First glimpses at three Austin films
By Richard Whittaker,
11:45AM, Fri. Aug. 12, 2016
The internet may all well be agog from last night's mid-Olympics reveal of the first full trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Tale. But while you're pondering the advent of the U-Wing, three films by Austin moviemakers have also released their first full trailers.
Heading the list is Owen Egerton's Follow. The local author-turned-director showed his debut movie, starring Looper's Noah Segan, at Fantastic Fest last year. Finally, the claustrophobic psycho-thriller gets a limited theatrical release, as well as arriving on iTunes, on Sept. 30. Read our interview with Egerton, and our festival review.
This first trailer, edited by Drafthouse Films veteran Greg MacLennan, shows that writer/director Steven Degennaro is in on the joke that a 3-D found footage movie is inherently crazy or is it?
Finally, for those Star Wars fans for whom Rogue One isn't enough, there's The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan's Journey, the Kickstarter-backed documentary from Austin-based production house Ministry of Cinema. This talking head-heavy doc aims to reappraise the original six Star Wars films as one massive narrative, highlighting the subtleties, subtext, nuance and echoes that serious fans knew were there all along.
The film gets its world premiere at the Alamo South Lamar on Oct. 6 (tickets and details at www.prequelsstrikeback.com), but here's your first chance to unlearn all you have learned.