Slackery News Tidbits: June 2, 2014


Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

  • The Austin Film Society has teamed up with The Nature Conservancy to present a screening of Hanna Ranch, a documentary about a fourth-generation cattle ranch in Colorado, tonight at 7:30 pm at the Marchesa Hall. 
  • In more AFS news, the nonprofit recently announced the participants of this year's Artist Intensive, a workshop for emerging narrative feature writer-directors in Austin with projects in various stages of development or pre-production. Filmmaking husband/wife team Julia Halperin's and Jason Cortlund's La Barracuda (Jordan's interview), Stephen Belyeu's and Gregory Day's The Father, filmmaker-musicians Karen Skloss's and Jay Tonne Jr.'s The Honor Farm and local filmmaker Clay Liford's Slash (an expansion of his short of the same name; Debbie's interview) were selected by the programming committee of AFS's board of directors. Each writer-director team will be matched with mentors who will provide project feedback later this month. 
  • The Central Texas-shot indie-comedy Cinema Six (Jette's Dallas dispatch), about the hijinks of three longtime small-town movie theater employees, is now available for free on Hulu
  • Bill and Turner Ross's lyrical documentary Tchoupitoulas, which screened at SXSW 2012, is now available to watch for free online at Doc Alliance Films. The film follows three adolescent brothers on a nighttime journey around New Orleans' French Quarter.
  • Austin-based distribution company Drafthouse Films has acquired US distribution rights to the period crime thriller La French, reports Austin Movie Blog. Inspired by true events, La French, which screened at this year's Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of a young magistrate in 1970s Marseille who spends years trying to take down a powerful drug ring. 
  • For more Cannes news, read Austin Movie Blog contributor/Cannes veteran Charles Ealy's festival coverage. 
  • Cannes coverage continues with Indiewire's profile of filmmaker Annie Silverstein, whose short movie Skunk won the top prize at this year's Cinefondation section of the festival. Skunk was Silverstein's master's thesis movie at The University of Texas at Austin and stars local actress Heather Kafka.
  • The San Marcos River documentary Yakona (Jordan's dispatch) will screen at the Oak Cliff Film Festival on June 22. This SXSW 2014 Audience Award-winner is also an official selection at this year's Marfa Film Festival in July. 
  • Finally, a sequel to 1970s cult horror movie The Forgotten (aka Don't Look in the Basement), shot on location at the Techuacana, Texas house used in the original film, is scheduled for release later this year, according to Twitch. The sequel follows the only surviving patient from the original film when he returns to the mental hospital where murders occurred after the inmates took over the building.