Steve Mims is an Austin-based filmmaker whose award-winning films have screened widely in film festivals, theatrically and on television.
His most recent feature length film, INCENDIARY: THE WILLINGHAM CASE, (co-directed by Joe Bailey, Jr.) had its world premiere at SXSW and an east coast premiere at AFI/DISCOVERY CHANNEL SILVERDOCS in 2011. A limited theatrical release garnered excellent reviews nationwide. Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post called it: “Nonfiction filmmaking at its most classic. Crime, punishment, morality and hardball politics make for an explosive narrative mix all their own.” The film won the 2011 SXSW Louis Black Award and the 2012 Innocence Network Journalism Award.
Other feature-length documentaries include RUTHIE FOSTER: LIVE AT ANTONES, which won the Blues Foundation Award for Best DVD of 2012, LIZARDS TIMES TWENTY: AUSTIN LOUNGE LIZARDS LIVE AT ANTONE’S, which premiered at SXSW and was released on DVD by Blue Corn Records and THE AUSTIN LOUNGE LIZARDS: THIRTY YEARS OF LOST LUGGAGE. His narrative feature film THE PERFECT SPECIMEN premiered at the SXSW and was licensed to SHOWTIME.
Among his short fiction film work, the New York Times called Steve’s short AUNT HALLIE, “A treasure...which belongs on everybody’s list of the top-10 funniest nine minute films ever made.” His short WEBB WILDER, PRIVATE EYE: THE SAUCER’S REIGN became a late night television cult film in the mid 1980’s and helped spawn the roots-rock band WEBB WILDER AND THE BEATNECKS and successful recording and filmmaking efforts that continue at the present time. His work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (Film Society of Lincoln Center, New Directors/New Films) Bilbao, Spain, Hamburg, Germany, St. Petersburg and Moscow. His film awards include the American-Soviet Film Initiative Pick (Ann Arbor Film Festival) the Gold Apple Award (National Educational Film Festival) and the Silver Hugo Award (Chicago International Film Festival). A compilation of three of his shorts (WEBB WILDER’S CORN FLICKS) was released nationally by BMG/Zoo Entertainment. His latest fiction shorts include THE ONE-OFFS, REFLEX, HONORARIUM, and WEBB WILDER’S SCATTERGUN.
His short documentary work includes THE ONE ARM DOVE HUNT, LIVE FOREVER: THE LIFE AND SONGS OF BILLY JOE SHAVER, and SOUZAY: A LIFE IN ART. Recent projects include a short biographical documentary GOD/MAN/ACCORDION and SOUTHFORK PILGRIMS, a short documentary about fans of the television series DALLAS for the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum. In 2009 Steve won the Barbara Jordan Media Award (director/editor/co-producer) for his short documentary about dyslexia called CHANGING CHILDREN’S LIVES.
His music videos include work for The Naughty Ones, Pat McLaughlin, Cotton Mather, Webb Wilder, Stephen Bruton, Los Straitjackets, the Austin Lounge Lizards and Billy Joe Shaver. His videos have aired on MORE MUSIC, TNN, CMT EUROPE, CMT, M2 and MTV. His video of Billy Joe Shaver’s HOTTEST THING IN TOWN was voted Best Music Video 1994 by the Austin Chronicle. Television broadcasts include PBS, ITALIAN PUBLIC TELEVISION, CAMPUS NETWORK, USA NETWORK, ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT and THE LEARNING CHANNEL.
Steve also works commercially as a writer, director, producer and editor. His commercial work has won the Bronze Anvil (Public Relations Society of America), district level ‘Addys’ and the Citation of Excellence from the American Advertising Foundation.
Steve earned a Master of Arts in film production from the University of Texas at Austin and over the years has taught Film One, Film Two and Film Editing there. He currently teaches RTF366K: Introduction to Narrative. Through Austin FilmWorks he also teaches ‘The Film MInd’, a 12-week film design and cinematography course.