Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Will the real 'Lost in Austin' please stand up?

Lost in Austin is in low-budget film in pre-production for, naturally, an Austin shoot soon with a cast that is knee-deep in comedy cool: Linda Cardellini (Mad Men, Freaks and Geeks), Craig Robinson (The Office), Kristen Schaal (30 Rock, The Daily Show) and quite possibly Jane Krakowski (30 Rock).

Producers include Austin Film Society board member Suzanne Weinart, who was talking up the film as a Parker Posey vehicle a little more than a year ago. Will Raee will direct from a script he co-wrote with Brenna Graziano. The plot goes something like this: "A woman who is fed up with her mundane lifestyle hatches a scheme to make her family instant celebrities by having her ex-boyfriend kidnap her 11-year-old daughter for a month."

Don't confuse this indie with the micro-budget Lost in Austin, a series of vignettes put together by UT film students. Their version was completed in 2013 and is being submitted to film festivals as we speak.  

And really, truly don't confuse it with the potentially sleazy Lost in Austin reality show that was dubbed the Austin version of Jersey Shore back in 2011 when it cast twentysomethings who "rule the bar scene, rope in the hottest of the hot, drink anyone under the table."

And it's surely not the song--tip of the hat to Gary Bond of the Austin Film Commission--by Tommy Hancock or an album by Marc Benno (see above).

Maybe they could rename this new film something more unique like Austin Stories?

1 comment: said...

I wrote the REAL, actual, genuine, original "Lost in Austin" in 1975 with Charlie Williams. It has been covered by Bobby Bare and others and the Geezinslaws do or did, anyway, a version of it. So Benno, the band who use the name, the television show, the movie, and everyone else, including you, Joe, are late comers to the meme.
Yours truly,