Production for Use

Meet Our Team

PFU offers the combined expertise of three industry professionals who between them have worked on such films as A Simple Plan, Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Road Trip, Order of Myths, Dallas (Series), Vultures of Tibet (Documentary Short), The Great Invisible, Before You Know It, No No: A Dockumentary, Near Dark, Punk in Africa, and True Stories.

PFU offers the combined expertise of three industry professionals who between them have worked on such films as A Simple Plan, Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Road Trip, Order of Myths, Dallas (Series), Vultures of Tibet (Documentary Short), The Great Invisible, Before You Know It, No No: A Dockumentary, Near Dark, Punk in Africa, and True Stories.

  • Louis Black

  • Joe Dishner

  • Sandy Boone

  • Louis Black - Principal, Senior Consultant

    Louis Black co-founded The Austin Chronicle, where he is editor, South by Southwest, where he is a director, and was a founding Board Member of the Austin Film Society. He has written extensively on film, music and politics. Executive producer of Be Here to Love Me, A Film About Townes Van Zandt, he was a producer on the Peabody Award Winning The Order of Myths. Having produced documentaries and reissues of classic Texas films (Eagle Pennell's The Whole Shootin' Match and Tobe Hooper's Eggshells) he is currently working on a number of documentary and narrative films as well as more reissues of classic Texas independent films.
  • Joe Dishner - Principal, Senior Consultant

    Joe Dishner has worked in the film industry for over 30 years as a Producer, Line Producer, and Unit Production Manager. He has had a diverse career, comprising feature films, TV series, documentaries, and TV commercials. His producing credits include The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), and 22 episodes of the CBS series “The Ghost Whisperer.” His UPM credits include A Simple Plan, Road Trip, The Mothman Prophecies, Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, The Evening Star, The Big Green, Houseguest, the first two seasons of the TNT series “Dallas,” 22 episodes of the Fox series “The Good Guys,” and the PBS documentaries “The Fort Worth Watergarden” and “Gimble’s Swing.” He was a founding co-publisher of The Austin Chronicle. He currently serves on the project committee for the Filmanthopy Fund of the Dallas Foundation and Media Productions Development Zone Advisory Committee for the State of Texas. He is a long time member of The Directors Guild of America and Sam’s Club.
  • Sandy Boone - Principal, Senior Consultant

    Sandy K. Boone began making films in Austin in the 1980s with her late husband, filmmaker David Boone, whose Texas cult classic INVASION OF THE ALUMINUM PEOPLE was presented by director Jonathan Demme at the Collective for Living Cinema in 1981 in New York. Three decades later, Boone produced a restoration of the film as part of JONATHAN DEMME: MADE IN TEXAS - SIX FILMS FROM AUSTIN, which premiered at SXSW in 2015. Most recently, Boone was the Associate Producer of RICHARD LINKLATER: DREAM IS DESTINY and a reissue of Eagle Pennell's LAST NIGHT AT THE ALAMO, which premiered at Sundance and SXSW, respectively, in 2016. She is also a partner and co-founder of Production for Use, an Austin-based production company and indie film consultancy.
Louis Black

Louis Black - Principal, Senior Consultant

Louis Black co-founded The Austin Chronicle, where he is editor, South by Southwest, where he is a director, and was a founding Board Member of the Austin Film Society. He has written extensively on film, music and politics. Executive producer of Be Here to Love Me, A Film About Townes Van Zandt, he was a producer on the Peabody Award Winning The Order of Myths. Having produced documentaries and reissues of classic Texas films (Eagle Pennell's The Whole Shootin' Match and Tobe Hooper's Eggshells) he is currently working on a number of documentary and narrative films as well as more reissues of classic Texas independent films.


Joe Dishner

Joe Dishner - Principal, Senior Consultant

Joe Dishner has worked in the film industry for over 30 years as a Producer, Line Producer, and Unit Production Manager. He has had a diverse career, comprising feature films, TV series, documentaries, and TV commercials. His producing credits include The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), and 22 episodes of the CBS series “The Ghost Whisperer.” His UPM credits include A Simple Plan, Road Trip, The Mothman Prophecies, Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, The Evening Star, The Big Green, Houseguest, the first two seasons of the TNT series “Dallas,” 22 episodes of the Fox series “The Good Guys,” and the PBS documentaries “The Fort Worth Watergarden” and “Gimble’s Swing.” He was a founding co-publisher of The Austin Chronicle. He currently serves on the project committee for the Filmanthopy Fund of the Dallas Foundation and Media Productions Development Zone Advisory Committee for the State of Texas. He is a long time member of The Directors Guild of America and Sam’s Club.


