The Austin Chronicle's Culture Editor,
Austin 2021 Year in Film Review
After a 2020 that was first disrupted by and then decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Austin’s film and television community attempted in 2021 to adjust to life during a time of continuing crisis and uncertainty. Lights Camera Austin spoke with The Austin Chronicle’s Culture Editor Richard Whittaker about how the pandemic impacted film and television production in Austin in 2021; the reopening of many of the city’s movie theaters; the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain’s emergence from Chapter 11; local film festivals offering hybrid events; and the potential impact from the reduction of the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program from $50 million for the years 2020-2021 to $45 million for the years 2022-2023. Richard Whittaker also discusses stories to keep an eye in 2022, including the scheduled return of an in-person SXSW Film Festival, as well as previews new films by Richard Linklaker and Robert Rodriguez.
Aired: Jan. 6 and 13, 2022.