Checking in with the 2014 & 2015 MPS Grant Winners
Our neighbors at the Austin Film Society award grants to emerging Texas filmmakers on an annual basis. The program began in 1996, and since then they’ve awarded over $1.6 million to over 421 films. Among the many grants they offer is our favorite– the MPS Camera and Lighting Austin Grant! Since 2012 MPS has proudly provided the selected filmmakers with up to $10,000 in production rental services, including camera, lenses, lighting, grip, and electrical.
Last year’s recipients were Yen Tan for his film All That We Love and Augustine Frizzell for her film Never Goin Back. All That We Love is a comedy/drama about a man dealing with the passing of his beloved pet. Yen is hoping to shoot in Texas and complete principal photography by Summer 2016. This won’t be the first time Yen and MPS have worked together. “MPS is an indie filmmaker’s best friend,” said Yen. “I have not made a film without renting from MPS to this date.”
This year MPS will provide grant services to three films. Writer/Director Daniel Laabs received $3000 in equipment rentals for his feature film Jules of Light and Dark. The film is about two strangers who are brought together by a mysterious car accident while each trying to reconcile dual lives in a rural Pennsylvania town. Brothers & co-Directors Ben & Bo Powell received $5000 for their feature documentary Rosedale. The doc is set in the “tough old town in the Mississippi Delta where the scars of slavery and segregation run deep.” Director Lauren Pruitt received $2,000 in equipment rentals for her short film Never Been Pied. The film is about a young woman named Danni who dreams of becoming a plus-size model.
We can’t wait to see what these filmmakers create! Stay tuned for updates!