July 7, 2005
� Last week we broke the news that "The Quiet" -- the first movie by the
University of Texas Film Institute and its for-profit arm Burnt Orange
Productions -- has been accepted to play at the prestigious Toronto
International Film Festival, which is second only to the Cannes Film
Festival as a major movie market and launching ground. (Third would be
Sundance.) Shot in Austin last fall, the film will have its world
premiere at the fest, which runs Sept. 8 through 17, in the Visions
program. "Focusing on innovation, Visions showcases works that enter new
cinematic territory, use unconventional approaches to storytelling and
employ new technologies in distinctive ways," says the festival Web
site. Starring Elisha Cuthbert and directed by Jamie Babbit, the offbeat
drama joins five other movies in Visions, including Australian western
"The Proposition," which was written by rocker Nick Cave and stars Guy
Pearce. -- Chris Garcia
� Open casting call: "Lots of kids" ages 3 to 15 are wanted as paid
extras for the upcoming Austin production of "How to Eat Fried Worms,"
which starts shooting this month. The casting call happens from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn Town Lake. No acting experience
needed. All shapes, sizes and types are welcome, as are parents with
cars. Based on the famed children's book, the film stars Lou Diamond
Phillips and Henry Winkler. Bob Dolman ("The Banger Sisters") directs
and Imagine Entertainment and New Line Cinema produce. Information:
495-1511. -- C.G.
� Screenwriter and longtime Austinite Bill Broyles split Texas a few
years ago for the open beauty of Wyoming, but he was recently in town to
open "The Battle for the Eastern Front: Photographs from the Bill
Broyles Collection," which runs through July 17 at the Ransom Center. He
also taped an interview with Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith for KLRU's
"Texas Monthly Talks," which airs at 7 Thursday night and repeats Friday
and Sunday on cable Channel 9. Broyles, who co-founded and edited Texas
Monthly before becoming the editor of Newsweek, discusses his time as a
Marine in Vietnam and how the war experience infuses his teleplays
("China Beach," "Brothers in Arms") and screenplays, including the
upcoming Gulf War drama "Jarhead." Broyles also wrote the films "Apollo
13," "Cast Away," "Planet of the Apes" and "The Polar Express." -- C.G.
� The new issue of the Austin Film Society's stellar free quarterly
P.O.V. is so stuffed with meaty ideas and interviews that, yes, OK,
we're jealous. This time, screenwriting is the 26-page pub's focus, with
managing editor Christian Raymond's detailed (and handsome) look at
transferring comics to screen (hello, "Sin City"); a fun first-person
essay about the terrors of Tinseltown by scripter and former Austinite
Joe Conway ("Undertow"); profiles of accomplished locals Anne Rapp
(Robert Altman's "Cookie's Fortune") and Kyle Henry (Cannes selection
"Room"); sneak peeks at recent Austin-made productions "The Quiet" and
the still-unnamed Sarah Michelle Gellar thriller; and lots more good
reads. Find the fab mag at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, Vulcan Video, I Luv
Video, Book People, Central Market, Waterloo, Austin Motel and other hot
spots.www.austinfilm.org. -- C.G.
� Pick the minds of pros during Storie Productions' Reel Moviemaking
Workshop, two big days of hands-on film tutelage for aspirants ages 12
to 21 on July 13 and 14 at a to-be-named place in Central Austin.
Working film folks, from directors and makeup artists to editors and
producers, will take students through the filmmaking process before
getting a crash course in film acting. The second day will take place on
the set of director-writer Kat Candler's new movie "Jumping Off
Bridges." Registration is $300 per person. E-mail
or call 443-8229. -- C.G.