Jonathan Demme Presents: Made in Texas



Introduced by Louis Black, Austin Chronicle editor and SXSW co-founder

While visiting Austin in 1981, Jonathan Demme viewed a number of local film productions. That October, he was inspired to screen Made in Texas: 6 Six New Films from Austin at the Collective for Living Cinema in New York City. A couple of years later at a screening in Houston, Richard Linklater sawSpeed of Light and Invasion of the Aluminum People, two of the films in the program, and decided to move to Austin.

Flashing forward, Demme and friend Louis Black have overseen the films’ restorations and launched the shorts on the film-festival circuit, beginning at Austin’s SXSW in March 2015. The 1980 and 1981 productions that comprise Made in Texas were variously influenced by the punk and New Wave music scene. The program: Death of a Rock Star (directed by Tom Huckabee, 12 min.), Invasion of the Aluminum People (directed by David Boone, 30 min.), Speed of Light (directed by Brian Hansen, 30 min.), Fair Sisters (directed by Louis Black, Missy Boswell, and Edward Lowry, 7 min.), Mask of Sarnath(directed by Neil Ruttenberg, 20 min.), and Leonardo, Jr. (directed by Lorrie Oshatz, 7 min.).

About the Presenter
Louis Black shares anecdotes about the films and their makers, and discusses Austin’s film scene then and now. He is co-founder and editor at the Austin Chronicle and co-founder and director of SXSW. A founding board member of the Austin Film Society, Black was a producer on Margaret Brown’s documentaries Be Here to Love Me: A Film about Townes Van Zandt and the Peabody Award–winningThe Order of Myths. He produced the first-ever DVD release of Eagle Pennell’s 1978 indie classic The Whole Shootin’ Match.

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