Slackery News Tidbits, July 16


Here's the latest in Austin film news.

  • Austin Film Society recently received a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The nonprofit organization is one of 80 "Our Town" grantees in the nation. The grant will fund community engagement and design for Austin Studios' expansion as the organization incorporates and remodels the neighboring decommissioned National Guard Building into its current site.

    AFS will involve the community in the new Austin Studios design, which includes creating affordable space for production and education; programming and design of a new exhibition and visitors center with a plaza/lobby for events; screening rooms for AFS's exhibition programs, artists, festivals and community organizations; and plans for signage, landscaping and other infrastructure that will allow the public to observe and interact with working filmmakers and other artists. The expansion will fulfill four major needs identified by the 2008 CreateAustin Cultural Master Plan commissioned by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.
  • Two Texas-connected films are nominated for the 2012 News and Documentary Emmy Awards after being broadcast on the PBS show POV. Per PR Newswire, the nominees include Better This World (Don's review), about two childhood friends from Midland who were arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican National Convention, and Where Soldiers Come From (Jette's review), Austin documentarian Heather Courtney's film about the lives of small-town childhood friends who enlist in the U.S. National Guard after graduating high school. The 33rd annual awards ceremony will take place Oct. 1.
  • Former Austinite and film editor Jacob Vaughan will be directing the horror comedy Milo, Hollywood Reporter has announced. Jay and Mark Duplass are executive producers on the movie, which centers on a man (Ken Marino) who, after experiencing intense stomach pains, discovers to his horror that he has a demon living in his intestines. Vaughan previously worked with the Duplass brothers as an editor on Jeff, Who Lives at Home. His previous feature filmmaking experience includes collaborations with Bryan Poyser on the locally shot features Dear Pillow and The Cassidy Kids, and he worked as an editor on Bob Byington's film Harmony and Me.
  • Boneboys, filmed in Austin and Taylor, debuts at Montreal's Fantasia Fest Aug. 4, according to Joe M. O'Connell's blog. Writer/producer Kim Henkel, who co-wrote the 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, teamed up with two former Texas A&M University- Kingsville students, co-directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks, on the low-budget horror comedy about a family of cannibals.
  • Filmmaker Kevin Smith spoke with Austin-based director Robert Rodriguez on Smith's recently launched Hulu original series, Spoilers, Miramax reported. The two discussed Rodriguez's feature debut El Mariachi, his collaboration with Quentin Tarantino and his decision to leave the Directors Guild of America.
  • The film series Cinema41 will screen its last free movie of the summer, In The Soup, at 8 pm Thursday at Salvage Vanguard Theater. The 1992 indie comedy stars Steve Buscemi as a self-conscious screenwriter who fantasizes about winning his dream girl by writing a hit movie.
  • YNN recently interviewed cast and crew members of the Austin-made movie El Güey, as you can see from the following video. The upcoming movie puts a modern twist on popular Mexican folklore, such as la llorona and the chupacabra

  • Drafthouse Films has acquired the distribution rights to Danish director Mads Brügger's film The Ambassador, Austin Movie Blog reports. The film follows Brügger as he purchases a Liberian ambassadorship to the Central African Republic and works toward his goal of solidifying a diamond deal. On Aug. 4, the controversial film is scheduled to launch on video on demand and will make its theatrical debut in Austin on Aug. 31.

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