Your Paramount Summer Classic Film Series is here!

“Bonnie & Clyde!” “To Kill a Mockingbird!” “Saturday Night Fever!” “My Cousin Vinny!” (Yes, “My Cousin Vinny.”)

“Bonnie and Clyde”

All are part of the 2017 Paramount Summer Classic Film Series, which kicks off May 25 and closes out Sept. 2. Film tickets are on sale now at

This year’s Series kicks off with a 75th anniversary screening of “Casablanca” May 25 and a 20th anniversary of “Titanic” May 26.

Look for a 50th anniversary presentation of “Bonnie & Clyde,” a 55th anniversary look at “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a 40th anniversary run of “Saturday Night Fever” and 25th anniversary screening of “My Cousin Vinny” followed by a Q&A with the screenwriter Dale Launer.

Brand-new restorations of “The Graduate,” Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” “The Lion in Winter” starring Peter O’Toole (whose stuff is now at the Ransom Center) and Katharine Hepburn (whose stuff is not), and “The Awful Truth” starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are also included in this year’s lineup.

The Family Film sub-Festival will have discounted pricing for kids. Films include the occasionally terrifying, totally brilliant “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” June 17, “The Sound of Music” June 24 and “The Parent Trap” Aug. 13.

Classic romances including “The Philadelphia Story” (one of the best movies of all time), “An American in Paris” and “Roman Holiday” will play at the Paramount in July Look for a double-feature of “Harold and Maude” and “Raising Arizona” July 21.

The popular Martinis & Manicures will return this year with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Clueless,” with martinis and manicures before the show goes on.

Additionally, Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam will return to the Theatre this year to host a special screening of present of the under-seen 70s gem “Fat City.”

Hitchcock Week kicks off August 22 and includes screenings of “Psycho,” “Strangers on a Train,” “The Birds” and more.

Additionally, Austin’s own Graham Reynolds will compose a brand-new score for Alfred Hitchcock’s silent masterpiece “The Lodger” and perform it live with our screening of the film on August 27.

Starting August 29, the Series celebrates the West with screenings of “Red River,” “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,” “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “Giant.”

The Summer Classic Film Series will draw to a close with everyone’s favorite romance “Gone with the Wind” Sept. 2.

Other pre-film activities include an “Anything for Selinas” happy hour featuring live music by Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda prior to the 20thAnniversary screening of “Selena,” a pie auction and live music by Devin Jake before “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” a performance by Weldon Henson before “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,” a Dress for Success clothing drive before “Working Girl” and “9 to 5,” various themed photo booths and so much more. Plus, every Tuesday will be $2 Tuesdays with sodas and Lone Star beers just $2 during the films.

Additionally, Capital Metro will be hosting monthly Transit Adventure Nights at this summer’s Film Series. Riders will receive a free Commuter Pass, film ticket, and popcorn.

Check out the full slate here.

Gender identity, moonlight towers and the almighty ‘Inherent Vice’ in this week’s special screenings

“Don’t Call Me Son.” Brazilian writer and director Anna Muylaert delivers this darkly comic character study about a 17-year-old exploring his gender identity to his family. The Austin Film Society is co-presenting the film with the Austin Gay and International Film Festival. 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. $7-$10. Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock, 1800 Congress Ave.

Joaquin Phoenix in “Inherent Vice.” How can you not love that face?

“Inherent Vice” in 70mm. Man alive, I loved “Inherent Vice.”  Still love it. Still pretty sure it stands easily with Paul Thomas Anderson’s other works. Audiences, however, did not.  They stayed away in droves — it made only $8 million, which was half as much as “The Master” (which itself made less than half of “There Will Be Blood,” still Anderson’s highest grossing picture). Give yourself over to its shaggy-dog rhythms and it will delight, especially in opulent 70mm. 6 p.m. Sunday. 6:45 p.m. Monday. Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. 320 East Sixth St.

“Last of the Moonlight Towers.” The Austin History Center is hosting a special screening of this doc about one of Austin’s most celebrated landmarks and how the city became a refuge for these structures. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 810 Guadalupe St.

“Command and Control.” Director Richard Linklater and author Eric Schlosser will be in attendance at the screening of this new documentary film based on Schlosser’s book of the same name, about the 1980 accident in an Arkansas missile silo that nearly caused a nuclear catastrophe. 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. $7-$10. Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock, 1800 Congress Ave.

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The Paramount Theatre announces Summer Classic Film lineup; goes digital

It’s repertory season, also known as summer, which means the lineup for the 2016 Summer Classic film series at the Paramount and Stateside Theatres is out now.

2016 marks 41 years of Paramount’s signature classic films series, which goes from May 26 through September 4. Film tickets are on sale now at

This year, the Paramount unveils a new digital projection system, new sound system and  new screen (they will retain the capacity to screen 35mm and 70mm prints whenever available).

Before the series formally starts, look for the “Bridesmaids” Pub Run May 24. There will be booze and then a screening of Paul Feig’s modern comedy classic.

MPW-11602This year’s series once again kicks-off with Michael Curtiz’s “Casablanca” as the opening night film with screenings May 26 and 27.

The popular Martinis & Manicures event returns July 10 with, as one might imagine, martinis and manicures before a screening of Steven Soderbergh’s “Magic Mike.”

Additionally, Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam (a former Dripping Springs resident who moved to North Carolina in 2014) will return July 22 for a special screening of Austin filmmaker Andrew Bujalski’s”Computer Chess.”

There are a whole mess of anniversary screenings this year.

Look for 75th anniversary presentations of the 1941 classics “The Maltese Falcon” and “Citizen Kane” as well as the 100th anniversary of  D.W. Griffiths’ “Intolerance,” the 80th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s still-perfect “Modern Times,” and the 95th anniversary of Chaplin’s “The Kid,” which screen in a new digital restoration.

Also look for the 50th anniversary of Sergio Leone‘s “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” and Mike Nichols’ “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” the 20th anniversary of the Coen brothers’ “Fargo” and Baz Luhrmann’s  “Romeo + Juliet.”

The Family Film Festival series kicks off with a double feature of Joe Pytka’s “Space Jam” and Michael Pressman’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze” on June 5, and a special 50th anniversary screening of Les Martinson’s “Batman: The Movie” (aka Batman ’66), July 30.

To celebrate the end of primary season, expect the Leo McCarey’s Marx brothers movie “Duck Soup,” Alan J Pakula’s “All the President’s Men,” John Fankenheimer’s “The Manchurian Candidate” and more.

There are musicals and science-fiction, foreign films and  “Grease” sing-along. In late August, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean will be feted with screenings of Howard Hawks’ “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot,” Elia Kazan’s “East of Eden,” Nicholas Ray’s “Rebel Without a Cause” and George Stevens’ “Giant” (the latter turns 60 this year).  The Summer Classic Film Series closes Sept. 4 with “Gone with the Wind.”

There are a couple of ticketing options.

Tickets are available online, by phone, or at Paramount Box Office.  General Admission is  $12, Film Fan Admission is $7. The Film Fan program involves free admission to two member parties, reserved seating, discounted tickets and more. Full details available online at

The Flix Tix program gives you a book of 10 admissions, good in any combination to the Paramount’s Summer Classic Film Series for only $60 ($50 for Film Fans).


