTITLED GENTRIFICATION PROJECT
Monique Walton
$4,000 in Kodak Film Stock for production
$2,500 in Alphacine Awards for post-production

YAKONA
Anlo Sepulveda & Paul Collins
$5,500 for post-production

Shorts

ARVIND
Evan Roberts
Experimental Narrative Short
$12,000 for production

ASH
Nathan S. Duncan
Experimental Documentary
$2,000 for distribution

BLACK METAL
Kat Candler
Narrative Short
$3,000 for post-production; distribution

THE LONGEST SUN
Patrick Smith
Narrative Short
$1,000 for distribution

THE VULTURE PROJECT
Russell O. Bush
Documentary Short
$8,000 for post-production

TRACES
Scott Stark
Experimental Short
$2,000 in Kodak Film Stock for production
$2,500 in Alphacine Awards for post-production

UNTITLED JUMP SHOT PROJECT
Jacob Hamilton

Documentary Short
$15,000 for production

Panelists

Matthew Akers, Filmmaker
(MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST PRESENT)

Brent Hoff, Filmmaker
(Co-Founder of Wholfin DVD)

Paola Mendoza, Filmmaker
(LA TOMA, ENTRE NOS)

The Austin Film Society is very proud to announce the recipients of its 2012 AFS Grant, which this year gave away $89,500 to 16 projects from emerging Texas filmmakers. In addition to cash grants of $89,500, AFS gave away $10,000 in goods and services from MPS Camera Austin, $6,000 worth of Kodak film stock, and $5,000 in Alphacine awards.

AFS’s Texas Filmmakers’ Travel Grant program also disbursed another $10,500 in cash in travel stipends to 15 Texas filmmakers, bringing AFS’s total grant amount to $121,000 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

AFS raised funds for the AFS Grant through the annual Texas Film Hall of Fame and major premieres like BERNIE, KILLER JOE and EL MARIACHI 20th Anniversary. AFS has now given out over $1.3 million to 344 film and video projects since the program began in 1996.

2011 Recipients

The Austin Film Society is very proud to announce the recipients of its 2011 AFS Grant, which this year gave away $92,000 to 21 projects from emerging Texas filmmakers. In addition to cash grants of $81,000, AFS gave away $6,000 worth of Kodak film stock and $5,000 in in-kind services from Seattle-based Alpha Cine Labs.

AFS’s Texas Filmmakers’ Travel Grant program also disbursed another $7,000 in cash in travel stipends to 10 Texas filmmakers and $12,000 to 24 Austin filmmaking teams to produce the SLACKER 2011 project, bringing AFS’s total grant amount to $111,000 for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

THE ANDERSON MONARCHS
Eugene Martin
90 min documentary
$3,000 for post-production

BARGE
Ben S. Powell
53 min documentary
$7,000 for production

SEX AND THE SEPTUAGENARIAN
Carolyn Banks
4 min narrative
$1,500 for post-production & distribution

COMPUTER CHESS
Andrew Bujalski
75 min experimental narrative
$7,500 for post-production

THE CURSE AND THE JUBILEE
Ivete Guerra Lucas
55 min documentary
$3,500 for production

FAR MARFA
Cory Van Dyke
90 min narrative
$3,000 for post-production

INSTRUCTIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Kelly Sears
10 min experimental animation
$2,000 for post-production & distribution

JULES OF LIGHT AND DARK
Daniel Laabs
80 min narrative
$6,000 for production

KID-THING
David & Nathan Zellner
82 min narrative
$5,000 for post-production & distribution

KUKERI
Proletina Veltchev
25 min documentary
$3,000 for production

PIT STOP
Yen C. Tan
90 min narrative
$7,000 for production

CHLOE AND CLAIRE AT SIXES AND SEVENS
Thomas Hackett & Katherine Feo Kelly
85 min narrative
$5,000 for production & post-production

TEDDY
Bradley Montesi
5 min narrative
$1,000 for production & post-production

TINY TAPE RECORDER
Paavo Hanninen
20 min narrative
$2,000 in Alpha Cine services
$3,000 in Kodak film stock for production

TRADE IN HOPE
Michelle Nehme
90 min documentary
$3,500 for production

UNTITLED ISRAEL FOOTBALL PROJECT
David Hartstein
85 min documentary
$5,000 for production

THE VULTURE PROJECT
Russell O. Bush
28 min documentary
$5,000 for production

AFS Grant 2011 panelists:

Anne Lai, Sundance Institute
Barry Jenkins, filmmaker (MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY)
Ian Olds, filmmaker (THE FIXER)

2010 Recipients

The Austin Film Society proudly announces the recipients of the 2010 AFS Grant. Of the 183 applications received, 24 projects were granted $104,000 – $93,000 in cash, $6,000 in Kodak film stock and $5,000 in in-kind services from Alpha Cine Labs.

