JANE WIEDLIN - Musician (Go-Go’s) / Filmmaker
While in design college in the mid 1970′s, Wiedlin stumbled upon the burgeoning LA punk rock scene. She and Belinda Carlisle were inspired to form The Go-Go’s. The band quickly became local favorites and were signed by the indie label IRS Records. With most of their songs written or co-written by Jane (including the classic “Our Lips Are Sealed”),
The Go-Go’s went on to enormous success, selling out Madison Square Garden, the Hollywood Bowl and appearing twice on the cover of Rolling Stone. The band became the first ever all-girl group to write their own songs, play their own instruments, and become immensely popular doing it. In 2011 The Go-Go’s received the 2,444th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, adjacent to the site of the pioneering all-female rock band’s first performance in 1978.
In 2009 Jane became an ordained minister and is now performing wedding, commitment and vow reaffirmation ceremonies. For more information go HERE. She co-starred in the Women In Prison movie “STUCK!” made by acclaimed director Steve Balderson.
In 2010 the Go-Go’s Farewell tour was cancelled when Jane fell down a cliff while hiking. At this time, rescheduling the tour has yet to be confirmed. Jane also acted in the upcoming movies “DOGGIE BOOGIE”, “THE CASSEROLE CLUB” AND “I WANT TO GET MARRIED” in 2010. She was one of the performers of the ensemble comedy hit “THE GOLDEN GIRLS: THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES” live on stage in San Francisco. Jane wrote and performed the theme song for “DOGGIE BOOGIE” and is in charge of Music Supervision for that film. She also wrote, produced and recorded the theme song for New York City’s infamous and wildly popular food truck the BIG GAY ICE CREAM TRUCK.
Jane is currently working on her directorial/screenwriting debut, the short film “THE PYREX GLITCH”. Release date is set for 2012. In addition, she has written two musicals: ‘A NIGHT WITH BETTIE PAGE” and “LADY ROBOTIKA: A SPACE OPERA” which she fervently hopes will make it to the stage, if not Broadway!
*As an actor, Jane has appeared in many movies including “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Clue“. As a voice actor, Jane has lent her unique sound to such projects as “King of the Hill“, “Pinky and the Brain” and three of the “Scooby Doo” movies, amongst other shows.
*As a TV star, Jane was recently watched by millions as one of the cast of VH1′s hit TV series “The Surreal Life“. Jane’s unique blend of warmth and comedy captured the hearts of a whole new generation of fans.
*As a writer, Jane co-wrote her first country hit, “But For The Grace of God” by Keith Urban. The song went to Number One and launched Keith as a country superstar.
*As an adventurer, Jane spent three years in the jungles of Central America. She has written a book (“This Godforsaken Paradise”) about her equatorial adventures.
*As a geek, Jane has released a comic book series called Lady Robotika, which she is collaborating on with her partner and friend Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama). There will be a companion CD of music to accompany the comic book.
*As a musician, besides her ongoing work with The Go-Go’s, Jane is also always busy writing songs.
*As an animal lover, she continues to rescue dogs (her four dogs, Geordie & Peanut, and Angus & Malcolm, are all rescues), and enjoys her time with her horse Siggi, an American Paint Horse.
LOUIS BLACK – co-founder The Austin Chronicle & SXSW
Louis Black is a co-founder of The Austin Chronicle, an alternative weekly newspaper published in Austin, Texas, and has been the newspaper’s editor since its inception. He has written over 600 articles in his column in that newspaper.Black is also one of the co-founders of the South by Southwest Festival, also located in Austin, although the festival operates separately from the Chronicle. He also is a founding partner in Toronto‘sNorth by Northeast music and film festival.
Black was born in Teaneck, New Jersey where he was childhood friends with film critic Leonard Maltin and singer Phoebe Snow. Maltin and Black regularly prowled the rep cinemas of Manhattan as teens. He moved to Austin to study film at The University of Texas where he received a BFA in 1980, and became knowledgeable about B-movies, including the work of Russ Meyer. Black helped run film nights at the university before starting the Chronicle with film friend Nick Barbaro.
Black was an original board member of the Austin Film Society and is a past president of that organization. In 2000, Texas Monthly Editor Evan Smith and Black working with AFS established the Texas Film Hall of Fame.
He recently was executive producer of a documentary on Texan songwriter Townes Van Zandt. He also appeared in the documentary film The Devil and Daniel Johnston as Black was an early supporter of the Texan singer.
DARKO LUNGULOV – filmmaker / festival programmer
Darko Lungulov, is award wining filmmaker ( Tribeca Best NY Narrative Award and 20 other international awards). His feature film “Here&There” received critical acclaim from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, LA Times, LA Weekly, Village Voice and from the most distinguish film critics in Germany ( Schnitt, Film-zeit, Critic) and Europe. It was screened at more than 50 International festivals and picked up for theatrical distribution in the USA, Germany, Switzerland , Hungary, Greece, Bosnia and 13 other countries. Here & There is curently showing on SHOWTIME.
