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The 18th Austin Film Festival is almost here. To help celebrate all the locally connected movies at this year's fest, we've reached out to a number of filmmakers to find out about their Austin and Texas-tied films screening at Aff, and to hear about what they're looking forward to doing during the festival.
Former Austinite Steve Collins has written and directed You Hurt My Feelings, which had its world premiere at Los Angeles Film Festival this summer. You may have seen his last feature, Gretchen, which also starred Courtney Davis and John Merriman. Collins may be living in Connecticut these days but you can tell he sure misses Austin. And he has some ideas about the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue.
Slackerwood: Describe your film for us, in a quick and dirty paragraph.
Steve Collins: It's about a damaged guy who uses his job as a nanny to prove to »
- Jenn Brown
After an insane Season 4 Premiere, we move on to Episode 2 of Breaking Bad Season 4 (or Episode 1 P.S.G.T-c.S. – Post Super Gross Throat-Cutting Scene). The episode opens with Walt purchasing an illegal serial-number-free firearm from an apparent philosophy professor turned gun-runner: The dealer tells Walt that if the gun is strictly for defense, he’d be better off just buying a legal firearm, but Walt declines the advice and insists “It’s for defense. On Opposite Day! Not on opposite day. Ignore that. Yayyy defense.” Walt’s blatant lying clues us in on two aspects of where his mind is right now: 1) Walt’s entire existence is so wrapped up in lies, he’s practically incapable of telling the truth even in noncrucial interactions. 2) Walt has so thoroughly convinced himself that all of his actions are motivated by self-defense, he has completely pre-excused himself from the consequences of »
- Dan Hopper
Several artists and guests were on hand to celebrate, including concert promoter Gary Tovar, who presented Lyman with MusiCares’ From The Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization, and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, who presented Gahan with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares Map Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process.
Performers included Jane’s Addiction; Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington; drummer Curt Bisquera; Gahan with producer/musician Vincent Jones and bassist Martyn LeNoble; guitarists Jason Orme and Joel Shearer of Pedestrian; Ozomatli; Paramore; and Adam Bravin and Justin Warfield from She Wants Revenge. Gahan »
Jane’s Addiction, Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, concert promoter Gary Tovar and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler are set to appear at the seventh annual MusiCares Map Fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 6.
Tovar will present Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman with MusiCares’ From The Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. Tyler will present Depeche Mode lead singer Dave Gahan with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares Map Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process.
Performers include Jane’s Addiction, Bennington, drummer Curt Bisquera and guitarists Jason Orme and Joel Shearer of Pedestrian, who join previously announced performers Gahan with producer/musician Vincent Jones and bassist Martyn LeNoble; Ozomatli; Paramore; and Adam Bravin and Justin Warfield from She Wants Revenge. »
[Our thanks to Brandon Tenold for the following.]The Texas capitol of Austin is called "The live music capitol of the world", and as the opening montage of Nathan Christ's documentary "Echotone" reminds us, has been home to notable musicians like Janis Joplin, Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The city has undergone rapid economic and population growth in recent years, with several high-rise buildings and condo's being built in historic live music hotspots such as Austin's Red River and 6th Street districts, leading to tension between the city's live music venues and the resident's of these new buildings (at one point during a city council meeting, a speaker describes being "terrorized" by the music coming out of the venues). Throughout his documentary, Christ documents »
Gahan will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares Map Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process. Lyman will be the recipient of MusiCares’ From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares Map Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.
Hosted by comedian Greg Behrendt, the evening will feature a special performance by Gahan with drummer Victor Indrizzo, producer/musician Vincent Jones, and bassist Martyn LeNoble, as well as performances by the groundbreaking alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction, »
6 items from 2011
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