Here is a the full slate.  Films screening at the Paramount will be marked with a (P), while films screening at Stateside will be marked with a (S). DCP means the print is digital.


(P) “Casablanca” (1942, 102min/b&w, 35mm)  7pm Thurs 5/26, 9pm Fri 5/27.

(P) “The Maltese Falcon” (1941, 100min/b&w, DCP)  Directed by John Huston. 9pm Thurs 5/26, 7pm Fri 5/27.

(P) “The Third Man” (1949, 104min/b&w, DCP) Directed by Carol Reed. 3pm Sat 5/28, 4:15pm Sun 5/29.

(P) “Citizen Kane” (1941, 119min/b&w, 35mm) Directed by Orson Welles. 5pm Sat 5/28, 2pm Sun 5/29.

(P) “The Thin Man” (1934, 93min/b&w, 35mm)  Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. 7pm Tues 5/31.

8be67ff49a859cf843760b167c5b7bc5(P) “Cabaret” (1972, 124min/color, DCP) Directed by Bob Fosse.  8:50pm Tues 5/31.

(P) “Labyrinth” (1986, 102min/color, 35mm) Directed by Jim Henson. 7pm Thurs 6/2.

(P) “Purple Rain” (1984, 111min/color, DCP) Directed by Albert Magnoli. 9pm Thurs 6/2.

(P) “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964, 94min/b&w, DCP) Directed by Stanley Kubrick. 7pm Fri 6/3.

(P) “The Shining” (1980, 144min/color, 35mm) Directed by Stanley Kubrick. 8:55pm Fri 6/3.

(P) “Space Jam” (1996, 88min/color, DCP) Directed by Joe Pytka. 2pm Sun 6/5.

(P) “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze” (1991, 90min/color, 35mm) Directed by Michael Pressman. 3:45pm Sun 6/5.

(P) “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939, 129min/b&w, DCP) Directed by Frank Capra. 7pm Tues 6/7, 8:25pm Wed 6/8.

(P) “Duck Soup” (1933, 70min/b&w, 35mm) Directed by Leo McCarey. 9:25pm Tues 6/7, 7pm Wed 6/8.duck_soup_xlg

(S) “All the President’s Men” (1976, 139min/color, DCP) Directed by Alan J. Pakula. 7pm Thurs 6/9.

(P) “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962, 126min/b&w, DCP)  2:45pm Sun 6/12.

(P) “The Great Dictator” (1940, 126min/b&w, 35mm) Directed by Charlie Chaplin. 5:05pm Sun 6/12.

(P) “Dumbo” (1941, 64min/color, DCP) Directed by Ben Sharpsteen. 1pm Sun 6/12.

(P) “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962, 123min/b&w, 35mm) Directed by John Ford. 7pm Mon 6/13, 9:15pm Tues 6/14.

(P) “The Searchers” (1956, 119min/color, 35mm) Directed by John Ford.  9:20pm Mon 6/13, 7pm Tues 6/14.

(P) “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” (1966, 179min/color, DCP) Directed by Sergio Leone. 7pm Wed 6/15.

(P) “Shane” (1953, 118min/color, DCP) Directed by George Stevens. 7pm Thurs 6/16.

(P) “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969, 110min/color, DCP) Directed by George Roy Hill.  9:15pm Thurs 6/16.

Stagecoach_US_half2(S) “Stagecoach” (1939, 96min/b&w, DCP) Directed by John Ford.  7pm Fri 6/17.

(S) “High Noon” (1952, 85min/b&w, DCP) Directed by Fred Zinnemann. 8:55pm Fri 6/17.

(S) “A Little Princess” (1995, 97min/color, digital) Directed by Alfonso Cuaron.  1pm Sat 6/18.

(S) “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975, 133min/color, DCP) Directed by Milos Forman.  3:15pm Sat 6/18, 4:35pm Sun 6/19.

(S) “A Clockwork Orange” (1971, 136min/color, DCP) Directed by Stanley Kubrick.  7pm Sat 6/18, 2pm Sun 6/19.

(P) “All About Eve” (1950, 138min/b&w, 35mm) Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.   7pm Tues 6/21, 9:05pm Wed 6/22.full.allabouteve-24623__58879.1462509140.360.360

(P) “Double Indemnity” (1944, 107min/b&w, DCP) Directed by Billy Wilder. 9:35pm Tues Tues 6/21, 7pm Wed 6/22.

(S) “Laura” (1944, 88min/b&w, DCP) Directed by Otto Preminger. 7pm Thurs 6/23.

(S) “Fargo” (1996, 98min/color, DCP) Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. 8:45pm Thurs 6/23.

(P) “Blazing Saddles” (1974, 95min/color, DCP) 7pm Fri 6/24.

(P) “This Is Spinal Tap” (1984, 82min/color, DCP) 8:50pm Fri 6/24.

(P) “The Godfather” (1972, 177min/color, DCP)  Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.   3pm Sat 6/25.

Adventures_of_Robin_Hood_(1938) 1xs(P) “The Godfather Part II” (1974, 200min/color, DCP) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 7 pm Sat 6/25.

(P) “Ben-Hur” (1959, 212min/color, DCP) Directed by William Wyler.  3:30pm Sun 6/26.

(P) “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938, 102min/color, 35mm) Directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley. 1pm Sun 6/26.

(P) “Intolerance” (1916, 170min/b&w/silent w/English intertitles, DCP) Directed by D.W. Griffith. 7pm Tues 6/28.

(P) “Modern Times” (1936, 87min/b&w/silent w/English intertitles, 35mm) Directed by Charlie Chaplin. 7pm Wed 6/29.

(P) “The Kid” (1921, 53min/b&w/silent w/English intertitles, DCP) Directed by Charlie Chaplin. 8:45pm Wed 6/29.

(P) “Oklahoma!” (1955, 145min/color, DCP) Directed by Fred Zinnemann. 7pm Tues 7/5.

(P) “The King and I” (1956, 133min/color, DCP) Directed by Walter Lang. 7pm Wed 7/6.timthumb

(P) “Gigi” (1958, 115min/color, DCP) Directed by Vincente Minnelli. 7pm Thurs 7/7.

(P) “Moulin Rouge!” (2001, 127min/color, DCP) Directed by Baz Luhrmann. 9:15pm Thurs 7/7.

(P) “Dirty Dancing” (1987, 100min/color, DCP) Directed by Emile Ardolino. 7pm Fri 7/8.

(P) “Flashdance” (1983, 95min/color, 35mm) Director by Adrian Lyne 8:55pm Fri 7/8.

(P) “The Sound of Music” (1965, 174min/color, DCP) Directed by Robert Wise. 3pm Sat 7/9.

(P) “Grease” (1978, 110min/color, DCP) Directed by Randal Kleiser. 7pm Sat 7/9.

(P) “Magic Mike” (2012, 110min/color, DCP) Directed by Steven Soderbergh. 2pm, 6pm Sun 7/10.

(P) “Metropolis” (1927, 148min/b&w/silent w/English intertitles, DCP) 7pm Tues 7/12.

ThingPoster(P) “The Thing” (1982, 109min/color, 35mm) Directed by John Carpenter. 7pm Wed 7/13, 9:15pm Thurs 7/14.

