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Hands on a Hard Body
Unpretentious insight into the nature of human aspiration can be found in Bindler's documentary about the yearly contest in which Jack Long Nissan of Longview, Texas, gives a new hard body pickup to whomever can keep his or her hands on it the longest.
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Film Review  July 10, 1998, by Russell Smith
"...A classic example is Errol Morris' Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, with The Endless Summer, Pumping Iron, and Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey also popping quickly to mind. So, if surfing, bodybuilding, or mole rats can commandeer souls and spawn whole new schools of philosophy, why not a publicity stunt staged by a small-town car dealer? That's the premise of S.R..."

Letters at 3AM: Notes on a Long, Long Journey
Artists are but translators of that which flows through them
Columns  January 11, 2013, by Michael Ventura
"...Stopped where Hemingway said to stop – best advice he ever gave, to stop when you know what happens next so you can pick it up again with that momentum. I might have pushed on, but my body said, "STOP, lest we get dizzy and fall from the chair."..."

The Journey of a Gun
Gun traveled circuitous path to Kevin Brown's hands
News Story  October 5, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...Instead, the chrome .22 resurfaced just two nights later, in the early-morning hours of June 3. It was lying on the ground, roughly 30 feet from Kevin Brown's dead body in the courtyard of the apartment complex behind Ches­ter's..."

A New Hope
Stroke survivor Robert Reyes gets another lease on life
Screens Story  November 25, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...That had never happened to me in my life. That was the moment I knew there might be something serious going on." As the whole left side of his body became numb and he started vomiting up his lunch, Robert made two phone calls: one to his brother Ric and one to 911..."

The Q&A Hole: What's the Use of Owning Original Artwork?
With Chris Cubas, Jill Schroeder, Shannon McCormick, and more.
DAILY Arts  February 2, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...I own original works, sure, but also multiples from various folks, low-print-run minicomics, and other kinds of print and material culture ephemera. There are a lot of things driving this, but fundamentally, things bind you to moments in time, to time itself, to the fact that you too are a material body and a thing that is subject to time..."

Ray Manzarek: Trying to Set the World on Fire
The late Doors keyboardist at the Garden of Eden
DAILY Music  May 23, 2013, by Danielle Zelisko
"...I mean the whole emotional thing and the way the two bodies fit together. Who designed that? What a brilliant idea! And, on LSD, I began to think of everything as an idea – somebody’s idea, something’s idea, God’s idea, of course..."

A Revolution of Spirit
Ritual jazz theatre pioneer Sharon Bridgforth premieres a new work, her last in Austin
Arts Story  January 9, 2009, by Abe Louise Young
"...You are not alone. In this moment you are safe." Chorus voices are stationed in the audience, and Spirit/Dancers embody the stories in the center of the stage...."

DVDanger: I Am Not a Serial Killer
Director Billy O'Brien on adapting the story of a young monster
DAILY Screens  December 23, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Irish director Billy O'Brien said, "We were a week late getting the DCP over. We were desperately trying to finish it in time, so nobody had seen it."..."

Nik Wallenda: Life on the Wire
In which we send an aerialist to talk to a stuntman. Whoa.
DAILY Arts  May 19, 2011, by Raven Hinojosa
"...A lot of performers take it for granted: "Oh, it’s just what I do, I was raised in it." They don’t push hard enough, and their acts are often substandard in my opinion because they can get away with it. Somebody coming from the outside, they have to prove themselves..."

Why Is Doil Lane Still on Death Row?
Despite a Supreme Court ban on the execution of the mentally retarded, those prisoners remain on Texas' death row.
News Story  October 17, 2003, by Rita Radostitz
"...The crime was a parent's worst nightmare -- Bertha was in her neighborhood playing with some friends when she went off with a couple who said they needed help looking for their lost dog. Her battered and bruised body was found many days later in a small shack not far from her home...."

A Sunday at the Capitol
Orange-clad abortion bill opponents witness House floor folly
DAILY News  June 24, 2013, by Dan Solomon
"...On Sunday, the objective was less participatory: just to witness what was happening, to crowd the House spectator gallery with opponents of the bill, and to “literally stare them down” when the Republican lawmakers entered the chamber, as an organizer from Planned Parenthood put it. Chanting and cheering were discouraged; silent displays of support – American Sign Language applause – were encouraged, as were just physically placing your orange-clad body in a seat in the Gallery...."

Undercover on High School's Ritziest Glitziest Night It All Goes Down at Prom
Arts Story  May 13, 1999
"...And proms are as much a part of what it means to be a teenager as malls and McDonald's. Whether you hated it, adored it, or tried to ignore it -- everybody has a prom story...."

