Slackery News Tidbits, March 19


Here's the latest Austin film news.

  • Were there still some SXSW 2012 films you didn't see? If you're in Austin, Tugg is giving you another chance this week. You can reserve tickets for Iron Sky on Monday night, Brooklyn Castle on Tuesday, and Sleepwalk with Me on Wednesday, all at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz.
  • The Austin History Center has announced a great film-related exhibit starting this week: "The First Picture Shows: Historic Austin Movie Houses." The exhibition runs from March 20 until August 19, and will have an opening reception on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 pm.
  • The Austin Chronicle announced that Fox Searchlight Pictures will release former Austinites Jay and Mark Duplass' film The Do-Deca Pentathlon theatrically in June 2012. The movie, about two brothers who compete in their own version of the Olympics, premiered at SXSW last week. The UT graduates celebrated the theatrical release of their second studio film Jeff, Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel and Susan Sarandon, last week as well.
  • Austin filmmaker Alex Karpovsky's independent film Rubberneck will premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in April. The movie tells the story of Paul, a scientist living in Boston, and his obsession with an uninterested co-worker, with whom he had a one-night stand.
  • Austin writer/director Kat Candler is a finalist for a 2012 San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation screenwriting grant, to expand her short film Hellion into a feature film. The short premiered at Sundance this year and screened last week at SXSW.
  • The independent comedic short film Do Over was accepted into the 2012 Aspen Shortsfest. The David Fabelo-directed movie, about a high schooler who just won't give up on love, wrapped last year with Austin-based cast and crew. Fabelo has edited numerous Austin-area feature and short films, such as I'll Come Running, An Ordinary Family and Bryan Poyser's short The Fickle. More info is available on the film's Facebook page.
  • Austinite Nathan Christ's 2010 documentary Echotone, about the the Austin music scene and how it has been affected by downtown development, is available to watch online for free on Hulu. Read Debbie's review for more info about the film. Check out the trailer below.