Louis Black Productions
associate producer and film archivist,
Jonathan Demme Presents Made in Texas
During a 1981 visit to Austin, director Jonathan Demme devoted some of his time to watching experimental short films made by local underground filmmakers. Demme was so impressed with the films that he screened six of them at the Collective for Living Cinema in New York City that same year under the program title Jonathan Demme Presents Made in Texas. The program featured Brian Hansen and Paul Collum’s Speed of Light, Missy Boswell, Edward Lowry and Louis Black’s Fair Sisters, Neil Ruttenberg’s Mask of Sarnath, Tom Huckabee and Will Van Overbeek’s The Death of a Rock Star, Lorrie Oshatz’s Leonardo, Jr., and David Boone’s Invasion of the Aluminum People. Following a screening during last year’s SXSW Film Festival with Demme in attendance, Louis Black Productions and UT Press released Jonathan Demme Presents Made in Texas on DVD and Blu-Ray with all six short films digitally restored. Jonathan Demme Presents Made in Texas will screen 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum as part of its Texas Focus series. Black, the co-founder of the Austin Chronicle and a founding board member of the Austin Film Society, will moderate a post-screening Q&A with attending filmmakers. UT Press marketing communications director Brady Dyer joins Louis Black Productions associate producer and film archivist Hallie Reiss during this interview.
Aired: Jan. 7, 2016
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