Austin: Industry News 4/12/17

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Shelby Hadden

♦ After years of suffering from chronic pelvic pain, Austinite Shelby Hadden – then working toward her MFA in film and media production at UT – decided to write an essay about her condition for a Feminism in Creative Nonfiction class. She was received with surprisingly intense, engaged energy: “That was the first time I had ever told anyone but the closest people around me. It was all these undergraduates. I have never seen a room so focused, or quiet… READ MORE

♦ A lot has changed in the two years since the last Dallas Medianale. In March 2015, the new experimental media arts festival closed two months of screenings, exhibitions and performances at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC), promising to return biennially. Dallas Medianale is preparing to keep that promise later this month, but with new locations and a much condensed schedule of experimental works… READ MORE

♦ Last summer, Michael Cain was on vacation in South Africa when his phone rang. On the other end of the line was his old boss Trammell S. Crow. Cain had worked for Crow for one year as the executive director of Earth Day Texas, the environmental expo that Crow founded in 2011. Now Cain, a filmmaker, film festival producer, and one of the most recognizable names in Dallas’ local film scene, was on the verge of accepting a new job heading a large regional film festival in a Midwestern city…
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Kevin Bacon

♦ A commercial for a zombie Nerf gun. Development of a fantasy role playing video game. A major network crime drama. Texas has awarded money to all of them in 2017, an incentive the entertainment industry in the state is fighting to save. Sources say the latest version of the state budget being negotiated in Austin, has trimmed funding for the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program down as low as $3.5 million dollars… READ MORE

♦ “Dear Dick, this is about obsession,” confesses Kathryn Hahn’s character of f Chris Kraus in the new trailer for I Love Dick. “Dear, Dick, how did we not know each other before now?” she says in another letter to the Kevin Bacon played role of the Dick of the title. Telling you a lot but not all about I Love Dick, that’s the tone and Texas temperature of a new trailer that dropped today for the new Jill Soloway series… READ MORE

Compiled and submitted by Ellen Lloyd

 

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