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  • Dan Eggleston
    Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Big Screen, Little Screen Sin City the television series? Yep, if the Weinstein Co. has its way, Robert Rodriguez s big-screen
    Message 1 of 29 , Nov 3, 2005
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      BY JOE O'CONNELL
      Big Screen, Little Screen

      Sin City the television series? Yep, if the Weinstein Co. has its way,
      Robert Rodriguez's big-screen adaptation of Frank Miller's noir graphic
      novel will be on the small screen about the time Sin City 2, the film
      slated to start production in Austin by the end of the year, is
      scheduled to screen. No word on what, if any, involvement Rodriguez and
      the original cast will have in the project. And just for the kids in us
      all, Holes, the young-adult novel by Austinite Louis Sachar, is also set
      for a television pilot. Sachar's book about a Texas juvenile detention
      camp has already been a 2003 film, then a stage play. The pilot from
      Walden Media is expected to be a half-hour comedy.
      Lights! Camera! Action!

      Now shooting locally is All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, a horror film
      starring local actress Amber Heard as a devastatingly beautiful school
      girl who has a gaggle of zombie-like admirers. Recent American Film
      Institute grad (and former assistant to Paul Schrader) Jonathan Levine
      directs... Starting production this week is Steve Cauley's Wake Up,
      Herbert, in which right before Christmas a guy loses a job he didn't
      enjoy and keeps having a dream in which he asks Santa to give him his
      manhood as a present. It's a first film for writer/director Cauley, a
      St. Edward's University grad who's a former newspaper editor and teacher.
      Truly Indie

      Score one for John Pierson's advanced producing class at the University
      of Texas. Cavite, the film by Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela Llana that was
      pushed through the class (and premiered at SXSW Film 05), is the first
      to be signed by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner of 2929 Entertainment for a
      new program called Truly Indie, in which indie films get help with
      marketing and sales tools so they can get their film out sans a
      traditional distributor in Landmark theatres owned by 2929.

      You May Already Be a Winner

      Austin's Lauren Sheppard is one of 10 finalists for a Nicholl Fellowship
      in screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Her
      screenplay The Last Wish Girl made the cut out of a whopping 5,879
      entries (which included Chronicle contributor Kimberley Jones as a
      semifinalist), and, if chosen, will earn her a $30,000 fellowship. Cross
      your fingers... University of Texas prof Ellen Spiro and her co-director
      Karen Bernstein won a well-deserved Lone Star Emmy for their insightful
      documentary Are the Kids Alright?, about how Texas children with mental
      illnesses can get caught in the state's bureaucracy. UT grad student
      Ya'Ke Smith won a Directors Guild of America Student Filmmaker Award for
      his film Hope's War, about a U.S. soldier struggling to fit in after his
      return from Iraq.
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    • Dan Eggleston
      Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Pretty Good, Not Bad, Can t Complain That s the verdict on the Austin film industry in 2005. Could have been better, has been
      Message 2 of 29 , Dec 30, 2005
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        BY JOE O'CONNELL
        Pretty Good, Not Bad, Can't Complain

        That's the verdict on the Austin film industry in 2005. Could have been
        better, has been better, but not bad. Preliminary figures from the Texas
        Film Commission put the combined budgets of film/video projects shot in
        the capital city at $78 million. The entire state took in just under
        $140 million from 39 projects. Austin's 19 projects included How to Eat
        Fried Worms, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Origin, Sarah Michelle
        Gellar's The Return (formerly titled Revolver), Sandra Bullock's
        Infamous (formerly Every Word Is True), Richard Linklater's retelling of
        Fast Food Nation, a pair of shoots from Burnt Orange Productions (The
        Cassidy Kids and Homo Erectus), and MTV's The Real World. Quite a
        roster. But compare it to the 2004 statewide take of $214.8 million
        (Austin saw $151.2 million of that) or 2003's $230.2 million (more than
        $192 million in Austin), and it's beginning to look a lot like film
        incentives make financial sense for the Lone Star State. Not even
        Hurricane Katrina can slow down Louisiana's incentive-fueled
        film-industry boom, which the Louisiana Film Commission estimates has
        brought more than $900 million to that state since July 2002. And New
        Mexico isn't far behind. Hey, Texas lawmakers, need more proof? How
        about the Josh Hartnett-starrer Texas Lullaby, a reworked Hamlet set in
        East Texas? Well, it's shooting in Shreveport.
        Scary Gary Busey

        Planning a February shoot hereabouts is Hallettsville, a horror/suspense
        film starring none other that Gary Busey, Oscar winner for The Buddy
        Holly Story. Logan Brown, Derek Nixon, and Damon Change are producing,
        and Andrew Pozza is directing. Busey plays the sheriff in a haunted
        little town between Austin and Houston.
        She Promised You Heaven

        Welcome into the world, Rhiannon Elizabeth Rodriguez-Avellán, all 21
        inches of you. She came forth like a bell through the night on Dec. 8.
        Father Robert Rodriguez did indeed get naming duties, and, yes, he's a
        closet Fleetwood Mac fan. Mom Elizabeth Avellán notes the name also
        hearkens to an incredible figure from Celtic mythology. Like her
        ultra-busy filmmaking parents, Rhiannon is in a hurry. She was born 10
        days ahead of schedule and, we can presume, came in well under budget.
        And the Rest

        Can enough Austinites have films in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival?
        Never. Add Susan Youssef's "Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf," a short
        film about an Arab-American girl coming to grips with her sexuality
        while bridging the mores of two very different cultures... Good news
        from L.A., where Tracie Laymon relocated six months ago. Production
        company Cineville (Gas Food Lodging, Mi Vida Loca, Swimming With Sharks,
        Hurly Burly) has tabbed her to rewrite the script for and direct
        Attention Deficit. A colleague who knows her from her short-film-making
        days in Austin was celebratory but unsurprised, saying the 22-year-old
        "definitely has the drive to become a major star"... Low budget? You
        want low budget? How about $57? That's the current figure for Disturbing
        Productions' Cry for Help, based on a Don Jolly script about the
        Internet culture of teen suicide glorification... Brian Satterwhite has
        been selected to compose music for the IMAX film "Ride With Cowboys"
        slated for release in June. Satterwhite will spend the next three months
        writing music for the 45-minute film directed by Harry Lynch of Trinity
        Films here in Austin. The film examines the origins of cowboy culture in
        Spain more than a thousand years ago and its cultural development
        throughout the world.
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      • Dan Eggleston
        At the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, La Tragedia de Macario a narrative film by twenty-three year old first-time filmmaker Pablo Veliz was acquired by Arrival
        Message 3 of 29 , Jan 26, 2006
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          At the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, "La Tragedia de
          Macario" a narrative film by twenty-three year old
          first-time filmmaker Pablo Veliz was acquired by
          Arrival Pictures for domestic theatrical release.
          Park City, UT (PRWEB) January 25, 2006 -- Monday at
          the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, "La Tragedia de
          Macario" a narrative film by twenty-three year old
          first-time filmmaker Pablo Veliz was acquired by
          Arrival Pictures for domestic theatrical release.

          Arrival Pictures, coming fresh off the success of "The
          Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam" and producer's
          representatives Strategic Film Partners closed the
          deal two days after the world premiere of the film.

          Negotiations between Arrival Pictures president
          Charles Acosta and Strategic Film Partners principals
          Alex Barder and Lawrence Silverstein went through the
          night and closed early Monday morning.

          The picture premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film
          Festival and has received a great deal of attention
          due to its compelling narrative storytelling which
          tackles the controversial and topical subject matter
          of immigration.

          Set against the backdrop of what many consider to be
          the worst immigrant tragedy in American history, the
          film explores the complexities of the immigrant's
          struggles, triumphs, loves and spirit with moving
          results.

          The story is very personal to Veliz, who himself
          emigrated across the Mexican-U.S. border, and
          incorporates Veliz's own true life struggles in the
          film.

          "The filmmakers are very excited to have their film
          released through Arrival Pictures," noted Strategic
          partner Barder, "Arrival Pictures has made a place for
          themselves as a preeminent distributor of specialty
          films with a broad appeal and will do a tremendous job
          with this remarkable picture."

          "La Tragedia de Macario is a compelling and
          politically controversial film with a powerful message
          which needs to be heard," said Arrival Pictures
          president Acosta. Along with Arrival Pictures
          marketing director Lori Madrid, Acosta is currently
          targeting a late spring theatrical release.

          For more information on the film go to
          www.LaTragedia.com

          For more information on Arrival Pictures go to
          www.ArrivalPictures.com

          For more information on Strategic Film Partners go to www.StrategicFilmPartners.com

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        • Dan Eggleston
          Film News BY JOE O CONNELL What Makes Rudin Run (to Texas)? Looks like Stop-Loss, a sure-to-be controversial war-in-Iraq tale from Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don t
          Message 4 of 29 , Feb 9, 2006
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            BY JOE O'CONNELL
            What Makes Rudin Run (to Texas)?

            Looks like Stop-Loss, a sure-to-be controversial
            war-in-Iraq tale from Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry)
            is almost certain to film in Austin as early as May,
            and we can thank power player Scott Rudin, a New
            Yawker who seems suddenly to have a jones for Texas.
            That's "jones" as in Tommy Lee Jones, who is
            reportedly in talks to star in No Country for Old Men,
            the Cormac McCarthy novel adaptation that Joel and
            Ethan Coen are expected to direct in Texas and New
            Mexico, also in May. Rudin, famously known for tossing
            telephones at a long line of nervous assistants, is
            producing both projects, as well as There Will Be
            Blood, a look inside the oil industry loosely based on
            Upton Sinclair's novel Oil!, directed by Paul Thomas
            Anderson and looking likely for a Marfa shoot. All
            three films are jointly being produced by Paramount
            and Miramax with the cement being Rudin, who has a
            Texas history producing films by both Richard
            Linklater and Wes Anderson. Stop-Loss is about a
            soldier returned to Texas after a tour in Iraq, but
            then promptly called back under the Pentagon's
            stop-loss program of involuntarily extending military
            service commitments. Peirce, whose Boys shot in
            Dallas, got the plot idea from the experiences of her
            own enlisted brother.
            These Zombies Don't Dance

            Robert Rodriguez's joint project with Quentin
            Tarantino, Grind (shortened from Grind House),
            includes a zombie flick from Mr. R. called "Planet
            Terror" (does Robert pay homage to the
            once-upon-a-time late-night San Antonio monster show
            Project Terror?) and a slasher film from Mr. Q titled
            "Death Proof," according to Variety. The report also
            tantalizingly suggests Rodriguez will be the
            cinematographer for both segments. Grind is two
            separate hour-long films with coming attractions for
            imaginary exploitation films running between them.
            Rodriguez is not expected to begin Austin production
            on "Planet Terror" until next month.
            We're No. 2! We're No. 2!

