MEET OUR 2019 LINEUP.
ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS
Kiran Gandhi, known by her stage name Madame Gandhi, is an electronic music artist and activist based in Los Angeles. Having gained recognition as the former drummer for M.I.A. and Kehlani and as the iconic free-bleeding runner at the 2015 London Marathon, Madame Gandhi now writes music that elevates and celebrates the female voice.
Memphis born, Dallas raised artist ZYAH is a singer, songwriter, and classically trained pianist. She started playing piano at the age of 4 and by the age of 13 she had already begun singing and touring with competitive all-city choirs and bands. She continued to fuel her passion for music by establishing herself as a beloved cover-act at the University of North Texas. She garnered a great word-of mouth buzz and began booking her own gigs at college showcases and local bars. Determined to not be pigeonholed as a cover-act, ZYAH took time write and develop her own original music. She began fusing jazz chords with clever word play and angelic sultry vocals to craft her own unique style. After college, she brought her talents to Dallas and began booking more shows to test out her new material. ZYAH has played some of the most prominent venues in DFW including Trees, The Palladium, Prophet Bar and Club Dada. After a few years of testing the waters, ZYAH is finally ready to take her full plunge into the music scene and solidify herself as an established musical force to be revered with her debut EP set to release 2017
Calliope Musicals is a cheerful psychedelic party folk band from Austin TX. Their high-energy live performance focuses on involving the crowd. A squad of musicians fill in their folksy roots with a mix of vibraphone, tribal drums, bass, lead guitar and explosive vocals. The band exudes feel-good vibes that aim to swallow listeners and spit them out as happier versions of their former selves.
fvck is a project archived on bandcamp. It's meant to be an "audio journal" of performer Shirley Zhu’s life. Stripped down and acoustic,a keyboard, and sometimes a violin or drum pad.
Jess Garland is from Northeast Dallas. While attending Eastfield College, she studied classical guitar with Randy Nye. As her interest in the art form grew, she participated in many voice and guitar ensembles. She continued her education at SMU, where she graduated with a major in Political Science.
In spite of her diverse educational pursuits, Jess found nothing matches her love for teaching guitar. For the last 13 years, she has offered guitar lessons to adults and children privately and exclusively to children with a lack of music education in their community. She has worked at many non-profit organizations like La Rondalla, Bishop Arts Theatre and Arts Vision.
Sunbuzzed, the self-described psychedelic brujas, hail from Denton, TX with each member individually coming from all over the state. The coven of four started playing music together in late 2015 and has since casted audience members into a spooky, intense and mindbending spell. Drawing from their shared latinx culture Sunbuzzed aims to channel brujeria and magic into their music. Honoring the ones who came before while still carving out a new path unique to themselves. Heavy guitar, driving drum beats, haunting vocals, and cathedral-like organ paint the sound that is Sunbuzzed.
The music of Little Mazarn is a cool float a few feet from the ground through a dimly lit, almost familiar forest. It is quieter than silence, big as everything, still but always moving. If you’ve ever had flying dreams, or an amazing night time bike ride on LSD, this might be a world for you. Chords are made up of notes; Little Mazarn gives them all their own moment. There are NO superfluous notes played here.
Lindsey’s kind and twisting voice ambles along over the spare sounds of Jeff Johnston’s saw bowing, Ralph White’s electric mbira wanderings, and her own slow banjo. Like DJ Screw, Bohren & Der Club of Gore, and anyone who chooses to walk instead of ride, Lindsey realizes the amazing power of slow… slow… slow music. Lindsey is at once a baby and a wise old man. Get in this canoe at dawn on some Texas river that remembers when Comanche slept under the stars.
The path to greatness for a woman of color in life, as well as entertainment, isn’t always the easiest. Within the mind of Tiara “Tia” Williams her dreams aim to bring reality to both the silver screen and the male dominated entertainment industry. Born in Austin and raised in a small town right outside of the city of Houston, Tia followed in her mother’s footsteps and moved back to the weird city as an adult, for a change in pace. Tia found her creative niche while podcasting and combined her true love for writing and love for people of color to begin blogging about victims of Police brutality, and expanded her storytelling abilities with romantic short stories and screenplays. As a new filmmaker Tia’s goal is to use HER art to tell the stories that help not only entertain, but break down societal norms and highlight Black excellence.
Alison Week is a freelance filmmaker whose work has taken her across the globe from the beaches of Portugal and Hawaii to glaciers in Alaska.
Alison shoots news style video. directs and produces both narrative and documentary films. and lives in Austin, TX.
