We at Other Worlds Austin are proud to introduce the newest member of our team, Eric Harrelson! Eric is coming on board as a Programmer and Screenwriting Director. Readers of our blog are already quite familiar with Eric.
Jean Anne Lauer’s love of SciFi can be traced back to the book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien, which was a prized RIF acquisition and which she read at least a million times. Also as a child, she regularly watched such classics as Fantastic Voyage (Dir. Fleischer), fell in love with Kurt Russell in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (Dir. Butler), and never missed an opportunity to see The Absent Minded Professor (Dir. Stevenson).
Several years ago, I was fortunate to meet and interview wickedly humorous and talented actress Beth Grant while she was in Austin supporting the quirky comedy, HERPES BOY. Her passion and enthusiasm was so infectious that we bonded immediately, and to date our time together is my most memorable interview in my film criticism career.
We've stayed in touch over the years as she continues to work hard in television and film. Just a few of her projects include THE BLUES FOR WILLADEAN, the film adaptation of Del Shore's award-winning dramatic play, James Franco's AS I LAY DYING, and THE MINDY PROJECT in which she portrays regular Beverly, an eccentric nurse-turned-receptionist.
Although Beth's screen time in the upcoming film THE MIDNIGHT SWIM is rather brief, her character drives so much of the story between the female cast that I felt it imperative to have her perspective on this film as well as her advice for filmmakers.
"So as you may know, Cthulhu joined our team a few months ago to pose for our official laurels. At the time, some idiot (me), thought it might be fun to make him/her/it a programmer as well. Well, since then, I’ve been trying to get ahold of him to watch his films. He resurfaced from the bottom of the ocean a few days ago and I met him for lunch on 6th street."