On Story Project

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On Story Project

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Over the past seven years, the On Story Project has shared rich and entertaining conversations about the power of storytelling with audiences around the world for free on public media. At no charge, film and TV lovers can access all past and current episodes of On Story in its various formats.

About The Project

  • The Story
  • Wishlist
  • Updates
  • The Team
  • Community

Mission Statement

On Story promotes diversity in front of and behind the camera by spotlighting the work of a variety of voices who use the language of film, television, playwriting, and podcasts to tell a story.

The Story

What We Do:

For nearly 25 years, Austin Film Festival has hosted panel discussions with the screenwriters, creators, and filmmakers behind Hollywood’s most acclaimed movies and TV shows:

Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird),

Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad),

Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise),

Ron Howard (Apollo 13),

Issa Rae (Insecure),

Alan Yang (Master of None),

Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters),

Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator),

Keenen Ivory Wayans (In Living Color), and many, many others.


Our Perspective: 

For the past seven years, the On Story Project has shared these rich and entertaining conversations about the power of storytelling with audiences around the world for free on public media. At no charge, film and TV lovers can access all past and current episodes of  On Story in its various formats: a PBS-distributed TV series, a PRI-distributed radio show, a podcast, a book, and an archive hosted at the Wittliff Collections. 




Why People Love the On Story Project:

On Story is one of the few shows on the air that shares passionate discussions about the creative process of storytelling for the screen from the storytellers themselves.

Listen to Scott Frank (Out of Sight) talk about his experience writing in the Marvel universe for the Oscar-nominated film Logan. Watch Alan Yang (Master of None) talk about the collaborative environment of comedy. Hear Norman Lear (All in the Family, The Jeffersons) discuss the path of his career as one of the most influential contributors to the landscape of situational comedies and progressive writing in Hollywood. 



We Create a Sense of Community with On Story:

When you contribute, remember that, in addition to championing celebrated storytellers in our programming, On Story supports filmmakers behind the camera, employing local filmmakers - writers, directors, production and post-production crews, animators, and more - in the process of making the shows, thus promoting the creative process and local film industry while celebrating the creators and their movies and TV shows.



Your Support Is Vital:  


Funding for the arts in public media is at an all-time low, and while Austin Film Festival covers a significant portion of the budget, it can’t do it alone. Over the past eight years, On Story Project has been self-funded as a nonprofit corporation with support from generous sponsors. Now we are turning to you, lovers of film, TV, and the artistic process, and asking for your help in underwriting this next season of On Story. Your participation in this creative project will help pay for production and post-production costs—shooting, animation fees, editing, sound mixing, etc.—investments that will further improve the quality of programming and help us continue to bring On Story to audiences worldwide for free.




A big thank you to the amazing team at Wunderman for the inspiration and support.    


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Costs $10,000

From lip-synching to coloring, a 30-second animation for On Story TV can take weeks to create!


Costs $5,500

Help us cover captioning for our On Story TV episodes.

Audio Editors

Costs $11,000

Our audio editors work year-round to create high-quality radio shows and podcasts.

Video Editors

Costs $19,000

Help support our amazing team of video editors!

Sound Mixing and Voice-Overs

Costs $18,200

Our engineers consider speech, sound effects, ambiance, and music their top priorities.


Costs $3,300

Help us pay to transcribe our panel discussions, a crucial stage in pre-production.

Color Correction

Costs $8,000

Once an episode is structured, our colorists add the gloss that makes On Story a polished show.

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

About This Team

On Story is powered by the AFF programming staff and its production team. This diverse group is made up of filmmakers, producers, and writers, most of whom have non-profit, education, and artistic backgrounds. All work year-round to curate the content that makes up the heart of On Story, diligently researching industry trends and vetting potential speakers.


AFF Executive Director and On Story Executive Producer Barbara Morgan co-founded AFF in 1993 and is actively involved in all facets of the Festival and On Story Project. She developed and produces the TV series On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival. Morgan produced the film Natural Selection, co-produced the documentary Antones: Home of the Blues, the documentary, Portrait of Wally, and the narrative feature film, Spring Eddy. Morgan serves on the boards of Dell Children's Blood & Cancer Center and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University, among others.  


Maya Perez is a writer and producer. Her work has appeared in The Masters Review, Electric Literature, and Misadventures. She is co-editor of the books On Story - Screenwriters and Their Craft (2013), On Story - Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films (2016), and the forthcoming On Story – The Golden Ages of Television (2018), all from University of Texas Press. Maya is also a producer for the television series On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival, going into its eighth season on PBS in spring 2018. On Story won a Lone Star EMMY Award® for Best Arts/Entertainment Program in 2014 and was nominated for a Lone Star EMMY Award® in 2016. Maya is a graduate of Vassar College and the Michener Center for Writers. She teaches screenwriting at the University of Texas at Austin.


Miguel Alvarez has received awards from the Director’s Guild of America, Panavision’s Emerging Filmmaker program, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture for his previous films: Tadpoles, Veterans, KID, and Mnemosyne Rising. He is a Screenwriting fellow of the Latino Screenwriting Project sponsored by Cinefestival and Sundance for his feature screenplay, La Perdida. His most recent project, the short film Atlantic City, was recently chosen for the inaugural Kodak + Kickstarter Film Initiative and his short documentary, The Giant Still Sleeps, premiered on PBS and the Washington Post. Miguel holds both a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin where he continues to lecture today.

Current Team