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'Flatland: The Movie'
World premiere, Sunday, May 20
Screens Story  May 18, 2007, by Shawn Badgley
"...Who could have guessed – sorry, postulated – that a movie about math would have such a fantasy and sci-fi feel?..."

A Kinder, Gentler Filmmaker
Jeffrey Travis' surprising success
Screens Story  May 26, 2006, by Toddy Burton
"...Now, meet Jeffrey Travis. At 34, this longtime Austin resident didn't go to film school, made his first movie only four years ago, and can honestly be described as a happy family man with a wife and three kids..."

Three Guys, a Girl, and a Dog Named Friday
Austin film collective Jollyville Pictures on its ingredients for success
Screens Story  December 18, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"..."A lot of what we'd done up to that point had been comedy, really," Swaynos says. "For instance, our short 'Theory, Fact, or Fiction?' is a parody of intelligent design, and it's almost, beat by beat, a parody of the [1982 Christian-oriented] movie Rock: It's Your Decision, but instead of questioning rock & roll, we're questioning gravity..."

Film News
Austinite Chris Eska's August Evening wins big at LAFF, a year after locals Gretchen and Chalk did
Screens Column  July 13, 2007, by Joe O'Connell
"...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.And the Rest ... The animated Flatland: The Movie, based on Edwin A..."

Film News
It's dry as a bone out there, but this verdant pasture of industry info and celebrity gossip is no mirage
Screens Column  August 25, 2006, by Joe O'Connell
"...Reese Witherspoon is reportedly sweatily nesting here while hubby Ryan Phillippe shoots the untitled war in Iraq film formerly known as Stop-Loss. And Quentin Tarantino can be found – surprise – watching movies at the Paramount and original Alamo Drafthouse..."

Film News
Local intrigue abounds; plus, SXSW 07 is ready for your best shot(s)
Screens Column  August 11, 2006, by Joe O'Connell
"...That's up-and-comer Jeffrey Travis for you. He's even signed Martin Sheen for Flatland: The Movie, a 30-minute film shooting this fall and aimed for use by teachers in the classroom..."

Film News
Jeff Nichols' Shotgun Stories wins the Narrative Jury Award at AFF; plus, Pras, NAMAC, and Willem Dafoe
Screens Column  October 19, 2007, by Joe O'Connell
"...Bob Ray's Roller Derby doc, Hell on Wheels, screens Friday at the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival in New York City... The soundtrack to Austin-shot Flatland: The Movie, with music by Kazimir Boyle, is out and available through CDBaby.com..."

Film News
Chalk and jumping off bridges finally see DVD, while Fantastic Fest becomes a beast
Screens Column  October 5, 2007, by Joe O'Connell


Austin Film Festival: Setting as a Character
Location, location, location
DAILY Screens  October 25, 2014, by Rod Machen
"...Blasi’s Woman on Top traverses the globe from San Francisco to her native Brazil and uses food to paint a picture. During the writing phase, she would cook every meal in the movie as she was writing it..."

SXSW Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 16, 2001
"...B-MOVIE RATS: Ugly as they can manage, middle finger flying in the face of the world, L.A.'s B-Movie Rats make punk rock the good ol' nasty way -- loud, fast, and senseless. Hailing from the land of style over substance, this old-school outfit wallows in the haze of neither..."

512 + 1
Non-native filmmaker Kevin Ford got here as fast as he could
Screens Story  May 9, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"..."That really blew my mind, because it was so different from the way people were being molded in L.A.," recalls Ford. "Eventually, Steeples and I began making these odd shorts and experimental films, which, after my move back to L.A., led to our first feature, in 1999, which was [a] cross-country road movie called Caravan Summer."..."

Terry Allen: A Discography
Arts Story  December 19, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...Torso Hell (1988): "Radio movie" about mutilated Vietnam vets, developed by Allen and artist Jacki Apple for Pacifica Radio's KPFK in 1986. High Performance Records...."

Kent Haruf's Plainsong
Books Review  October 8, 1999, by Ada Calhoun
"...If Plainsong is ever made into a movie, it will be a romantic comedy starring Kevin Costner in a cowboy hat, and the producers will definitely make up for Haruf's integrity. But even Hollywood couldn't kill the glow of this book, such is its power..."

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