As the story goes Demme viewed a number of short films while visiting Austin in 1981. In October, he screened six of them at the Collective for Living Cinema in New York City.
The six films are newly restored and presented together for the first time since 1981. The collection is available for purchase through UT Press.
Special Features on this new exclusive dual-format collection include the introduction by Louis Black, Richard Linklater and Jonathan Demme from the collection’s 2015 SXSW screening, the post-screening Q&A with Black, Demme, Mark Rance and the “Made in Texas filmmakers and a booklet featuring a foreword and program notes by Louis Black, a 1982 essay by Demme and archival images.
The anthology includes: “Invasion of the Aluminum People (super 8mm, 30 minutes) by David Boone, “Leonardo, jr (16 mm, 7 minutes) by Lorrie Oshatz, “Death of a Rock Star (12 minutes, 16mm) by Tom Huckabee and Will Van Overbeek, “Fair Sisters” (16 mm, 7 minutes) by Missy Boswell, Edward Lowry and Louis Black, “Mask of Sarnath” (16 mm, 20 minutes) by Neil Ruttenberg and “Speed of Light” (16 mm, 30 minutes) by Brian Hansen.
It’s an essential document of Austin film.