Slackery News Tidbits: July 21, 2014
By Jette Kernion on July 21, 2014 - 9:00am in
Here's the latest Austin film news (and a very funny video at the end, so keep reading).
- Filmmaker Magazine has released its 2014 edition of "25 new Faces of Independent Film." The list includes Austin filmmaker Annie Silverstein, whose short Skunk won the Cannes Cinefondation award this year, and former Houstonite/filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe, whose documentary Evolution of a Criminal played SXSW and Dallas IFF.
- The Central Texas-shot horror movie Found Footage 3D wrapped shooting recently, and Austin Chronicle contributor Richard Whittaker wrote about his visit to the indie film's set. This will be the feature-film debut for writer/director Steven DeGennaro. Producers include Kim Henkel, who wrote The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and film critic/former Austinite Scott Weinberg.
- Austin comedy Love & Air Sex (formerly The Bounceback) is trying something different to boost online sales. If you go to BitTorrent, you can download -- no, not the whole film illegally, but a legally downloadable bundle that includes a 10-minute clip as well as photos, music and the movie's Kickstarter thank-you video. The idea is that this will then entice you into buying Love & Air Sex from the film's website (not for free, but pretty darn cheaply). (via filmmaker Bryan Poyser)
- I could not possibly capture all the Boyhood reviews, articles and interviews over the past week (go read Don's review, though), but here's one important piece of news: Filmmaker Richard Linklater announced that Criterion will release the movie on Blu-ray/DVD with extras potentially including interviews taken over the 12-year production.
- SXSW Film "took over" the Art and Culture section of online magazine Dazed and Confused last week as part of the UK publication's "States of Independence" series this month. Janet Pierson contributed an independent film manifesto for the fest that's well worth reading.
- The SXSW takeover articles also include SXSW programmer Claudette Godfrey's ten favorite shorts from SXSW 2014, Pierson's spotlight of features from this year's fest, an interview with Austin filmmaker PJ Raval about his documentary Before You Know It plus a clip from the film, and some thoughts from Godfrey and SXSW senior programmer Jarod Neece about festival programming trends.
- Speakimg of Before You Know It (Don's review), the documentary about gay seniors won a grant for distribution last week. It's from the newly founded Arcus Foundation at the Sundance Institute, which recognizes LGBT-focused documentary projects.
- Finally, some Austin actors and filmmakers bring us the short film Where Do You Want to Eat? over at Funny Or Die. Couples will definitely understand this one (I plead the Fifth on what my husband might think). It's written and directed by Ashley Barnhill and Kirk Johnson, and regular fans of Austin film will recognize actor Sam Eidson and possibly others ... as well as a very familiar bridge. (via John Merriman)