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Austin Film Festival: Podcast People
At the start of the live taping of his Scriptnotes screenwriting podcast, John August (Big Fish) looked up at the beautiful stained glass surrounding him in the historic sanctuary of St. David’s Episcopal Church.

8:37AM Sun. Oct. 26, 2014, Michael Agresta Read More | Comment »

Austin Film Festival: Setting as a Character
Some shows are memorable for certain characters. Others have insane plot twists. Some stick with us because of the setting, exposing us to worlds with depths and intensities that live on beyond the viewing itself.

4:25PM Sat. Oct. 25, 2014, Rod Machen Read More | Comment »

Austin Film Festival: A Conversation With Jay Duplass
Jay Duplass was never destined to be a success. None of this had to happen. His story is one of luck and grit as much as it is talent and success. The Austin Film Festival set up a conversation between Duplass and the Austin American-Statesman’s Matthew Odam that spanned several decades, multiple cities, and lots and lots of hard work.

2:35PM Sat. Oct. 25, 2014, Rod Machen Read More | Comment »

Bigfoot Exists in Texas
When you think about Bigfoot movies, you don't always think about character development. That's why director Eduardo Sánchez created a beast of a different stripe with Exists. He said, "It's very rare in a monster movie when the creature has an arc."

11:00AM Sat. Oct. 25, 2014, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Austin Film Festival: Science Fiction vs. Science Fact
While science fiction has become one of the major tentpoles holding up the Hollywood system, it’s not all lasers and aliens when it comes to making a quality sci-fi flick. On Friday, several writers of the genre discussed its evolution, its relevance and pondered whether “science fact” has any place in the discussion.

10:45AM Sat. Oct. 25, 2014, Rod Machen Read More | Comment »

Austin Film Festival: The Golden Ages of Matthew Weiner
As his show has grown in reputation, tracing the literary lineage of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has become a popular parlor game among critics. Names like John Cheever, John Updike, and Richard Yates are often mentioned, as is Weiner’s mentor, The Sopranos showrunner David Chase. Rod Serling is not a name that immediately comes to mind.

8:24AM Sat. Oct. 25, 2014, Michael Agresta Read More | Comment »

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Don't Shoot the Dog
Old Yeller did it. The Road Warrior did it. But if there's a golden rule in cinema, it's simple. Don't kill the dog. Unless, like the filmmakers behind cold-blooded killer John Wick understand, you're prepared to pay the consequences.

2:45PM Fri. Oct. 24, 2014, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Austin Film Festival: Filmmakers of the World, Unite!
What's the difference between a director and filmmaker? A filmmaker carries their own equipment.

12:25PM Fri. Oct. 24, 2014, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Housecore Horror Preview: Randy Blythe
When Lamb of God mouthpiece Randy Blythe signed up for the Richmond, Va., vets tour account As the Palaces Burn, he should’ve known things would get strange. He just couldn’t predict how much so. “It’s a documentary, not a Hollywood blockbuster,” he says. “Sometimes things get a little bit messy in the storytelling, just like they do in life.”

11:00AM Fri. Oct. 24, 2014, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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