Slackery News Tidbits: November 4, 2013


Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

  • Austin filmmaker Russell O. Bush's Vultures of Tibet is nominated for a Best Short Award at this year's 29th Annual IDA Documentary Awards. The International Documentary Association will announce the winners on Dec. 6 in Los Angeles at the Directors Guild of America. Bush's documentary explores a Tibetan death ritual where bodies are offered to wild griffon vultures. IDA members can vote now for Best Short. In addition, University of Texas at Austin graduate student Elizabeth Chatelain's film My Sister Sarah, about the affects of meth addiction, is nominated for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award (Jordan's interview).
  • In more awards news, the Austin-shot short Black Metal by UT lecturer Kat Candler received the Heavy Metal Hysteria award at last week's Housecore Horror Film Festival, The Austin Chronicle reports. Black Metal, which screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is about the lead singer of a metal band (played by Austinite Jonny Mars) and how he deals with the aftermath of a murder committed by one of his teenage fans.
  • Filmmaker Jason Reitman (Labor Day) announced at last week's Austin Film Festival that he will start filming his next movie, Men, Women & Children, in Austin in January, Austin Movie Blog reports. The movie is expected to star Adam Sandler and traces the role the Internet has played in people's lives.
  • Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater will host a screening tonight of former AFS staffer Bryan Poyser's Austin-shot film The Bounceback at 7:30 pm. People can attend by contributing $50 or more to the Kickstarter campaign for The Bounceback Roadshow. Campaign funds will help screen the romantic comedy in various spots nationwide this spring.
  • The Austin Chronicle profiled Emily Hagins (Grow Up, Tony Phillips) last week about the transition from child to adult filmmaker.
  • The teaser for the Texas-shot Red on Yella, Kill a Fella will premiere Nov. 10 at The Show! Austin with filmmakers Justin Meeks and Duane Graves in attendance. Austin actor Sonny Carl Davis will guest host, and will preview part of his one-man show. Jonny Mars (who appears with Davis in Saturday Morning Massacre/Mystery) will also be there to screen Spencer Parsons' SXSW 2011 short Chainsaw Found Jesus.

Red on Yella, Kill a Fella

Looking forward to seeing the teaser since it was a great film to play a small part in making. Justin Meeks and Duane Graves are really superb!