Cinema Touching Disability
The 10th annual Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival will take place Nov. 1 and 2 at the Alamo Village. The festival hosted by the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities shines a spotlight on films that portray disabled individuals in a positive light. This year’s offerings include “Getting Up: The Tempt One Store,” a documentary about a graffiti artist who uses technology to continue his artwork after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, and “The Crash Reel,” director Lucy Walker’s documentary that tells the story of champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce, who suffered a traumatic brain injury while preparing for the 2010 Olympics. The movie won the audience award for documentaries at this year’s South by Southwest. For more information visit CTDFilmFest.org.
Former Pantera frontman Philip Anselmo and true-crime writer Corey Mitchell bring the inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival to Austin on Oct. 24. The four-day festival is a celebration of horror film and heavy metal, with screenings and concerts held at Emo’s, Antone’s and Dirty Dog bar on East Sixth Street. The film lineup includes the world premiere of Austin rockabilly musician and filmmaker Jesse Dayton’s “Zombex,” a zombie apocalypse film set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Former Austinite Spencer Parsons’ locally shot “Saturday Morning Massacre,” a bloody and psychedelic take on “Scooby-Doo,” also screens. The music lineup includes the Melvins and Gwar. Attendees can buy passes separately for film ($99) and music ($125) or buy one pass for both ($199). Visit HousecoreHorrorFilmFestival.com for more information.
Far East film
The Austin Film Society’s latest Essential Cinema Series highlights three influential 20th-century Japanese filmmakers. The “6 by 3 Japanese Master Filmmakers” program will screen two films each from directors Akira Kurosawa, Yasujiro Ozu, and Kenji Misoguchi. The series will focus on early and later works by each director, giving audiences a sense of their development as filmmakers. The movies screen at AFS at the Marchesa Theater (6226 Middle Fiskville Rd.) on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. through Nov. 14. Visit AustinFilm.org for more information.
FilmBuff will release Austin filmmaker Don Swaynos’s touching and absurdist comedy “Pictures of Superheroes” on iTunes, Amazon Instant and other video-on-demand platforms on Oct. 15. The movie, which made its world premiere at last year’s Austin Film Festival, stars Austin comedian Kerri Lendo as Marie, a frustrated young woman pinballing between an apathetic and emotionally stunted ex-boyfriend (Byron Brown), an unscrupulous boss (Chris Doubek) and a pair of dimwitted fools. For a 2012 interview with Swaynos, visit Austin360.com/movieblog.