Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2009 Faves

Kat's Top Ten Favorites of 2009
(in alphabetical order)

Adventureland
Bright Star
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Drag Me To Hell
Fantastic Mr. Fox
House of the Devil
Private Eye
A Town Called Panic
Where the Wild Things Are
Up


Other 2009 Favorites
17 Again
Brothers
I Love You, Man
Moon
Ponyo
Stingray Sam
St. Nick
Trick r Treat
Watchmen


Favorite 2009 Shorts
10 Steps
Alma
My Mom Smokes Weed
Next Floor
Pigeon Impossible
True Beauty This Night



Things I Didn't Get to See That I Wish I Had
Bronson
An Education
Fish Story
The Hurt Locker
A Serious Man
The White Ribbon


Favorite Performances
Jake Gyllenhaal - Brothers
Monique - Precious
James Gandolfini - Where the Wild Things Are
Abbie Cornish and Ben Wishaw - Bright Star
Sam Rockwell - Moon and Gentleman Broncos
Matt Damon - The Informant!
Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci - Julie and Julia
Jackie Earle Haley - Watchmen


Things I Discovered This Year on Video that I LOVED
A Tale of Two Sisters
The Verdict
The Warriors (Director's Cut)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ju On - The Grudge (2000)

I can't say I'm a fan. And I had no idea how many Ju Ons there were. How many times did Takashi Shimizu make this film? Between two Japanese versions and one American version, and sequels galore, you'd think he'd want to move on to new stories. But maybe not. I'm sure he's made a killing off the franchise. It wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Give me A Tale of Two Sisters over this any day. Give me heart and emotion over little boys doused in white powder and too much eyeliner and completely confusing sequences of events. What?

I'm psyched to see Ji woon Kim's The Good, The Bad, The Weird next. But tonight, I'm being brave and watching Battle Royale. Finally. After having just read The Hunger Games I felt it was only appropriate.

The Bangles - Hazy Shade of Winter

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Shit

After a fun lunch date with Ben and Leslie last week, I was telling them the story of the first time I ever said a curse word. Mind you, I grew up in a pretty strict Catholic household where we went to church and CCD every week. I knew how to stand, kneel, sit, kneel, stand and sit and recite the whole mass like the back of my hand. God and I were pretty good friends up until then. And when I went to confession, usually it was about pinching my brother or not eating my green beans. Pretty minor stuff. Y'see, I was always teacher's pet. The goody tooshoes. Never ever thought about being the bad seed or doing anything that would give me real reason to tell a priest to forgive me father for I had sinned.

I remember that defining moment in my childhood like it was yesterday. And truly it was a defining moment. I was standing on the sidewalk about a mile from my elementary school on my way home. It was maybe a block from my best friend, Christine Carangian's house. I don't remember what brought it up but I'd been thinking long and hard about cursing and what it meant to say something so bad, so horrible, so worth going to confession for. All the logic of a fifth grader was going through my head. "It's just a word", I thought. "Just a word. How can one word be bad? Why would you go to hell for saying a word."

I remember stopping on the sidewalk and putting my backpack and lunchbox on the ground. Standing there for a few moments I gathered the guts up and clenched my fists. And then finally, I took a super deep breath and it barely came out ... "shit". I waited for lightning to strike me down. I looked up at the clear blue sky. I looked all around, up and down the street. But nothing. Nothing happened. No lighting bolts. No ground opening up and swallowing me whole. Nothing. "Huh", I thought. And so I said it again but a little louder this time. "Shit." I looked up. I looked around. I waited. And still, nothing. All of a sudden, it was like I was given this power. This gift.

I remember saying it the whole way home. "Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit". And if James Lipton asked me today, I'd tell him it's my favorite curse word. And yes, I did go to confession for it. In fact, I was telling Leslie and Ben, it was the last time I went to confession.

What's funny is if you know me, I don't look like I would, but I have the mouth of a sailor. I can curse with the best of them. I love to curse. In certain situations, of course. I'm not super into sitting at the Thanksgiving table and saying, "These are the best motherfucking sweet potatoes goddamnit!" Although it would be funny. But my mom might stuff my mouth with a bar of soap.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Writing


Things are looking good for the new year. Or at least I feel like things are in motion. It looks like Love Me will be optioned by the end of January. Yay! Probably first things first is to change that terrible title. It makes me cringe. Mark was asking what fun thing we would get for this option. Last time we got a Blu Ray Player. I said, "This time we can pay our car insurance! How fun is that?"

