An Austin film selected for Cannes, and other news about local film happenings.
• Whitewash, the debut feature of director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais that stars Thomas Haden Church, will screen with with both men in attendance on May 2 at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre, sponsored by the Austin Film Society. Church, a two-time emcee at the organization’s Texas Film Awards, stars in the film as a “well-meaning everyman at the end of his rope.” The award-winning Whitewash is set in rural Quebec. Visit www.austinfilm.org for tickets.
• Kudos to Annie Silverstein, whose short film “Skunk” will be screening at the Cannes Film Festival next month. Made as her graduate school thesis project for the University of Texas’ Department of Radio-Television-Film, “Skunk” is eligible for a Cinéfondation Prize, which recognizes student work. While highlighting her fundraising campaign in Kickstart Your Weekend last year, Monica Riese wrote: “We think you should keep an eye on this project – and on Silverstein more broadly – because she's had the guts to work with two of the most notoriously difficult groups in all of filmmaking, and she's doing it in the same project: kids and dogs.”
• Evan Husney, the creative director at Drafthouse Films – the distribution arm of the Austin-based theatre chain – is leaving his post after two years of service, with plans to work as a full-time producer. In its short existence, the company has had two of its titles – Bullhead and The Act of Killing – nominated for Academy Awards, as well as distributing a host of cult titles including Miami Connection, A Band Called Death, Ms. 45, and two that are currently playing on their Austin screens: Cheap Thrills and The Final Member. Indiewire reports that Husney is “currently working as co-producer on new films from Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun) and Todd Rohal (Catechism Cataclysm).”
• Congrats to Jack Jeansonne, the Odom Elementary School biology teacher, who was named winner of National Wildlife Federation’s “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” premiere sweepstakes. Jeansonne and his two daughters, Emmaline (age 14) and Eleanor (age 11), were flown to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet alongside dignities such as Morgan Freeman, who narrates the film.
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