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.
STAN BARTON is an emerging Texas screenwriter who has completed five scripts for TV, shorts and features in many genres: Thriller, Comedy, Drama, Family and Fantasy. In 2018, he won multiple awards in contests and festivals for each script. He prides himself on putting emotion into every page and developing story concepts for small budgets.
Victoria Brooks is the 2018 ISA Austin Austin Writer Award Winner with The Plan to Find Mr. Right. She’s also placed in the semi-finals at Script and Storyboard Showcase earlier in 2018, for her television pilot Resurrection. She’s appeared on Modern Rogue, a Comedy Central pilot, and the feature One Hand Clapping – if her background scenes didn’t end up on the cutting room floor. She’s also a former conference organizer for the No-Kill movement, which focuses on saving 90% or more of the homeless pets in municipal animal shelters. She managed the American Pets Alive! Conference, where she nearly doubled the attendance year over year for the two years she led it. She’s passionate about storytelling, saving shelter pets, social issues and the impact of emerging technology on society. You can find her at events in and around Austin including ISA‘s Third Thursdays, SXSW, and of course, Austin Film Festival.
Susan Busa has written for and optioned screenplays to NBC, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Cosgrove-Meurer Productions, and has directed several short films, including HARMONY IN THE HILLS, JEROME THE GNOME and DAN’S THE MAN. Her most recent comedy short, SLEEPOVER, was a 2018 festival selection at the Women Texas Film Festival and Austin Comedy Short Film Festival. Most recently, she is the winner of the 2019 Sundance Co//ab Pitch Perfect Challenge for her screenplay, BABYDOLL. In addition to her film work, she has written and directed nine youth musicals, including WELCOME TO CAMP KATCHIKOOTEE, A SCHOOL FOR SUPERHEROES and THE WICKER STREET WAR. A former James A. Michener Fellow in Screenwriting, Susan is a co-founder of Twenty-Two Twenty-Two Media and serves as the head of Undergraduate Dramatic Writing in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas State University.
John Hidalgo is a graduate of Austin Community College’s Radio, Television and Film Department and has been making short films for the last four years. His films include The Princess in Yellow, La Cauchemar, The Littlest Cthulhuist, Ariel and Cthulhu’s Witnesses. He graduated from Houston Community College with a degree in Acting as a Profession. He is also the founder of Rōnin Creative Media.
By day, Joy Lin is a math/science teacher, named “Innovator of the Year” in 2014 by TCTA with an animated series “If Superpowers Were Real” on TED.com that received international media attention, including BBC. By night, she is a stand-up comedian featured in various festivals and a screenwriter/filmmaker with dozens of awards from domestic and international film festivals. She has also performed at comic cons all over United States, including San Diego International Comic Con (twice), Las Vegas Wizard World Comic Con, Texas Comic Con, Geekfest and more.
Connor is a writer raised abroad and based in Austin, whose work includes one script set up at Crackle, SONY’s streaming platform, and countless unfinished scripts that may never see the light of day. He lives in Hyde Park with his dog, Louis, and three roommates.
Temple Baker is an Austin-born, LA based actor and writer, known for starring in Everybody Wants Some!! and The Iron Orchard, and writing Half Price Hits, a TV pilot.
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.