Austin Comic-Con 2013: Previewing the Films

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Lou Ferrigno at Austin Comic Con 2012

If you've not had a chance to attend a Comic Con, this year would be a great opportunity to check out this jam-packed multi-day event right here in Central Texas this weekend, from Friday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 24. Wizard World has not only expanded the number of Comic Cons held each year, but also the content to include more television and film-related programming.

This weekend at Austin Comic Con, stars available for photo and autograph sessions range from Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Readus of The Boondock Saints fame to The Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno -- seen above at the 2012 Austin Comic Con. Star Trek captains William Shatner and Scott Bakula will also be in attendance, with Shatner accepting his "Honorary Austin Citizenship" from Mayor Leffingwell on Friday evening at 5:30 pm at the Austin Convention Center.

Speaking of The Hulk, Marvel will be debuting its new animated film Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United on Saturday, with a special appearance by Hulk voice actor Fred Tatasciore as he introduces the film and hosts a Q&A.

On Friday from 3 - 8 pm, attendees can check out the Frank Frazetta Museum, an installation of original Frazetta paintings curated by local filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, including several from Rodriguez’s personal collection. This rare close-up look at the famous creations is possible by making a donation to the museum.

Wizard World introduced film festivals this year to their Comic Con events, encouraging independent filmmakers to submit their short films for screening and prizes. The screenings are free to Comic Con attendees. Check out the live action and animated short Une Balade a La Mer by Damien Stein below.

Une balade à la mer / A ride toward the sea from Damien Stein on Vimeo.

The short film programming for Austin Comic Con takes place in Programming Room 14, and times are subject to change due to filmmakers Q&As. Here's the lineup so far:

Friday, November 22, 5-8 pm

  • Through the Woods (Mike McAleer) -- A mother goes to dangerous extremes for her daughter.
  • Twine Sleep (Drew Paslay) -- What length will a mother go to wake her son from his coma?
  • Un Balade a la Mer (Damien Stein) -- A man takes a ride on his moped through the city as he encounters others who can benefit from the journey. Winner of the Best Super Short at Wizard World Film Fest Columbus.
  • The Silent Sleeper Trilogy (Herman Wang)-- A trilogy of music videos featuring three bands from the R.A.M. label including dharmata 101, Gravity Euphonic, and Delica-m.
  • Trustworthy (Gerik Gooch) -- This short film noir features the morning after for Ray, who must deal with angry gangster and $200,000 in cash after an alcohol-infused night of debauchery with a femme fatale.
  • Silver Steel: The Excalibur Story (Clint Hanna) -- This documentary short features a comic book, trading card and toy store in Texarkana that has been in business for twenty five years.
  • There Will Be Blocks (Ben Bays) -- A new guy tries to fit in at the office, as his co-workers begin disappearing mysteriously in this live action animated short.
  • La Llorona (Chris Lilledahl) -- When three teenagers stubbornly disregard their parents warning and break into the haunted woods they are faced with the legend of La Llorona, "the crying woman."
  • ‘Til Death (Ryan Schaddelee) -- A horror thriller about a man stricken by grief and guilt over the loss of his recently departed wife.
  • People with Issues (Dan Siegelstein) -- A day in the life of a comic book writer/illustrator and two musicians as they "battle to win auctions on eBay, figure out how a band with two guitarists and no drummer can function, and their latest batch of strife from members of the opposite sex."

Saturday, November 23, 2-4 pm

  • Avarice (Steven Doiron) -- Since her boyfriend walked out over a year ago, Jennifer has developed a nasty habit that could ultimately lead to her downfall.
  • The Nobodies (Greg Bratman, Dusty Brown) -- Two unlikely friends form a team to create an offbeat musical.
  • BFC (Dan Lee, Vivian Lee) -- This animated short portrays what happens when five pieces of fried chicken transform into a giant chicken monster.
  • Hero Story (Kaylon Hunt) -- A superhero must face the ultimate act of courage -- reveal his alternate identity to his longtime girlfriend, only it's not as easy when villains and allies intervene.
  • La Llorona (Chris Lilledahl) -- When three teenagers stubbornly disregard their parents warning and break into the haunted woods they are faced with the legend of La Llorona, "the crying woman."
  • Sad Monster (Kurt Dettbam) -- This animated short film is about a monster who gets kicked out of the closet. Winner of the Best Super Short at Comic Con Nashville.
  • There Will Be Blocks (Ben Bays) -- A new guy tries to fit in at the office, as his co-workers begin disappearing mysteriously in this live action animated short.

The awards ceremony will be held immediately after Saturday's screening, with winners selected by a special panel of judges.

Doctor Who fans can take part in the international celebration of the series’ 50th anniversary by attending a special BBC America simulcast of "Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor." The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebration event begins on Saturday, November 23 with a fan meetup at 1 pm, followed by the simulcast screening at 1:50 pm in Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center. The celebration is open to all Austin Comic Con attendees, with space limited to the capacity of the hall.

Tickets are still available for Austin Comic Con, and you can save $10 by purchasing online. I'm looking forward to finally meeting Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) and James Hong (Blade Runner, Kung Fu Panda). Which Austin Comic Con guest are you most excited to see? Tell us in the comments below!

Avarice and Through the Woods

I noticed these two titles didn't have a link to IMDb. I couldn't find Avarice on IMDb, but I did find Through the Woods. So excited for this one after watching the trailer and seeing the cast!!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2604970/

La Llorona

Hey, there. Just wanted to make a correction. The "La Llorona" you have listed is not the one playing Friday and Saturday, but actually one made here in Austin by L.M. Harter and Galt Productions. They had a mix up, but I can tell you that it is, in fact, my film being shown from the film coordinator's mouth, Jeff Wexler. Thanks~

Thanks!

I appreciate the update, unfortunately I researched all the titles on my own, hopefully next year more details regarding filmmakers and synopsis will be sent to media. I'll add that to my suggestions list!

Feel free to email me directly at debbie [at] slackerwood [dot] com with information about your film projects!