Trending
MOST READ
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Best Guacamole

Best Guacamole

Best of 2012: San Antonio has its share of great guacamole makers, but it's hard to find a more devoted and careful team of avocado artists than those found at this River Walk... 4/25/2012
Best Public Place to Have Sex

Best Public Place to Have Sex

Around Town: Critic's Pick: 4/23/2014
Best Pizza

Best Pizza

Food: Reader's Choice: 4/23/2014
Best Sandwiches

Best Sandwiches

Food: Reader's Choice: 4/23/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Screens & Culture

Texans bound for Sundance Film Festival

Photo: Courtesy photo, License: N/A

Courtesy photo

Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd in David Gordon Green's Prince Avalanche, filmed in Austin.


This is finally Texas' year at Sundance Film Festival. On January 17-27, filmmakers from across the country will come together in Park City, Utah, to bring their film to market and pray for distribution, a scandal, or any other form of miracle. Despite a growing film industry in the state (in part due to favorable tax breaks for production companies), Texas has typically not presented as many homegrown talents as California and New York. But this year, that's all changing.

As the reigning North American film festival, Sundance Film Festival represents the edgy, the mainstream, and everything in between. A glance at the schedule will prepare you for all of the most talked-about films to arrive in 2013.

Below is a comprehensive list of every film in the festival directed by a director who identifies as Texan (even if they were born in Wisconsin), and the films using Texas as a setting or plot element.

El Mariachi (1993)
Dir. Robert Rodriguez
Each year, the Sundance Institute selects one film from the Sundance Collection archived at UCLA to present alongside the premieres and competition films. This year, that distinction was awarded to Robert Rodriguez's 1993 debut film, El Mariachi. Just 24 years old when he directed this first feature, San Antonio native Rodriguez filmed a classic for just $7,000. The tale of mistaken identity, set against the backdrop of Ciudad Acoma, Mexico, swept the 1993 festival, taking home the dramatic competition award and setting Rodriguez's early career into motion.

Before Midnight
Dir. Richard Linklater
Already named as one of IndieWire's most anticipated releases of 2012, Before Midnight is the third installment in Richard Linklater's series based around two star-crossed lovers who continue to meet in fateful ways throughout their lives. Although this picture is set in Greece, Houston-born, Austin-based Linklater's canon of seminal Texas films like Slacker, Dazed & Confused, and Bernie make him 100 percent Lone Star.

Prince Avalanche
Dir. David Gordon Green
An unlikely friendship between two road workers in the middle of nowhere forms the basis of Prince Avalanche, a funny yet touching character study directed by David Gordon Green. Based on a popular Icelandic comedy, this remake starring Emile Hirsche and Paul Rudd was filmed in and around the Austin area.

Computer Chess
Dir. Andrew Bujalski
Texas filmmaker Andrew Bujalski received the largest single grant from the Austin Film Society through its Texas Filmmakers Production Fund in 2011 to produce this film about the early days of computing. Set in 1980, this funny period piece about the early days of technology is really about people and how we connect to one another.

A Teacher
Dir. Hannah Fidell
Brooklyn-based director and writer Hannah Fidell chose a sleepy suburban high school in Texas as the backdrop of her tale about a young female teacher's reckless affair with a teenage student, culminating in a disastrous turn of events from which she cannot seem to escape.

Recently in Screens & Tech
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus