Austin: Industry News 7/6/17

Jeff Bezos

♦ Amazon announced it will be acquiring Whole Foods Market on Friday, in a deal valued at approximately $13.7 billion. “Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, in a statement. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades — they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue… READ MORE

♦ Kenneth Lonergan, who won the best original screenplay Oscar for Manchester by the Sea, will be honored at the Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference, where he will receive the event’s 2017 Distinguished Screenwriter Award. The festival, which celebrates writers’ contributions to film, television and new media, takes place Oct. 26-29, and Lonergan will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon on Oct. 28… READ MORE

♦ In addition to numerous states, several U.S. cities are also offering incentives to lure film shoots. One of them, San Antonio, boasts a combination of history – Spanish colonial architecture, the Alamo – and an array of modern yet charming cityscapes that can serve as locations for films ranging from westerns to contemporary dramas. The city’s rebate of 7.5% can be added to the potential 22.5% Texas cash grant… READ MORE

Richard Linklater

♦ In late May director Richard Linklater saw a vision he’s had for more than thirty years come to life when the AFS Cinema opened in Central Austin. The two-screen theater, created by Linklater in association with the Austin Film Society, focuses on art-house, international, and classic films; this month, among numerous other offerings, it will revive a 1982 West German horror film, screen a new documentary about the jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan, and host an “Old School Kung Fu Weekend… READ MORE

♦ There are so many film festivals taking place in North Texas that trying to keep up with them is dizzying. Case in point: Over the summer, five specialty film fests are unspooling that could slip under the radar of even the most dedicated movie fan… READ MORE

♦ The first film studios arrived in Texas sometime around 1910, when the brother of famous French director Georges Méliès set up the Star Film Ranch, near San Antonio. Sunny weather and wide-open spaces kept filmmakers coming. The movie Wings, which was awarded Best Picture at the first Academy Awards, in 1929, was shot at an airfield a few miles from the Méliès property… READ MORE

Compiled and submitted by Ellen Lloyd

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Ellen Lloyd
Once Ellen graduated from college, she decided to follow her true passion and move to LA in hopes of breaking into the entertainment industry. After jobs in a production office and an agency, she found her way to Breakdown Services where she learned all about the casting process from the ground up. Having served her time in LA, she moved to Austin, TX where she now works as a representative for Breakdown Services assisting the actors, agents, and casting directors of the South Central and South East regions.


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