Texas Is All Over the 2011 Austin Film Festival Features


Austin Film Festival announced its feature film lineup on Tuesday, including 23 U.S. and world premieres, although the opening and closing-night movies are still unrevealed. This year's selections include movies that have been creating a lot of buzz on the film-fest circuit, such as We Need to Talk About Kevin (which is also playing Fantastic Fest, interestingly enough), The Descendants, Shame, Martha Marcy May Marlene and Coriolanus. There will even be a special 3D screening of the animated movie Puss in Boots.

However, we're most excited about the 15 Austin and Texas-connected movies scattered among the Marquee, Dark Matters, Texas Independents, Documentary Feature Competition and Narrative Feature Competition programs at AFF this year. You know Slackerwood is planning to cover as many of these as we can. If you're one of the filmmakers, please feel free to reach out to us.

Austin High -- Alan Deutsch (Director), Will Elliott, Kirk C. Johnson (Writers). World Premiere, Texas Independents. Filmed in Austin.

Beneath The Darkness -- Martin Guigui (Director), Bruce Wilkinson (Writer). ­ World Premiere, Dark Matters. Filmed in Austin and Smithville.

Bottle Rocket -- Presented as part of a tribute to producer Polly Platt, with Luke Wilson and a special taped intro by Wes Anderson. Bottle Rocket was filmed in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Hillsboro.

The Bully Project -- Lee Hirsch (Director). ­ Regional Premiere, Marquee Screening. Filmed in part in Fort Worth.

Deep In The Heart -- Christopher Cain (Director), Josh Fasulo, Brian A. Hoffman (Writers). World Premiere, Texas Independents. Filmed in Texas.

Jeff, Who Lives At Home -- Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass (Writer/Directors), stars Jason Segel, Ed Helms, and Susan Sarandon. Regional Premiere, Marquee Screenings. The Duplasses are former Austin residents.

Martha Marcy May Marlene -- Sean Durkin (Writer/Director) ­ Regional Premiere, Marquee Screening. Former Austinite John Hawkes has a pivotal role, so this is an honorable mention.

An Ordinary Family (pictured above) -- Mike Akel (Writer/Director), Matt Patterson (Writer). Texas Independents. Filmed in Austin.

Restive -- Jeremiah Jones (Writer/Director). ­ Regional Premiere, Narrative Competition. Filmed in Crawford.

Thank You for Judging -- Michael Urie, Sean Fornara, Selma Al-Faqih, Travis Flournoy (Directors) ­ World Premiere, Documentary Feature Competition. Filmed in Texas.

Searching For Sonny -- Andrew Disney (Writer/Director). World Premiere, Texas Independents. Filmed in Fort Worth.

Sironia -- Brandon Dickerson (Writer/Director), Thomas Ward, Wes Cunningham (Writers). World Premiere, Texas Independents. Filmed in part in Waco.

Strings -- Mark Dennis (Writer/Director), Ben Foster (Director). Regional Premiere, Texas Independents. Filmed in part in Austin.

A Swingin' Trio -- Kelvin Phillips (Writer/Director). World Premiere, Texas Independents. Filmed in Austin.

Uncertain, TX -- Eric Steele (Writer/Director), Hunter Wood (Writer). World Premiere, Texas Independents. Filmed in Jefferson, Marshall and not surprisingly Uncertain, Texas.

You Hurt My Feelings -- Steve Collins (Writer/Director). Regional Premiere, Marquee Screenings. Stars Austin's John Merriman and Courtney Davis; Collins is a UT grad and former Austinite.

For more information on the 18th annual Austin Film Festival including all screenings, panels and special events, visit their website, and connect with the fest via Facebook and Twitter.