Than Niles

Writer/Director Than Niles was voted best local filmmaker 2020 by the San Antonio Current Readers’ Poll. He began Big Balloon Productions in 2008 with the short film A Taste of Honey (a silent noir crime story based on the music of Herb Alpert), and the documentary Of Sheep and Goats (a perspective piece on schizophrenia from a man living in London, England in 2009). His first narrative short I.S.O (a ghost story about loss and isolation in the hill country) screened at Texas Independent during South by Southwest 2012 and eventually expanded into the 6-part web series Poems from the Dust. After a time producing commercials and working in the camera and editorial departments of independent feature films, in 2017, Than began producing a documentary series for the National Catholic Sisters Project about what Catholic sisters do and their roles in society. The project involved hundreds of hours of interviews with women religious over the course of 3 years. His newest dystopian Sci-fi film, Luminous, starring Jesse Borrego, has screened in festivals all over the world to critical acclaim with 2 wins and 5 nominations.

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  • Visit http://www.luminousmovie.com/ to stay updated on Lou and Dr. Sharp\'s journey Luminous stars Jesse Borrego (Fame, Fear the Walking Dead) as \"Lou;\" Desiree Segura as \"Dr. Sharp;\" Jonathan Flanders as \"the broadcaster;\" Jaxie Niles Arguello as \"Jaxie,\" the artificial intelligence control system at Luminous Labs; and Kacie LaCombe as \"Claire,\" the resistance fighter. The visual effects are created by Emmy award winning artist, Jarrod Davis (Firefly, Battlestar Galactica). Than Niles writes, directs and serves as executive producer of Luminous along with producers: Erica Buitron and Mason Hunsicker. The film was awarded a grant from the City of San Antonio\'s Department of Arts and Culture and the San Antonio Film Commission. The money went to crew and equipment expenses during production of the teaser short film.

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