Even the most humble person has to take a moment be a little proud and take credit.


Mentions in online publications

Radio-Television-Film’s Communique spring 2010 (Page 19 or PDF page 10)
The Cage Funds Small Award For First-Time Fest entries

The First Time Film Festival Fund is a small award created by Sarah Gonzalez, director of the Student Production Resource Center (more affectionately known as The Cage). The purpose of the award is to give money for festival entries to students who have never participated in a festival. The fees can range from $0 to more than $100. The four winners were undergraduate students Matty Greene and Kevin Rowe, MFA graduate student Alexandra Thomas, and Spring 2009 graduate Sharon Arteaga. After a competitive process, the Cage received $500 from the College of Communication Career Services Office specifically for the First-Time Film Festival Fund. The $500 was split between the four applicants, with each receiving $125. “It’s great to have the support of the RTF department,” says Greene. “The grant will help support not only me and my film but everyone who worked on it.” Film festival participation helps establish an identity within the community, allows room for networking, and helps create a realistic portrait of the kind of films that are being made and how the industry reacts to these films. It also gives prestige to students, the Department of Radio-Television-Film, and the University of Texas at Austin. “The department gives me a lot of support,” says Gonzalez. “I’m grateful that they supported this award creation.” Gonzalez established a judging rubric with a point system and gathered a group of judges to ensure objectivity. The judges included Cage President Ashley Carter, Treasurer Alyssa Varsos, Hector Gonzales from RTF Equipment Check-out, Josh Kinney from the College of communication Digital Media Labs, and Gonzalez. Gonzalez says she hopes to receive more money and more applicants in the future once the word about the awards gets around.

The Cage is a non-profit student organization that gets limited financial support, with most of its revenue coming from locker rentals. It helps students with their pre- and post-production needs, and Gonzalez works closely with students to get what they need to make their films, such as actors, crew members, locations, funding, etc. She also keeps students updated on local events and screenings, jobs, grants, and festivals. “Sarah’s creativity and energy have been a boon to the Cage and to RTF students,” says Michelle Monk, RTF Department Administrator. “We are fortunate to have her with us.”  For more information about the Cage please
visit http://rtfcage.com.

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The Austinista A Report from the Austin Film Festival

posted 10.26.09 by carolyn harrold AUSTINISTA contributor Carolyn Harrold checked in on the films, fashion, and more at the 16th Annual Festival. (Photos by Sarita Sanchez)

Fashion at the Festival…
Since the Austin Film Festival encompasses such a broad array of activities and events, attire must be flexible,
somewhere in between dressy and casual. Sarah Gonzalez (pictured), a Producer for the short film, Untitled Moon Project, describes this aesthetic as “Film Festival Chic,” best achieved by pairing, “something ordinary or old with one nice thing.” For her “Film Festival Chic” look, Sarah matched a pair of vintage boots and a long sleeve tee with a flirty fall dress. Festival days are long and the venues are many and far between, so comfort is a priority and outfits must be able to transition from warm days to the now cool Austin nights. As a result, some trends at the festival were layers, flats, and big bags.

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* Awarded Todd Milam Schulze Memorial Scholarship for Screenwriting, 2007
* Showcased on HBO Family 30 by 30 Kid Flicks, 2003–Present
* Screened at the Sundance Film Festival’s Reel Studio Conference, 2003

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