Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Osborn Family Christmas


Making cookies for Santa.

Putting cookies out for Santa.

Making sure Santa can get in.

Christmas morning.

Santa totally came to the Osborn house!

And he brought the Tangled hair braiding toy! OMG!

Getting all kinds of pretty for Christmas dinner.

Along with the cookies, candies and pies, this is part of the reason
I gained 5 pounds in one week.

Egil and little Ceci.

Mike and Noah.

Laura sweetly being subjected to Mark's guitar hero antics.

Football.


My sleepy little boy.

Bella and Mike.

And sweet little Cecilia.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top Tens Schmop Schmens (2010)


--> Here you go. Everything's in alphabetical order. My faves were ones that left me laughing my ass off, inspired, hopeful, a weeping mess, broken into pieces or simply in awe.
MY TOP TEN
  • Black Swan
  • Despicable Me
  • The Ghost Writer
  • A Horrible Way to Die
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Jackass 3D
  • The Kids are All Right
  • The King’s Speech
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3

OTHER FILMS I TOTALLY ENJOYED
  • 127 Hours
  • Babies
  • Best Worst Movie
  • Catfish
  • The Crazies
  • Easy A
  • The Fighter
  • Frozen
  • Inception
  • Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
  • MacGruber
  • Never Let Me Go
  • Please Give
  • Rare Exports
  • Red Riding 1974
  • Rubber
  • Scott Pilgrim
  • That Evening Sun
  • True Grit
  • Winnebago Man
  • Winter's Bone

FAVORITE PERFORMANCES
  • Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go, Red Riding, Social Network)
  • Barry Pepper and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
  • Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston (The Disappearance of Alice Creed)
  • Christian Bale and Amy Adams (The Fighter)
  • Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
  • Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech)
  • AJ Bowen (A Horrible Way to Die)
  • Michael Shannon (My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, The Runaways)

OLD GEMS I DISCOVERED AND FELL IN LOVE WITH
  • The Apartment
  • The Housemaid (1960)
  • Ladies and Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains
  • Splendor in the Grass
  • This is England

FAVORITE SHORTS
  • Crossbow
  • Day & Night
  • Fatakra
  • My Mom Smokes Weed
  • Old Meal
  • Pioneer
  • Stranger Hero

MOVIES I MISSED THIS YEAR DAMNIT, BUT WOULD PROBABLY LOVE
  • 45365
  • Fish Tank
  • I Am Love
  • The Legend of Beaver Dam
  • Make Believe
  • A Prophet

MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS OF 2011
  • Blue Valentine
  • Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
  • The Innkeepers
  • Jane Eyre
  • Meek’s Cutoff
  • Mildred Pierce
  • Somewhere
  • Submarine
  • Sucker Punch
  • Take Shelter
  • Tiny Furniture
  • The Tree of Life

Thursday, December 09, 2010

My BFFs 4-Eva

Clare, Ama, Karen and a very young me. This was back in our college days. We're a little older, some with kids, scattered around the country, but we're still (and always will be) best friends.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

My Linda Linda Linda Happy Clip

When I need some cheering up or a smile on my face, I just watch this.

The Screenplay Workshop - Winter Registration

The Screenplay Workshop - Winter Session
Instructor: Jill Chamberlain

MASTER CLASS
10 week program
Central Austin classroom
All levels welcome

DAY & TIME - 2 choices:
* Tuesday night group: 7-9:30 pm, Jan 18 - March 22
* Saturday afternoon group: 1:30-4 pm, Jan 22 - March 26

SPECIAL OFFER:
New students who mention code "Kat" when registering
for the Master Class will receive a $20 discount !

ALSO AVAILABLE:
* 5 Week Workshop (Tuesday and Saturday groups)
* Private Script Consultation & Instruction

Questions: registration@thescreenplayworkshop.org

For syllabi, registration, & more info:
www.thescreenplayworkshop.org

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

UT RTF - Final Screening, 12/12, 12pm


Advanced Narrative Digital Production
Showcase Screening

Sunday, Dec 12th

12pm KLRU's ACL Studio
6th Floor
CMB Building
(SE Corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keeton)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Free to the Public

Saturday, December 04, 2010

River Phoenix at Einstein's A Go Go

In doing a little research on a project hopefully going into pre-production next year, I dug up this old photo of River Phoenix. This was the night his band Aleka's Attic played at Einstein's A Go Go in Jacksonville Beach, FL. I was at this concert. I was fifteen, I think. Still have the ticket stub and a stack of photos to prove it. I remember this night like it was yesterday. He walked up to the bar and stood next to me for a brief second while he ordered a drink. My heart stopped and I couldn't breathe. I wanted to tell him, "I love you so much. I've loved you ever since Stand By Me. I'm cool. I swear. We should be friends." But yeah, I didn't say that. Any of that. Or even open my mouth. I just stood frozen savoring the moment.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Destroy All Movies!!!!

I just picked up my copy of Destroy All Movies at Book People today. You should too. It makes for a great Christmas gift for film and punk lovers alike!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (Directed by Spike Jonze)











Featuring a bunch of The Griffin School kids, Zoe from Schmillion and casting by Ms. Vicky Boone.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rare Exports - Poster


One of my favorites from Fantastic Fest this year.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Vote for Schmillion



These girls rule. Not only are they an awesome teen girl rock band, but they're kick ass ladies. You can support them by voting for their band to go to School Jam USA.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Cutest Halloween Kids Ever



Love Bug's a Winner

Sweet little Love Bug wins an Audience Award at the Jacksonville Film Festival and the Children's Jury Prize at Chicago International Children's Film Festival. Unfortunately I got my Jacksonville award in the mail today and it was in pieces. Damn you postal workers!

