Slackery News Tidbits: September 23, 2013


Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news. 

  • Polari (formerly aGLIFF) has just announced its 26th annual festival lineup, which includes Austinite Yen Tan's drama Pit Stop (Debbie's Sundance review), PJ Raval's documentary Before You Know It (Don's SXSW review) and Clay Liford's short Slash, which just played Fantastic Fest last night (Debbie's interview). The oldest film festival in Austin takes place Oct. 16-20. 
  • Acquisition news from Fantastic Fest: IFC Midnight acquired the North American rights to the scifi-horror flick Almost Human, according to IndieWire. The film, about a man's search for the killer behind a series of grisly murders, will screen again tomorrow at Alamo Lakeline. 
  • The Elijah Wood-fronted Grand Piano, which had its world premiere Friday at Fantastic Fest, has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Magnet for a planned 2014 release, the filmmakers announced. Eugenio Mira's thriller will screen again on Tuesday at Alamo Lakeline. Keep an eye out for Jette's review.
  • Austinite David Gordon Green's (Prince Avalanche) latest film, Manglehorn, will begin filming in Austin this fall, reports Deadline. The drama, starring Al Pacino and Holly Hunter, follows an eccentric man trying to come to terms with a past crime that lost him the love of his life.
  • Austin filmmaker David Hartstein (Jette's interview) was accepted to Biennale College, a Venice-based cinema lab program that workshops dozens of projects and picks three to fund and premiere at the Venice Film Festival, according to The Austin Chronicle. Hartstein's Along Came Kinky (Don's review) was recently released on VOD. Fellow Austinites Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin of Now, Forager (Jordan's interview) fame were also accepted to Biennale College. 
  • Austin-based filmmaker Richard Linklater will be presented with the Director Tribute award at this year's Gotham Independent Spirit Awards, the L.A. Times reports.
  • Alamo Drafthouse recently announced the newest members of its programming team: Austinites (and UT alum) R.J. LaForce, Tommy Swenson, Kayla Williams and Laird Jimenez. 
  • Austin Race Events announced a premiere party for the Formula 1 biopic Rush on Friday night at Moviehouse & Eatery (8300 N. FM 620). Various racing-related activities will take place, along with as-yet-to-be-announced special guests in attendance. Proceeds from the event benefit Your Ride is Here, a local nonprofit organization that provides free transportation for cancer patients to and from their treatments. 
  • Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, an organization that aims to help meet the legal and accounting needs of artists and arts-related nonprofits in the state, has moved its headquarters to Austin, according to the Texas Film Commission.
  • Austin Film School invites youth ages 14-18 to create an episode of the current student-produced telenovela, Mundos Diferentes. this after-school program will take place for an hour beginning at 4:50 pm on Mondays from Oct. 24-Nov. 28 at Ann Richards School. Sponsorships and grants are available for eligible students.
  • Film School Rejects posted the first trailer for the Austin-shot movie Zero Charisma (Jette's review), which had its world premiere at this year's SXSW Film Festival. The comedy tells the story of Scott (Sam Eidson), an overbearing fantasy role-playing gamer. The movie opens in Austin on Oct. 11. Here's the trailer: