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Slackery News Tidbits, October 15

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Here's the latest Austin film news.

  • Austin Film Festival announced director Frank Darabont as this year's Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award recipient. Darabont, a three-time Academy Award nominee for such films as The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption, will accept the award at the festival's annual award luncheon Oct. 20 at the Austin Club. More recently, Darabont created the television series The Walking Dead. AFF conference-goers are invited to attend a conversation with the director on Oct. 21.
  • In addition, AFF has announced its closing-night film: Jayne Mansfield's Car, co-written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton. Thornton will attend the October 25 screening. Several other additions to the schedule and special guests have also been announced. The festival kicks off this Thursday -- or Wednesday night if you're attending the annual Film and Food Gala.
  • Austin Film Society fiscally-sponsored projects Anne Lewis' Anne Braden: Southern Patriot, Karen Kocher's Living Springs and Karen Skloss' The Honor Farm received grants from the City of Austin's Cultural Arts Division, totaling more than $33,000. Texas filmmakers with non-commercial projects (those not carrying or seeking investors) can apply for fiscal sponsorship on a rolling basis and City of Austin grants in the spring through AFS.
  • Austinite and former film critic C. Robert Cargill was on the other side of a national press tour for Sinister, the horror movie he co-scripted that opened Friday. IndieWIRE has published his tales from the tour. Sinister, which stars Ethan Hawke, was third in this weekend's box-office results -- Hollywood Reporter notes the film cost $3 million to make and grossed $8.3 million over the weekend. Read J.C.'s review for more details about the movie.

Slackery News Tidbits, October 8

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Here's the latest in Austin film news.

  • Alamo Drafthouse announced last week that all the chain's Austin theaters will transition to 100 percent reserved seating, starting October 15, without a ticket price increase. Alamo ran a pilot program with all reserved seating at the Village location earlier this year, which they said was a success.
  • An economic impact report released last week announced that SXSW 2012 generated $190.3 million for Austin's economy, Austin Business Journal reports. The number of official registrants increased this year by more than 15 percent to 147,000.
  • In casting news, actors AJ Bowen (A Horrible Way to Die) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) have signed on for Austin filmmaker Emily Hagins's fourth feature film, Grow Up, Tony Phillips, according to the movie's production company, Austin-based Arcanum Pictures. The actors join Jamie Landau (son of veteran producer Jon Landau) and My Sucky Teen Romance cast members Tony Vespe and Devin Bonnée. Filming for the independently produced comedy about a Halloween-loving teenager who refuses to grow up is scheduled to begin late this year, and will shoot in and around Central Texas. The producers are crowdfunding some of the movie's costs on Kickstarter.
  • Women in Cinema, a student organization at The University of Texas at Austin, is holding its monthly Producing Panel tonight (October 8) at CMA 3.120 at 8 pm on the UT campus. This month's panel features local producer Megan Gilbride (Lovers of Hate), Rakeda L. Ervin (X=A Generation Evolved) and Caroline Connor (LUV, Pictures of Superheroes). Admission is free.

Slackery News Tidbits, October 1

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

  • Heather Page has been named the new Texas Film Commission director, Austin Movie Blog reports. She's worked as a camera operator on a number of locally shot movies and TV shows, is a former Texas Film Commission staff member and is on the board of the Society of Camera Operators.
  • Magnolia Pictures has acquired the U.S. rights to Texas filmmaker Terence Malick's new film To The Wonder. The film, starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, tells the story of a man who reconnects with his childhood sweetheart after his marriage to a European woman fails.
  • Do you have no game? Neither does Scott, the overweight and overbearing fantasy role-playing gamer in the Austin-shot movie film Zero Charisma, from filmmakers Katie Graham, Andrew Matthew and Thomas Fernandes, which will screen as part of the AFS Narratives-In-Progress series at 7 pm tonight in the AFS Screening Room. The feature received a Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund grant in 2011.
  • In more AFS news, a newly restored digital print of the 1979 Academy Award-winning German film, The Tin Drum, will screen 7 pm Thursday at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in collaboration with AFS. The film is about Oskar, who on his third birthday, refuses to grow older. As the world marches onward to the madness of WWII, Oskar pounds his tin drum in a baffling state of perpetual childhood.