Next up, a screening at the Houston Cinema Arts Film Festival, Thursday, November 11th (my birthday) at 9:45pm at the Edwards Greenway Palace Theater.

The Stone Roses - Elephant Stone

Monday, October 25, 2010

New Friends from AFF

The best part of film festivals ... the new friends you make. Check out Jonathan and Kelly's work ...



Monday, October 18, 2010

2010 Austin Film Festival


This is where I'll be starting Thursday night for about a week. You can catch me on a few panels and round tables, hanging out at the parties and seeing some flicks. But most importantly I'll be cold chillin' with my friends.

David's - IFC Icons Video

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Animation Sequences - Son of Rambow

Son Of Rambow - animation sequences from David OReilly on Vimeo.

I'm using the black and white sketch animation pieces (1:48 minute mark) from Son of Rambow as examples of what I'm going for in some of Nikki is a Punk Rocker's fantasy sequences. It's a good jumping off point at least.

And speaking of which, I'm in the midst of draft #3. I'm thinking of doing a tiny casual reading with some actor friends soon just to hear it read out loud and get one last round of notes to polish it up with.

And if you haven't seen Son of Rambow ... seriously, go rent it.

Elephant - Alan Clarke (1989)


It's interesting to see the inspiration for Gus Van Sant's, Elephant.
But as a warning, this film is not for the faint of heart. It's a hard one to stomach.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Be a Professional

Reel Women - Speed Mentoring (Kat in Attendance 16th and 30th)


REEL WOMEN SPEED MENTORING
SATURDAY OCTOBER
16th, 23rd and 30th
10:00am-1:00pm
Picturebox Studios

Mark your calendars because it’s back! REEL WOMEN has once again come up with something brand-new and oh-so-exciting! You’ve heard of “speed dating”? Well, this is SPEED MENTORING, except you’re going to get 10 minutes of one-on-one time with successful professionals and not get stuck with any “duds”!

And I'm happy to report I'll be joining the Board of Reel Women!!!

A Horrible Way to Die - Poster (Yen Tan)

Yen's beautiful and haunting poster for A Horrible Way to Die.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Monday, October 04, 2010

Dude, where you at? Where you been?

I'll keep it quick and to the point.

1) I'm at UT teaching the cool RTF kids about making motion pictures.
2) I'm at Einstein's Bagels on the drag meeting with students, friends or writing on my third draft of Nikki is a Punk Rocker or the Untitled Family Comedy with Toddy (coolest writing partner eva')
3) I was at the Fantastic Festival watching a smattering of gory genre gems about serial killer tires, deadly Santa Clauses and ambulance chasing lawyers.
4) I'm at the Galaxy movie theater watching The Social Network and Wall Street 2 on some of the prettiest screens in town.
5) I'm at home eating lunch (Amy's Palak Paneer dinner with pretzels) and watching episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent (I'm hoping praying they add the new SVU to Netflix soon).
6) I'm at Spider House continuing to revise Nikki is a Punk Rocker from earlier in the day and sharing a table with a homeless guy who talks to himself.
7) Soon I'll be in Dallas for David Lowery's wedding. Yay!
8) And after that I'll be at the Austin Film Festival on panels, watching movies and hanging out with all my rad out of towner friends!!!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Chicago Children's Fest Screenings

If you're in Chicago at the end of October, you have plenty of opportunities to see our short film Love Bug at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. I may or may not be there. Still trying to figure that out.
  • Friday, October 22, 9:45 am, Bank of America Cinema
  • Friday, October 22, 11:45 am, Facets Cinema
  • Saturday, October 23 1:00 pm Facets Cinema
  • Tuesday, October 26, 11:45 am, Bank of America Cinema
  • Thursday, October 28, 9:45 am, Facets Cinema
  • Saturday, October 30 1:00 pm Facets Cinema

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The First Grader - Trailer


I'm already in love with this film.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Austin Film Fest in the House


I'll be at the Austin Film Festival next month for a variety of reasons:

1) I'll be on some panels, round tables and the like. Of course, I'll be surrounded by way cooler and way more credited people than myself. But I'll put my two cents in when it doesn't sound completely stupid and naive. "Please don't make yourself look like an ass, Kat".

2) The first script Toddy and I wrote, Never Date a Teen Idol made it into the semi-finals of the comedy section. So Toddy's getting her butt down to Austin from the great north east to hobnob with me. We were joined in the comedy section by my good friend Aaron Marshall with his script Fig Hunt: The Quest for Battle Armor Star Captain. So we'll be beating the crap out of Aaron in the mean time to eliminate the competition.

3) Plus I just love AFF because it brings a lot of friends from Los Angeles to Austin where we get to hang out and catch up. Good times ahead.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dude! I'm So Ready.

Why I Love Tyler Perry?

I love Tyler Perry because he's a brilliant business man. And he's got the box office revenue to prove it. I love Tyler Perry because he's a marketing genius. He knows who is audience is and he gives them what they want. I love Tyler Perry because he makes beautiful posters for his films.
I don't, however, love Tyler Perry's movies. But, I have to say, I'm am curious and excited to see our required reading material from college, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf come to a theater near me. Very curious.