'Honeydripper' Drops on Austin
This week marks two occasions to catch John Sayles' latest close lens on the American experience
He's taken on race relations, bad land deals, a coal-miner strike, and crooked cops in Texas' borderland. John Sayles, perhaps our most exacting chronicler of the American experience, now visits 1950s Alabama, where the blues bumps heads with the advent of rock & roll, in his latest, Honeydripper. (See "'Honeydripper' Blues," for an interview with Honeydripper star and local musician Gary Clark Jr.) This week marks two occasions to check out the film the National Board of Review named as one of the top independent releases of 2007: The Austin Film Society hosts the Austin premiere at the Paramount (713 Congress) on Jan. 22, followed by a musical showcase at the Continental Club (1315 S. Congress); one day later, you can do it all over again at a screening and post-film performance at Antone's (213 W. Fifth).
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.austinfilm.org.