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MovieMaker Magazine again ranks Austin among top destinations to live and make movies

MovieMaker Magazine again ranks Austin among top destinations to live and make movies

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MovieMaker Magazine again ranks Austin among top destinations to live and make movies

Annual ranking praises city’s strong incentives and substantial infrastructure
AUSTIN, TX – Once again, Texas’ capital city has been recognized as a top destination to live and make movies. Austin was ranked #2 in MovieMaker magazine’s twelfth annual list of the “Top Ten Cities to be an Independent Moviemaker.” Austin has appeared on this notable list since it began more than a decade ago; last year, Austin was ranked #4.

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Storytelling Leads Orthodox Jewish Woman to Austin-Based Film Career

Storytelling Leads Orthodox Jewish Woman to Austin-Based Film Career

Storytelling Leads Orthodox Jewish Woman to Austin-Based Film Career

Wednesday, 01 February 2012

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By Andrea Abel

How does a nice Orthodox Jewish girl become a science fiction film producer and screenwriter?

As Austinite Leah Weinberger tells it, the job grew out of her love for telling stories to children at Chabad; the rest just seemed to fall into place. “I fell into it backwards,” she said.

A bit of a modest account, perhaps. But as Weinberger related her story, hers is a journey of being in the right place at the right time, a proper amount of self-confidence and chutzpah, and strong creative and business instincts.

“Adults would listen and say, ‘you are such a good story teller!’” Weinberger said describing her Chabad storytelling sessions in a recent interview. She told the children stories of shipwrecked Marrano Jews and made up a character named Golda Lox for another tale. “I kept these stories going back and forth,” she said, adding chapters each week.

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Interview / (2012)
Austin Filmmaker Justin Durban’s Short Film “Bits And Pieces” Delivers Big Budget Fantasy on Indie Filmmaker Funds.

Austin Filmmaker Justin Durban’s Short Film “Bits And Pieces” Delivers Big Budget Fantasy on Indie Filmmaker Funds.

June 07, 2010

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Filed Under: Austin, Filmmaker Interviews, Short Films

Article Taken from Short Film Texas.com

Austin Filmmaker Justin Durban’s Short Film “Bits And Pieces” Delivers Big Budget Fantasy on Indie Filmmaker Funds.

SHORTFILMTEXAS (SFT): What is your short film “Bits and Pieces” about?
JUSTIN R. DURBAN (JRD): A young girl terribly scarred is kidnapped by a lonely monster who feels a connection with her because of their shared monstrous appearance. They spend the day connecting as a family. When it is time for him to return her to her lonely life the girl begs to stay and be a family together. She accepts him completely as he is and begs for him to adopt her. He loves her so much that he finds a way for them to be together forever.

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SFT: What did you shoot on? (Likes/Dislikes)
JRD: We shot “Bits and Pieces” on the DSLR canon 7d. John Hafner was the Director of Photography. The 7d encodes the footage as it records, so you have to convert the footage again so your editing system can actually take on the clips. Another disadvantage is tricky focusing and hand-held work with a DSLR is just out of the question. It’s so light that it feels like a home video. So, i prefer giving it some weight or lock it down on sticks. The advantage of the 7D is the film is basically straight from camera. VERY little Color Correction was used with this film. The trickiest part was getting the right lighting with all the fog from set.

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Interview / (2010)
PRESS RELEASE: EDGEN FILMS TO HOST PRIVATE SCREENING WEINSTEIN’S FEATURE FILM: SARAH’S KEY

PRESS RELEASE: EDGEN FILMS TO HOST PRIVATE SCREENING WEINSTEIN’S FEATURE FILM: SARAH’S KEY

Edgen Films Press Release:

7.21.11
LOCAL AUSTIN BASED PRODUCTION COMPANY, EDGEN FILMS, TAPPED TO HOST A PRIVATE SCREENING OF THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY’S FEATURE FILM: SARAH’S KEY.

Edgen Films is proud to host a private screening of the Weinstein Co’s SARAH’S KEY.

Adapted from the best selling Tatiana de Rosnay novel of the same name, Sarah’s Key is a sensitive portrayal of a modern woman’s search for truth that leads her to examine her own families role in the forced deportation of the French Jews by the Vichy government in 1942.

Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, and Michel Duchaussoy, this film is sure to have people talking. From its powerful storyline, to the beauty of its artistic expression SARAH’S KEY is a shining example of film making at it’s very best and exactly the type of work the Austin Film Communities embrace.

