Austin at Sundance: ‘Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter,’ ‘Boyhood’ and more
Austin filmmakers are having a moment at Sundance.
Words such as “masterpiece” and “extraordinary are being used to describe Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” the coming-of-age tale that the dean of Austin directors took more than a decade to shoot. “Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ dominates Day 5 at #Sundance — and perhaps the entire festival, too” tweeted The Dissolve, Pitchfork’s movie arm.
“Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter,” the new film from Austin filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner is also major waves at Sundance.
“Stunning!” says IndieWire. “A poetic stunner!” says Scott Macaulay of Filmmaker Magazine. “Like stunned sheep we were!” says…OK, that last one is not real.
The movie, about a Japanese woman who thinks the money buried in the movie “Fargo” is real and goes hunting for it, goes into Sundance with a ton of buzz. It is directed by David Zellner; the brothers co-wrote it and star in it with Rinko Kikuchi (“Pacific Rim”). It is their second feature at Sundance; the first was 2012’s “Kid-Thing,” which also showed up at SXSW and the Berlin International Film Festival.
RTF lecturer Todd Rohal has won a Sundance Jury Prize for “Unique Vision” for his short film” Rat Pack Rat.”
Kat Candler’s “Hellion” is also getting some traction. Candler is a Radio, Television and Film lecturer at the University of Texas; “Hellion” producer Kelly Williams graduated from UT in 1999. Here is an Entertainment Weekly interview with Candler and stars Aaron Paul and Josh Wiggins.
Austin filmmaker Jeffrey Radice’s buzzy “No No: A Dockumentary” on pitcher Dock Ellis, the charismatic hurler most famous for having thrown a no-hitter while tripping on LSD; John Fiege (MFA ’06, former lecturer) served as cinematographer on the project.