            As our News section reported last week, MovieMaker
            Magazine likes us, it really likes us. In its current
            issue, the indie film mag ranks Austin second only to
            New York City among the best places to be a
            moviemaker, citing the Austin Film Society, its Austin
            Studios, great locations, and some Hollywood-connected
            local filmmakers who shall remain infamous. In the six
            years the list has been compiled, Austin has always
            been in the Top 5, taking the top spot two years ago,
            and the article says, "Unlike what you may heard about
            those laidback Texans, popularity has not led to
            complacency." San Antonio also gets props as one of
            the "cities on the rise" for a flurry of indie
            activity highlighted by UTSA student Pablo Veliz's
            recent Sundance Film Festival feature, La Tragedia de
            Macario.
            And the Rest ...

            Casting is under way for Peter Berg's Friday Night
            Lights television pilot... The release date for
            Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly has been pushed
            back again, this time from March to July, Science
            Fiction Weekly reports... Gary Busey starrer
            Hallettsville has begun shooting and is the first
            Texas film to use the high-definition Viper FilmStream
            Camera also used in Collateral. Andrew Pozza is
            directing and his fellow native Texans Logan Brown and
            Derek Nixon are producing. Line producer Damon Chang
            says the film lives in cyberspace at
            www.myspace.com/hallettsville... New York-based
            Rooftop Films has awarded a post-production grant to
            P.J. Raval and Jay Hodges' Best Kept Secret, a
            documentary about Trinidad, Colo., aka the sex-change
            capital of the world.
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          • Dan Eggleston
            Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Charlize Theron Running to SXSW In her final days shooting jumping off bridges last summer, writer/director Kat Candler mused what
            Message 5 of 29 , Feb 23, 2006
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              Charlize Theron



              Running to SXSW

              In her final days shooting jumping off bridges last summer,
              writer/director Kat Candler mused what came next. "We're thinking of
              running a marathon," she said. This past Sunday, she, bridges producer
              Stacy Schoolfield, and editor Nevie Owens joined a team organized by
              TexFX's Gary Walker (also running were Bennie Klain, Kristina Mann, and
              Ken Lewin) and beat the beast that is the Freescale Austin Marathon
              while raising $8,500 for the Austin Children's Shelter. They've got
              bruises and monstrous blisters, but, hey, Candler and company did it all
              while preparing for a second grueling event: premiering their film at
              South by Southwest in just a scant few weeks. They'll be joined by a
              slew of others – red-hot locals and budding auteurs from far and wide –
              sweating out the marathon that is making a film and shepherding it to
              the big screen. Consider Jacob Vaughan and Bryan Poyser moving up a
              notch past feted first feature Dear Pillow with their Burnt Orange film,
              The Cassidy Kids (you can see the trailer at
              www.switchfilm.com/TCK/TCKTrailerAweb.mov); or local
              photog-turned-documentarian Andrew Shapter, whose Before the Music Dies
              premiere will be followed by a gargantuan party at the Austin Music Hall
              on March 12 with music by Erykah Badu, Doyle Bramhall II, Questlove,
              Wendy and Lisa (from Prince's Revolution), Blaze (featuring Austin's
              Ephraim Owens), DJ Jazzy Jeff, Branford Marsalis, and Seattle's Correo
              Aereo. Some tickets will go on sale to the general public next week. Did
              I mention the party will be taped for a June television showing
              promoting a film soundtrack? Other locals running the SXSW marathon are
              Steve Collins, who expanded his 2004 SXSW jury-winning short into
              Gretchen; Turk Pipkin with his look at the world's big issues in
              Nobelity; and Heather Courtney, who brings her border doc Letters From
              the Other Side to this race fresh from kudos at Sundance. Plus, for
              those with a little less stamina, there are 130 short films slated,
              including work by TV personality Maria Menounos, actor/comedian Bob
              Odenkirk, Sky High director Mike Mitchell, and the folks at DreamWorks
              Animation. Hand these guys some Gatorade, buy a SXSW film pass (a
              limited number on sale in person only at Waterloo Video for $65) and
              meet some road-weary filmmakers at the finish line. And, if that's not
              enough for you, speakers at the accompanying conference include Charlize
              Theron, David Cross, Henry Rollins, John Sayles, and Peter Bart. And
              don't get me started on actors scheduled to attend screenings, like
              David Strathairn at The Notorious Bettie Page and L.Q. Jones at A
              Prairie Home Companion.
              Copeland Muses Film Studio

              Tom Copeland, former director of the Texas Film Commission, has signed
              on as senior vice-president of film for Villa Muse Studios, a major
              project that will provide studio space for big-budget feature films as
              well as serve the music and video-game industries. Copeland said Villa
              Muse founder Jay Aaron Podolnick approached him about the project a
              decade ago, and its diversity was the key to him signing on. "It's no
              different if you're building a studio or working as a journeyman crew
              member; there are going to be good years and really bad ones," Copeland
              says, noting that talk of other area studio projects are sticking just
              to film. "My concern always was 'Can you survive the bad days?'" Paul
              Alvarado-Dykstra, aka former Robogeek of Harry Knowles' Ain't It Cool
              News and former assistant to both Guillermo del Toro and Tim McCanlies,
              says plans are to break ground this year, have some elements online in
              2007, and have the full facility in place by 2008. Could this mean a
              $100 million film in Austin's future? Alvarado-Dykstra, vice-president
              of strategic development for Villa Muse, hopes so. "We're looking to
              grow the upper level of the market from midrange on up," he says.
              Saturday Night Lights

              We have our first star announcement for the NBC television pilot Friday
              Night Lights. It's Kyle Chandler (King Kong and TV's Early Edition), who
              recently was blown to bits by a bomb on Grey's Anatomy. You can join him
              Saturday at 5:30pm at Pflugerville stadium, 1301 W. Pecan, for filming
              of a football game sequence that requires the stands to be full of fans
              of all ages. No pay, but lots of prizes. Reservations are required. Call
              472-5385.
              And the Rest

              Raj Chheda's Austin-shot For Sale by Owner premieres at the Cinequest
              Film Festival in San Jose, Calif., on March 11. The program guide hails
              the film for "a creepiness worthy of Roman Polanski." See the trailer at
              www.spotlight-pictures.com/ownertrailer.htm... Former University of
              Texas football player Michael Meredith's directing debut, Three Days of
              Rain, based on a group of Anton Chekhov short stories, opens in Austin
              on March 3. Meredith also co-wrote Wim Wenders' recent Land of Plenty.
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            • Dan Eggleston
              Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Cavite Room with viewers Kyle Henry s Room is coming to a theatre near you in a limited Texas release in April. Then it heads to
              Message 6 of 29 , Mar 9 8:49 AM
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                Cavite


                'Room' with viewers

                Kyle Henry's Room is coming to a theatre near you in a limited Texas
                release in April. Then it heads to both the Sundance Channel, in a
                pay-TV deal, and Netflix for DVD distribution. No surprise for a flick
                that rated showings at both the Sundance and Cannes festivals and
                garnered nominations for the John Cassavetes Award and best lead actress
                (Cyndi Williams) at the Independent Spirit Awards last weekend, at which
                Henry showed his hometown pride by sporting a T-shirt reading AUSTIN.
                'Letters' Subjects Denied Visa Stamp

                The Mexican women interviewed in Heather Courtney's documentary Letters
                From the Other Side (see p.52) won't be there when the film screens at
                South by Southwest (following good buzz at Slamdance). They were denied
                visas despite assurances from Courtney that she would pay for their
                travel and expenses and assistance from Rep. Lloyd Doggett's office. At
                press time, the U.S. Consulate in Mexico City had not responded to her
                requests for an official reason, but she believes it's because they're
                poor. "If you are a Mexican," she says, "to get a visitors' or any other
                kind of visa to the U.S., you have to have a lot of money, plain and
                simple."
                Pierson's Kingmakers

                Call it the Midas touch. Legendary indie producer and rep. John
                Pierson's advanced producing class at the University of Texas championed
                Cavite at last year's SXSW, and filmmakers Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela
                Llana claimed the Someone to Watch Award and $25,000 grant at the
                Independent Spirit Awards (and would thank Pierson and producer wife,
                Janet, in their acceptance speech). The next lucky recipients of the
                Pierson-class treatment is Jam, a documentary by music-video director
                Mark Woollen about a group of quirky former stars of roller derby during
                its heyday in the Sixties and Seventies. It premieres as part of this
                year's SXSW Competition program.
                Biting Cinema

                Homicidal toddlers and a woman with a set of choppers, uh, down in her
                nether regions highlight two indies looking to shoot in Austin soon.
                Teeth is a horror flick about a teen who is raped then discovers she
                suffers from the mythical vagina dentate and sets out to get revenge.
                Meanwhile, in the comedy Kabluey, a guy whose day job involves wearing a
                blue costume faces the wrath of his sister-in-law's children when he
                comes to help take care of them while their dad is stationed in Iraq.
                And the Rest ...

                The soap opera behind computer animation pro Bob Sabiston's departure
                from Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly is the subject of a Wired
                article you can read at www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.03/scanner.html.
                At the recent ComicCon, Linklater loyalists pointed out the article
                contains no direct quotations from anyone involved in the film... Ain't
                It Cool News' Harry Knowles lets slip the actor slated to play the
                fictional Harry Knowles in Fan Boys, a comedy from the Weinstein Co.
                about Star Wars fans intent on having their dying friend watch the
                classic at Skywalker Ranch: It's Jorge Garcia of TV's Lost.

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              • Dan Eggleston
                Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Lights turns on to Austin Yes, the NBC television series Friday Night Lights will shoot in Austin. Look for an initial 12 episodes
                Message 7 of 29 , Jun 9, 2006
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                  'Lights' turns on to Austin

                  Yes, the NBC television series Friday Night Lights will shoot in Austin.
                  Look for an initial 12 episodes to lens beginning in July with Peter
                  Berg at the helm and Kyle Chandler (Early Edition) starring as the
                  football coach. After an early scare that the series might light out for
                  one of the many states offering filming incentives, a strong Austin crew
                  appears to have sealed the deal, says Bob Hudgins, head of the Texas
                  Film Commission. It didn't hurt that the pilot episode finished taping
                  two days ahead of schedule. Speaking of filming incentives, don't forget
                  the Texas Motion Picture Alliance, largely aimed at creating such a
                  program in Texas, is expected to name a board when it meets at 1pm, June
                  16, at the Capitol. An Austin organizing meeting drew about 80 people
                  last week. More at www.txmpa.org.
                  Burnt Orange's first film finally flickers

                  The Quiet, the very first film from University of Texas at Austin film
                  arm Burnt Orange Productions, has been picked up by Sony Classics for an
                  August 25 premiere in New York City and Los Angeles. Look for a quiet
                  summer for Burnt Orange with no new filming planned, says Carolyn
                  Pfeiffer. Instead, the offices are busy as a shooting locale for Rene
                  Pinnell's MTV sketch comedy pilot Meet the Bulldogs. Yes, Rene is indeed
                  the nephew of the late, great Eagle Pennell, who changed the spelling of
                  the family name for the credits of such legendary indie films as Last
                  Night at the Alamo.