Slackery News Tidbits, September 24

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

  • Sometimes-Austinite actor/filmmaker Alex Karpovsky will be in attendance for a Q&A following the Austin premiere of his film Red Flag this Sunday, Sept. 30 at 8 pm [note time correction] at Cheer Up Charlie's. Austin Film Society and Cinema East are co-sponsoring the screening of this indie comedy about a filmmaker named Alex Karpovsky who, after being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, takes his film Woodpecker on the road. The movie was partially shot in Austin. Read Jette's review for details.
  • Rooftop Films announced the 2012 Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund recipients, which include Austinites David and Nathan Zellner's short film Part-Time Jobs, as well as Bill and Turner Ross's untitled documentary, about the lives of a cross-section of residents in-and-around Eagle Pass, Texas. The Ross brothers won the 2009 SXSW Grand Jury Prize for their documentary 45365.
  • The Hollywood Reporter announced that Drafthouse Films has partnered with Films We Like for Canadian distribution of The Ambassador, which chronicles Danish director Mads Brugger's stint as a Liberian ambassador to the Central African Republic, and Quentin Dupieux's surreal comedy Wrong, which is screening at Fantastic Fest this week.

Slackery News Tidbits, September 17

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

  • The Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (aGLIFF) has announced this year's 25th anniversary lineup, which includes the festival's opening-night film Cloudburst, about a lesbian couple escaping from their nursing home to get married in Canada. During the five-day festival next month, 104 films and locally-produced Web series will screen at the Alamo Drafthouse, Paramount, Stateside and Violet Crown theaters. 
  • In honor of aGLIFF's anniversary, the festival introduced its rebrand as Polari. The nonprofit's name change, a historic form of cant slang used in the gay subculture, pays homage to the LGBTQIA community while charting a new course for the future. 
  • After widespread online reports of a mass DVD theft from the Infusion Room at Texas Children's Cancer Center, The Superficial reported that the Layla Grace Childrens Cancer Research Foundation is collecting new and used G/PG-rated DVDs as donations for the hospital through the end of this month.
  • Austin wunderkind Emily Hagins is raising funds on Kickstarter for her fourth feature film: Grow Up, Tony Phillips. The comedy is currently in pre-production, with principal photography scheduled in and around Central Texas in late fall.

Slackery News Tidbits, September 10

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Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

  • Filming on Richard Linklater's Before Midnight wrapped in Messinia, Greece last week, Deadline New York reported. The romantic drama, co-written and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, is the third movie in the "Before" series about star-crossed lovers Celine and Jesse, set nine years after the events of Before Sunset. Linklater didn't announce publicly that the movie was in production until the trio arrived at the Toronto International Film Festival last week after filming was complete.
  • According to Joe M. O'Connell's blog, Terrence Malick's new film, formerly known as Lawless, began shooting last week in Austin. A vague job posting from Malick's production company for an untitled independent feature says shooting is scheduled until the beginning of next month. O'Connell's savvy detective work led him to the conclusion that the job posting was for Malick's film.
  • Fantastic Fest announced its closing-night film last week: Red Dawn, a remake of the 1984 film originally scripted by San Antonio native Kevin Reynolds. The cast includes Josh Peck and Adrianne Palicki, who will be at the screening, and also Houston-born actor Brett Cullen. The closing-night party will tie into the "Korean invasion" theme of the movie and will feature a maximum-security prison theme.
  • Austinist interviewed Texas cinematographer Peter Simonite about his work, which include four official Toronto International Film Festival selections. The 37th annual event began last Thursday and continues until Sept. 16.

Slackery News Tidbits, September 3

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Here's the latest in Austin film news.

  • Local teen director Emily Hagins' horror comedy My Sucky Teen Romance (Don's review), about a youth who finds out her boyfriend is a vampire, will be available on home video on DVD, Blu-ray, iTunes and Amazon Instant Video starting tomorrow. The Austin-shot movie premiered at SXSW 2011.
  • Fantastic Fest has announced the 2012 AMD Next Wave competition films. Eight films by up-and-coming directors from seven different countries will compete for the festival's highest honor, the AMD Next Wave award, which includes a $1,000 cash prize and AMD-based computer hardware, Sept. 26 at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. Selected films will debut at the festival, many in world and U.S. premiere screenings. Last year's winner, Bullhead (Don's review), was acquired by Drafthouse Films and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film.
  • Speaking of local festivals, aGLIFF is looking for moviegoers with a friendly, helpful attitude and a willingness to have fun while supporting the Austin film community. Volunteer positions for the 25th anniversary festival include film greeters, line and theater attendants, and registration and special events. For every four-hour shift worked, volunteers will accrue film vouchers to festival screenings.
  • Austin Film Festival announced that 2011 AFF Audience Award-winning documentary Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters, about a group of gamers at the 2010 Classic Tetris World Championship, is now available in HD for U.S. rental or purchase on iTunes.
  • Drafthouse Films has acquired North American distribution rights to the Filipino crime thriller Graceland. The film will have its Texas premiere at this year's Fantastic Fest and is scheduled to have a limited theatrical and VOD release next year.
  • Fantastic Fest and Badass Digest have teamed up for the fest's 2012 bumper contest, and this year's theme is Time Travel. Filmmakers are asked to submit a 15-45 second movie to screen as a "bumper" before festival films this month. The festival's programming committee will select the top four films, with the Filmmaking Frenzy voting community selecting the fifth finalist. The top five films will then play at the festival's award ceremony, with the audience selecting the grand prize winner, who will receive two VIP tickets to next year's festival, among other prizes. Entries must be submitted by Sept. 15.

