Slackery News Tidbits: July 29, 2013


Here's the latest Austin film news. 

  • Investors are suing Central Texas filmmaker Terrence Malick's Sycamore Pictures over disputes on a contract to produce two 45-minute IMAX films and a 90-150-minute feature film titled Voyage of Time, about the history of the universe, Austin Business Journal reports. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, alleges that Malick didn't devote the time needed to complete the films and says his production company has spent $3.3 million of funds from investor Seven Seas Partnerships Ltd. The filmmaker hasn't commented on the lawsuit, but according to reports, a Sycamore Pictures representative says the investor's claims are groundless. 
  • In festival news, many films with Austin ties will screen at both the Venice International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, according to Austin Movie Blog. The movies include Alex Gibney's documentary The Armstrong Lie, which follows the Austin cyclist as he trains for his eighth Tour de France; the JFK assassination drama Parkland; the Matthew McConaughey-fronted Dallas Buyers Club; Austinite David Gordon Green's Joe, about an ex-con, played by Nicolas Cage, and his relationship with a 15-year-old boy; and the astronaut drama Gravity, starring sometimes-Austinite Sandra Bullock
  • Fantastic Fest news continues with the announcement of its first films, which includes the Keanu Reeves-fronted and directorial debut Man of Tai Chi, which tells the story of young martial artist whose skills land him in a lucrative underground fight club. Reeves is scheduled to make an in-person appearance.
  • Fantastic Fest Audience Award-winner I Declare War, about a deadly summer game among neighborhood kids, will open in select theaters Aug. 30. The film is currently available on VOD, iTunes and digital download.
  • In more film festival announcements, Austin Film Festival will begin announcing its 2013 official selections Aug. 1 on Twitter.
  • Euphonia is now available for free on Vimeo, Film School Rejects announced. The film, about a teenage boy's relationship with his voice recorder, made its world premiere during SXSW Film Festival earlier this year (Don's review).
  • More SXSW-related release news includes distribution for A Teacher (Jordan's review), a fictional account of an Austin high school teacher's relationship with a student. The drama is scheduled to play in theaters and on-demand outlets in September. 
  • Andrew Disney, the writer/director of the Fort Worth-shot, 2011 AFF selection Searching for Sonny (Slackerwood interview), returns with the upcoming comedy Intramural, which is currently in production. 
  • AFF concludes its Made in Texas Family Series with a screening of Secondhand Lions at 3 pm on Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Bob Bullock Texas Spirit Theater. Writer/director Tim McCanlies will be present for a post-screening Q&A.