SXSW Trailer Fest

And you will know us by the trail of laughs

SXSW Trailer Fest

There was a reason to settle into your seat early at this year's SXSW Film Festival, one far more compelling than a few extra moments to snack, schmooze, and star gaze: the trailers, man. You didn't want to miss the trailers. A series of six film shorts by collaborators Dan Brown, Mike Mitchell, and Kent Osborne, the SXSW 02 trailers were 60-second promos that ricocheted from bone-dry witty to surly to surreal, all set at a fictional Austin slop shop, the Burger Hut ("Beef of the Stars"). They starred Osborne and one chain-smoking, carrot-topped puppet named Jimmy, and they were damned funny. Lonesome for the boys at Burger Hut? Weep no more -- they can be found at the SXSW Web site at Not only can you get your chuckles on over and over again, but you can also glean inspiration: The Austin Cinemaker Co-op and SXSW are calling for 45-second trailers, shot exclusively on Super 8, hyping next year's film fest. Entries are due by 5pm on Friday, June 21; films will be screened by a jury and then shown publicly later in June. There's no entry fee, but you do have to be a Co-op member ... which means now's the perfect time to join. For SXSW Trailer Fest rules and/or more info, trot on over to, e-mail, or call 236-8877. Now you too can peddle beef to the stars.

Keep up with all our SXSW coverage at Sign up for our South By-specific newsletter at for news, reviews, and previews delivered to your inbox every day of the Fest. And for the latest tweets, follow @ChronSXSW.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Screens Reviews
SXSW Film Reviews: 'Lunarcy!'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

Wayne Alan Brenner, March 15, 2013

SXSW Film Reviews: 'The Punk Syndrome'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

Patrick Courtney, March 15, 2013


SXSW Trailer Fest, Dan Brown, Mike Mitchell, Kent Osborne, Austin Cinemaker Co-op

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle