San Antonio Film Commission

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.


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.”


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.”