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Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: Thirty Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas Hardcover – March 1, 2010

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"Macor sketches an intriguing flow-chart of like-minded Austin eccentrics who built an economic base for the city.... the book's strength is its enduring relevance." --Film Comment

Austin, TX, often called the "Third Coast," has boasted a homegrown film industry since the late 1970s. Macor, who has been a film critic for the Austin Chronicle and has taught film courses at the University of Texas, writes of how that industry began and how it has grown. Fed by the progressive students at CinemaTexas (Univ. of Texas) and the biweekly Austin Chronicle arts newspaper, the area was able to produce small movies with regional appeal--many of which blew up beyond the DIY scene. Horror movie fans will appreciate the behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and fans of Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Richard Linklater will find great histories of how their careers were boosted by the Austin scene. The film industry is going strong with the Austin Film Festival and the popularity of cult movies like Slacker and Dazed and Confused. Verdict: Recommended for film enthusiasts, Austinites, and anyone looking for a companion book to the many movies made in Texas over the last 30 years.--Christine Schonhart, Boston P.L. --Library Journal, March 12, 2010 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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ALISON MACOR is a freelance writer and former film critic for the Austin Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman. She has taught film courses at the University of Texas, Austin Community College, and the Austin Museum of Art.

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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292706057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292706057
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. White on April 23, 2010
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For anyone who has filmmaking aspirations and/or is an enthusiast of independent and mainstream movies, this book is a MUST READ.

Ms. Macor's historical exploration of the "Third Coast" is thorough, comprehensive and riveting. Detailing the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the successes and failures of the world's foremost capitol of "regional" filmmaking, Macor provides juicy tidbits as well as helpfully informative anecdotes. Her research and interviews are extensive. But the story of how Austin got to be known as the "Third Coast" is just plain fascinating storytelling.

In an age where any palooka can pick up a digital camera and become a YouTube star, CHAINSAWS, SLACKERS, AND SPY KIDS is inspirational, informative, and fun.
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