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The Future May Finally Be Brightening for Texas Film Incentives
The sequel to film rebates?
Screens Story  January 3, 2019, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP for not overly short) has been a kickball in legislative politics since it was founded in 2005. An easy target for red meat conservatives who want to stick it to Hollyweird, the state's economic support for the film, TV, commercial, and gaming industries has seen its financing rise and fall..."

Building a Film Community at Renegade Studios
Austin filmmakers create a one-stop production space in Taylor
Screens Story  November 29, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"..."Why didn't you shoot here?" "Well, we would have loved to, but we couldn't find a space." Or, "Well, we would have loved to, but we couldn't make the finances work." With Renegade, Koontz and the team aim to solve both problems. "That's why we call it the new Texas incentives," he said..."

ATX Film News
Acquisitions, awards, and a big gaming rumor
Screens Column  July 5, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...A late but deserving addition to the Texas Film Hall of Fame: On June 23, John McCall was inducted into the prestigious club, in recognition of his years of financial support for the Austin Film Society. During the evening event, the hair care product mogul was serenaded by his old friend Kinky Friedman, as well as a surprise appearance by Joe Ely...."

Austin Film Festival: Filmmakers of the World, Unite!
Why film commissions are really your friend
DAILY Screens  October 24, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...That off-the-cuff gag from Austin Film Commission chief Gary Bond summed up the Lone Stars: Film in Texas panel at the Austin Film Festival. The independent filmmaker has a pretty heavy load to heft around, but the speakers from an assortment of local and statewide offices suggested that, if they can't exactly shoulder the load, at least they can make sure the weight is distributed sensibly...."

Austin Considers Film Incentives
Localized subsidies proposed to fight off in-state competition
DAILY Screens  April 22, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Texas has economic incentives to encourage film, TV and video game projects to move to the Lone Star State. Last Thursday, staff from Austin's Economic Development Department briefed council on their plans for a Creative Content Incentive Program as a way to keep that new production within city limits...."

Film Flam
Movies being made and movies being shown
DAILY Screens  September 7, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"..."It’s (probably) no longer called Lawless, but Terrence Malick’s next film has officially opened production offices in Austin, Texas, my source confirms. Earlier word had the film, which is set in the Austin music scene, to lens this fall, which looks to be on track..."

Hey, Hey, Woody Guthrie, I Made You a Film
The AFS Texas Documentary Tour: 'Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home'
Screens Story  May 5, 2006, by Anne S. Lewis
"...And for those flummoxed by how a populist Dust Bowl drifter from Okemah, Okla. (by way of Pampa, Texas, and L.A.), would come to call New York City home – or, for that matter, that within his massive archive there are a number of songs celebrating Jewish culture and history recorded recently by the Klezmatics – well, the film, co-produced by PBS' American Masters, explains it all...."

Hudgins: Film Incentives Really Game Incentives
Texas Film Commission boss delivers report on successes of his agency, and what's worked in film incentives
DAILY News  March 4, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...After all the back-slapping in Senate about Moving Image Industry Day this morning, it was actually the House doing the legislative heavy lifting on Texas cinema...."

SXSW Film Announces 2015 Lineup
Circling the Thunderdome
DAILY Screens  February 3, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...SXSW Film has always excelled at music docs, and this year we’ve got two from Texas filmmakers – Joe Nick Patoski’s Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove (that’s Sir Doug Sahm, of course) and Alan Berg’s The Jones Family Will Make a Way, about the friendship between Pentecostal gospel singer Bishop Fred Jones and atheist rock critic (and former Austin Chronicle music columnist) Michael Corcoran...."

Celebrate Texas Independents
A new touring program sends small films far and wide throughout the state
Screens Story  December 3, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...Well, beginning this February, if they're lucky enough to be from Texas, they might just find a savior in the new Texas Independent Film Network. Founded by Austin Chronicle Editor-in-Chief Louis Black and Screen Door Film's Ryan Long, the TIFN has grand plans to create its own self-programmed, self-distributed network of Texan films across the entire state from Nacogdoches to Abilene and beyond...."

