Slackery News Tidbits, October 11


Here's the latest Austin and Central Texas film news, as well as some special screening information.

  • Austin-based director Michael Dolan will be present at two area screenings of his 2010 feature film Dance With The One, as part of a tour sponsored by the Texas Independent Film Network. The San Marcos premiere of the movie will take place on 7 pm this Wednesday, Oct. 12, in room 206 of the Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Theatre and Dance. In addition, Dolan and actress Dana Wheeler-Nicholson will be at the Austin Film Society screening room on Friday, Oct. 14 to show the film. Dance with the One (Debbie's review) is about a small-time Texas pot dealer who gets in over his head when the million dollars' worth of hash his boss has given him suddenly goes missing. The movie stars Austinite Gabriel Luna and is the first film made by the University of Texas Film Institute, a non-profit organization in the UT College of Communication.
  • The Austin School of Film and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image will host a free Home Movie Day at 7 pm on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Austin School of Film. People are encouraged to bring their 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm home movies to screen during the event. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image will also screen selected movies from the organization's travels around Texas.
  • Podcasts are now available for free from John Pierson's UT RTF master class. Guests from the film and television industry, such as Fight Club producer Art Linson, Sin City producer Elizabeth Avellan and actor Steve Buscemi (Fargo) have spoken with RTF students through the department's visiting guest program. The 30-minute master class sessions can also be heard monthly on KUT FM.
  • Alamo Drafthouse Village will be closed for about 10 days this month (Oct. 17-27) due to construction. They're expanding their lobby area, and should be open just in time for a pre-Halloween screening on The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Oct. 29.
  • Austin-based film review site Ain't It Cool News' longtime critic C. Robert Cargill, better known as Massawyrm, has sold the first book in his tentatively titled fantasy series Dreamstuff to Morrow/Harper Voyager. The series will follow two friends from childhood through adulthood and into a parallel world known as the Limestone Kingdom. The first Dreamstuff book is scheduled to be released sometime in Fall 2012. Check out Rod's interview with Cargill from June about his transition from film criticism to screenwriting.
  • Finally, mobile taco stand documentary ¿Tacos or Tacos? can now be seen on YouTube, and I've embedded it below. UT doctoral student Robert Lemon's 15-minute film discusses the popularity of mobile taco stands in Austin and how food can define and shape a culture. Jette reviewed the film when it played in April at Cine Las Americas.