Slackery News Tidbits: May 27, 2014

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Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

  • Filmmaker Annie Silverstein's student short movie Skunk won the top prize at this year's Cinefondation section of the Cannes Film Festival, according to The Wrap. Along with winning 15,000 Euros, Skunk -- one of 16 films that screened, out of 1,631 student movies submitted worldwide -- gives Silverstein guaranteed entry to the festival for her first feature. She ran a successful crowdfunding campaign last year to finish Skunk, which was her master's thesis movie at The University of Texas at Austin. The movie stars local actress Heather Kafka.
  • Native Texan writer-director Matt Muir's Austin-lensed movie Thank You a Lot, which premiered at this year's SXSW, will have its digital/cable VOD release on June 3. The movie will also screen that night at the Angelika in Dallas (through Tugg) to celebrate its digital release. Thank You a Lot tells the story of a struggling manager whose job is threatened if he doesn't sign his dad, a reclusive Texas country-music singer.
  • Austin-based Mondo Gallery will present "The Art of Ken Taylor," including prints for the movies Children of Men and Little Shop of Horrors, from Friday, May 30 until June 21. The show's kickoff party takes place Friday at 7 pm at the gallery (4115 Guadalupe). Taylor will be in attendance.
  • In more Cannes news, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who's at the film festival for a 20th anniversary screening of his Palme d'Or-winning Pulp Fiction, held a press conference there last week and proclaimed that Austin-based filmmaker Richard Linklater and David Fincher (Fight Club) are two of the most exciting directors working in the movie industry today, Austin Movie Blog reports.
  • Finally, Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network announced that its second scripted original series, Matadorwill star local actor Gabriel Luna (Dance with the One). One of the series' creators is UT Austin grad Roberto Orci. The series chronicles the rise of a covert operative for a little-known branch of the CIA, moonlighting as a popular soccer star.


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