2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Starving the Beast

Tuesday, March 15
7:00PM - 8:35PM


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This documentary examines the on-going power struggle on college campuses across the nation as political and market-oriented forces push to disrupt and reform America’s public universities. The film documents a philosophical shift that seeks to reframe public higher education as a ‘value proposition’ to be borne by the beneficiary of a college degree rather than as a ‘public good’ for society. Financial winners and losers emerge in a struggle poised to profoundly change public higher education. The film focuses on dramas playing out at the University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Louisiana State University, University of Texas and Texas A&M.

Section: Documentary Spotlight
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2016
Runtime: 95min

Director: Steve Mims

Producer: Bill Banowsky

Screenwriter: Steve Mims

Cinematographer: Steve Mims

Editor: Steve Mims

Additional Credits: Associate Producer: Richelle Fatheree, Additional Cinematography: Holden Fatheree, Assistant Camera: Kakii Keenan, Art Director: Kakii Keenan, Composer: Graham Reynolds, Graphics: Mike Nicholson, Post Production Mixer: Korey Pereira


Steve Mims works as a writer and director in Austin, Texas. His documentary INCENDIARY: THE WILLINGHAM CASE (2011) [co-directed by Joe Bailey, Jr.] won the 2011 SXSW Louis Black Award, the 2012 Innocence Network Journalism Award and the 2013 TCADP Media Award. He is also a film lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin.

Public Film Contact
Steve Mims
Railyard Films LLC
(512) 750-4672

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