Museum of Human Achievement
"...Film's local economic impact has been in the hundreds of millions of dollars during the past three years, which doesn't detail the range of projects and consistent aesthetic success of so much local filmmaking. But rather than tell you about Austin's extraordinarily unique film scene, we decided to show you at least some of it..."
"...(At the very least, the comeback of Keaton's coked-up ghoul will be a welcome respite from the encroaching jowls of Burton's regular leading man, Johnny Depp.) What most people don't know, however, is that this is not the first sequel attempt. In 1989, the Geffen Company commissioned two follow-up screenplays: one by Mars Attacks! writer Jonathan Gems (described by Burton as "an updating of 'House of Usher' set in Burbank" and incongruously titled Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian) and another by Austin's own Warren Skaaren, called Beetlejuice in Love..."
"...Dear Editor, Thanks for the article “'The Last Supper'” [Screens, Feb. 26] regarding the new book Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas..."
"...That said, like any other government organization, those not in the loop tend to wonder what, exactly, a film commission does, and for once the answer is fairly straightforward. The TFC facilitates the production of virtually every single film made in the state, from small independent films, like the Austin-lensed Coen brothers' 1982 debut Blood Simple, to major Hollywood blockbusters like Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor, which utilized the USS Lexington moored off Corpus Christi, as well as the aforementioned commercial and industrial shoots...."
"...Most of them will have to struggle just to break out of the pack. The following listings provide a guide to the movies expected to open in Austin this summer..."
"...It's not the sort of place you'd expect to find an indie film studio: Deep in the piney woods of Bastrop County, an unprepossessing dirt road -- marked only by a weather-beaten numerical signpost -- leads to the offices of Dominion Pictures. It's also the home of Austin filmmaker Marcus van Bavel, whose many-years-in-the-making, Cold War, CinemaScope comedy Redboy 13 is opening this Friday at the Dobie Theatre after triumphant screenings at the SXSW '97 Film Festival (where it premiered) and the Film Society of Lincoln Center's "Independents Night," and not a little buzz courtesy of a growing legion of fans, including such notables as Harry Knowles...."
"...Austin Opening Dates Nov. 8: Ransom..."
"...Hooper would have to shoot him out that day. They also had to cope with the fact that Jim Siedow was scheduled to do a play and had to leave Austin the following day...."
"...Alison Macor, a longtime Austin film journalist, never intended to write a book so close to home. In fact, she'd had her heart set on a different project entirely..."
"...If you live in Austin, there's a decent chance you make movies; if not, certainly you watch them, and we're betting you love them, too. It's just that kind of town..."
"...All around me are crew members quietly scuttling about, setting up lights and lugging cables, and the director, fittingly attired in the filmmaker's equivalent of a Dune stillsuit – a black vest fitted with Velcro pockets into which bars of frozen coolant are slipped, a concession to the unrelenting heat reflecting up off of the white-dusted, rocky ground. Somewhere on set, Key Special Effects Makeup Artist Meredith Johns, of Austin's Hawgfly Productions, Inc., is desperately trying to keep various prosthetic body parts from melting..."
"...At least for now, Austin appears to be weathering the storm. Gary Bond, director of the Austin Film Office (which handles incoming productions for the city of Austin under the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau), says Austin is "a little bit of an anomaly" in that film production here has been fed by local heavy hitters such as Mike Judge, Robert Rodriguez, and Sandra Bullock...."
"...SEEKING THE CAFE BOBD: Jeff Stolhand; with Christian Zimmerman, Roger Harrell, Michael Dalmon, Dee-Dee Stirneman, Tonie Perensky, Bill Wise. (NR, 103 min.) Locally shot, cast, and crewed, Stohland's indie take on the lives and loves of a group of twentysomething Austin roommates is an often hilarious, though occasionally dormant, meditation on the need for acceptance, both in love and out of it. Zimmerman is Tom, a young guy who leaves his oversexed, underqualified wife when he finds out she's been banging a gold-toothed loser and loving every minute of it (Loverboy fans, take note)..."
"...That's Austin-based teen filmmaker Emily Hagins' video pitch for her third feature film, as posted on the IndieGoGo.com independent film-funding platform. IndieGoGo, similar to other new-paradigm funding websites such as the equally popular Kickstarter.com, is part of a new wave of Internet-indigenous funding sites that allow filmmakers to shoot their own pitches for potential investors, place them online with accompanying relevant information and particulars about the upcoming productions, and then, essentially, try to meet a capped amount of donations in a given amount of time..."
"...Everyone told me it was big, but, you know, hey, I didn't think it was this big. It's a warehouse, as plain and ordinary as they come, sitting in the middle of what probably used to be, maybe still is, a pasture, out far west of Austin..."
"...When the older man dies under mysterious circumstances, it all ties in to some curious black helicopter signals and other nefarious plots. It's a romantic comedy, nevertheless, written by X-Files producer Vince Gilligan and filmed in the Austin area..."
"...Speaking of which, have you seen Sin City yet? Yeah? Have you heard that it will screen in competion at Cannes this year? Rodriguez and graphic novelist-cum-co-director Frank Miller's va-va-va-violent ode to all things noir is, with an able assist from honorary Austinite Quentin Tarantino, a thing of brutal beauty, at once as patently false as Fred MacMurray sidestepping from Double Indemnity into his three sons and as ramrod real as Veronica Lake's résumé: This Gun for Hire, All Women Have Secrets, Bring on the Girls, Isn't It Romantic?, Footsteps in the Snow, and, finally, Flesh Feast...."
"...And there's an open extras casting call for the film this Saturday from 11am to 6pm at 1901 E. 51st in the Red Building at Austin Studios..."
"...The influences on Waters' filmmaking are many -- he absorbed everything from classic European art films to Hollywood studio productions, New York underground movies to grindhouse quickies, urban trash culture to modern gay aesthetics. He will bring what he terms his "vaudeville act" to the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival on Thursday, September 2..."
"...The brainchild of Troublemaker Studios' big boss Robert Rodriguez and co-conspirator-cum-Austin-B-movie-A-lister Quentin Tarantino, Grindhouse returns audiences to the good old days of classic bad moviemaking, complete with a double feature linked by previews of coming attractions, themselves helmed by some of genre filmmaking's biggest, bloodiest names...."