Austin: Industry News 3/26/17

Terrence Malick

♦ Previous, Friday It’s hardly news that Terrence Malick was a no-show for the world premiere of his latest film, Song to Song, which opened up the film festival part of the SXSW Conference Friday evening at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. Fans of the famously elusive filmmaker, however, likely will get a chance to hear him speak Saturday at the festival…. READ MORE

♦ The Austin Film Society hosted a media-exclusive lunch this past Friday to discuss their most exciting current project: the redesign and expansion of their cinema and event space. Presented by Founder & Artistic Director Richard Linklater, CEO Rebecca Campbell, Head of Film & Creative Media Holly Herrick, architect Michael Hsu and Designtrait, the afternoon stressed a shared belief in making a place for Austinites to discover artistically significant cinema old and new… READ MORE

♦ The stage is set for the sixth annual ATX Television Festival. Organizers said today that the event will kick off with adan opening-night screening and panel for Snowfall, John Singleton’s upcoming FX series inspired by the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in early-1980s Los Angeles. Also on tap for the 2017 edition, which runs June 8-11 in Austin, are the fest’s first network presidents panel and a number of other premiere screenings and panels… READ MORE

♦ The South by Southwest Film Festival has awarded its top prizes to “Most Beautiful Island,” directed by Ana Asensio for narrative feature and to “The Work,” directed by Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous, for documentary feature. “Most Beautiful Island,” a New York-set thriller, is the directing debut of Spanish TV actress Asensio. “The Work” takes place at a group therapy retreat with convicts at Folsom Prison… READ MORE

♦ San Antonio native and Saturday Night Live alum Noël Wells has known she wanted to make a movie about Austin since she was a film student at the University of Texas. And last year, she finally did it, writing, directing, and filming the Austin-based indie pic Mr. Roosevelt, which had its world premiere at SXSW on Sunday. Her directorial debut tells the story of struggling Los Angeles comedienne Emily Martin, who returns to Austin to care for a sick loved one. While there, she stays in her former house with her ex-boyfriend Eric and his new girlfriend, Celeste. We get to know Emily as she struggles to accept the changes she sees in Eric and Austin—both seeming to have moved on in ways she finds inauthentic… READ MORE

Compiled and submitted by Ellen Lloyd


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