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Austin Film Festival Showcases Linklater, Cumberbatch
First round of films announced mixes world and Texas premieres
DAILY Screens  August 20, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...That's not the only true life tale with a Lone Star State connection. Oscar-winner Vanessa Roth (American Teacher) returns to the classroom and the court room with The Texas Promise, focusing on the fight and fallout over the state's decision to cut $5.4 billion out of school funding in 2011...."

Hoodlum
Bill Duke's take on the Harlem numbers racket in the early Thirties is so clichéd that you half expect Paul Muni to pop up every now and then. At the...
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Film Review  September 5, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Bill Duke. Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth, Vanessa Williams, Andy Garcia, Queen Latifah, Cicely Tyson, Chi McBride, Clarence Williams III and Paul Benjamin..."

Austin Film Festival: The Texas Promise
Oscar-winner Vanessa Roth finds the lie and the hope in Texas schools
DAILY Screens  October 28, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...There are actually a couple of seconds in the opening of The Texas Promise during which I'm fairly sure I could see the back of my own head. It's definitely filled with Texas Legislature regulars, as documentarian Vanessa Roth uses parts of the live feed from the State House floor from the debate in 2011, during which lawmakers sliced out $5.4 billion from the public school finance funds..."

The Image Formed
Previewing the 12th Austin Film Festival
Screens Story  October 20, 2006, by Marrit Ingman
"...D: Vanessa Roth Imagine Vote for Pedro: The Documentary, and you've got half the appeal of this lively and insightful chronicle of middle school class elections, backdropped by the 2004 presidential elections. The film follows 11 candidates from four schools as they vie for student-council leadership – creating their platforms ("We all know we need better-smelling bathrooms"), writing their slogans, giving their speeches, and waiting for the principal's fateful announcement..."

Austin Film Festival Announces (Almost) Full Slate
Opening and closing night films still to come
DAILY Screens  September 17, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Texas Promise (World Premiere) Director: Vanessa Roth* From Academy-Award® winning documentarian, a look at issues of equity and opportunity by following the effects of the state’s $5.4 billion cuts to education on the 5 million students in Texas public schools...."

AFF Announces 2011 Lineup
Regional premieres of Shame, The Descendants
DAILY Screens  September 20, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Big buzz movies from Sundance 2010 will also get their regional premiere at AFF, including Like Crazy, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Pariah. They join previously announced films like the Duplass Brothers' Jeff Who Lives at Home and We Need to Talk About Kevin...."

AFF Teases 10 Titles
Duplass Bros.' latest comedy gets regional premiere
DAILY Screens  August 23, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Austin Film Festival just announced its first ten titles for the 2011 program, with highlights including the regional premiere of the Duplass Brothers' latest, Jeff Who Lives at Home, a documentary about Tetris-heads, and Lynne Ramsay's much-buzzed about We Need to Talk About Kevin...."

Austin Film Festival Competition winners
Competition winners
Screens Story  October 27, 2006
"...For more information, see www.austinfilmfestival.com.Narrative Feature Jury Award Winner Chalk (W: Chris Mass & Mike Akel; D: Mike Akel)Narrative Short Jury Award Winner"When Elvis Came to Visit" (W-D: Andreas Tibblin)Narrative Student Short Jury Award Winner"The Dawn Chorus" (W-D: Hope Dickson Leach)Animated Short Jury Award Winner"Ujbaz Izbeneki Has Lost His Soul" (W-D: Neil Jay)Documentary Feature WinnerAbduction: The Megumi Yokota Story (D: Chris Sheridan & Patty Kim)Honorable Mention Documentary FeatureThe Third Monday in October (D: Vanessa Roth)Documentary Short Winner"A Taste of Nate" (D: Jim McGorman)..."

All Wrapped Up
From biopics to end-of-day thrillers, a look at the films you'll be standing in line for this Christmas.
Screens Story  November 26, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten, Sarah Hepola, Marcel Meyer and Marc Savlov
"...D: Pedro Almodóvar; with Cecilia Roth, Eloy Azorín, Marisa Paredes, Penélope Cruz...."

A Whole Lotta Lava Going On
Winter/Spring Movie Sneaks
Screens Story  February 14, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...A man plots revenge after his brother is killed after completing the perfect crime...."

