Opera, a feature length comedy about the Austin underground music
scene, will have its Theatrical World Premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse
Cinema on August 27th. The film was written & directed by local
filmmaker Bob Ray
and came to fruition with the aid of the Austin Cinemaker Co-op.
The following is an interview with filmmaker Bob Ray.
is your involvement with the Cinemaker?
was the equipment director for the first two years, so I would hunt
down and maintain equipment, rent out cameras and run the projector
for the Cinemaker screenings. Once I got started on Rock Opera,
I passed the torch on to Richard McIntosh
(who incidentally was the second AC for Rock Opera). Nowadays, Im
just a regular member like everyone else.
has the Cinemaker affected you as a filmmaker?
being rejected by the UT film school for several years in a row,
Super 8 and the Cinemaker became my own personal film school. The
ease of shooting Super 8 helped me make the leap from shooting video
to film and I learned a great deal while shooting films for the
Co-op's mini-festivals. Shooting these films was a chance to experiment
and to find out what works for me personally and to develop my filmmaking
style. Having your film screened in front of an audience and watching
their reactions can be nerve racking, but it also can be pretty
was the Cinemaker's involvement with Rock Opera?
Opera could not have existed in the way it did without the Cinemaker
Co-op. A good deal of the crew for Rock Opera came from fellow Cinemaker
members. Barna Kantor (Cinemaker Kingpin)
was the producer, Gonzo Gonzales and Richard McIntosh were in the
camera department, Rebecca Dodd and Jeff Britt helped with casting
and grip work and many others pitched in when they could to help
complete the film. My original intention was to shoot El Mariachi-style,
but my involvement with the Co-op provided me with a crew that made
the shoot move along at a quicker pace.
Rock Opera premiere will be a benefit for the Cinemaker Co-op and
will open with live performances by some of the bands featured in
the film (bands like Voltage, Pocket FishRmen,
Fuckemos, 16 Deluxe). The event is co-sponsored by the Cinemaker
Co-op and The Austin Film Society. Contact the Alamo Drafthouse
Cinema for ticket information: (512) 867-1839.