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Austin Film Festival 2011 Confirms First Ten Films

Austin Film Festival (Oct. 20-27) has announced the first ten films of this year's lineup, including the new Duplass brothers comedy Jeff Who Lives at Home as well as the already-lauded Tilda Swinton drama We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Other films we'll have the chance to see includeAmerican Teacher (a documentary narrated by Matt Damon), Beneath The Darkness (in which Dennis Quaid plays a psychopathic killer), Freak Dance (brought to you by the Upright Citizens Brigade), and Puss in Boots (a Shrek spin-off voiced by Antonio Banderas, among others). Rounding out the list are Albert Nobbs,Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters, Harold's Going Stiff and Restive. We've shared a few trailers below.

As usual, this year's festival will showcase world, national and regional premieres that cover an array of genres and budgets, and the conference portion of the fest will allow burgeoning filmmakers to interact with several shining stars in film, television and writing. The special guests/primary honorees this year are John Lasseter(Disney/Pixar), Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands) and Hart Hanson (Bones), and the script-to-screen panels will examine Fight Club and The Graduate.

Find more information about AFF 2011 panelists, stay tuned for more lineup announcements (slated for mid-September), and buy your badges here."


Comment by randomtetrisnoob on August 30, 2011, 12:42 am
@Wojtek: It's written at the end of the Tetris (Game Boy) article in Wikipedia (citing an IGN interview). It's probably due to them having an unhealthy obsession with Korobeiniki (i.e. requiring it in all guideline games), and GB being the first to have that song.
Comment by caffeine on August 28, 2011, 8:12 am
Soooooooo COOOOOL! Can't wait till I can watch the whole thing. For some reason, I really enjoy watching people be enthusiastic about Tetris. I need to travel to one of these things one day.
Comment by Wojtek on August 26, 2011, 5:52 pm
so alexey also said GB tetris is his favorite? i know henk said it's his favorite in this interview: . maybe after all they realize modern tetris games are not as good as they should be, haha.
Comment by Kitaru on August 25, 2011, 7:41 pm
(Also I think it's hilarious that Alexey calls GB his favorite considering it's just a poorly tuned precursor to NES. :p )
Comment by Kitaru on August 25, 2011, 7:41 pm
Also, remember that this documentary is meant to give an inside look on the NES Tetris community and its players specifically. Tetris is immense in its scope, so there isn't room to hit on all of it in depth over the course of one film. The main reason they came to speak to me was that I did some research on NES Tetris and went to participate in the tournament. Showing off something like TGM and the pursuits of the modern-focused communities would be a topic for another documentary. :)
Comment by Kitaru on August 25, 2011, 7:30 pm
Again, I'd say that TTC talks big about making Tetris an eSport and then sort of latched on to the better efforts of dedicated fans rather than facilitating it themselves. I know they'd like to push a modern guideline game for future events. (I'm just worried they're going to try to promote a game on the more... mediocre side of the guideline spectrum like PS3 than a solid title like Splash or TOJ.)
Comment by randomtetrisnoob on August 24, 2011, 8:19 am
Anyway, I just watched the trailer, and they show you at around 0:44-0:45 (and are those your hands playing TGM?). Which makes it cool, and somewhat redeems this (but not enough, why just the hands, and not show TGM on screen). Heck, I don't care if it's not guideline, just show people something AMAZING, like TGM's invisible staff roll. Make the people fall off of their seat! NES tetris may be hard, but anyone out there who watches it will just say "nice." and turn away. They need to highlight something that will WOW people. Just like in speedcubing, it's not all about the world-record sub-10 solves, the one-handed and blindfolded solves also bring in crowds to the community. And NES tetris, while hard, is not that. Heck, I've seen tons of NES tetris vids. And yet, if it wasn't for a TGM youtube vid, I wouldn't even be here nor would I be playing tetris.
Comment by randomtetrisnoob on August 24, 2011, 7:37 am
I got that idea because they were really hypeing up in the past the idea of turning tetris into a sport, then Classic Tetris WC comes around, and then they suddenly all their hype is gone. It's like a guy who just finished is no longer interested in his porn, because he already got what he want. I'm not bashing NES tetris, and I will admit it deserves props (and yes, I've already read you post that Death mode thing somewhere else as well where NES tetris was being bashed in favor of guideline games), heck, I think it's harder since we're all spoiled with bag, hold, and ghost. But when it gives me the impression that it took something as huge as official support away, it leaves a really bad taste in my mouth. Hell, I'm willing to claim that TTC disappeared from the Harddrop scene since the Classic tetris champion was not a Harddrop represent. I'd understand though. Since if I was TTC represent, that would also be a buzzkill, after showing lots of support for this a community that didn't turn out the champion. Also considering the game's creator's favorite version is GB tetris, which isn't guideline, and Harddrop certainly won't win a tournament on it. That's really a huge countering point for me if I was a TTC representative, it would probably make me not want to come back. And seriously, thinking about it from that point-of-view (where they are giving more props to classic NES tetris players than guideline players), it makes a LOT of sense. I'm not saying guideline players are better, or worse. I don't care about which is the better game. All I know is I play guideline and I'm not a NES player, and TTC gives me the impression that they prefer the NES champions.
Comment by Kitaru on August 23, 2011, 11:14 pm
Err, I'm not sure when you got the idea that they fixate on games like NES. TTC regularly sweeps masterpieces like NES or Tetris Grand Master under the carpet in favor of their somewhat misguided guideline games. In fact, I'd like to mention that this tournament was first and foremost a labor of love brought about by the NES Tetris community. That TTC decided to support it is not unlike their decision to support Hard Drop's Tetris Tournament Online with prize donations. NES is a very hardcore, technical game, and is in some ways more demanding than modern offerings. The spirit of NES Level 19 is not unlike Tetris Grand Master 2's Death mode. The proud few players that have maxed out the score counter or cleared over 290 lines are in every way deserving of recognition.
Comment by randomtetrisnoob on August 23, 2011, 9:05 pm
IMDB plot summary: "A documentary set for release in 2012 that captures the greatest world record Tetris players as they prepare for the _Classic_Tetris_World_Championship. " I stopped reading there. Seriously? Is this was Henk meant when they said they wanted to make tetris a sport? To ignore super-fast hard-dropping gameplay and instead highlight NES players as the athletes? People need to learn about the existence of uber-fast harddrop gameplays if we are ever to hope of building a community as big as the speedcubing community (which they are able to do because of official support from Rubik himself and his company, and due to the publicity that such brings). This is hopeless if TTC is so fixated on classic NES tetrising and neglecting modern standards-compliant gameplay and its players.

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