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You might have noticed a sad lack of reviews here recently from our contributor J.C. De Leon. That's because he's busy working as an associate producer on the movie Grow Up, Tony Phillips, the latest feature from Austin filmmaker Emily Hagins (My Sucky Teen Romance). The film shoot started Monday and is keeping J.C. pretty busy.
You too can be a part of this movie if you like ... onscreen as an extra. J.C. tells me that Grow Up, Tony Phillips will be filming the Friday/weekend after Thanksgiving at Eastside Memorial High School (1012 Arthur Stiles Road, not far from 183/Airport). They need young-ish extras who can portray teenagers realistically, and older extras who can portray teachers and chaperones, for scenes set at a high-school dance.
If you're interested in being an extra, contact J.C. at jc [at] arcanumpictures [dot] com and he'll give you the details. I wish »
- Jette Kernion
Long-time readers of our site will note that we’ve been following the career of director Emily Hagins (Pathogen, My Sucky Teen Romance) for years. She’s a local kid, based right here in Austin, who has made news for being one of the youngest faces on the independent film scene. But there’s more to it than that. Being a kid who made a movie is one thing. Being a kid with some serious talent and nothing but promise is another. Fitting snuggly into the latter category is Ms. Hagins, whose next film is currently in need of your crowd-funding assistance. It’s called Grow Up, Tony Phillips, and it’s about something to which I’m sure we can all relate. About the Film “Grow Up, Tony Phillips may take place on Halloween, but it has nothing to do with horror movies and everything to do with that crystalline moment in time everyone has when »
- Neil Miller
Here's the latest in Austin film news.
Alamo Drafthouse announced last week that all the chain's Austin theaters will transition to 100 percent reserved seating, starting October 15, without a ticket price increase. Alamo ran a pilot program with all reserved seating at the Village location earlier this year, which they said was a success.An economic impact report released last week announced that SXSW 2012 generated $190.3 million for Austin's economy, Austin Business Journal reports. The number of official registrants increased this year by more than 15 percent to 147,000.In casting news, actors Aj Bowen (A Horrible Way to Die) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) have signed on for Austin filmmaker Emily Hagins's fourth feature film, Grow Up, Tony Phillips, according to the movie's production company, Austin-based Arcanum Pictures. The actors join Jamie Landau (son of veteran producer Jon Landau) and My Sucky Teen Romance cast members Tony Vespe and Devin Bonnée. Filming for »
- Jordan Gass-Poore'
19-year old Emily Hagins, who directed the South by Southwest sensation My Sucky Teenage Romance, will helm Grow Up, Tony Phillips. It's about a teen who loves Halloween and doesn't think he should have to put childhood passions aside just because he's older. Jamie Landau, son of Avatar and Titanic producer Jon Landau, will make his feature film acting debut. A portion of the budget for the Arcanum film is being raised on Kickstarter.
Source: Variety »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Richard Madden ("Game of Thrones") is set to star opposite Rebecca Hall in Patrice Leconte's period piece "A Promise" which will start filming at the end of the year. Leconte and Jerome Tonnerre penned the script set in pre-WW1 Germany.
Madden plays an engineer who goes to work for a wealthy older man and ends up falling for the benefactor's wife (Hall). The war forces them to part and the relationship is put on hold until the two meet nine years later. [Source: Variety]
Are We Officially Dating?
Miles Teller ("Rabbit Hole") is set to join Zac Efron in Tom Gormican's indie rom-com "Are We Officially Dating?". The story follows three friends in Manhattan who make a pact to remain single just as they each start to fall in love.
Teller will play Efron's friend and co-worker who is determined to remain single and sexually active without having to make a commitment. »
- Garth Franklin
Filmmaker Emily Hagins is nothing short of an inspiration for horror fans of every age to go out there and make their movie! And that's just what this lovely young lady is doing again. You almost have to wonder how long before she's a household name?
From the Press Release
Aj Bowen (A Horrible Way to Die, You're Next) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond) have signed on for Grow Up, Tony Phillips, the fourth feature film from writer-director Emily Hagins (pictured; My Sucky Teen Romance, Pathogen). The pair join previously attached cast members Tony Vespe, Devin Bonnée (both of My Sucky Teen Romance), and Jamie Landau (son of Jon Landau, in his feature film acting debut) in the independently-produced comedy about a Halloween-loving teenager who doesn't think childhood passions should have an expiration date.
