What to do in Austin (& San Antonio) this weekend!

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A bunch of things have happened/  lately, so here is a recap:

Think well before buying ACL Vip tickets! Its awesome when you’re in the VIP lounge but you don’t get any benefits where the music is at :/

#WheresWarhol is up and running! The Blanton Museum is sending “Warhols”through the streets of Austin to promote and give passes for the new exhibit “Warhol by the Book”be on the lookout every Wednesday of October and don’t forget to use #WheresWarhol!!! * The exhibition opens this Sunday Oct 16th.

Go to all Austin Chronicle events, specially if it includes “Master Pancake” Comedy troupe, they’re hilarious!!! I went to their “Willow” screening and I cried a lot (laughing of course). It was interactive, funny, and we got to curse a lot, so great stress relief! 😉

POP AUSTIN International Art Show is in town, make sure to drop by, it has some great pieces with old and new favorites like: Richard Colman and Tom Wesselmann.

We’ll be in San Antonio this Saturday with Chido Machine, drop by The Mix and enjoy great music and guilty pleasures yayyy! 😀

Back in Austin, Celebrate the “Intl Video Store Day” at Vulcan Video & I Luv Video! They’re joining forces and will give us great deals on VHS, DVD/Blu Rays plus free beer, prizes, discounts, etc! This Saturday Oct 17th from 12PM-12AM

Saturday is also game day so, I’m sure you’ll find lots of things to do, be careful and have lots of fun! Hope to see you around town!

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Vote for the Best in Austin!

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If you’re thinking about the awesome people you know and want to support, why don’t you go to Austin Chronicle‘s best of and vote?! Here are some of my picks/Awesome friends: Ivete Lucas-Film maker, Gerardo Arellano-Visual Artist, Federico Archuleta-Mural Art, Gabriel Santiago-Musician, Mobley-Band, Xavier Treviño-Pastry Chef, Juan Alfredo Rios#ChidoMachine-DJ, JoyasPio-Jeweler, Limbo Jewelry– Jeweler, Cat Presley/@Chuck Edwards salon-Salon, Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt-Hotel, Blanton Museum-Museum #THEPROJECTO-Wild Card

AFF 2015

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The 22nd Annual Austin Film Festival took place Oct 29th- Nov 5th, and I was happily part of the audience; The Awesome people at Austin Chronicle gave me a pass and I couldn’t be more thankful for it. It was my 1st time going to the festival & only got to see 4 very different films (lame, they presented over 150!). Anyway, it was a very happy experience, you could see people of all ages talking, and discussing all kinds of topics; it was fun to see everyone being excited about their projects, or to know someone that was passionate about film. I saw many people just getting to their seats and turn around and ask, what do you do in the film industry? awesome conversations followed every time.

Even if you’re not in the industry, if you have the time, going is a must, nothing beats back to back movies, networking, nice conversations, and just the opportunity to have your minds blown!

Ok, so lets go to the movies:

The first movie I saw was “In Transit” directed by: Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu

Its a documentary about people traveling on Amtrak’s Empire Builder, the longest train route in the US (a 3 day journey); It shows all kinds of stories and people; some direct, deep conversations, drinking games, kids being kids, etc.

One of the directors talked to us and explained that they would let people know that they were doing a documentary, and invited everyone to talk and share their stories, some did right away, some avoided it, others ended up sharing only because of boredom. There is so much philosophical value to this piece, and all filled with humor, some tears and whatnot. A must see!

* If you’re curios about it, here is the link for the movie: http://www.intransitfilm.com

Second Movie, Isolation, Director: Shane Dax Taylor

Man, where do I start?! Ok, I know… Its supposed to be based in real events; how do you make it seem so fake and without any kind of sense or logic?!!!! Bad acting, bunch of holes in the story, beautiful Bahama landscapes, a gorgeous actress I might say, and thats about it. It’s a thriller with very bad dialogs, it really seems like they inserted some phrases that “kids use now a days” into an already bad script.

Not everyone was bad, but the ones that were, really spoiled the few nice things about this one.

This was the premiere, I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes straight to video…

Third: Monsterman, directed by Antti Haase

Great and very humane story about this Finland Heavy Metal band “Lordi” who got all of the glory, fame and money years ago, and that its struggling to adapt in a Reality TV Show era, and ever-changing crowds.

The story is weirdly nice, interesting, hard and very funny (if you have a bit of a dark sense of humor I might say). Its again a reflection of a very raw, clean human experience living in extreme situations, with technology but more human felt than ever, if that makes any sense…

Here is the link of the movie in case you want to check it out: http://www.monstermanfilm.com/

Fourth: Baby Baby Baby, DirectorWriter: Brian Klugman

Soooo Funny! Im not a fan of Rom Coms but this one is so worth it! Great humor, silly but smart at the same time; filled with awesome acting by Cloris Leachman, Kelsey Grammer, William Shatner and James Roday (among many others).

Great script, talks about creative people and how dysfunctional that life might be; books, art, lots of very weird stories and vulnerability, all hilarious, I swear! The leading characters are very well written, and performed, honestly weeeell done!

Any way, this one doesn’t have an official website yet, but Im sure it’ll come out anytime now. Here is the trailer tho!  Oh BTW, they won Comedy Vanguard Award at the Austin Film Festival 😉

 

So this is my not so short review about the Festival, that I forgot to say before, was very well organized, plus, clean, fast, friendly staff, nothing to complain about!

Count me in for next year!

Cheers!!!!