(P) “Blade Runner” (1982, 118min/color, DCP) Directed by Ridley Scott. 9:05pm Wed 7/13, 7pm Thurs 7/14.

(P) “The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001, 228min/color, DCP) Directed by Peter Jackson. 7pm Fri 7/15.

(P) “The Two Towers” (2002, 235min/color, DCP) Directed by Peter Jackson. 2pm Sat 7/16.

(P) “The Return of the King” (2003, 263min/color, DCP) Directed by Peter Jackson. 2pm Sun 7/17.

(P) ”Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986, 106min/color, 35mm) Directed by Woody Allen. 7pm Tues 7/19, 8:50pm Wed 7/20.

(P) “Annie Hall” (1977, 93min/color, 35mm) Directed by Woody Allen. 9:05pm Tues 7/19, 7pm Wed 7/20.

(P) “The Graduate” (1967, 106min/color, DCP) Directed by Mike Nichols. 7pm Thurs 7/21.Original_movie_poster_for_the_film_Who's_Afraid_of_Virginia_Woolf-

(P) “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966, 131min/b&w, 35mm) Directed by Mike Nichols. 9:05pm Thurs 7/21.

(S) “M*A*S*H” (1970, 116min/color, DCP) Directed by Robert Altman. 2pm Sun 7/24

(S) “Nashville” (1975, 159min/color, DCP) Directed by Robert Altman. 4:15pm Sun 7/24.

(P) “Computer Chess” (2013, 93min/b&w, DCP) Directed by Andrew Bujalski. 7pm Fri 7/22.

(P) “Adaptation” (2002, 115min/color, 35mm) Directed by Spike Jonze. 7pm Tues 7/26.

(P) “BBill_&_Tedarton Fink” (1991, 116min/color, 35mm) Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen  9:10pm Tues 7/26.

(P) “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975, 91min/color, DCP) Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. 7pm Wed 7/27, 8:45pm Thurs 7/28.

(P) “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (1989, 90min/color, DCP) Directed by Stephen Herek. 8:50pm Wed 7/27, 7pm Thurs 7/28.

(S) “Hoop Dreams” (1994, 172min/color, DCP) Directed by Steve James. 7pm Fri 7/29.

(P) “Batman: The Movie” (1966, 105min/color, 35mm) Directed by Leslie H. Martinson. 2pm Sat 7/30.

(P) “Goodfellas” (1990, 145min/color, DCP) Directed by Martin Scorsese. 3:30pm Sat 7/30, 6:55pm Sun 7/31.

(P) “Reservoir Dogs” (1992, 99min/color, DCP) Directed by Quentin Tarantino. 6:10pm Sat 7/30, 5pm Sun 7/31.

(P) “The Age of Innocence” (1993, 139min/color, DCP) Directed by Martin Scorsese. 7pm Tues 8/2.

(P) “Romeo + Juliet” (1996, 120min/color, DCP) Directed by Baz Luhrmann. 7pm Wed 8/3.Orlando_film_poster

(P) “Orlando” (1992, 94min/color, 35mm) Directed by Sally Potter. 9:15pm Wed 8/3.

(P) “The Italian Job” (1969, 99min/color, DCP) Directed by Peter Collinson. 7pm Thurs 8/4, 9:20pm Fri 8/5.

(P) “How to Steal a Million” (1966, 123min/color, DCP) Directed by William Wyler. 8:55pm Thurs 8/4, 7pm Fri 8/5.

(P) “Aladdin” (1992, 91min/color, DCP) Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. 1pm Sat 8/6.

(P) “Jaws” (1975, 124min/color, DCP) Directed by Steven Spielberg. 3:15pm Sat 8/6, 4:30pm Sun 8/7.

(P) “Jurassic Park” (1993, 127min/color, DCP) Directed by Steven Spielberg. 5:30pm Sat 8/6, 2pm Sun 8/7.

Persona_Poster(P) “Persona” (1966, 84min/b&w/Swedish w/ English subtitles, 35mm) Directed by Ingmar Bergman. 7pm Tues 8/9.

(P) “Blow-Up” (1966, 110min/color, DCP) Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. 8:40pm Tues 8/9.

(P) ”Beauty and the Beast” (1946, 93min/b&w/French w/ English subtitles, 35mm) Directed by Jean Cocteau.7pm Wed 8/10, 9:30pm Thurs 8/11.

(P) “The Red Shoes” (1948, 133min/color, 35mm) Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. 8:50pm Wed 8/10, 7pm Thurs 8/11.

(S) “Ran” (1985, 162min/color/Japanese w/English subtitles, DCP) Directed by Akira Kurosawa. 3:45pm Sun 8/14.

(P) “Annie” (1982, 128min/color, DCP) Directed by John Huston. 1pm Sun 8/14.

(P) “The 39 Steps” (1935, 86min/b&w, DCP) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 7pm Tues 8/16, 9:15pm Wed 8/17.

(P) “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956, 120min/color, 35mm) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 8:45pm Tues 8/16, 7pm Wed 8/17.

(S) “Notorious” (1946, 101min/b&w, digital) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 7:15pm Tues 8/16, 9:10 pm Wed 8/17.

(S) “The Lady Vanishes” (1938, 97min/b&w, DCP) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 9:15pm Tues 8/16, 7:15 pm Wed 8/17.Strangers_on_a_Train_(film)

(P) “Strangers on a Train” (1951, 101min/b&w, 35mm) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 7pm Thurs 8/18, 9 pm Fri 8/19.

(P) “Suspicion” (1941, 99min/b&w, 35mm) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. T9:00pm Thurs 8/18, 7pm Fri 8/19.

(P) “Rear Window” (1954, 112min/color, 35mm) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 4pm Sat 8/20, 4pm Sun 8/21.

(P) “Psycho” (1960, 109min/b&w, 35mm) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 6:05pm Sat 8/20, 2pm Sun 8/21.

(P) “Mary PoppinsIndiana_Jones_and_the_Last_Crusade_A” (1964, 140min/color, DCP) Directed by Robert Stevenson. 1pm Sat 8/20.

(P) “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968, 160min/color, 70mm) Directed by Stanley Kubrick. 7pm Tues 8/23, 7pm Wed 8/24.

(P) “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989, 127min/color, 70mm) Directed by Steven Spielberg. 7pm Thurs 8/25, 7pm Fri 8/26.

(P) “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962, 216min/color, 70mm) Directed by David Lean. 3pm Sat 8/27, 2pm Sun 8/28.

(P) “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953, 91min/color, DCP) Directed by Howard Hawks. 7pm Tues 8/30, 9:20pm Wed 8/31.

(P) “Some Like It Hot” (1959, 121min/b&w, DCP) Directed by Billy Wilder. 8:50pm Tues 8/30, 7pm Wed 8/31.

(P) “East of Eden” (1955, 115min/color, DCP) Directed by Elia Kazan.  7pm Thurs 9/1, 9:10pm Fri 9/2.338px-Kingkong33newposter

(P) “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955, 111min/color, DCP)  Directed by Nicholas Ray. 9:10pm Thurs 9/1, 7pm Fri 9/2.

(P) “Giant” (1956, 201min/color, DCP) Directed by George Stevens. 3:30pm Sat 9/3

(P) “King Kong” (1933, 104min/b&w, DCP) Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedstack. 1pm Sat 9/3.

