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Austin Film Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, features an eight-day program of panels and films specifically focused on screenwriters. Along with a handful of highly anticipated festival favorites bolstering the lineup (among them 12 Years a Slave and Inside Llewyn Davis), the film schedule contains dozens of features, documentaries and shorts chosen for their original points of view and creative storytelling techniques. Of course several of these have Austin or Texas ties -- they were either made by local filmmakers or were filmed in the state.
Here are a few potential gems found on this year's Aff Features lineup that happen to have strong Texas connections:
All of Me (Documentary Feature Competition) -- This documentary was filmed here in town and features a group of friends who met through Austin's Big Beautiful Women community. The dynamic of their social club begins to change when many of the women choose to undergo weight loss surgery, »
- Caitlin Moore
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Based on the real-life Bling Ring crew, Sofia Coppola's film tells the story of the Los Angeles teens whose claim to infamy was robbing the homes of celebrities. The teens who used the internet to track the whereabouts of rich celebs are portrayed by Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard, and Claire Julien.
Watch: Go behind-the-scenes with Taissa Farmiga (Video)
Why We're In: Coppola's approach to the tabloid-heavy story is one of the most compelling aspects of "The Bling Ring"," as she neither praises the characters, criticizes, or satirizes them. We get to watch the teens from an honest perspective and arrive at our own deduction of how technology and youth obsession with fame impact contemporary culture. "The Bling Ring" was also one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far).
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- Erin Whitney
Thirteen years ago, Louis C.K. was not a name everyone knew. And even fewer people knew Nick Offerman. This provided them an opportunity to star in extremely indie movies like 2000's Tuna. What's Tuna? A movie written by Adam DeCoster (who by day is a successful Foley artist) and directed by Bob Byington (director of Offerman-featuring movies like Harmony and Me and Somebody Up There Likes Me) about people talking in their cars while driving around Los Angeles. DeCoster put the full film up on YouTube earlier this week. Watch a bleached-blond, fresh-faced Offerman, youngish C.K., and a cast that also features Kevin Corrigan, David Krumholtz, Jon Glaser, and a 4-year-old Angus T. Jones. Just to reiterate, before you complain about the production values, the thing is super-extremely indie. »
- Jesse David Fox
Just as this year's SXSW Film Festival line-up has been officially unveiled, a new trailer for one of last year's films has arrived online. Somebody Up There Likes Me stars Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation) as a man who is caught in a love triangle of sorts with his best friend Max (Keith Poulson) and their co-worker Lyla (Jess Weixler). While the movie received decent reviews, it seems that Offerman's presence and deadpan delivery are the main selling point. Writer / director Bob Byington (Harmony and Me) isn't particularly well-known, but the opening quote of the trailer does promise "a Todd Solondz film directed by Wes Anderson." How can you resist? Somebody Up There Likes Me hits theatres on March 8th; watch the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Actor Nick Offerman is best known as the mustachioed boss Rick Swanson on "Parks and Recreation," and in the trailer for "Somebody Up There Likes Me" he sticks to the deadpan, situational comedy he does so well. An existential comedy about the small successes and failures that make up our existence, the film also stars Keith Pulson as his best friend and Jess Weixler as the beautiful girl who comes into their lives. Directed by Austin-based filmmaker Bob Byington ("Harmony and Me"), the film was a breakout hit at SXSW last year and is being distributed by Tribeca Films. Read More: 'Toy's House' Lovebirds Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman On Multi-Cam Vs. Single-Cam Sitcoms and How They Met "Somebody" opens theatrically March 8, 2013 and is available nationwide on VOD starting March 12, 2013. Watch the new trailer below: »
- Zoe Beyer
Before becoming the iconic, gruff Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman was in plenty of offbeat indie comedies like Wristcutters: A Love Story and Harmony and Me. Offerman is back working with Harmony writer-director Bob Byington on Somebody Up There Likes Me. The film co-stars Megan Mullally, Kevin Corrigan, Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler, and Friday Night Lights' Stephanie Hunt. It's perfect if you've ever been like, "I wish Ron Swanson were more twee and wore wire-frame glasses." »
- Jesse David Fox
6 items from 2013
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