"...On Story, the Austin Film Festival's ongoing project exploring the craft and the art of visual storytelling, has become an unmatched record of modern film and TV. That legacy has now received recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts, with the announcement that the festival has been awarded $15,000 toward the archive...."
"...Austin Film Festival has always been seen as the writer's festival, and that tradition continues with the announcement of season eight of their celebration of the scriptwriter's art, On Story, which returns to PBS stations across the US this month...."
"...20. But you can get a sneak peek – or rather, an early ear to the ground – by tuning into director John Lee Hancock’s interview with On Story this Saturday (1/7) on KUT...."
"...For two full seasons now, the Austin Film Festival's On Story has been bringing great interviews with filmmakers on the process of storytelling, and now it's back for round three...."
"...“I’m a white guy born in 1978,” Nichols said. “I’m probably not the best person to lay that story out for people.”..."
"...Beau Willimon dissects season two at the Harry Ransom Center as part of the Austin Film Festival's On Story series on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2pm..."
"...The men are Michael Finkel (Hill), a New York Times writer recently fired from the paper for having fudged the identity of a key subject and other facts in a prominent cover story for the Sunday magazine, and Christian Longo, a prisoner in Oregon awaiting trial for the murder of his wife and three children. Prior to his capture in Mexico and for reasons unknown, Longo had used the alias of Michael Finkel while he was a fugitive..."
"...A legendary improviser and coach gets some overdue acknowledgement in Thank You, Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon...."
"...After an exhaustive review of the 410 submissions to this year's Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest, we've narrowed the pool to 10 finalists, who were notified of their achievement this morning...."
"...Not reviewed at press time. New Bollywood film tells the story of four friends from an unsuccessful rock band who reunite years later...."
"...Lee Ermey and Wayne Knight. The title says it all: If you (or your kids) loved Toy Story, you'll like Toy Story 2 as well..."
"...Oh, cruel irony. Certainly, Reiner knows this isn't a news flash, yet he stages this movie as though he's discovered some great truth -- or to put it another way, “the story of us.” Well, I'm not so sure I want to be a member of this all-encompassing “us.” Willis and Pfeiffer are perfectly fine -- and perfectly gorgeous -- as the maritally troubled couple, Ben and Katie Jordan..."
"...BookPeople had to close due to the rolling blackouts today, which means we've had to cancel our annual Short Story Contest reception...."
"...The government campaign which followed attempted to valorize the memory of Tillman as a heroic figure and symbol of national pride, but it was based on specious and manipulative information, indicative of the war-planners’ desperate need to invent heroes and good news at that point in the war. Tillman was awarded a Silver Star and a story was spun about his heroic conduct, sacrificing his life to spare those of his buddies..."
"...Virtually everything about me makes me an outsider to the community I photographed. Instead of trying to act as though I was part of that community, I simply tried to express the sincerity with which I was trying to understand and, most importantly, tell their story..."
"...Anyone ever caught in the wheels of bureaucracy will relate to Chinese director Zhang Yimou's latest movie. Though a story about contemporary peasant life in China, The Story of Qiu Ju is one that transcends borders, languages and class differences..."
"...Starring: Jackie Chan, Kent Cheng and Samo Hung. Chan's most recent film takes him out of his familiar element of goofy mugging and broad slapstick, and returns him to his roots (a la the original Police Story) as a hard-boiled cop with a penchant for irritability and justice at all costs..."
"...Artists were able to have an actual salary, and most of the profits went right back into making the art itself. A complex and fascinating look into a convergence of creativity, money, and iconoclasts, Meow Wolf: Origin Story is a tale that to my knowledge has no precedent..."
"...From the taboo-busting Ecstasy, through Technicolor epics like Samson and Delilah, into Z-grade schlock. Yet the story here is how her box office success overshadowed her brains...."
"...After a week of what feels like unrelenting awfulness, the nerves are pretty raw. Well, steel those nerves again, because you really need to read this story from the Texas Exes publication the Alcalde about University of Texas’ alum Brian Downes’ search for his son after the Boston Marathon bombings...."
"...The ten finalists for our 20th annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest have been selected and contacted...."
"...After he shined as a new kind of confused and despondent hero in Bottle Rocket, after he saved The Royal Tenenbaums from drowning in cleverness, after he anchored Old School with a little real-life pathos, I thought for sure the youngest Wilson brother was bound for great and original things. Well, The Wendell Baker Story (which made its world premiere at South by Southwest Film 05) will teach me to get my hopes up..."
"...Try this on for size: A teenage girl learns she’s giving birth to the son of God; a king so fears the coming of God incarnate that he orders the slaughter of newborn babies; and a trio of astrologers travels more than 1,000 miles to see the realization of centuries-old prophecies. Yes, it’s the story of the birth of Jesus..."
"...If you can't beat the usual pre-holiday hype, at least laugh at it. Watching A Christmas Story can help..."
"...We know, we know, the Chronicle has traditionally begun accepting submissions for its annual Short Story Contest at Texas Book Festival time, and that's passed with no word on the contest. Well, as the staff thought about this year's contest being the 25th, we decided to commemorate it in a special way and needed some extra time for planning..."
"...Near the end of the dinner held for the final judges of the Short Story Contest, where they hash out their likes and dislikes about the stories and decide upon the winning entries, a little voice from the corner of the table said, "Let's just go home and write short stories." It was Carolyn Osborn's voice, and it eluded the detection of most of the people at the table. It wasn't sudden inspiration from this year's stories that prompted Osborn to utter that suggestion but one of the relatively frequent lulls in conversation that always seems to happen during the final judging, after someone offers their opinion and someone else offers theirs and then the table becomes still and there's a bit of silent staring...."
