In 1991, Richard Linklater's Slacker inspired a generation of American filmmakers by exploring the subculture of Austin in a loose narrative with a tapestry of quirky characters. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of that iconic movie, 24 of Austin’s top filmmakers banded together to update Slacker with their own perspectives. Slacker 2011 is a stream-of-consciousness chronicle of a day in Austin, presenting the city-dwellers, dragworms, proto-hipsters, and locations that give the city its identity. The film showcases a transformed town next to things that never change. Slacker 2011 is an homage to 20 years of independent filmmaking, presenting the city’s changing face and showcasing some of its most exciting talent.
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Filmmakers Attending the Screening: Geoff Marslett & Sam Wainwright Douglas
Geoff Marslett is a native Texan who took a circuitous path to filmmaking, studying mathematics, philosophy, art, science, and languages at St. John’s College (1996) before returning to Texas to pursue an MFA in filmmaking at UT (2001). In addition to making films, Geoff teaches in the RTF Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He has directed fourteen short films and a half dozen segments for other directors’ television and film programs. His critically acclaimed Monkey vs. Robot screened at over 25 festivals worldwide, was distributed theatrically, and ultimately broadcast on HBO, PBS, and Univision. His most recent short, Bubblecraft, premiered in 2006 and served as a laboratory for developing his own unique animation process and style. Geoff wrote software specifically for animating this film and later co-wrote an expanded version for his next project, MARS, a feature-length animated, sci-fi, romantic comedy.
Sam Wainwright Douglas, a graduate with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1998, has been working in documentary film and television ever since. With fellow filmmaker Paul Lovelace, Sam made the feature-length documentary The Holy Modal Rounders... Bound To Lose, which chronicles the surreal saga of the infamous bad boys of folk, The Holy Modal Rounders. Sam was also an editor for Left Of The Dial, a feature documentary about Air America Radio that was broadcast on HBO in March and April of 2005 and is now available on DVD. He directed Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio, a documentary about the late architect who encouraged his students to better their communities. He also edited a short documentary produced by the Anti-Defamation League, which won a 2005 Telly Award. In 2006 he edited and co-produced Near Life Experience, a feature documentary about Dan Asher, a volatile New York artist who struggles with autism and other psychological disorders. Sam has taught film and video editing in the Department of Radio Television Film at the University of Texas, and he recently edited Along Came Kinky, a film due out next year on musician/writer/raconteur Kinky Friedman and his run for governor of Texas in 2006.