“Bonnie & Clyde!” “To Kill a Mockingbird!” “Saturday Night Fever!” “My Cousin Vinny!” (Yes, “My Cousin Vinny.”)
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 austintheatre.org.
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.
“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. austinfilm.org.
“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. drafthouse.com/austin/show/70mm-inherent-vice
“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. library.austintexas.gov/event/last-moonlight-towers-376552.
“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. austinfilm.org.
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 austintheatre.org.
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.
This 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 www.austintheatre.org/filmfan.
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.
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 guestpass.sxsw.com:
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.
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)
“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.
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
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
A struggling performer stumbles upon a real-life version of the character she plays in this doppelgänger rom-com.
Director/Screenwriter: Jim Cummings
Officer Arnaud loved his mom.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
Director/Screenwriter: Rose Stark
A man, infected, runs for his life.
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.”
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)
Director/Screenwriter: Kelsey Goldych
A cat that likes to knock over trashcans. (World Premiere)
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.
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!!!
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”
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)
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.
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)
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)
Director/Screenwriter: Steve Collins
An I.T. employee discovers a shameful secret during a routine printer malfunction. (World Premiere)
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.
TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS
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.
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.
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 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.”
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 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: 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
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.”
Max 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 print 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.
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.