Cultural Arts Division Announces Selections for “Faces of Austin” Program

Selected submissions to be screened during the 2017 SXSW Film Festival

Cultural Arts Division Announces Selections for "Faces of Austin" ProgramAUSTIN, TX—March 8, 2017—The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, part of the Economic Development Department, is pleased to announce the filmmakers selected for the 2017 Faces of Austin short film competition. In November, the Cultural Arts Division opened a call for local filmmakers to submit shorts that were filmed in Austin and/or highlight an Austin topic or organization. After a competitive selection process with over 60 submissions, 14 films were chosen. The selected shorts will be screened on March 13 as part of the SXSW Film Festival’s Community Programming, and will air throughout the year on the City’s television station, ATXN.

The following shorts have been selected:

Aaron Weiss, Losing Weird – Good Danny’s and Ask Yourself – A Music Video by GravelTooth

David Bellesen, Faces of Austin – Michael García

Jeffery Johnson Jr, Black, Brown, ATX

Joe Rocha, Arts in Context Shorts: Dos Lados De La Frontera (Two Sides of the Border) and
Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights “Activism and Organizing”

Joel Fendelman, Still Skating

John Clark, Valerie Fowler: Nature and Other Stories

Jose Lozano, HONK! TX Marching Band

Mat Hames, Century of Change: A Short Film About John McKetta

Louisiana Kreutz, Like Riding a Bike

Maximiliano Benitez, American Gateway Client Stories and It’s All Through the Garden

Ryan Light, City of the Violet Crown: Faces of Austin 2017

Steve Conn, Bringing Back the Stars

Tatiana Gonzalez, Austin, Texas History: Community Archives

The 2017 Faces of Austin showcase will be screened on Monday, March 13th from 3:00 – 4:30 PM at the Vimeo Theatre (in the Austin Convention Center.) The event is free and open to the public. Celebrated Austin filmmaker Bryan Poyser will be in attendance to announce his “Judge’s Choice” selection. That filmmaker will receive an honorarium of $1000. Two semi-finalists will receive $750 honorariums, and the remaining filmmakers will each receive $500.

For additional information please contact:
Laura Odegaard /512-974-6345

City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin.  For more information, visit www.austincreates.com.

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