Film for foodies
Joseph Levy’s Austin Film Festival award-winning “Spinning Plates” waltzes into the kitchens of three restaurants from around the country and into the lives of the people whose dedication, passion and skill make them run. The restaurants run the gamut from affordable Mexican food to the molecular gastronomy of Grant Achatz’s world-class Alinea in Chicago, but Levy reveals that all of the restaurants share similar qualities and an unflappable perseverance.
AFF presents “Spinning Plates,” with Levy in attendance, on Monday at Alamo Village. Tickets are $5 for the public. Visit AustinFilmFestival.com for more information. For more from our interview with Levy from last year’s fest, visit Austin360.com/movieblog.
Poetry in motion
Paul Gordon was something of a one-man band on 2010’s “The Happy Poet.” The Austinite wrote, directed and starred in the comedy about a guy who runs a veggie dog cart near Lady Bird Lake. The movie premiered at South by Southwest and has hit festivals around the country, including the Florida Film Festival, where it won the grand jury award.
On the heels of a two-week theatrical run in Los Angeles, the movie, which also stars popular Austin actors Jonny Mars and Chris Doubek, will screen at the State Theatre at 7 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $10 for the public. Gordon will participate in Q&A after the screening. AustinTheatre.com.
The Found Footage Fest returns to Austin with its eclectic collection of hilarious videos. Fest curators Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, veterans of “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Onion,” scour vintage stores around the country for videos to screen at their fest, which celebrates the bizarre and discomfiting, often highlighting characters with “a lot of ambition and very little talent.” Found Footage Fest takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Alamo Ritz. Tickets are $12. FoundFootageFest.com.