                  Richard Linklater, Chet Baker, Boromir, and "Dear Pillow' walk into a
                  bar ...

                  Lord of the Rings geeks, prepare to freak. Boromir, aka Sean Bean, has
                  been tapped as The Hitcher's serial killer portrayed originally by
                  Rutger Hauer. Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) is also cast in the Platinum
                  Dunes remake shooting in Austin... Richard Linklater, at the Cannes Film
                  Festival, where his A Scanner Darkly and Fast Food Nation screened, said
                  he's mulling Chesney, a day-in-the-life pic about jazz singer Chet
                  Baker, according to Cinema Daily. The flick would have to compete with
                  two others already in the works about Baker... Brian Poyser wants to
                  make short film "Best Birthday Ever" starring Rusty Kelley, of Poyser's
                  provocative Dear Pillow, and Joe Swanberg, director of SXSW hits Kissing
                  on the Mouth and LOL. Want to help? Attend a benefit double bill of Dear
                  Pillow and Kissing on the Mouth at 6:30pm, June 15, at the Alamo
                  Drafthouse Downtown. Did I mention your $15 ticket includes a chance at
                  a raffle for SXSW Film Festival and Austin Film Festival badges?

                  And the rest ...

                  Former Austinite Joe Conway (Undertow) is on a screenwriting streak. His
                  Paradise, Texas – with set decoration by James Fowler of Austin – took
                  gold at Houston's recent Worldfest. Next up is Pool Boy, an adaptation
                  of the Michael Simmons novel about a rich kid gone broke, which is
                  slated to shoot in September. And Conway has penned another script, The
                  Other Side, for Anonymous Content... Gary Walker's TexFX is doing
                  green-screen work for a soon-to-be-announced Barry Levinson film
                  starring Robin Williams. And he's doing it all from Austin... Andrew
                  Shapter's music industry doc Before the Music Dies will have a 28-city
                  rock-&-roll-style tour in July sponsored by MySpace. A wide release is
                  slated for August shortly after the soundtrack comes out... It's not too
                  late to sign up for the Austin Film Festival's Cinema/Television Summer
                  Camp for ages 9-17, which starts Monday on the UT campus with a dazzling
                  array of courses. More at www.austinfilmfestival.com... UT student Alan
                  Lampert's video "Capital Punishment" is a semifinalist in the Film Your
                  Issue competition, and can be seen at www.filmyourissue.com.

                  The submission deadline for the third SXSWclick – "a year-round
                  initiative to showcase short-form storytelling via the Internet and
                  mobile devices" – is Monday, June 12. For more information, see
                  www.sxsw.com.

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                • Dan Eggleston
                  Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Lost with Friends and waiting for The Hitcher to slide in next to Teri Garr and a zombie before a warlike, hot Austin summer
                  Message 8 of 29 , Jun 23, 2006
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                    'Lost' with 'Friends' and waiting for 'The Hitcher' to slide in next to
                    Teri Garr and a zombie before a warlike, hot Austin summer goes 'Kabluey'

                    Stalled in FM 973 traffic in eastern Travis Country waiting for
                    equipment trucks from The Hitcher to clear and marveling at a busy
                    Austin film summer. (Note: When the sign says the road will be closed at
                    a particular time, don't close it an hour earlier.) The aforementioned
                    remake stars Zachary Knighton (Life on a Stick) and Sophia Bush (One
                    Tree Hill) as a couple terrorized by Sean Bean (Silent Hill). Meanwhile,
                    Robert Rodriguez is back in production of his zombie-filled section of
                    Grind House, with Lost star Naveen Andrews joining the cast as a "badass
                    military scientist," according to Variety. A spokesman said Quentin
                    Tarantino is slated to film his section of the film here in August. The
                    release date has been pushed to next Easter. Lots of war, Iraqi-sytle,
                    is lensing, or about to lens, too. Scott Prendergast wrote, directs, and
                    stars in Kabluey, based on his experiences taking care of his brother's
                    kids while said bro was in Iraq as a national guardsman. The cast
                    includes Lisa Kudrow (Friends), Christine Taylor (Dodgeball), Teri Garr
                    (Tootsie), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey's Anatomy), Chris Parnell (Saturday
                    Night Live), and Conchata Ferrell (Two and a Half Men). Said
                    Prendergast: "We chose Austin because we had heard so much about the
                    strong, good film community and crew base here. Also, the city had the
                    right look for the film. It's been awesome being here!" Shooting soon is
                    the untitled war in Iraq film from Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry)
                    formerly known as Stop-Loss. Mr. Reese Witherspoon, er, Ryan Phillippe
                    (Crash) is in negotiations to star, with Abbie Cornish (Everything Goes)
                    already on board. In a much lower budget, wackier film world, musicians
                    Joe Ely, Sara Hickman, Jimmy LaFave, and Michael Fracasso are the latest
                    to go zombie for Z: A Zombie Musical, which is slated to complete
                    filming in July. In the not-filming-here-soon category is Last Flag
                    Flying, a sequel to The Last Detail that is on Richard Linklater's slate
                    of upcoming projects. Despite reports elsewhere, it's not in production
                    but still in the script stage, Linklater's able assistant says. In the
                    hope chest is Charlie Wilson's War, which recently added Philip Seymour
                    Hoffman as a CIA agent and is expected to shoot, somewhere, in October.
                    The movie stars Tom Hanks as the Texas congressman who helped secretly
                    arm rebels fighting Soviet troops in Afghanistan, and filmmakers have
                    looked at Austin and other Texas locales.
                    Something's rockin' in the state of Denmark

                    Austin director Spencer Parsons is in Århus, Denmark, as you read this
                    preparing for I'll Come Running, which the frequent Chronicle
                    contributor calls a "broken romance" about a Danish guy who has a fling
                    with a Texas woman, only to have her appear on his doorstep later. It
                    stars Melonie Diaz of Raising Victor Vargas and Birgitte Raaberg of Lars
                    Von Trier's The Kingdom, and will shoot in Denmark in July and Austin in
                    August. It's produced by Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, and Anish Savjani,
                    who were also behind Steve Collins' Gretchen and Kelly Reichardt's Old
                    Joy. Why Denmark? Knudsen is from there and has connections in the
                    Danish film industry, plus it's a place Americans know little about,
                    Parsons says.
                    Send tips to filmnews@....


                    (see friday's (6/23) statesman for a photo of sara & joe; news story on
                    it sun (6/25) on kxan at 10 p.m.; making of doc sun eve on time warner
                    cable ch 10 at 9 p.m.; more photos of the guitar quartet at
                    http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=c6jgfaf.8mpeqvon&x=0&y=2f0ssh
                  • Dan Eggleston
                    Film News BY JOE O CONNELL War! Football! Snake Plissken? The hotter it gets this masochistic summer, the more they need you. They being film/TV projects, and
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                      War! Football! Snake Plissken?

                      The hotter it gets this masochistic summer, the more
                      they need you. They being film/TV projects, and you
                      being extras, background, blurry and silent visages
                      over yonder dreaming of the big break or at least a
                      free lunch with pay. The untitled war-in-Iraq film
                      formerly known as Stop-Loss wants you this Saturday
                      when Third Coast Extras will have an open-casting call
                      from 10am to 6pm at the Austin Film Society office,
                      1901 E. 51st. They particularly want males between
                      ages 18-25 to portray soldiers. As you read this, an
                      entire platoon of extras is already going through boot
                      camp, so expect to sweat. Bring a photo. And if you've
                      missed the stream of extras-casting calls around town
                      for the NBC series Friday Night Lights, call 707-7934,
                      or e-mail fnl_extras@... to learn how to get
                      your info in. How long will it be before we get an
                      extras call for the most coveted of gigs, on Quentin
                      Tarantino's half of Grind House, his double-feature
                      project with Robert Rodriguez? QT revealed at
                      Comic-Con that his part, a slasher flick titled Death
                      Proof, will star Kurt Russell and Rosario Dawson. Also
                      announced are stunt woman Zoe Bell (Kill Bill),
                      Vanessa Ferlito (24), Jordan Ladd (Waiting), Sydney
                      Tamiia Poitier (Veronica Mars), and a couple of
                      actresses also in Rodriguez's Planet Terror: Rose
                      McGowan and Marley Shelton. I'll tell you about extras
                      calls for this one if you send me your best Goldie
                      Hawn sightings.
                      SXSW Alums aim to make a difference

                      Two films that played to large, appreciative crowds
                      during South by Southwest 06 and that deliver messages
                      of hope continue to draw a buzz. Turk Pipkin's
                      inspirational Nobelity, which asks Nobel Prize winners
                      how to solve the world's biggest problems, returns for
                      screenings Saturday and Sunday at the Arbor Cinema
                      (for showtimes, see Film Listings; for a SXSW 06
                      interview with Pipkin, see "Intelligent Briefing ,"
                      Screens, March 10, 2006. But the bigger news is
                      Landmark has picked up the film and will open it in
                      Boston and Washington, D.C., on Sept. 8. Meanwhile,
                      Kat Candler and crew are putting together a fall tour
                      for the heartfelt jumping off bridges, including an
                      Oct. 3 screening at the Alamo South. The tour will
                      team with suicide-prevention groups across the
                      country.
                      And the rest ...

                      Rumors keep flying about The Highwaymen, a film about
                      the Texas Rangers who took down Bonnie and Clyde,
                      which may or may not shoot here in the fall and may or
                      may not involve Robert Redford... Congrats to Arnie
                      Reyes, whose short film Sticks & Stones screened this
                      week at the New York Independent Latino Film Festival
                      in the "On the Edge" category... Juan Garcia of the
                      Student Film Showcase, or SFS TV (and podcast), has
                      been asked to speak at an international conference in
                      Paris in October about the future of independent
                      media. Check out the show's latest podcast at
                      blog.sfstvvod.com... Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain
                      is the closing-night film of the second Fantastic
                      Fest, with Aronofsky in attendance. Plus, they've
                      talked Ed Neal, the hitchhiker from the original The
                      Texas Chainsaw Massacre, into coming for a screening
                      and slated lots of great Japanese films for the Sept.
                      21-28 fest. More at www.fantasticfest.com... The
                      Galaxy Highland 10 has installed DLP cinema projectors
                      that make all the auditoriums fully digital. What does
                      that mean for a theatre that already boasts real
                      butter on its popcorn? "Ultimate color, clarity, and
                      detail," theatre folk say. Joe-O sez check it out.
                      Send tips to filmnews@...


