Introducing… 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!
Brave volunteers will share the first three pages of their written 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
Alex Cope & Will Zech
Project: Lady Bug
Alex Cope and Will Zech met at the University of Texas in Austin as fellow MFA screenwriting students and began writing as a team after completing the program. Together they write both television and feature scripts, and their work has been recognized by high-profile screenplay competitions such as Austin Film Festival and Screencraft Pilot Launch. Most recently, their 1/2-hour television pilot, Creepypasta, took first place in its category at Austin Film Festival.
Project: Bad Driving
Author, spoken word poet and producer of The Austin Writers Roulette, Teresa Y. Roberson writes based on her survival skills honed through working and traveling globally, cooking and eating ethnic food, doing yoga and dancing, and challenging society’s preconceived ideas about minority women.
Project: Cracked Glass
J. M. K. Futrell spent nine years as a Cryptologic Technician Interpretive for the United States Navy. Now he spends far too much time making, playing with, and filming puppets when he’s not pursuing his Master’s Degree in Communication Arts. He also does quite a bit of writing and music making. He lives with his wife, S. O. Futrell and their cat, Kitty. He is an avid supporter of San Antonio Football Club.
Outside of her 9 to 5 meets Office Space life, Angela Briones is a writer and producer. Angela has been a Second Rounder with the Austin Film Festival, a finalist in the Beverly Hills Screenplay competition, and was selected to participate in a writer’s lab with screenwriter Pamela Ribon at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, Colorado. She also co-produced the documentary film, “Dance Like No One’s Watching,” which screened at the various film festivals, including the Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Angela Briones was born and raised in Austin, which means she’s basically a unicorn.
Project: Backyard Wedding
Audrey Webb began her theatrical career as an actress and comedian, and performed on stages and in stand-up comedy clubs across Canada, including a stint at Toronto’s The Second City. She is in her second year of the MFA dramatic writing program at Texas State University. Her play Imagine That has been named a semi-finalist in the 2018 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and recently her plays have been produced by Shoestring Radio Theatre (San Francisco), Articulate Theatre (New York), and Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company (Houston). Audrey is proud to be a member of the Dramatists Guild.
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.
Toby Schwartz is an experienced producer, writer, and director of film, video, and animation. He is the founder and owner of Real Normal, a boutique creative studio established in Austin, Texas in 2002.
Project: Popping Locks
Brothers Nick and Josh Holden co-founded the Austin, Tx based, film and video production company Mishnoon in 2007. The Holden Brothers, have made over an estimated 100 short-form videos, including web series, music videos, music documentaries, and web and TV commercials. The Golden Rut, which they filmed in September of 2015, premiered on the festival circuit in the Fall of 2016, starting with the Austin Film Festival, where it was so popular they added a third buzz screening. The Golden Rut recently won Best Feature at the Los Angeles Sunset Film Festival and started streaming on Amazon Prime in December of 2017. They are well on their way to shooting their second, ideally in October of this 2018. The Brothers got their start filming music, and have been lucky to spend a significant amount of time filming such legendary musicians as Willie Nelson, T-Bone Burnett, Kris Kristofferson, and Bonnie Raitt. They filmed the behind the scenes for the score of the Oscar/Grammy-winning film Crazy Heart. They have also worked with tons of Austin musicians including Alejandro Escovedo, Bob Schneider, and most recently filmed Black Joe Lewis and Hayes Carll’s last music video. They’ve also worked for reputable companies such as The American Red Cross, Sony Music, IMAX and many more. Their web series, The Fleshlife, was selected to be a part of SXSW in 2011.
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