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Notes From an Austin Film Scene…

Notes From an Austin Film Scene...

You’ll never hear me say there is too little to do for filmmaking in Austin. Last night, two film events conflicted against one another. There was the Bruce Willis/Robert Rodriguez show at legendary Austin blues club Antone’s.Willis is in town (along with Elijah Wood, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy, and the list goes on…) filming Rodriguez’s Sin City. The film is a big-screen adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel, with Miller co-directing (thus forcing Rodriguez out of the DGA). Like Rodriguez, Bruce Willis is a part-time musician and they held a special show in Austin to raise money for the Austin Children’s Museum…
Then, there was a panel discussion hosted by The Future Forum (an Austin-based group led by LBJ’s granddaughter). The panel’s topic was exploring the state of Austin’s film community. Points of interest included Texas Film Commission head Tom Copeland illustrating that Austin makes up 82% of the film activity in the entire state. Tim McCanlies, the writer/director behind The Iron Giant and Secondhand Lions, spoke about how the tight-knit community of filmmakers helps keep it strong.
Speaking of which, friend of everyone mentioned above, Rick Linklater’s also currently filming A Scanner Darkly in town for Warner Independent Pictures. That production has brought the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder, and Keanu Reeves to Austin. Meanwhile, Mike Judge is working in Austin on his long-awaited live action follow-up to Office Space, a comedy starring Luke Wilson, entitled 3001. Like I said, you’ll never hear me say there is too little to do for filmmaking in Austin.

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