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  • Dan Eggleston
    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
    Message 1 of 29 , Nov 2, 2006
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      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 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.
      Send tips to filmnews@....
    • Dan Eggleston
      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
      Message 2 of 29 , Nov 16, 2006
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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@....
      • Dan Eggleston
        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
        Message 3 of 29 , Dec 14, 2006
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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.
          Send tips to filmnews@....
        • Dan Eggleston
          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
          Message 4 of 29 , Jan 18, 2007
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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.
            Send tips to filmnews@....

            (z news next issue, omitted due to space. dan)
          • Dan Eggleston
            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
            Message 5 of 29 , Feb 15, 2007
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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.
              Send tips to filmnews@....
            • Dan Eggleston
              (only online this week, for those who get the print edition) MARCH 16, 2007: SCREENS Film News BY JOE O CONNELL ... Incentive enough to keep Friday Night lit?
              Message 6 of 29 , Mar 15, 2007
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                MARCH 16, 2007: SCREENS
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                BY JOE O'CONNELL



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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.
                Send tips to filmnews@....


                Dan

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              • Dan Eggleston
                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 7 of 29 , Apr 12, 2007
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                  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.
                  Send tips to filmnews@....

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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 8 of 29 , May 31, 2007
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                    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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