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Texas Independent Film Network Unveils New Lineup

TIFN is excited to finally be able to unveil their Spring 2012 program, hot off the presses. It’s an interesting cross-section of modern Texas film, two docs and two narratives.

WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM was partly funded by ITVS as part of the PBS POV series, and will have it’s national PBS broadcast debut on November 10th. It’s been racking up awards and accolades on the festival circuit, so we’re really thrilled to be leading off the program with this excellent doc.

SLACKER 2011 will come next in February, the remake of Richard Linklater’s SLACKER made by 24 different teams of Texas filmmakers. The film turned out amazing, and is an interesting modern take on the original and shows how things have changed in Texas since 1991. I’ve talked with a few venues about doing a double feature with the original SLACKER to put the new film in context for those not familiar with the original.

TEXAS BBQ & BEER double feature is our March presentation, comprised of two longish short docs – BBQ: A TEXAS LOVE STORY by Chris Elley and SOMETHING’S BREWIN’ IN SHINER by Mike Woolf. It’s a cause celbre for Texas culture and we think it will be a fun different sort of event. With the university partners I’d like to bring the filmmaker(s) to campus, but I’d also like to talk about having famous local BBQ provisioners present for Q&A, really to celebrate their craft.

AN ORDINARY FAMILY rounds out the slate with a great narrative feature from Mike Akel, the Houston filmmaker best known for his festival darling CHALK. The film just had it’s debut at the Austin Film Festival and will be hitting the festival circuit heavily over the next few months.

VAD is really proud to be part of the program, and now that TIFN will officially become part of the Austin Film Society starting in January, I think the trajectory for this series is looking great.

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