Darko, originally from Belgrade, moved to New York City in 1991 where he obtained BFA in film and video from City College of New York. From 1997 until 2003 he has worked at the production company Spiral Pictures/Ross Institute as director/producer of documentaries; most notably Sonic Convergence – documentary featuring Quincy Jones. At the same time Darko taught production courses at Long Island University and was a Media Studies faculty member at the Ross School. In 2004 his documentary “Escape” won the Audience Award at its world premiere at Hamptons International Film Festival. It was screened at numerous international festivals since, including: Amsterdam, Leipzig, Go East Film Festival, Belgrade and Santiago de Chile Film Festival.
In 2009 Darko’s film “Here and There” won Best New York Narrative Award at its world premiere at Tribeca 2009 Film Festival.Here and There won total of 20 awards at the festivals around the world, most notably: four awards at Cinema Tous Ecrans Festival, Switzerland, including Best Directing Award “Golden Reflection”, three awards at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2009, including Best Director of Foreign film award, Best Foreign Film Award at Orlando International Festival,
Special Jury award at Skip City festival, Japan and many others.
Film Critics International Federation, Serbia, voted Darko Lungulov for Best Director of 2009.
Here and There was voted by Serbian Film Academy for foreign language Oscar candidate ( US Film Academy) from Serbia.
In 2010 Darko served as juror at Tribeca Festival.
He is a Film Consultant for RocketHub (http://www.rockethub.com/) a global crowdfunding platform based in New York City and a member on advisory board of BellDocs – International Festival of Documentary Films, Belgrade.
Currently, Darko is in post-production of his new film, dark comedy titled “Monument to Michael Jackson”.
DAN B. LEVIN – Director / Cinematographer
Daniel B. Levin lives and works in New York City. Levin’s first feature documentary,Captured (2008) has screened worldwide and is being distributed digitally by Filmbuff. He was the Director of Photography for the second season of the Emmy Award nominated Sundance Channel docu-series Brick City (2010). He has shot films for HBO (Schmatta, 2009, Prayer for a Perfect Season 2011) and Sony Music (This Is Jim Jones, 2009). He shot and co-directed his first feature narrative Dirty Old Town, which was theatrically released in 2011 and is being digitally released in 2012.
BORIS CASTRO – Editor in Chief READ Magazine
From 1991-2002 Boris worked for various international marketing and production companies. Since 2002 he has been working as an independent curator, writer, photographer and filmmaker. Boris has produced several documentaries including LA Lifestyle, Identity, 20357 and Slippin Into Darkness. Slippin Into Darkness was released theatrically in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Dresden and won best Documentary Feature in Toronto, and Best International Documentary at Swansea, Wales. In 2008 Boris helped found the Radar Hamburg International Independent Film Festival. That Festival is in its 5th season. Boris has published 2 photo books, Macromania and What I Saw and is the Editor and Publisher of READ magazine . He has curated the Six Finger Debut, Six Finger vs. Vicious and Los Fotos art shows in Paris, Berlin, Los Angeles, Hamburg, London and Heidelberg.
SUZEE BROOKS – Austin, TX
Suzee may be small, but she brings a Texas-sized enthusiasm to everything she does, whether it’s singing in a band (Hey, this is Austin, isn’t it?), two-stepping at the Broken Spoke (yee-haw!), volunteering for non-profits, or engaging in one of her biggest passions: Real Estate.
For more than 20 years Suzee has been buying, selling, and managing properties in Central Austin. She has owned and managed both residential and commercial properties and she brings a wealth of personal experience and expertise to her clients on every real estate transaction. Growing up in oil patches all over the world, Suzee landed in Austin in the mid 80’s to earn a degree in Geology from The University of Texas. After a short career in Environmental testing, Suzee and her General Contractor husband, Greg Brooks, started building, purchasing, and managing residential and commercial properties in Central Austin. Suzee has experience dealing with all aspects of Real Estate: From buying to selling; investing to home ownership; even design and maintenance. She knows cute doesn’t fix a leaky faucet but it might sell a two bedroom bungalow.