(P) “Gone with the Wind” (1939, 238min/color, 35mm) Directed by Victor Fleming.

Doug Benson, “I Am a Hero,” Burt Reynolds, a restored “Phantasm” and more as SXSW announces final round of films

Burt Reynolds hosting “Smokey and the Bandit!” Manga zombies! Robert Klein!

The South by Southwest  Film Conference and Festival announced Tuesday the Midnighters, the 13 Festival Favorites, shorts programs and special events for the 23rd fest, which runs March 11-19.

They also threw in a few last-minute bookings in other categories for good measure.

Comedian Doug Benson (of “Doug Loves Movies” fame) and Master Pancake will celebrate St. Partick’s Day with a swing at “Leprechaun 4: In Space.”

Also look for a restored print of Eagle Pennell’s “Last Night at the Alamo as well as three nights of free film screenings outside the Long Center, screenings that are open to the public with free SXSW Guest Pass available at

  • A 10th anniversary screening March 12 of Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel’s LARP documentary “Darkon” paired with a 30th anniversary screening of John Heyn and Jeff Krulik still-brilliant “Heavy Metal Parking Lot”
  • Burt Reynolds introducing an outdoor screening off “Smokey and the Bandit” March 13
  • A “Family Night Under The Stars” with a screening of episodes from the brand-new Powerpuff Girls cartoon series March 14

The Midnighters (read: genre films —  thrillers, sci-fi and horror) will feature 12 films, including six world premieres.

As far as shorts go, SXSW programmers selected 114 short films from 4,784 submissions.  SXSW is an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards Short Film competition.

Winners of  Best Animated, Best Narrative and Best Documentary Short Film categories become eligible for Oscars, while British short film or British short animation that screens at SXSW is eligible for BAFTA nomination.

The jury awards ceremony is March 15 at the Paramount Theatre.Awards will be given for Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature and Design, along with a few special awards.

All feature film categories (except Special Events) will be eligible for category specific Audience Awards. Those will be announced March 20.

Here are the Midnighters:

“Carnage Park” Director/Screenwriter: Mickey Keating

The year is 1978. A team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert, where they find themselves in a harrowing fight for survival against a psychotic ex-military sniper. Cast: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Larry Fessenden, Graham Skipper, James Landry Hebert, Michael Villar

“Hush” Director: Mike Flanagan, Screenwriters: Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel

A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home. Cast: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan (World Premiere)

A still from "I Am A Hero"
A still from “I Am A Hero”

“I Am a Hero “ (Japan) Director: Shinsuke Sato, Screenwriter: Akiko Nogi

Japan’s first major zombie movie based on a blockbuster manga series! Cast: Yo Oizumi, Kasumi Arimura, Masami Nagasawa (U.S. Premiere)

“Jack Goes Home” Director/Screenwriter: Thomas Dekker

After his father is killed in a car crash, Jack travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother (who was injured in the crash) back to health. There, he uncovers long buried secrets and lies within his family, his friends and his very identity. Cast: Rory Culkin, Lin Shaye, Daveigh Chase, Natasha Lyonne, Louis Hunter, Nikki Reed, Britt Robertson (World Premiere)

“Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word” Director: Simon Rumley, Screenwriters: Ben Ketai, Marc Haimes, Tony Giglio

When a young man is executed for committing murder, he leaves behind a curse letter in which he promises to take vengeance on all those connected to his trial. Cast: Sean Patrick Flanery, Erin Cummings, Devin Bonne, Mike Doyle (World Premiere)

“My Father Die” Director/Screenwriter: Sean Brosnan

A young deaf boy avenges the death of his brother, and the killer happens to be his father. Cast: Joe Anderson, Gary Stretch, Candance Smith, Kevin Gage, John Schneider, Gabe White, Ross Britz, Michael Francis Murphy, William Mark McCullough, Frances Reagan James (World Premiere)

“Pet” Director: Carles Torrens, Screenwriter: Jeremy Slater

A lonely man fatefully reunites with a former high school classmate. When she spurns his advances, he takes her prisoner, only to find that she is not what she seems. Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Parsons, John Ross Bowie, Da’Vone McDonald, Janet Song (World Premiere)

“PHANTASM: Remastered” Director/Screenwriter: Don Coscarelli

Filmmaker J.J. Abrams and his company Bad Robot have undertaken a meticulous 4K restoration of writer/director Don Coscarelli’s beloved horror fan favorite about a young boy confronting the embodiment of death in the form of the sinister “Tall Man.” Cast: Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester

“Under the Shadow” (Jordan, Qatar, UK) Director/Screenwriter: Babak Anvari

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war torn Tehran of the 80s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home… Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Arash Marandi, Ray Haratian, Hamid Djavdan, Nabil Koni

“Untitled Fede Alvarez/ Ghost House Thriller” Director: Fede Alvarez, Screenwriters: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues

A group of teens break into a blind man’s home thinking they’ll get away with the perfect crime. They’re wrong. Cast: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang (World Premiere)

A few more Festival Favorites

“Cameraperson” Director: Kirsten Johnson

Exposing her role behind the camera, Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.

“Chevalier” (Greece) Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari, Screenwriters: Efthimis Filippou, Athina Rachel Tsangari

Six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game to compete. Things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. Cast: Yorgos Kentros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas

“Free In Deed” Director/Screenwriter: Jake Mahaffy

Free in Deed depicts one man’s attempts to perform a miracle when a single mother brings her young boy to church for healing. Cast: David Harewood, Edwina Findley, RaJay Chandler, Kathy Smith

“Gleason” Director: Clay Tweel, Screenwriters: Seth Gordon, Clay Tweel

At the age of 34, Steve Gleason was handed a death sentence. When doctors diagnosed him with ALS, they gave the former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero two to five years to live. So that is what Steve chose to do – LIVE.

“The Greasy Strangler” Director: Jim Hosking, Screenwriters: Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard

Ronnie runs a Disco walking tour with his son, Brayden. When a sexy woman takes the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her love. It also signals the arrival of an oily strangler who stalks the streets at night. Cast: Michael St Michaels, Elizabeth De Razzo, Sky Elobar, Joe Walters, Gil Gex, Abdoulaye NGom, Sam Dissanayake, Holland MacFallister

“Hunt For The Wilderpeople” (New Zealand) Director/Screenwriter: Taika Waititi

Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a defiant city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush, in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure from director Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows). Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley, Rhys Darby, Stan Walker, Cohen Holloway, Mike Minogue, Troy Kingi

“Morris from America” Director/Screenwriter: Chad Hartigan

Morris From America is an endearing, heartfelt coming-of-age comedy about Morris, a 13-year-old African-American boy who has just moved to Heidelberg, Germany with his caring but troubled single father. Cast: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri

“Newtown” Director: Kim A. Snyder

Newtown documents the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. A cast of characters within Newtown and beyond interconnect to weave an intimate story of trauma, grief and community resilience.

“Operation Avalanche” Director: Matt Johnson, Screenwriters: Matt Johnson, Josh Boles

In 1967, four undercover CIA agents were sent to NASA posing as a documentary film crew. What they discovered led to one of the biggest conspiracies in American history. Cast: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Josh Boles, Ray James

“Presenting Princess Shaw” (Israel) Director: Ido Haar

Presenting Princess Shaw is the true story of the incredible Princess Shaw and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her from the other side of the world.

