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Sam Wainwright Douglas

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Sam Wainwright Douglas, a graduate with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1998, has been working in documentary film and television ever since.

With fellow filmmaker Paul Lovelace, Sam made the feature length documentary The Holy Modal Rounders... Bound To Lose, which chronicles the surreal saga of the infamous bad boys of folk, The Holy Modal Rounders. The film covers the band’s bizarre history and follows this dysfunctional family of musicians as they ride a popular resurgence toward their unpredictable 40th anniversary concert.

Sam was also an editor for Left Of The Dial, a feature documentary about Air America Radio that was broadcast on HBO in March and April of 2005 and is now available on DVD. He also edited a short documentary produced by the Anti-Defamation League, which won a 2005 Telly Award. In 2006 he edited and co-produced Near Life Experience, a feature documentary about Dan Asher, a volatile New York artist who struggles with autism and other psychological disorders.

Sam has taught film and video editing in the Department of Radio Television Film at the University of Texas, and he recently edited Along Came Kinky, a film due out next year on musician/writer/raconteur Kinky Friedman and his run for governor of Texas in 2006.

Jack “Jay” Sanders


Jack “Jay” Sanders received his Masters of Architecture from The University of Texas and his Bachelors of Architecture from Auburn University. At Auburn, he studied with Samuel Mockbee at the Rural Studio where he completed his senior thesis, The Newbern Baseball Club. The project represented the Rural Studio at the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York. Sanders work at the Rural Studio is featured in Proceed and Be Bold: The Rural Studio After Mockbee, published by the Princeton Architectural Press, and has been exhibited worldwide.

Founder of Design Build Adventure, Sanders recent works include CO2 LED, a large-scale temporary public art project installed in Arlington County, Virginia in the summer of 2007. Sanders is also collaborating with Liz Lambert of Bunkhouse Management and Lake/Flato Architects on El Cosmico, a residential/hotel/performance-space village in Marfa, Texas. In Fall 2009, he was a visiting professor at the University of Texas.

Dutch Rall


Dutch Rall is a 3-time Emmy-winning producer, director, cinematographer and editor for America’s Public Broadcasting System (PBS). He has traveled the world as a sound man for bands and musicals, lectured for the National Press Photographers Association and was the winner of the World’s Smallest Film Festival, the very first competition for video on mobile devices. His commercial work includes shooting for AT&T’s Olympic campaign. He has produced a number of performance films for various dance companies for which he was recently awarded the Austin Critics Table Award for best video design. His first independent feature film, The Incurable, is wrapped and will be represented by House of Film at Cannes’ Marche du Film 2010.

Sarah Ann Mockbee


Sarah Ann Mockbee is currently the development manager at the Austin Film Society. Before that Sarah Ann worked in the development office at KUT, the National Public Radio station in Austin, TX. She began her career in radio during her senior year of college as a production intern at WNYC, the NPR affiliate in New York. After graduating with honors from Barnard College at Columbia University, Sarah Ann worked as a researcher for Air America Radio and then found her way back to WNYC as part of their Communications Department. She is the second oldest of Samuel Mockbeeís four children.

Jeff Fraley


Jeff Fraley was recently the Executive Producer for the PBS documentary Recapturing Cuba: An Artist’s Journey and Unconventional: The Story of the Barnett Shale for NBC. He was the producer of Ride Around the World, an IMAX film tracing the history of the cowboy back to its origins in Morocco. He also produced Making The Modern, a PBS doc about renowned architect Tadao Ando and his work on The Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX.


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