Slackery News Tidbits, December 10


Here's the latest in Austin and Texas film news.

  • Former Austinite Elizabeth Mims' film Only the Young made the National Board of Review's Top 5 Documentaries, IndieWire reports. Austinite Richard Linklater's Bernie and Texas native Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom were on  the group's Top 10 Independent Films.
  • In distribution news, Tribeca Films has acquired the North American rights to sometimes-Austinite actor/filmmaker Alex Karpovsky's films Rubberneck and Red Flag, with plans to release both in select theatrical and VOD platforms this February.
  • Following the success of Boneboys, Texas filmmakers Duane Graves and Justin Meeks are back in the saddle again with a dark Western, Red on Yella, Kill a Fella, according to The Austin Chronicle. Joe O'Connell visited and took photos on the film's set. The six-week shoot took place at various locations in Texas, including the Northeast Austin living history site Pioneer Farms. Inspired by true events, the film follows an outlaw gang in 1900 who travel from western Texas to the Gulf of Mexico in search of lost treasure. But the adventure is cut short when something mysterious starts killing the men one by one.
  • Congrats to former Austinite and DFW-area resident, David Lowery, who has been named one of Variety's 10 Directors to Watch, the entertainment-trade magazine reports. Lowery's latest feature film, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, will screen in the dramatic competition at next month's Sundance Film Festival. You can watch his previous feature, St. Nick, for free online until December 13.
  • A former East Austin mechanic's garage was bought by Wilson-Brown Productions Inc. with plans to convert the space into a video production venue, Austin Business Journal reports. The award-winning, Austin-based production company is currently located at the historic E.H. Carrington Building off East Sixth Street.
  • Finally, tickets, tables and sponsorships are now on sale for the 13th Annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, which will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, March 7 at Austin Studios. The event, which honors Texans involved with cinema, music and television, benefits AFS's educational and artist services programs.