It’s back! First Three Pages Live! Presented by ColdTowne Theater
More than just a showcase of great films and writers, Austin Film Festival is committed to working within the community and bringing out the best writer in all of us. Well, there’s no better way to improve your writing than to–**shudder**–read your work out loud. To people! Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Luckily we’re partnering with ColdTowne Theater to provide a supportive, fun environment to share your baby with the world (baby being a new script, sketch, short story, you name it! Though I guess you can also Lion King your newborn to the audience if you’d like). Have a screenplay you’re working on? A play? A podcast? A web series? A sketch? Give it a test run with your peers!
Get a sneak peek of Austin’s works in progress as selected storytellers share the first three pages of their projects with the help of ColdTowne’s company of talented performers. Share your own work or just show up to admire and applaud the creativity of others. Submit your projects online prior to the event for the chance to be selected. Free alcohol will be served to calm all those nerves.
MEET THE WRITERS!
Stan Barton is an emerging Texas screenwriter specializing in stories for economy production budgets. Each script is characterized by a unique concept, compelling characters and a strong emotional engine. Each of his six screenplays has garnered multiple awards in national and international film festivals.
Caitlin French has been an improviser and Actor in Austin, TX since 2014. She loves performing improv and sketch comedy, including Austin’s longest running Harold troupe: Empty Promises (Del Close Marathon 2017, 2018). She’s performed her solo sketch show, I’m So Sorry, across theaters in Austin since 2016; including two runs at Austin Sketch Fest (2017, 2018). Most recently she was in the main stage cast of Funny Ladies of Wrestling (Fallout, April 2019) and Terminator: The Musical! (Fallout, May 2019).
Erica Lies is an Austin writer whose work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Vulture, and The New York Times. She’s a three-time Second Rounder at AFF and a longtime producer for live storytelling phenomenon, “Mortified.” You can read more of her writing by googling her, but good luck with that. Her last name is a verb.
Shruti Saran is screenwriter and breakfast taco aficionado. She loves writing science-inspired comedies and industries satires. Her pilot, BEFORE MARS, was a Tracking Board finalist and AFF quarterfinalist. She also created the very silly, partly-musical, comedy web series GYM BUDDIES, about two women tryna get in shape. She lives in Austin, TX with her fiancé and no adorable animals.
Kevin Talley graduated from Texas State University in 2015 with an MFA in Dramatic Writing. His plays have been produced throughout Texas. He currently lives in Austin, where he works as a Digital Content Coordinator for a software startup.
Jordan Troublefield is an Amarillo-born, Texas State graduate with a BFA in English. He is a film critic for Cinapse and frontman for The Bright Ideas. He has also hosted the podcast Riding in Cars with Boy(s) since 2013. He currently lives in Austin, where he works as a Market Rules Analyst in the Utilities industry.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.