AFS’s Texas Filmmakers’ Travel Grant program also disbursed another $7,000 in cash in small stipends to 10 Texas filmmakers traveling to major film festivals throughout the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

AFS GRANT 2010 RECIPIENTS

 

59 SECONDS

Angela Torres Camarena
15 min narrative
$3,500 production, post-production & distribution

BIG BOY

Thomas Hackett
90 min narrative
$3,000 post-production

THE CANTINERA

Ruth Villatoro
80 min documentary
$7,000 for production

INCENDIARY: THE WILLINGHAM CASE

Stephen Mims & Joe Bailey
90 min documentary
$3,000 production

FOUR PLACE SETTING

Mary Magsamen & Stephan Hillerbrand
14 min experimental
$1,000 post-production & distribution
$1,000 Alpha Cine Labs services

FOURPLAY

Kyle Henry
85 min experimental narrative
$7,000 post-production

THE GLIDERS OF ARCOSANTI

Jaime Cano
28 min narrative
$2,000 production & post-production

THE HAPPY POET

Paul Gordon & David Hartstein
85 min narrative
$2,000 distribution

JORNALEROS

Marcela Moran
30 min documentary
$1,000 production & post-production

JUST BETWEEN US

Karen Skloss
7 min experimental narrative
$1,000 production & post-production
$4,000 Alpha Cine Labs services

MENTIROSO

Wilfred Shipley
10 min narrative
$2,000 production

OCHOA

Elvira Carrizal-Dukes
90 min narrative
$2,000 post-production

PARENTS BEHAVING BADLY AT AN 8TH GRADE BASKETBALL GAME

Scott Meyers
90 min narrative
$4,000 post-production

THE PASSAGE

Roberto Minervini
85 min narrative
$7,000 post-production & distribution

RED SANDS

Mikey Reyes & Carlos Corral
18 min narrative
$2,000 post-production

RETURN TO SENDER

Susanne Mason
60 min documentary
$7,000 production

SAY HELLO TO MR. GO: AN ELEGY FOR SOUTH LOUISIANA

Don Howard
57 min documentary
$3,000 production
$3,000 Kodak film stock

SEPTEMBER MORNING

Chris Eska
85 min narrative
$7,000 production

SEVEN CHINESE BROTHERS

Bob Byington
90 min narrative
$7,000 production

STITCHED

Jenalia Moreno & Nancy Sarnoff
60 min documentary
$1,500 production

UNTITLED GAY RETIREE DOCUMENTARY

PJ Raval
90 min documentary
$5,000 post-production

UNTITLED ZAYTUNA PROJECT

Maryam Kashani
70 min experimental documentary
$3,000 production
$3,000 Kodak film stock

VIETNAM APPRECIATION DAY

Patrick Xavier Bresnan
90 min documentary
$9,000 post-production

WAR STORIES

Ricardo Ainslie
90 min documentary
$3,000 production & post-production

AFS GRANT 2010 PANELISTS

Sam Green, filmmaker
(THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

Emily Hubley, filmmaker
(THE TOE TACTIC)

Alex Rivera, filmmaker
(SLEEP DEALER)

AFS GRANT 2010 STAFF

Bryan Poyser, Program Officer
Elin Dunigan, Coordinator
Emily Robinson, Coordinator

AFS GRANT 2010 SPONSORS

Texas Commission on the Arts
City of Austin Cultural Funding Program
Kodak
Alpha Cine Labs
Four Seasons Hotel
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas
The Mohawk

2009 Recipients

The Austin Film Society proudly announces the recipients of the 2009 AFS Grant. Of the record 244 applications received, 25 projects were granted $102,000 – $90,000 in cash, $6,000 in Kodak film stock, $5,000 in in-kind services from Alpha Cine Labs and $1,000 in in-kind services from TexFX.

AFS’s Texas Filmmakers’ Travel Grant program disbursed another $10,000 in cash in small stipends to 19 Texas filmmakers traveling to major film festivals throughout the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

 

AFS GRANT 2009 RECIPIENTS

 

61 BULLETS

David Modigliani
80 min documentary
$10,000 production

ALONG RECOVERY

Justin Springer
90 min documentary
$5,000 production & post-production

 

AMERICA’S PARKING LOT

 

Jonny Mars
100 min documentary
$1,000 production

BURNED

Emily Pyle
69 min documentary
$5,000 post-production
$1,000 TexFX services

FIVE TIME CHAMPION

Berndt Mader & Ezra Venetos
100 min narrative
$10,000 post-production

FOOTOGRAPHY

Nick Smith
85 min documentary
$1,000 production & post-production

FOURPLAY

Kyle Henry
85 min experimental narrative
$7,000 production

HOME

Sean Gallagher
100 min narrative
$1,100 production

KID-THING

David Zellner & Nathan Zellner
90 min narrative
$5,750 Kodak film stock
$2,260 Alpha Cine Labs services

LEAVING THE ARK

Minor Wilson
50 min documentary
$1,000 production
$2,500 Alpha Cine Labs services

MANOS DE MADRE

Greg Kwedar
24 min documentary
$3,500 post-production & distribution

NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY

Jeffrey Radice
90 min documentary
$2,000 production

THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY

Daniel Stuyck
47 min experimental documentary
$1,400 post-production & distribution

POTLATCH

James Marsh
80 min documentary narrative
$3,000 production

QUADRANGLE

Amy Grappell
20 min experimental documentary
$2,000 post-production & distribution

THE ROAD TO LIVINGSTON

Erik Mauck & Chelsea Hernandez
56 min documentary
$7,000 post-production

THE REVISIONARIES

Scott Thurman
52 min documentary
$2,000 production

 

SUNKEN GARDEN

John Fiege
90 min narrative
$5,000 production & post-production

SUPERMEX

Steve Acevedo
9 min narrative
$2,000 production

 

THE THIRD DAY: FEASTER SUNDAY

Jason Wehling
80 min animated narrative
$5,000 production

THIRD JETTY

Kim Hall
10 min narrative
$2,000 production & post-production

TWO TRINITIES

Sandra Guardado
56 min documentary
$3,000 production

 

UNTITLED GAY RETIREE DOCUMENTARY

PJ Raval
90 min documentary
$5,000 production
$250 Kodak film stock
$240 Alpha Cine Labs services

