Slackery News Tidbits: April 22, 2013

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

  • Two Austin-based theater chains are expanding their reach in the U.S. Violet Crown Cinema will open a second location in Santa Fe at an undisclosed date, according to Austin 360. The arthouse theater, owned by Bill Banowsky, co-founder of the Austin-based Magnolia Pictures, will be part of the Santa Fe Railyard development. Austin Business Journal reports that Alamo Drafthouse will open its first Lubbock area location next year, with construction currently underway.
  • The inaugural Q Fest, celebrating queer cinema, began yesterday at the Josephine Theatre in San Antonio, the San Antonio Current reports. Festivities include a short films package and documentaries, such as San Antonio Four, about four Latina lesbians from San Antonio who may have been wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two children in the early '90s.
  • The latest movie by former Austinites Joel and Ethan Coen, who filmed the 2010 remake True Grit in-and-around Austin, has been chosen as an official selection at this year's Cannes Film Festival, according to IndieWire. Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake, tells the story of an aspiring folk singer-songwriter (Oscar Isaac) in 1960s Greenwich Village.
  • The New York Times profiled Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols this weekend. Nichols' movie Mud opens in Austin this Friday, 4/26.
  • Distribution company Cinedigm is expanding its documentary branch, Docurama Films, with its plans to theatrically release seven feature-length movies in consecutive one-week runs in 15 cities. In Austin, the screenings begin Monday night at Alamo Village and Slaughter, Austin 360 reports. The series kicks off with G-DOG, about a Jesuit priest in Los Angeles. Other screenings to follow are Vivian Las Antipodas, The World Before Her, The Fruit Hunters, Charge, Ping Pong and London: The Modern Babylon, which concludes the series June 16.
  • Finally, the Austin Chronicle reports that a 2000 feature from Austin filmmaker Bob Byington is now on YouTube. Tuna is 58 minutes long and the cast includes Nick Offerman, Kevin Corrigan and Louis CK. It's embedded below ... enjoy!