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SXSW and the City

SXSW and the City

Random notes from an Austin film scene…

– Saturday night was the Austin Film Society’s special screening of Criminal, the new American remake of Nine Queens. Director Gregory Jacobs and star John C. Reilly were in town for the screening. The film is a sharp and entertainig con artist tale, as well as a pretty faithful remake. What’s more, John C. Reilly was very charming and very funny during the Q&A, eliciting laughter with every answer. The after-party was at South Austin party space Mercury Hall, with plenty of BBQ and beer to go around. A little drizzle came our way, but not before everyone had a nice time.

– We’re in the middle of the post-production process for our upcoming TV show, SXSW Presents. Basically, we’re working out the details of the main title graphics, advertising, publicity, and other promotions. Yes, there’s editing and what not involved, but we have a very talented crew currently working on that. The guys at Beef & Pie Productions, Mike and Andrew, are heading up the production. They’re great guys, and have a few popular documentary shorts you may have seen, including Growin’ A Beard and The 72oz. Steak.

– The Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund has announced this year’s list of recipients for cash awards. The Austin Film Society hands out cash grants to applying Texas filmmakers every year for their works-in-progress. Among this year’s winners is the “Summer Camp” documentary developed by Brad (Okie Noodling) Beesley and Sarah (American Movie, The Yes Men) Price. Brad and Sarah hosted a panel at SXSW 2004, showcasing their film’s gradual evolution, and it looks really promising. I can’t wait.

– The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival kicks off Thursday night with the opening night film, Sundance selection D.E.B.S.. Producer Andrea Sperling should be there, as she’s already in town making the feature, Dot. No word on which one-syllable “D” title she’ll produce next.

– I got an email from Austin filmmaker Bryan Poyser, who is at the Edinburgh Film Festival with his feature Dear Pillow. Despite freezing cold rain, the Dear Pillow team seems to be having a good time. Their impressive look at sexuality appears to be translating rather well with the Scots. Dirty, dirty Scots.

– The SXSW Summer Cinema Series continues to pack ’em in, with Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story coming to the end of a great set of screenings. The film. starring Rob Corddry from The Daily Show, is a hilarious pseudo-documentary about the sport of professional paintballing. It won an Audience Award at SXSW 2004, and then went on to win awards at the Lake Placid and Oxford Film Festivals. It has a few festival dates to come, including the AFI Festival in November. Shockingly, there’s no distribution news. If anyone knows their comedy, this should change soon.

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