“Richard Linklater – dream is destiny” Directors: Louis Black, Karen Bernstein

Richard Linklater – dream is destiny is a feature-length documentary on the filmmaker Richard Linklater and an unusual look at a fiercely independent film style that emerged from Austin, Texas in the 1990s.

“Sing Street” (USA/Ireland) Director/Screenwriter: John Carney

A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band and moving to London. Cast: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aidan Gillen, Mark McKenna, Maria Doyle Kennedy

“Trapped” Director: Dawn Porter, Screenwriters: Dawn Porter, Sari Gilman

Trapped follows the clinic workers, women, and lawyers on the frontlines of the battle as they fight to keep abortion safe and legal across the US for millions of poor and uninsured women caught in a political quagmire.

Two 24 Beats Per Second titles

“Robert Klein Can’t Stop Shaking His Leg” Director: Robert Klein

A hilarious and heartfelt look at the career and influence of comedy legend Robert Klein. (World Premiere)

“Sidemen – Long Road To Glory” Director: Scott Rosenbaum, Screenwriters: Scott Rosenbaum, Jasn Cadic

An intimate look at the lives and legacies of piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen. (World Premiere)

One more SXGlobal title:

“Semana Santa” (Mexico) Director/Screenwriter: Alejandra Márquez Abella

Dali and her 8-year-old son Pepe take a vacation with Dali’s boyfriend, Chavez. Instead of bringing them closer, their beach holiday brings out things in each of them that threaten to pull this emerging family apart. Cast: Anajosé Aldrete, Tenoch Huerta, Esteban Ávila (U.S. Premiere)

And one more Visions film:

“Boone” Director: Christopher LaMarca

A unique sensory and unsentimental peek beneath the veil of the Utopian dream of farming. Stripped of interviews with farmers or agricultural experts, a sense of time and place serve as a meditation on the gritty reality of three young goat farmers. (World Premiere)

And here are alll the shorts!



A selection of original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling.



Director/Screenwriter: Jay Rondot

A homespun cocaine dealer takes to social media to expand his operation, but things don’t go as planned. (World Premiere)


Boys (Sweden)

Director: Isabella Carbonel, Screenwriters: Isabella Carbonell, Babak Najafi

Markus is in an institution for young sex offenders. His only friend inside is the unpredictable and violent Tobias. (North American Premiere)


Crooked 180 (Netherlands)

Director/Screenwriter: Kevin Boitelle

A young skateboarders summer with endless possibilities and an approaching ending. (World Premiere)



Director/Screenwriter: Javian Ashton Le

Harpreet and Emily drive to New York days after 9/11 (World Premiere)


Ernestine & Kit (UK)

Director: Simon Bird, Screenwriters: Simon Bird, Kevin Barry

A darkly comic fairytale about two elderly women who travel the countryside of rural Ireland, imagining the terrible, immoral lives people are living today. Their one consolation is the innocence of children… (World Premiere)


The First Men

Director/Screenwriter: Benjamin Kegan, Story by: Stacey Richter

An overextended teacher bumps into a troubled student while at the mall with her mom. (World Premiere)


Greener Grass

Director: Paul Briganti, Screenwriters: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe

In this dark comedy of manners set in a surreal world, meticulously-coiffed soccer moms Jill and Lisa vie for perfect children, perfect husbands, and most importantly, perfect teeth. (North American Premiere)


Her Friend Adam (Canada)

Director/Screenwriter: Ben Petrie

A boyfriend’s jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.


Het Geluk (Belgium)

Director/Screenwriter: Jan Van Dyck

One evening, 38-year-old Frank returns to his quiet residential house where his family has organized a surprise birthday party. (North American Premiere)


Hip Hip Hooray

Director: Lizzy Sanford, Screenwriters: Lizzy Sanford, Anna Cordell

Harry breaks up with his girlfriend on his 30th birthday, moments before discovering she has thrown him a surprise birthday party.



Homebodies (Australia)

Director/Screenwriter: Yianni Warnock

Shannon cooks dinner whilst speaking to a perverted stranger online. Andrew takes a bath wrapped in seared Christmas lights. What could possibly shock this estranged couple from their malaise? (World Premiere)


How Was Your Day? (Ireland)

Director: Damien O’Donnell, Screenwriters: Nollaig Rowan, Damien O’Donnell

A woman is excited about the approaching birth of her first child. (North American Premiere)



Director/Screenwriter: Anonymous

One way or another, Paul is getting Cody off the roof.


Quelques Secondes (France)

Director: Nora El Hourch

The daily life of five girls living in a hosting center in Paris, and trying to move forward. (U.S. Premiere)


She Stoops To Conquer (Canada)

Director: Zack Russell, Screenwriters: Zack Russell, Kayla Lorette

A struggling performer stumbles upon a real-life version of the character she plays in this doppelgänger rom-com.


Thunder Road

Director/Screenwriter: Jim Cummings

Officer Arnaud loved his mom.


Too Legit

Director/Screenwriter: Frankie Shaw

After becoming pregnant from sexual assault on campus, a young woman goes on a journey to find out if the rape was ‘legitimate.’


Victor XX (Spain)

Director/Screenwriter: Ian Garrido

What would happen if you didn’t feel comfortable with your body? What if you decided to experiment with your gender?


Where You Are

Director/Screenwriter: Graham Parkes

When Jen’s son disappears in a game of hide-and-seek, she unwittingly embarks on a journey through time in order to find him. (World Premiere)


Woman in Deep

Director/Screenwriter: Janicza Bravo

A woman struggles to make it through her birthday in one piece. (World Premiere)



Slices of life from across the documentary spectrum.


Alive & Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa (South Africa/USA)

Director: Lara-Ann de Wet

A story that brings to life the struggle of grannies in South Africa through the game of soccer. (World Premiere)


Another Kind of Girl (Jordan)

Director/Screenwriter: Khaldiya Jibawi

17-year-old Khaldiya meditates on how the refugee camp has opened up new horizons and given her a sense of courage that she lacked in Syria.


Bacon & God’s Wrath (Canada)

Director: Sol Friedman

A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life’s experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.


The Black Belt

Director: Margaret Brown

In September 2015, Alabama closed 31 DMVs, which largely impacted voters in Alabama’s Black Belt. To combat these closures, the Secretary of State issued a Mobile Voter Registration unit, which traveled to every county to issue voter IDs. (World Premiere)



Director: Terri Timely

An aesthetically lavish portrait of a “reborn” artist who strives for maximum verisimilitude in her creation of newborn baby dolls. (World Premiere)



Director: Garrett Bradley

At the intersection of internet popularity and economic gain a booming industry grows in Bangladesh based on Likes. (World Premiere)


Love Bite: Laurie Lipton and her disturbing black & white drawings (UK)

Director: James Scott

No one on the planet has drawn more than Laurie Lipton. Armed with only a pencil, her haunting images seek answers to the most uncomfortable themes in our culture. But what compels her to live a life of isolation drawing is neither black nor white. (World Premiere)


Miss Me: The Artful Vandal

Director: Mohammad Gorjestani

Renowned Montreal street artist, “Miss Me”, gives us an unprecedented inside view into her life and her quest for self-liberation and authenticity, as she uses her art to take aim at the objectification of women in advertising. (World Premiere)


Phil’s Camino

Directors: Annie O’Neil, Jessica Lewis

Due to treatments for his stage 4 cancer, Phil can only dream of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. He does the next best thing: he builds a Camino behind his house and along the way he learns his true pilgrimage is the one he travels within. (World Premiere)


The Provider

Directors: Leah Galant, Maya Cueva

Restrictive laws, such as HB2 in Texas, threaten abortion providers and force clinics to shut down or hire out-of-state practitioners. Some abortion doctors, such as Dr. Shannon Carr, travel hundreds of miles to provide legal and safe abortions.


