Nov. 14--"From Dusk Till Dawn" headed to small screen
Robert Rodriguez has started production on "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series." The adaptation of the Austin director's 1996 movie that starred George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino will be the first original scripted program to air on Rodriguez's El Rey Network.
"If the movie's the short story, the series is the novel," Rodriguez said of the supernatural crime story.
Rodriquez began filming in Austin last week and will direct the first two installments of the 10-episode hourlong drama that will air in the spring of 2014. The cast includes D.J. Cotrona ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") in Clooney's original role of Seth Gecko; Zane Holtz ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower") as Richie Gecko, played by Tarantino in the film; and Jesse Garcia ("Sons of Anarchy") as Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, a new character created for the series. Don Johnson, who recently starred in Rodriguez's "Machete Kills," will have a recurring role as Sheriff Earl McGraw.
Miramax, which produced and distributed the original film, will distribute the series internationally.
El Rey, a 24-hour English-language network featuring original dramas, feature films, cult and genre classics, and sports, is set to launch in December. Time Warner and Comcast are expected to carry the network.
The Austin Film Society will screen the Austin premiere of Andrew Dosunmu's powerful drama "Mother of George" on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Marchesa Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. The movie stars Danai Gurira ("The Walking Dead") and Isaach De Bankol as newlyweds in New York City who consider drastic measures while trying to have their first child. The film made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, where cinematographer Bradford Young was honored for his work. Tickets are $10 for general admission. More information at AustinFilm.org.
Black honored as a Maverick
Louis Black, the first board president of the Austin Film Society, received the Maverick Award at Fort Worth's Lone Star Film Festival last week. The University of Texas alumnus, who co-founded the Austin Chronicle and South by Southwest Film Festival and Conference, was honored by virtue of the "notable integrity and courage" he's exhibited in his career. Black has also served as a producer on films, acting as executive producer on Margaret Brown's documentary "Be Here to Love Me: A Film about Townes Van Zandt."
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