Slackery News Tidbits: May 6, 2013

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Here's the latest Austin film news:

  • The Paramount Theatre kicks off its Summer Classic Film Series with an opening-nght party and a double feature on Friday, May 23. Traditional Paramount opener Casablanca and Woody Allen's romantic dramedy Annie Hall will screen. The complete summer lineup will be announced on May 16.
  • Texas filmmaker Amy Seimetz's (our interview) dramatic thriller Sun Don't Shine (Don's review), which premiered at SXSW 2012, is out now on VOD, iTunes and Amazon, among other digital platforms, according to the film's distributor. Factory 25. Sun Don't Shine, about a couple who takes a mysterious road trip through central Florida, stars Austin-based actors AJ Bowen (Grow Up, Tony Phillips) and Mark Reeb, as well as Houston-based actress Kit Gwen.
  • The Austin-shot film blacktino (Chip's review) is now available to rent as a Vimeo download. The dark teen comedy, about an overweight nerd trying to find his place in the world, premiered at SXSW 2011 and is the feature debut by local filmmaker Aaron Burns.
  • No summer plans? Why not go on a scavenger hunt for some of Austin's most famous movie locations that are open to the public. Citysearch has made it easier with its guide, which includes the Texas School for the Deaf, forever immortalized as Herrington High in Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's late-'90s teen horror flick The Faculty. Alien teachers may no longer run amok, but the beautiful campus still stands intact.
  • Austin-based filmmaker Joe Nicolosi, known for his Lego reenactment of Star Wars and psychedelic live-action story of Super Mario and Luigi that served as a SXSW 2012 bumper, has done it again, reports Austin Movie Blog. Nicolosi turned a conversation he had with his mother about the film The Matrix into an animated short. Check out the results below.

 

  • It may seem like Willie Nelson's done it all: musician, actor, author and activist. But at 80, there are still some things Nelson wishes he could do ... like be a wizard, according to The Austin Chronicle. The most obvious choice to help make his wish come true was to audition for the role of Gandalf in The Hobbit 2. The results are magical.