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Steven Schauer

“So many folks locally, and worldwide, only know the San Antonio River Walk. I was really trying to look for and capture those interesting things that might tell a bigger deeper story about the river,” explains Steven Schauer.

Warner Bros.

In his essential book on San Antonio filmmaking, “Texas Hollywood,” author and film historian Frank Thompson writes:

San Antonio Has A Plan To Boost Local Film Production

Aug 26, 2016

The San Antonio Film Commission unveiled a bold plan this week to boost local production over the next 5 years. They propose increasing the incentives—or cash rebates—the city provides to companies shooting movies or TV shows here, among other things.

City of San Antonio

The Neighborhood Film Project wraps up on Wednesday night. Debbie Racca-Sittre is the Department for Culture and Creative Development's interim director.

"We really try to bring people in from across the city so that they can showcase their own film making abilities, and tell about their community, their neighborhoods in a short film."

There’s a city event that gives young filmmakers a theatrical outlet for their efforts.  Department of Culture and Creative Development's Film Commission Director Drew Mayer-Oakes talked about the July 22 event with TPR's Jack Morgan.

“The City Block Cinema event this year is happening at the historic Guadalupe Theater, which we really love to show films there, because the staff is so wonderful and it’s a great movie-viewing experience.  We start at 6 o’clock with networking, and we get the show rolling at 7:30.”

The entertainment industry was shocked when state legislators slashed $63 million from the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentives Program from the state’s budget. It’s a program that was created in 2008 to attract businesses by giving companies grants for hiring Texas workers to develop film, tv, commercial or video game projects in the state. Now the film and video game industries are trying to figure out what went wrong.

SAFilm

The 20th annual San Antonio Film Festival is over, but I found out there’s now another reason to get behind a camera. That other reason is big bucks.

“We’re giving away $10,000 to San Antonio filmmakers to essentially come up with a commercial for the city," said San Antonio Film Fest’s Adam Rocha. Here’s what Rocha said they’re looking for:

Spittin Image Films

The San Antonio Film Festival continues in the Alamo City.  I went to see one of their offerings Tuesday night, "Bottled Up: The Battle Over Dublin Dr Pepper."

“The story is the death of a Texas icon," said Drew Rist, who edited and directed the indie film. We spoke at the Pearl Stables, where the film was screened.

“Since 1891, Dublin Bottling Works has been making Dublin Dr Pepper," Rist said. "Three years ago they got into a battle with corporate over if they could still make Dublin Dr Pepper. Corporate ended up shutting them down.”

SAFilm

Lovers of film take note: The San Antonio Film Festival happens July 28-August 3.

“It’s seven days of cinema. We have about 70-plus films, and about half the filmmakers will be in attendance," said Adam Rocha, executive director of the festival.

Noting that the festival is in its 20th year, I noted that the festival is no longer a teenager. He laughed and continued.

“This is our 20th anniversary; it’s growing, growing, growing," Rocha said. "And I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to the next 20.”

San Antonio Film Commission

It’s a project that challenges filmmakers to show what they love about their San Antonio neighborhoods. It’s called the Neighborhood Film Project, and for months they’ve been gathering 3-7 minute local films. The films about the neighborhoods inside loop 410 have been judged and now it’s all come to a head.

“Our screening for the finalists and award winners is next Thursday, June 26 at the Woodlawn Theater,” said Drew Mayer-Oakes of the San Antonio Film Commission.

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