Film Flam

Michael Shannon, casting call, and Bad Movie Bingo

Jeff Nichols
Jeff Nichols (Photo by John Anderson)

Jeff Nichols' future plans, Cinema41 turns 2, and more, all in this edition of Film Flam.

Two Good: Cinema41, that indie cinematic collective we've come to know and love, is celebrating a birthday, and you're invited to get in on the fun. On Sunday, May 19, Cinema41 will host Bad Movie Bingo (and boy do we love Bingo) along with booze, cupcakes, and more for a small suggested donation. Even film newbies can enjoy a game that revolves around ridiculous B-movie tropes, so go have a laugh at ColdTowne Theatre (4803 Airport Blvd.). Happy birthday, Cinema41. May your twos be anything but terrible.

Casting Call: Attention young Austin boys looking to break into the feature film scene (or, more likely, attention mothers): Vicky Boone Casting is holding an open casting call on Saturday, May 18, at Austin Studios (1901 E. 51st). They're looking for witty boys ages 6-8 for Sweet Cheeks, a feature shooting in Austin this summer that stars practical joker Tyson and his gullible sidekick Tyler. Think your kid fits the part? Head over to the casting call between 11am and 4pm next Saturday, or submit photos and contact information to (Side note: Vicky Boone did casting for The Tree of Life, so we trust her judgment on young talent.)

Dream Team: Variety this week dropped more details on the next feature from Jeff Nichols. Midnight Special, a sci-fi pic that Warner Bros. will distribute, will be the director's fourth collaboration with actor Michael Shannon (after Take Shelter, Shotgun Stories, and a cameo in Mud). For more from Nichols on Mud, working with Shannon, and balancing work with a kid, see "Clear as 'Mud,'" April 26.

For Science! University of Texas journalism lecturer Robert Quigley brought journalism students and computer science students together in a team project that yielded some pretty impressive apps – plus some convenient cross-training on coding and the media industry. Check out some highlights from the app demo day below, and read more about the winner here.

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