Grad Film at SXSW 2019

Friday, Feb 8, 2019

Still from "Youth"

"Youth" Courtesy of SXSW

SXSW has announced the lineup for its 2019 Festival, and a number of distinguished members of the Grad Film community are heading to the prestigious event.

Check out the list of Grad Film alumni, professors and students participating below. The 2019 SXSW Festival will take place from March 8 to March 17, 2019.




Cinematographer: Zamarin Wahdat (Alum)

Best friends Milagros (Loggy) and Alex have been neighbors their entire lives in Miami’s redeveloping Liberty Square. Loggy detaches when she learns that Alex is being displaced and relocated to another community.

Washed Away

Director/Screenwriter: Ben Kallam (Alum)

Director of Photography: Ines Gowland (Alum)

Producer: Maria Altamirano (Student)

A teenage girl in an evangelical church youth group must deal with the fallout when her trust is publicly betrayed. (World Premiere)

“Washed Away” was Kallam’s thesis film.


Director/Screenwriter/Editor: Farida Zahran (Student)

Director of Photography: Kristin Kouke (Student)

Producer: Leah Chen Baker (Student)

A teenage girl takes a step toward adulthood in contemporary Cairo. (World Premiere)

“Youth” was Zahran’s 2nd-year film.



Rainbow Ruthie

Director/Screenwriter: Ruthie Marantz (Alum)

Cinematographer: Arlen Konopaki (Alum)

Producer: Millicent Cho

Now in her mid-thirties, an ex-teen star from Manhattan public access television in the 90s decides to relive her glory days. (U.S. Premiere)



Her Smell

Director/Screenwriter: Alex Ross Perry (Adjunct Professor)

Becky Something is a '90s punk rock superstar who once filled arenas with her grungy all-female trio Something She. Now she plays smaller venues while grappling with motherhood, exhausted band mates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom.


Read more at SXSW.