Updated 07/02/2012 08:16 AM
Lone Star Scene: Texas film roundup topped by documentary awards
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A definitive Ann Richards documentary hit the scene with a triumphant premiere at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival.
"Ann Richards' Texas" was named one of the best of the fest and also won the Writers Guild of America East documentary screenplay award. The feature comes from Houston-based directors Jack Lofton and Keith Patterson. While a Texas premiere has not yet been announced, a screening in Austin can only be a matter of time.
The Austin-made documentary "Trash Dance" also added to its acclaim at Silverdocs, winning the festival's Audience Award for best feature. The film previously claimed awards at the Full Frame documentary fest and SXSW.
The Austin filmmakers we profiled last week added one more big name to the roster of their documentary about late baseball pitcher Dock Ellis. Director Ron Howard reminisced about baseball and directing Ellis in the '80s comedy "Gung Ho." The interview taping happened last week as principal photography on "No NO: A Dockumentary wraps up.
Good news for fans of the "Dallas" reboot and the Texas crew that works on it. TNT renewed the series for second season calling for 15 episode shot in the Metroplex area that will air next year.
Tim Burton's upcoming animated film "Frankenweenie" will first come to life in Austin. The world premiere is set for opening night film at September's Fantastic Fest.
A classic movie experience returns as Austin's Blue Starlite Drive In opens at a new venue.
The small-scale drive in theater moved out to a lot at Austin Studios in East Austin and begins its summer movie series showing "Independence Day" on July 4.