And it looks like the teen romance treatments will be getting a round of notes in early January. From there I'll do second drafts before finding out if I get the job. Crazy enough, the film would go into production fall of 2010. Uh, that's a fast turnaround for a script. It's a film that already has a director set up.

I've been working kind of non-stop on a ghost story project tentatively titled The Child Thief. I'm totally digging it. I've got about a 15 page outline going. I've been watching lots of ghost story films for inspiration ... The Others, The Orphanage, Don't Look Now, Lady in White, Wishing Stairs, A Tale of Two Sisters ... I'm a sucker for ghost stories that leave me a weeping mess. Anything with mothers and children, like the original version of Dark Water or a few of the aforementioned ... ugh. As the credits roll in those films, I sob. Yes, they're scary and creepy but man, they can also be an emotional punch in the face. That's what I'd love to do. Or at least try to do. Punch someone in the face. Metaphorically speaking.

Two outlines moving with Toddy. It's nice to balance out the horror/thriller/romance stuff that I've been doing on my own with the crazy, slapstick adventures with Toddy. They make me giggle. And giggling is GOOD!

Oh yeah, Captain Dynamo is "kind of" out there. Not so much. Only two people/companies have it. It's a bigger/studio size project so my contacts in that world are very, very limited.

Ok, back to writing!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Runaways


I'm totally excited!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Babble Babble and Mo Babble

I think I've watched more movies in the last seven days than I've watched in like ... forever. All in all, it's probably been about 30 or so. That's not counting 30 - 40 short films I've been watching at UT every night. Both in the theater and on DVD. Just in the last 24 hours ... The Blind Side, The Girl Next Door, A Tale of Two Sisters ... My god, I should get sick more often. Really. Even though I feel much, much better now, does that mean less movies in the upcoming weeks? God, I hope not.

Although now I should be worrying about making more movies. Seriously.

At least I've been writing ... I'll give myself that. Working with Toddy on another possible writing assignment. We pitched another 20 ideas, they picked one, now we outline it. Then hopefully we wow them and they go, "You ladies should write this one. Here's a wad of cash and all the creative freedom you want. Make it big, make it fun."

I started outlining my own new project. I'm trying my hand at horror. I've tried once before and failed. Not completely, just mostly. We'll see how this one goes. I'm taking more care on the front end before diving in. This way I don't get lost in the muckity muck like I did with the last one. I'm using all of the new tools in my writing toolbox with this one. That's what studying does. It helps you get "A"s. Or just write better scripts.

Off to bed before our UT screening in the morning. I'm totally nervous for my kids. In a good way.

I Heart Mason and Madison!

I first met Mason and Madison in 2005 when they were extras on jumping off bridges. Long, long ago. And then in the spring of 2007, they were in my first teen film class at The Austin School of Film. We've kept in touch over the years and we even started a pretty awesome project together a year and a half ago that we never finished. And of course, I couldn't be more proud of Madison and her role in Friday Night Lights. Even if I have yet to see an episode because I don't have Direct TV. But I've been waiting anxiously and reading all of the amazing reviews.

So I couldn't help giggle all through this video, missing these guys. On the eve of yet another UT student screening, I'm feeling all kinds of proud for all of the students I've had over the years and watching them shine. Not to mention Mason just cracks me up. Nice dorks. :)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Paramount Goes Indie? - LA Times

PARAMOUNT TO LAUNCH MICRO-BUDGET MOVIE DIVISION
Fresh off its stunning "Paranormal Activity" success -- a $15,000 thriller that has grossed more than $107 million in its domestic release with little paid advertising -- Paramount Pictures is set to launch a new production business for movies budgeted at less than $100,000.
For more of the article ...

A TOWN CALLED PANIC - Stop Motion Contest

A Town Called Panic, one of my favorite films at this years Fantastic Fest (and probably of the year) is sponsoring a stop motion filmmaking contest.

A) You should make a film for the contest.
B) You should go see A Town Called Panic when it opens at the Alamo!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

UT Class Screening - Saturday, 10am, Alamo South

Green But Growing

Can It

As I wrap up student evaluations and upload grades, I must say, I'm very very very proud of my UT kids this semester. They have five strong festival ready films to show for all the hard work they put in. If you're around or curious what the UT film kids are up to these days, come check out their work.

