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Austin Film Festival Review: Petite Maman
When Céline Sciamma was doing the press rounds for Portrait of a Lady on Fire, she mentioned that a shot of the women in the film popping up and down through the grass reminded her of Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro. Sciamma kept the whimsical children’s film in mind for her follow-up feature, Petite Maman.

11:59AM Wed. Oct. 27, Jenny Nulf Read More | Comment »

The Persecution of the Juggalos in United States of Insanity
What's the difference between Deadheads and Juggalos? The FBI doesn't classify fans of the Grateful Dead as gang members, but that's the tag hung around the necks of Insane Clown Posse fans.

2:31PM Tue. Oct. 26, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Short & Sweet: "First Down"
Welcome to Short and Sweet, our look at short films playing at film festivals in Austin. This time it's "First Down," the new documentary short by filmmaker Carrie Stett about the Utah Girls Tackle Football League, and how being able to play a traditionally male-dominated sport has helped young women, especially those living with deep trauma.

11:45AM Tue. Oct. 26, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Austin Film Festival Review: Spaghetti Junction
I’m not going to lie, Kirby McClure’s Spaghetti Junction just was not for me.

11:00PM Mon. Oct. 25, Sarah Jane Read More | Comment »

Austin Film Festival Review: C’mon C’mon
The pitch for C’mon C’mon isn’t surprising territory for director Mike Mills to be preoccupied with: the heartwarming story about middle-aged bachelor Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) who is entrusted with watching his nephew Jesse (Woody Norman), whom he hasn’t seen in over a year and who has as much to teach Johnny as Johnny does him.

4:56PM Mon. Oct. 25, Trace Sauveur Read More | Comment »

Austin Film Festival Review: King of North Sudan
Jeremiah Heaton is the definition of Americana: he’s a farmer, comfortably living out in the Virginia countryside with his wife and three kids. During a stint where he was afforded a considerable amount of time off, he got research-happy and discovered a small plot of unclaimed land on a technicality, between Egypt and Sudan.

3:35PM Mon. Oct. 25, Jenny Nulf Read More | Comment »

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Short and Sweet: "Alleyway Chefs"
Welcome to Short and Sweet, our look at short films playing at film festivals in Austin. This time it's "Alleyway Chefs," the new comedy short pilot from British writer/director Craig Ainsley.

2:59PM Mon. Oct. 25, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Austin Film Festival Review: The Humans
The fact that The Humans originated as a Broadway show could be quickly deduced by anyone unfamiliar with the source material. This family dinner dramedy has the hallmarks of a clear stage-to-screen adaptation: a single location ensemble piece that evokes the feeling its characters are existing in an on-stage set.

2:27PM Mon. Oct. 25, Trace Sauveur Read More | Comment »

Austin Film Festival Review: Larry Flynt for President
In 1984, America blanched at the idea of making a foul-mouthed businessman president. Not to suggest that Hustler publisher and professional provocateur Larry Flynt would have made for a good commander-in-chief, but new documentary Larry Flynt for President gives insight into exactly what motivated his tabloid-ready campaign.

10:30AM Mon. Oct. 25, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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