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                      Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Here s your mystery date OK, my biggest joy is ferreting out the truth about local film productions and presenting it to you, dear
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                        Here's your mystery date

                        OK, my biggest joy is ferreting out the truth about
                        local film productions and presenting it to you, dear
                        reader. But sometimes the lips of my sources are
                        sealed tighter than an anorexic's at a chili cook-off.
                        This is one of those times. I can tell you there's a
                        casting call Sunday from 9am to 6pm at the Delco
                        Center (4601 Pecan Brook). I can tell you that it's
                        for a high-profile Hollywood family film and that it's
                        totally legit. I can tell you they're looking for a
                        playful boy between ages 8 and 11 and a soulful woman
                        between ages 35 and 45, both of the Caucasian
                        persuasion. I can't tell you the film's name. Could it
                        be The Highwaymen, a film about the Texas Rangers who
                        took down Bonnie and Clyde? It's been scouting a lot
                        lately. How about Gary the Tennis Coach? The BlueCat
                        Screenplay Competition-winning comedy by Andy Stock
                        and Rick Stempson does indeed look to be headed for an
                        Austin shoot by GreenStreet Films. But that's a bit
                        low-budget for all this silence. Meat in the Freezer,
                        which looks to be Mike Judge's next film to shoot in
                        the Austin area, doesn't sound all that
                        family-oriented, what with the deer-shooting and all.
                        Richard Linklater is said to have a film brewing as
                        well, but it's a smaller project. I'm stymied, and
                        your loyal "Film News" messenger accepts tips (hint,
                        hint).
                        Indies Alive and Well

                        Keith Maitland's documentary Keep Your Ear on the Ball
                        has been accepted into the Independent Feature Project
                        Market in New York City in September. He'll be able to
                        introduce the film, about a year in the life of a
                        group of blind Austin teenagers who play goalball, to
                        more than 1,500 industry execs. Go to
                        www.keepyourearontheball.com, and check out the
                        trailer (there's an audio-assisted version for the
                        visually impaired)... Leave it to an engineer turned
                        filmmaker to make an animated film about geometry.
                        That's up-and-comer Jeffrey Travis for you. He's even
                        signed Martin Sheen for Flatland: The Movie, a
                        30-minute film shooting this fall and aimed for use by
                        teachers in the classroom. It will be completed this
                        fall... Austin actress Shasta Lusk has moved behind
                        the camera for her directing debut, Riding With the
                        Wind, which has just been selected to show at Girl
                        Fest Hawaii in September. She learned the camera ropes
                        at Austin public-access television, then shot the
                        short with funds she earned waiting tables at the
                        Alamo Drafthouse. The film features local child
                        actress Kristen Devine... Jim Bruno's 2001 film beyond
                        words! boasts a huge Austin-based cast and more than
                        30 locations. Now you can see the full-length feature
                        for free at
                        www.video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3458030782353953932.
                        Bruno is now at work on a script for a musical.
                        Fellini Fun for Fort Worth

                        Film purists, rejoice. A complete retrospective of
                        Federico Fellini's films in immaculate prints from
                        Italy's Cinecittà International is slated at the
                        Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. Screenings begin Aug.
                        18 and run Tuesdays through Sundays through Sept. 3. A
                        complete schedule is available at www.themodern.org.
                        In conjunction with the fest, an exhibition of rare
                        movie posters from the Don Young Felliniana Archive is
                        yours for the viewing through the end of the month at
                        the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
                        SXSW raises its pretty head

                        The 2007 Web site is up for the South by Southwest
                        Film Conference and Festival, and it's already time to
                        send in your entries for next March's celluloid
                        spectacular. The early deadline is Nov. 17, and the
                        final, no-fooling deadline is Dec. 8. So get to
                        procrastinating! Categories include narrative,
                        documentary, animation, music video, and experimental.
                        More at www.sxsw.com.
                        Hollywood Hill

                        Which director who likes to show his personal archive
                        of movies here recently purchased a very recognizable
                        West Austin house that's fit for a king? For now,
                        we're keeping it on the QT.
                        Send tips to filmnews@....

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                        Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Limits to Idiocracy The good news is that Austin fans will finally get to see Mike Judge s futuristic comedy, Idiocracy, on the
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                          Limits to 'Idiocracy'

                          The good news is that Austin fans will finally get to
                          see Mike Judge's futuristic comedy, Idiocracy, on the
                          big screen. The bad news is that people in most other
                          areas of the country likely won't. Idiocracy opens in
                          limited – and very quiet, judging by the lack of a
                          trailer and short notice – release on Sept. 1 in
                          Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta,
                          Chicago, and Toronto, a spokesperson for 20th Century
                          Fox said. Whether the long-delayed, Austin-shot film
                          will expand to other markets is uncertain. The
                          announcement comes on the heels of a report on the MTV
                          Web site that the film's release was "postponed
                          indefinitely" with rumors of the dreaded limited
                          release. Wrong on the first; correct on the second.
                          Which leads to the obligatory questions: Is it that
                          bad? Will film execs ever figure out Judge's humor? Is
                          the film's star, Luke Wilson, cursed? (His Austin-shot
                          directing debut, The Wendell Baker Story, should be
                          filed under whereabouts unknown.) Lest we forget,
                          Judge's Office Space was a dud at the box office but
                          remains gold on DVD/video. The better news hereabouts
                          is that Judge appears to be preparing for his next
                          live-action feature, Meat in the Freezer. Oh, and you
                          can check out the Idiocracy poster at
                          www.impawards.com/2006/idiocracy.html.
                          My Liz Smith impersonation

                          Yes, Austin is currently crawling with celebs who are
                          no doubt wondering if they've arrived in hell, given
                          our molten temps. Reese Witherspoon is reportedly
                          sweatily nesting here while hubby Ryan Phillippe
                          shoots the untitled war in Iraq film formerly known as
                          Stop-Loss. And Quentin Tarantino can be found –
                          surprise – watching movies at the Paramount and
                          original Alamo Drafthouse. Local stunt legend Gary
                          Kent happened upon QT sipping coffee at Jo's on South
                          Congress the other day and was dumbfounded when the
                          director said Kent's name will pop up in "Death
                          Proof," Tarantino's slasher half of Grind House, his
                          joint project with Robert Rodriguez. Seems the plot
                          involves Stuntman Mike portrayed by Kurt Russell.
                          Filming commenced this week. So, where is Goldie Hawn,
                          and will her newly unhitched daughter Kate Hudson
                          brave the Texas boil with her rumored flame Owen
                          Wilson? But on a more seriously segued note, look for
                          Owen in India about the time monsoon season ends for
                          The Darjeeling Limited, the next Wes Anderson
                          directing gig. No, Owen isn't back to writing scripts
                          with Anderson; this time, UT alumnus Wes penned it
                          with Jason Schwartzman (who will also star) and Roman
                          Coppola. Meanwhile, Sydney Poitier has been added to
                          the cast of the aforementioned Death Proof, which is
                          indeed seeking extras. You need to be available for
                          12- to 14-hour night shoots for two straight weeks
                          from Monday, Aug. 28, through Sept. 8. E-mail a
                          current photo and phone numbers to
                          sheila@....
                          Former Longhorn turns 'Cowboy'

                          Former Texas Longhorn tight end Will Moore is gearing
                          up for his second feature, Cowboy Smoke, which will
                          shoot in Tivoli, a small town outside of Victoria. The
                          story follows a convenience-store clerk who gets to
                          pursue his cowboy dream when he sets out to help a
                          family of illegal immigrants facing certain death.
                          Moore cut his film teeth working for his costume
                          supervisor father, Stanley Moore, on Robert
                          Rodriguez's The Faculty and made his first feature,
                          Wesley Cash, for $20,000. It later sold to Vanguard
                          Cinema. In addition, Moore's short, "Quarter to Life,"
                          will premiere at the Los Angeles International Short
                          Film Festival in September, about the time the camera
                          cranks on Cowboy.
                          And the rest...

                          Tim McCanlies is singing all the way to the bank with
                          word that his Secondhand Lions is being made into a,
                          gulp, musicial for the stage!... Kristen Bell
                          (Veronica Mars) will portray a hexagon in Flatland:
                          The Movie, an educational DVD directed by Jeffrey
                          Travis and animated by Dano Johnson in Austin. Based
                          on Edwin A. Abbott's novel, it also stars Martin
                          Sheen... Are you funny and a filmmaker? The Austin
                          Film Festival (just around the corner in October) and
                          the Capitol City Comedy Club have the Funniest
                          Filmmaker in Austin Competition just for you. Films
                          should be five minutes or shorter, and the deadline is
                          Sept. 1. More at www.austinfilmfestival.com... The
                          Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival is
                          seeking 45-second trailers to run between screenings
                          during the Sept. 29-Oct. 8 fest. The deadline is Sept.
                          15; the theme is "Say What?"; and more info is at
                          www.agliff.org... UT grad student Peter Malof's first
                          short, "Derek's Appeal," starring his 12-year-old son,
                          won the grand jury prize at the recent San Francisco
                          International Festival of Shorts, beating out more
                          than 900 entries and raking in a $1,000 prize. You
                          know Malof as one of the Texas Lottery announcers...
                          P.J. Raval's feature documentary, Best Kept Secret,
                          has been accepted into the IFP Market to be held in
                          September in New York City. The rocket of the local
                          film scene also has been named one of 25 new faces in
                          film by Filmmaker Magazine... Ken Johnson's short, "A
                          Sorta Sin," will screen at Reel Affirmations, the
                          Washington, D.C., International Gay and Lesbian Film
                          Festival, in October. The short has a priest
                          interrogating a young man about his sexuality.
                          Send tips to filmnews@....