VANILLA: THE SACRED ORCHID

Curtis Craven
27 min documentary
$2,000 post-production

THE YOGURT SHOP MURDERS

Claire Huie
90 min documentary
$4,000 post-production

AFS GRANT 2009 PANELISTS

So Yong Kim, filmmaker
(TREELESS MOUNTAIN, IN BETWEEN DAYS)

Mike Plante, Director of Programming, CineVegas Film Festival

Todd Rohal, filmmaker
(THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE)

AFS GRANT 2009 STAFF

Bryan Poyser, Program Officer
Rachel Ecklund, Coordinator
Ben Powell, Coordinator
Tommy Stuart, Coordinator

TFPF 2009 SPONSORS

Texas Commission on the Arts
City of Austin Cultural Funding Program
Kodak
Alpha Cine Labs
Four Seasons Hotel
TexFX
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

2008 Recipients

22 film and video projects were granted $103,500 ($95,500 in cash, $5,000 in Alpha Cine Labs services and $3,000 in Kodak film stock).

AFS GRANT 2008 PANELISTS

Sean Baker

Director, PRINCE OF BROADWAY, TAKE OUT
Cheryl Dunye

Director, THE WATERMELON WOMAN, STRANGER INSIDE
Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Director, 90 MILES, SOLDIER’S PAY

AFS GRANT 2008 STAFF

Bryan Poyser, Program Officer
Caroline Carow, Coordinator
Natalie Scott, Coordinator
Chris Sturgeon, Coordinator

AFS GRANT 2008 SPONSORS

Texas Commission on the Arts
Alpha Cine Labs
Kodak
Four Seasons Hotel
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
SIX Lounge
Suzanne Court Catering

AFS GRANT 2008 RECIPIENTS

 

MNEMOSYNE RISING
Miguel Alvarez
20 min narrative
$5,000 production

WORKING MOM
Juliet M. Dervin
75 min documentary
$3,000 production, post-production

PHILIP’S SHADOW
Philip R. Fagan
120 min documentary
$2,000 production

EARL’S WAY
Andrew Garrison
30 min documentary
$5,000 post-production
$2,500 Alpha Cine Lab services

A GOOD DEATH
Scott Greenberg
90 min documentary
$5,000 production

98
Justin Hennard
40 min experimental documentary
$4,000 production, post-production
$1,000 Kodak film stock

THE YOGURT SHOP MURDERS
Claire Huie
75 min documentary
$4,000 production, post-production

COLUMBUS DAY LEGACY
Bennie Klain & Leighton C. Peterson
30 min documentary
$10,000 post-production

NEOLITHIC HOME MOVIE
Jennifer Lane
15 min experimental documentary
$5,000 post-production
$600 Kodak film stock

THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY
David Layton
feature documentary
$2,000 production

THIS GIRL GRIOT

Autumn Leonard
10 min narrative
$2,500 Alpha Cine Labs services

5 O’CLOCK ON A TEXAS MORNING
Jeff Mack
120 min documentary
$1,000 production

 THE EYES OF ME
Keith Maitland
90 min documentary
$4,500 distribution

BRACERO STORIES
Patrick Mullins
56 min documentary
$5,000 post-production, distribution

THE RECONSTRUCTION OF ASA CARTER
Douglas Newman
80 min documentary
$2,000 post-production

BURNED
Emily Pyle
56 min documentary
$2,000 post-production

DIRTY HANDS
Christopher Rusch
90 min narrative
$10,000 production

THE COST OF LIVING
Kai Salim
80 min narrative
$8,000 production

TATTOOED UNDER FIRE
Nancy Schiesari
56 min documentary
$5,000 post-production, distribution

OTIS UNDER SKY
Anlo Sepulveda
90 min experimental narrative documentary
$2,000 production

KATRINA’S SON
Ya’Ke Smith
15 min narrative
$3,000 production
$1,400 Kodak film stock

AMERICAN WIDOW PROJECT
Don Swaynos & Taryn Davis
90 min documentary
$8,000 distribution

2007 Recipients

21 Texas filmmakers were awarded $150,000 ($147,000 in cash grants and $3,000 in Kodak film stock).

AFS Grant 2007 RECIPIENTS:

LOVEOLUTION
John Bryant
12 minute narrative
$5,000 post-production & distribution

LO QUE DARIA POR VOLVER
Sergio Carvajal, Victor Carvajal
120 minute experimental narrative
$5,000 production

DEAD DREAMS INCORPORATED
Steve Collins
7 minute narrative
$2,000 Kodak stock for production

WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM
Heather Courtney
80 minute documentary
$11,000 production

WHALES OF GOLD
Lucia Duncan
57 minute documentary
$4,000 production & post-production

GOAL CITESOLEIL
John Fiege
90 minute documentary
$10,000 production

CORPUS
Walter Glass
90 minute narrative
$1,000 Kodak stock for production

NAOMI. NAOMI
Paul Gordon
90 minute narrative
$10,000 production

SPACE, LAND AND TIME: UNDERGROUND ADVENTURES WITH ANT FARM
Laura Harrison
60 minute experimental documentary
$15,000 post-production

STARFISH
June Lee
90 minute narrative
$20,000 production

SUPERCOLLIDER
Deborah Eve Lewis
60 minute documentary
$6,000 post-production

ST. NICK
David Lowery
90 minute narrative
$6,000 production

MARS
Geoff Marslett
75 minute animated experimental narrative
$5,000 post-production

PIGEON IMPOSSIBLE
Lucas Martell
5 minute animated narrative
$5,000 post-production & distribution

EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL
Darius C. Monroe
80 minute documentary
$8,000 production & post-production

THE RECONSTRUCTION OF ASA CARTER
Douglas Newman
80 minute documentary
$5,000 production

