Austin’s Blue Starlite brings movies to Lady Bird Lake

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A film on Lady Bird Lake, why not?

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In recently announced a few new projects, including two water cinema experiences, which will bring “classic and new arthouse cinema to the Austin waterfront.”

A series of weekly screenings starting August 25 will put moviegoers on a waterfront platform with a 20ft cinema screen and views of the city. There will also be options to paddle your own kayak, paddle board or canoe. Ticket packages will cost between $20 and $40 per person.

Then there’s a new monthly “Capital Cruise Cinema” series starting August 31. Movie buffs can watch a movie on the top deck of a boat on Lady Bird Lake. Tickets cost between $35 and $60 per person.

Both waterfront series are collaborations between Blue Starlite and Capital Cruises, and they’re on the latter’s lakefront, 208 Barton Springs Road. Private rentals for both experiences will also be available.

And there’s more on the horizon for Blue Starlite. The drive-in is launching a residency for Hyperreal Film Club, starting the first week of September. The new “Courtyard Cinema” is inspired by open-air cinemas in Europe.

“Hyperreal Film Club is thrilled to partner with the iconic Blue Starlite to bring Austin moviegoers an atmospheric movie-watching experience at their new Courtyard Theater featuring rare and beloved classics curated by Hyperreal paired with local shorts,” Jenni Kaye, Hyperreal Film Club co-founder, said in a statement.

Experience the film series on a 22-foot screen Friday and Saturday nights starting September 2 at 1807 EM Franklin Ave., one block from Blue Starlite’s main East Austin location. First films on the program: “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and “But I’m a Cheerleader”.

Go to bluestarlitedrivein.com for tickets and more information.

Austin Film Festival honors Stephen Merchant and Dede Gardner

Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference is gearing up for its 2022 event, and they recently announced the recipients of two major awards. Stephen Merchant will receive the Outstanding Television Writer Award and Dede Gardner will receive the Polly Platt Production Award.

Stephen Merchant is honored by the Austin Film Festival at their 2022 event.

Merchant, who you might recognize for his on-screen performances in everything from ‘Jojo Rabbit’ to ‘Logan’, also co-created the UK originals ‘The Office’ and ‘Extras’. He has won an Emmy, a Peabody, two Golden Globes and three BAFTAs, among other accolades. Merchant is now creator, executive producer, writer, director and star of the BBC/Amazon show ‘The Outlaws’.

Oscar-winning actor Gardner, also co-president of production company Plan B Entertainment, produced films like ‘Minari’, ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’, ‘Moonlight’, ‘The Big Short’, ‘Selma’, Austinite Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” and many other projects across film and television. Filmmaker Sarah Polley will present the Polly Platt Award to Gardner.

Merchant and Gardner will be participating in the conference and festival, which will run from October 27 through November 3. Get a badge at austinfilmfestival.com.

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