Heading to Austin for SXSW? Join us at the Portrait House for a full day of filmmaker panels, networking, food and conversation.

Sign up for free professional headshots with our Portrait photographer.

Eat all the breakfast tacos at our Producers Brunch, co-hosted with the DPA.

Enjoy our panels in conversation with SXSW filmmakers.

Join our private reception with The Gotham for SXSW filmmakers and alumni

Portrait House is the home away from home for the film, TV and digital video community, popping up across the festival circuit. If you joined us during Sundance, it's time to trade snowshoes for cowboy boots.

Date & Time
Sunday, March 12, 2023
10 am - 5 pm  
Fallout Theater Comedy Club
616 Lavaca Street
Daytime Programming

Photography Studio
111 W. 8th St.
Free Headshots 
(around corner from Fallout)
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Free Headshots
Get your free professional headshot from our Portrait photographer at our photography studio around the corner from the main Portrait House. Join for our waitlist.  
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Portrait House Lounge
Come relax, recharge your phone, grab a snack, and meet other filmmakers and creative people in Austin for SXSW. Portrait House is conveniently located downtown near the State and Paramount theaters. 
10:00 AM
Unlikely Activists
Profiling Insiders and Outsiders Creating Cultural Change
The most influential and least understood first lady. The small-town queer artist staging radical performances in Russia. Filmmakers from “The Lady Bird Diaries” and “Queendom” discuss how they approach the stories of their fascinating subjects, revealing and recasting what it means to work inside and outside the system to change perceptions and advance cultural change.

Agniia Galdanova & Igor Myakotin -
Kim Reynolds & Ben Zweig -
"The Lady Bird Diaries"
11:00 AM
Why Hybrid?
Hybrid Documentary as An Artistic Form
Hybrid storytelling is often referred to as a “new” format – but filmmakers have long mixed documentary, scripted, archival, and animated elements to tell their stories. Join filmmakers from this year’s hybrid films “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie,” “The World is Not My Own,” and “You Were My First Boyfriend” as we explore using this form to tell stories in fresh and unexpected ways and hear why hybrid films deserve a place in the doc programming line-up.

Petter Ringbom & Ruchi Mital -
"This World Is Not My Own"
Annetta Marion -
"Still: A Michael J Fox Movie"
Ines Hofmann Kanna -
"You Were My First Boyfriend"
12:30 - 2:30 PM
Producers Brunch with the DPA
Join members of the Documentary Producers Alliance and other producers for an exclusive networking brunch. Enjoy breakfast tacos, mimosas, coffee, and good conversation. RSVP Below. 

Co-hosted with the DPA.
2:30 PM
Disability Representation in Film
How Film Becomes Part of Social Movements
Join filmmakers from "Breaking Silence" (premiering at SXSW) and "Not So Special" (currently in development) for a wide-reaching conversation on disability representation and what it means for the film industry today.

Liz Plank (moderator) & Sid Marcos -
"Not So Special"
Annie Silverstein, Amy Bench, & Mei Kennedy -
"Breaking Silence"
Angel Giuffria - Cripple Productions

This panel will include American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters.
4:00 pM
Small and Mighty
Paradox and Possibility in Short Filmmaking
Short films can have big value – as proofs of concept and as stories that stand on their own – but they can be tricky to make a reality. Join filmmakers from animated documentary short “How to Rig an Election” (narrated by Tom Hanks) and live action narrative short “Closing Dynasty” (Winner, Best Short Film, Berlinale 2023) as we discuss how to get creative with positioning, financing, distribution, and more.

Lloyd Lee Choi -
"Closing Dynasty"
Jenna Kelly -
"How To Rig An Election"
 Join us on Sunday, March 12 
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