Slackery News Tidbits: January 6, 2013


Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

  • Scott Harris, UT Radio-Television-Film alumnus and two-time Austin Film Society Grant (formerly the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund) recipient, will screen his debut feature-length documentary, Being Ginger, at 7:30 pm next Monday at AMC Barton Creek in Austin through Tugg. A Q&A with Harris will follow the screening. The documentary, about one redhead's attempt to regain self-confidence by going on a quest to find a woman, was made during Harris's time studying at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. 
  • Meanwhile, out in Fredericksburg, the town's lone movie theater reopened last month. More than a year after the Stagecoach Theater closed, the Fredericksburg Standard reports that the rebranded independent theater Fritztown Cinema will have a small pizzeria and a beer/wine bar. 
  • Fritztown has partnered with the Hill Country Film Festival for a free Indie Screening Series, beginning next Wednesday night. This debut screening will showcase a collection of Texas-made short films provided by the Houston Film Commission
  • Austinite Geoff Marslett's feature Loves Her Gun (Don's review), which won the Lone Star Award at SXSW 2013, will run for a week beginning Friday at the Village Cinema in New York City.
  • A Fort Worth man has been collecting thousands of movie soundtracks since the 1960s, KERA News reports. Sal Favia hopes to eventually house his collection in a North Texas museum of his own making. 
  • The Texas Independent Film Festival in Bryan-College Station is accepting short and feature-length movie submissions until Feb. 17. The regular submission deadline is Jan. 31. Originally established as the Texas Film Festival in 1993 by a Texas A&M University student, it grew to be the largest student-run movie festival in the nation, showcasing the works of Robert Rodriguez, Spike Lee and Oliver Stone. After going on hiatus in 2005, the festival was re-established at the Texas Independent Film Festival in the fall of 2012. 
  • Suspense thriller Besties (Jette's review), which had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest 2012, will be released Jan. 21 on VOD, according to Movie Mezzanine. The movie tells the story of an awkward teenager and the babysitter she's idolized for years, who are forced to share a secret.