The 2019 Texas Film Awards Press Conference took place in Austin, TX at the new Line Hotel in Austin on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The conference was excellently moderated by Variety’s Steve Gaydos. Janet Pierson, the director of film at SXSW attended the press conference, supporting the 2019 Texas Film Awards before the kick off of SXSW 2019. Robert Rodriguez who is director of the AFS attended the 2019 Texas Film Awards Press Conference. Rodriguez will have the world premiere of his low budget film ($7,000) “Red 11” Horror/Thrill at SXSW 2019. The AFS founder and artistic director Richard Linklater and the 2019 Honorees of the 2019 Texas film Awards (Brooklyn Decker, John Lee Hancock, and Ron Livingston) were also in attendance.
Gaydos asked Robert Rodriguez during the conference, “How do you keep the DNA and the personal Robert Rodriguez alive when you make a huge movie?” Rodriguez said, “You stay in Texas. We started very early with digital photography, the first digital 3D movie was made here.” Gaydos congratulated Rodriguez for “Alita: Battle Angel” (2019) which is the biggest budget films ever filmed in Texas. Robert Rodriguez worked on this film with his crew from Texas, a crew he has been working for a long time. He said, “The mindset of my crew is so different and they are so excited to make a movie like “Alita,” and they bring their talent and excitement. My crew in Texas lives to work here and they don’t live here to work. I didn’t really want to move to Los Angeles to be a filmmaker, and I showed people my short films and even though people said I should move to Los Angeles, I said nah…I don’t think so. I want to stay here in Texas where the creativity is for me, my ideas, and family. I kept my roots here and I built my crew in Texas and my crew had to learn skills here.”
John Lee Hancock ( Honoree Star of Texas Award) is former screenwriter turned into a director. He was born in Longview and spent most of his childhood in Texas. Hancock is getting back to his Texas roots with his upcoming premiere in 2019 at SXSW “The Highwaymen”.
Brooklyn Decker is known for her role on “Grace and Frankie” on Netflix (Rising Star Award). She has her roots in North Carolina and is a former model. She has been living in Austin for the last decade and she loves the film community in Texas.
Austin Film Society teaches kids and adults about filmmaking.
Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater, the Austin Film Society’s mission is to empower our community to make, watch, and love film and creative media. AFS curates and screens hundreds of repertory, international and arthouse films annually at the AFS Cinema; delivers financial support to Texas filmmakers through the AFS Grant; operates Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility, and Austin Public, a space for our city’s diverse mediamakers to train and collaborate. Through its award-winning after school classes, intern training, and the Ed Lowry Student Film program, AFS encourages media literacy and provides a place for the youth of all backgrounds to learn the craft of filmmaking and gain access to tools for media production. By hosting premieres, special events, local and international industry events, and the Texas Film Awards, AFS shines the national spotlight on Texas filmmakers while connecting Austin and Texas to the wider film community. AFS is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.