Wanna see director John Sayles live?

Hello, movie lovers!

Legendary director John Sayles is visiting Austin next week, and you can see him free at the KLRU studios if you are so inclined.

Here’s the blurb from KLRU:

John Sayles is perhaps one of the most respected independent filmmakers of our time. In 1979, he produced his first film entitled Return of the Secaucus 7. In 1983 he received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” which paid him to produce films for five years, including The Brother from Another Planet in 1984. Sayles has written several novels including his first story I-80 Nebraska that won an O. Henry Award and his novel Union Dues which was nominated for a National Book Award. Sayles most recent feature film Go For Sisters was released in November. He is in Austin for a screening of his 1987 film MATEWAN with the Austin Film Society.

To RSVP and get directions to the KLRU studios (UT campus), please click the link above.

Great stuff. Nueva Onda may be closed, but the Nueva Onda Movie Nights have not forgotten you. Stay warm!

NOMN: Nueva Onda alum wins Camera Novo, & a screening Thurs!

HabibiHello to long-unseen friends!

The Nueva Onda we remember is now Lucy’s Fried Chicken. But the spirit of Nueva Onda lives on, and the filmmakers from the Nueva Onda Movie Nights are still going strong!

What are you doing Thursday?

How about a movie? Maybe one starring our own Kevin Cox, multiple-term NOMN screener and man about town?

Kevin writes, “RESET, my latest film project, will be shown as part of Miguel Alvarez’s End of Semester Screenings at Studio 4D in UT Building CMA . CMA.A is the windowless building on East side of Guadalupe where Austin City Limits used to be filmed. The screening is free and runs 8p to 10p.

“In RESET I play a Physics Professor who has invented a Time-Travel device who gets caught in a loop of events that he can’t change.

“Free on street parking can be found north of Dean Keeton, or west of the UT Campus.”

Susan Youssef wins the Camera Novo!

Our splash image today comes from the Cinema Novo Festival, where NOMN alumni Susan Youssef (“Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf”) has landed a mighty big fish!

Habibati | Darlings,

I am happy to announce that Habibi has just won the jury prize at Cinema Novo Festival in Belgium, the Camera Novo.

Thanks to your support behind me and Habibi, which has allowed the film to successfully screen internationally, I am currently listed as number 25 of the ‘100 Most Powerful Arab Women,’ in Arabian Business.

We’re committed to giving back to Gaza. On May 10 at 7 p.m., Middle East Children’s Alliance screens Habibi at the historic Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland, CA. This is a fundraiser for clean water for childen in Gaza, a special project led by Dr. Mona El-Farra.

We screen Habibi in festivals this spring, in addition to our education tour… To check out where Habibi screens next, please vist our website.

Finally, if you would like to order a Habibi book featuring photos and poems from the film, you can do so at Blurb.

Thanks to all of you who have come out to our screenings! I look forward to meeting more of you soon as we continue our tour.

Salamaat,

Susan Youssef
Director, Habibi

Follow me at Twitter – @susanyoussef
Join our Facebook group – Habibi Rasak Kharban

A hearty congrats to Susan and Kevin. We hope to see you around town!

Marlene Dietrich in the Unavailable “Shanghai Express,” Thurs., Sept 9

Thursday, September 9th, the Nueva Onda Movie Nights is screening SHANGHAI EXPRESS – at 8pm! Free! Door prizes! Our season is drawing to a close – don’t miss out!

As part of our UNRENTABLE series, the Movie Nights is pleased to show this unavailable classic with Dietrich in perfect form.

“It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily,” purrs Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express. She certainly has her well-manicured hands full with more men than she can count in this exotic far-Eastern adventure. Among her fellow passengers on the Shanghai Express are her disillusioned former fiance, stalwart British medical corps officer Clive Brook; overfervent missionary Lawrence Grant; dope smuggler Gustav von Seyffertitz; and mysterious Eurasian businessman Warner Oland. As the train chugs through the more treacherous passages of war-torn China, Oland reveals himself as the leader of a rebel group, who plans to hold the passengers hostage to secure the release of his imprisoned followers….

Directed by Josef von Sternberg at his most orgiastic (love those long, lingering dissolves!), Shanghai Express is 80% style and 20% substance, as proven by two less stylish remakes, Night Plane to Chungking and Peking Express.  – AllMovie.com

Also, we’ve created a few poll questions to help improve the Movie Nights. Please check them out and let us know! Thanks!


