Slackery News Tidbits: October 21, 2013


Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

  • Get your questions ready: the SXSW Film team will be hosting a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) at 2 pm today. 
  • Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater will receive the Levantine Cinema Arts Award at this year's Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Culture Map Houston reports. The Nov. 6-10 event will include a screening of Linklater's 1993 Austin-shot film Dazed and Confused
  • Five Drafthouse Films titles, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse, landed on Netflix Instant last week: music documentary A Band Called Death, which screened at SXSW 2013; Filipino crime thriller Graceland, which screened at this year's Fantastic Fest; Korean drama Pieta; and Australian thriller Wake in Fright and comedy-drama Wrong, both of which screened at last year's Fantastic Fest.  
  • Austin filmmaker and former Austin Film Society staffer Bryan Poyser's feature-length debut, Dear Pillow (Don's review), is now available to watch on the subscription-based movie site Fandor as its "Featured Release this Week." The Independent Spirit Award-nominated drama follows 17-year-old Wes through a pseudo-fictional sexual odyssey. Dear Pillow was produced by Jacob Vaughan, whose latest film Bad Milo is currently available for online rental.
  • The Austin-shot holiday movie Angels Sing -- formerly titled When Angels Sing -- will get a theatrical release on November 1 in a number of cities, including Austin (tentatively set for Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter). and has a new trailer. Tim McCanlies' film, based on a Turk Pipkin story, premiered at SXSW 2013 (Mike's review). It stars Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton and Willie Nelson, and includes a host of Austin musicians in supporting roles, such as Lyle Lovett, Marcia Ball, Guy Forsyth and Ray Benson.
  • Austinite Joe Nicolosi's SXSW 2013 short film, Hell No, is now available for free on YouTube. It's scored more than 5 million hits on the site since its debut last week.