Slackery News Tidbits: May 5, 2014

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Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news. 

  • An open casting call for various non-speaking background extras for the feature My All American, chronicling University of Texas football player Freddie Steinmark and the 1969 National Champion Longhorns, will take place on Monday, May 12 from 2-8 pm at Smithville Recreation Center (106 Royston St.) in Smithville. The movie, directed by Angelo Pizzo (Hoosiers and Rudy), will be shooting in Austin and surrounding areas this summer. myallamericantx [at] gmail [dot] com (Email Brock/Allen Casting) for more info.
  • The Austin Latino Film Association will have its soft launch party tonight (May 5) at 7:30 pm at Baby Acapulco (5610 N. IH-35). The nonprofit organization is dedicated to Austin-based Latino filmmakers, Latino-themed movies and local Latino youth. 
  • Join the Austin Film Festival for a conversation with Emmy-nominated actor Robert Walden through the nonprofit's On Story series this Wednesday, May 7 at 7 pm at the Texas Spirit Theater in the Texas History Museum. 
  • Cast members of the notorious 1974 horror film Texas Chain Saw Massacre will reunite at this year's Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. The horror and heavy-metal event will celebrate this seminal Central Texas-shot movie's 40th anniversary during the festival from Oct. 23-26.
  • The Alamo Drafthouse has partnered with South Shore District for Friday Night Films in the Park, a free summer classic film series running from May 16-30 at South Shore District. The outdoor screenings start at sunset, and will include Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Meatballs and Dirty Dancing
  • Sundance Selects will release Austin-based filmmaker and UT lecturer Kat Candler's drama Hellion (Debbie's review) in New York and Los Angeles, as well as on VOD platforms on June 13.
  • In more UT-related news, the university's radio-television-film department will screen its MFA students' thesis movies for the public on Sunday, May 11, from 6-9:30 pm at the UT Student Activity Center Auditorium (SAC 1.402). A brief Q&A will follow the free screenings. 
  • RTF news continues with the announcement that its chair, Paul Stekler, Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary filmmaker, has been named Variety's Mentor of the Year, the trade magazine reports.
  • Finally, local filmmaker/cinematographer Lucas Millard is the recipient of a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholarship to make a feature documentary about the impact of road construction into the eastern Himalayas. The UT RTF alum will spend a year in Nepal.