Austinite Chris Eska's August Evening wins big at LAFF, a year after locals Gretchen and Chalk did
Chris Eska's August Evening is red-hot, snaring a distribution deal and scoring the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The $50,000 prize is the largest award of its kind in the nation. Also, the jury gave the award for Outstanding Perfomance in the Narrative Competition to the ensemble of mostly first-time actors. Shot primarily in the Gonzales area, the film follows an aging undocumented farmworker and his widowed daughter-in-law as their lives are turned upside down. Maya Entertainment acquired the film for theatrical release after its premiere at the fest. Eska's film was awarded two Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund grants from the Austin Film Society, one of which kept the production shooting in its final weeks. Last year, Austin writer/director Steve Collins' Gretchen won the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
'August Evening' is smokin'
The Texas Motion Picture Alliance wrangled a $20 million film-incentives program out of the Texas Legislature; now, it's on to round two. Dallas producer Meredith Stephens took the reins as the second president of the group after a recent meeting in Austin and has the task of keeping the film community from getting complacent. Her immediate goals? Conduct regional meetings to educate industry leaders and Texans in general about the film incentives and develop a new legislative agenda before the Lege meets again in 2009. "I expect to see results pretty much immediately," she says of the incentives. Two projects that are almost certain to reap some incentives are Dallas-shot Prison Break, which has just started production for the coming season, and Austin-shot Friday Night Lights, which should start lensing any day now.
Film alliance: year II
The animated Flatland: The Movie, based on Edwin A. Abbott's novel, is now available on DVD in a special educator's edition. The Austin-shot feature (austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid%3A475845) includes the voices of Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, Tony Hale, Michael York, and Joe Estevez and was directed by Jeffrey Travis. It's about geometric characters living in a two-dimensional world. The DVD includes boooo! math worksheets and yeah! a bonus featurette about the fourth dimension. Look for a home-edition DVD in the fall
The SXSWclick Festival, a 4-year-old online shorts contest, is down to 15 finalists (austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid%3A499249). Three finalists from five categories will spend the month competing for prizes and a slot at the 2008 South by Southwest Film Festival. Check the films out at www.sxswclick.com/watch
Paul Bright is done with drag queens. His comedic film Theft of the Drag Queen's Wig is now officially Theft
. The reason? "Drag Queen" in the title is the kiss of death to sales, according to the money folks who will be releasing the pic on DVD. If Leslie is reading this, Bright would no doubt love your thoughts on this move and movie. The film's new website is www.theftmovie.com. Oh, and this story of an evangelical preacher who will go to any lengths to shut down a gay bar comes out on DVD in January.
And the Rest ...
Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY
Louis Black and Leonard Maltin reminisce on 50 years of moviegoing
Fri., May 24, 2013
Soderbergh flickers into retirement with 'Behind the Candelabra'
Patrick Courtney, Fri., May 24, 2013
AMODA's new festival, UT's new gaming program, and more
James Renovitch, Fri., May 24, 2013
Paramount Summer Classics by the numbers
Monica Riese, Fri., May 17, 2013
Three corners in a love triangle
Kimberley Jones, Fri., May 17, 2013
More Film News
The martini shot
Joe O'Connell, Fri., July 31, 2009
Film News eyes the horizon for another Spy Kids installment
Joe O'Connell, Fri., July 17, 2009
Local singer-songwriter Jesse Dayton tries on a new role as a psychobilly vampire in Rob Zombie's Halloween II; plus news on Gary Kent, the TXMPA, and Turk Pipkin
Joe O'Connell, Fri., July 3, 2009
Austin Studios lands a long-term tenant; Robert Rodriguez talks about a live-action The Jetsons; and more
Joe O'Connell, Fri., June 19, 2009
It's raining cash for film in Texas ... but not a drop leftover for Waco
Joe O'Connell, Fri., June 5, 2009
at Austin Music Hall
Vinyl Hunt: A Record Nerd's Swap Meet at The North Door
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty at Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz
Film Review Misses Mark Please make a note not to print any more movie reviews of big action movies by Kimberley Jones. She gets ...
What's the Big Deal? I'm baffled by this obsession with Mueller. I drove through it out of curiosity and it's a suburban nightmare that ...
No Mystery in School Bond Failures How out of touch has the Chronicle become with the voting populace of this city? From the article “Bonds: Death ...
Program Is Vital Resource I am responding to your article on ACCESS News, the program by and for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The ...
Finding Rail Route Complicated Michael King, in “The Reading Railroad”, while making valuable points, seems to state that finding an initial route for urban ...
- Follow us@AustinChronicle