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10 Austin Filmmakers.
One Austin Musician.

11 Great Short Films...

  Song Director

Track 1
"PENCIL ME IN"

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Ben Foster / FosterFilm Productions
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Director Ben Foster is currently a student at the University of Texas. He intially came to the project as a second unit cameraman for Kirk-O-Matic’s short, “Leavin’ This Evening”. He shortly proved his value as a director, an editor, and as post-production supervisor. In addition to running his own production company, FosterFilm Productions, he teaches film to young filmmakers at Motion Media in Austin. His short film “Bag Full of Tags” is sheer genius.
Notes:
This short features cameos by a several prominent Austinites, including KLBJ’s Dale Dudley and Charlie Hodge as record company executives, the Yellow Rose’s Don King & Lewis Smith as the manager & bodyguard.
The pencil drawings were created by capturing frames from the short film, manipulating and printing them on set and shooting them last. None of us really had measurable drawing skills...

Track 2
"BITTER OLD FOOL"

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Jeffrey Jones
Director:
Director Jeffrey Jones is currently a film student at the University of Texas. “Bitter Old Fool” is his second music video, his first was for the band BK&MRE. Jeffrey’s passion is directing & producing music videos and television commercials. His production company, Pointman Productions is currently in the works on other projects.
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This short features a cameo by editor Carlos Funes and several of the other crew members, including Jentri Q Chancey & Teresa Martinez.

Track 3
"ANOTHER SONG ABOUT LOVE"

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Tracie Laymon (Attention Deficit & Up) animation by Renny McCauley/Skipjack Studios
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Born in Houston, Tracie Laymon moved to Austin to study Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas and worked as a photographer and videojournalist for Time Warner before venturing into film. She first interned on Richard Linklater’s animated film “Waking Life” and has since assisted in the productions of many feature films including ‘Where The Heart Is”, “The Alamo”, “Matchstick Men” and most recently “The Ringer”.
She production-managed the Grammy Award-winning music video “Frijolero” for the Mexican band Molotov and took a year off to tutor mentally-handicapped children and to write her first feature-length screenplay “Up”. She has since directed a short film version of “Up” which premiered in April 2003 at Burbank's Method Fest, the only U.S. festival that celebrates breakout performances by actors in independent film. In January of 2003, She was hired by Comatose Productions to write and direct another short film entitled “Worse” which premiered at the Deep Ellum Film Festival 2004 and a thematically complementary music video for the 54 Seconds song "better?" which received the jury award for Best Music Video at the 2004 SXSW Film Festival.
Tracie often draws from her own diverse life experiences such as breaking her back and learning how to walk again (an experience which also served as the inspiration for her production company "Fractured and Fused Films") as well as living and studying in Moscow. Tracie along with producer Greg S. Hughs and Big Look! Productions are currently in post-production of her next short film "Skinny", which will tour the festival circuit in 2005.
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Track 4
"LEAVIN' THIS EVENING"

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Kirk Hunter (Kirk-O-Matic)
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Director Kirk-O-Matic is an Austin Access Television institution. He began his production work 20 years ago and has worked in every aspect of film/video production and post-production. He is also an actor and teaches all aspects of film and video in a number of locations. Kirk was the first filmmaker to join the festival and this short was the first to be completed.
Notes:
The end segment is an actual outtake from the 80’s band shoot where the large jib arm fell over while shooting. Nobody was hurt and it was just too damned funny to leave out.
Chris Bray, who plays the band manager, was the guitarist in the final lineup of Troy’s 80’s group, BAND FROM HELL (he can also be seen in Track 9, “Jam for Tomorrow”).

Track 5
"SURRENDER"

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Troy Dillinger
Director:
This short was the second by Troy, and he considered using a pseudonym so he wouldn’t come off as greedy for screentime. This is easily the creepiest short in the entire festival and was described by filmmaker Ben Foster as “state of the art -- for 1989...”
Notes:
This short was created as low-tech and cheaply as possible. The backgrounds were shot with a camera attached to a hand truck for the first 2 shots and in the trunk of Troy’s car for the street shot. A 12” doll was purchased at a local toy store and a half-dozen trips to the home improvement store provided enough screws, levers, and scrap metal to make the toy move. Troy shot himself singing the song in front of a black background and then projected it onto the doll’s face. The doll was mounted to a microphone stand and manipulated by hand by Troy while the street footage was shown in the background and the face was projected on it simultaneously.
There is a photo of this crazy setup in the DVD’s EXTRAS section.

Track 6
"I GOT TO LOVE YOU"

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MindAlteringCreations (D. Ventura Garcia)
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David Ventura Garcia is a graduate student working towards a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film & Video Production at the University of Texas at Austin. His work has been shown at various film festivals in New York, San Francisco and across Texas. In 2003, and again in 2004, Garcia received scholarships from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts in recognition for his work and dedication to the arts.
Notes:
This short was created by Mind Altering Creations, a filmmaking cooperative that also directed Track 11 “Just Cuz”.
Troy nearly lost his guitar when he improvised and took it off to swing at the boxes behind him. As it turns out, they were held in place and stabilized by cement blocks. The guitar missed the blocks (and certain destruction) by a fraction of an inch.
The beautiful mosaic work is from the facade of a church on Austin’s East side.