UT Advanced Narrative Digital Production Screening
Saturday, December 12th, 10am
Alamo South Lamar
Free to the Public
Films Include:
Green But Growing
Broken Heart Boy
Can It
In the Clear
Kevin and the Snake

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Media Marathon for the Sick

Since Saturday I've been sick, sick, sick. I want my sickness to die. I want to kill it and bury it . I'm over being sick. I've missed out on friend hang outs, baby showers, classes and work and it's getting old and annoying. This morning I freaked out and looked up swine flu symptoms. I came to the conclusion that I have almost all of them minus a high fever. So if in three days (as suggested) I'm not feeling better, to the doctor I will go.

One thing I have been doing is watching a ton of films and reading.

MOVIES
Brothers
Revolutionary Road

Double Indemnity

The Haunting Hour
The Wicker Man
(Nicolas Cage Version)

BOOKS
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (again)
The Black Hole

The Hunger Games
(midway through)

Zellners and Clay hit Park City

My Mom Smokes Weed (Clay Liford)

Fiddlestix (Zellner Brothers)

Another round of congrats go to Clay Liford and the Zellner Bros for short films at Sundance!

Ola Podrida - Mohawk, Friday

Friday, 12/11/09
The Mohawk, Austin
$8.00

Doors @ 8:00
9:00 - Martin Crane
10:00 - Ola Podrida
11:00 - Balmorhea

Monday, December 07, 2009

Little Ripper Audience Award

Love Bug wins again! Yay Turtle and Maddy!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Sick Day

The best thing about sick days ... being forced to say home and watch movies. I think I caught some sort of sore throat, runny nose, cough thing from one of my niece's kindergarten friends on Friday. Cause I woke up this morning feeling pretty craptastic. So me and my couch have been BFF all day long. I love you couch. I love you Advil.

My day of movies:
Snow Angels
Terminator Salvation

2 Episodes of Hannah Montana (for real)
Nothing Like the Holidays
What About Bob?

Hellraiser
(first time to see it)

And now it's time for SNL!

Friday, December 04, 2009

LOVE BUG - Little Ripper Film Festival

If you're in Melbourne, Australia tonight (not sure how the time difference works there), you can see Love Bug at the Little Ripper Film Festival.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Sundance Congrats!!!

A huge huge huge congratulations to Bryan Poyser and his team (Chris Ohlson, Megan Gilbride, David Lowery, Vicky Boone ...) for their film Lovers of Hate and Ryan Williams for The Dry Land both in the 2010 Sundance narrative competition. And more friends to be unveiled as the Sundance roll out begins ...

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

I Am A Rock Star

Chrissie Hynde = Badass

I used to pretend to be a rock star in junior high with my hair brush and full length mirror. I'd lip sync all the words and sing seductively to my pimply faced, badly permed reflection. I still use a hair brush, but I never did figure out how to put a full length mirror in my current bedroom. I jump around a lot more now. And I have way slicker moves. Years of practice from being in a band in college. My downstairs neighbor probably thinks I'm a freak. That's ok. I'm just a rock star.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

End of the Semester at UT

It's the last week of classes at UT. Yay!!! And Kat doesn't give finals in her class so she won't be there next week. Yay!!!

We had a great panel of filmmakers, Jeff Nichols, Chris Mass, Ron Pippin and Todd Rohal come visit class Monday to inspire and offer nuggets of wisdom to my students. Tomorrow we'll wrap it up with a visit from Jarod Neece from SXSW and an afternoon of extra credit scripts, films and drinks at The Hole in the Wall. I don't drink, but I can be found at a bar once or twice a week. True.

So yeah, it's been a pretty awesome semester. Everyone got along famously (from where I'm standing) and we have some tight projects coming out of this class. So I'm proud. I'm proud of the work that they've put in and that their hearts are all over that screen. They've done a fantastic job.

With that said, here's the screening info for our class. Come see the next Tim Burtons, Judd Apatows and Steven Spielbergs before they make it big.

Advanced Narrative Digital Production UT Class Film Screening
Saturday, December 12th
10am - 11:30am
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
Free to the Public

Saturday, November 28, 2009

What I Love About this Thanksgiving ...

