Friday, August 27, 2010


Don't Forget!!! This Saturday August 28 is Austin School of Film's FRIENDLY BUT STARVING III Avant-Garde/Experimental Film Screening.

WHEN: 8:30-11:00 pm

WHERE: 1634 Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702

It's the GRAND OPENING of our new space!! So come check out some amazing work by our students and have a glass of wine.

See our write up in the Austin Chronicle.

Call 512-236-8877 or email with any questions.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Today's post comes from ASoF student and staff member Faiza Karcheni. Faiza was a TA for the Avant-Garde class and created her film Runt as an exploration of her interest in examining and "almost making a mockery of the acceptable rituals humans perform in every day life."
In her film, she describes how, "you see this gritty scratched black and white film rolling with a man dressed in all black performing some sort of ritual and it somehow injects fear or confusion into the viewer without any knowledge or dialogue as to what the man is doing and why. It’s interesting to think about, how images as simple as these set in the right mood can completely transform someone’s thought process from good to evil."

Faiza's film was inspired by her interest in the weird subcultures,taboos,and religions that exist in society and a major influence on the aesthetic of film is the occult. It is thought provoking and evocative of a powerful mood and tone. She likes working with Super 8, because she finds the cameras to be inexpensive, portable, and to have a lot of room for experimentation,"with Super 8, although you know what you are shooting, you don’t really know prior to processing how it will look. In the eyes of a conventional filmmakers what is viewed as a terrible mistake, is embraced in the eyes of an Avant-Garde filmmaker." Faiza's film will be screened this Saturday August 28 at 8:30pm along with other ASoF student work at the Friendly But Starving III Avant-Garde and Experimental Film Screening. The public is invited to attend, check out for more information.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Our next posting of student work comes from Noah Bisset. Noah is a sophomore at the Griffin School, and has been taking classes at ASoF for several years. He created the work below as a part of our avant-garde and experimental film class.

In his thought provoking film, $15HR Noah tried to express his fears and anxieties about becoming an
office worker, "I don't think I could stand working a desk job for the rest
of my life. I showed life working in a cubicle and life in an insane
asylum, both of which are equally frightening to me." Noah's film challenges the audience and takes them on an interesting and haunting journey.

Noah says that, "One of the reasons I like avant-garde film making is shooting on Super-8 film, which is more of an experience than point-and-shoot cameras. Avant-garde cinema interests me because it's so artistic and different, unlike most mainstream films coming out today, which seem to be mostly repackaged jokes accompanied by uninteresting footage." $15HR is an original and well crafted film, and could never be considered uninteresting. We're grateful to Noah for sharing his work and proud to have him be a part of ASoF.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Friendly But Starving III

You're Invited to: Friendly But Starving III
Austin School of Film's avant-garde/experimental film screening

When: Saturday August 28, 2010 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Where: Our new digs, 1634 E.Cesar Chavez Austin TX 78702

Who: All are welcome to come and support the work of our students!

Email with questions.

Hope to see you there!!