"Cinematexas is a festival
of great importance in the field of contemporary arts and media. The
choices, openness, inventivity, and rigorous quality of the selection
are unique. It is a Festival of reference."
Nicole Brenez, Curator of the Experimental and Avant-Garde
"The best short film festival in the U.S."
Leslie Thornton, filmmaker (Peggy & Fred in Hell)
"The wonderful thing about Cinematexas is that it sets out to do
the impossible on the slenderest of means, and often succeeds. Getting
to see the world premiere of the complete and finished Peggy and
Fred in Hell is a good case in point, and so, apparently, are the
Kiarostami and Jarmusch events that I missed the previous year. In contrast
to the business orientation of other festivals (whose names I don't
need to mention), the passion for cinema determines everything at Cinematexas--which
makes it very special."
Jonathan Rosenbaum, film critic, author of Movie Wars:
How Hollywood and the Media Conspire to Limit What Films We See
"The friendliest and best-programmed festival I've been to."
Joe Gibbons, filmmaker (Confessions of a Sociopath)
"From my first exposure to Cinematexas, I [have been] awed by the
imagination, energy, and dynamism that are in evidence, both in the
festivals curation and in its production. The festivals
juxtaposition of film with live music and performance art proves elegant,
useful, and utterly organic, creating a cultural experience that is
far greater than the sum of its parts."
Shannon Kelley, Programmer, Sundance Film Festival;
Co-Director of Programming, Outfest
"Its easy to become hopelessly drunk on the compassion, hospitality,
and positive energy that Cinematexas radiates. As a young filmmaker,
I can not express how deeply I appreciated the respect that my film
and I were shown."
--Aaron Wickenden, filmmaker (Salingasian Chariot of Mnemosyne),
"Cinematexas has become, in a very short time, simply one of the
best, most varied and most respected venues for new independent film
worldwide. The festival has become an important resource for many European
curators, and an indispensable conduit to the larger, more established
and prestigious film festivals. The sheer intelligence of the directors
and staff is in evidence everywhere: in the cutting edge programming,
in the various special projects, screenings, exhibitions, retrospectives
and events that are produced, and in the accommodation of new media
forms, and broad support of local, national and international works
by emerging and established artists. I don't think there is anything
else like it in the US, and few other programs of its caliber worldwide."
--Tom Zummer, critic and author of "Projection and Dis/embodiment:
Genealogies of the Virtual" (a catalogue essay for the Whitney
Into The Light: The Projected Image in America: 1964-1977)
"I have found a piece of free-minded, independent, educated , friendly
filmland on earth: Cinematexas, Austin."
--Goran Rodvanovic, filmmaker (My Country), Sarajevo, Bosnia
"Cinematexas is about the ineluctable power of images and sounds--and
that power can be poetic or political, but it is always evident."
--Holly Willis, RES magazine
"There are no other festivals that have earned international recognition
and passionate admiration so quickly. Such promise is rare. Cinematexas
followed its own mind and ran smack into the zeitgeist."
--Ralph McKay, Sixpack Film
"There is a well-earned national buzz going around. I will come
back every year and I will tell everyone that Cinematexas is a do-not
miss event. It is a signifier of the rebirth of radical media."
--Kate Horsfield, Executive Director, Video Data Bank
"Cinematexas is at the right place at the right time
down the most dedicated festival to developing film and art form engaged
with contemporary culture."
--Roddy Bogawa, filmmaker + juror, Cinematexas 2000, New York City
"What a wonderful festival you all put on! I met great people and
became eager to make more films, especially ones that continue to be
committed to an alternative vision. What you did is incredibly unique
in a world where independent merely means pre-Hollywood."
--Catherine Hollander, filmmaker (Light As A Feather)
"Thank you so much for creating such a happy, intelligent festival
--Johanna Hibbard, filmmaker (Vanilla Egg Cream, 3 Kisses)
"Not a day has gone by since I left that I havent told someone
how totally magic my visit to Austin was. Thank you so much for each
of your hard work and generosity. It really, really, matters."
--Miranda July, filmmaker + performance artist+ founder,
"The week I spent in Austin was a total rejuventation. I left determined
to make more films, and soon--in part because Id been excited
by what Id seen and who Id met, in part because I had been
assured there was an audience for my kind of work, and in part because
I was hellbent on coming back again next year."
--Daniel Cockburn, filmmaker (Dr. Virtuous, The Other Shoe, Rocket
"Best Short Film Festival"
"Best Free Filmmaking Screening Venue"
"Best Outdoor Screening Venue"
--The Austin Chronicle, "Best of Austin 2001" issue