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Kickstart Your Weekend: 'The Big Spoon'

Carlyn Hudson has been a big advocate for new and independent film making in Austin. Now she's hoping that Austin's film scene will be a big advocate for her. Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Fri. Apr. 18, Richard Whittaker

Ready to Get 'Nasty'?

With all of the theatrics and mayhem on stage each night, the Austin drag scene might the perfect setting for a suspenseful spine-chiller. The short film Nasty, which will follow an enigmatic, homicidal queen of the same name, is aiming to shine a spotlight on some of the leading ladies of Austin, as well as the scene itself. Read More | Comment »

9:30AM Wed. Apr. 16, Claire Gordon

Things That Go Bump in the Blumhouse

If there's one constant in Blumhouse films like Paranormal Activity and Sinister, it's this: Never move into a new house. "That's not true," barks distributor chief Jason Blum. "Insidious. I've broken my golden rule. It's my favorite thing. Rose says, 'let's get the hell out of this house,' and they move." Read More | Comment »

12:45PM Fri. Apr. 11, Richard Whittaker

Cine Las Americas Announces Full Lineup

A local institution with an international reach, Cine Las Americas may be embarking on its seventeenth run, but don’t think anybody’s on autopilot. It’s been a race to the finish to put together this year's slate. Read More | Comment »

2:36PM Thu. Apr. 10, Kimberley Jones

Kickstart Your Weekend: 'Tower'

There's no darker day in UT-Austin's history than August 1, 1966. That's when engineering student and former Marine Charles Whitman killed his wife and mother, climbed the Tower, and shot another 14 total strangers before he was finally gunned down. Fifty years later, filmmaker Keith Maitland seeks to retell those terrible events Read More | Comment »

8:00AM Thu. Apr. 10, Richard Whittaker

Sundance, 78723

Sundance Institute and the Austin Film Society have announced the lineup for the first-ever #ArtistServices Austin Workshop, a daylong conference aimed at advising and empowering independent filmmakers. Read More | Comment »

10:55AM Wed. Apr. 9, Kimberley Jones

Home-State Advantage

Texas Spotlight, a new monthly film series programmed by the Violet Crown Cinema, will feature films directed by Texas filmmakers or made in Texas. The first three films have just been announced, and showcase works by Austin and Dallas filmmakers. Read More | Comment »

9:30AM Wed. Apr. 9, Marjorie Baumgarten

Cine Las Americas Announces Opening and Closing Night Films

Maybe March madness, with all its down-to-the-buzzer breathlessness, was infectious? Just two weeks shy of its 2014 festival, Cine Las Americas still hasn’t announced its complete lineup – but today it did herald an opening and closing night film. Read More | Comment »

4:57PM Mon. Apr. 7, Kimberley Jones

Reexamining History at AJFF

The 12th annual Austin Jewish Film Festival offered up yet another nicely curated slate of movies-with-a-Jewish-nexus for a broad range of ages and cinematic tastes, from serious docs like the eyebrow-raising Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) to more haimish fare like Hava Nagila: The Movie (2012) and The Sturgeon Queens (2013). Read More | Comment »

9:15AM Sun. Apr. 6, Anne S. Lewis

Going 'Commando' With Mark Lester

By 1985, Arnold Schwarzeneggar was a household name, but not yet a mega-celebrity. Director Mark L. Lester explained, "He'd done The Terminator, he'd done Conan, but he wasn't really an action star." It was their madcap action flick Commando that unleashed the one-liner-dealing, leading man. Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Sat. Apr. 5, Richard Whittaker

Blind Amputee Finds Hope in Pottery

At age 18, Bill Wedekind joined the Marines. Shortly after, he was wounded in Vietnam, lost his vision and both of his hands. Thanks to the Krukenberg procedure (an operation that turns arm stumps into pincers) and support from his grandmother, Wedekind made a career in pottery. Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Fri. Apr. 4, Neha Aziz

Kickstart Your Weekend: 'Timeless'

Cinema is about taking an instant in time, and making it eternal. But wouldn't that be terrible if that was what your life was like? Read More | Comment »

10:55AM Fri. Apr. 4, Richard Whittaker

A Paramount Slate

When last we spoke about the Paramount100, it was silent. Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Thu. Apr. 3, Monica Riese

Board Games and More

The Austin Film Society has plenty of news to share this week. Here's what we know so far. Read More | Comment »

12:01PM Wed. Apr. 2, Monica Riese

Singing Out for the Sound of Silent

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence.
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9:30AM Mon. Mar. 31, Monica Riese

Two More Acquisitions for SXSW Alumni

We always have fun playing the "where are they now" game with films that premiere at area film festivals, and this week, two more South by Southwest features leveled up. Read More | Comment »

12:25PM Fri. Mar. 28, Monica Riese

Violet Crown Supports One of Its Own

No words can fully express the collective heartbreak endured by the city after a tragic crash on Red River took the lives of three and wounded 22 others during South by Southwest. Read More | Comment »

12:00PM Thu. Mar. 27, Monica Riese

Godzilla Versus Guzu Gallery Again

Welcome to the year of Godzilla. As the world quakes before the giant beast's new movie, Guzu Gallery will be hosting a second show dedicated to the mightiest kaiju of all. Read More | Comment »

12:15PM Wed. Mar. 26, Richard Whittaker

'Crazy Carl and His Man-Boobs' Premieres April 1

Between Leslie and Kinky and the thong-wearing unicyclist, you'd think we'd have hit our quota, but the truth is, Austin has never been short on peculiar personalities. Read More | Comment »

1:05PM Mon. Mar. 24, Monica Riese

Kickstart Your Weekend: 'Vampyres'

For the last few years, there's been a disconnect in Austin films. There's a wealth of visual and practical FX people, but not many horror and sci-fi projects for them to work on. Now a group of visual artists and film makers are taking a bite out of that problem with their new project: Vampyres. Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Sat. Mar. 22, Richard Whittaker

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