Grindhouse
Grindhouse, which was filmed in Austin, raises the bar for movie showmanship and the theatregoing experience.
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Film Review  April 6, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...If they could, I suspect Rodriguez and Tarantino would design their own grind-house movie chain of theatres that would re-create the urban scuzz-holes of the past, which ran cheap movies nonstop – a usually eclectic mix of exploitation, horror, and action films, as well as a random assortment of top studio product that had seen better days and more intact prints. As it is, Grindhouse is an homage to an experience rather than any certain type of film, and with its two separate feature films – “Planet Terror” by Rodriguez and “Death Proof” by Tarantino – a host of tongue-in-cheeky trailers by the likes of Rob Zombie, Edgar Wright, and Eli Roth; scratches and notices of missing reels intentionally inserted into the prints in order to heighten the illusion of the celluloid’s sprocket-weary authenticity; a splashy two-for-the-price-of-one marketing campaign; and enough cast members to keep the talk-show couches on permanent rotation, Grindhouse raises the bar for a certain kind of movie lollapalooza (and also for the kind of filmmaker who is also a showman, along the lines of a William Castle or Cecil B..."

Little Odessa
So austerely realized that it seems cold to the touch, Little Odessa fittingly harks back to the great themes in Russian literature, to familiar stories of fathers and sons and...
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Film Review  July 14, 1995, by Steve Davis
"...Directed by: James Gray. Starring: Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Moira Kelly, Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell..."

Hot Movie Previews
Sneaking Into Summer
Screens Story  May 23, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...A young deluded Cuban communist, whose brother is in constant trouble with the authorities for his rebellious behavior, falls for the daughter of a dissident and finds himself caught between the demands of patriotism, romantic love, and fraternal responsibility. (June 6) BRASSED OFF..."

Little Odessa
Screens Story  November 17, 1995
"...D:James Gray; with Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell, Moira Kelly...."

Film Reviews
Recommended
  July 28, 1995
"...Kids, on the other hand, should be satisfied with the movie's mix of family drama, playful whale bonding, and impending ecological crisis. Sibling conflict arises when lead Jesse (Richter), an adolescent who has grown to love his adopted parents (Atkinson and Madsen) since Willy I, has to adapt to the arrival of a half-brother Elvis, (Capra), whom he never knew existed..."

Film
Recommended
  July 21, 1995
"...Li plays a stoic bodyguard from Mainland China who is sent to Hong Kong in order to protect the spoiled young wife (Love on Delivery's Chueng Lai Tai) of a wealthy businessman who, after witnessing a brutal murder by Triad gangsters, is constantly in danger from their vicious hitmen. As the film progresses, the initially rigid Lai Tai slowly starts to fall for Li, who has himself become the target of a personal vendetta when he makes the mistake of killing an unhinged ex-soldier's brother in the line of duty..."

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Recommended
  July 14, 1995
"...LITTLE ODESSAD: James Gray; with Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Moira Kelly, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell. So austerely realized that it seems cold to the touch, Little Odessa fittingly harks back to the great themes in Russian literature, to familiar stories of fathers and sons and to tales of unhappy families. A hit man, estranged from his Russian-Jewish ŽmigrŽ family, returns home to Brooklyn to settle a score and, in the course of things, destroys all that he cherishes the most..."

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Recommended
  June 9, 1995
"...Michael Jackson, perhaps? Scriptwriter Andree Corbiau has structured the film's larger-than-life screenplay in Freudian terms in which fraternal love and guilt are inextricably intertwined. Farinelli and his brother, Riccardo, have a pact which dictates that they share everything - their careers, their women, their lives..."

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Recommended
  June 2, 1995
"...Michael Jackson, perhaps? Scriptwriter Andree Corbiau has structured the film's larger-than-life screenplay in Freudian terms in which fraternal love and guilt are inextricably intertwined. Farinelli and his brother, Riccardo, have a pact which dictates that they share everything - their careers, their women, their lives..."

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Recommended
  May 26, 1995
"...Jack, who is described as a "laugh child," is a natural-born clown whose problem is not knowing when to stop. His father and uncle, the Parker Brothers, are played by real-life variety artists Freddie Davies and George Carl..."

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