To commemorate the 25th edition of the SXSW Film Festival, we continue our weekly alumni spotlight on careers launched, artists discovered, powerful performances, and more with Dave Franco and Joshua Z Weinstein.
Franco has appeared in three SXSW Film Festival Headliners including 21 Jump Street (2012), Neighbors (2014, Work-In Progress), and The Disaster Artist (Work-In-Progress, 2017). Franco will appear in the the 2018 SXSW world premiere of 6 Balloons by Marja Lewis Ryan.
“I’ll never forget the screenings of 21 Jump Street, Neighbors, and The Disaster Artist which all premiered at SXSW to audiences that reacted as if they were watching a rock concert.”
Joshua Z Weinstein
Weinstein is a filmmaker and cinematographer. His first documentary feature Flying On One Engine world premiered at SXSW in 2008. He shot Rebecca Richman Cohen’s Code of the West, which premiered at SXSW in 2012, and Samantha Buck’s narrative short The Mink Catcher, which screened at SXSW in 2016. His most recent feature Menashe earned Weinstein an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature. The film was distributed by A24 this past summer and is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.
“Working in independent film is often a lonely and isolating pursuit. When Flying On One Engine premiered at SXSW in 2008, I immediately felt I had joined a community. It has been a thrill to see the careers of the friends I made in Austin grow every year.”
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Work-In-Progress screening of The Disaster Artist – Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW
Joshua Z Weinstein – Photo courtesy of Joshua Z Weinstein
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