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“Only the Young” director joins Austin Film Festival

Only the Young co-director Elizabeth Mims (pictured) has joined the Austin Film Festival's programming team, working alongside newly appointed creative director Erin Hallagan and film program coordinator Harrison Glaser.
April 8, 2014

The Austin Film Festival (AFF) has hired Only the Young filmmaker Elizabeth Mims (pictured) as a senior programmer.

She will work alongside newly appointed festival creative director Erin Hallagan and newly appointed film program coordinator Harrison Glaser to implement the event’s film program.

Mims – a realscreen Doc Hot Shot honoree in 2012 – previously worked at the festival as the Young Filmmakers program director and has screened her films Only the Young and 2012 at the fest. Glaser formerly spent two years as the AFF’s conference assistant.

The AFF recently realigned its programming team to grow attendees and film submissions. The conference and film departments have merged and will be overseen by Hallagan, who has previously worked as conference director and film programmer.

“We are excited about the new team we have assembled to build our film program as even more committed to the craft of great storytelling,” said AFF co-founder and executive director Barbara Morgan in a statement.

Mims codirected the 2012 doc Only the Young with Jason Tippet. The film tells the story of three teenagers living in an economically depressed Southern California desert town.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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