Rodriguez, Linklater on Austin film industry


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on May 23, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 11:01 PM

AUSTIN -- Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater hit the red carpet at the Violet Crown Thursday for the premiere of Linklater's latest film in his 18-year trilogy, "Before Midnight."

"Any time we have a movie, we come bring it here," said Hawke.

Linklater, a member of the Austin Film Society says now is the time for Austin moviemakers.

"You know it's been building for a long time. Just the number of filmmakers, the film culture it's a good time," he said.

Fellow Austin Film Society member and director Robert Rodriguez tells KVUE News he wouldn't work anywhere else.

"We couldn't have gone, it would have killed us," he said laughing. "People now come to us more. You see how many film festivals we have here, how many premieres. How many filmmakers and actors and talent come to premiere their films here because it's such a big film community."

Additionally, for the first time in 28 years, the Austin Film Society has a permanent home at the Marchesa Hall & Theater off 2222 and I-35. Linklater, a director, is helping fund some of the $120,000 worth of repairs.

"It's really exciting, we get a lot of leeway with that space. We can be very spontanious," said Linklater.

"We're a permanent fixture already in Austin, but to have a permanent space, we'll be able to do so much with that," Rodriguez said.

"We're so excited, we have 278 seats and plenty of parking. It's just a new lease on life" said AFS director Rebecca Campbell.

With new space, and plenty of new movies, both Rodriguez and Linklater say Austin is definitely leading the pack.

"We didn't have to go to Hollywood, Hollywood came to us, but in the coolest way possible," said Rodriguez.

"Is this the year of Austin film? Well this is the decade of Austin film," said Linklater.

The film "Before Midnight" opens Friday. Rodriguez' latest film "Machete Kills" opens in June, and filming for the fourth installment of Transformers will begin filming in Central Texas in June.