In Creative Hands
How artists shape the ancient medium of clay into works of stunning variety
Arts Story  May 6, 2005, by Rachel Koper
"...This is hot enough to vaporize sodium from rock salt or baking soda. Baking soda is dissolved in water, then sprayed into the kiln, where the sodium in the vapor combines with the silica in the clay body or glaze to create a sodium-silicate glaze..."

'You Were Our Father, A Veteran and So Full of Desperation'
Short Story Contest: Third place
Books Story  February 4, 2011, by Kyle R M
"...He felt invincible again. He felt like a private charging into his first battle, his spirit banging on the back of his teeth as adrenaline surged through every fraction of his body...."

You Can Leave Your Hat On
The ballad of Mambo John Treanor
Music Story  July 20, 2001, by Andy Langer
"..."He'll walk in looking too frail to play, but when he sits behind the drums, everything changes," says Skiles. "Whatever ignites him comes from somewhere other than his body..."

Whole Lot of Rockin' Goin' On
Linda Gail Lewis received her first piano lesson from her brother at 40
Music Story  November 19, 2015, by Tim Stegall
"...Harvey – instrumental in the creation of Hard Rockin' Woman! – it's apparent she's being modest about her keyboard mastery. Her boogie-woogie chops are brutal, driving, Lewis playing with every part of her body..."

How to Run a Very Successful Crowdfunding Scam
Or epically fail at launching a tech product
Screens Story  February 28, 2014, by Dan Gentile
"...Consumer electronics companies spend enormous amounts of money to bring products to market, and while bootstrappers can often do so at a fraction of the cost, there's still a ton of money involved. Between design costs, injection molding the physical body, manufacturing the chips, and paying a staff competitive tech industry salaries, the overhead is huge, and any unexpected production problem can cripple a project..."

A Talent for Deception
When Joey Hood is onstage, you want to buy whatever he's selling
Arts Story  February 19, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...Whatever he's saying, you want to believe it. "Trust me," he says, and you feel you can, even as every cell in your body screams at you that you shouldn't..."

A New Day
Life in Kat Candler's cinematic world
Screens Story  August 24, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...They were terrified of the fact that it was about suicide, that it was a downer of a film. We got a lot of, 'We really love it, but downer films don't do very well.' So nobody would touch it..."

A Chip off the Auld Sod
Off the Bookshelf
Books Review  October 24, 1997
"...Ah, dose were de days, don't you know, ah yiss dey were dat, so dey were, ah yiss. Now, a course in dem days, nobody owned a tellyphone achall, achall, ah shure, God bless ya dey're quare wans, de yeller men, ah yiss, but God bless da lotta dem anyhow and yerself, ay-men..."

First Season on the Rink
Snapshots of the '96-'97 Austin Ice Bats
  April 18, 1997, by Jason Cohen
"...photograph by Isabel Taylor The evening put a whole new spin on that old sports cliché "snatching victory from the jaws of defeat." It's April Fool's Day at the Travis County Expo Center, but nobody feels much like joking. The El Paso Buzzards are taking it to the Ice Bats, drubbing a suddenly inferior -- as well as injured, old, flu-ridden and unfocused -- Austin hockey club in game six of a first-round playoff series..."

Adam Reposa on Ice
Sentenced to six months in jail for direct contempt, city’s DWI king meets stalemate in state courts
News Story  November 9, 2017, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Reposa is a DWI attorney alleged by many colleagues to be one of the best in the region. He's also a jerk – self-aggrandizing and excessively confident, the kind of guy who'll deride a publication as an "entertainment weekly" while simultaneously asking for legitimate press, or go onto YouTube intoxicated beyond repair to slather oil over his nearly naked body and talk smack about how much better he is at defending DWI clients than his colleagues..."

A Safe Place?
Parties, alcohol, and attitudes are contributing to a high number of sexual assaults in Austin
News Story  September 24, 2015, by Sarah Marloff
"...It's a violent, brutally invasive crime that can rob victims of their sense of self and worth. It's often physically – as well as mentally – damaging, causing the penetrated body parts to rip, tear, and bleed..."

Not Coming to a Network Near You
Q&A with ATX panelist & 'NTSF:SD:SUV' star Paul Scheer
DAILY Screens  May 29, 2012, by Leah Churner
"...Paul Scheer: I was a big fan of Childrens Hospital and everybody on the show. I’d done some episodes with those guys, and I thought, “This is the best thing, to be able to do a 15-minute show on Adult Swim.” In the back of my head I always had this idea to do a 24-type show..."

Looking Back on the Champions Tract Rezoning
Does this development belong in this particular corner of the Hill Country?
News Story  June 29, 2017, by Margaret Nicklas
"..."It's just wrong that you can come up at the very last minute and change the boundaries of the zoning case and invalidate the petition without any time for the public to react," she said. "It is a clear manipulation of the process." Alter also had concerns about the way traffic safety was handled, a huge issue for the neighborhood and one she said points to a hole in the process: "Our mechanisms for evaluating the zoning cases don't allow us to factor in safety before somebody dies." She raised hope that CodeNEXT will help address some of those problems and calm the distrust many residents have in how city processes treat residents..."