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                          Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Pulling the film loop tighter The catch phrase for the Texas film industry this fall appears to be organized and on message.
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                            Pulling the film loop tighter

                            The catch phrase for the Texas film industry this fall
                            appears to be "organized and on message." That's what
                            drew 35 local film insiders to Austin Studios last
                            week as they brainstormed about what holes the Austin
                            film machine needs to fill on its road to further
                            success, be they in the areas of infrastructure,
                            facilities, or services. This talk also comes as plans
                            are gearing up to push for the November approval of
                            the city of Austin's Proposition 4, which would
                            provide $5 million to upgrade sound stages at Austin
                            Studios. How can local film folk follow the flock?
                            Start by attending a Texas Association of Film/Tape
                            Professionals and Screen Door Film meeting, 7-10pm,
                            Sept. 14, at Mother Egan's Irish Pub, 715 W. Sixth,
                            where some movers and shakers from the new Texas
                            Motion Picture Alliance will discuss efforts to
                            persuade the Legislature to approve filming incentives
                            in Texas like those offered in Louisiana and New
                            Mexico and how Proposition 4 will help. Listen to
                            insider insights from Texas Film Commissioner Bob
                            Hudgins and Rebecca Campbell, executive director of
                            the Austin Film Society. Last, but certainly not
                            least, the new alliance will have its Austin regional
                            meeting Sept. 30 from 10am to noon at St. Edward's
                            University. Check the details at www.txmpa.org, send
                            your Austin Studio ideas to Rachel Blackney at
                            rachel@..., get organized, and give me
                            plenty to write about next year.
                            Scaring Harry Knowles to death

                            Two minutes. That's all you get to freak out horror
                            maven Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News. Two minutes
                            of mayhem, chills, spills, and fake blood. Learn about
                            the Big Scream Film Contest this Sunday at 2:30pm at
                            the Alamo Drafthouse South from Knowles, Pathogen
                            filmmaker Emily Hagins, Dear Pillow star Rusty Kelley
                            (he's also about to make his own horror flick, Shores
                            of Another Sea). Sponsored by the Nightmare Factory
                            and the Austin School of Film, the contest promises a
                            trip to the L.A. Film Festival to the winner. Hey,
                            vampire wannabes, just come to the panel and get a
                            packet of fake blood while supplies last. Film
                            submissions can be uploaded Sept. 4 through midnight,
                            Oct. 1, at www.nightmarefactory.com.
                            And the rest...

                            University of Texas film grad Alejandro Gomez
                            Monteverde's Bella premiered in the Contemporary World
                            Cinema section of the Toronto International Film
                            Festival. Patrick Million co-wrote the script with
                            Monteverde... See Heather Courtney's thought-provoking
                            PBS documentary, Letters From the Other Side, for free
                            Tuesday at 7pm in the Austin City Limits Studio 6A at
                            the corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe. The film
                            offers personal stories behind immigration issues and
                            showed to strong reviews at the Slamdance and South by
                            Southwest Film festivals. KLRU will air the film at
                            9pm on Sept. 26... The Austin Movie Show might have to
                            rethink its name, given that El Paso station KVAI has
                            picked it up for airing on its new CW affiliate, which
                            also serves Las Cruces and Ciudad Juarez. The show
                            from creators Jegar Erickson and Leila Hernandez,
                            which spotlights the Texas filmmaking community and
                            offers movie reviews, will air at 2pm on Sundays
                            starting Sept. 24. Video podcasts of the show can be
                            downloaded from www.austinmovieshow.com.
                            Send tips to filmnews@....

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                            Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Oh, Mandy ... Central Texas biggest independent film success story of the year? How about All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, a horror
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                              Oh, 'Mandy' ...

                              Central Texas' biggest independent film success story of the year? How
                              about All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, a horror flick that was snapped up
                              by the Weinstein Co. for its Dimension Films almost immediately after a
                              midnight showing at the Toronto International Film Festival. Jonathan
                              Levine, a former assistant to Paul Schrader, directed the film in the
                              Austin area (mainly Bastrop) last November with local actress Amber
                              Heard starring as a devastatingly beautiful high school girl who
                              attracts a bunch of zombielike admirers. According to Variety, the film,
                              with a budget in the six figures, was snapped up for between $3 million
                              and $4 million and will get a theatrical release.


                              'Chainsaw' Refugees vs. 'Ninja Pirate Supermodels' vs. Red-headed Stranger

                              There's word that Future-Kill, the 1985 reteaming of The Texas Chainsaw
                              Massacre alums Ed Neal, Marilyn Burns, and the late special-effects guru
                              Robert Burns, is coming out on DVD in a full-color restoration from
                              Subversive Cinema, just in time for Halloween. Neal himself got the
                              print remastered, says Subversive's Norm Hill, who termed an earlier
                              video release "unwatchable." Also included are commentary tracks from
                              Neal and director Ronald Moore, as well as a replica of the highly
                              touted original poster artwork from Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger. In my
                              mind, it's worth snapping up for the scenes shot at Austin's punkish
                              night spot Club Foot. "It's a fun time capsule," Hill says... Ninja
                              Pirate Supermodels vs. the Zombies From Space. Best. Title. Ever, to
                              paraphrase Comic Book Guy. It's also a fun film now shooting in town
                              with a director who goes by the moniker Citizen Gray. "It's light and
                              fun," he says of the sci-fi/fantasy movie. "It's the kind of stuff you
                              want to watch with your buddies on your big screen at home." Originally
                              conceived as a podcast, the response was so strong, he says, that not
                              one, not two, but three films are planned about three women raised by
                              pirates and trained by ninjas to kick ass. Look for a promotional event
                              Monday, Sept. 25, at the Lair. Did I mention there's a lingerie pillow
                              fight? Ah, and the Jolly Garogers have written the theme song... Yes,
                              Willie Nelson is the star/executive producer of Sixgun Nightmare, a
                              martial arts film that completed filming here last week. It's directed
                              by Sam Um, who has choreographed fight scenes for Chinese action films
                              and American indies. Phil Curry is the director of photography.
                              No Joke: Polish Film Fest

                              Polish film posters are some of the most artistic in the world, and
                              Richard Linklater will open his personal vault for an exhibition Oct. 22
                              at the Harry Ransom Center for Humanities Research in conjunction with
                              the first Festival Filmu Polskiego – that's Austin Polish Film Festival
                              for the uninitiated – which runs Thursdays at 7pm in October at the
                              Alamo Drafthouse South in conjunction with the National Film School of
                              Poland in Lodz. Among the slated guests is director Dorota
                              Kedzierzawksa, whose Jesten will have its regional premiere. Find more
                              information at www.austinpff.org.
                              Send tips to filmnews@....
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                              Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Oh, Mandy ... Central Texas biggest independent film success story of the year? How about All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, a horror
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                                Oh, 'Mandy' ...

                                Central Texas' biggest independent film success story
                                of the year? How about All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, a
                                horror flick that was snapped up by the Weinstein Co.
                                for its Dimension Films almost immediately after a
                                midnight showing at the Toronto International Film
                                Festival. Jonathan Levine, a former assistant to Paul
                                Schrader, directed the film in the Austin area (mainly
                                Bastrop) last November with local actress Amber Heard
                                starring as a devastatingly beautiful high school girl
                                who attracts a bunch of zombielike admirers. According
                                to Variety, the film, with a budget in the six
                                figures, was snapped up for between $3 million and $4
                                million and will get a theatrical release.


                                'Chainsaw' Refugees vs. 'Ninja Pirate Supermodels' vs.
                                Red-headed Stranger

                                There's word that Future-Kill, the 1985 reteaming of
                                The Texas Chainsaw Massacre alums Ed Neal, Marilyn
                                Burns, and the late special-effects guru Robert Burns,
                                is coming out on DVD in a full-color restoration from
                                Subversive Cinema, just in time for Halloween. Neal
                                himself got the print remastered, says Subversive's
                                Norm Hill, who termed an earlier video release
                                "unwatchable." Also included are commentary tracks
                                from Neal and director Ronald Moore, as well as a
                                replica of the highly touted original poster artwork
                                from Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger. In my mind, it's
                                worth snapping up for the scenes shot at Austin's
                                punkish night spot Club Foot. "It's a fun time
                                capsule," Hill says... Ninja Pirate Supermodels vs.
                                the Zombies From Space. Best. Title. Ever, to
                                paraphrase Comic Book Guy. It's also a fun film now
                                shooting in town with a director who goes by the
                                moniker Citizen Gray. "It's light and fun," he says of
                                the sci-fi/fantasy movie. "It's the kind of stuff you
                                want to watch with your buddies on your big screen at
                                home." Originally conceived as a podcast, the response
                                was so strong, he says, that not one, not two, but
                                three films are planned about three women raised by
                                pirates and trained by ninjas to kick ass. Look for a
                                promotional event Monday, Sept. 25, at the Lair. Did I
                                mention there's a lingerie pillow fight? Ah, and the
                                Jolly Garogers have written the theme song... Yes,
                                Willie Nelson is the star/executive producer of Sixgun
                                Nightmare, a martial arts film that completed filming
                                here last week. It's directed by Sam Um, who has
                                choreographed fight scenes for Chinese action films
                                and American indies. Phil Curry is the director of
                                photography.
                                No Joke: Polish Film Fest

                                Polish film posters are some of the most artistic in
                                the world, and Richard Linklater will open his
                                personal vault for an exhibition Oct. 22 at the Harry
                                Ransom Center for Humanities Research in conjunction
                                with the first Festival Filmu Polskiego – that's
                                Austin Polish Film Festival for the uninitiated –
                                which runs Thursdays at 7pm in October at the Alamo
                                Drafthouse South in conjunction with the National Film
                                School of Poland in Lodz. Among the slated guests is
                                director Dorota Kedzierzawksa, whose Jesten will have
                                its regional premiere. Find more information at
                                www.austinpff.org.
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                                (this didn t make the print edition, due to space) Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Here a Studio, There a Studio Austin Studios celebrated its sixth anniversary
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                                  Here a Studio, There a Studio

                                  Austin Studios celebrated its sixth anniversary last weekend with a
                                  party touting a city of Austin bond proposal that would provide $5
                                  million for full soundproofing and air conditioning for two of its five
                                  stages, improved security and safety, and state-of-the-art digital
                                  infrastructure. The Austin Film Society, including founder Richard
                                  Linklater, launched the I'm for 4 campaign by noting the more than $650
                                  million brought into the Austin economy by movies shot at the former
                                  Mueller airport site.

                                  Meanwhile, a new studio in Kyle is gearing up for its first film. Look
                                  for The Lights, a horror film with comedic elements, to christen David
                                  Cuddy's Ranch Studios in Kyle when it starts filming next month. Joe
                                  Estevez and Kerry Wallum star in the tale of a man who is jilted by his
                                  wife and moves to the country where strange lights cause him to flip
                                  out. A car containing some lovely college kids breaks down nearby and
                                  bloodshed ensues.

                                  The script is from Bonnie Orr, who also manages the new studio. "What's
                                  exciting for me is working with someone who has a vision of a complete
                                  studio," says Orr of Cuddy. "He's spending his own money to set it up.
                                  He just wants to tell good stories and have fun doing it." John Sjogren
                                  is directing The Lights, and Orr said some cast, including those crazy
                                  college kids, are still being sought. Drop her a line and a photo to
                                  borr@....

                                  Hands on an Altman Film

                                  Austin writer Stephen Harrigan has the fun task of turning the
                                  documentary Hands on a Hardbody into a feature script for none other
                                  than ensemble-flick god Robert Altman. S.R. Bindler's original 1997 doc
                                  highlighted the 1995 Longview contest in which contestants vied for a
                                  free vehicle as the last one to take a hand off of it. Harrigan said a
                                  spring shoot is likely, but the story won't match up with the doc. "We
                                  don't know where it will be shot yet, or who will be in it, but Altman
                                  should have no trouble getting it cast, since everybody wants to work
                                  with him," Harrigan says. The actual contest came to a screeching halt
                                  last year when a contestant dropped out of the event, went across the
                                  street to a Kmart, broke a window, took a gun and fatally shot himself.