These C*cksucking Tears

Director: Dan Taberski

The gritty, fearless voice behind the world’s first and only gay-themed country music album, 40 years after its release. (World Premiere)


The Vodou Healer

Director: Lucy Walker

In post-earthquake Haiti, Vodou healer Katy leads a captivating and cathartic all-night ceremony. (World Premiere)



An assortment of stories told using traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between.


Accidents, Blunders and Calamities (New Zealand)

Director/Screenwriter: James Cunningham

A father possum tells his kids a story about the most dangerous animal of all – humans! (World Premiere)


David Gilmour – “The Girl in the Yellow Dress” (UK/USA)

Director: Danny Madden

Paris, 1961—The “it” girl walks into a jazz club, imaginations run wild.


Deer Flower (Republic of Korea)

Director/Screenwriter: Kangmin Kim

Deer Flower is a stop motion and 3d printed film following elementary student, Dujung and his parents. Dujung drinks rare food and suffers side effects.


Edmond (UK)

Director/Screenwriter: Nina Gantz

A funny and dark story of a man with cannibalistic urges who travels back through his life, looking for the root of his unhappiness.


Geist (Ireland)

Directors: Alex Sherwood, Ben Harper, Sean Mullen

A shipwrecked fisherman is led to a dark secret within this short thriller. (World Premiere)



Directors: Alexa Lim Haas, Bernardo Britto

The true story of a glove that has been floating forever in space since 1968.


Heila Ormur

Director/Screenwriter: Rose Stark

A man, infected, runs for his life.


LOVE (Hungary)

Director/Screenwriter: Réka Bucsi

LOVE is a short film describing affection in 3 different chapters, through an impact on a distant solar system. (U.S. Premiere)


Pombo Loves You (UK)

Director: Steve Warne, Screenwriters: Josh Blaaberg, Steve Warne

A distant father is forced to confront a heroic but troubled past life as the 1980’s TV show character Pombo.



Directors: Daniel Cloud Campos, Spencer Susser

A damsel in distress gets undressed when a man from the Midwest puts to rest a world that’s obsessed with “the priceless,” also known as “the shiny.”


Snowfall (Ireland)

Director: Conor Whelan

A story of fleeting love at a house party.


Things used to be hidden (Germany)

Director/Screenwriter: Tara Mercedes Wood

Things used to be hidden is a mockumentary about the aftermath of a disaster which caused everyone to loose their perception filters. Various characters tell us how they feel about their new lives. Is knowing it all really what we want? (North American Premiere)


Trash Cat

Director/Screenwriter: Kelsey Goldych

A cat that likes to knock over trashcans. (World Premiere)


Vocabulary 1

Director: Becky James

An oblivious Snake and his neighbor, Butterfly, come to life on a vocabulary worksheet. (World Premiere)



Bite-sized bits for all of your sex, gore, and hilarity cravings.


An Arms Length (UK)

Director/Screenwriter: Max Weiland

God couldn’t be everywhere, so he created mothers.


Battlefield Casualties (UK)

Director: Price James, Screenwriters: Darren Cullen, Price James

Battlefield Casualties is a Veterans For Peace UK Film challenging the British Army’s policy of recruiting 16-year-olds into the most dangerous army jobs.


Don’t Tell Mom (Japan)

Director: Sawako Kabuki

A nocturnal education film, designed to help children develop their emotions and expressions as well as language and physical skills by enjoying singing and exercising with a big brother.


Eat My Shit (Spain)

Director/Screenwriter: Eduardo Casanova

Samantha has an anus instead of a mouth. Everyone picks on her but she just wants to be normal.



Director: Brian Lonano, Screenwriters: Brian Lonano, Victoria Cook, Kevin Lonano

A disgusting love story between Man and Goblin.



Director: Simon Cartwright

When Glen attends primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits.


Night of the Slasher

Director/Screenwriter: Shant Hamassian

A ‘shot-in-one-take’ slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and exact revenge.


Night Stalker

Director: New Media Ltd , Screenwriters: Mike Anderson, Ryan Dickie, Abigail Horton

The Night Stalker gives you poisoned to go container of food and you turn to clay and go to another dimension!!!


The Procedure

Director/Screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder

An unassuming man is forced to endure a strange experiment.



A Reasonable Request

Director: Andrew Laurich, Screenwriters: Gabriel Miller, Andrew Laurich

A desperate son reconnects with his estranged father to ask an unspeakable favor that will change their lives forever.



Director/Screenwriter: Zach Lasry

There comes a point in every young man’s life where he must rise to the occasion or admit defeat. For Seth, impressing his father is his only goal, his greatest test, his Everest. Today is the day.


The Smiling Man

Director/Screenwriter: A.J. Briones

A little girl home alone finds herself face-to-face with pure evil.



Directors: Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, Screenwriters: Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, Scott Yacyshyn

A teenager’s trip to the clinic becomes freakier than usual when she learns that something supernatural is involved. (World Premiere)



A range of classic, innovative, and stylish work showcasing the scope of music video culture.


Childish Gambino – “Sober”

Director: Hiro Murai


Dillon Francis – “Not Butter”

Director/Screenwriter: Brandon Dermer


DJ Carnage feat. Tomas Barfod – “November Skies”

Director/Screenwriter: Saman Kesh


Earl Sweatshirt – “Grief”

Director: Hiro Murai


Elliot Moss – “Pattern Repeating” (Norway)

Director: Daniel Howlid


Flying Lotus – “Coronus, the Terminator”

Director: Young Replicant


Fur Voice – “Fantasia” (Spain)

Director/Screenwriter: Pablo Maestres




Joywave – “Somebody New”

Director: Keith Schofield


Leftfield & Sleaford Mods – “Head and Shoulders” (UK)

Directors: Casey Raymond, Ewan Jones Morris


Lorn – “Acid Rain”

Director: R113


Modestep – “Rainbow” (UK)

Director: Jamie Delaney


Naughty Boy ft. Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin – “Runnin’ (Lose It All)” (UK)

Directors: Charlie Robins, Julie Gautier


Robin Schulz – “Sugar (feat. Francesco Yates)” (Germany/USA)

Director: Zak Stoltz


Rudimental – “I Will For Love” (Belgium)

Director: I Owe Youth


The Shoes – “Drifted” (France/USA)

Director: Dent De Cuir


The Shoes ft. Blaine Harrison – “Submarine” (UK/USA)

Director: Karim Huu Do


Son Lux – “Change is Everything”

Director: Nathan Johnson


Tussilago – “Waltz” (Sweden)

Director: Maceo Frost


Vance Joy – “Georgia” (Australia)

Director/Screenwriter: Luci Schroder


Vince Staples – “Señorita”

Director: Ian Pons Jewell


Yvein Monq – “Twun” (Hungary)

Director: Kinopravda, Screenwriter: Viktor Horváth




An offshoot of our regular narrative shorts program, composed of work shot in, about, or somehow relating to the Lone Star state.



