Slackery News Tidbits: Fantastic Fest-Free Edition

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LebowskiFestGuess what? Austin has had film-related news in the past week that has nothing to do with Fantastic Fest. Really! I'm as surprised as you are. Let's look at all the interesting stuff we at Slackerwood missed while we were watching festival films and then recuperating. If we left out anything else, feel free to share the news in the comments section.

  • Austin filmmaker/instructor Kat Candler is on fire this month, I swear. You can catch her 2006 feature jumping off bridges tonight at the Windsor Park branch of Austin Public Library at 6:30 pm. She also has two new short films playing at Austin Film Festival later this month: Quarter to Noon and Love Bug. Finally, a feature-film screenplay that she wrote with Chris Mass (Chalk), The Spider in the Bathtub, has just been optioned by LAF Studios, with Candler to direct.
  • Speaking of AFF, Austin Business Journal has an interview with festival co-founder Barbara Morgan.
  • Renovations on Austin's (now all-digital) public access television studios are complete. This Saturday, Oct. 10, the public is invited to digital fusion fest, an open house for the upgraded facility. Stop by and learn how you can create your own video for cablecast and other media.
  • Lebowski Fest Austin takes place this weekend at Stubb's and Highland Lanes.
  • Zombie Girl: The Movie will play in Houston at Freneticore on Saturday, October 24, as part of Aurora Picture Show. The documentary chronicles local teen filmmaker Emily Hagins's first feature production, Pathogen. In addition, the documentary filmmakers are from Austin: Justin Johnson, Aaron Marshall and Erik Mauck.
  • The Alamo Drafthouse franchise (which owns the Lake Creek theater here in Austin) will open a new theater in San Marcos, as well as other Texas cities, according to an Austin American-Statesman article.

"optioned"

Okay, I'll let you say "optioned". But the moment you say "helmed" I'm canceling my subscription.

Lake Creek Alamo is not in Austin

Austin Alamo Drafthouses are all owned by the Leagues. Lake Creek is in Cedar Park, not Austin. I think it's an important distinction to make.

I beg to differ

A quick look at Google Maps and at City of Austin boundary maps shows me that Alamo Lake Creek is in Austin, not Cedar Park.