Random notes from an Austin film scene…
– I suggest anyone who has the time, to go ahead and send in their votes for the first SXSWeb Media Festival. It’s easy. You don’t even have to leave where you are right now. You can watch all five finalists from the comfort of your computer and then send us your vote. Voting ends August 2, so act now, before it’s too late. You can view the finalists, and vote, here.
– I just paid a visit to the spectacular new Austin home of John and Janet Pierson. After several days traveling through America, they have made the great relocation of 2004 and are getting settled into their digs while you read this. Their house is the best, their neighborhood is even better, and it seems like the move went off without a hitch.
– So, apparently the Alamo Drafthouse-sponsored screening of Fahrenheit 9/11 went over pretty well in Crawford last night. I know a couple of people who made the trip (about 2 hours outside Austin), and they report that the masses seemed to get along fairly well, despite opposing forces. The turnout? In the thousands, from what I hear.
– The SXSW Summer Cinema Series begins next week with Barbecue: A Texas Love Story. The documentary is an entertaining look at the rabid BBQ culture of Texas, featuring Dan Rather, Ann Richards, and more. For non-Texans, this may sound like an odd subject for a documentary, but that’s what some people said about Trekkies, and look what happened there. More information about the entire series of films can be found here.
– Austin’s Reel Women chapter has announced a “Movie Hoot Night” scheduled for Wednesday, August 3, at the bar Jovita’s. The night will feature a tribute to movie songs by local club regulars like Sarah Sharp and George Devore. Meanwhile, there will be a charity raffle as well as a movie character costume contest. I’ll be that snobby “clever for clever’s sake” guy who attends as Matt Dentler from Matt Dentler: The Motion Picture.
– The Alamo Drafthouse has announced an Open Water screening in… open water. The Drafthouse will bring its “Rolling Roadshow” screen out to a lake destination and screen the new Lions Gate film for audiences floating in the water. If you’re going to see this movie, this would be the way to do it. The screening is set for August 14.