Director/Screenwriter: Yen Tan

A dying man seeks out a beauty consultant to hide his symptoms. (World Premiere)


Becoming Blair

Director: Brianna Barsalou

An exploration of the lifestyle and challenges faced by those who are transgender through the lens of one individual, Blair.


Joan on the Phone

Director/Screenwriter: Kayla Abuda Galang

Joan delivers an overzealous apology in a series of voicemails. (World Premiere)


The Mink Catcher

Director: Samantha Buck, Screenwriters: Marie Schlingmann, Samantha Buck

Dallas, Texas, 1980: A gossip columnist hunts down Dallas’s new First Lady to unearth the truths underneath her legendary mink coat.


Minor Setback

Director/Screenwriter: Augustine Frizzell

Two teen girls scheme their way out of work to spend a day at the beach. Things don’t go as planned. (World Premiere)


The Send-Off

Directors: Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan

Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enters the night with the hope of transcending their rural town and the industrial landscape that surrounds them.


The Superlative Light

Director: Ben Steinbauer, Screenwriters: Ben Steinbauer, Robert Shults

Documentary photographer, Robert Shults, went from being a homeless dreamer to a home-owning artist after taking photos of the brightest light source in the known universe, a laser in basement of the physics department at UT. (World Premiere)


Thunder P.

Director/Screenwriter: Steve Collins

An I.T. employee discovers a shameful secret during a routine printer malfunction. (World Premiere)




Two Cities

Director: Darius Clark Monroe

Locked inside the mind and memory of Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika, he reflects what it means to be part of the displaced New Orleans population in Houston.



A preview of the next filmmaking generation, as Texas High Schoolers present shorts of 5 minutes or less.


Always With You

Director/Screenwriter: Jonathan Schuette

Emotionally struggling to prepare for a funeral, a teenage boy receives crucial encouragement from his father.


The Ambition Song

Director: Ian Chapoy

An animated interpretation of “The Ambition Song.”


The Archer Hadley Story

Directors: Ben Root, Alex Treviño

The Archer Hadley Story follows Archer Hadley, a senior student who has cerebral palsy as he hosts the Wheelchair Challenge fundraiser in hopes of buying his school automatic doors.



Directors: August Grau, Devan Prabhakar

Two artists of different style interpret the same landscape.


Badi’ Al Zaman

Director/Screenwriter: Arhum Khan

Badi’ Al Zaman is a story about a musician’s experiences that go into constructing his art, and with all the content, he can’t help but think you never really feel him, because you don’t hear his words, you probably watch them.



Director/Screenwriter: Zoe Allen

You might think you are enjoying your coffee, but what if someone is enjoying you?



Directors/Screenwriters: Francisco Alvarez, Linda Robledo

A young man contemplates suicide while drinking heavily, never leaving his room, due to his survivor’s guilt over a previous incident that inadvertently killed his loved one.



Directors: Devan Prabhakar, Matthew Theilman, Screenwriter: Devan Prabhakar

The world is filled with distractions, and one boy is engulfed by social distractions.


DoubleDVE – “Endeavor”

Director: Gilbert Giles-Sosa, Screenwriter: Daniel Vango

Taking back hip-hop from the mainstream.


Goin’ Nuts

Director/Screenwriter: Delaney Alexander

A Dragosaur doesn’t need anyone’s help in claiming the largest nut he has spotted for himself, especially a pesky Dragoroo. It soon finds that even the smallest critters can be the biggest help.


Good Night Lizzie

Director/Screenwriter: Kriti Narayanan

A group of women have sinister plans for an abusive father and his daughter.



Directors/Screenwriters: Autumn Grounds, Andrew Fleming

In the dramatic short film Hello, Lawrence Kelly, a suicidal boy, meets a girl named Eden, and without even knowing it, she singlehandedly saves his life.



Director/Screenwriter: Jonah Goldberg

A girl is put through a series of trials to join a group of apocalypse survivors.



Director/Screenwriter: Evan O’Brien

Haunted by his past, a tortured boy turns to KATHAROS, a dream therapist to help him overcome his trauma.


Lady of Paint Creek

Director/Screenwriter: Alexia Salingaros

A woman, trapped in a society of mindless ritual and minimal emotion, must find it in herself to escape — and face the consequences.



Director/Screenwriter: Remy Dunagan

A girl with insomnia sees a figure during a sleepless night. Was she dreaming?


Memories Upon Memories

Director: Geoffrey S. Glenn, Screenwriters: Dominique Coleman, Geoffrey S. Glenn

When a man’s reality is questioned, he goes on both a mental and physical journey looking for answers.


Mischief & Mayhem

Director/Screenwriter: Isabelle Hodge

A mischievous fairy intercedes between a girl and her crush.


Of Gods and Bells

Director/Screenwriter: Alexia Salingaros

A unique exploration of the hidden, magical world of classical Indian dance in a seemingly modern and suburban environment.


Out of Reach

Director: Max Wilson, Screenwriters: Kyria Seitz, Brad Kowalski, Max Wilson

An animator on a tight deadline just wants take a sip of his hot chocolate and continue working. Unfortunately his computer and his reaching tactics conspire against him.



Director/Screenwriter: Adam Weider

They 1v1 irl.


The Third Floor

Director: Jesse Scholz, Screenwriters: Jesse Scholz, Garrett Avey

A detective hunts down the man that murdered his partner.


Through the Eyes of Autism

Director: Jared DeDonato

Do You See What We See?



Directors: Cole Forson, Cameron Bossalini, Dirk Czarnecki, Jason Davis, Arhum Khan, Garrett Stoler

Hey, you ever heard of one of them thought experiments?


Fantastic Fest 2015: “Too Late” screens in glorious 35mm

John Hawkes and Dichen Lachman star in "Too Late"
John Hawkes & Dichen Lachman in “Too Late”

Former Austinite John Hawkes (“Winter’s Bone,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene”) rules every frame of his performance as a tough private investigator with a heart of gold named Samspon in “Too Late.” And I do mean every frame, as the debut feature from Dennis Hauck was shot on film and projected on 35mm during Fantastic Fest. It was only a few years ago when this wouldn’t have been uncommon, but now it’s a true rarity.

In one of the film’s first scenes, Dorothy (Crystal Reed, MTV’s “Teen Wolf”) is on walking on Radio Hill and borrows a stranger’s phone to make a call to Sampson. As downtown Los Angeles looms large in the background, the camera tracks beyond her, into the city and onto a balcony where the call is answered. This happens in a very long, carefully orchestrated take that eventually goes to split screen to get us just a little bit closer to the action. Each reel continues on like this, with five continuous episodic takes that pass by without edits. In fact, the closing credits state that “no hidden cuts were used in the making of this movie.”

