8 items from 2010
Let's see what's going on in Austin film news this week.
Predators, which was shot partially in Austin by Troublemaker Studios, is out on Blu-ray this week. Over at the Austin Chronicle, Richard Whittaker reports from a junket for the Blu-ray release at Troublemaker (yes, I'm envious) and Austin Studios. Check out my review of Predators from its theatrical release this summer.SXSW 2010 documentary Marwencol is getting a theatrical release from Cinema Guild, and will have several screenings at Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz starting November 10. I'm looking forward to seeing this film again (here's my review), especially in a theater. I do love the photos of the 1/6 scale red carpet at the film's NYC premiere.aGLIFF 2010 Narrative Feature Award winner Undertow (Contracorriente) will return to the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar for a screening on Friday night, Oct. 22.We've got another free movie opportunity in the next week to »
- Jette Kernion
Last night Thom Powers screened two docs, Jessica Edwards‘ short, Seltzer Works and Gregory Kallenberg’s feature, Haynesville as the penultimate screening in his Spring Stranger Than Fiction series. The series rarely features shorts, but Powers credited the move to the fact that both films focused on gas crises – one very small, one very large, both man-made. Deftly shot, Seltzer Works is a carefully composed bit of nostalgia for a time when deliverymen schlepped heavy glass bottles full of fizzy water all over Brooklyn. A portrait of a third-generation seltzer man struggling to survive in a world that no longer needs him, Edwards treats her subject with dignity without lapsing into self-seriousness. Haynesville tells »
- Mary Anderson Casavant
We are only hours away from day 1 of SXSW Film 2010, and with that continues our preview coverage with 7 more reviews to wet your film fest appetite. Check out the excerps below and click the links to see the full reviews. Check out Part 1 by clicking here. White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights, The | Review "Under Great White Northern Lights is satisfying because it doesn’t go too deep into aimless conversations with the band, but instead focuses on the music, with excellent live footage that continues to hammer home the raw power that has made The White Stripes a power to be reckoned with. There are certainly poignant moments, with Jack and Meg discussing the idea behind the band, the apparent purposeful colors used from the outset, and their aversion to set lists. But overall, Malloy lets the music speak for the band." ____________________________________________________ Haynesville | Review "Either I have »
- Dave Campbell
Director: Gregory Kallenberg The 96 townships contained a rural area in northwestern Louisiana, were told in 2008 that they were sitting on top of an energy goldmine – the Haynesville shale. This gas field is estimated to contain 170 trillion cubic feet (or the equivalent of 28 billion barrels of oil). As we are told by Haynesville, that is a lot of gas – it can also equate to a lot of money. Cue the Beverly Hillbillies theme song. Haynesville tracks three people with varying perspectives and experiences of the discovery of the Haynesville shale. The first, Mike Smith, loves guns, hunting and freedom. (I would venture to guess that he is probably a Libertarian.) His 300 acres of land transforms Mike into an instant millionaire. The second, Kassi Fitzgerald, is a single mom who becomes a community activist upon learning that one of her neighbors was ripped off by an oil company. For no charge, she »
- Don Simpson
As the SXSW Film, Music and Interactive festival gets closer, more and more announcements are coming out about what programming we can expect during the event. Friday, it was announced what film would cose the competition and in addition, more features and shorts were added to the program which already features over 100 films.
Here’s all the info about the new items from the official press release. As we told you previously, we’ve got a great team going to SXSW this year so be sure to check back often for more.
SXSW Film Festival Announces Closing Night Film,
Additional Features & Shorts For 2010 Event
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced Chris Morris’ pitch-black satire Four Lions as its Closing Night film, to play on Saturday, March 20 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. SXSW also released additional feature and short titles or the 2010 event, which »
- Chris Ullrich
SXSW Film has announced more titles for its 2010 program. Chris Morris' Four Lions will now close the festival. New features, shorts, and documentaries have also been added, including American Grindhouse, Cargo, Strummerville, This Movie is Broken, and Suck. The full list (courtesty of SXSW) is presented below.
Four Lions (United Kingdom)
This feature documentary chronicles the history of the American Exploitation Film. It digs deep into this often overlooked category of U.S. cinema and unearths the shameless and occasionally shocking origins of this popular entertainment. (World Premiere)
Austin, Texas – February 19, 2010 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced Chris Morris’ pitch-black satire Four Lions as its Closing Night film, to play on Saturday, March 20 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. SXSW also released additional feature and short titles or the 2010 event, which will take place March 12 – March 20, 2010. The festival will open with the world premiere of Kick-Ass, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Aaron Johnson, Cholë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicolas Cage. SXSW will also host more than 80 Film Conference panels, which will take place Friday, March 12 – Tuesday, March 16. Previously announced participants for the 2010 SXSW Film Conference include Michel Gondry (The Thorn in the Heart, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down, Pineapple Express), Jeffery Tambor’s Acting Workshop, and Academy Award-winning Argentine composer, solo artist and producer Gustavo Santaolalla, among many others. For full panel descriptions and participants, »
- Dave Campbell
Other “festival favorites” include Waking Sleeping Beauty, a behind-the-scenes documentary about Disney animation from 1984 to 1994 directed by Beauty and the Beast producer Don Hahn, and Tony, a Slamdance selection and psychological thriller about a serial killer.
Skateland, starring Ashley Green, is also getting another look from festival goers, as well as the raved-about short film from Spike Jonze titled I’m Here. Plus a Doors documentary narrated by Johnny Depp. I’ll be reviewing and covering as many of these films as I can.
Below is a full list of the additional titles screening at the film festival, which runs from March 12th through the 20th in Austin, Texas.
Four Lions (United Kingdom)
- Jeff Leins
8 items from 2010
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