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Lights, Camera, Austin
Moderators: Robert Sims
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Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Host: Robert Sims

A fun and informative look at what's happening locally and nationally in film, including interviews with area and Hollywood filmmakers and industry figures such as festival programmers, authors, and other behind-the-scenes people. Also featuring an events roundup, reviews, news, and analysis.

Robert Sims has written for Hollywood.com, Miami New Times, the Palm Beach Daily News, Shock Till You Drop, Total Film Magazine, and What's On in London.

Email: lightscameraaustin@koop.org

Web site: lightscameraaustin.net

Twitter: @lightscameraaus

Lights Camera Austin talks with director Luke Korem (pictured) about his documentary Lord Montagu, which screens May 2 during the Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg. Matthew Burnett and Jay Young discuss their roles in director Stephen Reynolds' The Might of Me, which screens April 19 at the City Theatre. Nick Frost reveals how he got into dancing shape for his new comedy Cuban Fury, which opens April 18. Director Frank Pavich discusses his documentary Jodorowsky's Dune, which examines Alejandro Jodorowsky's aborted adaptation of the Frank Herbert sci-fi novel. Jodorowsky's Dune premiered at last year's Fantastic Fest and opens April 18. Also, host Robert Sims will review Dom Hemingway and Under the Skin. Thursday, 4/17, 2-3 p.m.  

If any director deserves credit for creating the prototypical Arnold Schwarzenegger action thriller, it’s Mark L. Lester. His 1985 Commando turned the antihero of Conan the Barbarian and the villain of The Terminator into a larger-than-life muscle-bound man of action by tapping into his inherent charm and charisma and arming him a barrage of memorable one-liners that 29 years later we can recite by heart. The ticking-tock thriller Commando followed the efforts of Schwarzenegger’s John Matrix to rescue his kidnapped daughter Jenny from an exiled South American dictator who is plotting to overthrow his nation’s government. Commando also stars a 12-year-old Alyssa Milano stars as Jenny Matrix, Rae Dawn Chong as John Matrix’s initially reluctant sidekick Cindy, and Vernon Wells, Bill Dukes, and David Patrick Kelly as three of the mercenaries hired by Dan Hedaya’s dictator. Before Commando, Lester cut his teeth on such drive-in cult classics as Truck Stop Woman, Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw, Stunts, and Roller Boogie. He came to prominence in 1982 with Class of 1984, which courted controversy due to its depiction of high school violence. He followed Class of 1984 with his adaptation of the Stephen King novel Firestarter, which starred a 9-year-old Drew Barrymore. Commando led to the John Candy comedy Armed and Dangerous, the Class of 1984 sequel Class of 1999, the Dolph Lundgren-Brandon Lee action comedy Showdown in Little Tokyo, and a pair of Scott Glenn thrillers, Extreme Justice and Night of the Running Man. Lester’s new film, the creature-feature Poseidon Rex, will be available via iTunes on April 18. Commando will screen in 35mm at 7:05 p.m. April 4 at the Alamo Ritz with Lester in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Aired April 3, 2014 on KOOP 91.7 FM. Listen now to the segment: http://bit.ly/1imelOH 

The Hill Country Film Festival runs April 30 through May 4 in Fredericksburg. The lineup includes two films with Austin ties, director Andrew Disney’s Intramural and director Luke Korem’s Lord Montagu. Other features include Elsa and Fred, with Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer; You Are Here, directed by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner; and the SXSW Audience Award Winner Before I Disappear. Chad Mathews, an Austin resident, serves as the executive director of the Hill Country Film Festival and is one of its founders. Aired April 3, 2014 on KOOP 91.7 FM. Listen now to the segment: http://bit.ly/PFNyo0

The found-footage vampire chiller Afflicted stars its directors Clif Prowse and Derek Lee (pictured) as two American backpackers, named Derek and Clif, whose trek across the world comes to a grinding halt when Derek hooks up with a mysterious woman in Paris. Afflicted, which received its Austin premiere during last year’s Fantastic Fest, is now available on VOD. Aired April 3, 2014 on KOOP 91.7 FM. Listen now to the interview: http://bit.ly/1e1gVMA 

The Lights Camera Austin Film Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldierbit.ly/1q91WAq

The Lights Camera Austin Film Review: Nymphomaniac: Volume II: http://bit.ly/1mPDyUr

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