Sandy Boone

Sandy Boone - Principal, Senior Consultant

Sandy K. Boone began making films in Austin in the 1980s with her late husband, filmmaker David Boone, whose Texas cult classic INVASION OF THE ALUMINUM PEOPLE was presented by director Jonathan Demme at the Collective for Living Cinema in 1981 in New York. Three decades later, Boone produced a restoration of the film as part of JONATHAN DEMME: MADE IN TEXAS - SIX FILMS FROM AUSTIN, which premiered at SXSW in 2015. Most recently, Boone was the Associate Producer of RICHARD LINKLATER: DREAM IS DESTINY and a reissue of Eagle Pennell's LAST NIGHT AT THE ALAMO, which premiered at Sundance and SXSW, respectively, in 2016. She is also a partner and co-founder of Production for Use, an Austin-based production company and indie film consultancy.


Jeffrey Brown

Producer Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown has produced several award-winning narrative features and feature documentaries in Europe, Africa and the USA. He is Co-Producer of No No: A Dockumentary on outspoken 1970s baseball player Dock Ellis, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, was released theatrically in 40 cities and is currently available on Netflix, Showtime and ESPN. His narrative features include Mamas & Papas which won Best Film and Best Script at the 2010 Hamptons IFF, Shut Up and Shoot Me, a Czech-British co-production, which won Best Narrative Feature at the 2007 AFI Dallas IFF, and Academy Award-winning Czech director Jan Sverak’s Kooky, Special Jury Prize Winner at the 2010 Karlovy Vary IFF. His African films include Punk in Africa (New York FF, Rotterdam IFF) and Pirating Pirates (NY African FF) on Somali pirates, nominated for the prestigious Pavel Koutecky Award for global vision in documentary filmmaking. Jeffrey is currently finishing the feature doc Vinyl Generation on Czech alternative culture and is in post-production on the feature doc Moving Mountains: Land Art in the New West, set for PBS broadcast in 2016. Overall, he has produced 20 films, screened at over 100 festivals and released in over 50 countries. Having produced films internationally, he has extensive experience with foreign markets.

Suzanne Weinert

Producer Suzanne Weinert

Suzanne Weinert began her career as the VP of Shoelace Productions, participating in the development and production of over 14 narrative features (including “My Best Friend’s Wedding”, “Notting Hill” and “Erin Brockovich”) and documentaries (including the award winning “Orangutans of Borneo” and “Wild Horses of Mongolia”). She is the writer/producer of “Exterminators” starring Heather Graham, Amber Heard and Jennifer Coolidge which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival (2009). She is the producer of “The Legend of Hell’s Gate” starring Henry Thomas, Eric Balfour, Jenna Dewan and Summer Glau (2011) as well of the Executive Producer of the award winning film “Hellion” starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival (2014). She also produced the award winning coming of age movie “The Doo Dah Man” (2015) as well as the award winning family drama “Windsor” (2015). Upcoming producing projects include “One Small Step for Neil” starring Freddie Highmore and “Ripped Van Winkles” starring stand up comedians Faizon Love and Russell Peters. In addition she is writer/producer of “The Tenth Day” which will shoot in Texas in the fall of 2016. She received a B.A. and M.F.A in Film from Columbia University and is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University and The School of Visual Arts in NYC as well as the University of Texas in Austin. She serves on the Advisory Board of SXSW as well as the Boards of the Austin Film Society and Habitat for Humanity Austin.


