Mini Profile: Mike Saulters, Dan O'Bannon Filmmaker Award Juror

Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival is excited to announce that it will award a $1,500 grant for the production or post-production of a short film to an emerging Texas filmmaker who exhibits an equal passion for Science Fiction.  

 The Other Worlds Austin Dan O'Bannon Filmmaker Award will be gifted to a filmmaker whose proposed short film follows our mission statement’s explanation of a phenomenal SciFi film: a great story that isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of the audience, thrilling them both visually and intellectually.

An independent panel of esteemed professionals from the Austin film community will convene to review applications. The panel includes: Jim Brunzell, Festival Programmer; Meredith Johns, SFX Artist and Production House Executive; Jean Ann Lauer, Fest Programmer/Director; Andrew Matthews, Filmmaker; Mike Saulters, Journalist; Christine Thompson, Journalist; and Tishuan Scott, Actor.

In time for the October 23 extended deadline to submit your application, we take a closer look at juror Mike Saulters and his SciFi inklings:

If you could ensure a certain currently SciFi technology is never realized what would it be and why?

There aren't many left, are there? The scariest I can think of are cloning and total information awareness, but those have both become very real in my lifetime. What's left? Pocket nukes?

If you were allowed to choose one supernatural ability (i.e. superhero power), what would you pick and why?

Flight, because then I would never have to wait in traffic.

What else should we know about you?

I have always loved movies (who doesn't?) and still recall the early afternoon during the summer of 5th grade when I rode my bike across my very small home town to watch the animated TRANSFORMERS in a completely empty theater. When my family got our first VCR, my addiction was cemented, and I began to ask for movies for Christmas instead of toys. While other kids collected albums from Van Halen and Bon Jovi, I collected film soundtracks like GHOSTBUSTERS and TRON. My addiction was sci-fi, and like Jim Kirk, I was a farmboy who looked to the stars. Thanks to the incredible Austin film scene, I have been afforded opportunities that I would have had nowhere else to meet and learn about the people who create and bring to life the worlds on the screen.

The extended deadline for all applications is October 23, 2016.  The grant winner will be announced in the fall with OWA’s film lineup and posted on our website at that time. Click here to apply.