Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids

Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids

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During the 1990s, Austin achieved a€œovernighta€ success and celebrity as a vital place for independent filmmaking. Directors Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez proved that locally made films with regional themes such as Slacker and El Mariachi could capture a national audience. Their success helped transform Austina€™s homegrown film community into a professional film industry staffed with talented, experienced filmmakers and equipped with state-of-the art-production facilities. Today, Austin struggles to balance the growth and expansion of its film community with an ongoing commitment to nurture the next generation of independent filmmakers. Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids chronicles the evolution of this struggle by re-creating Austina€™s colorful movie history. Based on revealing interviews with Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, Mike Judge, Quentin Tarantino, Matthew McConaughey, George Lucas, and more than one hundred other players in the local and national film industries, Alison Macor explores how Austin has become a proving ground for contemporary independent cinema. She begins in the early 1970s with Tobe Hoopera€™s horror classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and follows the development of the Austin film scene through 2001 with the production and release of Rodrigueza€™s $100-million blockbuster, Spy Kids. Each chapter explores the behind-the-scenes story of a specific movie, such as Linklatera€™s Dazed and Confused and Judgea€™s Office Space, against the backdrop of Austina€™s ever-expanding film community.The thirty-five-yearold writer was still working on the script for a€œTies That Bind, a€ and he would eventually return to Disney to finish out his contract. Explains Suzanne, a€œI was very intimidated when we first started dating because hea#39;s almostanbsp;...


Title:Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids
Author: Alison Macor
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2010-03-01
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