Independent Spirit Awards include local filmmakers
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A day before the Academy Awards, the industry's top prizes for indie films are handed out. Nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards' Best Picture include Richard Linklater's locally made dark-comedy "Bernie."
Austin High grad Elizabeth Mims earned a nomination in the Truer Than Fiction category for her debut documentary "Only the Young," which opens in Austin this weekend.
The film follows three skateboarding teenagers through growing pains of friendship and first love. Mims co-directed the movie on a shoestring budget, and its breakout success comes as a big surprise to her.
"This is a movie that we literally made in our bedroom and had no idea if it was going to go on to do anything. And then to be contacted by the Spirit Awards, and sell it, and have it playing in a theater is absolutely crazy," said Mims.
"Only the Young" is now showing in Austin at Violet Crown Cinema.
Austin's Matthew McConaughey is nominated in both the Best Male Lead ("Killer Joe") and Best Supporting Male ("Magic Mike") categories.
The Spirit Awards air Saturday Night on IFC, hosted by Andy Samburg.