at AFS Cinema
"...They love what they love passionately. But sometimes that love becomes transgressive, and that's the first bloody motivation in "Don't Ever Change," the latest gore-and-giggles short from Austin filmmaker Don Swaynos..."
"...We received a note from filmmaker Don Swaynos the other day. Speaking of his new feature Pictures of Superheroes, he writes, "I sort of accidentally released a teaser trailer online yesterday." We love Swaynos and the whole Jollyville Pictures team, so his "whoops!" is our "cool!"..."
"...We caught subtle references to the film's local horror forerunners, chief among them Tobe Hopper's seminal exploration of unhappy family dynamics The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Saturday Morning Nightmare may be billed as a comic chiller, but it doesn't skimp on the red stuff, and the hackle-raising tag-team work of cinematographer Drew Daniels and cutter Don Swaynos makes for a comedy of terrors..."
"...Colleagues like Cortlund, Halperin, Egerton, and Don Swaynos have emerged as fellow genre experimentalists. Says Egerton, who also co-wrote the 2016 slasher The Axe Murders of Villisca (now on Netflix), "for a lot of indie filmmakers that I know, making horror is a blast ....."
"...Though Pit Stop was widely acclaimed, Tan still sees room for improvement, and the panel will give him a key space to explain why. As a Malaysian-born, queer-identifying director, he said he feels that "what happens behind closed doors, the conversations that are happening between the people who really make decisions" make things "hard for everybody." His Dallas-shot short film, "The Outfit," which he co-wrote with Don Swaynos and which OUTsider will show at Salvage Vanguard, mocks the closed-door discrimination perpetuated by politicians, executives, and money-people..."
"...It's a relatively gorgeous weekday afternoon, and I'm sitting in Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe with Dano Johnson and Don Swaynos; along with director Tate English and actor T. Lynn Mikeska, they make up the whole of the Jollyville Pictures collective..."
"...Don Swaynos has been a busy guy. Since we last wrote about him and the Jollyville Pictures filmmaking collective in 2009 ("Three Guys, a Girl, and a Dog Named Friday," Dec..."
"...Robert Zemeckis’ return to live-action drama, Flight, will serve as AFF’s Centerpiece Film (scroll down for the trailer; it’s a knockout). Other notable inclusions in the early slate: UT alum Todd Berger’s comedy It’s a Disaster, which just got picked up for distribution by Oscilloscope; new works from Austin directors Don Swaynos (Pictures of Superheroes) and T.C..."
"...18-25) announced their first wave of programming, including Centerpiece Film Flight, which stars Denzel Washington and marks director Robert Zemeckis' return to live-action drama after a decade almost entirely devoted to motion-capture family films (A Christmas Carol, Polar Express). Also of interest: the world premiere of Austin filmmaker Don Swaynos' comedy Pictures of Superheroes, teeming with this town's funnypeople elite (John Merriman, Kerri Lendo, Byron Brown, Shannon McCormick, Chris Doubek); University of Texas alum Todd Berger's comedy It's a Disaster, starring Julia Stiles, America Ferrera, and David Cross (and recently picked up for distribution by Oscilloscope); and Austin documentarian T.C..."
"...New Yorkers have two chances to see Merriman on the big screen this weekend: Yen Tan's Pit Stop plays Lincoln Center on Saturday and Don Swaynos' Pictures of Superheroes screens at the Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn on Sunday. Locally, he'll be appearing at Cap City Comedy's Laugh Dammit live-game show night on Sept..."
"...So, after nearly three decades boxed in an East Texas barn, Jungle Trap sees the screen, with a finalized edit by Austin filmmaker Don Swaynos, and a new synthesizer soundtrack by Choi and Ziemba, all approved by Bryan. "That's what's exciting about Bleeding Skull!," the director said..."
"...The list of previous recipients is a who's who of local talent: Keith Maitland's Tower, Clay Liford's Slash, Steve Mims' Starving the Beast, Andrew Bujalski's Results, Berndt Mader's Booger Red, Carleton Ranney's Jackrabbit - and that's just the 2014 recipients. Over two decades since its establishment, mainstays of Austin and Texas filmmaking, including the Zellner Bros., Kat Candler, Bob Byington, Bryan Poyser, Kyle Henry, Duane Graves, Heather Courtney, Don Swaynos, and PJ Raval, have all benefited from the program...."
"...The original underground cult oddity Beaver Trilogy is a bizarre experimental tale of an Olivia Newton John obsessive from Beaver, Utah, which is then retold in character by Sean Penn and Crispin Glover. This followup was produced by locals Don Swaynos (Pictures of Superheroes) and Kelly Williams (Hellion)...."
"...BAD PARENTS - Caytha Jenkins (Writer/Director) THE BITTER BUDDHA - Steven Feinartz (Director) EX-GIRLFRIENDS - Alexander Poe (Writer/Director) - World Premiere; Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter") in attendance THE EXQUISITE CORPSE PROJECT - Adam Conover, Chioke Nassor, Dave Segal, Joel Clark, Raphael Bob-Waksberg (Writers), Ben Popik (Director) LAST MAN(S) ON EARTH - Aaron Hultgren (Writer/Director) MISSED CONNECTIONS - Kenny Stevenson (Writer), Eric Kissack (Director) THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! - Negin Farsad, Dean Obeidallah (Directors) PICTURES OF SUPERHEROES - Don Swaynos (Writer/Director) - World Premiere..."
"...“American Widow Project” (USA, 73 min.) Directors: Taryn Davis, Don Swaynos World Premiere..."
"...American Widow Project (D: Don Swaynos & Taryn Davis, feature documentary)..."
"...Filmmakers Steve Metze and Don Swaynos will be in attendance at a special Austin Film Festival sponsored screening of Year at Danger (Danger was the name of Metze's basecamp in Iraq) on Thursday, June 12, 7:30pm at the Regal Arbor Cinema (9828 Great Hills Trail). The event is free for AFF members and $4 for the general public..."