Random notes from an Austin film scene:
– More like “SXSW and the State” for this one… The Austin Chronicle‘s Joe O’Connell reports on the current issues at hand for Senate Bill 1142… otherwise known as the Texas film tax incentive bill. This is the moment when Texas stands a chance to move forward and make leaps toward more film production. There’s also information on Brad Beesley theatrical run in Austin with The Fearless Freaks.
– Wednesday marks the Opening Night of the 8th annual Cine Las Americas Film Festival. The festival is a great tradition of new Latin American cinema… this year, I’m actually on the jury. We’ll see how it plays out.
– SXSW is hosting the re-scheduled free outdoor screening of Songs for Tsunami Relief: Austin to South Asia on Thursday, April 21 at Republic Square Park in downtown Austin. Screening should start around 8:00 p.m., featuring appearances by musicians in the film.