Slackery News Tidbits, April 3


Here's the latest Austin movie news.

  • Production on the indie comedy Zero Charisma starts this week in Austin. The movie, about an obsessive fantasy gamer who struggles to defend his tabletop turf and fellow role players from a neo-nerd hipster, stars Sam Eidson (My Sucky Teen Romance) and Dakin Matthews (True Grit, Desperate Housewives). The production had a successful crowdfunding campaign in Spring 2011, which included the release of a teaser trailer. Last fall, the filmmakers received a $5,000 Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund grant.
  • Speaking of which, the AFS Texas Filmmakers Production Fund is accepting applications until June 1. The awards are granted annually to emerging film and video artists in Texas whose work show promise, skill and creativity. Recipients are chosen by a panel of professional filmmakers from around the nation, who meet in Austin in August to review submissions. Grant disbursements are made in early September.
  • Evan Smith, Texas Tribune CEO and editor-in-chief, is sitting down today (even as this is published) with Austin-based director Richard Linklater at Studio 6A on the UT campus for a taping of Overheard. Austin Movie Blog speculates that Linklater will likely share stories about the making of his new dark comedy, Bernie, which was partially shot in Bastrop (Don's review). Smith may be familiar with the plot of Bernie since it's based on a Skip Hollandsworth article in Texas Monthly, a magazine where Smith was the former president and editor-in-chief.
  • The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival is looking for volunteer reviewers to join the fest's film programming team,  which will help select films for aGLIFF's 25th Anniversary Film Festival Program season. The festival showcases feature-length and short films, as well as mainstream, avant-garde and up-and-coming filmmakers. Volunteers will review every film submission received and will work under the advisement of the festival's board of directors to pick films that best represent the organization. A film programming orientation is scheduled from noon to 2 pm on Saturday, April 7.
  • Writer/producer/director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness) has recently moved to Austin, according to Joe M. O'Connell's blog.
  • Another point of view about the recent Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, and a fascinating one -- the Coco Coquette blog describes the Austin wig and accessories store's experiences outfitting and providing "aesthetic flair" for the evening.
  • Finally, Alamo Drafthouse and the Austin Film Society's Film Club for students have teamed up to alert Drafthouse patrons about the ramifications of talking or texting while watching a movie, Austin Movie Blog reports. With the guidance of AFS filmmaking mentors, Austin Independent School District elementary school students competed in a short PSA video contest. The winning videos will be played before local Drafthouse screenings. We've embedded the videos below.