Slackery News Tidbits: October 28, 2013

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Here's the latest Austin film news.

  • Austin Film Festival announced this year's film awards, which included the inaugural Dark Matters Jury Award, won by writer-director Darren Paul Fisher for OXV: The Manual. First time writer/director Chris Lowell took home the Narrative Feature Jury Award for his movie Beside Still Waters, and director Christopher Englese won the documentary feature jury prize for Political Bodies.
  • AFF also announced its shorts jury awards. The AFF Young Filmmakers Program Grand Prize was awarded to Imogen Pohl, director of HB; writer/director Avram Dodson won the Narrative Student Short Jury Prize for Pistachio Milk; the Documentary Shorts Jury Award went to director Jenny van den Broeke for Blinde Liefde; Erica Harrison's A Cautionary Tale took the Animated Shorts award, and Fool's Day, from Cody Blue Snider (Dee Snider's son, interestingly) won the Narrative Shorts award.
  • Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater discusses Before Midnight (out on Blu-ray and DVD), a possible Dazed and Confused "spiritual sequel" and TV series, as well as his long-awaited film Boyhood with Parade. The film, which Linklater's been working on since 2002, chronicles the life of a child from age six to 18 and stars native Texan Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as the boy's fictional parents. 
  • For Hulu Plus users, Austinite Emily Hagins' teen horror-comedy My Sucky Teen Romance (Don's review) is now available. 
  • Empire has released the first image of Stephen Frears' untitled Lance Armstrong biopic, starring Ben Foster as the Austin-based cyclist. 
  • The Alamo Drafthouse has partnered with comedian Amy Poehler's Smart Girls to offer discounted screenings of To Kill a Mockingbird this month for school and community groups (and a free discussion guide to be used after the film) as part of the theater chain's Tough Ladies series. Check out a sneak peek of Poehler's introduction below.