Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Wow, this film takes you from lighthearted laugh out loud laughter to a huge pit of discomfort in your stomach. From stellar performances to smart writing, it's a film I'm still thinking about.
The House of the Devil
Man, oh man, I love this movie. I love it. One of my favorite films of the year. When it opens next month in select cities, go see it.
Interesting story, but whoever compared it to Paradise Lost was a little confused.
You can feel the love for these filmmakers at Fantastic Fest. I've heard Mirage Man is incredible. I enjoyed the film, but wasn't flipping out for it. Marko Zaror will be the next Jason Statham. Quote me on that.
I was however flipping out for this film. Dude. Dude! Cory McAbee, you're my new hero. You can check out the film in its six sections at www.stingray.com.
Whoa. Not good. Totally confusing. Emotionless. Huh.
Under the Mountain
Harks back to Escape to Witch Mountain. A fun 90 minutes.
Monday, September 28, 2009
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September 15, 2009
Lights. Camera. Austin. Local Indie Film Series @ Windsor Park Branch
Screens Jumping Off Bridges by Kat Candler
Please join us for a screening of the feature film Jumping Off Bridges followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Kat Candler on Tuesday, October 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr. This is the first screening in the new ongoing series, Lights. Camera. Austin., which features locally made independent films on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch of the Austin Public Library. For more information about Lights. Camera. Austin. please visit www.cityofaustin.org/library or call 512-974-9840.
Jumping Off Bridges follows a carefree, adventurous group of four best friends deep in the trenches of adolescence as they struggle with grief, search for strength and, ultimately, find hope. The film includes a performance by Actor Michael Emerson who plays Ben Linus on Lost. Jumping Off Bridges deals with adult themes and is intended for a mature audience. For more information about the film please visit www.jumpingoffbridges.com.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Van Diemen's Land
For what, apparently, was a low to no budget debut feature film-- holy gamoly. It's beautifully shot (on the Red), handled the material (true story about cannibalism in 1822) with class and offered some stellar performances. A nice start to the festival.
A spiraling small town tale ropes you in with its bizarro characters and question of what the hell could possibly go wrong next. Good, not great.
A fun, adventurous story of sorcery, grim reapers and immortality. I had a lot of fun with this one. Took me back to the days when Disney used to do kid horror/fantasy films.
Trick R Treat
I loved it. Whimsical, silly, scary and total 80s. If I were in middle school, this is the film I'd rent for all my slumber parties.
Worst film I've seen at the fest so far. Boring and lame. Please god, no more zombie movies.
A Town Called Panic
Loved this little stop motion comedic gem. Absolutely hilarious. I want there to be more movies like this in the world.
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Movies on my list to see:
Down Terrace, The House of the Devil, The Children, District 13: Ultimatum, Cropsey, Mandrill, Stingray Sam, Salvage, Private Eye, Breathless, Under the Mountain, Kaifeck Murder, Fish Story, Daybreakers
Friday, September 25, 2009
AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL
Sunday, October 25th, 4:15pm, Hideout
Monday, October 26th, 5:00pm, Arbor
ROCKPORT FILM FESTIVAL
November 5th - 8th
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTON
Sunday, November 8th, 5:00pm
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Love Bug - Shorts Program 5
Saturday, October 24th, 7:15pm, Hideout
Tuesday, October 27th, 9:00pm, Hideout
Quarter to Noon - Shorts Program 13
Sunday, October 25th, 4:15pm, Hideout
Monday, October 26th, 5:00pm, Arbor
Color By Number (Marshall Rimmer)
My Mom Smokes Weed (Clay Liford)
Sediments of Love (Willie Rockefeller)
Straight to the Bone (Erik Mauck)
Survivors (Soham Mehta)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
So, this is me and my best friends (even to this day) from college. Brian, Mike, Karen, Ama and Kelly Rae.
Fun facts about me from my college.
1) Overalls and Revlon red lipstick were my signature.
2) I never ever ever went to parties. Even though all of my friends did. I still get freaked out when I have to go to a party. I suck at social engagements.
3) I majored in Creative Writing.
4) I was a deejay at WVFS, V-89, the best college radio station ever.
5) I was the lead singer in a band called Jake Ryan.