1) Family
2) Turkey / Cranberry Sandwiches
3) A movie every day. Sometimes two.
4) Chocolate Lollipops from Sees Candy
5) Playing Beauty Shop with my niece and nephew
6) Listening to Bert and Ernie go on a Tiger Hunt
7) Sleeping in until 8am and not feeling guilty about it.
8) Not being on my computer more than about 15 minutes a day.
9) Laughing like mad with my sister in law over really silly stuff.
10) Spending lots of time with my hubby.
11) Long walks with my niece collecting pine cones and playing on playgrounds.
12) Performing dance routines for the family.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Love Bug - AFF Photo

The Love Bug Crew (Leslie, Kelsey, Reese, Me and Scott)
Photo Courtesy of Chris Lin

On the Eve of a New Story

I've put the pen down, so to speak, on several stories of late. Kind of fitting that it's just in time for the holidays. Toddy and I finished up Never Date a Teen Idol and are now carefully handing it to a few folks to see where it might land. I feel really really good about this script. We created a fun little world. Not to mention a great partnership. I found an easy collaborator in Ms. Burton. I think we lucked out somehow because it was such a fun writing adventure.

I hit the "send" button on the two outlines I was working on and am happy that they're out of my hands. We'll see what comes back. I have to say, it was harder than I thought it'd be. They asked for a 3-5 page treatment and I turned in a 10 page treatment, a 14 page treatment and a mix CD (cause, dude, they need to know what kind of music's in my head when I'm writing this stuff, right?). I couldn't quite manage to squoosh a story into 5 pages. How can you develop character, relationships and voices in a few measly pages? I don't know. It was a good exercise if nothing else.

So yeah, I need to pick up a new story. Toddy and I are brainstorming over the holidays to see what we'll do next. As for my own projects, I have a few ideas. I'd love to go for a different genre. Not kid's comedy, not teen romance, not teen thriller ... maybe not about anyone under 18? I'd really really really really love to write a horror film. Oh but what to do. Not slasher, not torture porn, not gross out. Ok, little missy, must think on this one.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Moon vs. Bright Star vs. Teen Romance in General


Yes, I've read almost all four Twilight books. I got bored with the fourth and never really wanted to go back. I was excited to see New Moon just because ... I'm a fifteen year old girl living in a thirty five year old's body. No, I didn't like the first film. Even though, I'm somewhat embarrassed to say I've seen it three times. I could go on and on with what I didn't like and why, but why bother, honestly it doesn't matter. It's not like the flocks of fans will love it any less. Needless to say New Moon didn't fair too well with me either. I left the theater thinking, if only all these millions of Twilight fans could've seen Bright Star instead. They would've gotten their money's worth. Now there's a movie that drips with romance. Oozes with angst. Rips your heart out. Lingers on the lovers stare as if there was nothing else in the world that could keep them apart. I was the fifteen year old watching Campion's film clapping and secretly thinking to myself "Kiss her, kiss her!"

I've been working on these two teen romance outlines for a possible writing gig. I've been looking for inspiration anywhere I can get it. Went back through my old journals, have been reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower again, watching romance movies ... anything to get back into that sixteen year old's head.

I really like the story for the first outline I turned in last week. It feels rich and it's a world I'd like to live in for 90 minutes to an hour. I was excited any time I got to work on it or reflect on the characters. The second one, I'm pretty "eh" on. I think I just haven't had enough time to let it settle like I did with the first. To find the moments and character details to make it grow. So I'll turn in the second one tomorrow with a brief note telling them, "I like the first one better". I even made a mix CD to go along with the first one. Basically a mix of Nick Drake, Iron and Wine and Jose Gonzalez. It's all I listened to when I was working on it. I'll be happy to turn them both in and then just wait. Honestly if they don't pick the outline I really love, I'll probably move forward with it anyway, but I'll have to change one big character detail in it. But no big deal. It won't change the heart.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

My Plate is Full

I love all of my friends and students so much and wish I had more time in a day to offer notes, feedback, go to more test screenings, write letters of recommendations, hang out ... but I don't. Especially lately when my husband and cat are feeling completely neglected. Pork Chop's been peeing on the carpet again in protest of my absence. I hear ya buddy.

With that said, I'm taking December off from lunches, get togethers, test screenings, hang outs, going out of town and offering notes to students and friends that aren't in my current or independent study classes. I did this over the summer and it worked really really well. So if I say, "Sorry, I can't go to lunch this time" or "I won't be able to make that screening this go around" or "I won't have time to give notes on this," please don't be offended. Just know that I'm freakin' out with all the stuff going on that I need to wrap up before the end of the year and I need to hunker down and get it done. Somehow, I got really really busy.

