The University Filmmakers Alliance (UFA) is an organization at UT-Austin that I was never a part of. That’s because, while I was a film student at the university, I never had much time to join clubs. I was always working.
This weekend, though, I had some time to check out UFA’s annual conference. It’s an intimate afternoon of workshops and panels with a few guest filmmakers. The only panel I watched was a conversation between Roost director Ti West, Equilibrium and Ultraviolet director Kurt Wimmer, Silence of the Lambs producer Ron Bozman, and Exorcist editor Bud Smith. The panel was moderated by Harry Knowles, who kept the chatfest going about everything from working with the Weinsteins, to the career of William Friedkin, to the moment when everyone knew Anthony Hopkins was going to change the world as Hannibal Lecter.
The conference was a fun time, and much of that kudos goes to folks like Nick Robinson and Brian Clark, who have made huge steps to make the organization and its events, so much better. If I was still in school, I may actually join.