Slackery News Tidbits: July 7, 2014

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Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

  • Amplify has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Austinites David and Nathan Zellner's Kumiko, the Treasure HunterIndiewire reports. The drama follows a lonely Japanese woman who, after becoming obsessed with Fargo, heads to Minnesota on a quest to unearth the cash-filled briefcase from the movie. Debbie reviewed the movie at Sundance. A release date hasn't yet been announced.
  • This month, the Alamo Drafthouse has announced it's "going to 11" with its programming -- celebrating music in movies in all the chain's theaters. A Hard Day's Night and This is Spinal Tap screen tonight at Alamo Ritz and Alamo Lakeline, respectively. Other musical movies scheduled for July include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, High Fidelity, Wattstax, Gimme Shelter, Empire Records and Stop Making Sense.
  • The Austin Film Festival's Free Family Film Series presents a screening of Bandolero! on Tuesday at 7 pm at the Texas Spirit Theater. James Stewart and Dean Martin star in this 1968 crime drama about two brothers on the run from a sheriff-led posse. 
  • Drafthouse Films, the theater chain's distribution arm, recently acquired the North American rights to Cannes award-winner The Tribe, according to Deadline. The drama is set at a Ukranian boarding school for the deaf with a cast comprised entirely of non-professional, deaf actors. It's scheduled for a theatrical and digital release sometime next year.
  • Mondo Gallery has partnered with Mobile Loaves & Fishes for a charitable event to feature original paintings and illustrations from artists among Austin's homeless, according to The Austin Chronicle. These works are their interpretations of movies that inspire them. The show's opening reception with the artists in attendance takes place Thursday from 7-10 pm at Mondo Gallery, with works on display from noon-6 pm July 11 and 12. All profits from the sale of the artwork will benefit the artists.

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