The film Billy Bates, 75 percent of which is reported to have been shot in Austin at 10 downtown locations during SXSW, is on a national tour that stops in Austin on Wednesday, Nov. 12, before debuting on VOD on Nov. 18.
Blending psychological drama and documentary-style filmmaking, the film creates a portrait of contemporary artist Billy Bates, who is played by James Wirt. Savannah Welch (Boyhood, Tree of Life, and part of the popular Southern band the Trishas) co-stars. The 33-year-old artist Bates teeters “between brilliance and madness,” and seeks to overcome his inner demons. Here’s a description from the film’s website: “Through fragmented memories of underground parties, inside the insane asylum, and his rise to become a famous contemporary artist, Billy takes us on a love story quest and journey to transcendence, all with the looming question: How important is it to know what is 'real'?”
Billy Bates is co-produced by Julie Pacino, Robert MacCready, and writer/director Jennifer DeLia, whose next film project is a biopic of Mary Pickford starring Lily Rabe and Julia Stiles. Pacino and DeLia will be present at the screening for a Q&A that will include some of the cast. An afterparty at C-Boy’s will feature a performance by the Trishas, playing some of the songs from the soundtrack. Follow this link to the tour’s website to RSVP to the free event.
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