I’LL COME RUNNING
Spencer Parsons
112 minute narrative
$5,000 distribution

DMT: THE SPIRIT MOLECULE
Mitch Schultz
100 minute documentary
$12,000 production & post-production

THE HORSE BOY
Michel Scott
90 minute documentary
$5,000 post-production & distribution

DOODAD’S MOON PAD
Leah Sharpe, Jason Stout
30 minute experimental documentary animated narrative
$5,000 production & post-production

OPTITRONIC
Arie Stavchansky
4 minute animation
$5,000 production & post-production

AFS GRANT 2007 PANELISTS:

James Fotopoulos, director, MIGRATING FORMS, BACK AGAINST THE WALL, THE NEST
Sarah Price, co-director, SUMMERCAMP!, THE YES MEN
Rachel Rosen, Director of Programming, Los Angeles Film Festival & Film Independent

AFS GRANT 2007 STAFF:

Bryan Poyser, Program Officer
Angela De Leon, Coordinator
Christina Kim, Coordinator
Shane Hazen, Coordinator
Maggie Schutza, Coordinator

2006 Recipients

$121,290 awarded to 18 Texas filmmakers

AFS GRANT 2006 PANELISTS

Allison Anders
Scott Farnel
Kate Horsfield

AFS GRANT 2006 STAFF

Elisabeth Sikes, Program Officer
Melissa Archer, Coordinator
Vanessa Mokry, Coordinator
Chelsea Staires, Coordinator
Veterans
Miguel Alvarez
14 min documentary
$2,000 production / post / distribution

Texas Folk Arts
Amy Bench
20 min documentary
$2,000 production / post / distribution

See the World in Darkness
Brian Birdwell
80 min documentary
$5,000 production

The Aviatrix
Toddy Burton
10-12 min narrative
$5,000 production
$3,000 Kodak filmstock

City Playground
Rob Chesnutt
15 min experimental narrative
post-production
AMD / Microsoft Technology workstation award

A Voice for Change: The Rag, 1966-1977
Jim Cullers
10 min documentary
$4,000 production

Shores of Another Sea
The CYC Collaborative
90 min narrative
$2,000 post

The Anatomy of a Frog
Sarah M. Dowling
12 min narrative
$4,000 distribution

August Evening
Chris Eska
100 min narrative
production
AMD / Microsoft Technology workstation award

Sadie
Naiti Gamez
10 min narrative
$3,000 post / distribution

Greg
Jenn Garrison
30 min documentary
$5,000 post / distribution

Two Trinities
Sandra J. Guardado
55 min documentary
$10,000 production

 The Physics Teacher
Scott P. Harris
90 min documentary
production / post
AMD / Microsoft Technology workstation award

Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm
Laura Harrison
60 min animation / experimental / documentary
$15,000 production / post

Along Came Kinky… Texas Jewboy for Governor
David Hartstein
60 min documentary
$5,000 production / post

Small Beautiful Hands
Elizabeth Ladd Lee
24 min narrative
$2,000 distribution

Western
Lucas W. Millard
15 min narrative
$4,000 production
$3,000 Kodak filmstock

Trinidad
PJ Raval and Jay Hodges
90 min documentary
$7,000 post-production

2005 Recipients

$77,000 Awarded to 27 Texas Filmmakers

AFS GRANT 2005 PANELISTS

Dominic Angerame
Jocelyn Glatzer
Rose Troche

AFS GRANT 2005 STAFF

Elisabeth Sikes, Program Officer
Tai San Choo, Coordinator
Chris Hadlock, Coordinator
Meagan Stewart, Coordinator

Round Midnight, Moscow Time
Thomas Burns
60 min documentary
$5,000 production

Romeo
Robert Byington
7 min narrative
$1,000 production
$500 Kodak filmstock

Jumping Off Bridges
Kat Candler
100 min narrative
$5,000 post-production

Where Soldiers Come From
Heather Courtney
86 min documentary
$4,000 production
$200 Media Toolbox tapestock

August Evening
Chris Eska
100 min narrative
$4,000 production

Quilty as Charged
Spike Gillespie
56 min documentary
$1,500 production / post-production / distribution

Escaping Juarez
Cristina Gurrola
26 min narrative
$2,000 production
$1000 Kodak filmstock

Pathogen
Emily Hagins
90 min narrative
$1,000 production / post-production / distribution

A. O. K.
Kyle Henry
90 min narrative
$8,000 production
$500 Kodak filmstock

Old Man
Chris Howell
29 min documentary
$2,500 post-production

Zombie Girl
Justin Johnson & Erik Mauck
56 min documentary
$300 Media Toolbox tapestock post-production

Shores of Another Sea
Rusty Kelley, Natalie Aston, Charles Heidrich, Carleton Ranney, Eva Billingsley, Ben Foster & Renan McFarland
80 min narrative
$2000 Kodak filmstock post-production

Old Photos
June Lee
18 min narrative
$1,000 production
$1000 Kodak filmstock

The Outlaw Son
David Lowery
15 min experimental narrative
$1,000 production / post-production
$1000 Kodak filmstock

Box
Larry McMahan
4 min animation
$2,000 production / post-production / distribution

The Legend of Merle Willis, Headless Cowpoke
R. Lance Myers
7 min animation narrative
$3,000 production

Mexiphobia
Nevie Owens
60 min documentary
$2,000 post-production

Starry Night
Keun Pyo Park
10 min narrative
$2,000 post-production

Tattooed Under Fire
Nancy Schiesari
53 min documentary
$3,500 min production

Bocce
Ivana Slavnic
60 min documentary
$2,500 production
$200 Media Toolbox tapestock