Film News
Carolyn Banks makes her directorial debut in Bastrop
Screens Column  September 19, 2008, by Joe O'Connell
"...Add Bastrop to the short but growing list (joining Smithville and Nacogdoches) of communities sporting the Texas Film Commission's film-friendly certification, which requires local passage of an agency-approved film policy. The latest evidence is the horror film Invicta, which River Road Studio and Upstart, the nonprofit that runs Bastrop Community Access Television, are shooting in October..."

Numbers Don't Lie, Film Rebates Work
Which films and TV shows quit Austin over lack of rebates?
DAILY Screens  May 25, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...With the Legislature's budget arguments almost done, the film, TV, and video-game industries nervously await the fate of the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP). Many fear that, having already lost TV shows like American Crime and The Leftovers, more productions will quit the state...."

UT's Radio-TV-Film Program Hits the Half-Century Mark
Department celebrates with student showcase screening
Screens Story  October 29, 2015, by Caitlin Moore
"...Fifty years ago, the University of Texas launched a Radio-Television-Film program that has grown to be one of the most recognizable, successful, and affordable college media programs in the country. With a notable alumni list that goes for miles and a yearly batch of impressive student films produced – last year Annie Silverstein's short film "Skunk" took first place in Cannes' student film competition – this department has much to celebrate...."

Film News
Terrence Malick drops a 60,000 pound Tree in Smithville
Screens Column  February 22, 2008, by Joe O'Connell
"...Lewis says the film project is expected to stay until June. On Saturday, the Smithville chamber celebrates its certification by the Texas Film Commission as the first official film-friendly community in the state, and banners around Downtown alert everyone that Hollywood has indeed arrived. 'Lights' flickers post-strike..."

Have Car, Will Travel for Film
Hill Country Film Festival
Screens Story  April 25, 2014, by Jessi Cape
"...Texas Films Bloom in the Hill Country..."

Two-Wheeled Texas
Bikers' best bets on the highways and byways
Features Story  June 13, 2008, by Angela Armstrong, Kate X Messer, Terry Ornelas Woodroffe and Meghan Ruth Speakerman
"...Sixth, 236-UGLY. Detour Bar & Grill Live music, Corvette Club, karaoke, Texas Hold ‘Em, and of course, Bike Night – so close, yet so far out! man ....."

On Ondine on Film
The pope and the artist, the hotel and the factory
Screens Story  October 17, 2003, by Louis Black
"...A significant number of the small group that started The Austin Chronicle were film graduate students. We had become friends working for CinemaTexas, a graduate student-run film society that programmed films to complement the courses being offered by the Radio-Television-Film department during the semester (this before video was consumer accessible)..."

On Ondine on Film: Editor's Cut
This is an extended version of the story that ran in the print edition.
Screens Story  October 17, 2003, by Louis Black
"...A significant number of the small group that started The Austin Chronicle were film graduate students. We had become friends working for CinemaTexas, a graduate student-run film society that programmed films to complement the courses being offered by the Radio-Television-Film department during the semester (this before video was consumer accessible)..."

SXSW Film Conference and Festival '98 Further Reflections
Screens Story  March 27, 1998
"...Gene declares that there is "a personal and private side of yourself that you don't want to just reveal to the world," and he's forthright in making his feelings known. Gene's reluctance stems in part from the fact that he's not entirely out to his small-town, South Texas family..."

Film News
The Top 10 things that had people talking in Austin film and TV this year
Screens Column  January 4, 2008, by Joe O'Connell
"...3) Texas gets friendly incentives..."

SXSW Film Pro Tips
What to see, where to be, and how to relax
DAILY Screens  March 4, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Same environs: The sidewalk-seating area at Güero’s (1412 S. Congress) doubled for the bar in Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse half, “Death Proof," while the interiors were shot at the historic Texas Chili Parlor (1409 Lavaca)...."

Film News
Summer shoots, Senate bills, and a few film festivals you should know about; plus, Bob Ivy plays with dolls
Screens Column  April 15, 2005, by Joe O'Connell
"...The film has been floating around in development limbo since 1996. Meanwhile, will the delayed Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel (as in prequel to the remake) shoot in Austin this summer, as well? Horror Web site quotes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form as saying just that..."

