Works-In-Progress: DEAR LEO

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Date and Time

Wed, Jan 23
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


Free, but limited to MAKE level members and above.


Austin Public
1143 Northwestern Ave, Austin, TX 78702

Narrative Feature

DEAR LEO follows the story of Annie Duncan as she graduates from high school and starts her freshman year of college, as told through the perspective of letters with her middle-school cousin Leo. Dear Leo deals with themes of friendship, change, queerness, and growing up.

Directed by Emma Rappold

Rappold’s career in the entertainment industry began at a young age; she recorded commercial voice-overs for Radio Disney from ages 8 to 17. Continuing in performance throughout her childhood, she took professional film acting and improv classes throughout the Dallas metroplex and in Los Angeles. After getting a chance to teach classes for child actors in high school, she has taken up directing and screenwriting as a core part of her practice. She has written and directed over a dozen short films over the past 5 years. Last summer, she was a sales intern for FilmNation Entertainment at the Cannes Film Festival and a development intern for Lost Arts Entertainment, an ITV production pod. Rappold is currently a third year at the University of Texas at Austin as a Radio-Television-Film major and Art History minor. This fall, she interned with FilmNation once more at TIFF before studying documentary filmmaking abroad for 3 months at the University of Sussex in the UK. During her time, she also interned with Mister Smith Entertainment ahead of the AFM and Pathe UK. Rappold is one of 21 Forty Acres Scholars in the Class of 2020, the premier full-ride, merit-based scholarship program at UT Austin.

AFS’s Works-In-Progress series provides the growing, diverse and vibrant filmmaking community of Austin peer-level critiques of rough or fine cuts of their work. Screenings are free but exclusive to AFS MAKE members and above and are followed by moderated audience feedback sessions. Do you have a film you want to submit for Works-In-Progress consideration? Make level members and above can apply here? Not an AFS MAKE member? Register your membership here

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