Works-In-Progress: LEADS

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Date and Time

Wed, Aug 7
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


$5 | Free for MAKE members and above


Austin Public - Studio 1
1143 Northwestern Ave, Austin, TX 78702

Join us at Austin Public for a Works-In-Progress screening of Bryan Poyser’s LEADS on August 7 at 6 PM. The film will be preceded by a mixer at 5:45 PM and followed by a moderated audience feedback session.

Please note: All Works-In-Progress films are unrated, and content varies by film. To better serve the community, AFS has introduced filmmaker-suggested content warnings to Works-In-Progress events to better inform audiences about elements within each film.

The filmmakers behind this project have suggested the film would be rated R due to the film’s content which includes: explicit language, sexual innuendos, emotional abuse, and mental distress.

AFS’s Works-In-Progress series provides the growing and diverse filmmaking community of Austin peer-level critiques of rough or fine cuts of their work. Screenings are free for AFS MAKE members and above ($5 for WATCH members and non-members) 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!


An acting professor who nearly but never quite “made it” in her own career has her comfortable life upended when her charming but volatile baby brother comes to town. Antsy to start a new chapter in his own life, he joins her acting class, setting off a battle of wills between them for the hearts and minds of her eager students that could bring them all to the brink of success or debilitating ruin.


Bryan Poyser, Director 

A two-time Independent Spirit Award nominee, Poyser has made three features and numerous short films as well as projects for Comedy Central, the USA Network, Ridley Scott Associates, and HBO. His second feature, LOVERS OF HATE, premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards. Poyser was previously nominated for the Independent Spirit “Someone to Watch” Award in 2005 for his first feature, DEAR PILLOW. Bryan’s third feature, the Austin-set romantic comedy LOVE & AIR SEX, premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and was theatrically released by Tribeca Films. His work in television includes writing an episode of the Duplass Brothers HBO series ROOM 104. His most recent short film, DON’T YOU GO NOWHERE, screened in nearly 40 film festivals and won 17 awards. He has taught filmmaking at Texas State University since 2011.