Jon Favreau emerged on the scene almost 20 years ago with his hit indie film, Swingers. The film launched his acting and writing career and opened the door for his directing debut Made, starring his Swingers partner in crime, Vince Vaughn. His next film, Elf, catapulted his career into super-stardom, followed by the Iron Man franchise. Not bad for an aspiring actor just trying to write a good role for himself back in 1996. Now, he’s behind the film Chef – a movie he wrote, produced and directed, which just premiered at SXSW. The film is about a once-renowned chef who’s fired from his lackluster restaurant and forced to start selling sandwiches out of a food truck.
Favreau famously penned the script for Swingers in just two weeks. Chef, took him 10 days. Watch a clip from Swingers, where his mega-career all began.
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES
In 1992, Robert Rodriguez introduced cinema and cinephiles to a world of true independent filmmaking and continues to work this way today. He was just 23 years old when he produced his first feature, El Mariachi. 20 days in production and $7,000 later, he had a film. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, won the audience award and forever changed his life. He brings this fast, low-budget shooting style to all of his films, including Spy Kids, The Faculty, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City and From Dusk Till Dawn. The latter is now back as a TV series on Rodriguez’s newly launched El Rey Network.
This is a 10-episode first season and it can be seen on his El Rey Network in the U.S. as well as on iTunes and Amazon the day after it airs. Netflix is distributing the show internationally. Miramax is a producing partner and we will continually post new content on the show. Enjoy a clip from the original film.
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
Vampires are running rampant in Austin with Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series and Jim Jarmusch’s premiere of Only Lovers Left Alive starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton. Jarmusch told Rolling Stone that it took seven years to get the financing to make the movie and Swinton stuck with the project the whole time. “We made this film last summer in seven weeks over three continents and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”
Jarmusch is always on the side of edgy and trippy but rewind almost 20 years and watch perhaps the trippiest of all – his black and white ‘western’ film, Dead Man starring Johnny Depp.
Another series making its debut is from Office Space, Beavis and Butthead creator, Mike Judge. The show follows a group of programmers who start their own company in Northern California.
Making fun of our world and the people who inhabit it is Judge’s clear goal and talent. Watch a clip from Extract, starring Jason Bateman and Mila Kunis, where Bateman plays the sole sane character at a successful flavoring-extract factory that he founded himself.