The Nebula Project
Cauleen Smith
87.5 min narrative
$2,000 production / post-production

Dear Mr. President
Debra Sugerman
90 min documentary
$4,000 production

An Old Bolero
Maria Loreto Caro-Valdes
25 min narrative
$1,000 post-production / distribution

Iris Moon
Iskra Valtcheva
7 min experimental narrative
$1,000 production / post-production

Wax
Monica Walters & John P. Crowley
53 min documentary
$1,500 post-production

Racing with the Sun
Steve Warren
84 min documentary
$1,000 production

Habibi Rasak Kharban
Susan Youssef
90 min experimental narrative
$8,500 production
$300 Media Toolbox tapestock

2004 Recipients

$70,000 Awarded to 26 Texas Filmmakers

Silent Radio
Alan Arrivee
29 min narrative
$1500 post-production

Outside Afghanistan
Beverly Barrett
60 min documentary
$1500 post-production
Summer Camp
Bradley Beesley
60 min documentary
$5000 post-production

Women at the Edge
Maria Berns
54 min experimental
$1000 production

State vs. Reed
Frank Bustoz & Ryan Polomski
60 min documentary
$2000 production
$100 Media Toolbox tapestock grant

Letters from the Other Side
Heather Courtney
56 min documentary
$5000 post-production

Mississippi Chicken
John Fiege
56 min documentary
$3000 production

Two Days
Paige Griggs
90 min narrative
$2000 post-production

Angola 3: Black Panthers & The Last Slave Plantation
Jimmy Hall
90 min documentary
$3500 production
$100 Media Toolbox tapestock grant

Room
Kyle Henry
90 min experimental narrative
$7000 post-production

Viva Les Amis
Nancy Higgins
55 min documentary
$2000 post-production

Trinidad
Jay Hodges & PJ Raval
90 min documentary
$4000 production
$100 Media Toolbox tapestock grant

A Tender Promise: Education Story
Anne Lewis
26 min documentary
$3000 production
$100 Media Toolbox tapestock grant

Trip to Roswell
Geoff Marslett
98 min animation narrative
$4000 production

Video Works 2002-2004
Eileen Maxson
18 min experimental
$500 Media Toolbox video tapestock grant distribution

15-minute Wait
Laura O’Keefe
15 min narrative
$1000 production

I’ll Come Running
Spencer Parsons
90 min narrative
$3500 production

Alas, Poor Yorick
Ben & Jonathan Pascoe
99 min narrative
$2000 post-production

Below the Break
Melissa Henry Pratt
18 min narrative
$2000 post-production

The Highway of Death
Jay Reel
90 min narrative
$2500 production

Digger
Scott Rice
10 min narrative
$1000 Kodak filmstock production

My Father in the River
Michel Orion Scott
20 min experimental
$2500 production

Sunshine
Karen Skloss
80 min experimental documentary
$2000 production

Pursuit of Happiness
Jim Stedman
15 min narrative
$2000 distribution

Boyhood Dreams
Dorothy VanDeCarr
56 min documentary
$1000 production
$100 Media Toolbox tapestock grant

Muertas
Ryan Williams
15 min narrative
$5000 Kodak filmstock production

AFS Grant 2004 Panelists
Katja Esson, Filmmaker FERRY TALES
Joan Gratz, Filmmaker MONA LISA DESCENDING A STAIRCASE
Trevor Groth, Senior Programmer Sundance Film Festival

AFS Grant 2004 Staff
Elisabeth Sikes, Program Officer
Chris Hadlock, Coordinator
Laura Howard, Coordinator

Brian Scofield, Coordinator

2003 Recipients

$65,000 AWARDED TO 17 TEXAS FILMMAKERS

The South Rising
David Barker
30 minutes documentary
$5,000 production / post-production
$100 Media Toolbox tapestock grant

Graffiti
Juliet Dervin & David Martinez
30 minutes narrative
$4,700 production
$650 Kodak filmstock grant

Location, Location
Christine Felton
90 minutes documentary
$3,000 post-production

Light from the East
Amy Grappell
53 minutes documentary
$5,000 post-production

Once upon a Time in Kentucky
Scott Harris
148 minutes documentary
$4,000 post-production / distribution

Room
Kyle Henry
90 minutes experimental / narrative
$5,000 production
$100 Media Toolbox tapestock grant
$2350 Kodak filmstock grant

Rainbows End
Eric Hueber
90 minutes experimental / documentary / narrative
$5,000 production / post-production / distribution

Eating in Cubes
Jane Jo
15 minutes animation / experimental / narrative
$3,600 post-production / distribution
$100 Media Toolbox tapestock grant

Texas Weeds
Mitko Panov
90 minutes narrative
$2,000 production

A Yeti in the City
T’Chaka Sikelianos
80 minutes narrative
$1,100 post-production / distribution

Sunshine
Karen Skloss
60-80 minutes experimental / documentary / narrative
$4,000 production
$1000 Kodak filmstock grant

pupae
Divya Srinivasan
24 minutes animation / experimental / documentary / narrative
$2,000 production / post-production / distribution

Boyhood Dreams
Dorothy VanDeCarr
56 minutes documentary
$5,000 production
$100 Media Toolbox tapestock grant

Dear Pillow
Jacob Vaughan
90 minutes narrative
$3,000 post-production

After Twilight
Gary Watson
30 minutes narrative
$1,100 production
$1000 Kodak filmstock grant

Forbidden to Wander
Susan Youssef
53 minutes documentary
$5,000 post-production / distribution
$100 Media Toolbox tapestock grant

Quasar Hernandez
David & Nathan Zellner
9 minute narrative
$1,000 post-production / distribution

