"...The quietly affecting Hellion subtly references the pronouncement in Old Testament scripture about the intergenerational burden of acts of inequity: Fairly or unfairly, the sons shall bear the sins of their fathers. Here, a middle-class family living in the Gulf Coast suburbia south of Houston struggles to keep things together in the wake of the sudden loss of its wife and mother..."
"...Looks like the Austin carpool to Sundance is getting crowded: Kat Candler (jumping off bridges) will be world-premiering her new short "Hellion" there...."
"...Kat Candler's "Hellion" short premiered two years ago at the Sundance Film Festival, but turning that project into the project that it is today was a huge team effort...."
"...Short films get precious little respect from the mainstream, but we love 'em and so does every indie outlet we know. Case in point: Indiewire.com just named their "Five Hottest Shorts of the Summer" and Austin filmmaker Kat Candler's "Hellion" is prominently featured..."
"...Deadline reported yesterday that Kat Candler's Hellion – based on the highly lauded short of the same name – now has two big names attached: Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis (Whip It's Iron Maven)...."
"...The child stars of Kat Candler's Hellion, which premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, got to spend some quality bonding time with Paul as the team tooled around Utah taking photos and playing Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots before the premiere itself...."
"...Hellion Festival Favorites Wednesday, March 12, 7pm, Topfer..."
"...Meet Austin director/screenwriter Kat Candler. Her short "Hellion" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012..."
"...She's dressed in Dr. Martens and a Werner Herzog T-shirt that reads "adventure beckons." She wore the lucky shirt the first day filming Hellion in East Texas with a cast that includes Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis...."
"...With stories and styles ranging from animation to shorts to features, the Austin film scene will be, as ever, well represented in Park City. Produced by Kelly Williams, Kat Candler's Sundance 2012 entry, "Hellion," is a case in point – and classic Kat, too: a short film with huge emotions..."
"...Its setting, for example, is a surprisingly believable rural Hawaiian town full of blue-collar folks who eke out subsistence livings catering to obnoxious mainland tourists. Among these locals are a pair of orphans, emotionally troubled grade-school hellion Lilo (Chase) and teenage sister Nani (Carrere), who are scraping dysfunctionally along in their decaying family home..."
"...This year's festival slate includes 120-odd films (from 4,000 submissions). Among those numbers? Kat Candler's Hellion, No No: A Dockumentary, Person to Person, and "Rat Pack Rat."..."
"...Hellions, environmentalists and vintage computer programmers all make the list of movies to receive a helping financial hand from the Austin Film Society, as the local non-profit announced this year's list of AFS Grant and Travel Grant recipients...."
"...• Hellion first premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival and now Sundance Selects has acquired the North American rights and will release the film in theatres and on VOD later this year. You can also catch Kat Candler's hell-raising movie at South by Southwest..."
"...In the meantime, there's other news from AFF HQ – namely that after 10 years of involvement, seven as the festival's film program director, the very savvy and dry-witted Kelly Williams is moving on. Well, not entirely: He'll be hanging around long enough to assist new Film Program Director Stephen Jannise with programming the Austin Screens and Comedy Vanguard sections of the festival, but Williams' intent is to focus on producing, including "Hellion," the new short by Kat Candler, which shoots next month (see www.indiegogo.com/hellion for info and how to contribute)..."
"...Not to be outdone, Tim soon ends up with the hideous wooden thing on his own puss, which results in a newfound skill at his job and a nightmarish romantic evening with wife Tonya (Howard) that nets – wait for it! – a mask-borne offspring. Christened Alvey (Liam and Ryan Falconer), the pint-sized hellion takes his cues from Cartoon Network and, in particular, Chuck Jones’ far-superior short "One Froggy Evening." Did I mention Norse gods Odin (Hoskins) and Loki (Cumming, still apparently on his Spy Kids Fegan Floop-high) are also along for the ride and out to get their missing mask back? It’s somehow comforting to know that kids will come out of this film with a very, very rudimentary understanding of Norse mythology, but something tells me that’s not what they’ll recall in the long run..."
"...Speaking of Austin movies at the cineplex this summer: There are a lot. Mark your calendar: PJ Raval’s documentary Before You Know It has a run at the Violet Crown Cinema June 20-26; Kat Candler’s Hellion, starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, opens in Austin on June 27 (and on June 30, Austin Film Society and Arts+Labor host a premiere party and screening with cast and crew in attendance); Michael Tully's Ping Pong Summer opens in limited release today – though no word yet on an Austin release date, you can watch it on VOD now; and Richard Linklater's eagerly anticipated, coming-of-age-in-real-time dramaBoyhood opens July 11 nationally and July 18 locally...."
"...Those local Sundance Film Festival favorites you've been reading about – including Kat Candler's Hellion (starring the one and only Aaron Paul) and a trip through pitcher Dock Ellis' career in No No: A Dockumentary – will make their way to town as part of the Festival Favorites category. Joining them in that category are Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, by the Zellner Brothers; Michael Tully's Ping Pong Summer; Drafthouse Films' The Dog; and, of course, Richard Linklater's much-anticipated Boyhood...."
"...In their first official video from Park City, Utah, they chat with the filmmakers behind Hellion and "Rat Pack Rat," both of which premiere today...."