Austin: Industry News 2/11/17


♦ The Hollywood Reporter revealed Wednesday that Cinestate is producing a new movie titled Dragged Across Concrete, “a gritty crime thriller” starring Vince Vaughn and Oscar winner Mel Gibson. The two collaborated on the current Oscar nominee, Hacksaw Ridge, in which Vaughn plays an abrasive military officer and Gibson earned an Oscar nomination for best director…. READ MORE

♦ Join us at 4th Tap Brewery for a casual and informative roundtable workshop covering all things filmmaking. In the spirit of AFF’s popular roundtable sessions during our Screenwriters Conference, this event will offer exclusive and intimate access to local filmmakers, producers, distributors, and industry insiders with knowledge and experience to share. Visit different tables during the event and get some one-on-one access with our esteemed guests. Attendees are encouraged to ask specific questions about the creative and business aspects of filmmaking… READ MORE

♦ Finalists have been announced for the second annual television writing program from the ATX Television Festival and The Black List, Variety has learned. The scribes will now move on to the second round of ATX’s Pitch Competition and will have the chance to pitch their ideas live at this year’s festival on June 8-11 in Austin, Texas. The script competition program, which is designed to find TV writers for staffing consideration across networks, studios and production companies, was launched last year… READ MORE

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♦ South by Southwest has unveiled its list of featured speakers for the upcoming fest, which includes the cast of Veep, Seth Rogen and exec producers of AMC’s Preacher, Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkrik, John Cena, and more. Jessica Shortall has also been added to the lineup of Keynote speakers, joining already announced Lee Daniels, Jennifer Doudna, Gareth Edwards, Adam Grant, Zane Lowe, Cory Richards, Nile Rodgers and Jill Soloway at the 24th annual confab… READ MORE

♦ “In this current political climate, genre filmmakers are more necessary than ever,” SXSW senior film programmer Jarod Neece said today regarding the festival’s Midnighters lineup this year. “They give us the chance to escape the horrors in our daily lives and spend some time in the dark, hallowed halls of the cinema. ” Neece together with senior film programmer Claudette Godfrey and VR programmer Blake Kammerdiener announced SXSW’s remaining titles for the 24th annual Austin-based festival which includes 128 shorts and a new VR section… READ MORE

♦ AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin film production crews, vendors and small business owners are coming together to fight for a state program they rely on. The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP) was designed to entice big productions to do business in Texas, creating local jobs and spurring the economy. It’s used to attract television, video game and film productions to the state… READ MORE

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