2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Mentors: Filmmakers: Narrative

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Every filmmaker has a story to tell. Get advice, or share those stories with experienced filmmakers in our Narrative Filmmaker Mentor category.

Sign Up Here: http://mentor.sxsw.com.

Mentor session signup is open to all Film, Gold and Platinum badge holders at a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants who signed up online must check-in 30 minutes before your mentor time slot to guarantee your spot. Limited on-site signup is also available for a small number of mentor sessions spots and will begin 30 minutes before the first time slot of each session.



Alexandra Saks


ICM Partners

Alex graduated from Wake Forest University and joined ICM Partners in 2012 as a coordinator in the international and independent film department and was promoted in 2013 to agent. Prior to ICM Partners, Alex worked at the independent film company, Automatik, where she worked under Brian Kavanaugh-Jones on twelve projects including: INSIDIOUS, TAKE SHELTER, DARK SKIES, WELCOME TO THE PUNCH, SAFE, DEAD MAN DOWN, SINISTER BULLET TO THE HEAD and A HAUNTED HOUSE, among others. She started her career working for producer, Mark Gordon on SOURCE CODE and THE DETAILS, along with CRIMINAL MINDS, CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR, GREYS ANATOMY, ARMY WIVES, PRIVATE PRACTICE and the development of RAY DONOVAN.


Hannah Fidell



Hannah Fidell's first feature film, A TEACHER, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. That same year, Fidell was awarded the Chicken and Egg Emerging Narrative Female Director award at SXSW. She is currently in preproduction on her next feature film and is developing A TEACHER into a TV show with HBO.


Nathan Zellner


Kumiko The Treasure Hunter

Nathan Zellner makes movies with his brother David. They have written, produced, directed and edited numerous films and music videos that have screened at festivals worldwide. This includes five shorts (FLOTSAM/JETSAM, REDEMPTITUDE, AFTERMATH ON MEADOWLARK LANE, FIDDLESTIXX, and SASQUATCH BIRTH JOURNAL 2) which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival ('05-'11).

Their feature GOLIATH premiered at Sundance 2008, followed by KID-THING, a fable-like drama starring Sydney Aguirre and Susan Tyrell, in Sundance 2012. This let to an extensive festival run, including an international premiere at the 62nd Berlinale and a retrospective of the Zellner Brothers' work at BAFICI 2012. KID-THING, which received a 2012 Gotham Award nomination, was distributed theatrically around the world and domestically in the US by Factory 25. The Zellners' latest film KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER(2014) starring Rinko Kikuchi screened at Berlinale and Sundance, where it won a Special Jury Prize for Best Score.

Much of their work can be viewed a zellnerbros.com


Sandra Adair

Film Editor

Detourfilm Production

Sandra Adair, A.C.E. is an award winning feature film editor who resides in Austin, Texas. Adair has enjoyed an ongoing artistic collaboration with film director Richard Linklater, having edited 18 films for him over the past 20 years, including the 2012 comedy Bernie, the 2013 critically acclaimed Before Midnight, and in 2014, Boyhood. She was nominated for an Eddie Award for Best Editing of a Musical or Comedy by the American Cinema Editors in 2003 for School of Rock, and won the Best Edited Documentary at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2012 for the feature doc Shepard and Dark. Some of her other credits include Everything Must Go, starring Will Ferrell, and the award winning documentary Sushi: The Global Catch. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and American Cinema Editors and continues to support and mentor new filmmakers in the Austin area.


Ted Geoghegan

We Are Still Here

Ted Geoghegan studied screenwriting under the late Carroll O’Connor and began his film career co-writing German filmmaker Andreas Schnaas’ 2001 English language debut, Demonium. He has since written eleven feature films, two shorts, and a science fiction novel.

Ted’s selected filmography as a writer and producer includes the indie slasher Sweatshop (2009), Drafthouse Films’ Graceland (2012), Timo Rose’s Barricade (2007), acclaimed director Ryoo Seung-wan’s blockbuster Korean action film The Berlin File (2013), and the upcoming ABCs of Death 2 (2014). 2014's We Are Still Here, which he wrote, marks his directorial feature debut.


Yen Tan


Pit Stop

Malaysian-born and Austin-based Yen Tan is a writer, director and graphic designer. His award-winning films have screened at festivals worldwide and picked up video and theatrical distributions. He appeared on the cover of The Austin Chronicle where he was profiled for his film poster designs. His latest feature, PIT STOP, premiered at Sundance 2013 and was nominated for a John Cassavetes Award at Independent Spirit Awards 2014.

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