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Lights, Camera, Austin
with: Robert Sims
Thursday 14:00:00 - 15:00:00

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, Miami New Times, the Palm Beach Daily News, Shock Till You Drop, Total Film Magazine, and What's On in London.

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Lights Camera Austin has free passes for tonight's (Monday, July 21) screening of THE FLUFFY MOVIE, a stand-up concert film with Gabriel Iglesias. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m.; it is at the Regal Gateway. The film is rated PG-13

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Lights Camera Austin talks with Chateles del campo (Country Kids) director Jason Outenreath (pictured) about his documentary, which examines the rural Nicaragua elementary school system through the eyes of several students. Chateles del campo (Country Kids) screens April 26 during the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival. Writer/director John Sheehan discusses For Serious, a comedy about an unemployed lawyer, which screens April 30 at the Galaxy Highland Theater as part of the Austin Film Festival's Austin Premieres series. Alamo Drafthouse Austin Creative Manager/Programmer R.J. LaForce reveals what's on tap during the Off-Centered Film Festival, the annual celebration of film and craft beer which runs April 24-26 at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline and includes appearances by The Lonely Island. Also, host Robert Sims will review Alan Partridge and Brick Mansions. Thursday, 4/24, 2-3 p.m.

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: 

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:

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: 

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Nicolas Cage and Tye Sherdian (pictured) and director David Gordon Green discuss the Austin-shot drama Joe on this week's Lights, Camera, Austin. Joe opens April 11 after premiering locally at this year's SXSW Film Festival. Cine Las Americas film program director Jean Lauer discusses this year's film festival, which runs April 22-27. Oculus director Mike Flanagan reveals the dark secrets about his ghost story, which opens April 11 after premiering locally at this year's SXSW Film Festival. Also, host Robert Sims will review Draft Day and Under the Skin. Thursday, 4/10, 2-3 p.m.

Director Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez chronicles the late Mexican-American labor leader and civil rights activist’s efforts in the 1960s and 1970s to unionize California grape pickers and fight against low wages and poor working conditions. World Trade Center and End of Watch’s Michael Peña stars as Chavez, who at one point in the film goes on a hunger strike in order to unify dissenting factions of his union that are conflicted over the use of non-violent tactics to advance their cause. The cast also includes America Ferrera as Chavez’s wife Helen, Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta, who co-founded with Chavez the National Farm Workers Association, which would later become the United Farm Workers. Producer John Malkovich also plays a fictional version of a industrial grape grower Chavez takes on. Cesar Chavez, which marks actor Diego Luna’s second film as a director following 2010’s Abel, premiered locally at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and opened March 28 in theaters on the eve of March 31's Cesar Chavez Day. I was among several members of the media during this month’s SXSW Film Festival to attend a Cesar Chavez press conference with director Diego Luna, stars Michael Peña and Rosario Dawson, and labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. Aired: March 27, 2014. Listen now to the interview segment: 

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