DAILY NEWS: AFS Studios; Boyce's "Election"
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>>AFS Launches Austin Studios, Names Quinn to Top Spot
(indieWIRE/ 11.17.00) The Austin Film Society (AFS) has announced the
launch of "Austin Studios: Soundstages & Media Center," a new complex that
it said will be run by Suzanne Quinn. The news came at a luncheon and tour
held in Austin this week.
Located at the former Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, the site includes
six hangars that will become studio space. The Austin Film Society, founded
in 1985 by filmmaker and AFS Artistic Director Richard Linnklater, will also
be housed on the site. Among the long-term plans are a screening room and
other office space.
This effort will develop the skill base of the local workforce and aid in
the growth of the film/video/multimedia industry in Austin," commented AFS
Executive Director Rebecca Campbell in a prepared statement, "We are very
excited about this new venture, and very appreciative of the Mayor and City
Council for their support." [Eugene Hernandez]
>>Boyce Nails Presidential Candidates in New Piece, "Election Collectibles"
(indieWIRE/ 11.17.00) -- Brian Boyce strikes again. Described as a "twisted
take on infommercials and packaged politics," Boyce has unveiled "Election
Collectibles" a follow-up to his popular RESFEST piece, "Special Report." In "Collectibles," Boyce skewers the ongoing election portraying the would-be
Presidents of the United States Bush and Gore as hucksters on a home
shopping network. In trademark fashion, Boyce presents the candidates, as
captured from CSPAN, yet the voices are those of two salesman from a cable
TV shopping network. Sputnik7.com is currently distributing the clip on its
Reporting on the Mill Valley Film Festival for indieWIRE, Scott Smith called "Special Report," "a hilarious satire on the evening news." In that clip,
Boyce used the images of network news anchors speaking actors dialogue from
sci-fi/horror films like "Plan 9 from Outer Space," "Teenage Zombies," and
"Creature from the Black Lagoon." Reporting in today's indieWIRE, writer
Carl Russo calls it "an instant cult classic."
"The results are side-splitting, but the "borrowed" material has the
copyright lawyers of interested parties checking to see if the digital
effects are a clear-cut freedom of expression or outright infringement,"
Smith wrote in his Mill Valley report. "Boyce has yet to find a permanent
distributor for the film."
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