Four Award Winning Short Films Make Austin Premiere In The Austin Revolution Film Festival

Four Award Winning Short Films Make Austin Premiere In The Austin Revolution Film Festival

Four short films will make their Austin premiere playing Saturday, September 22 at 9:00 am in the Austin Revolution Film Festival.

Austin Revolution Film Festival is on Movie Maker's List of Top 50 Film Festivals worth the entry fee. The festival runs September 18 - 22.

THE VISIT stars Academy Award Nominee June Squibb, Sean Maher, and Sadie Katz. Written and directed by Romina Schwedler, the film has been programmed in over forty film festivals and has been recognized with a number of awards, including Best Short, Best Director, Audience Choice, and a number of awards recognizing June Squibb's performance.

June Squibb is best known for the role of Kate Brant in NEBRASKA, which earned her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations along with 38 other nominations and wins. Her filmography includes ABOUT SCHMIDT, SCENT OF A WOMAN, FAR FROM HEAVEN, and many more. June Squibb made her Broadway debut in the original production of GYPSY, starring Ethel Merman, taking over the role of stripper Electra in 1960.

Sean Maher was born and raised in New York where he attendee The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. He has appeared in HBO's LOOKING, The CW's ARROW, PARTY OF FIVE, THE MENTALIST, FIREFLY and more.

Filmmaker Romina Schwedler was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to NYC to study at the School of American Ballet and The Juilliard School. She studied acing at the William Esper Studio and started to work in film. She directed a number of micro short spec commercials before writing and directing THE VISIT, her first short film.

In THE VISIT, a man must face the unimagined consequences of his past actions during an encounter with his mother.

Also in the program, short film DISCERNMENT is by Jimmy Willden, who is an award winning writer and filmmaker. He is also an American musician and composer.

DISCERNMENT is about first impressions amidst people watching, and the dire situations that lead good people to do bad things.

THE ROOT CELLAR, directed by award winning filmmaker Kyle Kleinecke and written by Mary Craigo, features Richard Folmer, Dodie Brown, and Joe Octerbeck. Richard Folmer served as the Artistic Director for East Bank Theatre in Bossier City, LA for 25 years. He has appeared in STRAW DOGS and CLEANER. Joe Octerbeck has appeared in VENGEANCE: A LOVE STORY and AMERICAN VIRGIN. Dodie Brown has appeared in AMERICAN HORROR STORY, CLAWS, and QUEEN SUGAR.

Kyle's directorial debut, The Pickle - Short Filmpremiered at the 2015 Louisiana Film Prize and was selected for the Founder's Circle Award. Since then "The Pickle" has been programmed in many other film festivals, winning several awards, including Best Comedy Short Film at the 2016 ME Film Festival in Georgia.

His sophomore short, The Root Cellar - Short Filmpremiered at the 2016 Louisiana Film Prize and is in the middle of a strong festival run. "The Root Cellar" has been recognized with a number of awards including Best Thriller at Red Dirt FilmFestival in Oklahoma and Best Short Film at Bare Bones International Independent Film & Music Festival in Oklahoma.

After investigating a deadly house fire, the Police Chief and Detective try to get answers from a mysterious man who was found in a cellar under the rubble in THE ROOT CELLAR.

Recently, Kyle Kleinecke and FALLING SOUTH filmmaker Lorraine Portman collaborated on a new short film that will premiere during this year's Louisiana Film Prize. Lorraine Portman wrote the script that Kyle Kleinecke directed.

Lorraine Portman is an award winning Playwright, Screenwriter, and Filmmaker. She holds a B.A. in Theater from Smith College and M.F.A. in Film from Florida State University. Lorraine also attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. She has written and directed seven short films and a feature. Lorraine Portman has been recognized with The Paul Schrader Best Screenplay Award during The Cayman International Film Festival for her screenplay THE KING'S INN.

FALLING SOUTH is the first starring role for lead actor Madeline Barr. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theatre Wing. Madeline is the niece of Philip Seymour Hoffman. She followed in his footsteps, attending Tisch. He was a mentor and supportive of her training.

Other "Falling South" cast members include Eric T. Miller, and Marlyn Mason. Marlyn is loved the world over by Elvis fans. She was Elvis' leading lady in "The Trouble with Girls." Marlyn has also appeared in most of our classic television shows: The Odd Couple, Marcus Welby, M.D., Barnaby Jones, Bonanza, and many more.

Eric T. Miller is a New York City based actor who often brings new plays to life and has appeared on a number of television shows: Person of Interest, The Black List, The Unusuals, Elementary, and Chicago P.D.

FALLING SOUTH is about a woman who puts Rochester in the rear view as she runs away from the life she has known. She has never been on her own and doesn't know if she'll make it as her resources are stripped away. She meets diverse women who offer connection, insight, and laughter on the road to Florida and a possible new life.

The Austin Revolution Film Festival 2018 has named all the short film blocks after James Bond movies or devices. The program of short films including THE VISIT, DISCERNMENT, THE ROOT CELLAR, and FALLING SOUTH is called THE COLD OPEN and will be Saturday, September 22 at 9 am. The Crowne Plaza, Austin.

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