Round Tables: Filmmakers
Sunday, March 13
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
New for 2016, this Round Table Session will bring together three industry experts and SXSW attendees for an informal and enlightening discussion on filmmaking.
Online signups for Round Table sessions will open in mid-February.
Quincy Hill Films
Heather Courtney won an Emmy, the Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award, and a SXSW Jury Award for her film WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM. The film has won awards at festivals around the country, ...Show the rest
Heather Courtney won an Emmy, the Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award, and a SXSW Jury Award for her film WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM. The film has won awards at festivals around the country, including Best Documentary Feature at the Philadelphia Film Festival, the Founders Award for Best U.S. Documentary at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival, and Critics Award at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Fest. The film received rave reviews in the New York Times, the Washington Post and others during its theatrical release in Fall 2011, and was broadcast nationally on the PBS program POV. It made several Top 10 film of 2011 lists, including Salon and the Austin American Statesman.
WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM was supported by many grants and fellowships during its production including from ITVS, the Sundance Documentary Fund, and the United States Artists Fellowship. Heather was also a fellow at the Sundance Edit and Story Lab.
Prior to WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM, Heather Courtney directed and produced several documentary films including award-winners LETTERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE, and LOS TRABAJADORES, and as a co-director on Roger Weisberg’s documentary CRITICAL CONDITION. Her films have been funded by a Fulbright Fellowship, the Paul Robeson Fund, and the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund. LETTERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE was the Closing Night film at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2006, and was broadcast on over 60 PBS stations. LOS TRABAJADORES won the Audience Award at SXSW and the International Documentary Association David Wolper award, and was broadcast nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens.
Prior to receiving her MFA in Film Production, she spent eight years writing and photographing for the United Nations and several refugee and immigrant rights organizations, including in the Rwandan refugee camps after the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Heather is from the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and is proud to call herself a Yooper.Hide the rest
James M Johnston
JAMES M. JOHNSTON is an award-winning filmmaker from Fort Worth, TX. He is part of the filmmaking collective known as Sailor Bear where he produced the films AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, PIONEER, and...Show the rest
JAMES M. JOHNSTON is an award-winning filmmaker from Fort Worth, TX. He is part of the filmmaking collective known as Sailor Bear where he produced the films AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, PIONEER, and LISTEN UP PHILIP. He was a 2011 Creative Producing Fellow at the Sundance Institute, named to Variety’s 10 Producer’s To Watch in 2012, and won and Indie Spirit Award for producing in 2013. Johnston is a writer/director in his own right and his short films including KNIFE, RECEIVE BACON, and MERRILY, MERRILY have played to great acclaim at festivals around the world. His latest short film MELVILLE won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Dallas International Film Festival, is a Vimeo Staff Pick and named one of the best American short films for 2015 by IndieWire.Hide the rest
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 s...Show the rest
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 (2015) starring Rinko Kikuchi screened at Berlinale and Sundance, where it won a Special Jury Prize for Best Score and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards (director and actress).
Much of their work can be viewed a zellnerbros.com