Austin filmmaking reasserted itself in dramatic fashion Saturday night when River City actor/writer/director Macon Blair’s “I don’t feel at home in this world anymore” took the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for U.S. feature. It is Blair’s directorial debut.
Blair, a native of Northern Virginia, directed Austinite Elijah Wood, Melanie Lynskey (“Togetherness”) and former Austin resident/Scratch Acid/Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow (whose acting career seems to be growing by the second) in the thriller about a burglarized woman who tries to track down the thieves and finds herself over her head. Blair shot the film last year in Portland, Ore.
Blair can be seen in a small role in Stephan Gaghan’s “Gold” with Matthew McConaughey and was terrific in a very hard part in the last year’s terrifying “Green Room,” which was directed by Blair’s longtime friend and collaborator Jeremy Saulnier, who also directed Blair in the well-regarded “Blue Ruin.”
“I don’t feel at home in this world anymore” will be available Feb. 24 on Netflix.
Check out the full list of Sundance winners here.