Faculty

Welcome to the RTF Faculty Showcase, which highlights some of our distinguished instructors' recent work. Our faculty produce both documentary and narrative films, as well as screenplays for major studios and indie productions. These films, trailers, clips are scripts are presented with the instructors' permission. For more, please visit our Vimeo page.

Mnemosyne Rising
Director
Miguel Alvarez
Mnemosyne Rising

Set to return to Earth, a deep-space transmitter pilot begins to experience unusual flashbacks while in orbit around a newly-discovered moon. Fall 2009

Director
Miguel Alvarez
Kid
Director
Miguel Alvarez
Kid

A 12 year-old boy is kidnapped by his estranged father the night before he turns 13. Spring 2007

http://www.estebandido.com

Director
Miguel Alvarez
Veterans
Director
Miguel Alvarez
Veterans

A documentary portrait of my father and grandfather, two men whose lives are ultimately defined by the wars they've waged both abroad and within themselves.

2006 Texas Filmmakers Production Fund Award, GI Film Festival, Austin Film Festival

http://www.migalvarez.com

Director
Miguel Alvarez
Trash Dance
Director
Andrew Garrison
Trash Dance

TRASH DANCE documents the creation of a beautiful dance piece inspired by the work of often unnoticed public servants – sanitation workers.

http://trashdancemovie.com/

Director
Andrew Garrison
Trinidad
Director
PJ Ravel
Trinidad

This feature documentary uncovers Trinidad, Colorado's transformation from Wild West outpost to "sex change capital of the world," and follows three transgender women who may steer the rural ranching town toward becoming the "transsexual mecca." 2008

http://trinidadthemovie.com

Director
PJ Ravel
Before You Know It
Director
PJ Ravel
Before You Know It

A cross-dressing loner, the flamboyant owner of a gay bar and a gay-rights activist have different approaches to living out their retirement years.

WINNER Best Documentary Jury Award Reeling Chicago Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, WINNER Audience Award Image+Nation Montreal Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, WINNER Scott Dinger Audience Award Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, WINNER Best Documentary Jury Award Dallas Asian Film Festival, Nominated for Best Film, Austin Film Critics Association, SXSW "Buzz Screening"

www.beforeyouknowitfilm.com/

www.unraval.com/

Director
PJ Ravel
Portrait of Wally
Director
Andrew Shea
Portrait of Wally

The documentary PORTRAIT OF WALLY traces the history of this iconic image from Schiele's gesture of affection toward his young lover, to the theft of the painting from Lea Bondi, a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna for her life, to the post-war confusion and subterfuge that evoke THE THIRD MAN, to the surprise resurfacing of "Wally" on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan in 1997.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0790250/

Director
Andrew Shea
By the River of Babylon: An Elegy for South Louisiana
Director
Don Howard
By the River of Babylon: An Elegy for South Louisiana

This film grew from the filmmakers’ 25-year-long interest in South Louisiana’s dancehalls, habitat for the Cajun, Creole, Swamp Pop, and Zydeco musics that have made the area America's "greatest musical wellspring." During that time, sadly, they’ve seen the dancehalls dying, and Mike Tidwell’s 2003 book “Bayou Farewell” helped them to see, too, that there are much larger forces at play in the wetlands. In 2008, with the help of cinematographer David Layton, they began shooting a film that would interweave these parallel stories of loss in the dancehalls and the marshes, where the cataclysm continues. And with the help of producer Megan Field, additional cinematography by Lee Daniel, some exceptional sound recording and design by Justin Hennard, and the graphics work of Mike Nicholson, these Texas filmmakers have created a heartfelt tribute to this incredible landscape, and an elegy for one of America’s most amazing cultures.

Director
Don Howard
Kid
Director
Miguel Alvarez
Kid

A 12 year-old boy is kidnapped by his estranged father the night before he turns 13. Spring 2007

http://www.estebandido.com

Director
Miguel Alvarez
Trash Dance
Director
Andrew Garrison
Trash Dance

TRASH DANCE documents the creation of a beautiful dance piece inspired by the work of often unnoticed public servants – sanitation workers.

http://trashdancemovie.com/

Director
Andrew Garrison
Mars
Director
Geoff Marslett
Mars

Told in the playful style of a graphic novel, MARS is a uniquely animated romantic comedy about astronauts and robots falling in love on their way to the red planet. Spring 2010

http://www.swervepictures.com

Director
Geoff Marslett
Last Man Standing
Director
Paul Stekler
Last Man Standing

Asking what the politics are that launched George W. Bush to national office, award-winning filmmaker Paul Stekler takes his camera to Texas for a lively, behind-the-scenes look at a pair of 2002 elections. Summer 2004

http://www.pbs.org/pov/lastmanstanding

Director
Paul Stekler
Incendiary: The Willingham Case
Directors
Joe Bailey, Jr., Steve Mims
Incendiary: The Willingham Case

INCENDIARY documents the story of Cameron Todd Willingham, whose three daughters died in a Corsicana, Texas house fire. Convicted largely on faulty arson evidence, Willingham was sentenced to death for the murder of his children. Despite overwhelming expert criticism of the prosecution’s “junk science,” he was executed in 2004. The film focuses on the science available to our criminal justice system and how its interpretation is often determined by jurisdiction, politics and personalities.

http://incendiarymovie.com/INCENDIARY.html

Directors
Joe Bailey, Jr., Steve Mims
Honorarium
Director
Steve Mims
Honorarium

When a professor with controversial views arrives to speak at a university conference, he is met by his student chaperon. Her assigned task--getting him to the auditorium without incident--is disrupted by some unexpected difficulty. Spring 2010

http://www.stevemimsfilms.com

Director
Steve Mims
Hellion
Director
Kat Candler
Hellion

All hell breaks loose when seven-year-old Petey is left with his hell-raising brothers. But things go from bad to really, really bad when Dad gets home.

http://www.candlerproductions.com

Director
Kat Candler
Dance With The One
Director
Mike Dolan
Dance With The One

An emotionally explosive thriller set in the troubled heart of Texas. Tragic family history rises to the surface when a teenager races to protect his family from a lethal drug-runner. Spring 2010

http://www.dancewiththeone.com

Director
Mike Dolan
Black Metal
Director
Kat Candler
Black Metal

After a career spent mining his music from the shadows, the actions of one fan create a chain reaction for the lead singer of a black metal band.

http://www.candlerproductions.com

Director
Kat Candler
Beeswax
Director
Andrew Bujalski
Beeswax

A pair of identical twin sisters -- one, who has been paraplegic since youth and gets around in a wheelchair, and the other -- 'same face, different bodies.' 2009

http://www.beeswaxfilm.com/

Director
Andrew Bujalski
Mnemosyne Rising
Director
Miguel Alvarez
Mnemosyne Rising

Set to return to Earth, a deep-space transmitter pilot begins to experience unusual flashbacks while in orbit around a newly-discovered moon. Fall 2009

Director
Miguel Alvarez
LAST MAN STANDING
Director
Paul Stekler
LAST MAN STANDING

Asking what the politics are that launched George W. Bush to national office, award-winning filmmaker Paul Stekler takes his camera to Texas for a lively, behind-the-scenes look at a pair of 2002 elections. Summer 2004

http://www.pbs.org/pov/lastmanstanding

Director
Paul Stekler