Matt Rainwaters

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The Austin film scene is a cozy one, familial enough that at their Tribeza photo shoot, even the directors who hadn’t previously met knew of one another, and discovered that they shared friends or actors. Though Austin is growing, its film scene remains collaborative, tight-knit, and warm—when asked what they loved about making movies in Austin, every single filmmaker responded that the community was supportive or ego-less or even a little maverick. The six projects and nine directors, writers, and producers featured in these pages are wildly different, but they share the same goal: To move, inspire, ignite. We’ll be ready to cheer when they catch fire.


Pulling local inspiration, with pieces made or discovered in Austin

Styling by Leigh Patterson & Ashley Horsley | Hair by Callie Driskill + Makeup by Gabriella Cotton (Jose Luis Salon)



The Road To Psych Fest

As The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s set ended at last year’s Austin Psych Fest, Christian Bland and Alex Maas of the Black Angels felt as if the festival they’d founded five years before had reached a new pinnacle. “They were a big inspiration for our band,” says Bland. “To see them play gave us a pretty good feeling of accomplishment.” Two hours later, when the lights came up and the festival was over, Bland and Maas were relieved—it was another successful Psych Fest. They then continued their 2012 US tour and immediately started planning the next festival with their partners in The Reverberation Appreciation Society, the group of four friends which produces the music festival and releases music under a record label of the same name.

10 People to Watch: Evan Baehr

Evan Baehr\Co-founder, Outbox

From Princeton, Harvard and Yale to Facebook, this visionary is taking postal mail digital from a home base in Austin.

What is Outbox?
Outbox makes all of your postal mail digital, so you can get rid of junk mail, keep important things organized and never have to go to your mailbox again. Together, our company and users are working to make the planet greener and life easier. On November 5, we launched in Austin, our incubation city before we launched nationally. In the first week, hundreds of users signed up all over Austin, from Lakeway to Mueller, and have been gushing with positive reviews.

10 People to Watch: Virginia Cumberbatch

Virginia Cumberbatch | Coordinator of Client Services, Hahn, Texas & Founder, Austin Area Urban League Young Professionals

The passionate Austin native made a post-grad return to Austin, bringing change to the city she loves.

Why Austin?
Beyond the opportunities God has afforded me with, Austin is continually striving to improve its living conditions. It is a blessing to be a part of those efforts and a privilege to work in a city that encourages collaboration and innovation. 

What is your role at Hahn? 
As Coordinator of Client Services, I help our clients determine their message and tell their story to those best positioned to hear it. 

10 People to Watch: Will Meredith

Will Meredith | Principal, MFI Real Estate & 5 Axis Design

From community development to advanced design technology, this modern Renaissance man envisions an exciting future for the capital city.

Why Austin?
I lived in Northern California until 1992, when my father, Tom, moved our family here. This city and its people have been very kind to us, and I intend to do what I can to keep Austin known for its kind people, inclusive creativity and academic and civic foundations. 

Why has Austin been a good place for you to live and work?
The real sense of connectedness here forces a humility and authenticity that is rare in most big cities. One’s reputation, honesty and hand-shake can still mean something here.  

10 People to Watch: Alex Winkelman

Alex Winkelman | Founder, Citizen Generation

Don’t let this dynamo’s petite stature fool you—she is making big changes in this city, leading the charge for the growing community of enthusiastic, young philanthropists.

Why Austin?
I’ve been in Austin since I was five. My family and the community have kept me here all of these years. It’s a very cool experience to be in the middle of this growing city and to be a positive force of change.

What career moment are you most proud of?
Most recently, hiring Citizen Generation’s second and third employees and getting our first office has been an extremely proud moment. This represents success and growth to me. And on November 9, we hosted our 46th event, The 4th Annual CharityBash Live Auction, which raised over $100,000 for local nonprofits. This was definitely a highlight.

10 People to Watch: Lindsay Muse

Lindsay Muse | Executive Director, Polari

After a successful career in NYC and as a festival producer for SXSW, she’s taking the AGLIFF-Polari nonprofit organization into its next chapter.

Why Austin?
I’m a native Texan and moved to Austin to live near my family since August 2003. I previously lived in NYC for eight years and worked at HBO Studio Productions, Cornerstone Promotion and in corporate real estate. I owned a furniture store and art gallery in NYC, and my love for directing events was born from curating art shows and events during fashion week. After five years working as Festival Producer at SXSW, I felt compelled to lend my experience to the nonprofit world and began working for the AGLIFF–Polari Nonprofit Organization in 2011. I’ve produced two Polari Film Festival community program seasons to date, including its 25th Anniversary Year Film Festival this past October.

10 People to Watch: Christian Lane

Christian Lane | Co-founder, in.gredients

Along with his business partners, Christian Lane founded in.gredients, a micro-grocer focused on limited packaging and zero waste, the first of its kind in the country.

When did you come up with the idea for in.gredients?
Five years ago, my business partners (brothers Patrick and Joseph and friend Christopher) and I were looking for areas of sustainability to invest our time, energy and money. We’ve considered several business plans including bio diesel, composting and smart energy, as well as a beer and wine refill business. We decided to expand the scope of a beer and wine refill business to a full groceries offering. Considering the green-field nature of our start-up, we set out to maximize local products and reducing packaging and waste.

10 People to Watch: Elizabeth Baird

Elizabeth Baird | Architectural Designer, Mell Lawrence Architects

This smart and stylish designer took the leap and moved to Austin, where she’s a rising star in the architectural community.

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