Two Step director Alex Johnson to host screening, Q&A for Bullock's Texas Focus series
Film premiered at SXSW and was nominated for an Audience Award
MARCH 8, 2017 (AUSTIN, TX) — Director Alex R. Johnson will host a screening of his film Two Step (2014) on March 23, 2017, as part of the Bullock Texas State History Museum's Texas Focus series, a cinematic exploration of the Texas narrative.
In Two Step, James (Skyy Moore) has been recently kicked out of college and visits Grams, his only remaining family, who dies shortly after his arrival. He finds consolation in the company of Grams' neighbor, Dot (Beth Broderick), a dance teacher, as he figures out his next move. While settling Grams' affairs, James learns she's been the victim of the "grandparent scam" in which someone posing as James has been slowly bilking her out of thousands. But before James can go looking for the culprit, he shows up at the front door, desperate for money. The culprit, Webb, has his own problems in the form of Duane, who has ordered Webb to pay an old debt or else. And if Webb (James Landry Hébert) can't get it from Grams, James will have to do – no matter who stands in his way.
Johnson wrote the critically acclaimed script for this film, described by Variety as "A slow-burn thriller, with rich Texas flavor (...) and delicious dialogue." The film premiered at SXSW and went on to a limited theatrical release. It's a New York Times Critic's Pick and still maintains its 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating. Johnson relocated from NYC and is now an Austin-based filmmaker. Johnson recently sold his 2016 Blacklist script Northeast Kingdom to Paramount with Platinum Dunes attached to produce, and Johnson attached to direct. Filming is slated for late 2017.
This Neo-Noir crime thriller is unrated and stars Beth Broderick, James Landry Hébert, Skyy Moore, Barry Tubb, and Ashley Spillers. Austinites will notice cameos by musician Dale Watson and actress and radio personality Laurie Gallardo. The screening begins with a 6 p.m. reception and cash bar, followed by the screening in the Texas Spirit Theater. Visitors can stay after the film for a Q&A with Johnson.
The Two Step screening is part of the museum's original Texas Focus film series. Other films in the series include the Texas-filmed Bonnie and Clyde on 35 mm (April 20, 2017), celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and Sacrifice (May 18, 2017), featuring a conversation with Director Michael Cohn.
The Bullock Museum cinema program maintains a full calendar of exclusive film series, special presentations, and screenings with special guests in the Texas Spirit Theater. The museum also operates the Bullock Museum IMAX® Theatre, which is the first and only theater in the state featuring laser IMAX projection and 12-channel immersive sound. The Bullock Museum has free parking after 5 p.m. and student discounts. Ticket purchases support the museum’s exhibitions and educational programming. Details and tickets at TheStoryofTexas.com.
The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin includes three floors of exhibitions, an IMAX® theater, a special-effects theater, café and museum store. The Museum collaborates with more than 700 museums, libraries, archives and individuals to display original historical artifacts and produce exhibitions that illuminate and celebrate Texas history and culture. Named for the state's 38th Lieutenant Governor, Bob Bullock, the iconic building is at 1800 N. Congress Avenue. For more, visit TheStoryofTexas.com or call (512) 936-8746.
Support for the Bullock Museum’s exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.
This press release is part of the Texas Spirit Theater Media Kit
Enjoy one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin, the Bullock Museum's Texas Spirit Theater, a special-effects space that immerses visitors in the film with crackling lightning, pounding rain, and a few other surprises. Texas is a part of film history and continues to be a hub of talent and creativity. The Bullock Museum film program includes daily screenings, film premieres, special features, and signature programs, including the Texas Focus Series and B Movies & Bad History. View Media Kit