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December 14, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST

December 14, 2022 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm PST

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Mike Blizzard is a former political & public relations consultant who emerged onto the film scene in 2014 as producer of the award-winning NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and has been licensed by Showtime, Netflix, and ESPN. His directorial debut, the 2018 experimental documentary ALSO STARRING AUSTIN, screened at the Dallas and Austin Film Festivals and played to sold out crowds at AFS Cinema and other regional cinemas. More recently Mike teamed with Oscar-nominated writer/director Richard Linklater as producer of the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, and the Netflix film APOLLO 10 ½: A SPACE AGE CHILDHOOD – which premiered at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival. Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors of Austin Film Society, and previously served two terms as Board President.

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Lara is an Austin-based filmmaker and film fan. During her time as cinema operator for the Austin Film Society, Lara managed film events of all kinds and got to work with various film festivals, such as Austin Asian American Film Festival, Cine Las Americas, Indie Meme and SXSW. Through AFS she also met Mike Blizzard, and served as associate producer on his exploratory documentary, ALSO STARRING AUSTIN, a love-letter to Austin film that played at Austin Film Festival and Dallas International Film Festival. From there they began extensive archival research for Richard Linklater’s 1969-set APOLLO 10 1/2, which had its premiere at 2022’s SXSW Film Festival. 

Lara has additionally worked on Austin projects such as NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY, which premiered at Sundance, Linklater’s 20 year adaptation of Sondheim’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, as well as two Robert Rodriguez projects currently in post-production. 

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The most prestigious producers in adult animation partner with Minnow Mountain to make exceptional film and television. Our film Tower (2016, Dir. Keith Maitland) won the Emmy for Best Historical Documentary. Forbes called our series Undone (2019, Dir. Hisko Hulsing) “indescribably great television.” Season two of Undone was released to great acclaim in early 2022 on Amazon Prime. Our highly rated feature film, Richard Linklater’s Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood, released on Netflix in early 2022.

Steph Swope: Studio Partner and Producer
A 23-year veteran of the independent film industry, Steph co-founded Minnow Mountain. She’s an award-winning producer of animated series and feature films. Her honest and analytical approach to production laid the foundation for Minnow Mountain’s success.

Craig Staggs: Studio Partner and Director
Filmmaker and animation director Craig Staggs co-founded Minnow Mountain after a lifelong career in art, theater, and film. He’s an acclaimed independent producer known for his ability as a visual artist. Craig is the mastermind behind Minnow Mountain’s rotoscope approach, advocating for a focus on story, character, and acting.

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Bill Wise is the proud father of two college lads: Hartley and Liam. He is a twenty five year veteran of stage, screen and song (both large and very tiny). He has worked extensively w/ Rick Linklater appearing in “Dazed and Confused” “Waking Life” “Boyhood” and culminating as the Dad in “Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood”. “Master Class”, a webseries he co-produced and starred in, won the Hiscox Audience Award in the 2015 Austin Film Festival. He plays August in Season 4 of “Transparent” and Martin Roberts in Season 5 of “iZombie”. He has starred in dozens of commercials whose client list includes: Tillamook Cheese,, Uncle Lovey’s Corizone Chili, Grande Communications, Cirrus Logic, Velocity Credit Union, Amarillo National Bank and the Fleshlight. Find him on Instagramps @thebillwise or playing guitar in his band “The Gay Sportscasters”.

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