The Nueva Onda Movie Nights is a FREE, fan- and mister-cooled monthly movie screening held rain-or-shine, 8 pm, on the covered patio at Nueva Onda restaurant, 2218 College, just northwest of Oltorf and S. Congress. Our volunteers show award-winning indie shorts, docs, and features from around the world. Find out more about us at nuevaaustin.com! Limited menu of nachos, cookies, popcorn, and drinks. NOMN is BYOB. Schedule subject to change.

7/8: “David Holzman’s Diary,” Will Smith… and a Limited Menu

Thursday’s movie night! Whee!

Thursday, July 8th, the Nueva Onda Movie Nights is screening the never-released-in-the-US feature film DAVID HOLZMAN’S DIARY (100/100 at Rotten Tomatoes) and the comedy short I LOVE YOU, WILL SMITH at 8pm! Grab bag door prizes as always!

A darling among film critics, the rare DAVID HOLZMAN’S DIARY is a milestone in contemporary film history. Brilliantly conceived and executed, it manages to simultaneously be very much of its time and very many years ahead of its time. The film tells the story of David Holzman (L.M. Kit Carson), a young man infatuated with film and film-making. Newly unemployed and beset with doubts and worries, Holzman thinks that filming his everyday existence will “bring life into focus”. Staged to seem like a documentary of a real person’s life, Holzman’s filming of his life starts to take over his life.

Carson turns in a memorable performance. He went on to pen PARIS, TEXAS, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2, and BREATHLESS. McBride continued with THE BIG EASY and SIX FEET UNDER. (Part of the NOMN “Unrentable” series, 1967, 73 minutes, adult language and situations)

A delightful satire… time has served it very well. – The New York Times

A landmark in independent filmmaking that feels as fresh as ever. – Cinemateque

Our opener is the delightful I LOVE YOU, WILL SMITH, a short from Austinite Bradley Jackson and his talented team. Randal loves Will Smith. Jake doesn’t. Who will win? Starring comedians John Ramsey (Comedy Central) and Mike Macrae (Letterman). (7 min; AFS Member Showcase selection)


Quick administrative note: We’ll be running on a limited movie-night menu this Thursday. You can order nachos, cookies, and the usual assortment of delicious ice-cold beverages. Screening committee member Kevin is planning to serve gourmet popcorn while it lasts; a small donation is appreciated. Why limited, you ask? Oh, friend, do you really want to know? We’re just as sick of hearing about budgets as you are. Let’s just put it this way: Introduce your friends to the movie nights. Tip your server. Be nice to Nora, who owns the place and is a great supporter of indie film.

The Nueva Onda Movie Nights is a FREE, fan- and mister-cooled monthly movie screening held rain-or-shine, 8 pm, on the covered patio at Nueva Onda restaurant, 2218 College, just northwest of Oltorf and S. Congress. Our volunteers show award-winning indie shorts, docs, and features from around the world. Find out more about us at nuevaaustin.com! Limited menu of nachos, cookies, popcorn, and drinks. NOMN is BYOB. Schedule subject to change.

This Thurs., Jun. 10: See the lost Louis Malle film “Zazie” at NOMN

NUEVA ONDA MOVIE NIGHTS PRESENTS RARE SCREENING OF LOUIS MALLE’S “ZAZIE DANS LE METRO”

The Nueva Onda Movie Nights, one of Austin’s most micro microcinema venues, is pleased to announce a rare screening of a groundbreaking movie by legendary French director Louis Malle, who also directed The Lovers, Atlantic City, and My Dinner With Andre.

Never available on DVD in this country, Zazie dans le Metro (Zazie In The Metro, 1960) kicks off a regular feature at NOMN called Unrentable. It will spotlight movies that have fallen through the digital cracks in the U.S. Though available on DVD in other countries, most of these films cannot be played on standard American DVD players due to region restrictions and frame-rate incompatibility. Possible future titles in this series include David Holzman’s Diary, The Green Man, and Signore & Signori.

