Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Blaze Foley

Previously Unknown: The Legend of Blaze Foley

On May 5th, The University of Texas Documentary Center and Screen Door Film will present a special sneak-preview screening of the documentary PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN: THE LEGEND OF BLAZE FOLEY, directed by Austin filmmaker Kevin Triplett. The film will screen at Studio 4D in the CMB Building on the campus of UT at 7 PM.

Larry Monroe (KUT Radio Legend) will host our post-screening panel discussion, which will include:
Kevin Triplett - director of Previously Unknown
Mandy Mercier – Songwriter, friend of Blaze
Gurf Morlix – Producer, friend of Blaze

Wednesday, May 5th
7:00 P.M.
Studio 4D, CMB Building, 4th floor
(big black building at the corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keeton)
UT Campus
2504 Whitis
Austin, TX 78705

About the film
Born in a tree house, killed in a friend's living room and 86'ed from his own funeral, Blaze Foley is now a bona fide country music legend. His heartfelt songs are covered by Merle Haggard, John Prine, Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. Incorporating rare recordings, original artwork and archival material, BLAZE FOLEY weaves a tale of caution and inspiration for all artists, demonstrating how easily an everyday man can fail in the business world and yet succeed as a legend.

This is the first documentary by Kevin Triplett, who also is the owner of Mopac Media in Austin, TX.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Marathon Kids along with Screen Door Film is hosting a screening of the HAPPINESS IS… by award-winning writer/director Andrew Shapter on Tuesday, April 27, at the George Washington Carver Boyd Vance Theatre. Marathon Kids’ goal is to raise money for Austin Marathon Kids via ticket sales, and to build active community. There will be a thoughtful and provocative viewing and discussion afterwards regarding “what happiness really is”.

Screening Info

Tues Apr 27, 6 PM
The Carver Museum (1165 Angelina St)

$20 Reception Only
$25 Reception & Screening
$50 Reception, Screening & DVD of the film
$25 Help a Student Attend!

Purchase Tickets:

About the movie

Award winning filmmaker Andrew Shapter explores myths and truths of the "pursuit of Happiness" in America. The film provides an unequaled view into the hearts and minds of spiritual leaders like the Dalai Lama, philanthropists, scholars, and everyday people, along with artists like John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson. So please join us as we explore common ground and navigate the road to happiness! Enjoy a relaxing evening: pre-movie reception, film and provocative panel discussion. Help keep Marathon Kids free for 72,000+ area children!

After the screening, Shapter will moderate a panel with Kristin Armstrong, Author and Runner’s World Magazine columnist & Marathon Kids Mom, ABC News Political Analyst Matthew Dowd, Latinworks Media President Sergio Alcocer.

About Marathon Kids

The fundraiser and “friend raiser” evening benefits Austin area Marathon Kids’ six month, running/walking, nutrition and schoolyard gardening program for 72,000 area K-5th graders. Marathon Kids® is a 14 year old grassroots initiative that began in Austin in 1996. There is an 86% average completion rate of the free program. The target market is children most vulnerable to type 2 diabetes and sedentary lifestyles. The majority of Austin area Marathon Kids are low inome.

Monday, April 5, 2010


Join us for our next event on Wednesday, April 21st:

By Karen Skloss

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
Film begins at 7:00 pm, panel to follow
Free to the public
Location: Studio 4D in the CMB Building, UT Campus, 2501 Whitis Ave.

About the film
In this compelling documentary, Austin filmmaker Karen Skloss explores the meaning of family through a personal journey to understand both the legacy of her birth and the non-traditional family she created by co-parenting with her ex-boyfriend. As an unwed teenager, Skloss's mother gave her up for adoption in 1975. Now Skloss reconnects with her biological mother as she contemplates her relationship with her own daughter, Jasmine.

Young, pregnant, single and unprepared, the daughter/director struggles with the incredible ironies of the family — that history somehow repeated itself, and that the most strenuous efforts to protect the idea of family can actually do the most to pull families apart.

Woven together from over 10 years of super 8 and video home movies, intimate family interviews, shimmering dance sequences and stylized reenactments, SUNSHINE offers a refreshingly rare glimpse on the current day transformations taking place within our most sacred of institutions, the family.

A panel following the film will discuss Sunshine with:

Karen Skloss – Director, Sunshine
Megan Gilbride – Producer, Sunshine
Anne Kay – Marywood Children and Family Services
Sarah Wheat – Planned Parenthood Texas Capitol Region
Moderated by Janet Staiger –William P. Hobby Centennial Professor of Communication, University of Texas

Playing with the short film “Conversations” by Marianela Vega.

Studio 4D – 4th floor of the CMB Building on the UT Campus,
corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keaton.