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Slackery News Tidbits, December 26

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Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

Slackery News Tidbits, December 17

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Here's the latest Austin film news.

  • Take a trip back in time with the screening of Amos Poe's film Unmade Beds at 7 pm on Wednesday in the Austin Film Society Screening Room. It's 1976, New York City, and "Rico," a photographer, is searching for reality down the barrel of his camera lens to fulfill his innermost fantasies in this No Wave classic, starring Debbie "Blondie" Harry
  • The Austin documentary Trash Dance, which premiered at SXSW 2012 (Mike's review), is up for a Cinema Eye audience award ... and you can vote for it online right now. The film is about choreographer Allison Orr's project to create a "dance" performance based around Austin Department of Solid Waste staff and vehicles. The results will be announced at Cinema Eye's awards ceremony on January 9.
  • The 2013 Sundance Film Festival has added a few more features to its lineup ... including El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez's first feature from 1992. The movie joins a long list of features and shorts with Texas connections screening at the Park City festival next month.
  • Congratulations to Austin Film Festival 2010 Screenplay Finalist Chris Cantwell, whose script Halt & Catch Fire has been ordered by AMC as one of four projects to get the pilot greenlight. The AFF newsletter reports that filming is scheduled to begin next year. The drama unfolds during the personal computer boom of the early 1980s in Texas.

Slackery News Tidbits, December 10

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Here's the latest in Austin and Texas film news.

  • Former Austinite Elizabeth Mims' film Only the Young made the National Board of Review's Top 5 Documentaries, IndieWire reports. Austinite Richard Linklater's Bernie and Texas native Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom were on  the group's Top 10 Independent Films.
  • In distribution news, Tribeca Films has acquired the North American rights to sometimes-Austinite actor/filmmaker Alex Karpovsky's films Rubberneck and Red Flag, with plans to release both in select theatrical and VOD platforms this February.
  • Following the success of Boneboys, Texas filmmakers Duane Graves and Justin Meeks are back in the saddle again with a dark Western, Red on Yella, Kill a Fella, according to The Austin Chronicle. Joe O'Connell visited and took photos on the film's set. The six-week shoot took place at various locations in Texas, including the Northeast Austin living history site Pioneer Farms. Inspired by true events, the film follows an outlaw gang in 1900 who travel from western Texas to the Gulf of Mexico in search of lost treasure. But the adventure is cut short when something mysterious starts killing the men one by one.
  • Congrats to former Austinite and DFW-area resident, David Lowery, who has been named one of Variety's 10 Directors to Watch, the entertainment-trade magazine reports. Lowery's latest feature film, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, will screen in the dramatic competition at next month's Sundance Film Festival. You can watch his previous feature, St. Nick, for free online until December 13.

Slackery News Tidbits, December 3

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Slackery News Tidbits, November 27

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Here's the latest in Austin and Texas film news.

  • Adult Swim's Tim Heidecker and director Rick Alverson will be in attendance at the premiere screening of their movie The Comedy, about the modern privileged hipster class, 9:30 pm Thursday at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. Join the duo before the film at End of an Ear Record Store to listen to its soundtrack. The film's theatrical run begins Friday at the Drafthouse.
  • Bastrop's community access television station, UpStart Bastrop, will host its third annual Off Kilter Xmas Film Fest at 2 pm on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Upstart Studios in Bastrop with a screening of the independent horror-comedy Christmas with the Dead, filmed in East Texas and based on Texas native Joe R. Lansdale's short story. J.C. saw the film and published some stills back in August.
  • Save the date: join AFS at 5 pm on Dec. 8 at Austin Studios for the Make Watch Love Austin party. Get a sneak peek of the Austin Studios expansion while mingling with local filmmakers, actors, musicians and gamers.

Slackery News Tidbits, November 19

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Here's the latest in Austin film news.