AFS Grant 2003 panelists:
Rodney Evans, filmmaker Brother to Brother, Close to Home, & Two Encounters
Marlo Poras, filmmaker Mai’s America
Chel White, filmmaker Photocopy Cha Cha, Passage, Soulmate, Dirt, & Eclipse

AFS Grant 2003 staff:
Elisabeth Sikes, director
Gregory Collins, senior coordinator
Krysti Burkemper, coordinator
Joanna Ebizie, coordinator

2002 Recipients

$58,000 AWARDED TO 20 TEXAS FILMMAKERS

2002 Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund grants:

Seven Days
David Barker
15 min Super-8 / 35 mm narrative
$2500 production / post

Gretchen & the Night Danger
Steve Collins
15 min digital video narrative
$3500 production / post / distribution

No Kill
Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin
56 min digital video documentary
$2500 production

LETTERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE
Heather Courtney
56 min Super-8 / Digital video documentary
$4000 production

Forgotten in Rio
Ryan Deussing
30 min Super-8 / digital video documentary
$2000 production

Sideshow
Meghna Haldar
10 min Super-8 Experimental Narrative
$3000 production
$1000 Kodak grant

:Thirty Seconds
Sativa January
57 min video documentary
$3500 production

Dallas Tap Dazzlers: Developing Dreams
Genell Kelso
60 min digital video documentary
$1000 production / post

Wiccans in the Military Project
Susan Kirr
60 min Super-8 / Digital video documentary
$2000 production

Relocation
Bennie Klain
26 minute digital video narrative
$1000 post

Lifers
Mark Mederson
90 min digital video documentary
$5000 production / post / distribution

Neo Geo
Jacqueline Passmore
18 min experimental narrative
$3000 production / post

Os Confederados
Garry Potts
30 60 min documentary
$4000 production

The Bat Mitzvah of Lizzie Stein
Julie Sagalowsky
20 min digital video narrative
$1000 distribution

A Yeti in the City
T’Chaka Sikelianos
90 min digital video narrative
$2000 post / distribution

The Lost Pines
Divya Srinivasan
7 min animation / experimental / narrative
$5000 production / post / distribution

Adopted
Linda Stogner
30 min animation / documentary / narrative
$4000 production

Dissolve
Aaron Valdez
19 min 16 mm experimental
$2000 post

Dear Pillow
Jacob Vaughan
90 min Super-16 narrative
$2000 production
$2000 Kodak grant

Variations
Matthew Warren
70 min digital video documentary
$2000 production / post

AFS Grant 2002 panelists:
Phillip Glau, filmmaker Circus Redickuless
Sarah Jacobson, filmmaker My High School Reunion
Greta Snider, filmmaker The Magic of Radio, Urine Man, & Our Gay Brothers
Zack Stratis, filmmaker Could Be Worse!

AFS Grant 2002 staff:
Elisabeth Sikes, director
Caroline O’Connor, senior coordinator
Aleen Kim, coordinator
Erin Randall, coordinator

2001 Recipients

 $50,000 AWARDED TO 20 TEXAS FILMMAKERS

2001 Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund grants:

AUSTIN

 Bass Man
Michael Bayer
90 minute documentary
$5,000 production

Welcome Home
Nancy Bless and Andrew Garrison
56 minute documentary
$1,000 production

You’ll Never Walk Alone
Rebecca Flores
70 minute documentary
$1,000 post/distribution

Concerto for Two Harpsichords
Mireille Fornengo
25 minute documentary
$2,000 post/distribution

Nutria
Ted Gesing
20 minute documentary
$5,000 production/post

Up Syndrome
Duane Graves
82 minute documentary
$2,000 distribution

Moonlight by the Sea
Justin Hennard
95 minute narrative
$2,000 post

Six in Austin
Tamara Klindt
90 minute narrative
$1,000 distribution

Kritik
Jeremy Liebman
60 minute experimental/documentary
$1,000 production/post/distribution

Crime Pays
Travis Marriott
30 minute documentary
$1,500 production

Trip to Roswell
Geoff Marslett
30 minute animation/experimental/narrative
$5,000 production/post/distribution

Writ Writer
Susanne Mason
60 minute documentary
$2,000 post

Subsidized Fate
R. Lance Myers
4 minute animation
$4,000 production/post/distribution

Ablution
Eric Patrick
15 minute animation/experimental
$4,000 post/distribution

Take Courage
Luke Savisky
30 minute experimental
$1,500 production

Triple Threat
Joshua J. Smith and Wayne McClammy
19 minute narrative
$1,000 post/distribution

The Hollerin’ Contest
Kurt Volk
22 minute documentary
$4,000 production/post/distribution

Girl Wrestler
Diane Zander
60 minute animation/documentary
$1,000 post/distribution

ELSA

Edcouch-Elsa
Marcel Rodriguez
90 minute documentary
$1,000 production

IRVING

Untitled
Sebastian del Castillo
20 minute experimental/documentary
$5,000 production

AFS Grant 2001 panelists:
David Gordon Green, filmmaker George Washington
Bennett Miller, filmmaker The Cruise
Joanna Priestley, filmmaker All My Relations, Grown Up, Surface Dive

AFS Grant 2001 staff:
Elisabeth Sikes, director
Caroline O’Connor, senior coordinator
Sara Fuchs, coordinator
Kathryn Nowlin, coordinator