                                  Doc's on a Satellite Radio, Radio

                                  Andrew Shapter has pulled off another coup for his documentary of the
                                  music industry, Before the Music Dies. The movie is becoming a satellite
                                  radio channel on XM starting next month. The movie itself will be
                                  broadcast and filmmakers will be introducing their favorite artists to
                                  the world with full creative freedom, which, ahem, is the whole idea.
                                  Joe-O sez check it out.

                                  And the Rest ...

                                  If you see this on Thursday, run to Texas Hillel, 2105 San Antonio, for
                                  a 7:30pm free screening of Deepa Mehta's Water in advance of the Austin
                                  Jewish Book Fair. Salman Rushdie called the acting "intimate, painful,
                                  wounded, jaundiced, corrupted, tender, tough"... Duane Graves' uplifting
                                  documentary Up Syndrome took the grand prize at Kevin Smith's Movies
                                  Askew fest last month. The prize includes the opportunity to work on
                                  Smith's next project, a horror flick. Graves also showed his project
                                  with Justin Meeks, Rio Peligroso, at the fest... Severance, Troy Anthony
                                  Miller's fun, noirish, Austin-shot comedy that got a strong reception at
                                  the South by Southwest Film 06, was recently named a finalist for the
                                  grand prize at the American Artist Film Festival... Bennie Klain and
                                  Kristina Mann took their work-in-progress doc Weaving Worlds to the
                                  Independent Feature Project Market recently. The film looks at the deep
                                  stories of Navajo weavers... Foster Davis writes that he has taken the
                                  role original cast with Lew Temple in South Austin Pictures' God Thinks
                                  You're a Loser. Foster is back in Austin from NYC where he's been
                                  dipping deep into the theatre scene.

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                                  Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Austin claims Miracle North and South Carolina s loss is Austin s gain. The baseball film The Third Miracle (there are signs the
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                                    Austin claims 'Miracle'

                                    North and South Carolina's loss is Austin's gain. The baseball film The
                                    Third Miracle (there are signs the name may change to The Perfect Game)
                                    was prepped and ready to start filming there on Oct. 13, but a shortage
                                    of crew has sent the project to Austin. Cheech Marin, Danna Garcia, and
                                    Eduardo Verástegui star in the story of the dirt-poor 1957 Little League
                                    World Series team from Monterrey, Mexico, that was the first foreign
                                    team to claim the title. Michael Corenblith, production designer for
                                    2004's The Alamo, is onboard for the film, to be directed by South
                                    African Rocco DeVilliers. The Carolinas, which offer filming incentives
                                    similar to those being pushed by leaders of the Texas film scene,
                                    ironically lost the project because they were seeing a surge in filming
                                    activity. "We'd have to bring everyone in from Los Angeles, and when we
                                    did a cost comparison, that was cost prohibitive," producer Daniel De
                                    Liege told the The Charlotte Observer, which in its story listed the
                                    film's budget in "the low eight figures." Filming is now under way in
                                    Mexico. Look for action to begin here soon. It's a safe bet that this is
                                    the mysterious "major Hollywood family film" that has been casting for
                                    10- to 14-year-old boys all around Central Texas in recent weeks. Either
                                    way, the next casting calls for the "mystery" film are Nov. 4 in
                                    Smithville and Nov. 18 in Waco. Call the information line at 637-9782
                                    for the full scoop.
                                    Gah! 'Napoleon' producers like us

                                    Sean Covel and Chris "Doc" Wyatt, two-thirds of the producing team
                                    behind Jared Hess' smash Napoleon Dynamite, are looking for a February
                                    start in Austin and possibly Seguin for their latest pic, Dodge, with a
                                    screenplay by Mike Saenz, originally of San Antonio. Covel spoke at the
                                    recent Austin Film Festival, but I missed his description of the movie.
                                    I can tell you it won't be a comedy.
                                    And the rest ...

                                    Word from Bryan Poyser is that the Duplass brothers, Jay and Mark (The
                                    Puffy Chair), have just wrapped shooting here and in Bastrop on their
                                    highly anticipated next feature, Baghead. Poyser and collaborator Jacob
                                    Vaughan (Dear Pillow, The Cassidy Kids) helped out on the set; look for
                                    a report from the former in the coming weeks... University of Texas grad
                                    student in film Ben Steinbauer has won the Princess Grace Award, which
                                    he was scheduled to accept Thursday. He was one of only seven winners
                                    nationwide in the film category. Steinbauer's short films have premiered
                                    at the South by Southwest Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival, as
                                    well as on PBS... The DVD release party for Austin filmmaker Paul
                                    Bright's feature film Angora Ranch – which premiered this summer at the
                                    Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival – is Friday at Lobo
                                    Books (3204 Guadalupe). Demand has been high, with back orders the rule
                                    at the usual sales outlets, so show up ready to buy... P.J. Raval and
                                    Jay Hodges' doc, Best Kept Secret – about Trinidad, Colo.'s role as the
                                    nation's sex-change capital – has been accepted in the IFP Rough Cut
                                    editing lab in New York City for November. C.C. Stinson's short film,
                                    Hot Summer Daze, took home the audience favorite award at the African
                                    American Women in Cinema Film Festival in New York City... A benefit to
                                    help pay off the expenses of recovering Z: A Zombie Musical footage lost
                                    in a computer crash has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Nov. 8,
                                    6-10:30pm, at Threadgill's World Headquarters.
                                    (((((((((((((((((((((())))))))))))))))))) the benefit is now
                                    re-scheduled AGAIN to thurs nov 16 at the saxon pub on 1320 South Lamar
                                    from 6 to 10:30; the change was after joe went to press.
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                                    Film News BY JOE O CONNELL No Miracle, but We ll See the Lights Friday Night Lights, despite tepid ratings, has been granted a full season of filming in
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                                      No 'Miracle,' but We'll See the 'Lights'

                                      Friday Night Lights, despite tepid ratings, has been granted a full
                                      season of filming in Austin, it was announced this week. The
                                      announcement means another nine episodes – in studio parlance "the back
                                      nine"– will be shot hereabouts. It was never a sure thing, with show
                                      producer Nan Bernstein admitting to me last week that shooting a series
                                      on location far from Hollywood in a state that doesn't offer financial
                                      incentives could muddy the works. The best sign of good news came when
                                      NBC gave a similar nod to even lower-rated Studio 60 on the Sunset
                                      Strip. The show's crew showed off last Friday to a select crowd the
                                      brand-spanking-new football stadium built near the airport. Now the
                                      challenge will be to find enough audience growth to rate a second season.
                                      Meanwhile, The Third Miracle, the tale of the 1957 Mexican Little League
                                      champs set to star Cheech Marin and expected to film here, is now
                                      indefinitely delayed. Sources say funding problems were the culprit for
                                      the film, which was originally expected to have a budget of more than
                                      $20 million and was scouting Austin locations as recently as last week.
                                      As reported here last time, Austin was to get the project due to crew
                                      shortages in the Carolinas. No word on whether announced casting calls
                                      for that "major Hollywood family film," which this sure sounds like,
                                      will commence.

                                      Ah, well, at least Austin can claim a spot in the recent tabloid gossip
                                      columns as the home-wrecking site for Reese Witherspoon and Ryan
                                      Phillippe's marriage. This summer, little birdies informed me of Reese's
                                      rented Austin family nest while her hubby shot that still untitled war
                                      in Iraq film formerly known as Stop-Loss. Yes, I'm quoting Liz Smith
                                      citing US Weekly's anonymous source as hinting it was an onset fling for
                                      Mr. Witherspoon, er, Phillippe. Did I mention that Ms. Liz will take the
                                      late Ann Richards' place as host of Texas Film Hall of Fame festivities
                                      this year? And that's not a salacious rumor.

                                      Help wanted: film fanatic

                                      Have a deep desire to nurture the future stars of the Texas film scene
                                      while hobnobbing with nabobs of all ilks and sorts? The 2,200-member
                                      Austin Film Society is looking to replace Elisabeth Sikes, who is
                                      stepping down this month after six years as director of artist services.
                                      The job includes working with the visiting filmmakers program and the
                                      Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund, which has doled out $600,000 to
                                      emerging film and video talent. The details are at www.austinfilm.org.
                                      By the way, congrats to AFS on successful passage of Proposition 4,
                                      which will fund major improvements to Austin Studios.
                                      And the rest ...

                                      Margaret Brown's poetic 2004 Townes Van Zandt biopic, Be Here to Love
                                      Me, still resonates for me, and it apparently does the same for the
                                      Women in Film/General Motors Alliance, which honored Brown with an
                                      Acceleration Grant for Emerging Filmmakers. The prize is a five-day,
                                      full-immersion mentoring program... Reel Women board member Brandy
                                      Rainey and an all-Austin crew took the long trek to the Big Bend this
                                      past weekend to shoot the short "Little Dove" about love between an
                                      Apache woman and a Comanche warrior circa the 17th century. Joe David,
                                      Mark Hernandez, Indiana Adams, and John O'Dell star, while Matt Bizer
                                      manned the camera and Steve Barcik of the Film Network Austin
                                      produced... What? You haven't seen Turk Pipkin's Nobelity yet? It and he
                                      are at the Arbor this Sunday at 4, 6, and 8pm with an insightful look at
                                      how Nobel Prize-winners would solve the world's biggest problems.
                                      Send tips to filmnews@....
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                                      Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Poyser in charge Bryan Poyser knows a thing or two about the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund. He has been awarded grants three
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                                        Poyser in charge

                                        Bryan Poyser knows a thing or two about the Texas Filmmakers' Production
                                        Fund. He has been awarded grants three times, twice for his critically
                                        acclaimed Dear Pillow and once for a short film. Now, as the new
                                        director of artist services for the Austin Film Society, one of his
                                        duties is to oversee the fund process. "It's an exciting time for me,"
                                        Poyser says. "I'm going to continue to pursue films and write
                                        screenplays. This gives me the opportunity to survive and still stay
                                        involved." The Cassidy Kids – co-written with Tasca Shadix and Tom
                                        Willett and directed by collaborator Jacob Vaughan for Burnt Orange
                                        Productions – premiered earlier this year at the South by Southwest Film
                                        Festival and is still seeking distribution. Poyser was nominated for the
                                        2005 Independent Spirit Someone to Watch award and believes the latest
                                        Austin film to be up for an Independent Spirit, Chalk, which also has
                                        secured a distribution deal through Morgan Spurlock and Hart Sharp
                                        Video, as well as Sundance selections Teeth and The Unforeseen are a
                                        sign of the film community's growing rep. "Austin filmmakers are really
                                        kicking butt and continue to do so every year," says Poyser, whose new
                                        job also will have him organizing works-in-progress screenings and, he
                                        hopes, several initiatives.
                                        Showing Our Sundance Shorts