- Uncle Creepy
It’s not often that you get to see an exciting filmmaking talent growing and developing before your eyes, but one such example can be found in Emily Hagins. It’s impressive enough that she’s directing a film at the age of nineteen, but when you realize her latest will be her fourth feature? It’s enough to make a person wish for a time machine so they could go back in time to light a fire under their own ass. Hagins’ last movie, My Sucky Teen Romance, was a popular feature on the festival circuit and saw a DVD release last month from Dark Sky Films. Again, impressive for a film featuring no name talent to speak of. (Apologies to the two hundred and forty eight Austin bloggers who appeared throughout the film in various capacities.) She’s stepping up her game for her new film with both a more mature story and some recognizable »
- Rob Hunter
Aj Bowen (A Horrible Way to Die, You're Next) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond) have signed on for Grow Up, Tony Phillips, the fourth feature film from writer-director Emily Hagins (My Sucky Teen Romance, Pathogen). The pair join previously attached cast members Tony Vespe, Devin Bonnée (both of My Sucky Teen Romance), and Jamie Landau (son of Jon Landau, in his feature film acting debut) in the independently-produced comedy about a Halloween-loving teenager who doesn't think childhood passions should have an expiration date.
Grow Up, Tony Phillips is the fourth feature film from young director Emily Hagins, who drew an international spotlight when she set out to make her first feature, the zombie film Pathogen, at only 11 years old. Her most recent film, the vampire comedy My Sucky Teen Romance, enjoyed its world premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it was acquired by Dark Sky Films for American distribution. »
Emily Hagins of My Sucky Teen Romance has a new project in the pipeline called Grow Up, Tony Phillips and this one will have her working with House of the Devil's Aj Bowen and Re-Animator's Barbara Crampton.
The pair join previously attached cast members Tony Vespe, Devin Bonnée (both of My Sucky Teen Romance), and Jamie Landau (son of Jon Landau, in his feature film acting debut) in the independently-produced comedy about a Halloween-loving teenager who doesn't think childhood passions should have an expiration date.
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Title: My Sucky Teen Romance Director: Emily Hagins Starring: Elaine Hurt, Patrick Delgado and Santiago Dietche My first introduction to the work of Emily Hagins was when I watched the documentary “Zombie Girl: The Movie”, which chronicled a 15 year old Emily and her attempt at making a feature length zombie movie. She didn’t have any prior movie making experience, and in fact, as the documentary tells us, had only been interested in the idea of making movies for a relatively short amount of time. What she might have lacked in experience, she more than made up for with an incredibly supportive family, plenty of friends who had open schedules, and possibly [ Read More ]
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Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects that need your help to become a reality. Today, we're bringing things back into the indie film world and shining some light on a cool feature called Grow Up, Tony Phillips. It's the newest movie from 18-year-old director Emily Hagins, the director of My Sucky Teen Romance, and its Halloween setting is perfect for the changing of the seasons. Check out the video below, leave a comment telling us what you think, and don't forget to toss the filmmakers a few bucks if you can. Check this out! The movie follows Tony Phillips, an 18-year-old who's a bit too old to be trick or treating, and who must rediscover the thing he truly has a passion for in the midst of being distracted by all the things that happen when he »
- Ben Pearson
Between FEARnet and Chiller TV, horror fans are pretty much set in terms of programming as both channels have beefed up and gotten a lot better over the last couple of years. Read on for the latest news coming out of the Chiller camp!
THR reports that "Terra Nova" alum Stephen Lang and High School Musical vet Corbin Bleu lead the cast of Chiller's original movie The Monkey's Paw, adapted by Macon Blair from a short story by W.W. Jacobs.
The film centers on Jake Tilton (C.J. Thomason, "Harper's Island"), who acquires a mystical "monkey's paw" talisman that grants its possessor three wishes and finds his world upside down after his first two wishes result in his co-worker Tony Cobb (Lang) being resurrected from the dead. When Cobb pressures Jake into using the final wish to reunite Cobb with his son, his intimidation quickly escalates into relentless murder -- forcing »
- Uncle Creepy
Here's the latest in Austin and Texas film-related news.
The Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (aGLIFF) has announced this year's 25th anniversary lineup, which includes the festival's opening-night film Cloudburst, about a lesbian couple escaping from their nursing home to get married in Canada. During the five-day festival next month, 104 films and locally-produced Web series will screen at the Alamo Drafthouse, Paramount, Stateside and Violet Crown theaters. In honor of aGLIFF's anniversary, the festival introduced its rebrand as Polari. The nonprofit's name change, a historic form of cant slang used in the gay subculture, pays homage to the Lgbtqia community while charting a new course for the future. After widespread online reports of a mass DVD theft from the Infusion Room at Texas Children's Cancer Center, The Superficial reported that the Layla Grace Childrens Cancer Research Foundation is collecting new and used G/PG-rated DVDs as donations for the »
- Jordan Gass-Poore'
GeekStarter is all about highlighting Geeky Kickstarter projects, and this week we have a great one. Emily Hagins is one of the biggest film geeks, not to mention, one of the youngest/coolest film makers out there.
