Slackery News Tidbits: April 14, 2014


Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news. 

  • Congratulations to filmmaker/University of Texas lecturer Kat Candler (Debbie's interview) on her 2014 Dallas International Film Festival's Grand Jury Narrative Prize for Hellion (Debbie's review). Texas native Darius Clark Monroe's movie Evolution of a Criminal also won the Documentary Feature Special Jury Prize for Directorial Vision. The Texas Grand Jury Prize went to Flutter (Debbie's review), with a special jury prize to the East Texas documentary Tomato Republic. Austin filmmaker John Fiege's documentary Above All Else (Don's review, Elizabeth's interview) won a special jury prize in the Silver Heart category. Here's the full list of awards.
  • The 17th Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival announced its full lineup last week. The Marchesa Hall and Theater will feature the festival's opening and closing-night movies, international new releases and "Hecho en Tejas," a category devoted to movies made in Texas, including the documentary Las Marthas, about the annual Laredo-based celebration honoring President George Washington, where debutantes dress as American Revolutionaries.
  • Screenings for this year's Cine Las Americas will take place at the Alamo Drafthouse Village and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. San Antonio filmmaker Efrain Gutierrez, whose 1970s microindies are considered to be the first Chicano films, will also be honored during the festival, which takes place April 22-27.
  • Television station AMC has returned to sponsor and judge this year's Austin Film Festival and Conference's One-Hour Pilot Award for the Teleplay Competition. The award is open to any pilot script written in the one-hour format for an original TV series. Finalists will be given the opportunity to meet with a representative of AMC during the event, which takes place Oct. 23-30, or over the phone at a later date. 
  • In more AFF news, the fourth season of On Story: Presented by the Austin Film Festival premieres Saturday on KLRU-Q. This 14-episode season features interviews with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and filmmaker Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko), among others. You can watch past episodes here
  • AFF news continues: AFF 2013 film Scrapper, about the relationship between a man who makes his living trolling the back alleys of Seattle looking for scrap metal and a teenage runaway, is now available on VOD.
  • The Fourth Annual John Wayne Film Festival, which takes place April 24-27, has been relocated from Snyder, Texas to Dallas at LOOK Cinemas, The Dallas Morning News reports. The festival benefits the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.
  • Austin-based Hammer to Nail magazine editor and filmmaker Michael Tully's Ping Pong Summer, starring Susan Sarandon, won the audience award for Best Narrative Feature at this year's Sarasota Film Festival, Indiewire reports.
  • Austinites Mallory Culbert's and Carlyn Hudson's "unromantic comedy," The Big Spoon, is set to shoot in Austin this summer or fall. Starring Alex Karpovsky (Girls), the movie is about the perils of relationships that last past their expiration date. The movie's filmmakers have created a Kickstarter campaign to raise the final $35,000 to begin production. 
  • The Austin-shot indie comedy Zero Charisma (Jette's review) is now available on DVD. Zero Charisma, about an obsessive fantasy gamer who struggles to defend his tabletop turf and fellow role players from a neo-nerd hipster, stars Sam Eidson (My Sucky Teen Romance) and Dakin Matthews (True GritDesperate Housewives). The movie's filmmakers received a $5,000 Austin Film Society Grant for the film. 
  • The Weinstein's Radius-TWC is partnering with UT alums Jay and Mark Duplass and Blumhouse Productions on a Creep trilogy, following the horror-comedy's SXSW 2014 world premiere, Variety reports. Creep (Mike's review), about a man who answers a cryptic ad online, is slated for release later this year, while the second and third movie in the trilogy are already in the works. 
  • Finally, listen to UT alum David Wingo's soundtrack for fellow Austinite David Gordon Green's movie Joe on Paste. The drama, starring Nicholas Cage, follows an ex-con and a 15-year-old boy in an unlikely partnership.