Rebecca Eskreis

Producer Rebecca Eskreis

Rebecca P. Eskreis is a writer, director and producer who comes to Austin via New York and Los Angeles. She is Associate Producer of Jonathan Demme’s concert film JT + THE TENNESSEE KIDS (Toronto International FF, 2016); writer/director of the award-winning short NOODLING (Deadcenter FF, 2012); and, producer of INTO THE UNKNOWN (Palm Springs FF 2009), which also toured the country as part of the Tribeca Film Institute’s exhibition “America Now + Here.” Rebecca has also held development and production positions at prominent industry shingles, including Di Novi Pictures, Red Hour Films and Clinica Estetico. She began her career as a writer and producer at Forbes.com, where she helped launch and grow one of the web’s first online streaming video channels. Rebecca graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College, and earned her MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Alyssa Spiller Sajovich

Director of Marketing Alyssa Spiller

Alyssa Spiller Sajovich comes to Production For Use following over eight years in the world of Retail Management, abbreviated by a year teaching in the Czech Republic and photographing her way through central Europe. Upon realizing her deeper desire to work in film, Alyssa began to make the transition by serving as an Intern and later Marketing Apprentice at the Austin Film Society. Drawing upon her years of experience as a Photographer, Merchandiser, and Designer, Alyssa brings to every project a keen visual eye and attention to detail. Having executed multiple new store openings for brands Free People, Apricot Lane, and Southern Thread, Alyssa now applies these skills to orchestrate social media and crowd-funding launches for film and web projects. Alyssa has worked on crowd-funding, audience building and social media campaigns for films such as Sir Doug & the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove (Joe Nick Patoski), Real Boy (Shaleece Haas), haveababy (Amanda Micheli), The Trouble With Ray (Proud Pony International), All Exchanges Final (Annabel Oakes), Big Bitch (Susan Stern), and most recently Richard Linklater - dream is destiny (Black/Bernstein Productions). Alyssa holds a B.F.A. in Design and a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Texas, Austin.


Erika Pinktipps

Special Events Producer Erika Pinktipps

Erika Pinktipps joins PFU from the music industry where she did everything from managing UK singer/songwriter, Tom McRae to alternative radio promotion for Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Maroon 5, just to name a few. She moved to Austin in 2007 from Los Angeles, CA to manage the Gram Parsons Estate and re-establish the nonprofit, the Gram Parsons Foundation. Most recently she was working with graphic artist, Charlie Terrell and his company Daddy Van Productions, creating video content for major tours, including Rihanna/Eminem, Garth Brooks and The Concert for Valor. Erika has been a part of our successful crowd-funding, audience building and social media campaigns for Sir Doug and The Genuine Texas Groove (Joe Nick Patoski), Honky Tonk Heaven (Brenda Greene Mitchell), Trouble With Ray (Proud Pony), The Secret Life of Lance Letscher (Sandra Adair), Big Bitch (Susan Stern), The Beef Sumo Show (Rob Moreland), haveababy (Amanda Micheli), All Exchanges Final (Annabel Oakes) and currently Richard Linklater – dream is destiny (Louis Black & Karen Bernstein). Erika is also affectionately referred to as the “Twitter Queen” around the office and counts The Sound of Music, The Piano and Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory among her favorite movies of all time. Oh, and she likes pink.

Michelle Randolph Faires

Director of Funding, Producer Michelle Faires

Michelle began her career in independent film by supporting area non-profit organizations before moving into production. She worked with the Austin Film Festival as the Festival & Conference Hospitality Coordinator for two years before joining the staff full-time as the Outreach and Community Coordinator. Additionally, she supported aGLIFF, as the Volunteer Coordinator and Festival Manager, later serving a full three year term on the Board of Directors. After moving into the production world, she produced her first short, followed by a feature length documentary on the legendary Broken Spoke dancehall, HONKY TONK HEAVEN. The film premiered at SXSW 2016 and earned an Audience Award. She was part of the producing team for Stand Up Empire (PBS, KLRU) a series showcasing the expansive comedy scene in Austin, Texas. Michelle has managed and been a part of multiple crowdfunding and fundraising events. including LESLIE, HONKY TONK HEAVEN, A SONG FOR YOU: THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS STORY and CURIOUS GEORGE DOCUMENTARY.


