Texas Independent Film Network and Video Association of Dallas present TEXAS LEGENDS, BEFORE THEY WERE LEGENDS at the Texas Theater in Oak Cliff. The film features a collection of first short films by legendary Texas filmaker's. From Tobe Hooper to Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson and Robert Rodriguez (to name a few) Texas has a rich legacy of filmmaking, but even the masters had to start somewhere. Tickets are cheap - $8. The program will last 90 minutes and it's recommended for mature audiences.
Date & Time: Friday, February 11, 2011 at 7:30pm &
Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 8:00pm
Location: The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX 75208
Tickets: $8 | BUY TICKETS
BOTTLE ROCKET (1992)
By Wes Anderson
Shot in Austin in 1992, this little gem is not only the directorial debut of Wes Anderson, but also the screen debut of Owen and Luke Wilson. The short film would form the basis for the full-length feature version of BOTTLE ROCKET released 4 years later.
By Jan Krawitz
Renowned Stanford and University of Texas professor Jan Krawtiz started her career as a documentarian with STYX, an impressionistic view of the subterranean world of the Philadelphia subway system. Joining an anonymous mass of commuters, the camera embarks on a journey across a decaying cityscape.
By Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater’s first foray into filmmaking was actually a documentary, filmed at the 1985 Woodshock Music Festival held in Dripping Springs. Linklater and cinematographer Lee Daniel captured the mayhem and debauchery that was Woodshock, along with a rare early interview with a young Daniel Johnston. Think a Texan version of HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT.
SPEED OF LIGHT (1981)
By Brian Hansen
When Jonathan Demme visited Austin in 1981 he was so blown away by the filmmaking culture he witnessed, that he took a collection of films back with him to screen in New York. SPEED OF LIGHT is the centerpiece of the program JONATHAN DEMME PRESENTS: MADE IN TEXAS – NEW FILMS FROM AUSTIN, and is best described, in the words of its creators, as "a screaming red piece of time crash landing in the backwash of the American Gothic."
THE HEISTERS (1965)
By Tobe Hooper
Nearly a decade before TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE would change the landscape of independent film, Tobe Hooper was busy learning the craft of filmmaking at the University of Texas where he made THE HEISTERS. Hooper calls the film “a Gothic mod comedy,” and it was invited to be entered in the short subject category at the Oscar’s, but wasn’t finished in time.
By Robert Rodriguez
Made while he was a student at the University of Texas at Austin, Rodriguez shot BEDHEAD with his brothers and sisters as actors and with his family and friends as crew. The short film was then entered into several competitive film festivals, where it won cash prizes, money that Rodriguez then used to produce his first feature film EL MARIACHI.