Slackery News Tidbits, February 20

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Here's the latest Austin film news.

  • Austin Film Festival presents its first Conversation in Film of 2012 with action writer Ric Roman Waugh on Tuesday night at the Harry Ransom Center. A wine reception featuring a film storyboard exhibit will precede the event. Then on Wednesday night, AFF is screening Waugh's 2008 film Felon, starring Stephen Dorff and Val Kilmer, at the Texas Spirit Theater.
  • Also on Wednesday night, Cinema 41 has just confirmed it will screen the 1989 Jim Jarmusch movie Mystery Train at 7 pm, Alamo Drafthouse at South Lamar.
  • And speaking of Alamo, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema co-founder Tim League announced last week that he is planning on renovating the historic New Mission Theater in San Francisco as a new Drafthouse location.
  • SXSW 2012 will feature eight SXEncore screenings of acclaimed films from previous SXSW festivals, such as Sean Byrne's The Loved Ones (Jenn Brown's review)and Aron Gaudet's The Way We Get By. In addition, locally shot documentary Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott's Road to the Stars (Debbie's review) returns to Austin as part of the encore screenings.
  • There are only 18 days until SXSW 2012, by the way. Festivalgoers, it is time to get prepared. Austin-based advertising agency GSD&M has got you covered. From the weird, to the gear, GSD&M has compiled Pinterest boards of SXSW essentials.
  • Local actor/filmmakers Kerri Lendo and John Merriman, whose short Sleep Study played AFF 2010, are back with another short film, this time for Funny or Die: Modern Man. Check it out below. (via the Pictures of Superheroes blog)