Slackery News Tidbits, August 27

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

  • Austin-based film composer Brian Satterwhite has been commissioned by the Dallas Chamber Symphony to compose scores for two silent films, including A Sailor-Made Man, a Harold Lloyd film about a boy who accidentally enlists in the Navy to impress a girl, according to Satterwhite's blog. The scores will be performed live during the entire second half of the screenings on Nov. 13 and and Feb. 26 at the new Dallas City Performance Hall.
  • IndieWire reported that University of Texas alumnus Todd Berger's film It's a Disaster, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, has been picked up by Oscilloscope for North American distribution. The ensemble comedy, starring America Ferrera and Julia Stiles, is about a group of friends who experience an apocalyptic bomb explosion during brunch. 
  • Speaking of films with local ties that premiered at LAFF ... the Austin-shot movie Saturday Morning Massacre took home the Best Feature prize at the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival last weekend. Check out Jette's review and Virginia's interviews with cast and crew, including producer Jonny Mars and director Spencer Parsons.
  • Looking to stay on top of the filmmaking game? The eighth annual Business of Film Conference will take place Sept. 8 at the Rice University Media Center in Houston, according to Short Film Texas. Film industry professionals, such as opening speaker and distribution strategist Peter Broderick, will share their advice and experience to filmmakers. Rebecca Campbell, Austin Film Society executive director, and Rick Ferguson, Houston Film Commission executive director, will discuss the state of the Texas Filmmaking Union.

Slackery News Tidbits, August 20

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Here's the latest in Austin film news.

  • Don Simpson's Film School Rejects column "Austin Cinematic Limits" reports that PJ Raval's Untitled Gay Retiree Documentary, Kat Candler's and Kelly Williams' Hellion, as well as Clay Liford's script-in-progress Cutlet were selected as part of next month's 34th Annual Independent Film Week's Project Forum. The purpose of the project is to provide opportunities for independent filmmakers to connect with industry professionals. 
  • UT alums Will James Moore's and Jonathan Case's independent film Satellite of Love (Jette's review) won a Golden Ace Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival. The Central Texas-shot film, about a love triangle between friends that unfolds over the course of a week, will screen at next month's Ruby Mountain Film Festival in Nevada. 
  • Fantastic Fest 2011 favorite Juan of the Dead (Rod's review), about a Cuban slacker who capitalizes on a zombie invasion, is now available on DVD and VOD via Vudu and iTunes.
  • Tickets are on sale now for Austin Film Festival's 10th annual Film and Food Party on Oct. 17 at the Driskill Hotel. Mix and mingle with some of Austin's finest while supporting the arts. Event proceeds benefit AFF's Young Filmmakers Program. 

Slackery News Tidbits, Mid-week 'El Mariachi' Edition

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El Mariachi at ParamountSome Austin film news that couldn't wait for next Monday:

  • Robert Rodriguez's classic El Mariachi turns 20 this year and the Austin Film Society, AMD and El Rey Network will be hosting an anniversary screening later this month at the Paramount. Before his 1992 microbudget feature film shows on August 30, Rodriguez's early short Ismael Jones and the Eyes of the Devil makes its screen debut. A Q&A will follow the screenings, and then the Troublemaker Studios filmmaker and his band Chingón will play songs from some of his movies for the audience.

    Pre-sale tickets are available for AFS members through 5 pm on Thursday, Aug. 16. Tickets open up to the general public Friday, Aug. 17 at noon. Proceeds from the event benefit the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund.
  • Richard Linklater's Bernie, a hit among local theatergoers (and still playing at the Violet Crown and Arbor), is available for purchase on iTunes already! The Jack Black comedy about a Texas mortician will be released on DVD Tuesday, Aug. 21. Read Don's review to learn more about the film.
  • If, like me, your Twitter/Tumblr/Facebook feed is already filling up with friends and others saying, "Vote for my panel at SXSW!" you likely already know: The SXSW Panel Picker is now open. There are 159 panel ideas vying for space at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and Conference -- you can vote for your favorites through August 31.
  • Somebody Up There Likes Me, local filmmaker Bob Byington's latest feature, has been making the festival circuit. Over the weekend it earned a special jury prize at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. Read Don's review from SXSW, where the film premiered.
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