New York. L.A. Austin? This year, perhaps more than any other year, films made in Austin or by local filmmakers received significant national attention and recognition. Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight and Jeff Nichol’s Mud were major art-house hits. Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess and Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews’ Zero Charisma appear destined to enjoy cult followings. Yen Tan’s Pit Stop, David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche, Hannah Fidell’s A Teacher, and Kat Candler’s short Black Metal all played this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Other films of note with Austin ties include Tim McCanlie’s Angels Sing, Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills, Peter Landesman’s Parkland, Ric Roman Waugh’s Snitch, and Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder. In addition, such locally made films as P.J. Raval’s Before You Know It, Bryan Poyser’s The Bounceback, Geoff Marslett’s Loves Her Gun, and Chris Eska’s The Retrieval premiered at this year’s SXSW and continue to play the film festival circuit in advance of their national theatrical campaigns in 2014. Jette Kernion, founder and editor-in-chief of Slackerwood--the online magazine that’s focused on Austin film--discusses the Austin year in film. Kernion also is the president of the Austin Film Critics Association, which named Before Midnight the Best Austin Film of 2013.
Aired: Dec. 26, 2013
Web site: http://www.slackerwood.com/