|Originally from Detroit, Lashonda Lester has been in show business for over 20 years in addition to working as a manager in pro-wrestling, publishing a political magazine and being an anti war activist.As a stand up comedian, Lashonda has opened for Earthquake, Rickey Smiley, Kyle Kinane, SNL alumnus Finesse Mitchell, Godfrey, and the legendary Grammy Award winning band; Earth, Wind, and Fire.She’s the creator, star and executive producer of “Weird! True Hollywood Tales” and has been featured on the cover of the Austin Chronicle and featured in Austin Monthly magazine.When she’s not performing around Texas, Lashonda enjoys buying frivolous items on eBay and spending time with her family.|
|Widely regarded as one of this generation’s next film directors to watch, Ya’Ke has made a name for himself as a filmmaker with a veracious style of storytelling that takes an unflinching look at issues facing today’s society.Ya’Ke made his first film at the age of 15, while a student at Sam Houston High School in his native San Antonio, Texas and has yet to look back. His films have received world-wide acclaim, screening at The Cannes International Film Festival, The Pan African Film and Arts festival, The Sedicorto International Film Festival Forli and The Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival, to name a few.His short Hope’s War, was the recipient of the Director’s Guild of America Student Film Award, was officially selected to screen at the Cannes Film Festival as part of Kodak’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, broadcast nationally on Showtime Television’s Black Filmmaker Showcase and was a finalist of BETJ’s The Best Shorts Film Competition. His latest film, The Second Coming, was nominated for a Student Academy Award and also won the HBO Short Film Award at the American Black Film Festival.Ya’Ke graduated with his Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin’s film program, where he now lectures. He will be shooting his first feature, Stolen Dreams, in the spring of 2009.|
|When a young boy loses his grandmother during Hurricane Katrina, he travels to San Antonio, Texas, in search of the mother who abandoned him years earlier.|
| ANDY YOUNG
||CRIME OF THE CENTURY
|Andy Young (born April 18th, 1991) is a comedy filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. His work has screened at The Alamo Drafthouse and the Austin Film Festival, and he’s won top prizes at the 48 Hour Film Project and the Texas Union Film Festival. Andy has directed short films, sketches, television, commercials, plays, animation, documentaries and a feature-length film. In addition to attending the University of Texas’ Radio, Television & Film program, he’s also working as a contributing writer for Moviemaker Magazine and an intern with Ralph Smyth Entertainment, as well as behind-the-scenes coordinator for their feature film “Intramural”.||Two cops are hot on the trail for uncovering what their latest suspect is claiming to be ‘The Crime of the Century’. The guns are loaded, the aces are wild, and the stakes have never been higher…|
|Chithra Jeyaram||MIJO and FOREIGN PUZZLE|
LOGLINE: An evocative portrayal of a mother and a child’s intimate relationship in the midst of life altering medical events.
SYNOPSIS: MIJO is an immensely personal documentary about the relationship between a young mother who is a professional dancer and her 6-year-old son, as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer. The film is a delicate balance between the son’s innocence and the mother’s attempts to communicate her battle. Ultimately, the film is an affirmation of love and the purpose of life.
|INSTITIUTION THEATER PRESENTS: FU$K, IT’S CHRISTMAS!!|
FUCK, IT’S CHRISTMAS!!! – An Austin-centric Holiday Sketch Show
Austin Christmases are the furthest thing possible from the Norman Rockwell tradition and we wouldn’t have it any other way. That’s the inspiration behind Fuck, It’s Christmas, an evening of Yuletide sketch with a Bat City twist brought to you by the holly jolly folks of The Institution Theater.
We’ll demystify the Trail of Lights, reveal the secrets of the Whole Foods ice skating rink and pay “proper” tribute to The Soup Peddler. You’ll learn the DO’s and DON’T’s for your office Christmas Party, take an awkward horse carriage ride, attend the most bizarre Armadillo Bazaar and witness a Santa Claus kidnapping perpetuated by grackles.
What the show lacks in treacly sentimentality it more than makes up for in balls.
Written by Brently Heilbron. Directed by Tom Booker. Featuring Duncan Coe, Sarah Marie Curry, Claudio Fox, Ash Nunley, Bryan Roberts, and Sarah Swofford.
