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Viva Les Slackers!

By Marc Savlov, August 8, 2011, 7:30pm, Picture in Picture

"There's always something really cool that you should've seen, but it's gone." That's the tagline to Austin filmmaker Nancy Higgins' affectionate and melancholy portrait of long-gone Les Amis Café, the aptly titled Viva Les Amis. It could just as easily apply to Richard Linklater's 1991 hit Slacker.

Now, on the eve of the premiere of the Austin Film Society and the Alamo Drafhouse's feature-length updating of Linklater's seminal "Dude, you totally missed everything that was cool about Austin" masterpiece, Higgins and the AFS are teaming up to help fund the Texas Filmmaker's Production Fund.

For the next two Wednesdays – August 10 and August 17 – AFS will be screening Linklater's original alongside footage from Slacker 2011 at The Alamo Ritz with 35% of the door going to the TFPF. But wait, there's more. Higgins, a past TFPF recipient, has graciously offered to donate 30% of any profits made from the merch section of her website to TFPF as well. So that's two awesome ways to support the Fund that supports the filmmakers that are making the films that are really cool and that you will see. As opposed to Les Amis, which is gone, daddy, gone.

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