Zazie dans le Metro is a comedy that uses Paris to showcase a foul-mouthed country girl and her eccentric uncle who gambol about Paris on a series of ever more lunatic adventures. Malle rewrote the rules of movie style with rapid editing and a pop-art pallette of bright colors. The movie gleefully ignores rules of time and space, and it is saturated in blithe disrepect for good manners, common sense, and conventionality.

Historians generally acknowledge that many of the techniques that were surprising to Anglophone audiences in movies such as A Hard Day’s Night have their origin in Zazie. It is based on a novel by Raymond Queneau, a leading light of experimental French writing in the Fifties and Sixties.

Zazie dans le Metro stars reknowned French movie star Philippe Noiret, who went on to star in Life And Nothing But and Cinema Paradiso among many other memorable films, in one of his first roles — he was only two days shy of 30 when the movie was released in France. Appearing in the title role is Catherine Demongeot, who made an indelible imprint on cinema history with this one role and, aside from a few small parts, did not pursue movie acting. (Trivia: Demongeot briefly reprised the role of Zazie in a cameo in Jean-Luc Godard’s Une Femme Est Une Femme.)

Zazie dans le Metro is 89 minutes long with English subtitles. It will be preceded by a short, also rarely screened in the U.S. — Claude Lelouch’s C’était un rendez-vous, which lasts for nine pulse-pounding minutes. (Subtitled.)

The Nueva Onda Movie Nights is a FREE, fan-cooled monthly movie screening held rain-or-shine, 8 pm, on the covered patio at Nueva Onda restaurant, 2218 College, just northwest of Oltorf and S. Congress. Our volunteers show award-winning indie shorts, docs, and features from around the world… but of course we love to host Austin filmmakers. Find out more about us, sponsor NOMN, volunteer to guest-curate, or submit films by contacting us! Kitchen opens at 6:30p. Schedule subject to change.

Our First Movie Night of 2010! Thurs, May 20th!

austin moviesThe Movie Nights Are Back!

The Nueva Onda Movie Nights starts its 2010 season with three unique short films! 8pm on Thurs May 20th! And stick around for door prizes and our post-show Q&A with filmmakers!

With violence continuing in Iraq and an additional 30,000 troops now deployed to Afghanistan, military families across America are facing their fifth or sixth deployment.  Many attempt to fill the void left by absent fathers, mothers, sons and daughters with “Flat Daddies” and “Heroes on a Stick,” life-sized cardboard cutouts of their loved ones serving overseas. Using these two-dimensional surrogates as a connecting thread, the documentary-in-progress FLAT DADDY explores the lasting impact of the war on the families left behind.  Following five intimate stories, Flat Daddy reveals the economic and emotional difficulties that military families face before, during, and after deployment. (14 min)
Exclusive Austin preview of work-in-progress documentary. Crew has created work for Carnegie Hall, Sotheby’s, Blue’s Clues, and The Sopranos. Please support their work by visiting their Pepsi Refresh Everything page and voting. You can vote once per day.

TO DO THAT is a punchy, three-minute feature short by Austinite/Singaporean Jason Brenizer. In it, a secretive businessman turns a typical tourist attraction into a memory that will last forever.
2010 SXSW Austin Film Society Member Showcase pick.

Bursting with indelible images, MANOS DE MADRE follows Irina, an adult literacy student and single mother of five, as she navigates life within the Guatemala City garbage dump – her home, and the largest dump in Central America. While the film’s central focus is on Irina, it also tells the story of a fight to provide opportunities and hope to children raised in a world where hope is in desperately short supply. (29 mins)
2009 Austin Film Society grant recipient; filmmakers One Spark Films also won the Doorpost Film Project’s Filmmaker’s Choice 2009 for GUEST ROOM.

Program includes strong language.


The Nueva Onda Movie Nights is a FREE, fan- and mister-cooled monthly movie screening held rain-or-shine, 8 pm, on the covered patio at Nueva Onda restaurant, 2218 College, just northwest of Oltorf and S. Congress. Our volunteers show award-winning indie shorts, docs, and features from around the world… but of course we love to host Austin filmmakers. Sponsor NOMN, volunteer, or submit films at right here! Just click on CONTACT US at the top!

Welcome to the new Austin Movies at Nueva Onda blog!

Thanks for joining us. We’re on winter break but will resume in the spring (April-May). More to come soon.

Please contact us if you or your friends have films to submit. You can use YouTube or Vimeo to submit your film for consideration if you like.

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