2000 Recipients

$50,000 AWARDED TO 11 TEXAS FILMMAKERS

AUSTIN

Cicadas
Kathleen Candler
90 minute narrative
$5,000 distribution

A Few Good Dykes
Mocha Jean Herrup
70 minute documentary
$2,500 post-production

Beila Was a Baba-Kazak
Dina Kagan
10 minute experimental
$5,000 post-production

Bike Like You Mean It!
Susan Kirr
60 minute documentary
$5,000 post-production

Untitled
Sara Mayer
16 minute narrative
$5,000 post-production/distribution

Beelzebub’s Bathtub
Andre Silva
14 minute animation/experimental
$5,000 production

My Neighborhood
Meredith Decotiis Szypula
25 minute experimental
$5,000 production/post-production

Suddenly It Rained
Timothy Wilkerson
10 minute animation/experimental narrative
$5,000 post-production

Girl Wrestler
Diane Zander
45 minute animation/documentary
$5,000 production

HOUSTON

Lone Stars
Gary L. Watson
2 minute documentary
$5,000 production/post-production

SAN ANTONIO

Skinhead Patrol
Adam Robinette
50-60 minute documentary/narrative
$2,500 post-production

AFS Grant 2000 panelists:
Caveh Zahedi, filmmaker/actor Video Diary
Naomi Uman, filmmaker Private Movie
Laurie Collyer, filmmaker Nuyorican Dream

AFS Grant 2000 staff:
Anne del Castillo, director
Rosanna Brillantes, senior program associate
Sara Fuchs, program associate
CW Wang, program associate

1999 Recipients

$50,000 AWARDED TO 32 TEXAS FILMMAKERS

AUSTIN

Ideal
Andrew Arbuckle
narrative short
$1,000 distribution

A Troll’s Bridge

Andy Cockrum
narrative feature
$1,000 post-production

Nightstand
Jason Cortlund
narrative short
$1,000 production

Los Trabajadores: The Workers
Heather Courtney
documentary short
$1,000 production

The Speed of Light
Mel Cowan
narrative short
$1,000 post-production

Green: Environmental Justice in South Louisiana
Laura Dunn
documentary feature
$5,000 production

Writing on the Boxcar
Matthew Fliehler
documentary short
$1,000 production

A Little Death
Greg Gilpatrick
narrative short
$1,000 production

Attack of the Bat Monsters
Kelly Greene
narrative feature
$1,000 post-production

Monotype Movement
Gabel Karsten
animation short
$1,000 production

In the Shadow
Michelle Kelso
documentary feature
$1,000 production

Sophie
Helen Haeyoung Lee
narrative feature
$1,900 production

Kreuz Market: No Sauce, No Sides, No Silverware
Ken Lewin
documentary feature
$1,000 production

The Frog in the Well
Cervando David Martnez
documentary short
$5,000 distribution

Passage
Isaac Mathes
narrative short
$1,900 post-production

Comrades
Mitko Panov
documentary feature
$5,000 post-production

Records
Rene Ivan Penaloza-Galvan
experimental short
$1,000 post-production

Big Noise, Small Noise
Justin Rice
documentary short
$1,000 post-production

The Dicks From Texas
Martha Scarborough
documentary feature
$1,000 production

Cathedral Ridge
Jenny Stark
narrative feature
$1,900 production

Throwing Stones at the Sun: The 70DR Diaries
Aaron J. Valdez
experimental short
$2,000 post-production

What Is Beauty?
Celeste Serna Williams
documentary short
$1,000 production

BROWNSVILLE

Folk Healing Practices in the Latino Immigrant Community
Michael Van Wagenen
documentary short
$1,000 production

DALLAS

A Woman’s Place
Jim Brennan
documentary feature
$1,000 production

Ghesmat (Destiny)
Bani Khoshnoudi
documentary short
$1,900 production

3 Shorts: Untitled Collaborations
Marty Walker
experimental short
$1,875 production

EL PASO

A Hundred Hail Marys
Cristina Ibarra
narrative short
$1,000 production

GALVESTON

This State I’m In
Robert Ziebell
narrative feature
$1,000 distribution

LAREDO

A Lowrider Spring Break En San Quilmas
Efrain Gutierrez
narrative feature
$1,525 distribution

SAN ANTONIO

I am Joaquin
Ray Santisteban
experimental short
$1,000 production

After My Own Heart
Raymond Anthony Villareal
narrative feature
$1,000 production

SPICEWOOD

Link Wray
Tommy Nix
documentary feature
$1,000 production

AFS Grant 99 panelists:
James Benning, filmmaker, Four Corners
Adam Goldberg, actor/filmmaker, Scotch and Milk
Loretta Todd, filmmaker, Today is a Good Day: Remembering Chief Dan George

AFS Grant 99 staff:
Anne del Castillo, director
Susan Loyd, senior coordinator
David Nowlin, senior coordinator
Scot Markland, coordinator

1998 Recipients

$50,000 AWARDED TO 19 TEXAS FILMMAKERS

Sunday Dinner
Joseph Ambrosavage
20 min 16mm comedy
$1,000 post-production/distribution

Yard Sailing
Michael Bayer & Stan Steen
90 min 16mm documentary
$2,500 post-production/distribution

Portrait of a Girl as a Young Cat
Katie Cokinos
80 min 16mm experimental narrative
$3,500 post-production

Night of the Bunnies
Scott Dodson
20 min 16mm animation
$1,000 distribution

Odessa Sleeps
Susan Evans
120 min 16mm narrative
$5,000post-production

Amada of the Gardens
Aida E. Franco
30 min 16mm documentary
$5,000 production

Loaves and Fishes
Amparo Garcia
28 min 16mm drama
$3,000 production

Laredo: Border on the Edge
Debbie Haber
30 min video documentary
$2,000 post-production

