Slackery News Tidbits: August 12, 2013


Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

  • The Austin Film Society announced the three jurors who will determine the recipients of this year's $116,000 AFS Grant, formerly the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund. Jacqueline Lyanga, director of the L.A.-based American Film Institute Fest; filmmaker Ry Russo-Young, whose latest feature Nobody Walks won a special grand jury prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival; and 2010 Guggenheim Fellow Matt Wolf, who was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine, will be in charge of selecting the recipients of the funds, which can be used toward production, post-production and distribution of independent films. 
  • Renaissance man Ron Deutsch announced that he will teach his 20th Chef du Cinema class on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Central Market North. Students will learn to prepare a three-course menu inspired by the Oscar-nominated film, O, Brother, Where Art Thou? The adventure-comedy will be screened -- and food will be eaten- -- after the demonstration, which includes jailbird barbeque, Pappy O'Daniel's buttermilk biscuits and honey butter, and strawberry-rhubarb pie.
  • Alamo Drafthouse CEO and founder Tim League may be entering the ring during this year's Fantastic Fest Debates, oral arguments that lead to physical boxing with gloves and headgear, Austin Movie Blog reports. This is all in the name of defending the movie-theater protocol that has made the Drafthouse famous (talk, text and social media-free), which recently came under fire with website The Wrap's article and blogger Hunter Walk's post suggesting that it's time to reinvent the moviegoing experience. Last week, Austinite David Delgado tweeted that League should consider fighting Walk in one of the festival's annual debates. League's response came in the form of a tweet to Slackerwood contributor J.C. DeLeon, where he accepted the challenge. 
  • In more Drafthouse news, the theater chain is working in collaboration with Austin Dog Rescue and Lola Visual to present the documentary Roots of Rescue, Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 pm at Alamo Village. A Q&A with filmmakers David Cowardin and Joe Olivieri will follow the screening. All proceeds benefit Austin Dog Rescue. 
  • Stateside at the Paramount will host a Looney Tunes cartoon shorts screening to benefit Austin-based nonprofit For The Children at 6 pm this Thursday, Aug. 15. Proceeds will help purchase and provide school supplies for local Title I elementary schools.
  • Finally, this week The New York Times profiled Austin-based post-rockers Explosions in the Sky, who scored the Bastrop-shot film Prince Avalanche (Elizabeth's SXSW review).