Austin is a unique city with dynamic, culturally asute, and creative people. Its strong economy provides a firm foundation for a community as robust and diverse as the topography it covers. Suzee feels extraordinarily fortunate to live, work and raise her family in Austin. Because of this, Suzee is an avid volunteer and community activist. From a stint as Co-President of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, to her current position on the board for the SIMS Foundation, Suzee believes in the work of building and supporting a healthy and vibrant community in Austin for everyone. As part of her commitment to the Austin community, Suzee donates a portion of each transaction to her client’s choice of one of these non-profits:
AARON MARSHALL – Slamdance
JEFF ORGILL – Los Angeles, CA
Jeff Orgill directed the feature JUNKIE NURSE (aka BOPPIN’ AT THE GLUE FACTORY). Orgill has written and directed shorts, music videos and promos including festival promos for Sundance and CineVegas. Orgill is currently developing his next feature THE GIRL WITH THE WANDERING EYE, a surreal comedy-nightmare.
LINDSEY ASHLEY – Austin, TX
SANDRA CARTER – VICTORIA TX
A native Texan, Sandra G. Carter received her Ph.D. in International Cinema/ Communication, MFA and BS degrees in Film and Video Production, and BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught in Paris, Indiana, Morocco and Pennsylvania. Her academic work includes a book on the history and content of Moroccan cinema, a dictionary contribution on North African cinema, and diverse articles and conference presentations on Moroccan cinema and media—including several Fulbright and other research grants to Morocco. Non-academic activities include organizing and participating in numerous conferences and events, in the US and in Morocco, on cinema and peace and justice. She managed a university film festival for 3 years in Morocco and a video art festival in Casablanca, in addition to attending several Moroccan cinema festivals, including the Marrakesh International Film Festival. She organized and videotaped two years of interviews and performances of Austin Blues Family Tree Project, production managed a feature film Odile and Yvette at the End of the World, shot in Austin, Texas, and assistant edited a PBS documentary by Elizabeth Fernea, The Struggle for Peace: Israelis and Palestinians. Carter now teaches at The University of Houston Victoria since August 2011.
LISA MARTIN – NYC
JOE FRIAR – DJ 95 KVIC
Veteran Radio Personality, Programmer, Club DJ, and avid Movie Buff. Joe is currently the Program Director for radio station 95 KVIC and can be heard on air weekday mornings as the host of The Breakfast Buzz morning show. Joe has also a written a music column for The Victoria Advocate and his broadcasting career has spanned over 2 decades. Joe’s love for cinema started at the age of 13 after seeing the movie “Jaws” 32 times in theaters. His passion these days is for Indie, Foreign, and Horror films and when Joe is not taking in a new movie, or doing a radio show, you’ll most likely find him on a paranormal investigation as part of the group Spirit Bay Paranormal.
AMY LEISSNER – Director, Nave Museum
Born and raised in Victoria, Amy has a BA in Theatre and an MFA in Non-Profit Arts Administration. She has been employed as the Company Manager of the New York City Ballet, the Associate General Manager of Houston’s Alley Theatre, the Managing Director of San Francisco’s Center for Electronic Art and the Executive Director of the San Francisco International Film Festival. She returned home to Victoria to care for her mother in 2009, and is now the Executive Director of the Nave Museum, the Crossroad’s only art museum. She has performed on stage for Theatre Victoria and has directed The Vagina Monologues at Victoria College.
For the past twenty-three years articles by Moralez have been published in a myriad of Texas newspapers. His writing career began in Houston writing for an ‘inside the loop’ weekly entertainment publication called Public News, where he served as a jazz critic.
Six months later, he moved to Victoria and hired on as a staff writer for Revista de Victoria, the Crossroads only bilingual newspaper. Moralez has lived in Kerrville, San Antonio and the Fort Worth area for extended periods of time during the past two decades, but he has always returned to Victoria, where he has strong family ties.
The Kerrville Daily Times, San Antonio Express, and Fort Worth Star –Telegram have published his articles, that have covered a wide range of genres, including reviews of museum exhibitions, as well as literary and musical releases, a satirical monthly column on local issues, and reporting on news and sports stories.
While living in Houston, Moralez frequented an obscure River Oaks lounge named Marfreless, located behind the River Oaks Theatre, a cinema that featured a different movie every night of the year. Patrons of the bar created an elite movie rating group that required the watching of at least 300 movies annually, for full membership, 200 movies for junior reviewer status, and 100 movies for associate status, which turned out to be the most he could achieve.
Putting this in perspective, Moralez felt it is essential to note that at that time VCRs where just coming into vogue. That being said, when you saw a movie, ninety-nine percent of the time, you went to the cinema to do so.
In the past Moralez has served as a juror for local art shows in Victoria, San Antonio, and Houston.
With respect to independently produced films, Moralez feels that it is essential to check the attitudes you have about high budget, mass produced Hollywood films at the door, and instead view these ‘lower-budget’ films based on the dialogue, quick association with the characters presented, and the integrity of the production. “Allow yourself to get into the story and be entertained. After all, it’s not all about explosions and rescues; sometimes it’s simply, just about life.”