This deluxe boxed set includes two DVDs with the fully restored feature film; an original feature-length documentary, The King of Texas; a fully restored version of Eagle Pennell’s first short film, A Hell of a Note; archival interviews; and three commentary tracks. The set also includes a bonus audio CD with the soundtracks of The Whole Shootin’ Match and The King of Texas composed by Chuck Pinnell, featuring Slaid Cleaves.PURCHASE
Check for screening updates
Cowboy (Sonny Carl Davis) and Claude (Lou Perryman), two good ole Texas boys, make their last-ditch effort to save The Alamo, a Houston honky-tonk dive, from being demolished. But instead of bringing salvation, the two drink the night away, closing down a part of their lives on the bar’s last night. Eagle Pennell and Kim Henkel have constructed a broad and poignant Texas take on O’Neil’s The Iceman Cometh. A hit at the New York Film Festival, highly praised by New York Times film critic Vincent Canby, this was the $30,000 feature Pennell turned down Urban Cowboy to direct. The money belies the terrific craftsmanship throughout. Fully restored from the original negative and audio from 1983.
Click here for more information and screenings.
Under the guidance of Louis Black, six films from Austin’s early indie scene are restored and presented together as a package for the first time since Jonathan Demme introduced them at the Collective for Living Cinema in October 1981 after being introduced to the project by Louis Black in 1980. Made in Texas premiered at SXSW Film 2015 and has shown at festivals across the United States and Canada. This DVD and Blu-ray includes exciting extras, such as photographs from the productions, punk posters from Austin’s thriving music scene, archival paper materials, and much more.
Click here for more information on the series and where it’s played.PURCHASE
Eggshells (1969) is the first film directed by Tobe Hooper (director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and stars Kim Henkel (writer of Texas Chainsaw Massacre). Eggshells is a trippy, acid laced manifesto of the Austin hippy scene, and is also the beginning of Hooper’s art house genius. Tobe Hooper described Eggshells as “a hippie movie” and David Ford called it a “head film.” Louis Black Productions and Watchmaker Films will have a 4k restoration finished by the end of 2016.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s the University of Texas at Austin department of Radio, Television, Film graduate students started a student run film screening series, focusing on seminal classics and new renegade films and filmmakers. The screenings, held four times a week, were accompanied by graduate student written film criticisms. These criticisms, though student written, were some of the most profound and engaging criticism of the films they were watching in the series, including works like Casablanca, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, andCrazy Mama. Lars Neilson, programmer at the Austin Film Society once said that these notes were “the backbone of Austin film culture.”
Louis Black Productions is curating a series of books of these notes, some that haven’t been seen since they were originally published. The first volume will focus on classical Hollywood, renegade talent, auteurs, and shadow cinema.