Slackery News Tidbits: May 20, 2013


Here's the latest Austin film news. 

  • The New York Times profiled the Austin film scene in Sunday's edition and interviewed locally based industry heavy hitters like Richard Linklater, Elizabeth Avellan, Bryan Poyser (Elizabeth's interview) and Andrew Bujalski (Jordan's interview), among others. Worth a look for the photos alone.
  • Speaking of Linklater, he has now filed suit against his insurance company, alleging breach of contract, The Austin Chronicle reports. His Paige, Texas property, near Bastrop, which housed scripts, production materials, publicity information, among other movie memorabilia, was damaged in 2011's wildfires.
  • More more Linklater: Filmmaker Gabe Klinger has created a Kickstarter campaign for his documentary about the Austin filmmaker and director James Benning, according to Filmmaker Magazine. The project will only be funded if at least $25,000 is pledged by June 8. More than $8,000 has been raised so far.
  • More than 65 research fellowships have been awarded by The University of Texas Harry Ransom Center for the 2013-2014 academic year to support humanities projects that require substantial onsite use of HRC collections of manuscripts, art, films, and other resources. Austin author Alison Macor (Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids) has received a research fellowship for her work about the life and career of HRC.
  • Austin Film Society Essential Cinema will host a screening of Tokyo Story, Yasujiro Ozu's poignant film about an elderly couple who visit their children, only to realize that they are too old to matter to them, on Tuesday night6 at The Marchesa Hall and Theatre.
  • The Austin Parks Foundation and Alamo Drafthouse have reteamed for Movies in the Park, free flicks on select Thursday evenings at Republic Square Park (Fourth and Guadalupe), according to The Austin Chronicle. The next movie to screen is Scott Pilgrim vs. the World on June 6.