Happy New Year’s Eve! I started a tradition in 2012 when I posted our Favorite Moments in a “Best of” blog post. Well, it’s New Years Eve again, so it’s time to take a look back on 2015. This year was a great one, we celebrated 12 years together, released two new short documentary films, our films received over 240k views online, and we made a lot of progress on our debut feature film following the late artist Chuck Ramirez. From January through December, here are our top five favorite moments from 2015, enjoy!
1. Creatives of the Month, The Department for Culture & Creative Development
In May, we were selected by the DCCD as Creatives of the Month. It was an honor to be recognized and featured in their weekly newsletter Atmosphere. Read our full interview on GetCreativeSanAntonio.com.
2. Vimeo Staff Pick All-Stars
We couldn’t believe we made this amazing list of Vimeo Creators! Jason Sondhi, Sr. Manager, Curation at Vimeo said of our work, “Husband and wife creative duos are the epitome of cute. Amirite?? Texas-based, this couple has found their niche in creating delightful artist-profile documentaries. With a careful eye and effective interviewing style, they somehow manage to find that deeper layer in an artist’s work and manner, the space beyond the surface gloss so many profile documentarians get hung up on.” Thanks Jason and Vimeo for being such great supporters of our work over the years. Read the full article.
3. Rueben Singleterry: Made of Steel
This summer we released a short documentary unlike any other we’d produced. The film follows the inspiring story of my young cousin Rueben. We followed Rueben as he battled encephalitis, a rare virus which causes seizures, and as he pursued his passion for basketball. He hopes to inspire others to never give up, no matter how difficult the circumstances. Watch the film. Read more in a previous Blog Post.
4. Intersections by Anila Quayyum Agha
In September we visited Rice Gallery in Houston for our 9th film in our series following their space for dynamic site-specific installations. We were absolutely floored by the beauty of Intersections by Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha. The completed film received lots of attention online including our 10th Vimeo Staff Pick and features on Colossal, National Geographic Short Film Showcase, and The Atlantic Editor’s Pick. We loved working with Anila and following the story behind her work, thanks to everyone for watching and sharing! Watch the film.
5. Tía Chuck , In-Production
This year has been busy with research, editing, and filming for our debut feature documentary following the late artist Chuck Ramirez. We’ve posted 7 Production Updates, which detail the work that’s kept us busy. We still have lots of work to do before it’s ready for release, but we’ve already had positive outcomes from our work. In August we met with Dya Campos, Director of Public Affairs at H-E-B in our research process for the film. We presented our project and discussed the connection between Chuck’s 14 years working in Brand Development at H-E-B and how it impacted his work. Not only did we receive a grant from H-E-B to continue production, but they also selected artwork for Chuck’s Broom Series for the new H-E-B South Flores Market! Dya states, “We knew we wanted to work with an artist for the opening, but we didn’t know who, and then the Walleys called to talk to us about Chuck’s work here and we knew immediately it would be a perfect fit for the South Flores Market”. Learn more about the film at TiaChuck.com
Those are some great memories to look back on, thanks for reading and watching. Here’s to a productive and inspiring 2016!
– Angela Walley