‘POV’ to air young Austinite’s film
Austinite Elizabeth Mims’ compelling documentary “Only the Young,” which the Austin High graduate co-wrote and co-directed with college classmate Jason Tippet, will air on “POV” on KLRU at 9 p.m. Monday, July 15. The documentary, which had its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival last year, made the National Board of Review’s year-end list of best documentaries and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The film about three teens coming of age in Southern California was shot on tripods, giving the documentary the visual quality of narrative filmmaking. For our interview with Mims from earlier this year, click here.
Archive receives national honor
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image has received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History for its website, TexasArchive.org. The newly redesigned website, which was launched in September, “is more intuitive for visitors to navigate, and provides an overall richer interactive experience,” a release said. TAMI’s site, which offers online access to historical films, is one of 88 national award recipients. The awards will be presented during the association’s annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., Sept. 20.
Distribution deal added to AFF honor
The winner of the narrative film category at this year’s Austin Film Festival will receive a video-on-demand distribution deal from newly announced AFF sponsor Gravitas Ventures. The distribution award will be in addition to the cash prize of $2,500 and reimbursement for airfare and hotel. Gravitas Ventures, which works with more than 500 content partners to connect independent filmmakers with cable, satellite and online distributors, recently helped release Dave Grohl’s documentary “Sound City.” AFF says that the deal with Gravitas could give the winning filmmaker the potential to reach 100 million homes. The deadline for film entries for this year’s AFF is July 15. AustinFilmFestival.com.