New Drafthouse, Sundance grants, and a 48-hour contest
By Monica Riese, 3:00PM, Mon. Jul. 22, 2013
Austin's a neverending fount of film happenings. Check out the latest on the Alamo Drafthouse, plus two forthcoming tidbits about Chris Ohlson and the Zellner Bros. and the 48-Hour Film Festival.
• Today is officially Alamo Drafthouse Day in Austin, as the city celebrates the grand opening of the biggest Drafthouse yet: the new, 10-screen beast at Lakeline and 183. Mayor Lee Leffingwell personally got in on the fun by filming one of the cinema's signature "don't talk" PSAs. Watch it below, or check out our photo gallery of the ribbon cutting ceremony here.
• Austin producer Chris Ohlson (The Happy Poet) has been chosen by the Sundance Institute for a stint in the Creative Producing Labs. His project, Pardon My Downfall, is the latest from the Zellner Bros.; read more about it on Indieweire.
• There's still time to enter this year's 48-Hour Film Festival, which will take place Aug, 16-18. Filmmaking teams "will be given a genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue they must work into their film," but from there, anything goes. The top 12 films from this global competition will screen at Cannes Film Festival next summer. Visit www.48hourfilm.com for complete details and registration information.