Introduced by executive producer Elizabeth Avellán
Post-film discussion lead by Houston Film Commission's Alfred Cervantes with Avellán and local filmmaker Greg Carter
Next-day Cinéchat* with Avellán and Carter on Saturday
blacktino is a dark teen comedy about an overweight, half-black, half-Latino nerd named Stefan Daily. Raised by his black grandmother in a suburb of Austin, and struggling to find his place in a mostly white high school, Stefan finds sanctuary among the eclectic mix of social outcasts in the school's Theater Department. A coming-of-age story reflective of today's cynical times, blacktino gives an honest, and hilarious, depiction of high school life as seen through the imaginative eyes of a biracial computer nerd. In the tradition of the great teen comedies of the last 30 years, blacktino keeps the torch of teen angst burning bright. Winner for Best Director at HBO's New York International Latino Film Festival.
Elizabeth Avellán has not only produced numerous films as co-owner and vice president of Troublemaker Studios, she has also played a primary role in developing Austin as a thriving film community. Launching her producing career, Avellán co-founded Los Hooligans Productions with Robert Rodriguez when the two began their first feature film project, El Mariachi. Following the success of El Mariachi, Avellán coproduced Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn. Later Avellán produced The Faculty and the successful home entertainment sequels: From Dust to Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money and From Dust to Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter. In addition, she served as an executive producer on In and Out of Focus, a documentary about balancing motherhood and a career in the film business. Spy Kids was the first feature produced at Troublemaker, grossing more than $112 million domestically. Next, Avellán produced Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams, and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. In 2005, Avellán produced Sin City, the critically-acclaimed adaptation of three of the popular graphic novels in Frank Miller's series. The film featured an all-star ensemble cast, including Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, and Benicio Del Toro, among others. That same year, she produced The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, which was based on a story idea by her then-7-year-old son, Racer Rodriguez. Avellán also executive produced Secuestro Express, a topical Venezuelan narrative about the dangerous trend of "express" kidnappings in her home country. Additionally, Avellán has produced Grindhouse, The Truth in Terms of Beauty, Shorts released by Warner brothers, as well as the action-thrillers Predators and Machete, released by Twentieth Century Fox. Currently, Avellán is producing When Angels Sing and The Home, an EYA Production, where she is owner and president.
Greg Carter, a graduate of Texas A&M with a master's degree in filmmaking, has been inducted into the Texas Filmmakers' Hall of Fame. His other honors include receiving Best Director and Best Film awards for Fifth Ward at the 30th Parallel Film Festival. He has produced 17 feature films and documentaries, serving as director and writer on many of them.
*Cinéchat with Elizabeth Avellán and Greg Carter
Saturday, March 3, 10:30 a.m.
Freed Auditorium, Glassell School of Art
Admission is free.
Elizabeth Avellán and Greg Carter first met while studying filmmaking. They have both had prolific careers in the film industry, often included on lists of the most prominent Texas independent producers. After serving on a panel together at the 2011 Austin Film Festival, Carter invited Avellán to Houston for a repeat performance. Today's session is a rare opportunity to hear from two talented filmmakers about their careers, experiences, and current projects. They will also share information of particular interest to high school students who are considering careers in the film industry.