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Make some Grindhouse

GRINDHOUSE is undoubtedly one of the upcoming movies I’m most zigged about (even though it’ll probably be a minor miracle if it’s ready by the scheduled April release date, or get to screens as the double-feature “package” they’ve been pimping). And one of these days I’ll actually get to the South by Southwest Film Festival, because I’ll take any excuse to visit Austin and eat amazing BBQ.

Director Robert Rodriguez wants to see how many aspiring filmmakers truly savvy the whole GRINDHOUSE tone, so he’s asking for faux trailer submissions that will be judged at this year’s SXSW festival in March. Better hustle up, Buck, you’ve got less than a month! The official skinny:

Filmmakers have a deadline of February 12 to submit their “grindhouse trailer” (no longer than two minutes in length) to SXSW. The trailer should be made for a fictional feature-film, just like those being made by celebrity directors Eli Roth and Rob Zombie for Grindhouse. From those submissions, Rodriguez will determine the best of the bunch, and it will screen during a special presentation entitled “Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse 101” on Sunday, March 11. During the presentation, Rodriguez will share stories and footage from the making of the upcoming Dimension Films release.

“We really want filmmakers to come up with something fun, scary, freaky, and out-of-this-world for the competition,” says SXSW Festival Producer Matt Dentler. “This competition, like Grindhouse itself, is in the true spirit of innovative and fast-paced filmmaking.”

Submissions must arrive no later than February 12, to: “SXSW Grindhouse Trailers,” P.O. Box 4999, Austin, TX 78765. There is no application fee, but the trailers must be under two minutes in length, and made within the last 12 months. Films that have already been submitted to SXSW for 2007 consideration, are not eligible. The 2007 SXSW Film Festival occurs March 9-17 throughout downtown Austin, TX. Grindhouse will open nationwide on April 6, 2007.

Extra Tidbit: Zoe Bell, who will appear in Tarantino's GRINDHOUSE feature DEATH PROOF and doubled for Uma Thurman in KILL BILL, is one of two stuntwomen profiled in the excellent documentary DOUBLE DARE.
Source: SXSW

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