                                        Last week I told you about Texas-connected features accepted to
                                        Sundance, but what about those shorts culled out of more than 4,000
                                        entries? David and Nathan Zellner are back with "Aftermath on Meadowlark
                                        Lane." Plus, Jesus "Chin" Beltran's Fort Worth-shot "The Grass Grows
                                        Green" is in. Meanwhile, one feature I failed to mention is the story of
                                        John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, in Chapter 27, directed by
                                        Jarrett Schaeffer, who went to high school in Grapevine.
                                        Goodbye to Welles' Right-Hand Man

                                        Famed cinematographer Gary Graver, who recently passed away after a long
                                        battle with cancer, will be remembered by Texans as the shooter for the
                                        1986 television remake of Stagecoach, shot partially in the state,
                                        starring Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. But Graver's credits list
                                        is a mile long and highlighted by a long partnership with Orson Welles.
                                        Graver had fought for years to piece together and release Welles' last,
                                        unfinished film, The Other Side of the Wind, about a great director's
                                        decline. Graver also worked with Roger Corman and shot Ron Howard's
                                        Grand Theft Auto (see "DVD Reviews," p.62). Graver's brother Geoff lives
                                        in Austin.
                                        True Western Independents

                                        Director Glenn Helm and producer Toby Thomas may be the combined
                                        definition of persistence. The date they started shooting the 1880
                                        period Western Blood on the Brazos, their financial backer walked out.
                                        As Helm says, with "no script and a bunch of nobodies with a little
                                        experience," they steered true and, years later, finally have a finished
                                        film from their production company, Sindinero ("without money" en
                                        español). The film was shot in the Texas town of Nemo, a name that means
                                        either "nowhere" or "no man," depending on whom you ask.
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                                        Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Film incentives battle plan Expect the Texas Motion Picture Alliance to push for the Legislature to finally put some bucks behind a
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                                          Film incentives battle plan

                                          Expect the Texas Motion Picture Alliance to push for the Legislature to
                                          finally put some bucks behind a film-incentives bill approved in 2005
                                          without a funding source. That's the word from Hector Garcia, president
                                          of the group formed this past year to provide one statewide voice for
                                          the film industry. Last session's bill set a one-time incentive amount
                                          of $20 million. No word on how or if that amount, seen by many as too
                                          minuscule to make a difference, would be modified. (At press time, Gov.
                                          Rick Perry had yet to reveal what plan his office would push). TXMPA
                                          members have been meeting with key people at the Capitol for the past
                                          six months to persuade them of the need to compete with our neighbors in
                                          Louisiana and New Mexico – as well as a growing number of other states –
                                          Garcia says, and saw to it that many legislators toured the sets of
                                          Friday Night Lights in Austin and Prison Break in the Metroplex. "I feel
                                          like the message is being heard by legislators and other key staff,"
                                          Garcia says. He urges industry pros to sign up at www.txmpa.org.
                                          Two fests, two cool events

                                          Folks like Rob Zombie have made fake grind house trailers for Robert
                                          Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's joint project of the same name. Now,
                                          you can join in with a no-more-than-two-minute trailer in a contest to
                                          be judged by Rodriguez himself. The deadline is Feb. 12, with the
                                          winners screened March 11 during the South by Southwest Film Festival.
                                          Send yours to SXSW Grindhouse Trailers, PO Box 4999, Austin, TX 78765.
                                          There is no entry fee, but your shortie must have been shot in the last
                                          year.
                                          Meanwhile, Anne Rapp's gothic comedy Double Wide was close to going into
                                          production last year, and rumors have it finding new life in 2007. For
                                          now, the Austin Film Festival is sponsoring a reading of the script on
                                          Jan. 28, 7pm, at the Cap City Comedy Club. The reading will include the
                                          talents of Johnny Hardwick (King of the Hill), Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
                                          (Fletch), Kit Gwin (No Country for Old Men), KLBJ-FM morning host Dale
                                          Dudley, and Ray Benson of the band Asleep at the Wheel.

                                          Goodbye, 'Sinus'; hello, 'Mars'

                                          This past Saturday was the end for our Alamo Drafthouse-based friends at
                                          the Sinus Show, the bad-film chucklefest formerly known as Mr. Sinus
                                          Theater and fashioned after Mystery Science Theater 3000. The breakup
                                          apparently comes after some "personal issues" between the boys, but
                                          suffice it to say their six-year run is over. "We've loved being a part
                                          of the Alamo and a part of Austin," Jerm Pollet, John Erler, and Owen
                                          Egerton say in a written release. "We understand there's plenty of
                                          questions, but for now we'd rather simply say thanks for all the people
                                          who came and laughed with us." Erler and sometimes Sinus guy Joe Parsons
                                          will continue the tradition at the Alamo in February with the new Master
                                          Pancake Theater. And Egerton's book of short stories, How Best to Avoid
                                          Dying, is coming out in a few months. Meanwhile, Alamo founders Tim and
                                          Karrie League note that a poster for the theatre pops up as a prop on
                                          Veronica Mars, the series created by former Austinite Rob Thomas.
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                                          Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Julia Roberts Pretty Woman and Trinity Swing Into Austin Rumors that Fireflies in the Garden, which has just opened an office in
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                                            Julia Roberts
                                            Pretty Woman and Trinity Swing Into Austin

                                            Rumors that Fireflies in the Garden, which has just opened an office in
                                            Austin, would feature an all-star cast are indeed true. Julia Roberts
                                            and Carrie-Anne Moss have signed on for the pic, according to The
                                            Hollywood Reporter. In negotiations are Ryan Reynolds and Emily Watson.
                                            The film from new German company Senator Entertainment is based loosely
                                            on the life of writer/director Dennis Lee, who won a 2003 Student
                                            Academy Award and "explores the complexities of love and commitment in a
                                            family torn apart when faced with an unexpected tragedy." Meanwhile, in
                                            the rumors-proven-correct department, CBS pilot Swingtown has also
                                            opened an office in the capital city. Plans were to shoot in early
                                            March, but a certain humongous Interactive/Film/Music event convinced
                                            them to wait until later in the month. The show, set in 1976, is about
                                            three groovy couples in Winnetka, Ill., who have differing attitudes
                                            about open marriages. The cast is reported to include Grant Show and
                                            Jack Davenport. Weather was a strong pull for the show to shoot in
                                            Austin, says Bob Hudgins, head of the Texas Film Commission. Incentives
                                            may be the main lure to keep the series here if it's picked up, which
                                            seems likely since CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler has been
                                            talking it up with national press.
                                            Guv Targets Film Incentives

                                            He didn't talk about it in his State of the State speech, but Gov. Rick
                                            Perry did include $20 million to fund filming incentives into his budget
                                            proposal delivered to the Legislature. The next step is for
                                            as-yet-unnamed sponsors to put forth a bill that may or may not stick
                                            with that figure (some say it's too small to compete with our neighbors
                                            in Louisiana and New Mexico) approved by the Lege in 2005 but left
                                            without a means of funding. Already filed as House Bill 374 is a
                                            separate measure that would offer state-owned properties for use by
                                            filmmakers at no charge. Stay tuned as the players and the figures shake
                                            out in the coming weeks.
                                            SXSW Goes Loco for Locals

                                            Films made in Texas and/or by Texans are destined to make an impact at
                                            the South by Southwest Film Festival, which runs March 9-17. Among them
                                            is Bob Ray and Werner Campbell's Roller Derby documentary, Hell on
                                            Wheels, which has been five years in the making. Also on tap are Andrew
                                            Garrison's Third Ward, TX; Marcy Garriott's doc, Inside the Circle;
                                            Laura Dunn's environmental doc, The Unforeseen (which had a successful
                                            world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival); and Bennie Klain's doc,
                                            Weaving Worlds. Oh, you want some fiction, too? How about August
                                            Evening, Chris Eska's story of an aging undocumented worker, which shot
                                            in southern Texas? Who'd I leave out? Important note: Many of the films
                                            were made possible by Texas Filmmakers Production Fund grants from the
                                            Austin Film Society. Salute.
                                            And the Rest ...

                                            Teachers watch free if Turk Pipkin has anything to say about it. This
                                            Sunday middle and high school teachers can see for free his documentary,
                                            Nobelity, aimed at exploring the world's problems. Showings are at 5 and
                                            8pm at the Arbor… "Interstate: Part I," a short by Julia Halperin and
                                            Jason Cortlund is included in the latest Journal of Short Film, a
                                            quarterly DVD of exceptional shorts… Harrison Witt's short film,
                                            "Chickenfüt," about a paranormal clucker, is slated for the San
                                            Francisco Independent Film Festival this Sunday. P.J. Raval ran the
                                            camera, and the cast includes Cyndi Williams, Jeffery Mills, Robert
                                            Tolaro, Dave Jarrott, and Charissa Allen.
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                                              Incentive enough to keep Friday Night lit?
                                              Texas could be like New York. That might not be the
                                              perfect message to give to a Texas House panel, but in
                                              this case, Brian O'Leary, vice president of
                                              NBC/Universal, was talking film incentives – not
                                              Yankee pride – when he described how they brought the
                                              film industry back to New York City. Keeping Friday
                                              Night Lights shooting in Austin may come down to
                                              whether Texas backs an incentive plan that would offer
                                              $10 million a year for two years, O'Leary told the
                                              Culture, Recreation, and Tourism Committee of the
                                              legislation proposed by Austin Rep. Dawnna Dukes.
                                              Projects would have to spend more than $10 million in
                                              Texas to receive up to $1.5 million back based on 20%
                                              of the wages they pay to Texans. Episodic television
                                              series that spend at least $10 million locally could
                                              get up to $2 million each. Could incentives trim the
                                              critically acclaimed but marginally rated show's
                                              bottom line enough for NBC to re-up for a second year
                                              of Austin shoots? "If the incentives were in effect
                                              today, it wouldn't be an issue," O'Leary said. "There
                                              are people with a real passion for this show. It's a
                                              matter of whether the economics work." The city of
                                              Austin is considering in April a plan that would
                                              rebate about $50,000 a year in fees for the
                                              production, Mayor Pro Tem Betty Dunkerley told the
                                              committee. Meanwhile, Dallas is in a similar battle to
                                              retain Prison Break for a second year of shooting. "We
                                              have an infrastructure in place and a history of men
                                              and women who want to work," said Hector Garcia,
                                              president of the Texas Motion Picture Alliance. The
                                              TXMPA is suggesting a larger $30 million a year
                                              incentive program is needed to compete with what is
                                              currently offered in states like New Mexico and
                                              Louisiana.

