"Also Starring Austin"
Director Mike Blizzard’s documentary Also Starring Austin looks back at a century of filmmaking in a city that currently serves as home to such iconic directors as Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez. The documentary focuses the growth of the Austin filmmaking community and as a desirable location for Hollywood productions through the critical or commercial success of Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Eagle Pennell’s The Whole Shootin’ Match, Linklater’s Slacker and Dazed & Confused, Rodriguez’s Spy Kids franchise, and the beloved Friday Night Lights TV series. Mike Judge’s Office Space is positioned as a one of the most important films about Austin as it the city's transformative tech boom in the mid-1990s. Blizzard also explores the relationship between the Austin music scene and its filmmaking community through such films as Outlaw Blues , Alan Rudolph's Roadie, and Willie Nelson’s Honeysuckle Rose. Also Starring Austin includes interviews with Nelson, Linklater, Rodriguez, the late Tobe Hooper, and local film historian and author Alison Macor. Also Starring Austin will screen 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Rollins Theatre and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the State Theatre during the Austin Film Festival. Also Starring Austin director Mike Blizzard previously produced 2014’s No No: A Dockumentary about the late Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis and the legendary 1970 no-hitter he threw against the San Diego Padres while under the influence of LSD.
Aired: Oct. 18, 2018