Slackery News Tidbits: January 7, 2013

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Here's the latest Austin film news. 

  • Kicking off the new year, AGLIFF-Polari is teaming up with Queer Cinema for a Superhero Spectacular on Saturday, January 26 at 8 pm. Austin celebrity host Rebecca Havemeyer and a lineup of queer superhero talent will present the Indonesian film Madame X, about a transgender hairdresser who moonlights as a superhero, with pre-show entertainment and party following the screening.
  • For a look back at Austin film in 2012, check out Austin American-Statesman reporter Matthew Odam's retrospective for the Austin American-Statesman.
  • The Austin-shot film Holy Hell (our review), which premiered at the 2009 Austin Film Festival, will be the first movie to premiere on the iPad. The comedy, about a strapped-for-cash church whose parishioners decide to make a horror movie to raise the necessary funds, will be free to download on Friday and Saturday at the iTunes store.
  • The trailer for Austin-based filmmaker and UT lecturer Kat Candler's short film, Black Metal, about how the lead singer of a metal band (played by Austinite Jonny Mars) deals with the aftermath of a murder committed by one of his teenage fans, debuted on Twitch last year. The drama will screen at this year's Sundance Film Festival, which Slackerwood contributors Debbie Cerda and Chale Nafus will be attending. Look for our coverage of this and many other Sundance films with local and Texas ties later this month.