Patrícia Nogueira and Andrew Garrison have met during 2016 at the University of Texas at Austin. At the time, Patrícia was a visiting scholar at the RTF - Radio, Televison and Film department and enrolled in Garrison's 366K documentary class, East Austin Stories. When she returned to Portugal, she continued to teach and make her own films, including collaborating with one of the students from the East Austin Stories class.
On his turn, Andrew Garrison has a special interest in Portugal because he has taught three sections over three years, of audio classes to grad students in Porto at the University of Porto’s Faculty of Engineering. Also, in 2016 he taught master classes in Porto and Lisbon and screened a film in a festival in Lisbon.
Patrícia Nogueira (Porto, Portugal) is a documentary filmmaker, producing and directing her own documentaries and working regularly in other director's films, both documentary and fiction. Documentary was the way she chose to express herself about the surrounding world and her inner concerns. In her first feature documentary, 3 hours to love, Patricia pursues her favorite topic and tries to engage audience with women's emotions and sexuality. The film won the award for Best Documentary at Viana do Castelo Film Meetings (2013) and was officially selected for DocLisboa (2013), Cine Las Americas, at USA (2014), FEST (2014), Berlin Feminist Film Week (2015), Filministes: Festival du Cinéma Féministes, Montreal, Canada (2015) and Women's Voices Now Film Festival, in L.A., USA (2016).
Patrícia is a Ph.D. in Digital Media, under the UT Austin-Portugal International Program, specialized in audiovisual and interactive content creation. For her thesis, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, she researched audience in interactive documentary. During 2015 she was a visiting filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada and during 2016 she was a visiting scholar at the University of Texas at Austin, where she developed research, audited classes such as documentary film production and Screen Theory, an advanced seminar for graduate students, and filmed a short documentary. She also has a MFA in Documentary Film from the School of Music Arts and Performing Arts (Porto, Portugal).
Recently, she joined the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, at the University of Coimbra, as an Invited Professor. Since 2013 she has been teaching Documentary Film, Directing, Editing and Film Analysis both at undergrad and graduated levels, at the School of Media Arts and Design (IPPorto, Portugal), ISMAI (Maia, Portugal), and ESMAE, School of Music, Arts and Performing Arts. She also has been working with the non-profit organization AO NORTE in the organization of MDOC, the international documentary film festival of Melgaço.
Her research interests are focused on Documentary Film, Interactive Documentary, Feminist Film Studies, Spectatorship and Digital Environments. She is the Deputy-Chair of the research working group Cinema and Contemporary Visual Arts, under NECS - The European Network for Cinema and Media Studies.
Persevering curiosity is part of her personality. She traveled around the world and has lived in Paris, Lisbon, Austin (Tx, USA) and Vancouver. Regardless the wonderful experiences of living abroad, it is in Porto, her hometown, where she feels at home.
Andrew Garrison is an independent filmmaker based in Austin, Texas, who works in both documentary and fiction. His current project is BECAUSE I’M HERE. His most recent film is the documentary feature, TRASH DANCE , the unprecedented double-winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at AFI DOCS (Silverdocs) and the Full Frame Film Festival and of SXSW’s Special Jury Recognition at its premiere. “The Washington Post” called it, “sublime,” and said, “… a vibrant, moving document of such an evanescent state of grace is a small miracle in itself.”
Previous films include the documentary THIRD WARD TX (2007), and the narrative THE WILGUS STORIES (2000), both of which premiered at SXSW and aired on PBS;and the award-winning shorts, FAT MONROE (1990) and NIGHT RIDE (1994). Garrison’s work has earned Guggenheim, Rockefeller, NEA and AFI Fellowships. His films have screened at Sundance, SXSW, the Berlin International Film Festival, the Locarno International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, and BFI London Film Festival.
Garrison grew up in South Florida. After graduating from Antioch College, he and five friends, including Academy Award-nominated filmmakers, Julia Reichert and Jim Klein, co-founded a social change media collective, the Dayton Community Media Workshop. The group made documentaries together for local and national audiences. He was invited to work at Appalshop, the acclaimed documentary collective in the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky where he spent more than a dozen years as a cinematographer for other filmmakers, as well as producing and directing his own work, and becoming a member of IATSE as a production sound mixer.
He continues to freelance as production mixer and to shoot his own work. He is the Audio Area Head for the RTF Department and a member of the Cinema Audio Society. As a freelancer he has worked for Alex Gibney, Charles Guggenheim, Barbara Kopple, Kirby Dick, MTV, the BBC, PBS’s Frontline, and numerous other independent filmmakers. He has had the opportunity to record Martin Scorsese, Michael Cain, George W. Bush, Molly Ivins, Pete Seeger, Yao Ming, Karl Rove, Billy Bragg, Eldridge Cleaver, Hazel Dickens, Ralph Stanley, Eva Longoria, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and Emmy Lou Harris, among others.
Garrison is the founder of the East Austin Stories documentary project, an on-going documentary collaboration between U.T. student filmmakers and the residents and businesses in communities in East Austin.