Austin film scene

Announcing the Premiere of ZOMBIE DAZE: A Super 8 B&W Short Film

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in Austin film scene, filmmaking, films, movies & film, Nostalgia Film | Comments Off on Announcing the Premiere of ZOMBIE DAZE: A Super 8 B&W Short Film

During September and October, students of Austin School of Film and HIVE Arts Collective shot, hand-processed, telecined, and edited their own Super 8mm films. I was inspired to make my first zombie film, starring my good friend Rachael, my partner Victor, my dad, and my toddler daughter, as well as about 15 awesome local Pflugerville residents who came out and gave it their all as our horde of zombies. The result, a film called “Zombie Daze,” premieres online for the first time today! It premiered at the Austin School of Film Friday night to a fun, enthusiastic crowd.

Do let us know what you think!

And happy October and Halloween!


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For the Grooms: Fly Fishing Film Tour

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 in Austin film scene, events, film reviews, films, general | Comments Off on For the Grooms: Fly Fishing Film Tour

We don’t always blog for the grooms who might visit our blog, so we wanted to write a quick post about a cool event we got to go to last week. Michael enjoys fly fishing, so when our friend invited us to the Austin stop of the Fly Fishing Film Tour last Thursday at the Paramount, we had to check it out.

We also picked up some info from some local fishing outfitters while we were there. A fishing trip would make a great groom and groomsmen outing before the stress of the big day (or a bachelor party for those who prefer to keep it mellow and about bonding with the guys.) Here are a couple of resources:

The films that the tour featured were full of beautiful cinematography and locales and lots of fishing action–enough to satisfy any serious fisherman or filmmaker.
Here’s a trailer from one of our favorite of the films we got to see the long trailer for –

For more fishing videos and info on the tour, check out Orvis’ blog post film wrap-up or the Fly Fishing Film Tour Vimeo Channel.

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American: The Bill Hicks Story

Posted on Apr 20, 2011 in Austin film scene, film reviews, films, general | Comments Off on American: The Bill Hicks Story

We were lucky enough to get tickets a couple of weeks ago to American: The Bill Hicks Story screening put on by the Austin Film Society. When I got them, I didn’t realize the filmmakers Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock would be in attendance for a Q&A afterward. As a special treat, Bill Hicks’ mother and brother were able to join in the conversation over Skype, which compounded the emotional impact the film had.

American: The Bill Hicks Story

American: The Bill Hicks Story

The film debuted at SXSW, and although it’s been released in Europe for a little while, it’s just now debuting in the U.S. It opens in Austin at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar this Friday, and we both highly recommend going to see it whether you’re a fan of documentary films or the comedian.

The filmmakers gained the trust of the Hicks’ family, and captured a more intimate portrayal of Bill Hicks’ life that anything about him has been able to so far. Weaving together childhood film and photos, stories from his best friends, and family, they’ve created an enlightening glimpse into the life of the inspiring and provocative comic whose life was cut much too short. Using Aftereffects and Photoshop, they’ve created rich animations to illustrate his life.

Bill Hicks' Family at Austin Sneak Peak of "American"

Bill Hicks' Family via Skype at Austin Sneak Peak of "American"

I discovered Bill Hicks in college, on a grainy VHS tape I picked up from the local alternative video store, after hearing about him as a cult favorite among friends. Michael discovered him in junior high school courtesy of Austin Access television. His ideas really impacted me and have stayed with me over the years, and I am so glad to see a documentary that does him justice and will expose his immense talent and ideas to a wider reach. I’ll leave you with my favorite Bill Hicks quote:

“We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.”

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