Filmmakers in Austin! Check out Lights. Camera. Help.


Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE IT when my worlds combine and form a nifty hybrid of awesome; film and volunteering, space and social media or any combination of all the above. “Lights. Camera. Help.” is a film festival after my own heart. LCH Co-Founder & Exec Director, Aaron Bramley, and I go way back on Twitter. (He used to work for another cause close to my heart, American Cancer Society.)

On the heels of last weekend’s Global Peace Film Festival here in Orlando, this Austin, TX based fest is shining a light on some fantastic organizations. LCHFF kicks off tonight at Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. Florida film peeps working/living in Austin should check it out. Read more about them below…

On Twitter: @NPFilm, #LCH2013

Big Impact on the Big Screen at the Film Festival for Causes

The 5th Annual Lights. Camera. Help. Cause-Driven Film Festival is set for August 15-17.

Austin, TX – July 14, 2013 – Lights. Camera. Help.’s uniquely cause-driven Film Festival kicks off on August 15 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Village Location. The three-day film festival will host dozens of cause-driven films that focus on the good happening in the world and the organizations that are getting it done. The festival brings together activists, film fans, advocates, nonprofits and filmmakers to show us the beautiful results when causes and films meet.

The Festival’s Program Coordinator, Virginia Hernandez, said “We’re so proud to present this year’s film selections. The quality and variety of submissions we received was truly impressive, and as a result, we were able to cultivate a unique and inspiring program. We are excited to show these works, and even more excited to draw attention to the great causes behind the films.”

Badges are $70 and come complete with entry to all three nights of the festival, dinner and a drink each night and admittance to the awards party on Saturday night. Tickets may be purchased for $25-$30 for admittance to a single night of festival screenings. You may also purchase a ticket to the awards party on Saturday night only for $20.

Aaron Bramley, co-founder and Executive Director shares his excitement about the closing awards event, stating, “The awards party will be a chance to celebrate those who do good in our community, network with other filmmakers and nonprofit professionals and award prizes to the nonprofits associated with the winning films of the festival. With numerous food and drink sponsors, it’s sure to be a night to remember.”

Our featured, closing night film this year is Brasslands, a story of the world’s largest trumpet competition in a tiny, Serbian village. The competition is teeming with Serbian trumpet champions and Roma gypsies, and, this year, an unlikely brass band from New York City. The festivities and competition that commences is a testament to the transcendent nature of music. This documentary film shows that despite vast political, racial and ethnic divides, people can gather to dance, to enjoy music and to celebrate life. The screening will include a panel discussion and audience Q&A with the directors, a group of filmmakers from Meerkat Media Collective.

On Friday night, join us after our feature “When I Rise” for a discussion with the director of that film, Mat Hames. When I rise is a feature-length documentary about Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera.

For a complete list of the films that will be screening, you can visit our website. The nonprofits that are represented in the films include Austin locals I Live Here, I Give Here, Center for Public Policy Priorities, and Austin Children’s Shelter, among many other national and international organizations such as Mama Hope, The Kashi REAL Project and The Nature Conservancy. Lights. Camera. Help. is thrilled to have such a varied cast of organizations and we hope you will come out on August 15-17 to support them and us.

Lights. Camera. Help. is a nonprofit organization that enables others to create significant positive change through film. We do this through an annual film festival, our education program and a matchmaking service that pairs filmmakers with nonprofits. Information is available at


About jenvargas

Multimedia Producer. Social Media Advocate. Filmmaker. Volunteer. I am the Producer and Host of the monthly Florida filmmaker screening series, FilmSlam at Enzian Theater, and Managing Editor of one of Central Florida's oldest, most trusted websites, the award-winning! I am also a proud committee member of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a member of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer's Florida State Advisory Committee, Orlando Tech Association Marketing Committee, Valencia College's Digital Media Advisory Board, as well as on several Film Florida committees. Additionally, I am a Google #GlassExplorer, techie, purple lover and #caregiver. View all posts by jenvargas

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