GREAT NEWS!! The Astronaut Starbright documentary is now an OFFICIAL SELECTION of the Austin Film Festival’s Young Filmmaker Showcase!! THIS. IS. AMAZING.
If you’re not familiar with film festivals… please know that Austin is a tremendous opportunity and that inclusion in their Young Filmmaker Competition is nothing short of INCREDIBLE. So honored and humbled to be included in this festival.
Also… Lana will participate on an AMAZING panel on inclusivity in filmmaking called “The Path to Inclusivity: Empowering Young Filmmakers“!! The panel is sponsored by Cinema Ed and HBO. …AND… features two amazing females in the film industry: Hope Farley (Executive Producer/Co-Founder, Adolescent Content) and Raamla Mohamed (Writer/Supervising Producer Scandal, also working on an upcoming HBO project with Issa Rae).
Here’s some cool facts about the Austin Film Festival:
– This year is the 25th Anniversary of the festival
– Larry Wilmore to receive an “OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER” Award at the festival (Writer: Black-ish, The Bernie Mac Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sister Sister, In Living Color, and more…)
– Last year’s program featured 215 panelists, 50 percent of which were people of color and women.
– Notable attendees last year included Effie Brown, Reggie Rock Bythewood, Greta Gerwig, Misha Green, Courtney A. Kemp, Anthony Sparks, Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Virgil Williams, Sasheer Zamata and many more.
– Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference (AFF) has announced its continued commitment to diversity in filmmaking through its grant from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
– Lady Bird (2017) – 5 Oscar Nominations, 1 Golden Globe – was screened there last year (cool tidbit: Lana has been studying Greta Gerwig, the Director of Lady Bird)