Mutant Girl
Heidi Hall
20 min 16mm drama
$2,000 pre-production

University Incorporated
Kyle Henry
56 min 16mm experimental documentary
$2,500 production/post-production

Experimental Drug
Jennifer Hoffecker
20 min video experimental documentary
$1,500 production

The Unearthling
Peter Lucas
15 min 16mm experimental narrative
$2,000 production

Where Mommies Come From
Gerrie McCall & Nancy Schiesari
10 min super 8/video documentary
$1,500 post-production

The Living Tree
Flora Moon
48 min video documentary
$5,000 production/post-production

Salinger Takes a Bath
Jennifer Payson
5-10 min 16mm experimental
$2,000 post-production

Shades of Gray
Wyatt & Zack Phillips
90 min 16mm dramedy
$2,500 post-production

Mary & Claire
Gay Studebaker
9 min 16mm/video narrative
$2,000 post-production

Rowdy Round-up: Night of the Killer Pinatas
Kevin West
90 min video horror/comedy
$3,000 production

A Common Confusion
Scott Wilcox & Spencer Parsons
5 min 16mm narrative comedy
$3,000 production

AFS Grant 98 panelists:
Robb Moss, filmmaker, AIVF chair Riverdogs, The Tourist
Christopher Munch, filmmaker Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day, The Hours and Times
Britta Sjogren, filmmaker A Small Domain, Jo Jo at the Gate of Lions

AFS Grant 98 staff:
Elizabeth Peters, director
Tamara Klindt, senior coordinator
David Nowlin, coordinator
Pati Shampton, coordinator

1997 Recipients

$50,000 AWARDED TO 21 TEXAS FILMMAKERS

Holy Tortilla
Lauren Ivy Chiong
28 min 16mm comedy
$4,000 post-production

Prague
Andrew B. Cockrum
70 min mixed media fantasy-adventure
$1,000 production

Who is Bozo Texino?
Bill Daniel
45 min experimental documentary
$1,200 production

High Noon at Tee Time
Kris DeForest
15 min super-8 comedy
$1,000 post-production

Location, Location, Location
Christine Felton
90 min video documentary
$5,000 post-production

Maid! Madonna! Whore!
Kim Flores
5 min 16 mm comedy
$2,000 production

Texas Pawn
Julia Halperin
12 min 16mm drama
$2,000 post-production/distribution

American Cowboy
Kyle Henry
56 min 16 mm documentary
$5,000 post-production/distribution

Nuclear Family
Don Howard
90 min video documentary
$5,000 production

Springs Symphony
Karen Kocher
12 min video installation
$2,800 post-production

Mouse
Greg Pak
10 min 16mm drama
$2,010.92 post-production

Hollow
Bryan Poyser
30 min 16mm drama
$2,000 pre-production

Koop: A Community of Vision
Susan Prevost
60 min video documentary
$1,000 production

Bob Ray – non-cash award: programming slot on Split Screen

My First Job
Mark Sawyer
30 min experimental 16mm comedy
$3,000 production

Gimme Some Larry
Elisabeth Sikes
20 min video documentary
$2,500 post-production

Searching for Tony Joe
Joseph Strickland
70 min video documentary
$2,500 post-production

DFW Punk
Laura Tabor Huerta
58 min video documentary
$1,500 post-production

The Slow Business of Going
Rachel Tsangari
90 min 16mm narrative
$2,000 post-production

Divide and Conquer
Jamarl Tyler
25 min 16 mm drama
$2,500 post-production

The Donegal Beard Growing Contest
Michael Woolf & Cressandra Thibadeaux
60 min video documentary
$1,000 post-production

Plastic Utopia
David & Nathan Zellner
88 min 16mm comedy
$1,000 distribution

AFS Grant 97 panelists:
Judith Helfand, filmmaker Healthy Baby Girl
George Huang, filmmaker Swimming with Sharks
Jim McKay, filmmaker Girlstown, REM Tourfilm, Direct Effect, music videos
John Pierson, producers’ rep Split Screen; Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes

AFS Grant 97 staff:
Elizabeth Peters, director
Uyen Tran, Panel Director
Keryn Aikman, coordinator
Greg Gilpatrick, coordinator

1996 Recipients

$30,000 AWARDED TO 11 TEXAS FILMMAKERS

Beyond Babylon
Jim Shelton
12 min 16mm drama
$3,000 post production

Blue Note
Rahdi Taylor
28 min 16mm drama
$1,500 production

Bob Wade: The Iguana Tour
Karen Dinitz
60 min video documentary
$3,500 post production

Breezeway
George Langworthy
8 min 35mm comedy
$1,500 production

The Jumping Off Place
Eagle Pennel
90 min tragicomedy script
$1,500 screenplay development

Olympia
Robert Byington
85 min Super-16mm comedy
$3,000 post production

Purgatory County
George Ratliff
100 min Super-16mm drama
$5,000 post production

Snake Tales
Francesca Talenti
95 min 16mm comedy
$3,000 production

Spencer Williams: Rembrances of an Early Black Film Pioneer
Walid Khaldi
55 min video documentary
$1,500 distribution

Worthy Mothers
Jessica Bega
63 min video documentary
$1,500 distribution

Writ Writer
Susanne Mason
80 min video documentary
$5,000 production

AFS Grant 96 panelists:
Craig Baldwin, filmmaker Rocket Kit Congo Kit, Sonic Outlaws
Ruby Lerner, Executive Director of AIVF, Publisher The Independent Film & Video Monthly
Marion Luntz, Film and Video Curator, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
in absentia: Bruce Sinofsky, filmmaker Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost

AFS Grant 96 staff:
Elizabeth Peters, director
Jason White, panel director
Uyen Tran, coordinator

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