Slackery News Tidbits: March 3, 2014

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Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

  • The Austin-shot film Hellion has been acquired for US distribution by Sundance Selections (via Hollywood Reporter). The movie premiered at Sundance this year and will screen at SXSW. Read Debbie's review and her interview with filmmaker Kat Candler.
  • At the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, the Robert Altman Award went to Mud (Debbie's review), from Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols (via Indiewire). The award is given to a director and ensemble cast -- for Mud, the cast includes Austin actor Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan (Joe) and Reese Witherspoon. In addition, McConaughey took home the Best Actor award for his role in Dallas Buyers Club (Caitlin's review).
  • But that wasn't all for McConaughey, who also won an Academy Award last night for Best Actor for Dallas Buyers Club.
  • In Alamo Drafthouse news, Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network has partnered with the Drafthouse to screen the premiere episode of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, a television adaptation of his 1996 cult film From Dusk Till Dawn, on Tuesday, March 11 at nine Drafthouse markets across the country to coincide with its television premiere at 8 pm that day, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League will host a live Q&A with Rodriguez and the series cast following the Austin screening at Alamo Slaughter. This Q&A will be livestreamed into other participating Drafthouse theaters and on the El Rey Network YouTube channel. The Austin-shot From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series will be the first scripted original series to air on Rodriguez's new cable network.
  • Austin web series The Pantsless Detective filmmakers announced last week that the series has been accepted into two festivals: LAWebFest in late March, and the inaugural Vancouver Web Fest in May. The noir spoof ran a successful crowdfunding campaign last year to complete its first season.
  • Austin Film Festival co-founder Barbara Morgan remembered the life and legacy of acclaimed filmmaker and 2005 AFF Extraordinary Contrubition to Film award-winner Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters).
  • Finally, Austin moviemaker Craig Whitney's short The Garden and the Wilderness (Jordan's dispatch) is now available for download on iTunes. Whitney, a UT alumnus, was chosen by the Houston Film Commission to represent the state at last year's Texas Filmmaker's Showcase in Los Angeles for The Garden and the Wilderness, about an aging ranch hand who learns that the land he has tended for decades will be sold to a developer following the owner's death.