Filmmaker In Focus Series: Texas Filmmakers Part Three

May 5, 2017 Neha Aziz

Next up in our Filmmaker In Focus Series are two Texas directors that reside in Austin, Bob Byington and Parker Smith. Byington is a SXSW Film alum many times over, his films, Olympia (1998), Registered Sex Offender (2008), Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012) and 7 Chinese Brothers (2015) have all premiered at our festival. Ramblin’ Freak marks Parker’s directorial debut. Find out more about these films below:

Infinity Baby

Q: Tell us a little about your film?

A: It’s a comedy about babies that don’t age.

Q: What motivated you to tell this story?

A: Commitment issues.

Q:Tell us a random fact?

A: I premiered a film at SXSW in 2008 called Registered Sex Offender.

Ramblin’Freak

Q: Tell us a little about your film?

A:This is a movie about cats, minivans, muscles and family. I was tired of being a filmmaker without any films so I decided to buy a camera and document myself driving around the country with my cat. When the camera came in the mail I found a tape inside from the previous owner: Gregg Valentino, the man with the world’s biggest biceps. So instead of wandering around aimlessly, we took off to New York from Texas to meet him.

Q: What motivated you to tell this story?

A: The moment I realized whose camera I had purchased, the film’s focus did a complete 180. What was originally a movie about running away from problems became the story of facing them head on.

Q:Tell us a random fact?

A: I’m a three-time film school dropout who’s been selling tacos in Austin for the last two and a half years.

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