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To me, it was just so relatable. In his 44 years, Macor explains, Skaaren experienced a meteoric rise, beginning as the first executive director of the Texas Film Commission in , and culminating with lucrative script-doctoring work on several of the most successful films ever, including Top Gun , Beetlejuice , and Batman the good one. Yet despite these outrageous successes, Skaaren remains largely unknown, and his name unpronounceable: "He called himself 'Scare-en,' so that's what I'm going with," laughs Macor.

A former film critic for the Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman , Macor has spent years portraying the city as a hub of mutualistic productivity.

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Skaaren seemed to put a human face to that ideal, divided as he was by powerful ambitions and an equally questing soul: "He was a guy that was doing what a lot of people wanted to do: making a living as a screenwriter while living here in Austin. While Rewrite Man is far from hagiography, it does fuse affectionate biographical anecdotes like Broyles' with archival research in an effort to combat Skaaren's somewhat egregious anonymity.

Macor observes rather accurately that "script-doctoring, for the most part, is kept so hidden — people don't talk about it. I really wanted to shine a light on that, because in grad school and in film studies, it is still about the 'Great Directors. To that end, Macor dives an extraordinary depth into the strenuous and often humiliating battles Skaaren fought for his work. Under her empathic aegis, Skaaren's legacy as an Austin filmmaking icon may yet regain some of the acknowledgment he was denied by an untimely passing.

More importantly for the historian, Rewrite Man seeks to throw a distinctive proverbial wrench into popular tales of Hollywood glitz and glamour.

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It creates the story of that time. That's really what I wanted to write about. See www. Got opinions about movie theatres, video games, podcasts, and everything else good in Austin? Let your voice be heard in our annual Best of Austin ballot. Voting is open now!


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About this product Product Information During the s, Austin achieved "overnight" success and celebrity as a vital place for independent filmmaking. Directors Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez proved that locally made films with regional themes such as Slacker and El Mariachi could capture a national audience. Their success helped transform Austin's homegrown film community into a professional film industry staffed with talented, experienced filmmakers and equipped with state-of-the art-production facilities.

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Today, Austin struggles to balance the growth and expansion of its film community with an ongoing commitment to nurture the next generation of independent filmmakers. Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kidschronicles the evolution of this struggle by re-creating Austin's colorful movie history. Based on revealing interviews with Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, Mike Judge, Quentin Tarantino, Matthew McConaughey, George Lucas, and more than one hundred other players in the local and national film industries, Alison Macor explores how Austin has become a proving ground for contemporary independent cinema.

Each chapter explores the behind-the-scenes story of a specific movie, such as Linklater'sDazed and Confusedand Judge'sOffice Space, against the backdrop of Austin's ever-expanding film community. Additional Product Features Dewey Edition. Show More Show Less.