6) I smoked a pack of Camel Lights a day. I haven't smoked a single cigarette since 2002.
7) I worked at the Oak Lake 6 movie theater in the box office where I made about $400/month.
8) I never went to a single FSU football game. Instead I sold the free tickets we got for rent money.
9) I convinced Ama that Calista Flockhart played the female gelfling in The Dark Crystal. (We were under the influence).
10) I ate a lot of spaghetti noodles with butter and salt. SO CHEAP.
11) I made a "D" in the Theories and Dynamics of Racism and Oppression because I never made it to class.
12) I wrote a one act play called The Spider in the Bathtub for my dramatic workshop class. My teacher told me I should turn it into a short film.
13) I wrote in a black and white composition book every single day. I haven't written in a journal in probably 10 years. But I still have stacks of 'em that I revisit when I'm working on scripts.
14) Ama and Karen were terrified to tell me that River Phoenix had died. Rightfully so. When I woke up to the news report, I sobbed and sobbed.
15) I owned that same dress that Kelly's wearing. I wore it until it had a huge hole in the back.
16) I idolized my friends. I still do.
Monday, September 21, 2009
After a long, long, long back and forth with lawyers this summer, I can safely and happily say that The Spider in the Bathtub (cowritten with Chris Mass) has been officially optioned to LAF Studios / Victoria Fredrick (Pride). We met Victoria at the Tribeca All Access Program last Spring and hit it off immediately. Her heart is all over this film almost as much as mine.
I'm attached to direct with a few provisions. I'm a newbie (in the world of bigger budgets) so I get provisions. But that's cool. The most I can hope for is that it makes it to a screen near you, in tact with my heart still all over it.
Next up, it goes out to talent. Don't ask me how that goes exactly. I've only done that once with Michael Emerson and jumping off bridges. And he signed on right off the bat. And he just won an Emmy last night for Lost. Cause he's awesome.
I have a lot of high hopes for this film. It all started when I was about seven years old and my dad was out of town and my mom found a gianormous spider in our bathtub. It became an all night adventure for me, my mom, my brother and our neighbors to get rid of it. Hopefully I can share a more fictionalized version with everyone in the next year or two. On a big screen. In a multiplex. With popcorn and junior mints in tow.
Special Note: Anything and everything could go wrong at any point. So even though this is a big, huge, awesome step, it's a tiny step to getting it to the screen. This is just the beginning to a long, difficult, but hopefully very rewarding road. And soon ... very soon, Mark will get his Blu-Ray player.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
So what went wrong? It started off (despite projection issues, grrrr) nicely. Had a fun set up. Then as soon as that stage went up in flames ... it kind of went south.
The second and third act gave me a whole lotta nothing. Maybe I missed it, but you had this great opportunity to talk about so much ... teen angst, always being the pretty girl, boys not liking you for who you are, friendship ... friendship ... This is one thing that I'll preach preach and preach some more. Give me some emotion to hang on to. Give me a connection to the characters. There were hints at it, mostly in the first act, "don't get into the van". I barely felt a thread that Needy even liked Jennifer. They've been BFF all these years out of convenience? Dude, that sucks. Up the stakes for me. Why couldn't they really care for each other. Opposites attract. Why couldn't Needy genuinely care that her best friend turned into a demon from hell. Why didn't she try and stop these boys from taking her to do god knows what to her? Why didn't she ever go for help? Why didn't she try and find a reversal spell to get her friend back?
Did I want to cry in this movie? Yeah, actually I did. I wanted to weep during the sacrificial scene. Or at least I expected to. It was a wasted opportunity. Here you have this great scene that gives Jennifer's demonic character this huge punch of motivation for eating boys ... and the acting, the tone and the lightness of it fell completely flat.
I wanted to like this movie so much. I really did. I've been looking forward to it for a long, long time. I was a big fan of Girlfight. And excited to see Kusama come back from Aeon Flux.
What I did like: A lot of the style and look of the film. The music. Even Megan Fox here and there. The humor, for the most part. There are some really great moments.