Kelly Cash

Director of Social Enterprise Kelly Cash

Kelly Cash enjoys working with cause leaders to make great things happen. She studied liberal arts and film at the University of Texas at Austin, and for 25 years she worked at The Nature Conservancy in senior communications, organizational and conservation positions. Highlights include producing film shorts used to take membership to one million, working on multimillion dollar capital campaigns and brand-building. She was an early pioneer of “Collaborative Conservation,” and worked globally with ranchers, farmers and fishers to protect traditional ways of life through untraditional partnerships. She is a writer of all forms, campaign statements to 5,000 word long form journalism. At her small consulting business her clients included Lava Lake Lamb, Save the Redwoods League, Get Gone Traveler and West Coast Clinic. Women’s issues hold a special place in her heart. She was a member of The Nuclear Beauty Parlor, an 80’s women’s prankster art collective, and recently provided communications consultation about a program on child sex trafficking featuring Malika Saada Saar, Senior Counsel on Human Rights for Google. She has served on the board of the Pacific Institute, a water think tank, and Marin Organic, a leader in regenerative agriculture. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of SXSWECO and the California Rangeland Trust. Her volunteer work includes a “Creek Kids” program for the Edible Schoolyard effort of Berkeley Public Schools. Her favorite spot is a thirty-three acre “micro farm” owned by her sister and brother-in-law at the top of the Texas Hill Country.

Courtney Jones

Production Director Courtney Jones

Courtney Leigh Jones is a writer and producer whose early exposure to films shot in Wilmington, North Carolina fueled a spark towards her production career. After graduating with a BA in Creative Writing & Rhetoric, she began working in music as a self-taught composer and pianist, producing four albums. Since moving to Austin in 2011, she has worked as freelance art director in independent film and was Production Manager on 2015’s WOMAN OF THE WORLD. She is attached as Producer and Composer to AFS grant recipient Graham Carter's film, SHOOT THE MOON RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES.


Amanda Parker

Production Coordinator Amanda Parker

Amanda holds a B.S. in Television and Film Production from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. Her resume boasts work as a Camera Operator for live sporting events, Production Assistant for commercials, an English teacher abroad, and an internship with NBCUniversal's USA Network Branded Content division. It was when she was visiting family in Trinidad, West Indies that she gained perspective and made it her mission to diversify storytelling through the art of filmmaking. Amanda moved back to her home state where she interned for the Austin Film Society working on Grants & Special Projects before coming aboard at Production for Use.

Elias Posada

LBP Production Supervisor Elias Posada

After receiving a B.F.A. in Film and Video production from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, Elias moved to Los Angeles where he established a career in television production. He was in the production department for shows on multiple networks including MTV, CBS, and ABC. In addition to his work in television, he has also produced his own short films, music videos, and commercials. Elias has a deep desire to produce independent film, which is what brought him to Austin. He endeavors to be able to tell stories that might not otherwise be heard. Elias is part of the PFU in-house production team and handles production, cinematography, and editing.


Collins Swords

LBP Creative Director Collins Swords

Collins received his B.A. in Communication Studies from Millsaps College and his M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin department of Radio-Television-Film. At Louis Black Productions, he oversees a multitude of projects from inception through development. Currently, he is editing and conducting archival research for an upcoming book, The CinemaTexas Program Notes: Band of Outsiders, 1971-1984, which will be published by UT Press in Spring 2018. In addition, he works on the continual preservation and conservation of archival materials in our collection of film memorabilia, as well promotion and outreach for various projects, including Blu-Ray/DVD releases, retrospective film series, and festival runs. Under the guidance of Louis Black, Collins is also assisting with the development of a micro-cinema & film archive in Austin, TX.

Graham Norwood

Executive Assistant Graham Norwood

Graham received his BA in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. Afterwards, he interned for White Horse Pictures in Los Angeles, conducting research for the Beatles documentary Eight Days A Week. He returned to Austin in 2015 and interned for The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) doing archival work before joining the team at Louis Black Productions. He is currently assisting in the research for several in-house projects including the upcoming documentary on the Church of the SubGenius.


Mike O’Brien

LBP Research Coordinator Mike O'Brien

Mike O’Brien works as a research coordinator and archivist for Louis Black Productions. He is also a PhD candidate and lecturer in the Radio-Television-Film Department at UT Austin. His areas of study involve Third Cinema discourses and radical media history. Specifically, Mike’s dissertation looks at minority cinema from the 1970s in America. He has a Master’s Degree from Emory University in Film Studies and a BA in English from Colby College.

Gabi LeBlanc

LBP Research Assistant Gabi LeBlanc

Gabi completed her bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas in May of 2016. At Louis Black Productions she catalogues the archival film memorabilia and assists with research for other projects.


