AFS announces third Artist Intensive

The Austin Film Society announced Thursday the lineup for its third annual Artist Intensive, which is slated for Oct. 16 to 18.

The weekend of work, focus and mentorship for emerging Texas narrative feature filmmakers includes meetings, screenplay readings and rehearsals with a cast of guest actors. Two of last year’s AFS Artist Intensive alumni projects, Clay Liford’s “Slash” and Karen Skloss’ “The Honor Farm,” are currently in post-production.

This year’s mentors include Oscar-winning directorc Jonathan Demme, AFS Founder and Artistic Director ( not to mention Academy Award nominated) Richard Linklater and filmmaker Azazel Jacobs.

Producing mentors include Troublemaker Studios co-founder and VP Elizabeth Avéllan and independent producer Ginger Sledge.

Additionally, this year’s selected filmmakers represent the new wave of exceptional artists emerging in Texas: Yen Tan, Annie Silverstein, and Alex R. Johnson.

Annie Silverstein

Annie Silverstein

Silverstein’s work is called “Untitled Bull Project” (which I am kind of hoping she sticks with): “14-year-old Kris, struggling with the incarceration of her mom, forms an unlikely bond with her neighbor, an aging bull fighter.” Silverstein, also based in Austin, has had her films screened at Cannes, SXSW, Silverdocs and on PBS Independent Lens. Her latest film, “Skunk,” won first prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival–Cinéfondation.

Tan is working on “All That We Love,” with co-writer Clay Liford: “The death of a beloved pet compels a wistful, middle-aged man to examine what he’s holding onto from his past.”

Yen Tan was born in Malaysian-born and lives in Austin. His 2013 p9945176_p_v8_aamovie “Pit Stop” was nominated for a John Cassavetes Awards at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards. He also recently co-directed “Until We Could” with Texas filmmaker David Lowery, a PSA for Freedom to Marry that was narrated by Robin Wright and Ben Foster.

Writer/Director: Alex R. Johnson is working on “Any Rough Times are Now Behind You:” “After a betting fix goes wrong, Charlie Moore flees Texas to

Alex R. Johnson

Alex R. Johnson

South America where he tries to start anew in the highlands of the Andes. When his past tracks him down, he realizes the only way for the cycle to end is to make one, final stand.” The Austin-based Johnson’s narrative feature film debut, “Two Step” premiered at SXSW2014.


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