Company History

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(Pronounced: edge – in)

Edgen Films is an Austin based Full Service Production Company and Music House that produces studio quality work while maintaining the classic edgy, Indie-Austin spirit that the city is known for. Edgen advocates the Austin independent film, music and television industries, which we believe, is populated by talented, creative and hard-working people in the local region. At Edgen, we work to create and bring to life projects that will not only entertain, but also raise awareness and conversation on various social and human condition topics.  We take great care to develop relationships with other Industry professionals in Austin and beyond.  These carefully tended alliances have allowed Edgen Films to leverage skills and contacts into creating the highest quality projects.

“We all started from somewhere, so no matter how far we go, we should never forget where we came from. We want to give back and support the community that gives so much to us, and we do that by not only working with the industry leaders of today, but by helping foster the talent of tomorrow, be it young, aspiring talent, producers, designers, production crew, or writers.”
~ Nicholle Walton-Durban

Beginning

The Edgen team consists of husband and wife team, Justin R. Durban and Nicholle Walton Durban, and Leah Weinberger and they met within the very community they still work to foster and grow.

It all began many years ago with a young boy named Durban and a dream… well that is a story for another time, so let us start with; It all began in 2009 when Leah Weinberger wrote the script Bits and Pieces. This script was a winner of the 2009 Screenwriter of Austin Monsterfest Script Contest and is a product of the Austin Film Meet Monsterfest Pitch and Script Matchup. Leah and Justin met through the Pitch and Script Matchup.   Leah produced, Justin directed and Nicholle offered her performing talent. Bits and Pieces also won Second Place in DVXUser.com’s Monsterfest competition. It was at this point that the trio knew they were on to something. Talks began about joining there respective talents and “officially” setting up shop in Austin.

Their next collaboration was the Script RACK.  Justin, Nicholle and Leah solidified their association by going on to write, produce, and direct this project for the prestigious Doorpost Film Festival.  RACK was a winner in the January 2010 Top 20 Finalist Films at Doorpost Film Project. Edgen Films, LLC was formed that February.

It was not long after that people started to take note of this unique team’s great creative talents and highly skilled business sense. Working with another local production company, D7 Studios, the trio once again found themselves working together on THE CURSE OF BABYLON. Nicholle would act as Producer, Leah as Associate Producer, and Justin as Art Director and Film Composer. The film has been highly received and is in current distribution talks with multiple territories.

There passion to foster, educate and work within their community would see new levels in 2011 with the formation of indieBEST, a charitable organization formed in response to the Bastrop Wildfires to help Artist struck by tragic events, and again in 2012 when Nicholle Walton-Durban would join forces with Suezean Matarazzo to develop and expand Austin Film and Arts Academy. Justin and Leah would bring their respective talents to the table and educate the children in Music Design and Script Writing. The year would come to an end with the team working together on the Directorial debut of local, Texan Craig Nigh and his Directorial debut, Breaking the Curse. Proving once more the Edgen team has an eye for talent, a head for pulling it all together, and a heart for their fellow Artists. 2013 will see the Company’s expansion into more Production Services, Distribution, and Music Licensing.

 

The Edgen team continues to forge forward with their successes and seeks to set and reach the higher bar with every step the company takes. With multiple projects in development and working with other great talents, Edgen believes in art that will challenge, inspire, and entertain.