The Future of Film Production in Austin
February 1, 2018
Director of Marketing and Development
New Republic Studios
at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 West 45th Street, Building 603
parking information & map
introduction by Lion Alan Ford
“It's no newsflash that Austin is a film town. The last few years saw the local scene expand and fill in many of the blanks, both technical and infrastructure, required for production. Now there is a proposal to turn a local studio into a massive creative campus, matching those that turned Atlanta into Hollywood's rival.” – Austin Chronicle, November 21, 2017
Since its establishment in 2008, New Republic Studios, formerly Spiderwood Studios, has provided facilities for a host of feature films, television productions and commercials—everything from a huge state-of-art sound stage to rustic outdoor settings for all sorts of action. Now there are plans to make it even better: A “creative platform,” a complete production facility located in the midst of all the resources of Central Texas, including the education programs of UT Austin and Texas A&M.
Mindy Raymond, New Republic’s Director of Marketing and Development, is excited to share with us the vision of John Robison, new owner and visionary behind the 162+ acres of property along the Colorado River. For the last three years Mindy has been Executive Director of the Texas Motion Picture Alliance, a non-profit organization which advocates for the Texas Moving Images Industry Incentive Program. She has led the charge to inform and educate our State Representatives and Senators about the massive impact production has on our state.
A graduate of UT, Mindy began her professional career as an actor in 2001 and moved to New York City to attend the prestigious Michael Howard Acting Conservatory. From there she lived between NY and LA until making her way back to Austin in 2008. Mindy has worked behind and in front of the camera, booking over 50 commercials, a dozen voiceover spots and countless film and TV shows. Her new role at New Republic Studios allows her to continue pursuing her goal of bringing more production work to Texas, which benefits local Texans and our small businesses, and gives a great boost to our economy.
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