Slackery News Tidbits, December 7

Texas Archive of the Moving ImageIt's Monday morning, so let's see what's been in the news recently for Austin filmmaking and movie events.

  • Austin filmmaker Kat Candler's short Love Bug just won the audience award at the Little Ripper Film Festival for short films, in Melbourne, Australia. The film has played a number of Texas film fests this fall, including Austin Film Festival, where it won the Narrative Short Audience Award.
  • Save the date: Looks like Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek will be holding an Evil Dead trilogy movie marathon on March 26, 2010. Groovy. We'll post more info as it's available.
  • Texas Archive of the Moving Image is holding an open house on Wednesday, December 9, at 501 Studios from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. I don't know much of anything about this organization so I'm hoping to stop by and find out more. They promise refreshments and some screenings of films from their collection.
  • We noted recently that about the hunt was on to find the perfect teen-girl lead for the Coen brothers' remake of True Grit. Now Joe O'Connell tells us that True Grit could be filming in Central Texas. Cross your fingers!
  • Anne Thompson over at IndieWIRE claims to have heard that James Cameron has been working to get Avatar screened as part of the local Butt-Numb-a-Thon event this weekend. "Neither the studio nor Knowles will confirm a BNAT unveiling." Austin film geeks have fun at this time of year trying to predict which films will be part of BNAT ... and what we know is that You Never Can Tell. Jenn Brown will be at the 24-hour movie marathon next weekend and she'll have the scoop for us afterward.
  • We posted photos from the Me and Orson Welles gala event at the Paramount last week, but forgot to mention that Victor Diaz of News 8 Austin has video of the red carpet, with interviews of Richard Linklater, Zac Efron and (dreamy sigh) Christian McKay. That's right, at the press day in Austin, the female press were whispering and giggling way more about McKay than Efron ... well, we're not teenagers. Debbie Cerda will have more details for you later this week when we publish her interviews with McKay and Linklater.

True Grit

Hi Jette.

My friend just got a job on True Grit - they are in fact filming in Texas and they're only hiring Texas workers.