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Austin Coming and Austin Going

Austin Coming and Austin Going

Okay, so I’m hearing crazy rumors about certain people that may, or may not, be in Austin today for this evening’s Lance Armstrong extravaganza. I would rather not say now, and see what pans out by tomorrow. But let’s just say, for me at least, some of these rumors sound huge. The only confirmed participants so far are Steve Miller Band (uh, no thanks)… so who knows how valid these others are.

Though, that shouldn’t stop us all from being jazzed that a group of film professionals are coming into town for an extended weekend of Texas filmmaking. The Austin Film Society is hosting this year’s jury for the Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund, as they sift through dozens and dozens of submissions. One of the jurors is a SXSW favorite, Sundance and CineVegas programmer Trevor Groth.

Trevor’s one of the best programmers in the film festival scene, so it’s a pleasure he’ll be in town this weekend giving his two cents to the struggling Texas filmmakers on display. I rarely get a chance to talk to Trevor, because I usually see him at Sundance (when he’s too busy to chat) or when he’s at SXSW (when I’m too busy to chat).

Meanwhile, Austin’s new dynamic filmmaking duo, Bryan Poyser and Jake Vaughn, travel to Scotland this weekend for the Edinburgh Film Festival. Their first feature, Dear Pillow, will make its European festival debut after hitting the American festival circuit hard this year. Bryan and Jake are personal friends, and Bryan actually taught me (so blame him) a lot of what I know about festival programming, so of course I wish them well. And anyone in Scotland this week should see their film. Following huge acclaim from stops at SXSW, Slamdance, Florida, Atlanta, Gen Art, and more, they take the future of Austin indie filmmaking to the land of Trainspotting and Sean Connery. The day is theirs, Trebek!

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