I had the chance to interview her for her recent film My Sucky Teen Romance, and now she is trying to raise money for her newest feature film. Grow Up, Tony Phillips is "a Halloween-set comedy written and directed by Emily Hagins (Pathogen, My Sucky Teen Romance)."
Here is some info about the film and the production:
About the Film
Grow Up, Tony Phillips may take place on Halloween, but it has nothing to do with horror movies and everything to do with that crystalline moment in time everyone has when they realize life marches forward and they’re the youngest they’ll ever be. It’s a coming-of-age story, but this isn »
- Jim Napier
What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly news column that doesn’t always have something to say. But when it does, the geeks of the world listen. We begin this evening with some great Dredd concept art found by the folks at Comic Book Movie, picked up via Germain Lussier’s ever-excellent Superhero Bits column. The excitement I have for this, one of Fantastic Fest’s big name films, has gone through the roof as more reactions come in, including that of our own Nathan Adams at Tiff. 1. You’re Next isn’t exactly next – Collider got the scoop on the release date of one of Fantastic Fest’s big winners last year, the thriller You’re Next. It will be out… August 23, 2013. Which isn’t this year. At all. 2. The Obscure Song from 1974 that connects Looper and Smashed - Jordan Hoffman takes to Badass Digest to connect the dots on two of this »
- Neil Miller
We've always supported Emily Hagins ever since she was an 11-year-old directing her first feature-length horror film back in 2006. That movie was Pathogen, and its unique story was the focus of a really entertaining documentary called Zombie Girl: The Movie. Since then Emily has continued to feed her dream of making movies by directing two additional feature films, The Retelling and My Sucky Teen Romance, the latter of which scored her a premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and a distribution deal through Dark Sky Films (watch My Sucky Teen Romance now on DVD/Blu-ray/iTunes/VOD). Now Emily is back -- she's older and wiser -- and she's taking her next feature film to Kickstarter for assistance in funding what will be her first movie that isn't set squarely in the...
- Erik Davis
Look, I don’t need to tell you that piracy is bad. Even if you do surf the uncharted seas, I hope you know how important it is to support independent film. The filmmakers of stuff like My Sucky Teen Romance have their futures in the hands of possible consumers. When said possible consumers do not buy their product because they can get it for free, that hurts them. There is some amazing talent out there and I sure as shit hope that you realize what you are doing if you do pirate films or music.
To show you how bad it is, the director of My Suck Teen Romance, Emily Hagins, has a video out there. Feed the director!
Help out the director by buying the film, which is now available, on DVD or Blu-Ray. We conveniently provided a link below for you. Support Indie Cinema.
If you want »
- Andy Triefenbach
It’s not often that a 19-year-old girl is profiled on E! News, Filmmaker Magazine, and teenaged periodic staple Seventeen Magazine – especially one who’s a filmmaker with a penchant for telling stories dealing with zombies, ghosts, and most recently vampires. Emily Hagins caught our attention when she was the subject of the 2009 documentary “Zombie Girl” (which currently can be seen on Netflix Instant Play), that chronicled the making of her bloody feature-length zombie film “Pathogen,” that helped put this Austin, Texas resident on the map of many cinephiles, all while she was at the very tender age of 12. Since, she has become sort of a festival darling at her local South by Southwest, with the now 19-year old Hagins having three feature films under her belt, with her most recent “My Sucky Teen Romance” picking up a significant amount of buzz. It's a tale set amid a sci-fi convention »
- Benjamin Wright
Before I discuss My Sucky Teen Romance, let me just say what writer/director Emily Hagins has accomplished by her age is astounding. For such a young member of society to chase her dreams and begin polishing her craft so early on in life is truly astonishing. By age 12, the budding director had scored her first recognized film with Pathogen, an independent horror movie which caught the eye of Ain’t It Cool News founder and respected fanboy legend, Harry Knowles.
When I was 12 I couldn’t even figure out how not to be an awkward middle school student, let alone make a feature-length film. Hell, it took me until I turned 18 to even realize my love of film, and the writing didn’t come until years after.
Ms. Hagins is an inspiration for anyone with ambitious goals, showing even the most unlikely can persevere with a determined worth ethic »
- Matt Donato
In films about the teenage social scene, there is an inevitable disconnect between the adult director, and the youthful experience that he or she wants to portray. My Sucky Teen Romance is a rare exception, since the writer/director Emily Hagins happens to be 19 years old and a peer to her characters. Hagins began her exceptional career at the age of 12, when she created her first feature-length film, Pathogen, and became the youngest recipient of the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund grant, not to mention the youngest feature film director in the United States. The zombie movie was a group effort in her neighborhood in Austin, Texas, where Hagins was known affectionately as the “Movie girl.” Cameras also documented every behind the scenes moment of the production process for a documentary called Zombie Girl: The Movie. Since then, Hagins has developed into a more professional and experienced filmmaker, delving into more complex plots, »
- Mariel Falk
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