Spring Newsletter 2008

HelloooOOO, Mobile Film School Friends and Fans!

We’ve got a lot of great news and updates for you for the spring! We enjoy keeping in touch with you all and hope you’ll share our great mission with others down the road.

Here are the highlights of this newsletter:

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Mobile Film School is the “Non-Profit of the Month” at Whole Foods!

To compliment the events of SXSW (South by Southwest Film and Music Festival) here in Austin, Whole Foods has invited MFS to be highlighted as their non-profit of the month starting on Feb. 16 running through March 18th. Everyone who shops at Whole Foods during that time has an opportunity to donate to MFS at the register. How cool is that?

Elgin Workshop film “Dr.Phil or Dr. Do-Little?” invited to HOTDOCS!

The 2007 Elgin workshop student short documentary, Dr. Phil or Dr. Do-Little?, focusing on an errant visit to Elgin by the television icon Dr. Phil McGraw in 2004, and the continuing effect on the community, has been invited to screen at the 15th Annual HotDocs International Film Festival in Toronto, April 17-27. HotDocs is North America's largest documentary festival. Each year, the festival presents a selection of more than 100 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programs, the Festival also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals. Kudos!!!

MFS Radio Interview on Sunday 03/09/08

Mark Schoenfeld interviews Lisa Mcwilliams on the radio program, Public Affairs airing Sunday 3/9/08 on MAGIC 95.5, MIX 94.7, Talk Radio 1370 AM! Lisa was interviewed for the same time slot last year. It is exciting to see how much has happened in one year.

March Documentary Workshop in Del Valle

We’re THRILLED to announce our third upcoming student digital production workshop at Del Valle High School in Del Valle, Texas, from March 15-22. We are inspired by the passion with which the faculty and staff at Del Valle advocate for their students. At the end of this course, students will have produced one short documentary film. The effect of MFS’ workshops on students’ self-esteem can be life-changing and uplifting and we can’t wait to share this experience with another set of deserving students!

For the first time we are adding our culinary component to the Del Valle workshop. We are working with DVISD Culinary Arts teacher, Dayle Hickman, and 10 selected students to provide food for this project. Because of the amount of hours they will be working (60-80), Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation is going to give them credit for an internship and present them with a certificate of completion. This is a great opportunity for the students to show that they have participated in an internship and have the credentials for their portfolio and résumé.

Please join us for the screening of the students' completed short documentary film at Del Valle High School on Saturday, March 22 @ 7pm.

We’d like to thank the generous sponsors of this workshop: Sweet Leaf Tea, Carmelo’s, Del Valle ISD, Austin School of Film, and Cliff Bar.

MFS Participates in Web Design Contest

Next up, we’re excited to announce that MFS has been chosen to participate in the seventh annual SXSW AIR-Interactive Competition sponsored by Knowbility. The AIR-Interactive Competition pairs Austin-area musicians, artists and arts organizations with professional website design teams. The design teams in turn create exciting media-rich, accessible websites for the artists and nonprofits.

For taking part in this highly regarded competition, MFS will receive a new, accessible, professionally designed website by their team, Pop Labs; one year of free website hosting; and the chance to win awards and accolades if their team’s design is chosen. You can vote for MFS’s website at the SXSW Interactive conference at the Knowbility booth in the Austin Convention Center. The 2008 AIR-Interactive awards will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Firehouse Lounge from 6 to 9pm on March 11.

Get a FREE one day pass into the SXSW Interactive/ Film Trade Show and Exhibition to vote for your favorite website by visiting https://secure.sxsw.com/if_pass/start.php

Student Pitch Sessions

Mobile Film School is hosting the Student Pitch Sessions, which are being held in conjunction with the AFI/DALLAS International Film Festival on April 4th and 5th 2008.

The Mobile Film School’s Student Pitch Sessions, created by Executive Director Lisa McWilliams, are presented during film festivals and teach youth the art of pitching their film ideas to industry professionals. This provides a valuable learning experience for not only the students who pitch but the entire audience.

Lisa at SXSW

Lisa will be at SXSW from March 7-14 and would love to catch up with those of you who are attending. Feel free to email her at lisa@mobilefilmschool.org, or program her cell number into your phone and call her when you’re in town: (215)205-8566.