This Month we have a special treat with Local Actor Legend Sonny Carl Davis as Guest Host at the Show! Austin interviewing Comedians and Filmmakers throughout the night and performing a sampling of his One Man Show, ” “First to be Eaten…rantings of a bit player” about being a bit player in innumerable films and dying in countless ways on screen!
||SONNY CARL DAVIS
|Sonny Carl Davis has been working in movies since the late 1970′s and has been in countless feature films such as The Whole Shootin’ Match (1979) and is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the businessman with attitude in the highly acclaimed film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), in which Davis set the benchmark for how to make yourself heard at a fast-food restaurant. Davis also starred as Louise’s restaurant co-worker in Thelma & Louise (1991).We’re super excited to have Sonny join us for a night at The Show! Austin for a sampling of his One Man Show, ” “First to be Eaten…rantings of a bit player” about being a bit player in innumerable films and dying in countless ways on screen!As always our Guest HOST interviews performing Comedians and Filmmakers in the comfortable atmosphere of the Spiderhouse Ballroom!|
|iZARZAMORA! is a psuedo-cerebral improv comedy troupe in Austin, Texas who purport to know and to be able to perform the ancient origins of everything. We may not be very intelligent, but we fake it well.” iZARZAMORA! showcases the best use of a liberal arts degree ever!” -Amy Martin – theaterjones.com|
|DRY|| MARSHALL COPOUS
SHORT FILM SYNOPSIS:
An outlaw is on the run from a sheriff who has been tracking him down. Their fates become intertwined in a desolate land where forgiveness is seldom found.
|Marshall is currently a senior in the RTF department at the University of Texas. Dry was produced for his Production I class last year. He recently just wrapped on a horror dark comedy called Lane Number Thirty-Seven that he was the Cinematographer for. Now he is in pre-production on an independent short film he is shooting at the end of the year, while also trying to prep his thesis film to be produced in the Spring semester.|
|CHAINSAW FOUND JESUS||ACTOR JONNY MARS
“a spunky riff” –NY Times Official Selection SXSW Film Festival, Independent Film Festival Boston, Chicago Underground Film Festival 2011 (Honorable Mention)
Uneasy dreams. An unintended playdate. A search for whale songs. Mistakes are made. Rocks could be thrown. Officer Schnauzer, are you gonna arrest somebody?
|Jonny played the part of “Chainsaw” in Spencer Parson’s Chainsaw Found Jesus and will talk with Sonny about acting in Features and various other interesting topics.|
|RED ON YELLA, KILL A FELLA||JUSTIN MEEKS
In the autumn of 1900, outlaw Claude Barbee puts his “retirement plan” into action, attempting to lead his gang across Texas to recover a cash loot hidden after a botched railroad robbery. They soon discover they’re being hunted by more than just the law – but rather a merciless, unexpected evil quite possibly greater than themselves.In the autumn of 1900, outlaw Claude Barbee puts his “retirement plan” into action, attempting to lead his gang across Texas to recover a cash loot hidden after a botched railroad robbery. They soon discover they’re being hunted by more than just the law – but rather a merciless, unexpected evil quite possibly greater than themselves.
|Justin will be screening a short film and giving us a SNEAK PEEK of his upcoming feature WESTERN, Red On Yella, Kill A Fella!|
This month we have Amazing Original Animation and SNEAK PEEKS from three AMAZING Austin Filmmakers: A Sneak Peek of a Feature Film with Director Jesse Dayton, Animation Short by Eric Power and a preview of his upcoming Feature Animation Film, and FPIA 2012 Ramin Nazer’s Animation, plus/as well as the Sketch group “Your Terrific Neighbors” @ Spider House Ballroom!
TIX $5 ONLINE and $8 at DOOR
HOST OWEN EGERTON
| Owen Egerton is an author, performer, and screenwriter. His works include the short story collection How Best to Avoid Dying, the Zach Scott produced play The Other Side of Sleep and several screenplays. As a screenwriter he has written for Warner Brothers, Fox, Disney and many others. He and his partners’ screenplay Bobbie Sue was ranked on the 2008 Blacklist before selling to Warner Brothers. A new paperback edition of his novel The Book of Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God will be released in 2012 by Soft Skull Press. Egerton has been honored as one of Austin’s top comic performers and voted Austin’s favorite author in 2007, 2008 and 2010 by the readers of the Austin Chronicle.
Your Terrific Neighbors
|The trio of Curtis Luciani, Courtney Hopkin, and new addition Braden Walker has entertained audiences across the city with live performances.You will be dazzled and delighted with their high production value video and LIVE Sketches.WEBSITE|
|Ramin Nazer is a really funny guy. He does Stand Up comedy in Austin Texas and he was the Funniest Person in Austin back in 2012. Now he’s making more funny cartoons for everyone that plays on a website called Humordy.com . He will pick his favorite three shorts and screen them at the Show! and answer your questions in the Interview and Q&A. He’s a comedian, so it should be pretty entertaining!!|
|Eric Power||Path of Blood|
|Eric Power is an animator from Austin who creates films created entirely out of cardboard paper cut outs! Path of Blood is a cut paper samurai film set during the early years of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Expect savvy swordsmen, deadly ninja, political intrigue, and gory mayhem!!!In 2010 he created a short film version of Path of Blood as a test to see if a samurai film could hold up in the medium of cut paper stop motion. The short went on to screen at the Boston Film Festival, Fantastic Fest 2011, and gained considerable interest in the online community. We will be screening the short at The Show! and show NEVER BEFORE SEEN Clips from his FULL FEATURE FILM!www.ericpowerup.net/|
NEXT SHOW! – SEPT 8th HOST Shannon McCormick!
