Chris Eska was raised in the village of Ottine, Texas (pop. 98). He studied sociology and art at Rice University before attending UCLA s MFA film directing program. His short films have screened on PBS, at the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker s Competition, the Texas Filmmaker s Showcase, and at film festivals worldwide. Doki-Doki, his UCLA master s thesis film, premiered on the national PBS series Independent Lens with an introduction by Susan Sarandon. His first feature, August Evening, won the $50,000 Target Filmmaker Award and was nominated for two 2008 Independent Spirit Awards, where it took home the Cassavetes Award.