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Five Austin filmmakers to have films make world premieres at Sundance

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

Austin filmmakers will once again have a strong presence at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in January.

Kat Candler will have her feature film “Hellion” make its world premiere in the U.S. Narrative Competition category. The family drama starring Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) and Juliette Lewis (“Natural Born Killers”) was born from Candler’s short film of the same name. Candler and producer Kelly Williams developed the movie through the Sundance Creative Producing Labs. The film is executive produced by Sarah Green (“The Tree of Life”) and Jeff Nichols (“Mud”).

Brothers David and Nathan Zellner will make their eighth trip to Sundance in January. Their narrative feature “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter,” a movie about a Japanese woman who goes in search of a treasure she saw in a fictional movie, will also make its world premiere in the U.S. Narrative Competition category. Screening in the NEXT category is Austin filmmaker Michael Tully’s “Ping Pong Summer,” a comedic 80s period piece about a family’s summer vacation to the Mid-Atlantic shore.

Austin director Jeffrey Radice will have his documentary “No No: A Dockumentary,” which chronicles the legend of former Major League Baseball pitcher Doc Ellis, who allegedly threw a no-hitter on LSD, will make its world premiere in the U.S Documentary Competition.

All five of those filmmakers have received support from the Austin Film Society, with Candler, the Zellners and Radice all winning AFS Grants. Tully’s film screen as part of the AFS Narratives-In-Progress Program. AFS also awarded an AFS Grant and fellowships to producing partners David Lowery, James Johnston, and Toby Halbrooks of Dallas, who produced Alex Ross Perry’s “Listen Up, Phillip,” which will premiere in the NEXT category.

For information on all 42 films accepted into competition and NEXT today, check the fest’s official site.