Party at Pedazo, Access granted awards, and 'Dear Pillow' living the dream: Read all about it all!
Chunk Funk Redux Dept.: If your busy summer social schedule for the evening of Friday, July 2 is still awaiting adventure, excitement, and plenty of beer, you could do worse than to head over to Pedazo Chunk World Headquarters (2009 S. First) around 6pm. That's when the Little Code-Free Video Store That Could is kicking off their third anniversary party, with owners Dannie and José "Lobo" Ramirez pulling out all stops with free surprise screenings, bands and kegs on their swell back deck overlooking verdant (and soggy) Bouldin Creek, and enough bizarre film geekery to get you arrested in several bordering states. More info at: www.pedazochunk.com.
Pillow Talk Redux Dept.: Bryan Poyser and Jake Vaughn's Dear Pillow has snagged the top narrative feature prize at the 2004 Atlanta Film Festival. The film, which coincidentally stars Rusty Kelley, of last issue's "The Kids Stay in the Pictures: How Teenage Wunderkinds Are Keeping the Year-Old Motion Media Arts Center Young at Heart" (June 25), is still lacking distro despite a relatively high-profile run that began with this past winter's Slamdance Film Festival out in Park City and more recently nailed the Best Feature prize at the Boston Underground Film Festival, although a summer run at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is in the offing. More info? Good lord, yes, please: www.dearpillow.com.
Leftist Politics Are Good for Your Doc Dept.: At the same time Michael Moore's new Fahrenheit 9/11 was clobbering the competition to become the highest-grossing (first weekend) documentary film ever released, two local doc filmmakers were seeing their own work honored over at ACTV's 2004 Austin Video Awards ceremony Pam Thompson and Stefan Wray took home awards in the Community Affairs category, with Thompson's half-hour "Howard Dean at Saltillo Plaza" picking up first place, and Wray's "Bring Them Home Now," nabbing second. Congrats to both revolution-fomenting filmmakers, as well as to first-place winners Ron Wilson (Travelin' Light, Arts & Culture), Joseph Fotinos (Professor Griffin's Midnight Shadow Show, Entertainment), Jeremy Valencia (Regeneration TV Show's "World Evangelism," Inspirational; and "The Passion," Live), André Meadows (TV Junkies, Variety and First Effort), and Cindy Schwake (Performance Austin: No. 7, Music). For more on the ceremony and the winners, see www.austinaccess.com.
Imperfection Correction Dept.: Finally, last week's column misidentified Pedazo Chunk neighbors Steadfast Tattoos (2101 S. First) as Perfection Tattoo (4205 Guadalupe), when, of course, it was the other way around. Ink-stained apologies abound.