Texas is All Over Los Angeles Film Festival 2012

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Still from It's a Disaster

The 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival will run June 14-24, 2012, and included in the schedule are more than a few movies with ties to Austin or Texas. As Matthew Odam points out in his Tuesday post on Austin Movie Blog, the feature films Saturday Morning Massacre and Magic Mike are both in the lineup. Magic Mike is a Steven Soderbergh film starring Austin actor Matthew McConaughey.

Saturday Morning Massacre was directed by former Austinite Spencer Parsons and was shot locally. Cast members include Jonny Mars and Paul Gordon from The Happy Poet, Heather Kafka and Chris Doubek from Lovers of Hate and veteran character actor Sonny Carl Davis (The Whole Shootin' Match, Bernie). It's a horror movie that references a popular 70s cartoon about crime-fighting teens in a van with a dog.

Here are some more films with Austin/Texas connections scheduled to show during this year's fest:

  • Big Easy Express, dir. Emmett Malloy -- This documentary follows a cross-country train concert tour by Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show. The tour includes a stop in our fair city!
  • Gayby, dir. Jonathan Lisecki -- I caught this one at SXSW (my review) and loved it. Austinite Clay Liford served as cinematographer on this comedy about best friends who want to have a baby together.
  • It's a Disaster (pictured at top) --  A comedy from UT alum Todd Berger about a brunching group of folks so self-involved that they might miss the impending end times. Berger's film is having its world premiere at the festival.
  • LUV, dir. Sheldon Candis -- A 13-year-old boy tags along with his recently paroled uncle for a day in Candis' directorial debut. Austinite Caroline Connor is production coordinator for this film, which showed a few weeks ago at Dallas IFF (J.C.'s review).  
  • Red Flag -- Sometimes-Austinite Alex Karpovsky writes, directs and stars in this flick, playing a character named Alex Karpovsky who traverses the nation checking out film screenings after a rough breakup. This movie will make its world premiere at the fest in the narrative competition.
  • An Oversimplification of Her Beauty --  Dallas native Terence Nance's narrative film focuses on the moment a young man has been stood up and the possible meaning of such an event.

The shorts at Los Angeles Film Festival include Austin filmmaker Kat Candler's Hellion (Debbie's review) -- also starring Jonny Mars -- and the animated Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise from Houston's Kelly Sears, which is embedded below. Both of these shorts showed at SXSW.

Let us know if we missed any other Texas films or connections at Los Angeles Film Festival this year.