New Documentary Short from Curtis Craven

Today we’re sharing with you a short documentary piece from NOMN contributor Curtis Craven. Enjoy this little piece of Texas flavor!

ARMANDO’S BOOTS V1 from Curtis Craven on Vimeo.


Check out this Sundance Labs dark comedy on the 14th

Director/writer Matt Szymanowski has invited us to join him on Nov 14th for a screening of his comedy The Purple Onion at the Marquesa as part of the Austin Asian American Film Fest. Matt and his lead actor will both be in attendance for Q&A. Looks like fun!

Purple Onion was a Sundance Labs and IFP Labs finalist.

Matt also has shared a 20% off discount code: po20. You can use it here to buy tickets online.

The Purple Onion Teaser Trailer from Wolves on Vimeo.

NOMN Alumna Marian Yeager Announces Feature Film

Happy to report more doings from NOMN filmmakers! This time it’s Marian Yeager; we screened her “2 White Kids With Problems” horror short.

Here’s her message, with a link to her Indiegogo campaign at the bottom.

conway-curveHello from the Conway Curve and the Yeager sisters!

We are very excited to share we have most COMPLETED our first feature film! Its very exciting to be at this point of postproduction! We have picture lock and are now working on the sound edit and putting music into the film. The process that normally takes months has been completed rather quickly for us as we have the most excellent and dedicated crew on this project, We are even to the point of releasing a trailer soon. And on Facebook we have released many photos from the film.

But for all the likes and shares on our Indiegogo campaign we have not raised the funds for completing the final steps we have in front of us. Namely the sound edit, the placement of music and the entrance fees into film festivals we would like to enter. Like Sundance, Slamdance, South by Southwest and other big festivals; we might even try for Cannes again this year.

So please consider helping us complete our film. It is beautifully shot and well acted. The story is full of heart and is family friendly. We have been told many times over that our film is just what the film industry needs.

Here is the link to our campaign. If perks are your thing we have some really good ones but if not you can donate without a perk. Either way is okay with us. And one last thing please share the info about our of project. Even that we have one!

Susan Youssef’s new feature project seeks your help…

Hello Austin movie fans!

Nueva Onda may be a fried chicken restaurant now, but we haven’t forgotten you.

Nueva Onda Movie Nights alumna Susan Youssef has a new project that’s she’s funding through Kickstarter. It’s a feature-length expansion of the short that she played for us, “Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf!” Check it out.

Also, you guys might remember the sci-fi/humor publication that I occasionally mentioned at NOMN. We have a new issue out this year. It’s 24 pages in full color, featuring the best stories from the website from 2012 to 2015. They’re all short, fun, and the first one is a doozy that’s been favorably reviewed at Swallowable. If you’d like to give it a read for free, just go to the Space Squid contact page and send a message asking for the NOMN discount code.

Wanna see director John Sayles live?

Hello, movie lovers!

Legendary director John Sayles is visiting Austin next week, and you can see him free at the KLRU studios if you are so inclined.

Here’s the blurb from KLRU:

John Sayles is perhaps one of the most respected independent filmmakers of our time. In 1979, he produced his first film entitled Return of the Secaucus 7. In 1983 he received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” which paid him to produce films for five years, including The Brother from Another Planet in 1984. Sayles has written several novels including his first story I-80 Nebraska that won an O. Henry Award and his novel Union Dues which was nominated for a National Book Award. Sayles most recent feature film Go For Sisters was released in November. He is in Austin for a screening of his 1987 film MATEWAN with the Austin Film Society.

To RSVP and get directions to the KLRU studios (UT campus), please click the link above.

Great stuff. Nueva Onda may be closed, but the Nueva Onda Movie Nights have not forgotten you. Stay warm!

NOMN: Nueva Onda alum wins Camera Novo, & a screening Thurs!

HabibiHello to long-unseen friends!

The Nueva Onda we remember is now Lucy’s Fried Chicken. But the spirit of Nueva Onda lives on, and the filmmakers from the Nueva Onda Movie Nights are still going strong!

What are you doing Thursday?

How about a movie? Maybe one starring our own Kevin Cox, multiple-term NOMN screener and man about town?

Kevin writes, “RESET, my latest film project, will be shown as part of Miguel Alvarez’s End of Semester Screenings at Studio 4D in UT Building CMA . CMA.A is the windowless building on East side of Guadalupe where Austin City Limits used to be filmed. The screening is free and runs 8p to 10p.

“In RESET I play a Physics Professor who has invented a Time-Travel device who gets caught in a loop of events that he can’t change.

“Free on street parking can be found north of Dean Keeton, or west of the UT Campus.”

Susan Youssef wins the Camera Novo!

Our splash image today comes from the Cinema Novo Festival, where NOMN alumni Susan Youssef (“Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf”) has landed a mighty big fish!

Habibati | Darlings,

I am happy to announce that Habibi has just won the jury prize at Cinema Novo Festival in Belgium, the Camera Novo.

Thanks to your support behind me and Habibi, which has allowed the film to successfully screen internationally, I am currently listed as number 25 of the ‘100 Most Powerful Arab Women,’ in Arabian Business.

We’re committed to giving back to Gaza. On May 10 at 7 p.m., Middle East Children’s Alliance screens Habibi at the historic Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland, CA. This is a fundraiser for clean water for childen in Gaza, a special project led by Dr. Mona El-Farra.

We screen Habibi in festivals this spring, in addition to our education tour… To check out where Habibi screens next, please vist our website.

Finally, if you would like to order a Habibi book featuring photos and poems from the film, you can do so at Blurb.

Thanks to all of you who have come out to our screenings! I look forward to meeting more of you soon as we continue our tour.


Susan Youssef
Director, Habibi

Follow me at Twitter – @susanyoussef
Join our Facebook group – Habibi Rasak Kharban

A hearty congrats to Susan and Kevin. We hope to see you around town!

Nueva Onda is CLOSED

Friends, I’m afraid that Nueva Onda has closed its doors. Nora has gotten an offer on the building and she’s now enjoying a well-deserved vacation. However, dear friends of film and salsa, hope is not lost because she is looking at alternative locations to open a new, revived Nueva Onda.

In the meantime, let us know if you have any suggestions for places to show movies. Here’s a rough idea of what we’re seeking:

  • indoors
  • sustainable (free, or cheap to rent)
  • central
  • already has a projector and screen
  • can seat 20-100 people