Track 7
"STRONG ARMS"

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Brian Watkins (Steamboat: Beyond Sixth Street) edited by Carlos Funes
Director:
Director Brian Watkins is an Austin native who has been active on the Austin Music scene for most of his adult life. He is also a drummer and has performed for years in Austin’s clubs with a variety of bands. His epic documentary “Steamboat: Beyond Sixth Street” is an amazing and beautiful historical piece on one of Austin’s most important live music venues and chronicles a part of the city’s history which he himself has lived.
Editor:
Carlos Funes is an Austin based filmmaker best known for Tobey McGraw: America United. In 2001, he co-founded Clasico Entertainment and has written and directed several award winning shorts, edited a variety of music videos and also co-produced some live shows exclusively for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. With an uncanny ability for editing, some have nicknamed him “the Slasher”. He’s lended his services to Troy Dillinger’s “Strong Arms” and “Bitter Old Fool”. For more information you can visit www.ClasicoEntertainment.com.
Notes:
This short was shot initally with a hidden camera in all the locations you see, but the footage was unuseable due to a technical error.

Track 8
"FORGIVE ME"

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Troy Dillinger
Director:
This short marks Troy’s debut as a director. Ben Foster (director of Track 1 “Pencil Me In”) served as Director of Photography and Editor on this short.
Notes:
This short is an adaptation of writer Raymond Carver’s short story, “Intimacy”. A dozen of Carver’s short stories were also adapted for Robert Altman’s 1993 movie “Short Cuts”.
Troy (while playing a Pinkerton agent) shot Joe Stevens (as Lonnie Packwood) in the movie “American Outlaws”, but did not meet him until nearly a month afterward. The camera angles were shot on different days.
This is the only short film in the Festival in which Troy does not appear on camera.
Troy was the driver of the SUV that almost ran Joe over. After many takes, Troy gave up.

Track 9
"JAM FOR TOMORROW"

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Nadia M
Director:
Nadia M. is a director, producer, and on-air host of AMN’s “Girls That Rock” show that runs on the network. She has hosted countless hours on the network with her friendly and informed manner and has been an asset to the network since joining the roster. We look forward to her future behind and in front of the camera.
Notes:
This short features bits and pieces of Troy’s life compiled by some of Austin’s most underappreciated videographers and photographers: CapZeyeZ’s Dave Prewitt has been producing video for 20 years and has logged countless hours on-air on Austin’s access channels; photographer Robert Smith has been documenting Austin’s music scene for 20 years as well in addition to producing a long-running show for Austin Access; Floyd Lloyd also has a longrunning access show entitled, you guessed it, “Floyd Lloyd Rocks”.
The footage of Troy throwing his guitar at a cameraman (on an old incarnation of the Austin Music Network) came after the band was put on air with no monitors. When host Darcy Fromholz made light of the situation, the cameraman took Troy to task while on-air. The rest is history...

Track 10
"CANDLE SHOP"

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Robie Kentspeth (The Real You)
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Producer / Director / Writer Robie Kentspeth has been working as a stage actress professionally for more than half her life and was one of the founding board members of Austin's critically acclaimed company Deus Ex Machina. In New York City, she produced and directed several shows Off-Broadway as well as the Noon:30 Reading Series at the Producers’ Club. She is also a costume designer who works in both Austin and New York.
Robie graduated with a BFA in Theatre from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and went on to study and graduate from the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City.
Robie created Lensville to provide a focus for narrative films with emotionally resonant and universally recognizable themes. Robie's first film effort, which she wrote, produced, and directed "The Real You", is a SXSW Official Selection.
Notes:
This short was shot primarily in an actual candle shop, which is located in Wimberly, TX, about
an hour outside Austin.

Track 11
"JUST 'CUZ"

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MindAlteringCreations (Justin Gilley)
Director:
Justin A. Gilley directed and produced three award winning short films at the age of eighteen. One year later in 2000, Justin moved to the emerging film mecca of Austin, Texas to study film at the University of Texas from which he will graduate in May of 2005.
In his brief five-year career Justin has spent time at the helm of over twenty productions. With a background in independent film, he is adept at completing projects under budget and on time, as he brings the all around director-producer package.
Notes:
The guys in the video were played by musician brothers Nick & Josh Holden, producer/director Floyd Lloyd (see “Interview” in the Bonus Tracks of this DVD, and Troy’s bandmates Stewart Cochran and Matt Slagle.
Troy created all the logos and work clothes for his characters. The fictional companies that appeared in the short were: “Maid You Look” (Maid Service), “Sounds Broken” (Stereo Repair), “Pool My Finger” (Pool Cleaner), “Hot Stuff A/C Repair” (Heating & A/C Repair), “Ray’s Obscure Pizza” (a take-off of ‘Ray’s Famous Pizza’ in NYC), and RefrigerRaiders” (refrigerator repair).