These are techniques that set the movie apart, but also never let you forget that you’re watching a movie. The long takes and tracking shots can be distracting, but not as much as the dialogue. Hawkes elevates the occasionally weak, but ambitious script with a bravura performance that illustrates again why he’s one of the best character actors on the scene. The supporting cast includes Robert Forster (whose brief on-screen time feels phoned in), Joanna Cassidy, Vail Bloom, David Yow from The Jesus Lizard and former “Dollhouse” star Dichen Lachman.

It’s hard not to look at some of the technical aspects of the film and casting choices as gimmicks. “Too Late” is a throwback to indie films of the 1990s that we don’t see often anymore and that alone is enough to recommend it. Bonus points from me for a moody soundtrack that includes Nick Cave, the Cowboy Junkies and an original song performed by Hawkes on guitar.

The producers of “Too Late” are currently searching for a distributor that will commit to releasing it to theaters in 35mm. It screens again on film at the festival on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.

The Paramount Summer Classic Film Series Schedule is Out!

The Paramount Theatre celebrates its 100th birthday this year and the Summer Classic Film Series marks 40 years of bringing classic films to Austin movie fans and fans-to-be.

To that end, the Paramount and State are screening 100 beloved films big screens of the Paramount and Stateside Theatres, in both digital restorations to  35mm prints. All films screening at the Paramount are in 35mm, and all films at the Stateside are in digital HD.

Online advance admission and regular admission $12. Check out becoming a Film Fan (which drops the price of admission to $7 ) or getting a “Flix-tix” book of 10 admissions for $60 (these tickets expire Sept. 6.) Tickets are on sale now.

A few special events and personal highlights:

May 22: Opening Night! At 6pm, Film Fan members get an opening Night Party with free beer, wine and popcorn and free admission to “Casablanca.”images

May 23:  Family Film Festival  Preview:  “The Iron Giant” (The Family Film Festival kicks off July 11.)

June 2: An Evening with Richard Linklater, wherein Austin writer/director Richard Linklater presents his oddly underknown “Me And Orson Welles.” Admission is free to the public, a Q&A will follow.

June 3: Paramount Premieres: Here are screenings of two movies that have celebrated their world premieres at the Paramount. “Batman: The Movie” (the 1966 version) and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (no, this is not a double bill).

June 14: Martinis & Manicures with a screening of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” a beloved classic that also happens to be one of the most racist movies ever made.

June 23 to June 26: Charmers and Con Artists series with “Elmer Gantry,” “Sweet Smell of Success,” “The Hustler” and “The Sting.”

June 30 to July 3: All Coen Brothers, all the time with “True Grit,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” “Raising Arizona” and “The Big Lebowski”

July 7 to July 12:220px-Fearlessvampirekillersposter So Funny It’s Scary with “Fright Night,” Roman Polanski’s awesome-named “The Fearless Vamipre Killers,” “Topper,” “Beetlejuice,” “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and “Ghostbusters.”

July 16: Singer-songwriter Sam Beam (who no longer lives in Austin), d.b.a. Iron and Wine presents Texas filmmaker Robert Benton’s underseen “The Late Show”

July 19: “The Grim Game,” a newly restored 1919 silent film starring Harry Houdini, with live musical accompaniment from Reuel Meditz.

July 28 to Aug. 2: Ensembles Week highlights films with wall-to-wall killer casts, including “Grand Hotel, UT graduate Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums,” One-time Austin hanger-on Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club,” up-coming “Star Wars VII” scribe Lawrence Kasdan’s “The Big Chill” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s still-amazing “Boogie Nights.”

Aug. 9: Part of the weekly Family Film Festival, one ticket gets you into all three “Back to the Future” movies: the original, “Part II” and “Part III” – Sun, Aug 9

Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten in Hitchcock's still-fantastic "Shadow of a Doubt"
Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten in Hitchcock’s still-fantastic “Shadow of a Doubt”

Aug. 18 to Aug. 23:  Hitchcock Festival with “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Shadow of a Doubt” (a personal favorite!),  “Jamaica Inn,”  “Spellbound,” “To Catch a Thief,” “Dial M for Murder” “North by Northwest” and “Rear Window”

Aug. 25 to Aug. 30: 70mm Festival with “Vertigo, “2001: A Space Odyssey” (thank you for not getting stoned in the theater) and “Lawrence of Arabia.”

Sept 1 to Sept. 4: A collection of “The Early, Funny Ones,” four of Woody Allen’s earliest movies including “Take the Money and Run,” “Bananas,” “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask” and “Sleeper.”

(I would like to object, mildly, to the absence of his 1966 film “What’s Up, Tiger Lilly,” in which Allen overdubs the dialogue in 1965 the Japanese James Bond parody “International Secret Police: Key of Keys” and makes the movie about the world’s greatest egg salad recipe. Features the amazing line “I don’t want to be embalmed. I want to be stuffed with crab meat.” Perfect for everyone’s inner 14-year old.)

Sept. 5 and Sept. 6: Closing night: At 6pm Sept.5, Film Fan members will be treated to a closing night party with free beer, wine and popcorn and free admission to the 7 p.m. Saturday screening of “Gone With The Wind.”

Check out the full slate at

TONIGHT: Savage Gold at the Austin Film Society, “Mr. Arkadin” at Drafthouse Ritz

Tonight’s cool screenings:

Savage-Gold-LogoMax Meehan and Lars Nilsen present yet another dope edition of Savage Gold, their carefully programmed, faintly insane series of “strange and unseen materials” from the collections of, well, VHS collectors.  As their webpage puts it, “These shows are for the most adventurous viewers, offering everything from microbudget, shot on video action epics to homemade music videos and more.” Tonight, 8 p.m. $5, AFS Screening Room (1901 East 51st St) . Here is the tickets link.

Also tonight, as part of the Drafthouse’s Orson Welles extravaganza, check out a 35mm confidentialreportwellesprint of the strange and often misunderstood 1955 movie “Mr. Arkadin” aka “Confidential Report.”  Welles plays a billionaire who contracts an American outlaw to investigate his past. Further scrambling an already complicated movie, there is no “director’s cut” or definitive version of “Arkadin.” The Drafthouse site notes that there are “at least eight different cuts of the film, three radio plays, a novel, and several long-lost sequences. ” Here is a primer.
In that, “Arkadin” is a great example of the notion of unreliable narrator (or narrative unreliability) made literal in the physical object of the movie, inadvertently anticipating remix culture, YouTube cuts, fan culture, etc. The story of “Mr. Arkadin” is never really over; this is just one version.   Tickets are $10.25, show starts at 7 p.m.

Early “Interstellar:” opens in IMAX Nov. 5, Drafthouse will screen in 35 mm Nov. 4.

Filmmaker and film advocate Christopher Nolan made waves earlier this month when he announced that his highly anticipated sci-fi film “Interstellar” (starring Austin spirit animal Matthew McConaughey, Anne “The Devil Wears Prada” Hathaway and  Jessica “Zero Dark Thirty” Chastain) will open two days early in theaters that still have working 35 mm projectors.


To that end,”Interstellar” will be opening at the Bob Bullock IMAX Nov. 5. Tickets can be purchased here.

the Alamo Drafthouse will open “Interstellar” in 35mm at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, Village, and Lakeline locations and in 70mm at The Ritz beginning November 4, three days before the film’s official opening on November 7.

Tickets are on sale now at or by following the ticketing links here for 35 mm and here for 70 mm.