Lost Marbles Found

Beef & Pie doc reborn for the app age

Lost Marbles Found

As the age-old adage goes, there's an app for that. Even for resurrecting short documentaries. Case in point: "Life Is Marbleous!," a short documentary that would likely be sitting in the storage shed at the production offices of Beef & Pie if not for the app treatment. B&P has captured quirky characters over the years with films like "Something's Brewin' in Shiner" and "Growin' a Beard." One of its lesser-known creations, the aforementioned doc about the Marble Queen and the lost art of flicking glass spheres, premiered at South by Southwest in 2007 and didn't go much further. Expecting a spike in publicity with its soon-to-be nationally released full-length doc Man on a Mission, which follows local video-game legend Richard Garriott into space, Beef & Pie decided to use the services of design firm Bohemian Innovation and gussy up the forgotten but charming "Marbleous!" with a 99-cent app that combines the joy of marbles, an Austin-centric soundtrack, and the added incentive of getting a free digital copy of the film with completion of the game. If you can't finish the task (a feat I couldn't complete despite 200-odd attempts) you can always purchase the film for another measly buck. That's a whole lot of media for your smartphone and a local-biz- supporting smorgasbord to boot.

See www.bohemianinnovation.com/marbleous.html for more.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 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
Austin Artist Brings Gamera to Vibrant Life in a New Box Set
Austin Artist Brings Gamera to Vibrant Life in a New Box Set
Matt Frank builds the perfect monster

Richard Whittaker, Aug. 28, 2020

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

Wayne Alan Brenner, March 15, 2013

More by James Renovitch
The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival Winners 2023
The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival Winners 2023
The people and critics have chosen the best of the fest

Sept. 10, 2023

2022/2023 Austin Music Awards Winners
2022/2023 Austin Music Awards Winners
You voted – here's Austin's favorite artists, albums, and more

Feb. 26, 2023


Life Is Marbleous, Beef & Pie, Bohemian Innovation, Man on a Mission

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

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