Justin Simien’s flip and hip satire “Dear White People.” Here’s a race-based/race-baiting comedy that tackles issues of identity and sensitivity head on, a debut film that brashly borrows from a few early Spike Lee movies and updates them in a story of a college campus where somebody figures “Unleash Your Inner Negro” is a good idea for a white frat house Halloween party.
Austin director David Gordon Green is getting a distribution deal for his latest movie, “Manglehorn,”with IFC Films.
The film stars Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine and Chris Messina. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Pacino plays a locksmith who still mourns losing the love of his life, but develops a friendship with a kind woman, played by Hunter.
Green’s previous movies include “Pineapple Express” and “Prince Avalanche.”
The Austin Film Festival has added more movies to its lineup.
Two late additions to the festival are marquee screenings of “By the Gun,” a crime drama starring Harvey Keitel and directed by James Mottern, at 9:20 p.m. Friday at the Paramount; and “Miss Julie,” written and directed by Liv Ullmann, at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paramount.
The festival also said Tuesday that a mystery screening will be held at 8:45 p.m. Friday at the Galaxy Highland.
The Film and Food Party kicks off the festival Wednesday, with “The Humbling” opening the fest on Thursday.
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L.M. “Kit” Carson, the influential Texas filmmaker, has died at the age of 73.
Born in Dallas, Carson was the creative force behind the film “David Holzman’s Diary,” which helped give birth to the mockumentary. He also co-wrote the script for Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas.”
His many other achievements are detailed by Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Morning News. To read it, go here.