Slackery News Tidbits, September 10


Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

  • Filming on Richard Linklater's Before Midnight wrapped in Messinia, Greece last week, Deadline New York reported. The romantic drama, co-written and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, is the third movie in the "Before" series about star-crossed lovers Celine and Jesse, set nine years after the events of Before Sunset. Linklater didn't announce publicly that the movie was in production until the trio arrived at the Toronto International Film Festival last week after filming was complete.
  • According to Joe M. O'Connell's blog, Terrence Malick's new film, formerly known as Lawless, began shooting last week in Austin. A vague job posting from Malick's production company for an untitled independent feature says shooting is scheduled until the beginning of next month. O'Connell's savvy detective work led him to the conclusion that the job posting was for Malick's film.
  • Fantastic Fest announced its closing-night film last week: Red Dawn, a remake of the 1984 film originally scripted by San Antonio native Kevin Reynolds. The cast includes Josh Peck and Adrianne Palicki, who will be at the screening, and also Houston-born actor Brett Cullen. The closing-night party will tie into the "Korean invasion" theme of the movie and will feature a maximum-security prison theme.
  • Austinist interviewed Texas cinematographer Peter Simonite about his work, which include four official Toronto International Film Festival selections. The 37th annual event began last Thursday and continues until Sept. 16.
  • The New York Times discussed the life and times of former Texas Governor Ann Richards last month, inspiration for Houston-based directors Jack Lofton's and Keith Patterson's award-winning documentary Ann Richards' Texas. The film will be screened in Texas at the Dallas Video Festival later this month.
  • Austin-based filmmaker Kyle Killen (The Beaver) is returning to network television, despite previous cancellations, with the series Influence, according to IndieWire. The ABC ensemble drama follows the complicated relationship between two brothers and the business they run, which involves solving clients' problems using the science behind motivation and manipulation.
  • In honor of French filmmaker Chris Marker, who died last month, the Alamo Drafthouse and AFS will co-present two of Marker's most celebrated 35mm films at 7 pm on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Alamo South Lamar. La Jetee, about a group of Parisians who begin researching time travel after WWIII; and Sans Soleil, a meditation on time and memory expressed in words and images worldwide.
  • The countdown to the 25th annual Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival has begun. The event, which begins October 3, kicks off with a free and public launch party at 7:30 pm on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Cheer Up Charlie's.