"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
About the Author
ALISON MACOR is a freelance writer and former film critic for the Austin Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman. She holds a Ph.D. in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and has taught film courses at the University of Texas, Austin Community College, and the Austin Museum of Art.