But if you watch Jennifer's Body, great. But then go to your local video store and rent Ginger Snaps. Cause honestly, that's how it's done.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Taught by Jill Chamberlain (The Screenplay Workshop's founding director & a professional screenwriter & story consultant)
Tuesdays 7-9:30 pm
10 weeks (Oct 6-Dec 8)
Central Austin classroom
Syllabus with week-by-week topics available at www.thescreenplayworkshop.org.
All levels welcome ("complete beginners to seasoned professionals")
Also offering a 5 week workshop and private script consultation/instruction]
Any new student who registers for The Screenplay Workshop's Fall Master Class and mentions offer code "Kat" will receive $25 off. Plus, if you register by Sept 25th, you'll also receive the early registration discount (another $25 off !! )
Registration info at: www.thescreenplayworkshop.org.
After sitting in on a class I was really impressed. Ever since I've been using the tools Jill gave me with every script I write and every script I critique. She gets my full support!
If you don't follow Ted Hope on Twitter, you should. If you don't read his blog, you should. Especially today. He always gives me hope about the film world and who else is in it.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Van assigned a few Tribeca All Access friends to make mixed CDs that sum up our lives. Oh lord. That's kind of a whopping assignment.
So I've been thinking, fretting and trying to figure out how to use iTunes for weeks now. But tonight was the night that I stopped, sat down and made Mark give me a tutorial in iTunes so I could make my mix.
Here are my songs and why.
Olivia Newton John – Xanadu
I was obsessed with this movie and obsessed with Olivia Newton John as a kid.
Paula Abdul – Cold Hearted
I took a lot of dance lessons growing up. Tap, ballet, point and jazz (my favorite). My first jazz routine in a dance recital was to Cold Hearted. In my tights and spandex, I thought I was so freakin' cool.
Run DMC – It’s Tricky
In junior high I learned a whole cheerleading routine to It's Tricky for junior varsity cheerleading try outs. I chickened out at the last minute and bailed on the try outs. Probably for the best.
The Bangles - Hazy Shade of Winter
I loved loved loved The Bangles. I did more lip syncing into a hairbrush in front of a full length mirror in my bedroom to this band than any other.
Heart – Barracuda
I got nicknamed Barracuda after I won my mock trial in 9th grade as the prosecuting attorney. Little did my government teacher know ... I planted the jawbreakers in the suspect's locker. Oops.
REM – Pop Song 89
My big brother introduced me to REM when he brought home the Green album. It's been love at first sight ever since. Anytime I listen to the Green album, I think of my bro.
Jane’s Addiction – Summertime Rolls
This song sums up one of my all time favorite days of high school. It involved a flat tire, an overcast beach, best friends and the boy I loved.
Pearl Jam – Black
A high school crush wrote the lyrics of Black to me in a copy of Moby Dick that we passed back and forth in the high school hallways.
The Sundays – Here’s Where the Story Ends
Einstein's a Go Go all ages dance club in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Say no more.
Vapour Trails – Ride
Makes me feel like I'm sixteen, clumsy and shy again.
100,000 Fireflies – Superchunk
Yes, I love the original too. I was introduced to Superchunk, the Magnetic Fields, GBV and so many more when I worked as a deejay at WVFS Tallahassee, V89 (college radio). This was a time when I became a music junkie.
Eric’s Trip – Behind the Garage
I love Eric's Trip. I love this album. It breaks my heart. I wanted so badly to use it in my second feature film, but damn you Sub Pop records and asking for too much money!
Blake Babies – Out There
Went on all of my college mixed tapes.
The Pixies – Gigantic
In my college band, Jake Ryan, we covered this song. I remember being on stage at the Cow Haus in Tallahassee and pretending to be Kim Deal.
PJ Harvey – Good Fortune
During a painful break up from an eight year relationship, I relied on PJ Harvey and this album to pull me through it.
The Pretenders – Mystery Achievement
I discovered or rather, found an appreciation for The Pretenders a little late in life. This record is my most listened to record of the last few years. And this song is kind of my anthem.
Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
When all of our friends were getting married, this was the song that got us all on the dance floor, screaming and singing at the top of our lungs.
Wolf Parade – I’ll Believe in Anything
Just makes me happy to be in love.
Explosions in the Sky – Day 4
It's the last song over the credits in jumping off bridges. It makes me feel triumphant and hopeful.
With a bit of good news this morning, I feel like hopefully, potentially a huge weight will be lifted off my little shoulders soon.