Samantha Panger is a New York and Austin based cinematographer. Her work on short documentaries has traveled festival circuits in the US and abroad. Her work with Collective Sex on the short NAMES OF WOMEN has also been on tour around the country and in collegiate settings inspiring women and their partners to share their stories without judgement. She recently completed production on MERCY MISTRESS, a web series that explores the world of the kink community through their own stories with an emphasis on honoring marginalized voices. She is also working on a feature doc ALTERED that will explore genetic testing and how it can influence life decisions.
Having been a camera technician in New York for nearly a decade, Samantha has a range of experience in formats including short, feature, television and web content. And in styles including narrative, documentary, and commercial. Samantha uses this experience in her work to play with light, expand her skill set, and create within the budget and creative ideas of directors she works with.
Samantha was also selected as a Signal Fire Resident Artist in 2018.
Well this film is really a reflective piece into getting started as a female filmmaker of color, as well as exploring the Latina "look". My friend Tabitha and I reconnected at the last Boss Babes fest, and declared that this year we'd submit a short for the fest. This is the short that came of it, and that has a sprung up new friendships, opportunities, and overall confidence.
FemBeat is a production team that aims to connect people with candid, honest stories about self-identifying women and how they take up space. Using digital storytelling told through an intersectional lens, we strive to provide an uninterrupted platform that amplifies the voices of women and showcases the work they do in the community. Whether an artist or an organizer, an athlete or a musician, the women whose stories we tell represent what it means to be a feminist, and we are committed to providing a space for their perspectives to be seen and heard.
Tamar Price is an independent producer committed to bringing unique stories to the forefront through collaborative creation. Through her marketing and digital coordinating position at notable alt-weekly, The Austin Chronicle, she forged connections with the arts community and gained valuable event management experience. In 2017 she developed and produced the “We Are” short film series with director B.B. Araya, which landed on Issa Rae Productions’ YouTube channel. In 2019, their following project, Yirga, premiered at SXSW.
Antonette Masando is a multimedia creative based in Austin, Texas. In 2016, while attending the University of Texas at Austin, she began her media work as a music intern at radio stations KUTX 98.9 and KMFA 89.5, and later, as a promotions assistant at iHeart Media, Inc. She then went on to host and executive produce the entertainment news show Austin Underground, honored as the “Show of the Year” and “Best Social Media” by Texas Student Television in May 2018.
Today, Antonette continues to amplify Austin music culture through video production and podcasting. Her latest project, ‘Untapped’, focuses on the lives and experiences of up-and-coming artists of color across the city.
Sarah Fohl is a writer, director, producer, and international public health professional with over 13 years of experience working in development, women’s health, and multimedia production. While her professional work has largely included research and evaluation for designing and implementing projects focused on sexual and reproductive health, gender issues, and youth advocacy, her passion has always been focused around the power of visual storytelling. Originally from Tennessee, Sarah has lived in and visited some of the most inspiring cities like Los Angeles, New Orleans, Washington, DC, Dakar, and Ouagadougou, before moving to Austin in 2017. She is currently an independent consultant supporting multimedia projects for non-profit organizations, a freelance producer and director, and is a co-founder of The Fem House ATX, a collective for women and non-binary filmmakers.
Sarah Jones is a lady looking to experience the fullness of life. She grew up in East Aurora, NY, making videos in her backyard with friends and editing them at the kitchen table. In 2015, Sarah graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Cinema Art + Science, where she focused her studies in digital and film cinematography. Frustrated with the challenges that filmmakers face while trying to break into the industry, Sarah spent the summer of 2016 in Yellowstone National Park to rediscover herself, and along the way fell in love with the mountains. She then served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at MAPS Media Institute in Hamilton, MT, a nationally award winning creative development program for high school students interested in learning about filmmaking, graphic design, music production, computer technology, and entrepreneurship. In the fall of 2018, Sarah moved to Austin to continue her growth as a cinematographer and a filmmaker. She has kept busy shooting short films, crewing in camera department, and co-founding the Fem House ATX.
Margaret Williamson Bechtold is a brand director and stylist living between Austin and New York and working all over.
IN HER WORK AS A creative consultant, she helps brands of all sizes and types with their look, feel and follow-through.
& Her editorial WORK has BEEN internationally published.
She writes a bit every now and then too.
Margaret loves new projects and new friends.
Lily Shepard is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor and dancer/choreographer with over 20 years of experience.She spent 11 years in Las Vegas where she was a cast member of multiple productions on the Las Vegas strip and danced along Beyonce` at the Billboard Awards.
In 2015 she relocated to Austin and created Body Bloom ATX to share her love of using dance, fitness and community as a means to empower.
Body Bloom ATX aims to provide safe spaces for people of all backgrounds, races, sizes and orientations to enjoy themselves and each other while doing something good for their bodies and having fun!