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Brandy Amstel - Texas Monthly Film Competition Top Ten Finalist

The Texas Monthly Magazine hosted its first film contest requiring a short film less than 5 minutes in length about growing up in the Lone Star State, "Where I am From".  Submissions were judged by a panel of independent filmmakers and industry figures, including Austin-based director Richard Linklater, producer Elizabeth Avellan and film producer and author, John Pierson.  Brandy Amstel submitted a short titled, "The Last Frontier" and is now one of the Top 10 Finalists.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, July 24 at a special screening at The Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin.  Doors open at 3:30pm. To reserve your seat, purchase tickets in advance. 

Beginning Monday July 26, the winning entries and the finalists will be showcased on

Shorts screening as part of 1st Bootstrap Film Fest
June 26, 2008

The first annual Bootstrap Film Fest is an innovative take on the Film Festival. The featured bootstrap films, Q&A with bootstrap filmmakers Bijoy Goswami, Brandy Rainey Amstel, and Jason Howell, and bootstrap workshop will give the audience a deep understanding of bootstrapping techniques that they can use on their film projects, start-ups, and existing companies.

"Bootstrapping" has become a buzz word that is thrown around loosely to sound cool. But, what does it mean? Some use 'bootstrapping' to describe self funding or micro-budgeting. At best, that is the least interesting way to define 'bootstrapping'. Bootstrapping is so much more. It is not about sizing our project by the size of your wallet. It is about using constraints to create something entirely new and unique to you.

Bootstrap Film Fest will wake entrepreneurs up to a whole new world of possibilities. Tickets, trailers, and more can be found at bootstrapfilmfest.


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