Slackery News Tidbits, January 28


Here's the latest Austin movie news:

  • Freestyle Releasing has announced that the SXSW 2010 movie Skateland will hit theaters in Austin, Houston and Dallas on April 1. The movie is set in a small Texas town in the 1980s, and although shot in Louisiana, the director, writers and producer all have Austin ties. Read Debbie's SXSW review or check out her photos from the fest of the movie's star, Ashley Greene.
  • Joe O'Connell has news about an adaptation of Turk Pipkin's story When Angels Sing, which will start filming in Bastrop shortly. The movie is being directed by Tim McCanlies with Elizabeth Avellan producing, and stars a variety of local and national well-known faces -- nearly all musicians, it seems. It looks like it could be one of those warm-hearted holiday films, but hopefully the excellent local production team will steer it away from potential treacle and sap.
  • The Long Center is screening the 1920 Douglas Fairbanks silent film The Mark of Zorro on Sunday at 4 pm in the big Dell Hall, with musical accompaniment by Rick Benjamin's Paragon Orchestra. I noticed on Twitter yesterday that if you enter the code "AFF" when buying your tickets, the tickets are discounted to $20 and $5 of that cost will benefit Austin Film Festival.
  • When Jenn and I wrote about Lovers of Hate for 2010 in Review, we both lamented the fact that Bryan Poyser's Austin-shot film was currently unavailable to watch. But we've just learned that you can rent the dark comedy from SundanceNow. Check out my SXSW review of the film to learn more about it.
  • The relatively new Blue Starlite Urban Drive-In is expanding to larger digs: 1001 E. Sixth Street. They're planning for a soft opening starting on Feb. 11 at the new location, which will expand their "walk-in" capacity to more than 150 and their drive-in capacity to two dozen cars. They're keeping the old location on Cesar Chavez for private events. The Feb. 11 event at "Blue Starlite II" (somehow this reminds me of Snowball II) will include a screening of Back to the Future.
  • Speaking of new theaters, Downtown Austin Blog has some details on the logistics of concessions and other aspects of the Violet Crown Cinema, which is currently scheduled to open in April.
  • For those of you who can't get enough news on the much-awaited Terrence Malick film The Tree of Life, here's a cute Austin American-Statesman story about the first poster for the movie and the small child involved.
  • And finally, let's end with a short film, one that just played Sundance Film Festival and that I saw at Fantastic Fest last year. I'm talking about Nathan and David Zellner's Sasquatch Birth Journal 2. The film is now available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube, and I've embedded it below. It's not quite the same without the Zellners intro about their scientific find, but it's still funny. [Updated: The Zellners have provided factoids about the Sasquatch on their website, which you may want to read before watching the film.] One warning: I don't think you want a co-worker walking up behind you and seeing this on your monitor, is all I'm going to say.