Hill Country Film Festival Brings Movie Magic to Small-Town Texas
Hollywood meets Fredericksburg
Screens Story  April 26, 2018, by Mae Hamilton
"...Though higher-wattage festivals like SXSW or the Austin Film Festival may hog the spotlight in Texas, the Hill Country Film Festival hopes to share some of the comforts and coziness that can only be had in small-town Texas. With everything from high-energy sci-fi to documentaries about the reality of immigration, the HCFF has a little bit of something for every weekend traveler...."

Bomb City Retells the Tensions Behind the Killing of a Texas Punk
Brian Deneke’s life and death story comes to local screens
Screens Story  February 8, 2018, by Marc Savlov
"...Life cut short for no good reason. The story is as old as what's now called Texas, and as relevant today as it ever was..."

The Art of Film Producing
Lynda Obst's Hollywood Survival Manual
Screens Story  October 3, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...During her career in Hollywood she has been involved in the development of such films as Flashdance, Clue, Risky Business, After Hours, Lost in America, and Beetlejuice. A full-fledged producer since 1985, the Obst name anchors such films as Heartbreak Hotel (whose location shooting first introduced her to Central Texas); The Fisher King; Nora Ephron's first film, This Is My Life; Ephron's second, Sleepless in Seattle; Bad Girls; One Fine Day; this summer's Contact; and the recently wrapped Hope Floats, which stars Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr..."

ATX Film News
Bill Hicks, vampires, and slime
Screens Column  November 8, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Add another title to Richard Linklater's slate, and who could be more perfect than one Texas innovator to tell the tale of another? Last week, Collider's Jeff Sneider wrote that Linklater has signed on to develop, write, and direct a film for Focus Features based on the life of groundbreaking comedian Bill Hicks. The Houston-raised comedy pioneer, often regarded as one of the most influential stand-ups of his generation, was synonymous with Austin for much of his early and defining work, including recording what would be the posthumous Arizona Bay album at the Laff Stop a year before his death in 1994, at the age of 32, from pancreatic cancer..."

Your Weekend in Film
Ingrid Goes West, Logan Lucky open in Austin
DAILY Screens  August 18, 2017, by The Screens Staff
"...UT Pop-up Dino Museum. Texas Memorial Museum staff will be bringing dinosaur fossils and kid-friendly games to the Blue Starlite Drive-in’s Jurassic Park and Jaws double feature..."

Unglue Your Kids From the TV for These Family-Friendly Summer Activities
Ten things to see and do around Austin, no screens required
Features Story  May 17, 2018, by Mae Hamilton
"...6) Encourage the kids to get out and smell the flowers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (4801 La Crosse). The center specializes exclusively in plants and wildlife native to Texas and has over 2 miles of hiking trails perfect for stomping and tromping on...."

The 22nd Annual Austin Film Festival
A photograph sparks a global odyssey
Screens Story  October 29, 2015, by Jessi Cape
"...Saturday, Oct. 31, 6:30pm, Texas Spirit Theater; Wednesday, Nov..."

Fly the Friendly Skies
DAILY Screens  September 7, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Anyway, this incident is how I know that I have been coming here for more than 10 years. My first couple of times visiting Toronto, I entered on the basis of my Texas driver’s license and a smile before deciding it was time to re-apply for a passport..."

The Q&A Hole: What’s the Worst Thing About Austin, Texas?
With Jen Cash, Sam Eidson, Shannon McCormick, Matt Oztalay, and more.
DAILY Chronolog  October 11, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...David Wheeler of Dragon’s Lair: You know, I arrived here in 1982 to go to the University of Texas. And even then, people were saying that Austin is too big, that people should cease coming here..."

Texas in Bold, Dark Strokes
Artist/Historian Jack Jackson
Books Story  November 15, 1996, by Jesse Sublett
"...Jackson, better known to some by the pen name of Jaxon, should be a household name in Austin. In the early Sixties he was a member of that iconoclastic cadre of artists which included Gilbert Shelton, who worked at the University of Texas humor magazine, Texas Ranger..."

Texas Platters
Music Review  July 31, 1998

Texas Platters
Music Review  September 12, 1997
"...Though he was born in El Paso in 1940, there's little about Phil Ochs' music that says "Texas," other than an affinity in his later recordings for a bit of country twang. That doesn't matter; we'll take him -- with pride..."

