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Aff 2012 Interview: Kit Pongetti, 'Stakeout'

Kit Pongetti is a grad of the Rtf program at The University of Texas in Austin who now resides in Los Angeles. Her directorial debut, Stakeout, will premiere at Austin Film Festival as part of Shorts Program 9 - The View from Outside (Friday 10/19 at 3:30 pm and Thurs, Oct. 25 at 4 pm at The Hideout). The comic short depicts two 1980s-era teenage gals who sit in their car and watch their peers at parties.

I asked Pongetti a few questions over email to find out about her first directing experience.

Slackerwood:  What is your connection to Austin?

Kit Pongetti: I completely romanticize Austin. Or is it just kind of romantic already? I grew up in the Houston suburbs and fell in love with Austin after a trip there my senior year of high school. I ended up going to Ut for five years. Can't just stop at four.

I did a bunch of firsts there,
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Sharpshooter Pictures

NEW YORK -- Adam Watstein's indie feature, redefining minimalist aesthetics by being entirely improvised and shot on video over the course of a single day, has one lucky thing going for it. That is the starring presence of James Tupper, who has become a television sex symbol thanks to his role as a hunky Alaskan in the Anne Heche ABC series "Men in Trees".

Otherwise, "Invisible", which recently played a theatrical engagement at New York's Two Boots Pioneer Theater, has little to recommend it. The film concerns a trip to Upstate New York undertaken by a married couple, Joe (Tupper) and Jane (Kit Pongetti), who are on the verge of getting a divorce.

After much tedious time spent in the car bickering, the couple reaches their destination, where the siren effects of nature causes a romantic reconciliation as they frolic in their underwear in the lake. Their romantic bliss is unfortunately interrupted by the arrival of two vicious backwoods crazies (Joe Mellis and David Mogentale), who torment the couple even while claiming them as parents.

The film, which lives up to its title thanks to the deeply murky visuals often on display, is utterly ludicrous. But it can probably be admired at least for the sheer ingenuity and hard work inherent in its production method, even while it provides ample demonstration that having a written script and setting aside one day for retakes are concepts that might well behoove would-be filmmakers.

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