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Once Upon a Time in Austin
The films, the filmmakers, the crews, the making of a scene
Screens Story  March 12, 2004, by Louis Black
"...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..."

The Many Lives of an Incorporeal Icon
A new 'Beetlejuice' sequel may be in development, but Warren Skaaren already pondered 'Beetlejuice in Love' two decades ago
Screens Story  February 10, 2012, by Leah Churner
"...(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..."

Fan of Underrated Tobe Hooper
Postmarks  March 1, 2010
"...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..."

Thirty Years on Location
An overview of the Texas Film Commission, which has been wedding film production and the state economy for 30 years.
Screens Story  June 15, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

The Other Stars in the Galaxy
Screens Story  May 20, 1999
"...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..."

Junior High Spy
Screens Story  November 6, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Ring in the HollyDaze
Holiday Movie Previews
Screens Story  November 29, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Austin Opening Dates Nov. 8: Ransom..."

'The Last Supper'
Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas: an excerpt
Screens Story  February 26, 2010, by Alison Macor
"...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...."

Moving Pictures
Alison Macor charts 30 years of Austin history, one film at a time
Screens Story  February 26, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

Party With Purpose
The AFS Make Watch Love Film bash
Screens Story  June 18, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

A Career Hooligan Looks Back, But Mostly Forward
Robert Rodriguez on a lifetime of innovation and the movie, 'El Mariachi,' that started it all
Screens Story  August 24, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Migrating North
As the Texas and national film industry feels the burn of runaway production, many agree with one directive: Blame Canada.
Screens Story  October 4, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Film Reviews
News Story  November 17, 1995
"...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)..."

Emily Hagins' Unsucky Movie Career
Austin's zombie girl taps into vamps for her third feature
Screens Story  August 6, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...That's Austin-based teen filmmaker Emily Hagins' video pitch for her third feature film, as posted on the independent film-funding platform. IndieGoGo, similar to other new-paradigm funding websites such as the equally popular, 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..."

Texas Treasures
Moody Anderson and His Western Warehouse
Screens Story  November 3, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Fall Film Previews
Screens Story  September 11, 1998
"...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..."

Godzilla vs. the Green Screen
Austin special effects artists can kill you with a squib or with a CGI bullet hit, gore it up with pig entrails or digitally composited blood, and create just about anything you can imagine with their bare hands or software. Does the industry need both?
Screens Story  April 22, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Film News
Film News eyes the horizon for another Spy Kids installment
Screens Column  July 17, 2009, by Joe O'Connell
"...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..."

Carpenter's Apprentice
Robert Rodriguez on "Planet Terror"
Screens Story  April 6, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Waters' Edge
Screens Story  August 26, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

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