Compact, Climate-Friendly, Competitive
To restart the economy while saving the planet, the Congress for the New Urbanism advocates traditional neighborhoods for all
News Story  June 26, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"..."The entire transportation funding system for this country is broken," asserted board member Mike Krusee, a member of CNU's legislative committee and former chair of the Texas House Transportation Committee. Rather than rewarding failure (suburban sprawl), he suggested, new federal funding criteria should favor the most efficient roadway and transit projects – those that connect densely populated areas..."

They Shoot Movies, Don't They?
Heather Page on the state of the Texas Film Commission
Screens Story  April 21, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...When she wanted to work with passionate independent filmmakers, she moved to Austin. Now she's having the biggest impact of her career on the business – as director of the Texas Film Commission...."

Migrating North
As the Texas and national film industry feels the burn of runaway production, many agree with one directive: Blame Canada.
Screens Story  October 4, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...Inevitably, this has affected the Texas film community, from the local crew members -- strapped for work because their staple diet of films has hightailed it to Vancouver -- to the various support industries such as restaurants, hotels, truck and car rentals, and all the other services that are the unheralded infrastructure of the Hollywood dream machine...."

Everybody Wants Some!!
Time moves on, but Richard Linklater's characters still walk and talk
Film Review  April 1, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Much of the film is viewed through the eyes of freshman pitcher Jake (Jenner), who arrives at his small Texas college and immediately provokes friendly scorn from his junior and senior teammates, chief among them team captain McReynolds (Hoechlin), sly-dog ladies’ man Finnegan (Powell), and elder statesman and primo pothead Willoughby (Russell), dispenser of arcane, dope-addled genius. This being college, there’s also a constant undercurrent of sexual electricity, mostly – and most realistically – running between Jake and Beverly (Deutch), a freshman theatre major he spies while the team is tooling around the girls’ dorm parking lot, trying out pickup lines and such on their endless search for pussy (and, duh, beer)..."

Lazer Team
The first feature film from Austin's Rooster Teeth gang is a hoot
Film Review  January 29, 2016, by Marc Savlov
" suit imbued with the powers necessary to prevail in a coming war with less-friendly aliens. Alas, the plan goes awry when a quartet of Miltown, Texas, has-beens and misfits accidentally shoot the craft out of the sky with fireworks and divvy up the various parts of the supersuit among themselves, bickering all the way to their unplanned and frequently maddening rendezvous with destiny...."

Natural Selection
This locally shot black comedy examines the bizarre feedback loop that exists among celebrity psychopaths, the increasingly tabloidized mainstream news media, and, not least, our own bad selves.
Film Review  February 4, 2000, by Russell Smith
"...Burrow and Allen Odom are working at cross purposes with director of photography Rhet Bear, whose fiendishly inventive conjury of classic creepo flicks by Friedkin, Craven, and Richard Donner (The Omen) is the single most impressive thing about this film. Burrow and Odom's story proceeds along two parallel tracks: A mock documentary about a serial killer named Willie (Bowen) who terrorizes a small Texas town, and the dramatized tale of Willie's pursuit by FBI agent Louis Dehoven (Carradine) and ill-humored local lawman Harry Richards (Unger)..."

Late Bloomers
I've known so many gay people who are reduced to honking, snuffling emotional wreckage by the most saccharine hetero romance films that one has to wonder: Why are same-sex love...
Film Review  June 27, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...Their love is frankly sensual, with no wussing out on nudity, hungry kisses, etc. However, the Texas-born Dyer siblings (Julia's sister Gretchen wrote the script and brother Stephen produced) have taken great pains to make Late Bloomers user-friendly to the widest possible audience..."

Whip It
Drew Barrymore makes her directing debut with this Austin-set story about the modern age of roller girls.
Film Review  October 2, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis, Andrew Wilson, Alia Shawkat, Eve, Zoe Bell, Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Stern and Drew Barrymore. Barrymore’s directing debut, Whip It, is a lot of fun, even though the film may be better known in these parts as “the one that got away.” Based on a screenplay about women’s Roller Derby by former Austinite Shauna Cross, Whip It was filmed in the extremely tax-incentive-friendly state of Michigan, instead of the Central Texas area in which the story is set and which has been so instrumental in the revival of women’s roller-skating..."