Ayshea Khan

LBP Archivist Ayshea Khan

Ayshea is an archivist responsible for the management and preservation of LB Collections materials. She has previously worked with organizations such as the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, American Genre Film Archive and the Austin History Center. She participated in New York University’s Audiovisual Preservation Exchange in Santiago de Chile, where she worked to establish a tape archive and digitization station for Señal 3 La Victoria, one the country’s first public access television stations. In addition to her work with LB Collections, she is an oral historian and metadata consultant for the South Asian American Digital Archive. She is passionate about developing accessible media archives, audiovisual preservation, and online exhibition. She holds a Bachelor’s in Cinema Production & Photography from Ithaca College and a Masters of Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Thomas Euyang

LBP Project Consultant Thomas Euyang

After receiving a B.A. in Film and New Media Studies from Colorado College, Thomas returned home to Seattle, where, he freelanced as an AC on commercial sets for Microsoft, T-Mobile, and local tech start-ups. In addition, Thomas helped developed, shoot, and edit multiple music videos for Partners in Cinema, a boutique production company he cofounded. Currently Thomas is writing a feature script and editing videos, while consulting on various projects for Louis Black Productions and Production for Use.


Will Schube

LBP Project Consultant Will Schube

Will received his B.A. in English from Colorado College in May of 2015, where he and his filmmaking comrades established their independent production company, Partners in Cinema. After working in Colorado for a year following graduation, Will moved to Austin to begin his career in filmmaking. When he’s not working with Production For Use, Will co-runs Partners in Cinema – working on future projects as a writer, director, actor, and editor. He also does freelance music writing for Noisey, LA Weekly, Aquarium Drunkard, and Bandcamp, in addition to editing acclaimed rap website Passion of the Weiss.

Julian Alvarado

Senior Intern Julian Alvarado

Julian is in his third year studying Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. He is from the Dallas / Fort Worth area and his interest in film lies in producing fiction and documentary films. He is also a member of the National Professional Co-Ed Cinema Fraternity, Delta Kappa Alpha, where he oversees all productions as the studios manager. This is his second semester working with Production For Use.


Brittany Braun

Spring Intern Brittany Braun

Brittany is currently a Junior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Radio-Television-Film with a double minor in Business and German. She spent the majority of her childhood between Houston and Germany before moving to Austin to attend UT. Her interest in film began at a young age as a child actor. Today, her interests lie in screenwriting, producing, and acting. Brittany is currently the Culture Chair for Delta Kappa Alpha, a professional Co-Ed Cinema Fraternity. She is also a staff member on the Social Media / Public Relations team for the FCC licensed Texas Student Television show, “Sneak Peek.” Brittany is also an active member of Texas Sweethearts, a service organization that works with philanthropies such as Austin Child Guidance Center and B.I.G. Love Cancer Care. As an intern, she assists with generating social media content, research, and crowdfunding campaign management.

Elena Eitrheim

Spring Intern Elena Eitrheim

Elena is in her third year at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Radio-Television-Film. She grew up in the Frisco area before moving to Austin for college. Elena is currently Programming Chair in Executive Council for the National Professional Co-Ed Cinema Fraternity, Delta Kappa Alpha. She has previously interned for casting director, Vicky Boone, and hopes to gain every bit of knowledge and experience possible during her time at Production For Use.


Malynne Emrich

Spring Intern Malynne Emrich

Malynne is working on her bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She is originally from Fort Worth, Texas and is interested in special effects makeup and production design among other things. She currently is serving as Chaplain of the Lambda chapter of the Delta Kappa Alpha national, professional, cinematic arts fraternity. As an intern at PFU she primarily works on social media and grassroots research for our various projects, and hopes to learn more about producing as well.

Clayton Schiebel

Spring Intern Clayton Schiebel

Clayton is currently a Junior at The University of Texas at Austin studying Radio-Television-Film with a minor in Psychology. Originally from San Antonio, he is open to all aspects of the filmmaking industry – with an interest in producing, documentary filmmaking, and multi-camera television directing. In addition to his internship at Production For Use, he currently works on campus as a Resident Assistant and is an active member of Delta Kappa Alpha, a professional co-ed cinema fraternity on campus. As an intern he has been assisting in creating social media posts, data entry, and research for upcoming projects.

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