'Slacker 2011' Delivers the Weirdest Red Carpet in Austin

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Slacker 2011 red carpet

I've worked a number of local red carpets since that fateful first one with Kevin Smith for Clerks 2 in 2008. Sometimes celebrities sneak past, jam up into mobs, or bring family and friends who block the cameras' view and start taking their own pictures. At the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, everyone entering the event walks on the red carpet and it's often difficult to figure out whom to photograph. (I take pictures of everyone and sort it out later. That handsome unfamiliar gent might turn out to be Adam Yauch.)

The red carpet for the Slacker 2011 premiere at the Paramount last week was one of the strangest I've encountered so far. The movie was divided into 24 scenes, each of which had its own separate cast and crew. That's a lot of people. And about 80 percent of them walked the red carpet that night, sometimes in groups, sometimes straggling behind. I have no idea who the kids are in the above photo, although I did spot them when I saw Slacker 2011 later that evening.

Agnes Varnum, Austin Film Society Director of Marketing and an old hand at managing AFS red-carpet events, brought a troop of interns and volunteers who all helped deftly maneuver the filmmaking teams from one camera to another, but it still felt surreal ... and oddly fun.

I have a great Flickr set from the evening and I'm not sure who everyone is. Please feel free to look at the photos below and in my Flickr set and leave comments identifying anyone unknown.

Let's start with people I recognized easily: Filmmakers Kat Candler (Love Bug) and Clay Liford (Wuss, Earthling), in line to pick up their tickets for the Slacker 2011 premiere. Liford was so shameless about posing theatrically on the red carpet that I believe I asked him "who" he was wearing. (A Target brand, if I remember correctly.) He was involved in at least three of the Slacker 2011 segments.

 

Slacker 2011 red carpet

Here we have local filmmaker Geoff Marslett (Mars) in a hat, surrounded by his team for the "TV Room" sequence, including actress Heather Kafka on his right. Kafka had a small role in Liford's film Wuss and starred in Slacker 2011 producer Bryan Poyser's film Lovers of Hate. It's all connected, man.

Slacker 2011 red carpet

Next we have Deb Lewis, who worked as cinematographer on Karen Skloss's "Madonna Pap Smear" scene ... and I think that's Skloss herself next to Lewis. Can someone confirm? [Updated: I'm wrong, so let me know who that is, please.] I've got photos of the whole cast from that scene on Flickr, but it was one of the biggest groups and they simply did not fit in a single shot (not with my lenses, anyway). Lewis was also Skloss's cinematographer on the 2009 documentary Sunshine.

Slacker 2011 red carpet

That's Sam Wainwright Douglas (Citizen Architect) in the middle -- he directed the "Mechanics" scene. He's hugging David Hartstein, who produced the sequence. I'm not sure who's to the left of them -- one of the actors from the scene? Douglas previously edited Hartstein's documentary Along Came Kinky.

Slacker 2011 red carpet

Filmmaker/cinematographer PJ Raval is on the left in this photo, with some of the cast from his scene, "Rantings." I don't know the Japanese ladies, but that's Paul Soileau in the back, who utters the rantings of the scene's title while riding a bicycle. Raval and Soileau have worked together on several shorts featuring Soileau as raunchy diva Christeene. Local film fans might also know Soileau's other alter ego, Rebecca Havermeyer, who hosts aGLIFF's monthly movie events.

Slacker 2011 red carpet

And now one of the few (two?) men who showed up in a tux for the red carpet and premiere: filmmaker Bob Ray, with his wife. Ray directed and starred in Slacker 2011's first scene, "Bus and Taxi," a delightful trip from the bus station via pedicab. I hear his wife (whose name I don't know, sorry) made a fabulous cake for the after-party that night.

Slacker 2011 red carpet

Filmmaker Amy Grappell (Quadrangle) took time to stop and smell the flowers -- well, one flower anyway -- while on the red carpet. Grappell directed the "Co-op House" scene, and the gentleman in the hat was one of the Wii players on the couch.

Slacker 2011 red carpet

Jonny Stranger, local filmmaker and rollerderby manager, wanted to remind us that not all filmmakers have the same freedoms as the Slacker 2011 crew. His sign refers to Jafar Panahi, an Iranian filmmaker currently in prison. Stranger shot the "Kids" scene (despite having a sprained ankle at the time). I'm not sure who the other folks are in this photo, but the boy in front sure knows how to work a red carpet.

Slacker 2011 red carpet

Don't forget you can read our interviews with most of the Slacker 2011 filmmakers. Check out my Flickr set for more photos of Austin filmmakers and actors such as the Zellner brothers, Kelly Williams, Chris Doubek, John Merriman, Spike Gillespie, Justin Meeks and Duane Graves, and a lot of other people I'm sorry I didn't recognize.

And if that's not enough photographic fun for you, take a look at a Flickr set of an after-party photo booth, taken by Devaki Knowles. Slacker 2011 producer/Alamo programmer Daniel Metz should really consider using his photo for promotions, as it's amazing. Austin360 has photo galleries from the red carpet and the after-party as well.

[Photo credit: Jette Kernion. All rights reserved.]

Karen Skloss

Not sure who's standing next to Deb Lewis, but I'm pretty confident in saying it's not Karen Skloss. I've worked with Karen, and she doesn't look like the woman next to Ms. Lewis.

Karen Skloss

Yes, it's not the Karen Skloss, I totally agree she is nothing and doesn't look like the woman next to Ms. Lewis.

The lovely lady next to Deb

The lovely lady next to Deb Lewis is Lizzie Martinez.

Slacker 2011 photo update

Hi, I'm the other actor in the picture with Amy Grappell and was also in her scene - as the husband of the pregnant blonde that arrives to the house to find their missing friend, only to find postcards in his empty room. Enjoyed your article & post, thanks for your work!

-Robert H Lambert