Slackery News Tidbits: August 26, 2013
By Jordan Gass-Poore' on August 26, 2013 - 9:00am in
Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.
- Fantastic Fest's international co-production market for genre films called Fantastic Market/Mercado Fantastico, which aims to connect international genre film projects with potential production partners, sales agents and distributors, has announced 16 projects for its inaugural edition. Selected films includes The Wrong Place by director Alejandro Brugues, whose film Juan of the Dead, which marked Cuba's first entry into Fantastic Fest, screened at the festival in 2011. The market will premiere in conjunction with this year's Fantastic Fest from Sept. 19-21. Austinite Robert Rodriguez's El Rey network will collaborate with Mexican production and distribution outlet Canana Films to produce the Fantastic Market.
- In more festival news, Cine Las Americas will hold a season launch party on Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 6-10 pm at Malverde (400-B, W. 2nd St.) to celebrate the festival, which is in its 17th year, and hear announcements about its 2014 season. There will be complimentary beverages for members and donors.
- Austinites and University of Texas alums Jason Cortlund's and Julia Halperin's film Now, Forager (Jordan's interview) will be released on iTunes Tuesday, with releases on other digital platforms slated for next month. The ode to food and fungi was a 2013 Texas Independent Film Network Selection, having previously been recipients of the Austin Film Society Grant (formerly called the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund).
- Nearly seven years after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, people are finally showing the love for Austin-shot horror film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. The Wall Street Journal profiled the film's "tortured odyssey," after Film School Rejects reported in June that the Weinstein Company had announced a September 6 VOD release and an October 11 theatrical release date for Jonathan Levine's first feature (he's made three since then). The cast includes Amber Heard, Anson Mount (my interview) and musician Robert Earl Keen.
- In distribution news, Drafthouse Films has acquired the North American rights to award-winning Japanese director Shion Sono's (Suicide Club, ABCs of Death 2) film Why Don't You Play In Hell? The action film, which Sono wrote nearly 15 years ago, follows an amateur production crew and a yakuza boss as they attempt to make a movie about the decades-long war between two rival crime lords. The VOD/digital and theatrical release is scheduled for next year, but in the meantime, it'll screen at this year's Fantastic Fest.
- Star of the 1984 Texas-shot film Paris, Texas, Aurora Clemente can be seen in filmmaker Austin Lynch's new flick Gray House, which interweaves documentary and narrative footage to portray a bait fisherman off the Texas Coast, among others, to explore ideas about nature, identity, consumerism and progress. Lynch, whose previous work includes Making The New World, a 10-part documentary chronicling the production of Central Texas filmmaker Terrence Malick's 2005 film The New World, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the film.
- University of Texas at Austin graduate student Jordan Kerfeld's thesis film, Tears at Dawn, has been selected to screen at the Oscar-qualifying L.A. Shorts Fest on Sept. 8. The action short follows a Marine on the hunt for his younger sister, who has been kidnapped in an ice cream truck.