Austin: Industry News 8/8/17


♦ “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins has been selected as a keynote speaker at South by Southwest Conference and Festivals. Jenkins’ feature film debut, “Medicine for Melancholy,” had its world premiere at SXSW in 2008. He won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay with Tarell Alvin McCraney for “Moonlight,” which also won best picture at this year’s Oscars and Golden Globes (drama). His upcoming projects include adaptations of “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “The Underground Railroad.” READ MORE

Still from “And Then There Was Eve”

♦ “Our mission is to show the range of voices women have,” Justina Walford says, speaking of round two of the Women Texas Film Festival, which kicks off at Studio Movie Grill on Aug. 16 and runs through the 19th. Short films, long films, weird films and sweet films all will grace this year’s roster of 49 films written, filmed, composed and directed by women. Savannah Bloch’s emotional drama And Then There Was Eve will set the tone opening night… READ MORE

♦ A new horror comedy from Austin-based Rooster Teeth, written and to be directed by Owen Egerton, has lined up a number of young Hollywood actors to take on roles — Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Robbie Kay (Heroes: Reborn), Nick Rutherford (SNL, Crunch Time) and Tate Donovan (The Man in the High Castle) with Rooster Teeth’s Barbara Dunkelman (RWBY)… READ MORE

♦ With 39 feature films and 54 shorts spanning genres and cultures, the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival-goers are in for a treat with a wide array of events including film premieres, special screenings, Q&As, live music, and appearances from more than 50 visiting filmmakers. In preparation for the fest, aGLIFF Program Director Jim Brunzell told the Chronicle they had to “happily dig a little deeper to create some special moments for everyone – whether they’ve attended aGLIFF for years, or they’re just discovering us.” READ MORE

Richard Linklater

♦ As with so many conversations with and about filmmaker Richard Linklater, the talk turned to Texas. Deep in production on a film elsewhere and with the East Coast-set “Last Flag Flying” slated to premiere in the fall, Linklater touched on future projects while speaking to the Television Critics Association on Sunday… READ MORE

♦ The Austin film scene is a deep one. Although smaller than its west coast counterpart, central Texas is home to some of the most incredible filmmakers, actors, and screenwriters in the country. Movies are made out here on shoestrings compared to the Hollywood budgets, but the style and artistry originating in the area is more inspiring than what any amount of money will buy… READ MORE




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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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