Slackery News Tidbits: January 13, 2014
By Jordan Gass-Poore' on January 13, 2014 - 10:00am in
Here's the latest Austin film news.
- SXSW Film 2014 has announced its first film and programming lineup selections, including former Austinite Rob Thomas's highly-anticipated Veronica Mars; the horror comedy Creep, co-written and starring University of Texas alum Mark Duplass; and "A Conversation with Alejandro Jodorowsky," the subject of the Fantastic Fest 2013-screened documentary, Jodorowsky's Dune. The bulk of the rest of the film-fest lineup will be announced on January 30.
- In distribution news, the horror flick You're Next (Jordan's review), which screened at Fantastic Fest and SXSW, will be released on DVD, On Demand and Blu-ray Tuesday.
- Austin-based graphic designer and filmmaker Yen Tan's SXSW 2013-screened Pit Stop is now available On Demand. The drama tells the parallel stories of two gay men living in a small Texas town.
- Enjoy an evening of the best and worst that Texas westerns have to offer Thursday at 7 pm during the Bullock Texas State History Museum's B Movies and Bad History. Movie clips will be screened while historians, authors and media experts expose the historical facts and inaccuracies portrayed on screen. Former Texas Film Commission Director Tom Copeland, who teaches at Texas State University, and Joe Dishner will also discuss their time on the Walker, Texas Ranger production team while screening clips from the series and the movie that served as its inspiration.
- Houstonite Josh Wiggins, the young debut star of UT lecturer Kat Candler's feature-length Hellion, was profiled on Verge. The indie drama, screening at Sundance later this week, stemmed from Candler's award-winning short film of the same name, about a seven-year-old who falls prey to his older brother's mischievous ways in a small Texas refinery town. Fellow Austinite Jonny Mars, who appeared in the SXSW 2012 short, is returning for the feature, along with Austin producer Kelly Williams. Other local connections include executive producers Jeff Nichols (Mud) and Sarah Green (The Tree of Life).
- Former Austin Film Society staffer Bryan Poyser's movie The Bounceback (Don's review) has a distributor -- Tribeca Film -- and a new title, Love & Air Sex. The Austin-shot comedy, starring Sara Paxton and Austin High School alum Marshall Allman, will be hitting the road beginning Feb. 7. It will screen on Feb. 14 at Alamo Slaughter Lane with Poyser and Paxton, among others, in attendance. Check out the trailer below.