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                                              Notes from SXSW film
                                              "Hobo With a Shotgun" won Robert Rodriguez's contest
                                              for the best fan fake grind-house trailer – Rodriguez
                                              and Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Grindhouse includes
                                              many fake trailers. Director Jason Eisener of Nova
                                              Scotia said his shoot was interrupted by a police
                                              officer who radioed in: "I got a guy covered with
                                              blood. I need backup!" Rodriguez said he would love
                                              one day to make two sequels to Once Upon a Time in
                                              Mexico featuring Johnny Depp's blind CIA operative and
                                              noted that presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton helped
                                              him get guns across the border into Mexico for the
                                              first film… Add slasher teen flick All the Boys Love
                                              Mandy Lane to the list of films mistaken for porn
                                              while shooting in Central Texas (Teeth and its vagina
                                              dentate remains at the top of the list). The situation
                                              was easily diffused, said director Jonathan Levine,
                                              who once interned for Miramax and now sees his
                                              Bastrop-shot film ready for release by the Weinstein
                                              Co. after a sold-out SXSW screening… Houston-shot
                                              romantic comedy Love and Mary filled not one but two
                                              theatres at the Dobie for its premiere. Many in the
                                              crowd were director Elizabeth Harrison's family
                                              members who inspired characters in the film… Richard
                                              Linklater's last slackerish "real" job was as a night
                                              bellman at an Austin hotel in 1988, he said while
                                              being inducted into the Austin Film Society's Texas
                                              Film Hall of Fame. Of his film career, he said, "I'm
                                              like a surfer who caught a wave at the right time.
                                              Austin is a place where you can have a crazy dream
                                              that becomes a reality."

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                                              And the rest...
                                              Robert De Niro's Raging Bull regalia, Backdraft hot
                                              pants, and Meet the Fockers fashions will be on
                                              display starting Monday in the lobby of the Harry
                                              Ransom Humanities Research Center. De Niro donated his
                                              collection to the center last year, and it's still
                                              being processed. This is a first look at what is to
                                              come. Look for free De Niro screenings as well,
                                              beginning with Bang the Drum Slowly at 7pm Monday in
                                              the Ransom Center's Prothro Theatre… Ellen Spiro has
                                              won the national Gracie Award for Troop 1500, her
                                              thought-provoking 2005 doc about a Girl Scout troop
                                              whose mothers are in a Gatesville prison. The award
                                              recognizes exemplary programming created for women, by
                                              women, and about women. She also will receive an
                                              Individual Achievement Award for Outstanding Directing
                                              at the American Women in Radio and Television gala in
                                              New York City on June 19.
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                                              Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Stars light up Fireflies, Kings Add Willem Dafoe to the star power behind Fireflies in the Garden, which is filming now in the
                                              Message 22 of 29 , Apr 12, 2007
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                                                BY JOE O'CONNELL

                                                Stars light up 'Fireflies,' 'Kings'

                                                Add Willem Dafoe to the star power behind Fireflies in the Garden, which
                                                is filming now in the Bastrop area and previously around the University
                                                of Texas with a cast we previously reported includes Julia Roberts,
                                                Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Watson, and Ryan Reynolds. Also joining the
                                                project about a family torn apart by tragedy, according to The Hollywood
                                                Reporter, are Shannon Lucio, Hayden Panettiere, Ioan Gruffudd, and
                                                George Newbern. Meanwhile, Kings of the Evening, about an underground
                                                contest in a Deep South ghetto, has Tyson Beckford, San Antonio native
                                                Bruce McGill (D-Day from Animal House), James Russo, and Lynn Whitfield
                                                in its cast. The project started shooting here April 1. No fooling.
                                                Oprah's knockout effect

                                                Austin screenwriter Bonnie Orr planned to have her project The Oprah
                                                Effect before cameras this coming June. But Oprah Winfrey's lawyers had
                                                other ideas, telling her to cease and desist on using the talk-show
                                                queen's name, Orr says. The script involves a young black woman who has
                                                always dreamed of singing on Oprah's show but must survive an abusive
                                                husband and the death of her infant child before realizing her dream.
                                                With Oprah's name nixed, Orr's investors pulled out all of their funds.
                                                "It's back to the drawing board for me," Orr says.
                                                And the rest ...

                                                The Texas House is expected to vote on a film/television incentive
                                                program Tuesday just prior to our press time. If approved, it moves on
                                                to the Senate… Eve of Understanding, which shot in Austin and Katy,
                                                claimed a special jury prize at the recent AFI Dallas International Film
                                                Festival… The Austin-shot film For Sale by Owner is coming out on DVD in
                                                late summer at all of your Blockbuster, Movie Gallery, and Hollywood
                                                Video stores, as well as Wal-Mart and Amazon.com. There is talk of a
                                                television release… The folks behind Z: A Zombie Musical took out their
                                                frustrations with the festival circuit by creating a short called "How
                                                to Succeed in Film Festivals … Without Really Trying," which has been
                                                invited to screen at the Wildsound Feedback Film Festival in Toronto…
                                                Kat Candler is teaching two summer filmmaking workshops, one for adults
                                                and one for teens, through the Austin School of Film. More at
                                                www.storieproductions.com… Yes, Fox's Prison Break will shoot most of
                                                its third season in the Dallas area, with some taping also in Louisiana
                                                and Florida, two states that already offer filming incentives. No word
                                                yet on the prognosis for Austin-shot NBC series Friday Night Lights…
                                                Look for Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof" half of Grindhouse to add
                                                scenes and appear as a stand-alone film for non-English-speaking
                                                countries. Variety speculates the longer film could turn up at the
                                                Cannes Film Festival.
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                                                as mentioned before & above (talked to 3 of you who were aware but
                                                hadn't seen the link. Use the Revver link please. I just transferred
                                                $113.80 (toward our $3105 bill for the hard drive crash) from Revver to
                                                my hard disk recovery account. thanks. dan

                                                Our Short film, "How To Succeed In Film Festivals...Without Really
                                                Trying" has been invited to screen at the Wildsound Film Festival in
                                                Toronto Canada!!!!!!!!!! (and we haven't yet submitted it to any fests!!!!)
                                                (it's rec'd 2900 views on YouTube, and had links to it on
                                                http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/ and IMDB (on their indie page).

                                                it's also at http://one.revver.com/find/video/zombiejohn
                                                along with 3 shorts for Z: a Zombie Musical and a short mock ad

                                                if you click on the ads after on the Revver site, you help add a few
                                                pennies to our hard drive crash account (we've had 2500 views of the 5
                                                films at Revver & earned just over $100 toward the $3105 it cost to
                                                recover the hard drive)
                                              • Dan Eggleston
                                                Film News BY JOE O CONNELL Bruised Incentives Program Lives Expect Gov. Rick Perry to very publicly sign into law the long-awaited film-incentives bill aimed
                                                Message 23 of 29 , May 31, 2007
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                                                  BY JOE O'CONNELL

                                                  Bruised Incentives Program Lives

                                                  Expect Gov. Rick Perry to very publicly sign into law the long-awaited
                                                  film-incentives bill aimed at keeping the Lone Star State's film and
                                                  video industry competitive. In the end, the Legislature approved the $20
                                                  million, two-year figure the industry requested and threw in an extra $2
                                                  million combined to create both a film-archive program spearheaded by
                                                  Caroline Frick at the University of Texas at Austin and a statewide
                                                  crew-training program and to administer the incentives program itself.
                                                  The funding marked a major shift from 2005, when a program was approved
                                                  but went completely unfunded. Film industry insiders rightfully are
                                                  cheering the latest funded version that nearly succumbed to a thousand
                                                  cuts in the Senate, which tried to reduce total funding to $10 million.
                                                  The Senate did accomplish dropping the per-project total from 20% of
                                                  wages spent to 5% of total spent for a maximum of $2 million per film.
                                                  If 25% of the project is filmed outside of Austin or Dallas, an
                                                  additional 1.25% is offered, down from an added 5%. Most troubling is a
                                                  "content" provision that precludes funding for any project that
                                                  "portrays Texas or Texans in a negative fashion." The good news? The
                                                  final bill includes a rider that allows funding beyond the original
                                                  outlay if justified financially. Also, "film" has been changed to
                                                  "moving image" to allow a burgeoning video-game industry back into the
                                                  mix. And the legislation is truly Texas with requirements that 80% of a
                                                  project be shot in-state with 70% of the crew made up of Texans. The
                                                  final verdict? It's a start and clearly would never have made it to
                                                  Perry's desk without the industry's collective efforts through the Texas
                                                  Motion Picture Alliance and a strong push from Rep. Dawnna Dukes of
                                                  Austin. Bob Hudgins, state film commissioner, already has begun to
                                                  receive inquiries, in particular from CBS. Could a third television
                                                  series join Friday Night Lights and Prison Break in Texas' future? Stay
                                                  turned.
                                                  Rodriguez Fond of 'Barbarella'

                                                  After flirting with remaking The Jetsons or Land of the Lost, Robert
                                                  Rodriguez is instead going to direct a redo of 1968 Jane Fonda-starrer
                                                  Barbarella. A script is being written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade,
                                                  who both penned Casino Royale. Not surprisingly, Barbarella is another
                                                  comic-book adaptation for Rodriguez – the first film was based on a
                                                  French comic book written and illustrated by Jean-Claude Forest. "I love
                                                  this iconic character and all that she represents, and I'm truly excited
                                                  by the challenge of inviting a new audience into her universe,"
                                                  Rodriguez said in Variety. Universal has slated the film for a 2008 release.
                                                  And the Rest ...

                                                  The good news? CBS picked up Swingtown, the groovy Seventies-era show
                                                  for which a pilot was lensed in Austin. The bad news? The series will be
                                                  shot primarily in Los Angeles with some action in the Chicago area,
                                                  where it is set. The intriguing news? Fox has picked up Anchorwoman, a
                                                  semireality show about Tyler TV station KYTX, which brings in a former
                                                  female model/pro wrestler to lead its newscast. The show's tester
                                                  episodes air this month… The Upper Room, a confessional one-person show
                                                  by the deaf actress known as Terrylene, is scouting Austin as the stage
                                                  show aims for the big screen… Silly Bunny Pictures is casting for two
                                                  gay spies in I'm Gonna Shoot, which is expected to shoot here early next
                                                  year. Contact jstone@...… Texas State history grad
                                                  student Whitney Milam's doc, Sniper '66, about the Charles Whitman
                                                  shootings, was honored as outstanding historical television documentary
                                                  at the Telly Awards… Reel Women is again sponsoring the 48 Hour Film
                                                  Project the weekend of June 22. Registration is now open to 26 Austin
                                                  teams only at www.48hourfilm.com.
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