All of you who have at one time nursed the notion that Joe Piscopo may be some sort of lower life form are proven correct in this silly waste of...

Film Review  May 7, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Joe” Norris stars as himself, the object of a teenage asthmatic's fantasies (get your mind out of the gutter, it's not nearly as interesting as that), and the once-brilliant Mako is Pat Morita/Obi Wan Kenobi to Brandis's Ralph Macchio/Luke Skywalker. Apparently trying to recreate himself as a kid-friendly, grade-B action hero -- big step, right? -- Norris and real-life sidekick/brother Aaron lensed this dog in Houston with financing from the local “Mattress King” (I'm not making this up) and the participation of various Texas karate schools..."

Keep Calm and Party On
Everything you need to know to navigate SXSW Film
DAILY Screens  March 4, 2013
"...I hunger for the personal touch. Don't we all? If you're rockin' a badge, stop by the SXSW Film Conference's A Beginner's Guide to SXSW Film panel on Friday, March 8 at 2pm: Chronicle Managing Editor and film critic Kimberley Jones will be dishing insider dirt alongside other seasoned locals Agnes Varnum, events director at the Texas Tribune, Slackerwood editor Jette Kernion, Pit Stop writer/director Yen Tan, and David Modigliani, creative director of Flow Nonfiction. WHERE TO SEE IT..."

Page Two: 'Life,' the Universe, Everything
The devastating illumination of Terrence Malick's new film
Columns  June 3, 2011, by Louis Black
"...The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick's new film, was shown at an Austin Film Society-hosted cast and crew benefit screening for the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund Tuesday night at the Paramount. A new work by Malick is always eagerly awaited, as this is only the fifth film he has made in four decades as a filmmaker – his previous four are Badlands (1973), Days of Heaven (1978), The Thin Red Line (1998), and The New World (2005)..."

The Devil and Daniel Johnston
The literal and figurative institutionalization of Austin music and art legend Daniel Johnston is analyzed from many angles in this perceptive film profile.
Film Review  May 5, 2006, by Raoul Hernandez
"...At various points in The Devil and Daniel Johnston, the once and forever Austin musical phenomenon is compared – and in some cases pronounced superior – to Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, and Brian Wilson. The now 45-year-old, Waller, Texas-dwelling phenomenon is also a gifted and galleried illustrator and painter, so add Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray to the list..."

Maybe She's Born With It
Texas Documentary Tour: Liz Mermin's 'The Beauty Academy of Kabul'
Screens Story  October 29, 2004, by Anne S. Lewis
"...There's a lot of hope and enthusiasm, but the flip side is a very visceral kind of fear: No one's out at night, there are guns everywhere, and no one knows who will be in charge tomorrow. The Beauty Academy of Kabul screens as part of the Texas Documentary Tour on Wednesday, Nov..."

American Outlaws
“Bad is good again,” reads this tweener Western's marketing tagline. Nope, sorry gang, bad was never good, and American Outlaws is much, much worse. I'd like nothing more than to...
Film Review  August 17, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...I'd like nothing more than to be able to relay that the film -- filmed around the Austin and Hill Country area last summer -- is a solid, rough 'n' ready Western in the grand Hollywood tradition (or even the grand Italian tradition), but sorry, pa, it just ain't so. Instead of true grit and gutshot black-hatters, director Les Mayfield has crafted what may well be the world's first Tommy Hilfiger Western, chock-a-block with fresh-faced up-and-comers sporting pearly whites so dazzling the reflected glare could bring down the entire Texas Air National Guard..."

Outlaw King
Chris Pine aptly fills the crown of Robert the Bruce
Film Review  November 9, 2018, by Richard Whittaker

Thanks for the Memories
'Chronicle' staff past and present on 20 years of covering SXSW Film
Screens Story  March 1, 2013, by The Screens Staff
"...In many ways, it was almost more likely that we would have first started South by Southwest as a film event and added music later, rather than the other way around. After all, Nick Barbaro and I met as graduate film students at the University of Texas, while Roland Swenson was a Radio-Television-Film undergrad, although his extensive professional involvement was all in music...."

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