Power Flickers Short Film Showcase

On May 3rd, 2008, MFS will be screening short films by local filmmakers at the Power Flickers Short Film Showcase during the Pecan Street Festival in downtown Austin. Last fall Alamo Drafthouse helped us out and we hope to have their support again this Spring. To volunteer or for submission information, contact Kristina Mann (Kristina@mobilefilmschool.org)

Immigration Stories Project

On May 4, 2008, MFS will host Immigration Stories, an oral history project during the Pecan Street Festival. This unique experience offers festival-goers the opportunity to reminisce about personal immigration stories. MFS will film your personal stories, and add them to the oral histories collection at the Austin History Center and the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum archives.

So, if you’re in the neighborhood, come on in with your immigration story or bring your grandparents, your auntie, or any relative and contribute your tale to immigration history.

Alumni News:

Youth M.A.F.I.A. Film Festival 2008! It’s back! Sponsored by the Austin School of Film, it will be held during the SXSW Festival from Saturday, March 8th to Sunday, March 9th, 2008.

Mobile Film School’s very own Elgin 2007 workshop alumni will be taking part in this exciting event:

  • Tyler Mann
  • Tomas Segura
  • Devin Soto
  • Adam Williams

Good luck and we can’t wait to see the work!

(Click here for more info.)

Music Video:

MFS alumni are working with MFS staff, interns and volunteers to create a promotional music video for local artist Jason Marbach, a Texas musician who plays shows all over the Southwest. Production is expected to commence in April of 2008 for completion sometime summer 2008. This is a great opportunity for MFS alumni & volunteers to practice and build upon their film and media skills!

To find out more about Jason and his music, visit www.jasonmarbach.com

Faculty news:

Faculty podcasts for MFS website - We have one from Jim Hart (James V. Hart – screenwriter – August Rush, The Last Mimzy) and we will shoot another with Stanley Nelson, the prolific historical documentary filmmaker, while he is here as a special guest at SXSW.

Going Green Earth Project

Texas State University SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) Chapter is hosting the Going Green Earth Project, sponsored by Dell, where people come out and enjoy food, drinks, entertainment, but most importantly bring in old computers and electronics to recycle. Mobile Film School will be on hand to bring environmental film and media to the forefront as well as raise awareness concerning waste and the environment. The event will be held in Sewell Park in San Marcos, TX on April 22nd, 2008.

SIFE is a not-for-profit organization supported by individuals, foundations, and corporations whose mission is to build collegiate SIFE Teams who teach free enterprise in order to better individuals, communities, and countries. SIFE's purpose is accomplished through the SIFE Team's outreach projects where students and faculty involve the community in the free enterprise system, providing the students with an opportunity to teach others what they have learned.

For more information please visit their website.

Lisa judges Arkansas student film competition

Lisa was invited as a judge for the first annual Arkansas Dept. of Education Student Film Competition for the students in Arkansas, grades K-12. This first year was very successful with 57 films sent in and a great turnout of students from across the state attending the screenings, panel and awards ceremonies. Lisa was very impressed with the films in the competition. Kudos to the Arkansas Dept. of Education for celebrating their youth!

How You Can Help :-)

We have so much going on around this time of year, and we could use your help! Here are some ways you can pitch in:

  • Support Whole Foods especially through March 18. Every Whole Foods in the Austin area will be collecting money at all the check-out registers for Mobile Film School, a win, win all around! So shop at Whole Foods and donate to MFS at the register today!
  • Mobile Film School has recently partnered with Giveline.com and Goodsearch.com to give you an easy way to help with our ongoing fundraising. Giveline.com is an online store with merchandise ranging from appliances to DVDs. By requesting Mobile Film School, using this link, a portion of what you buy will be donated to Mobile Film School.
  • Goodsearch is a search engine powered by Yahoo that donates 50% of its ad revenue to member charities. Just input Mobile Film School in the charity search engine, and make Goodsearch your search engine!
  • As always, we appreciate any monetary donations. You can easily donate on our website through this link.
  • We have plenty of volunteer opportunities on our website, so if you want to get join the journey and help us out, click here or email Kristina Mann, Director of Business Affairs: kristina@mobilefilmschool.org