Let's See a Boy Do That
Let's See a Boy Do That: Reflections on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
DAILY Sports  May 26, 2007, by Timothy Braun
"...It was all silent. St. James' body was pulled from the car..."

Amid Yahootinis and Freebies, a Focus on the Future
BlogHer in San Jose
Screens Story  August 4, 2006, by Marrit Ingman
"...Saturday's keynote speech, which features Six Apart's Mena Trott; Arianna Huffington; Caroline Little of WashingtonPost.com and Newsweek Interactive; and blogger Grace Davis, organizer of grassroots organization Hurricane Katrina Direct Relief, is brought to us by Johnson's, which is launching a blog directory for mothers. General Motors has brought its three new Saturn models, which are available outside for test drives, and swag bags of Crabtree & Evelyn body wash and lotion..."

Savannah Welch a Year Later
After losing her leg, the Trishas singer revisits the accident and her blessings
Music Story  December 21, 2017, by William Harries Graham
"..."It's so central, so easy, and so close to everybody," she nods. "I had some of the old Austinite pride of looking at the rental prices in this area and being like, 'No fucking way, I used to live on the corner for $650.' With my current situation, getting a bigger house with more acreage would be so much more for me to navigate and clean and maintain, so I'd rather spend the money on convenience, accessibility, and close proximity to the community."..."

Why, a Duck!
What You Did See at AMOA's Art Guys Exhibition
Arts Story  January 31, 1997, by Rebecca S. Cohen
"...There were duck jokes and duck puns a-plenty. The galleries are filled with animal images and recycled body parts..."

Making Movies on Cyber-Location
Doug Block's Film, Home Page, and How It Grew
Screens Story  February 27, 1998, by Jon Lebkowsky
"...All throughout shooting, we see Justin's carpal tunnel getting progressively worse, but it's still a powerful moment when we reveal that he's been shut down by his own body. Justin had a picture of himself on his front page holding his bandaged hands in the air..."

A Word From Our Sponsor
Jingles All the Way
Music Story  December 19, 1997, by Greg Beets
"...And the reason is, for the most part, that it's not very real. It's pretty tough to buy off on somebody singing about a soft drink."..."

A Day
First Place
Features Story  September 17, 1999, by Karl Monger
"...Asleep forever! He stayed put on the phoneline, half-blinded and probably knowing he was finally about to die and being completely stupid. It took nearly twenty minutes of pumping pellets into his motionless body to get it all out of me..."

The Body Politic
Columns  February 6, 1998, by Michael Ventura
"...They hate the coward in order to hate the part of themselves that they fear will weaken and endanger them. (It is, after all, very hard to be brave.) And so America is disgusted and frightened at its President giving into his lusts and endangering the body politic..."

A Question of Beauty
The function of beauty is to connect our innermost being to the world.
Columns  January 19, 2001, by Michael Ventura
"...well, I must have been dying. But my family and the doctors, and even my skinny fever-wracked body, all seemed then, and in memory seem now, like figures in a dream..."

A Walking Contradiction: Texas High Schools, Football, and Concussions
Thousands of students mash helmets every weekend – at what cost?
DAILY Sports  October 30, 2013, by Joseph Baucum
"...Unidentified concussions, such as the one or two additional concussions Baran estimates he’s suffered along with his two diagnosed injuries, don’t make it into these studies, and the threat of the body receiving impacts while the brain is concussed looms...."

Will AISD Crack Down on Special Ed?
Advocates decry district's trend from 'disability' to 'discipline'
News Story  November 26, 2004, by Rachel Proctor May
"...Austin ISD is a very special place. There are more than 10,000 special-education students in the district – that's 12% of the student body, or about two per classroom..."

A Bloody Good Read This Book Sucks
Arts Story  October 13, 1995
"...Rivera is a former narc, Cavuto is the stereotypical tough cop, except that he's also gay. Their first break is when a body is found near Jody and Tommy's place, with Tommy's copy of On the Road clutched in its hands..."

A Vision Shared
Sonya Cohen and Dick Connette Last Forever
Music Story  August 15, 1997, by Raoul Hernandez
"...He did. He took it back to his laboratory, and, applying those Music History courses taught at Harvard, classes in electronic music, those years of private piano and composition lessons, he came up with, well, something with the head of a Wild Magnolias tune and the body of a cyborg..."