But I will surface again, I promise.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dear Mr. Parking Attendant

Dear Mr. Parking Attendant Man at 25th and Guadualupe,
Please take note that when you're an asshole to people at 8am in the morning who are just starting their day, it kind of ruins the rest of their morning. It puts them in a sad/bad mood that they can't shake simply because you were a mean jerkwad. I know, it's crazy to think you have that much control over someone's state of mind. What a difference a jerky comment or attitude makes opposed to a simple smile. Next time, consider being nice when talking to people. I swear, it goes a long, long way. And would probably make you a happier person.

Now don't get me wrong. It wouldn't have been such a big deal if it were the first time. I'd have thought, "Oh man, something sucky must've happened to this guy to make him such a sour puss." Cause in general, I let things roll off me." Just let it go," I try to tell myself. But when it happens over and over again-- well, it just bums me out. So instead of spending my $20/week at your little parking lot (because UT doesn't pay for my parking) I'll walk across the street to the garage where I just have to deal with cash machines which somehow never seem to give me attitude.

I hope that whatever it is in your life that's making you so incredibly unpleasant to interact with turns around for you.

Sincerely,
UT Parking Customer

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

It was a fun day of being a bona fide Guest Speaker. This morning I chatted with a class at Texas State University about making films and then this afternoon, I visited Webb Middle School for Gen Austin's Career Week. I met about 9 or 10 middle school girls and talked to them a little about what it's like to be a filmmaker. Towards the end of the get together, they went around the room and said what they wanted to be when they grew up. "Child doctor, Veterinarian, Teacher, Doctor, Cosmetologist, Zoologist, Oceanographer ... " Wow. I love it.

I remember my mom asked me in elementary school to fill out questions in my baby book. I had the same question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" In crooked, scribbled handwriting I wrote ... "Artist".

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My Composition Books

When I was in fifth grade my Oma gave me a diary. It was my first. Green and blue with little fishermen all over it. She told me it was a safe place to write all of my thoughts and feelings. I took her advice for a long, long time about writing what was going on in my head. I have stacks of old composition books, journals, diaries that I kept off and on until about four years ago. I'm less likely to scrawl my emotions into journals now than I am to incorporate them into stories and scripts. Or even just talk them out with my husband, friends and therapists.

But as I'm working on these two teen outlines, I'm trying to get back into the head of that angst ridden teenager from long ago. It's been a while since I've flipped through the pages. But I'm finding them horribly depressing. I mostly wrote about the sad times growing up ... feeling ugly, unloved, losing friends or relatives, the day River Phoenix died, being so in love with countless boys that would never love me back. So as much as I really want to read through them, I had to close the pages and put them back in my trunk. Maybe another day. Because today, I'm enjoying my age and my wisdom. I'm enjoying my place in the world with my friends and family. I'm happy.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Video


Thank you Toddy for sending me this Birthday treat video! I'm all smiles and giggles.

Range Life Brings Roster of Films to the Dobie

Range Life Entertainment presents 5 energetic and irreverent independent comedies that have been turning heads and generating cult audiences at festivals across the country (Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, and CineVegas to name a few). Following their strong festival runs, these filmmakers opted to take charge, and are at the forefront of an emerging trend in distribution; traversing the nation by van this fall and engaging in grassroots marketing and on-line promotion to bring their films directly to their audiences. As filmmaker and tour organizer Todd Sklar says, "It's all about getting these films out there and connecting with people. Everything else in this business is white noise." So tune it out altogether and join us for a week full of festival favorites at the Dobie Theater!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Aunt Kat




I have to give a shout out to some of my favorite kids in the whole wide universe who sent me wicked awesome birthday cards! Thank you Christian, Robert, Emma and Caroline. I love you guys so much and hope that over Christmas we can build a rocket ship that will travel super fast from Texas to Florida so we can hang out and play Star Wars and Guitar Hero all the time. Cause I miss you guys and love you guys so much.

