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Mini Profile: Jean Anne Lauer, Dan O'Bannon Filmmaker Award Juror

Mini Profile: Jean Anne Lauer, Dan O'Bannon Filmmaker Award Juror

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).

Writer/Director Iqbal Ahmed provides THE ANSWER to each Question Jordan Brown asks

Writer/Director Iqbal Ahmed provides THE ANSWER to each Question Jordan Brown asks

"I wanted to explore identity at an intimate level — something I hadn’t seen recently.  I wanted to talk about family and identity from the perspective of a character who has quietly suppressed his past and who lives his day-to-day almost like a ghost." - THE ANSWER writer/director Iqbal Ahmed

THE MIDNIGHT SWIM - Interview with Actress Beth Grant

THE MIDNIGHT SWIM - Interview with Actress Beth Grant

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.

Bears and Cthulhu Go To Lunch

Bears and Cthulhu Go To Lunch

"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."