This month we have in store Proof of Concepts and Pilot episodes from three AMAZING Austin Filmmakers Dan Siegelstein, NeuSpaceChurch Productions, and Scott Rice, plus/as well as the Sketch group STAG Comedy, which has the undisputed Funniest Person in Austin Mac Blake as a performer. All brought to us by host, comedian and actor Shannon McCormick (Gnap! Theater Projects) @ Spider House Ballroom!
|Shannon McCormick is an improv performer, director, and teacher. He runs Gnap! Theater Projects, which produced improv shows from 2008 to 2012, the male half of Austin improv duo Get Up, a former producer of the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, a former member of Backpack Picnic, a frequent voice actor for all manner of animated endeavors, and so on, and so on ~etc. etc.|
|STAG Comedy is a sketch comedy group from the BBQ-stained streets of Austin, Texas. STAG is made up of comedians, musicians, filmmakers, and drinking buddies that love putting on live shows and making videos. STAG has performed in festivals all over the USA and once in Canada.|
|MY MONSTER – SCOTT RICE
|A hateful actor, trapped in a monster costume during a movie shoot, loses his way in the Texas wilderness. Believing him to be the famed Curtis Creek Creature, three trailer park kids take him prisoner in hope of a million dollar reward.|
PEOPLE WITH ISSUES – DAN SIELGELSTEIN
|“PEOPLE WITH ISSUES” is a short film that follows a day in the life of three mid-20s artists – a comic book writer/illustrator named Darren, two musicians named Aaron and Jack – as they battle to win auctions on ebay, figure out how a band with two guitarists and no drummer can function, and their latest batch of strife from members of the opposite sex|
DISENCHANTED – GALEN CHURCH
|‘DISENCHANTED‘ is an independently-produced TV sitcom pilot set at the “Enchanted Forest Faire.” “Justin Neufeld, Mark Spacek and Galen Church make up the three-headed monster commonly known as NeuSpaceChurch Productions. Their first project, the pilot for the workplace sitcom “DISENCHANTED.
HOST Shannon McCormick will interview the panel of Bill Wise (“Waking Life“), Jennymarie Jemison (“Austin High” or “The Quiet Girl’s Guide to Violence“), and Jay McKinney (Second City Chicago). “Disenchanted” is Galen Church’s directorial debut.
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Thank you so much to JONNY MARS for Hosting and to Ashley Barnhill and ALL THE FILMMAKERS, Steven DeGennaro (who scared the S*&t out of us), Bryan Poyser, Brian Swartz, and Danielle Goldfarb.
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NEXT SHOW! AUSTIN – AUGUST 11th!!!
We’re excited to be starting our NEW REGULAR SCHEDULE for the NEW AND IMPROVED THE SHOW! AUSTIN with every 2nd Sunday of the Month @ Spider House Ballroom starting Aug. 11th with Ralphie Hardesty and Improv Group GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, and Films by Clay Liford, Ivette Lucas, Alejandro Dominguez, and Jono Foley!
Ralphie Hardesty is essentially what would happen if Roseanne Barr were born a gay dude with slightly more testosterone, but slightly less butch. Hardesty is an overweight Midwesterner who, after a series of indelible life mistakes, eventually wound up in Austin, TX, so he sweats a lot.
As the host of the popular Encyclopedia Show Austin, he was selected as Austin’s Best Advocate of Drinking and Fact-Checking, and has performed at the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and the San Francisco Comedy and Burrito Festival. He has been featured in The Austin Chronicle, The Austin-American Statesman and the A.V. Club. His twitter is roughly 34% gay jokes.
Girls Girls Girls is Austin, Texas’s original all-female musical theater improvisation troupe. Our specialty is creating full-length improvised musicals from a single audience suggestion. In other words using the talent of real live musicians, GGG makes up songs, dances, characters, and stories to create one complete, blow-your-socks-off musical.
CLAY LIFORD – My Mom Smokes Weed
Clay Liford has directed three features, including the festival hits “A Four Course Meal” and “Earthling.” His comedy short “My Mom Smokes Weed” has played at over 30 festivals. “Wuss” reunites him with his principal cast from “My Mom Smokes Weed,” where Sylvia Luedtke and Nate Rubin also played mother and son.
ABOUT THE SHORT FILM:
A geriatric mother and her twenty-something son on a road trip to meet some dastardly drug dealers in order to replenish a supply of certain herbs.
