Austin Film Society Projects at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Austin, TX (January 22, 2019) — Kicking off January 24 in Park City, Utah, the 2019 Sundance Film Festival features six films by notable Texan filmmakers, all who have received past support from the Austin Film Society (AFS). AFS provides financial support to filmmakers through the annual AFS grant, which has awarded over $1.8 million in cash grants to Texas filmmakers since its inception.

WHO:  Austin Film Society

WHAT: Austin Film Society Projects at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival


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Holly Herrick, AFS Head of Film and Creative Media, states: “It is rewarding to see emerging artists that we’ve supported for years receive recognition from one of world’s leading film festivals. With this year’s line-up, you can see not only the impact of AFS’s support but also the diversity of projects coming out of the state. We’re particularly thrilled that Pahokee, which has received two rounds of funding through our production grant, will be premiering in Sundance’s documentary competition.”

  • Pahokee, directed by Patrick Bresnan & Ivete Lucas, Sundance U.S. Documentary Competition. Pahokee is an AFS-supported film.
  • Reneepoptosis, Renee Zhan, Sundance Shorts. Reneepoptosis is an AFS-supported film.
  • Sister Aimee, produced by David Hartstein and starring Anna Margaret Hollyman, Sundance NEXT. Both Hartstein and Hollyman are AFS-supported filmmakers.
  • Light from Light, Sailor Bear Productions, Sundance NEXT. Producers James M Johnson and Toby Halbrooks participated in AFS Lab programs, including the 2018 Artist Intensive.
  • The Phantom 52, Geoff Marslett, Sundance Shorts. Marslett is an AFS-supported filmmaker.
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), produced by Jeffrey J. Radice, Sundance Documentary shorts. Radice is an AFS-supported filmmaker.

In addition to the films being presented at Sundance, an AFS Grant recipient project will be premiering at Slamdance, which takes place in Park City during the same period. The project premiering in the Slamdance documentary competition is Seadrift, directed by Tim Tsai.

Presented in partnership with Dell, AFS will host a celebration for Texas filmmakers in Park City on Sunday, January 27, from 6-9 p.m. at the Dell Den. The event is invitation only. Texas filmmakers will attend the event, including Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas with cast members in attendance. Special thanks to Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

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About AFS

Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater, the Austin Film Society’s mission is to empower our community to make, watch, and love creative media. AFS curates and screens hundreds of repertory, international, and art house films annually at the AFS Cinema; delivers financial support to Texas filmmakers through the AFS Grant; operates Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility, and Austin Public, a space for our city’s diverse media makers to train and collaborate. Through its award-winning after school classes, intern training, and the Ed Lowry Student Film program, AFS encourages media and film literacy and provides a place for youth of all backgrounds to learn the craft of filmmaking and gain access to tools for media production. By hosting premieres, special events, local and international industry events, and the Texas Film Awards, AFS shines the national spotlight on Texas filmmakers while connecting Austin and Texas to the wider film community. To learn more about the AFS Cinema or about Austin Film Society’s mission visit: and follow @AustinFilm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.