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2014 Austin Film Society Artist Intensive to be held June 14 and 15.

Joe Gross
jgross@statesman.com

The Austin Film Society announced Thursday the mentors and participants in the 2014 Artist Intensive. The Artist Intensive, which was founded in 2013 with a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is a workshop for emerging narrative feature writer directors with projects in development or pre-production.

Each writer director team is matched with a writer/director mentor as well as a producing mentor who give notes and feedback on the project. Additionally, each script is read in full and workshopped with a cast of professional actors.

The mentors for the 2014 program include:

Sarah Green, producer of “Tree of Life,” “Mud” and “Hellion,” among others.

Nicolas Gonda, producer of “The Better Angels,” “To the Wonder” and “Knight of Cups” among others.

Ginger Sledge, producer of “Bernie,” Appaloosa” and “Miss Congeniality,” among others.

Bradley Rust Gray, writer/director of “Jack and Diane.”

So Yong Kim, director of ‘In Between Days,” “For Ellen” and others.

Patrick Wang, director and star of “In the Family.”

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Meredith Johns of Hawgfly (real effects and special effects makeup).

Here are the participants:

“La Barracuda” by Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund, a directing team based in Austin. Their debut feature “Now, Forager” pemiered at IFF Rotterdam and New Directors/New Films. It received a “Best of 2012” inclusions from MoMA and Indiewire founder Eugene Hernandez.

“The Father” by Stephen Belyeu and Gregory Day. Belyeu and Day are based in Austin. Belyeu directed the feature “Dig,” a move for which Day served as assistant director.

“The Honor Farm” by Karen Skloss and Jay Tonne Jr. Skloss’ documentary “Sunshine” premiered at SXSW and was nationally broadcast on the PBS’s series “Independent Lens.” She also edited “Be Here to Love Me: The Story of Townes Van Zandt” and “Taken by Storm,” about album sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis fame. Tonne is pursuing his graduate degree in Natural Resource and Energy Policy and has several screenplays in the works. Both play in the band Black Forest Fire.

“Slash” by Clay Liford. Liford is a graduate of the UT film program. His features include “Wuss” and “Earthling.” As a director of photography, Liford has shot twenty features, including “St. Nick” and “Gayby.” Liford also produced the award-winning Sundance 2014 short film “Rat Pack Rat.”