Slackery News Tidbits: April 8, 2013
By Jordan Gass-Poore' on April 8, 2013 - 10:00am in
Here's the latest Austin film news.
- Phase 4 Films will release Boneboys, filmed in Austin and Taylor, in select cities and theaters on Sept. 6. Writer/producer Kim Henkel, who co-wrote the 1974 horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, teamed up with two former Texas A&M University- Kingsville students, co-directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks, on the low-budget horror comedy about a family of cannibals. Boneboys had its U.S. premiere at last year's Austin Film Festival.
- Robert Redford has signed Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater to direct an adaptation of Bill Bryson's travel memoir A Walk in the Woods, the LA Times reports. The movie, about Bryson's attempting the Appalachian Trail, could begin shooting in the fall. Redford, who's producing the film, will also co-star in it with Nick Nolte.
- Delaware-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema have teamed up again for the sixth annual Off-Centered Film Festival. Beginning April 18, the three-day movie, beer, and food feast -- with a hip-hop theme this year -- will feature a sing-along, rap battle competition, DJs and a short film competition. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Texas Craft Brewers Guild.
- Austin Film Society will host a memorial screening of prolific Spanish filmmaker Jess Franco's film Venus in Furs on Friday, April 19 at The Marchesa (6226 Middle Fiskville Road). Despite its title, the 1969 film isn't based on the novel. Instead, it tells the story of a jazz trumpeter who, while digging up a buried horn on a beach, discovers a woman washed ashore. Venus in Furs will screen from a rare 35mm original release print to honor Franco, who died last week at his home in Malaga, Spain.
- The Paramount is screening Pee-wee's Big Adventure on Tuesday night as a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In addition to the movie itself, the event promises you can "mingle with Large Marge, Simone, and more in the lobby; let Madam Ruby reveal your fortune; get your picture taken in front of The Alamo; bask in 80s nostalgia, win door prizes and more!"
- Last year's AFF documentary feature Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself will be released theatrically under distributor Laemmle/Zeller films this spring. The film, which also screened at last year's Dallas Video Fest, uses audio and video to tell the story of George Plimpton, former editor of the Paris Review, who acted onscreen with the likes of Anthony Hopkins, John Wayne and Matt Damon.
- Finally, you can now watch Austin filmmaker Clay Liford's 2008 short My Mom Smokes Weed online -- embedded below or via YouTube. The DFW-area shot film screened at AFF in 2009 and Sundance in 2010. Yen Tan (Pit Stop) is one of the film's producers.