May 6th, 2018

Bumble vs that creepy Facebook dating app -- After months of being put under a microscope for its business’ lax approach to personal data from its users, Facebook decided it was an absolutely WONDERFUL idea to announce plans to launch a dating service. (Because after swaying an election and allowing local news to die out without taking any responsibility, sure why not trust Facebook with your nude selfies and such?). This is significant why? Because Facebook is a media company that is trying to semi-pivot into the business of relationships and dating, while Austin-based Bumble is a dating business trying to semi-pivot into becoming a media company. That’s kind of all, but it seemed worth pulling out for a blurb. [Via Wired]

‘Dealt’ director wants to help you sell your indie documentary -- Austin-based documentary filmmaker Luke Korem should be on your radar for his film Dealt, a documentary about blind card magician Richard Turner’s life story, which won at SXSW and blew up on iTunes. (It also helped lead to a feature-length film about Turner as well, produced by Austin-based Ralph Smyth Entertainment.) We missed it, but Korem was kind enough to offer some tips for selling your own indie doc, which you should check out. [via Filmmaker Magazine]

R/GA Austin adds a boatload of new talent -- The Austin branch of creative agency R/GA is announcing eight new hires across various proficiencies. Congrats on the growth! [More info via R/GA]

AFF Crowdfunding Project / Event -- “Austin Film Festival recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to support our growing ON STORY Project. We are aiming to raise at least $75,000 over the course of this campaign to help fund the various programs we currently offer (TV, radio, a book series, podcasts, and a public archive housed at the Wittliff Collections). We have just over a week left in the campaign and are hoping to keep the momentum going by engaging with those who might not be familiar with AFF and On Story. We are hosting a private happy hour at the Violet Crown on Monday, May 7th from 6:30-8pm where we will be screening an unreleased episode from our 8th season of the On Story TV series starting at 7pm. Staff will be on hand to talk about the Festival and On Story and mix and mingle.”  [More info via Seed&Spark, email if you’d like to attend the event]


Austin Asian American Film Festival Scholarship -- “The Austin Asian American Film Festival is partnering with Frost Bank and the Asian American Cultural Center to offer two scholarships for the Austin Film Society’s documentary summer camp workshop.” [More info via AAAFilmFest]

Joshua Rubin