And tomorrow, I'm having a super special birthday lunch with my niece Bella and her BFFs at her elementary school. I haven't been this excited about a birthday lunch in like ... forever.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Catching Up is Hard to Do

What's hard is juggling stories and scripts. You get super into a character or story and get fast and furious work done and then stumble onto another one and get wrapped up before you've finished working on the one you started on. I have two deadlines quickly approaching. The treatments and the teen comedy script. Both I'm happy and excited to be working on again, but I'm having trouble balancing my work between the two. It makes it so much easier when there's only one project on your desktop that needs attention. They're starting to build up. Alas. It's still cool living in their little angst ridden worlds. As long as my plots and characters don't sneak over from one to the other, I'll be good. But hey, that'd be an interesting experiment.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

So Long South Padre

It's been a most amazing weekend with my two best friends, Clare and Karen. I've known these girls since seventh grade. Clare was my first friend at Stanton College Prep and I had my first french kiss in Karen's backyard. We have lots of awkward adolescent history. I just wish at this point in our lives, we lived a little closer. New York and Austin are way too far apart. And stupid airfare ain't cheap.

Sadly, I've had minor vacation guilt since I've been here. It's time to get home and catch up on worky work. I owe notes and rewrites to Toddy for Never Date a Teen Idol, have to finish up one treatment on my teen romance and start a second one ... and have lots of packages to send out for Love Bug.

But oh, did I need this time desperately to reconnect and catch up with the girls. Hopefully we can do it more often. My sanity and heart need it.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

LOVE BUG wins Austin Film Festival's Audience Award!!!!

Love Bug picked up the Audience Award from the Austin Film Festival.
Turtle Thompson and Maddy Cooper are feeling the love.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Upcoming Screenings - Rockport, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth


Love Bug
Quarter to Noon

That Evening Sun - Opens NY and LA

If you're lucky enough to live in New York or LA, go see THAT EVENING SUN. I've heard nothing less than amazing reviews of the film. And I can't wait for it to hit Austin Theaters.

Monday, November 02, 2009

The Verdict (1982)

At the crime/suspense panel at the Austin Film Festival, I left inspired not only to write, but to dive back in to classic films that I missed along the way. Sadly, there are too many.

One that I picked up this weekend was The Verdict. Watching a movie like this, written by the great David Mamet and directed by the timeless Sidney Lumet, I'm reminded what delicate care Mamet takes with his words and his characters and what grace Lumet uses with his camera.

They're both so carefully drawn and etched out that I'm a little overwhelmed. I'm curious, how quickly does someone write a script like this? How does someone (Mamet) create such intricacies with each word and phrase and movement in his story. I'm in total awe. And what Lumet does with his camera ... so many wide, long shots, letting the scene and the actors fill the space and create the tension. It's classy, elegant and bold. You don't see it so much these days.

Oh and Paul Newman. If only you could stare into those blue, blue eyes all day long. There are a million stories written all over his face. And he can tell each one with a nod, a glance or even sitting perfectly still.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Zombie Girl Hits the Documentary Channel

Zombie Girl: The Movie is now airing on the Documentary Channel. If you haven't seen it yet, it's a must see! Follow 12-year old Emily Hagins journey to make a feature length zombie movie.

*Upcoming Air dates on DISH channel 197 (all times are EST):

Oct. 30th (Fri) at 8pm
Oct. 30th (Fri) at 11pm
Oct. 31st (Sat) at 9:05pm
Nov. 01st (Sun) at 12:05am
Nov. 10th (Tue) at 8pm
Nov. 10th (Tue) at 11pm
Nov. 30th (Mon) at 2:15pm

Friday, October 30, 2009

House of the Devil - Opens in Austin

I'm a big horror film fan. Let me rephrase that ... I love "good" horror films. Not that stupid torture porn crap that's sadly infested our theaters and DVD shelves for the last few years. Please god, make it go away. Just because there's blood and guts and things that go bump in the night doesn't mean you can forget about story and suspense. My husband likes to blame the French for turning American horror sour. He also likes to blame David Fincher's Seven, but I won't go that far. What I will say is that after going to Fantastic Fest this year, my faith was restored. I got to see Ti West's House of the Devil. I have yet to see his last film Trigger Man but caught The Roost on DVD and immediately knew that this guy has "it". If you've talked to me in the last few months, you might've heard me singing praises up and down for House of the Devil. I freakin' loved it. It'll be in my top ten films of the year, no questions asked. It's a story that gets under your skin. It's a film that reminds you what cinema is supposed to be like. Maybe we've all been to too many bad movies that our crap meter is pretty skewed. But when you see a film like House of the Devil, well, for me, it makes me want to make better movies. Because now I've seen how it's really done. And how even genre movies can be great pieces of cinema.