Money = sucky. I hate it. And I hate not having it. But I think in all my years, not having a lot of money has made me a pretty scrappy individual. I have a "can do" attitude that has gotten me wherever the hell it is I am today.
So yeah, I was telling a friend last night, I've kind of shifted my attitude about writing and directing from "This is something I do for fun and I love it and it's cool and creative and that's awesome, cause I love it and it's cool and oh, money schmoney." to "This is what I do and this is my job and this is my paycheck and this is how I pay the bills and I need to write to make money and direct to make money and I can still love it just as much and be happy because I get to do what I love and get paid for it. The end."
Things are moving. Things are shaking. After a summer of waiting. Waiting. Waiting. I have a sneaky suspicion that that waiting time is over. Or at least I'm fooling myself that it is. Sigh.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 19th
10am - 12pm
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
Free to the Public
No Food or Drink Served
The Golden Years (Patty Kavanaugh)
Apple Gobbler ( Lara Britton)
Wave to Life (Melissa Nierman)
Lily Comes to Tea (Susan Slattery)
Shoe Stories (Alex Blair)
Date (Chelsea Hernandez)
I Heart Crazy Chicks (Chris Samarripas)
Yeah, You (Roxanne Rodriguez)
Goodnight, Victor (Andrew Grissom)
Sediments of Love (Wilson Rockefeller)
Friday, September 11, 2009
Love Bug and Quarter to Noon are prepping for a few upcoming festivals. Savannah Welch and I head to a screening of jumping off bridges in October and then jumping will have another small screening in Austin next month. So between prepping all of the materials for a bunch of upcoming screenings, it's been ... busy.
Luckily Mark's been doing all of the research into what we need to see at Fantastic Fest which is in two weeks. How did time fly these last few months? I want to rewind a little and go back to the summer.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
So if you live in Harlingen, TX or know anyone in Harlingen, let them know!
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Monday, September 07, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
So what a sweet message to get from Mike and Jackie that they've adopted a mini version of Pork Chop. And her name will be Poutine (some sort of dish involving french fries and cheese). Too cute. The only difference, Poutine has two eyes and PC Bean only has one. Welcome to the family Poutine!
Friday, September 04, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009
"Your Father's Basement" is part 400 Blows, part Ice Storm, but with the stakes of neither. It's a half-remembered, more-than-half-literary coming-of-age recollection full of concrete details: searching for porno mags, prank calling, knowing where your friend's dad keeps his liquor, crushing on an older sister's friend, watching for bikini tops coming loose in the pool, blasting Eric B. on a rickety jambox. Recording again as Ola Podrida, soundtrack composer David Wingo doesn't fashion these details into a story so much as use them-- and the chiming guitars, the establishing bass line, the grainy restraint of his vocals-- to conjure the feeling of teenage boredom and freedom. Less bromantic than Band of Horses and in no way self-absorbed (this could be anyone's adolescence, including my own, if you substitute my older brother's copy of 1999 for Paid in Full), the song offers no resolution other than the psyche-yourself-up refrain "Let's do it tonight," which gets repeated as the song winds down and which makes me think it never gets done. Ultimately, what makes "Your Father's Basement" such an interesting room to hang out in is that Wingo doesn't make the scenario especially momentous. Instead, he keeps the song life-size, but ironically, that only makes it sound that much larger and more poignant-- an ode to plans made but never executed.
Take a listen ...
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
It's hard to say much about this film without giving anything away. I will say, I really really liked it. I've never seen another Bobcat Goldthwait film (Shakes the Clown, Sleeping Dogs Lie), but now I'm super curious. He carries you through a strange tone that slips seamlessly between the shocking and hilarious and the heart breaking. It's obvious Goldthwait's got a super big heart and he wears it on his sleeve.
Mike Tully has a nice interview with him at Hammer to Nail.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
I'm excited to see Amreeka. Especially knowing it's from a Tribeca All Access alum. This was the program I went to last Spring with The Spider in the Bathtub.
Submissions for TAA open on September 14th. I can't say enough what an amazing experience it was to go through the TAA program. It definitely helped with getting a production company attached to SITB. So if you have a project in the works, a script in tow, and you fit the bill ... dude, apply.