Edgen Films and the Austin Jewish Film Society are honored to take part in assisting The Weinstein Company in bringing such a powerful, and thought provoking film to Austin.

This Premiere will take place July 28, 2011, 7pm at the Regal Arbor Cinema, 9828 Great Hills Trail Austin 78759 (512) 231-9742. Seating is limited, contact event@edgenfilms.com to reserve your free tickets and for more event information.

“Sarah’s Key” Official Website http://weinsteinco.com/sites/sarahs-key/

 

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Press Release / 2011
PRESS RELEASE: A LIVE ONE-OF-A-KIND PRESENTATION

PRESS RELEASE: A LIVE ONE-OF-A-KIND PRESENTATION

08.21.10

A LIVE ONE-OF-A-KIND PRESENTATION ON THE MAKING OF THE HIGHEST GROSSING MOTION PICTURE OF ALL TIME, AVATAR.

Edgen Films is proud to host the first in a series of special events entitled “2.0” brought to you by Austin based production company, Luzworks . To inaugurate the occasion, film designers TyRuben Ellingson and Yuri Bartoli will give a live presentation at 6:30PM on August 30th at El Sol y La Luna on 600 E 6th Street in Austin, TX. The two will talk about their unique and creative artistic contributions to the James Cameron classic movie AVATAR which is being re-released with additional scenes nationally August 27th. Ellingson and Bartoli will also make a special announcement during the evening with Jonathan de la Luz, President of Luzworks, as to their long term local filmmaking impact.

Edgen Films is an Austin based Film Development and Production company that prides itself on producing Studio quality films while maintaining it’s Edgy, Indie-Austin spirit. Edgen Films believes strongly that The Austin Independent Film Industry is populated by amazingly talented, creative and hard-working people.   They take care to develop excellent relationships with other professional film entities in town.  These carefully tended alliances allow Edgen Films to leverage all of their skills and contacts into creating the highest quality projects for an Indie budget.  Edgen Films walks its talk by working with and developing local talent. “We all started somewhere, 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”.   Edgen Films is savvy and bold in business, but above all else they believe in the talent and skills of their peers and of themselves and the ability of Austin to DELIVER.

The Players:

Justin R. Durban is an Artist Extraordinaire. From graphic design to composing the music that moves the film, from writing to directing, his passion and talent for all things film have lead him thru life and many successes. “We are fortunate to have an artist of his caliber as Creative Director of Edgen Films”.  You can explore his epic body of work at www.justindurban.com

Nicholle Walton brings the perspective of a performing artist, as an actress and singer, and the moxy of a Southern girl with a keen head for business to Edgen Films. She works closely with her partners in building a company that works to redefine the Indie Film making industry, and to promote, support, and help build their local communities. She is currently producing the indie feature film Book of Babylon, with Arik Renee Avila and D7 studios.

Leah Weinberger is a writer who worked as a Coordinator of the Austin Screenwriters Group for 2009/2010.  Leah’s favorite genre to write is Science fiction/Fantasy.  In particular, she loves creating fantastic worlds while exploring the human condition. She holds the position of the Director of Development for Edgen Films and works closely with writers in the development phase of their scripts and mentors emerging writers.  Look for her latest work, STASIS coming soon from Edgen Films.

How it all began:

In 2009, Leah wrote a Script BITS AND PIECES.

This film 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 in 2009. Leah and Justin met through the Pitch and Script Matchup in 2009.   Leah produced, Justin directed and Nicholle offered her performing talent.

Bits and Pieces went on to win second place in DVXUser.com’s Monsterfest competition.

It was at that point the trio knew they were on to something, and talks began about joining there respective talents and setting up shop in Austin.

Their next collaboration was the Script RACK.  Justin Durban, Nicholle Walton and Leah Weinberger solidified their association by going on to Write, Produce, and Direct this Project for the prestigious Doorpost Film Festival.

RACK was a *Winner – Top 20 Finalist Films @ Doorpost Film Project

They continue to forge forward with their successes and seek to set and reach the higher bar with every step they take. With multiple projects in development and in working with other great local talents you can be sure to see great works of art that will move, inspire, and down right entertain! Feel it. Free.  www.edgenfilms.com

Join Edgen Films, Luzworks, and many other great Austin Film entities and supporters at what will surely be an inspiring and redefining Industry event. From Art School to Avatar 6:30PM on August 30th at El Sol y La Luna on 600 E 6th Street in Austin, TX

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