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Austin Film Society grants over $100,000 in cash, products and services to filmmakers through Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

The Austin Film Society announced Wednesday the 16 projects that will receive a total of $89,500 in grant money from the 2012 Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund. Nine of the 16 projects are first-time recipients of TPFP funds.

Jacob Hamilton's "Untitled Jump Shot Project," a documentary short about 91 year-old Kenny Sailors, creator of the modern basketball jump shot, received $15,000 in cash, the largest single sum distributed this year.

Nancy Schiesari's documentary, "Canine Soldiers," which explores the relationship between military dogs and their handlers, received $10,000. Bennie Klain's "Roadmen," a documentary about the origins of the Native American Church, also received $10,000 in cash for production, as did Landry Gideon's "The Show Must Go On," a documentary about a high school theater competition.

Andrew Irvine's feature debut, the comedy "Stay With Me," received $5,000, the most of any narrative feature project.

Austin filmmakers Kat Candler ("Hellion"), Bob Byington ("Somebody Up There Likes Me"), David Zellner ("Kid-Thing"), Mark S. Hall ("Sushi: The Global Catch") and Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin ("Now, Forager") were among those who received travel stipend money to take their films to festivals around the world.

The TFPF also distributed $10,000 in goods and services from MPS Camera Austin, $6,000 worth of Kodak film stock, and $5,000 in post-production services from Seattle-based Alpha Cine Labs, as well as $10,500 in travel stipends for filmmakers.

AFS has granted more than $1.3 million in cash to 344 film and video projects since the creation of the TFPF in 1996.