Slamnation
The slam poetry movement: return to verse's classical roots as an improvisational, often competitive oral art form or barbarians at the gate of high art? Either way, Paul Devlin's hugely...
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Film Review  January 22, 1999, by Russell Smith
"...However, this seems to be a conscious decision by Devlin to emphasize the surprisingly grueling nature of the multi-round elimination slam “tournament” the story is built around. Like Rob Bindler's Hands on a Hard Body, this is a movie you can enjoy whether or not you have any personal investment in the specific cultural milieu it portrays..."

Surfer, Dude
Matthew McConaughey joins with the director of Hand on a Hard Body in this ode to near-naked bodies, weed, and surf-speak. Oh, and it's also a work of fiction.
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Film Review  September 5, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Alexie Gilmore, Woody Harrelson, Jeffrey Nordling, Sarah Wright, Scott Glenn and Willie Nelson. From Hands on a Hard Body to an 89-minute ogling of another hard body: It boggles the mind that 11 years after his engrossing documentary about an endurance competition to win a truck in Longview, Texas, filmmaker Bindler has channeled his talents into this regrettable comedy starring McConaughey in board shorts and nothing else (and occasionally even less, as in a tongue-in-cheek – remember the bongos? – cutaway to an in-the-buff McConaughey blowing a didgeridoo)..."

You Gotta Have the Mettle
Legendary Texas doc 'Hands on a Hard Body' keeps on truckin'
Screens Story  April 19, 2013, by Leah Churner
"...Take "Hands on a Hardbody" contest veteran Benny Perkins, the most memorably outspoken subject of S.R. Bindler's 1997 documentary Hands on a Hard Body..."

First Position
This lovely documentary follows six international ballet hopefuls, ages 10 to 17, as they compete for the Youth America Grand Prix.
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Film Review  May 25, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...First Position follows six international hopefuls, ages 10 to 17, as they tackle first the semifinals, held around the world, and then the New York-based finals of the Grand Prix, where the world’s leading dance schools and companies gather to watch – and grade – their technique, musicality, personality, and body shape. The stakes are shockingly high: First prizes come with scholarships and contracts to the American Ballet Theatre, the Paris Opera Ballet, and other top-tier dance outfits..."

The Safety of Objects
A guitar. An antique chest. A Barbie doll. These are some of the objects that fill (but do not fulfill) the lives of the four families banging up against each...
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Film Review  March 14, 2003, by Kimberley Jones
"...Before the accident, Paul was falling for an older woman and single mother named Annette (a luminous Patricia Clarkson); that antique chest is her ex-husband’s, and what a release when she smashes it up in the front lawn. Annette’s daughter Sam (Stewart) plays with the boy next door, Jake (House), but he’d rather play with his sister’s Barbie doll, who communicates with Jake in hushed, seductive coos – weird, yes, but also an inspired way of giving voice to the sexual confusion of puberty – and who would have thought that when that plastic doll is finally silenced it would feel like a death? These families’ stories continue to intertwine in surprising ways, most especially in a Hands on a Hard Body-like subplot involving Paul’s grieving mother (Close) and Jake’s so-very-very-close-to-meltdown father (Mulroney), contestant and coach in an endurance contest..."

Meru
Doc recounts efforts of American mountain climbers to ascend Meru Peak
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Film Review  September 4, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...The three men’s individual and joint stories wondrously unfold, sometimes catching you off-guard with a couple of surprising turns that provide the movie with meatier drama than you might anticipate at the outset. (Think maybe Hands on a Hard Body or The King of Kong.) Getting to the top of the world isn’t easy, not to mention further complications that stack the odds against the ambitious trio...."

The Recognizables
One night, one of a kind
Screens Story  March 10, 2006, by Steve Uhler
"...Their independence, their vision, is very much in line with the best filmmaking ever to come out of the state. That's something that nobody else can replicate..."

Reeling in '98
The Austin Chronicle Top Nine Films of 1998
Screens Story  January 7, 1999
"...2. Hands on a Hard Body (28)..."

Film News
Last thoughts on Altman, courtesy of collaborator Stephen Harrigan; plus, incentives and local interest
Screens Column  December 1, 2006, by Joe O'Connell
"...Altman at the end A fictional take on S.R. Bindler's 1997 documentary Hands on a Hard Body was on the fast track when Robert Altman died, with an early 2007 start to filming planned..."

Short Cuts
Screens Column  August 28, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...That would be the Austin world premiere of S.R. Bindler's documentary Hands on a Hard Body at the Dobie Theatre..."

Festival Reviews
Screens Story  October 10, 1997
"...HANDS ON A HARD BODY..."

Short Cuts
Upcoming events and workshops of interest to the Austin film community.
Screens Column  December 31, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Speaking of filmic transitions, Holden Payne, manager at Landmark's Dobie Theatre, has sent word that after three calendar years, 80 weeks, and more than 50,000 paying customers (and you know how small those theatres are), S.E. Bindler's brilliant documentary Hands on a Hard Body is finally, regretfully, coming to a close on Thu., Jan..."

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