So if you're in Austin, you're in luck. Because House of the Devil is playing at the Alamo South Lamar. Please, please, please go see this film. Support good movies. Remind the studios that audiences are smart and appreciate well crafted films.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Test Screening Audience Needed, 11/16

I'm in need of a test screening audience for 5 UT short films in the rough cut stage. I'm looking for mostly non-film people who don't know any of my UT students or their films.

If you're interested in watching and critiquing, please send me a note at katcandler@gmail.com and I'll put you on the list.

DETAILS:
Monday, 11/16
2pm - 5pm
UT Campus

AFF Wrap Up

I was a bit lame with my AFF participation this year. I saw three panels, 1 film and 3 shorts blocks (including my own). But I did get to hang out with a lot of friends which is always aces in my book.

And yesterday and last night I caught up on sleep. After a three hour nap in the afternoon, I was in bed by 9pm and up this morning around 7am. So I should be rearing to go for a while.

Now it's time to refocus my energies back to ...
  • More Love Bug Submissions
  • Finishing up 2 Teen Romance Treatments
  • Polishing the Never Date a Teen Idol Draft with Toddy
  • Prepping for The Spider in the Bathtub
  • UT Class

Monday, October 26, 2009

Last Chance for LOVE BUG

Love Bug (our new short film) is feeling the love from audiences. If you get a chance, come out Tuesday night at 9pm to the Hideout to catch it in Shorts Program #5 at the Austin Film Festival.

"Super cute and funny"

"Beautifully done. Proof that it doesn't take a big budget (only $800) or an exotic location (director's house) to make a truly charming and wonderful short film."
  • Grand Prize Winner at Flatland Film Festival
  • Best Comedy at Seguin Film Festival
More info:
http://aff.bside.com/2009/films/lovebug_katcandler_aff2009

Tuesday, 9pm, Hideout Theater Tickets at the Door.

AFF Day 2 (For Kat)

I bid a fond farewell to Clay, Nate and the Dallas crew yesterday morning at the Filmmaker's Brunch. Then headed over to the "What Gets Producer's Excited" panel (which is a terrible title for a panel btw). Lots of information I already knew or have already been through, I guess. Ended up chatting with the associate producer from The Scenesters for a good long while about movies and the movie going experience. I swear if you just bring up projection, a movie or growing up in a movie theater I can talk your poor, little ear off. Later on, did the Q&A for Quarter to Noon which was nice to see the other Texas Filmmaker's Showcase filmmakers again. And ended the night watching the great Ben Foster in The Messengers. I could stare at his face and his performance all day long. There's a scene in the kitchen between him and Samantha Morton which is one of the best scenes of the year. Just beautiful.

Tonight Quarter to Noon plays again at the Arbor at 5pm. I'll race up there after my UT class for the Q&A. Hoping to see some shorts after that.

Tuesday night at 9m at the Hideout, Love Bug plays for one last time. Please, please, please, come out and see it. Love Bug is also up for the audience award so please come out and vote.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

AFF Day 1 (For Kat)

I'm not really counting the few hours I spent at the BBQ or playing hooky from the fest on Friday to eat dinner and grab drinks with friends.

Today began my festival adventures. After two panels ... Kirsten Smith (The House Bunny, 10 Things I Hate About You) and the inspiring and hilarious Crime/Suspense panel I ended up having a dinner date with Leslie, Brent Joseph, Vicki Boone and Alex Thomas. Always fun to run into random friends and catch up. From their I skipped out on more panels and camped out at the Driskill bar-- for about 4 hours or so. But that's where I ran into the Dallas crew and eventually Glen and Cyndy Powell and Savannah Welch for a mini JOB reunion. SO good to see Glen and his mom and have a chance to catch up and hear about Glen's successes in Los Angeles.

And then ... and then ... the Love Bug screening at the Hideout which went really really well. We got a great reception to the film. Oh to hear the audience laughter is just the best. And to be able to share that experience with the cast and crew ... love it. And to watch people dote on little Reese and Kelsey afterwards. Too cute.

Tomorrow, some brunches, panels, Quarter to Noon and some more movies.

So I'm totally beat and my poor husband is sick and deprived of any attention from his wife. I come home find him having a mini marathon of Super Nanny, bless his heart.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Illinois Trees





Savannah's tree photos from Illinois. See, I told you there beautiful.