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.