What Do Cannes and Tribeca Film Festival Have In Common?

Tania Romero

Tania Romero

What does Cannes - an international film festival in France who’ve seen filmmakers from Luis Buñuel and Federico Fellini to Terrence Malick & David Lynch and Tribeca (TFF) - a prominent film festival held in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, showcasing a diverse selection of independent films since 2002 have in common?

…….Our two newest faculty members at the Austin School of Film!

This summer, Austin School of Film will host a special edition of our 10-week Documentary Filmmaking course with Nicaraguan filmmaker, teacher, and scholar - Tania Romero. Tania has worked on several impressive film projects and her name adorns films such as feature documentary “Ya Basta” which made its debut at SXSW International Film Festival in 2007 and “Even with their nails” a documentary about women filmmakers in Nicaragua was screened at Cannes, Cine Las Americas, and won an Icaro Award in Guatemala. Further, her film “Quinceanera” (2015) won a San Francisco Film Award of Merit, was an official selection at the Official Latino Short Film Festival and was screened at the Mexic Arte Museum. She was a script supervisor for the Cannes Film Festival selected shorts “Sarathi” (2010), “Clay” (2012) and assistant director for “A Perfect Cocktail” (2013).

Tania holds a degree in Psychology with a Film Studies minor and Masters degrees in Media Studies and  Philosophy (Visual Arts). Her methodoloy of teaching film production and more specifically documentary filmmaking is thoughtful and empowering with over a decade of experience teaching students the filmmaking craft. We are beyond thrilled to have Tania begin her journey with us at the Austin School of Film next month! Tania is a seasoned and accomplished documentary filmmaker and educator in Texas so we have no doubt that our community is going to truly be immersed & inspired in our summer Documentary Filmmaking course with us!

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But where does Tribeca fit in?

Carleton Ranney

Carleton Ranney

Austin School of Film is excited to announce the return of  Screenwriting II: The Feature with a new faculty member! This course is designed to offer students a chance to write a complete feature-length screenplay and will be led by indie filmmaker & screenwriter, Carleton Ranney who has over a decade of experience in the film industry as both a Director and writer. Carleton’s feature directorial & writing debut Jackrabbit - an American scifi film that made it’s premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. A born & raised Austinite, at 17 he was named a “Movie Maker to Watch” by the Austin Chronicle and Movie Maker Magazine.

His debut feature film, JACKRABBIT - a cyberpunk American scifi film set in a a dystopian city, was a participant in the 2014 IFP Narrative Labs. The film’s world premiere was held the following spring at the 2015 TRIBECA Film Festival. JACKRABBIT was picked up for distribution by Gravitas Ventures and released in March of 2016. It can be streamed on Amazon Prime currently and previously Netflix. Carleton, an accomplished filmmaker who has been through just about every stage of major production from pre-to-distrbution will bring his screenwriting expertise to the table for Austin School of Film students. The class is limited to six due to the scope of content and class material. So start thinking: what’s your story?