The Austin Film Society has doled out $102,000 in cash to help make 25 independent films in Texas. It's truly the best thing to come out of the Texas film scene because it is so much aimed at the up-and-comers (though some names this year have already garnered some success).
Big Austin names include Kyle Henry for Fourplay and P.J. Raval for an entitled documentary about retired gay folk. Here's some other films of interest:
"Berndt Mader’s narrative feature Five Time Champion received one of two $10,000 grants from the 2009 TFPF. This coming of age film recently completed shooting in Smithville, Texas, and its cast includes Texas Film Hall of Fame inductee Betty Buckley (Tender Mercies), Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite) and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson (Friday Night Lights).
61 Bullets, the new documentary feature from Crawford director David Modigliani, also received a $10,000 grant for production. The film follows 74-year-old Dr. Carl Weiss Jr.’s mission to exonerate his father Carl Weiss, who since 1935 has been believed responsible for the assassination of fiery Louisiana Senator Huey P. Long.
David & Nathan Zellner received over $8,000 in Kodak film stock and Alpha Cine Labs services in support of production for their new narrative feature Pardon My Downfall, which follows fictional country
band The Jibcutters on their final tour."
Claire Huie was taking a break from behind the camera helping me on my Gary Kent documentary (I will likely apply for a grant next year) when she learned she was awarded for her doc The Yogurt Shop Murders. Congrats, Claire!
See the full list of recipients at austinfilm.org.