AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS Opens Aug. 16
August 8, 2013 by Brad Burton & Kim Williams-Burton
David Lowery’s Sundance gem “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” to open in theatres August 16th: David Lowery has recently been described as “Dallas’ Most Important Filmmaker” and with his feature set in small town Texas to open nationwide in theatres on August 16th, the Dallas director, who chooses to stay and work in Texas, will be able to show off why that statement is true. The film, starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster & Keith Carradine was just named one of Indiewire Magazine’s “7 Films You Must See This August.” It had its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival amidst a ton of industry buzz, some saying that it could be this year’s Beasts of A Southern Wild.” That statement remains to be proven, but what can’t be argued is that Lowery is a force to be reckoned with in the Texas Film Scene. He’s kind of the “Texas It-Man” and his desire to remain in the state, creating and working here in Texas, makes for exciting speculation of what’s to come. Lowery is an immensely talented jack-of-all-trades, in that he not only writes and directs, but edits, runs camera and produces as well and his name can be found in the credits of countless acclaimed made-in Texas films over the last thirteen years. His next feature project has already been announced. He will be teaming up with writer-director Alex Ross Perry to produce “Listen Up Phillip” starring Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss. Here’s hoping that David Lowery continues to shoot his great projects right here in Texas. For more on Lowery and his career, follow this link.
Intramural Shooting in Austin With a Cast of Comedy Heavy Hitters: Texas Filmmaker Andrew Disney is hoping for a touchdown with his sports-themed comedy Intramural. The Ft. Worth native, who’s first feature Searching for Sonny premiered at 2011’s Austin Film Festival and went on to limited theatrical release before being distributed last August on DVD & Blu-Ray as well as Video On Demand, is at it again and this time, he is bringing the comedy all-stars. It was recently announced that joining the hilarious local comedy actors in the cast will be Jay Pharaoh and Kate McKinnon of SNL fame, as well as Jake Lacy from “The Office, Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher of the comedy duo BriTANick, D.C. Pierson from the NY improv/sketch team Derrick Comedy and "Mystery Team," and Beck Bennett of AT&T commercial fame (he is the spokesman talking to groups of children in the hugely successful AT&T campaign). None other than Nikki Reed from the Twilight Series (as well as “Thirteen) will take on the lead role in the sports comedy. Intramural is based on a group of fifth year seniors who start an intramural football team of misfits as one last hurrah before growing up and moving on to real life. The indie comedy started shooting in Austin mid-July and will continue throughout the summer. Rumors are swirling around Austin that some big name comedians from the film are surprising audiences by popping up at local comedy and improv shows around town.
Varsity Blues Star Makes His Directorial Debut with NASCAR flick: Ron Lester, known to everyone as big, loveable Billy Bob from Varsity Blues is making his directing debut. He shot a trailer/sizzle reel over the weekend at Revolution Park Racetrack in Monroe Louisiana for his new film (which he also wrote and is executive producing) called “Racing Legacy.” The film is being described as a fictional family action-drama based on a fifteen year old Texan who was raised in a NASCAR-loving family and fulfills his family’s dream by becoming a NASCAR driver. Lester, who has since slimmed down 348 pounds and almost doesn’t resemble the role of Billy Bob that put him on the map, will also star in the film. He will be joined by Dallas actor Major Dodge as his executive producer and co-star. Lester hopes to shoot his new movie in Monroe, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas once additional funding is secured.
Texas Representing in Venice & Toronto: The 70th Annual Venice International Film Festival takes place August 24 – September 7, 2013 and several films with Texas ties will be making their world premieres. However, since the Toronto Film Festival (running September 5 – 15th) overlaps with Venice, depending on schedule, these films could possibly see their premieres in Canada instead, as they will all be screening there as well. Here is a listing of just a few Texas made films appearing at these festivals.
• Alex Gibney’s documentary on Lance Armstrong, who lives in Austin, called The Armstrong Lie focuses on the last four years of Armstrong’s life which was intended to tell the story of Lance’s return to cycling after retirement, but due to Armstrong’s secrets coming out, instead ended up chronicling the athlete’s recent scandal with doping.
• The Tom Hanks/Bill Paxon-produced “Parkland” about the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas takes place on the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The star-studded cast includes Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Jacki Weaver, Tom Welling, Jackie Earle Haley, Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden and many others. The film was directed by Peter Landesman and shot in Austin, TX earlier this year. Parkland will have its theatrical debut at the end of September, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.
• David Gordon Greene’s “Joe” starring Nicolas Cage was also shot in Austin earlier this year. The film is about an ex-con who takes a 15-year old under his wing in the rural South, and besides Cage, features an almost-entire cast of terrific Texas local actors.
Brad Burton and Kimberly Williams-Burton are the owners and Casting Directors behind Burton Casting, www.burtoncasting.com. Burton Casting is located in Austin, Texas but cast commercials, films, industrials and print projects throughout the entire state.