  • Stephen Jannise, former Austin Film Festival film programmer, has been named the Paramount Theatre's new film programmer, Austin Movie Blog reported. Jannise replaces Jesse Trussell, who recently moved from Austin to Brooklyn.
  • Austin-based filmmaker C. Robert Cargill (Sinister) is all over the news this week. Cargill will co-write the screenplay for the film adaptation of the Square Enix video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution, CBS Fillms reported. Cargill will reunite with Sinister co-writer/director Scott Derrickson on the cyberpunk feature about an ex-SWAT security specialist who tries to unravel a global conspiracy. Movies.com interviewed Cargill to discuss the film's adaptation process.
  • Cargill tops the news again, this time for a starred rating and review of his upcoming debut novel Dreams and Shadows from Publishers Weekly. The novel, which hits stores in February, is about two young boys, one who is abducted by fairies and the other who is granted a wish to see "all the things mankind wasn't meant to see." Read my interview with Cargill.
  • Alamo Drafthouse's executive chef John Bullington is leaving his post, according to Eater Austin. Bullington began developing the theater chain's famous movie-paired menus eight years ago. The Drafthouse is currently shifting to hiring "regional concept" chefs who will focus on food and film pairings.

Slackery News Tidbits, November 12

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  • It's not too late to submit your last-minute film, web series, cross-media or other non-traditional web-based project to this year's SXSW Film Festival. Deadline for last minute entries is Thursday, November 15. For more information, visit the SXSW Film site.
  • In an effort to improve the moviegoing experience, Alamo Drafthouse has announced it will not admit late arrivals into any Austin theater once the film has started, beginning Jan. 3. If you're late, tickets bought in advance will be applied to other screenings or your money will be refunded.
  • Two Austin filmmakers took home awards at the Lone Star International Film Festival last weekend: Best Short went to Sexy Chat from Caroline Connor, and Merman, from Jono Foley, won an Honorable Mention. Mike previewed Merman before its premiere at SXSW this year.
  • In addition, honorees at the Fort Worth festival included Corsicana native Billy Joe Shaver and former Austinite John Hawkes. Shaver's career as a songwriter, whose work has appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Crazy Heart, won him the festival's Stephen Bruton Award. The award recognizes artists whose career, although anchored in music, includes achievement in film. Hawkes received the Lone Star Film Society's Maverick Award for his achievement in acting.

Slackery News Tidbits, November 5

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  • Open Road Films has acquired the rights to Austin-based director Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills, Austin Movie Blog reports. The locally shot film is the sequel to Rodriguez's 2010 movie Machete. In the sequel, Danny Trejo's title character is hired by the U.S. president (played by Charlie Sheen) to hunt down an arms dealer. The film also stars Austin native Amber Heard, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba and Lady Gaga. 
  • The Alamo Drafthouse is calling on local filmmakers and film lovers to help eradicate the cinematic disease that is talking and texting during movies with its "No Talking, No Texting" Filmmaking Frenzy PSA contest. Video submissions must not exceed 60 seconds in length and are due Nov. 21. All submissions will then be posted on Badass Digest for public viewing and voting until Nov. 28, in which case preliminary winners will be chosen for each Alamo Drafthouse market. The final winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, including Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse CEO and founder. 
  • In more Drafthouse news, Drafthouse Films has acquired the U.S. rights to the Danish documentary The Act of Killing. The film, which screened at this year's Toronto and Telluride International Film Festivals, is a journey into the memories and imaginations of former Indonesian death squad leaders, expected to open theatrically next year.

Slackery News Tidbits, October 29

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Here's the latest in Austin and Texas film news.

Slackery News Tidbits, October 22

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Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

  • Austin Film Festival announced its 2012 film competition awards, which includes the locally made short documentary, See The Dirt. Chelsea Hernandez's and Erik Mauck's film, about a Georgetown teen who collects vacuum cleaners, won Best Documentary Short. Director Jamie Meltzer's documentary Informant, about Austinite Byron Darby's turn from left-wing protestor to FBI informant, won Best Documentary Feature at this year's festival.
  • Austin Film Society is hosting a member mixer with beer, snacks and short film clips from local filmmakers on Friday, October 26 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Austin Studios. The mixer is also providing info about the Love Austin initiative, which supports the municipal bond on the Austin ballot in November. Proposition 18 includes provisions to expand Austin Studios by transforming the neighboring National Guard Building into 50,000 square feet of office space for creative media professionals.
  • In more festival news, SXSW has announced its first wave of 2013 Film Conference programming, which includes a session with Turk Pipkin (The Nobelity Project) about "The Power of Film (To Change the World)" and a panel organized by local filmmaker Karen Kocher and UT Austin called "Storytelling Devices in Interactive Documentary."
  • Speaking of SXSW, fest staffers Claudette Godfrey and Jarod Neece won a Partners in the Arts Award for their assistance with the Faces of Austin short film program. The annual awards are presented by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division and the Austin Arts Commission to individuals and organizations that have made a valuable impact on the work of the division.
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