"...Starring: Moira Kelly, Martin Sheen, Lenny Von Dohlen, Heather Graham, Melinda Dillon, Paul Lieber, Boyd Kestner, Tracy Walter and Allyce Beasley. Dorothy Day remains a wonderfully fascinating and inspirational historical figure and though Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story may serve as a rudimentary introduction for those unfamiliar with her work, it hardly does justice to her complex legacy and accomplishments..."
"...Forget Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris (especially Chuck Norris). Hong Kong's Jackie Chan is now and forevermore the indisputable king of the high-blown, over-the-top actioneers, and in this newest installment of his enormously popular Police Story series, Chan -- with a sly wink and a What, Me Worry? grin plastered across his charming Everyman mug -- effortlessly proves it all over again..."
"...It’s a lengthy speech in a film dominated by long takes and very little dialogue. A Ghost Story is a movie constructed in meditative and poetic tones rather than the shock scares and creeping dread that characterize spooky-house movies as we generally know them..."
"...The characters in this year's Short Story Contest have sure heard them. Among the 10 tales selected as finalists, most feature protagonists contending with an inner voice..."
"...You’ll hear no argument here – heck, yeah, we need fresh ideas – but rarely has a sequel felt less cynical, less assembly-lined for maximum profit than this consistently delightful return to Toy. I have only the faintest recollection of the first Toy Story, unintentionally skipped the second altogether, and approached this third outing with the particular dread of a childless adult sent gangplank-style to an overcapacity sneak screening teeming with kids..."
"...Directed by: Tina Mascara and Guido Santi. Chris and Don’s love story is one that, without context or, frankly, the pre-awareness of its conclusion, might raise a red flag for those less permissively minded..."
"...The story immediately blew up, and Kroczaleski found herself awash in criticism, support, and reporters. It was during this time that documentarian Michael del Monte, who had been interested in the powerlifting and bodybuilding community, was introduced to the story, and found himself intrigued..."
"...Every month, the Chronicle’s film critics select a theme and offer movie recommendations. In honor of the winners of The Austin Chronicle’s 2015 Short Story Contest, we’d like to tip our hats to the many short stories that over the years have served as the foundations for feature films...."
"...Starring: Leonardo Defilippis, Melissa Sumpter, Kaycherie Rappaport, Lindsay Younce and Linda Hayden. The story of one of Roman Catholicism's most beloved and modern saints is once more told on film..."
"...Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, John Lordan, Jennifer Edwards-Hughes, Everett Mcgill, Jane Heitz, John Farley, Sissy Spacek and Richard Farnsworth. The Straight Story is a piece of American poetry, an elegiac ode to a 73-year-old man's defiant act of raging against the dying of the light..."
"...Starring: Jackie Chan, Brigitte Lin and Maggie Cheung. This is the first in Chan's Police Story trilogy, and although some people herald it as the best of the lot, I'll still reserve that honor for the third installment of the series..."
"...Death, we know, is a part of life. It turns out to have been a big part of the 25th Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest, too...."
"...It is clear from the start that Deborah Esquenazi’s film couldn’t care less about aesthetics, filming the story’s participants in various roadside diners with ambient background noise and people moving in and out of frame, grainy home video and the sterile environments of prison matched with TV news footage and cell phone cameras. But it becomes a compelling aesthetic of its own, expressing an intimacy with the women and their families that the viewer can’t help but fall into..."
"...From film to music to the global pop-cult zeitgeist, 2000AD remains subversive and vital decades after its inception. Future Shock! is the unexpurgated story of one of the medium's most influential titles...."
"...When William Congreve wrote, "Music has charms to sooth a savage breast," there’s no way he could have had this little Mongolian movie in mind. But, as they say in critics’ boot camp, "If the quote fits, share it." The Story of the Weeping Camel is an unusual film that is part ethnographic documentary and part narrative film..."
"...Starring: Sean Tataryn, Christopher Bradley, Geoffrey Moody, Hector Mercado, Madame Dish, Erin Krystle, Craig Olsen, Mink Stole, Nicholas Worth and Morris Kight. Despite its rough-sounding title, Leather Jacket Love Story is a sweet-at-heart, romantic, gay comedy..."
"...Starring: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Bill Tung, Lam Kwok Hung and Charles Chao. Picking up more or less directly after the ending of Police Story, Chan's legendary detective, Ka-Kui, has been demoted to the lowly rank of traffic cop as punishment for his previous recklessness in bringing the members of an Asian drug-running gang to justice..."
"...Now twenty years later, this loving film biography fashioned from his widow Linda's memoir, Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew, is scheduled for release only a few short weeks following the apparently accidental gunshot death of rising film star Brandon Lee, son of Bruce and Linda, while working on the set of a movie called The Crow. Coincidence? Fate? Ancient curses? Foul play? It's the type of family history that, perhaps, only a Kennedy can understand..."
"...Some documentarians find their next film through hours of painstaking research. When Bart Layton stumbled across the amazing true story behind American Animals, it was a much simpler path..."
"...Austinite Lizzie Velasquez discovered this inescapable trend when she logged on to the popular video-hosting site at age 17 to discover footage of her accompanied by the title, “The World’s Ugliest Woman.” The comments, you can imagine, were the worst. But Velasquez, who suffers from a rare syndrome that has left her blind in one eye, unable to gain weight, and subject to endless prodding and tests, turned the whole thing around by using her story to shine a spotlight on bullying..."
"...Henry the Original Slacker? That’s the case being made in a new exhibit at the O. Henry Museum, which will celebrate the 150th birthday of the legendary short story writer, that titan of twist endings, this Saturday, Sept..."
"...Directed by: Gough Lewis. Some say, “Ouch”; some say, “Wow.” Your response to the following proposition will most probably color the reaction you have to the documentary Sex: The Annabel Chong Story..."