IVETE LUCAS – EX-Votos
Ivete Lucas (b. 1983 Sao Paulo, Brazil) A filmmaker and visual artist based in Houston, Texas, Lucas launched her filmmaking career in Monterrey, Mexico. Her short film Asthma (2009) was released nationally in select movie theaters, screened at festivals in South America and Europe, and was short-listed for the Mexican Academy Awards. Lucas’ documentary and narrative works have screened at festivals including SXSW, the Boston Latino Film Festival and HBO’s New York Latino Film Festival. She is the recipient of grants from the Mexican Film Institute, the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund and the Mexican Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA).
ABOUT THE SHORT FILM:
After experiencing a shootout in her neighborhood, Anayansi, a pregnant teenager, fears that she will lose her child. Hoping for a miracle, her mother takes her on a pilgrimage to the festival of Saint Francis. As their journey merges with thousands of travelers from across Mexico, they must face the reality of her condition and escape the confines of tradition if she is to survive.
ALEJANDRO DOMINGUEZ – DEAD EXPLORER
DEAD EXPLORER is the premiere paranormal web series! Real life investigations from the most haunted places! Unexplained activity & scary experiences caught on tape! New Episodes Mondays! http://goo.gl/Vjzz3
CHECK OUT SEASON 2 KICKSTARTER HERE:
Written and directed by Jono Foley, a University of Texas Graduate in the Radio Television Film program. Merman was shot primarily in Jacob’s Well near Wimberley, TX the largest perennial spring in Texas Hill Country.
Merman features music from New Orleans based musician Christopher Rehm. Rehm will be playing unofficially at the 2012 South By Southwest Music Festival as part of a math rock/pop duo called Caddywhompus. Foley and Rehm are currently collaborating on their next project ‘I Remember Always Hating Nostalgia’, a visual album, set to be released this summer.
ABOUT THE SHORT FILM:
Harrison dances within an amazingly lush, deep well of crystal clear water, undisturbed by his onlooking friends.
The Show! Austin is excited to have three new Sponsors this month who have donated PRIZES for the JULY 29th Show! to be given out by Jonny during the next event at the Spiderhouse Ballroom.
HERE ARE A LIST OF THE PRIZES!
One of the Prizes is Yoga with Adriene Mishler, a “6 pack” – which is 6 yoga classes at $60 at Salvage Vanguard Theatre. We will be selling raffle tickets all the way up to the night of the Show! for $3 each… Keep checking back for updates
Another cool prize we’re giving away at the Raffle is from VITAL SKIN CARE
(7942 Great Northern Blvd.)
Raffle will be a Corrective Treatment and $85 value and if they buy products the day of their treatment they will receive 10% off.
check out their website at www.vitalskincaretx.com
Raffle tix are $3 and we will be doing a drawing for each of them on July 29th!
Another sweet prize in our raffle is from our Sponsor Guerrilla Camera Gear and Rental who are donating a coupon for FREE camera & gear rentals at $250 value!
They are super cool and easy to work with and are located at the Austin School of Film right on Cesar Chavez, so they’re super close.
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Raffle Prizes will be given away at the July 29th event at The Show! Austin.
As well as these awesome prizes from our SPONSORS, The Show! is also planning to give away a FREE Season Pass for the FALL 2013 for our events at the Spiderhouse Ballroom from August till December!
RAFFLE TICKETS $3 at Door
Order July tickets via Eventbrite:
Due to popular demand The Show! Austin returns to it’s MONTH TO MONTH Schedule with a KICK OFF THE SHOW! AUSTIN on July 29th at the Spiderhouse Ballroom!
And then starting on AUGUST 11th, The Show! Austin will begin a consistent schedule of every 2nd SUNDAY at The Spiderhouse Ballroom!
LIVE TAPING NOW ONLINE!
In case you missed the last The Show! Austin in May, you can catch it here on FLM.tv and the Individual Interviews on our YOUTUBE CHANNEL!
JENNY MARIE JEMISON (Coming Soon!)
Thanks to all who came out for our May 5th The Show! Austin to see Carley Marissa , Jennymarie Jemison (Fantastic Fest), Scott Rice , Heath Allyn and Youtube Sensation Jon Cozart who made over 6 Million Views on YouTube with his Disney Princess Parody! Join HOST Johnny Walter with LIVE Sketch Comedy by THE TASTEMAKERS! YOU GUYS MADE IT A HUGE SUCCESS!
OUR NEXT THE SHOW! AUSTIN WILL BE IN AUGUST!
THE SHOW ! AUSTIN ONLINE CHANNEL:
We’re excited to be promoting some of the best and most cinematic short films to come out of Austin, TX in the last few years and to be able to showcase them all in one place on one channel with the Online Distribution platform FLM.tv!
You can now stream your favorite Austin short films on this channel and see the work of some of the best talent to come out of central Texas in recent years.
HOST Lashonda Lester
Comedian – Kerri Lendo
The Imperfect Film Festival with Angela Chen