Texas Focus: Waiting for Guffman on 35mm


May 26, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for a special 35mm screening of Waiting for Guffman. The evening will include a performance by Austin improv troupe Loverboy and a Q&A with actress Parker Posey.

In this 1996 mockumentary by Christopher Guest (This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show), an aspiring director and amateur cast of a small-town musical production go overboard after learning someone from Broadway will attend. 

Event Details

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about Waiting for Guffman, shot in Lockhart, Texas,  as part of the Bullock's Texas Focus film series.

  • This film will be shown in 35mm.
  • Coldtowne Theater improv troupe, Lover Boy, to perform at 7:00 p.m. before the screening.
  • Film screening from 7:35 p.m.- 9:05 p.m.
  • Q&A following the screening with Parker Posey.
Film Details

Rating: R
Runtime: 84 minutes
Director: Christopher Guest
Writers: Christopher GuestEugene Levy
Principal Actors: Christopher GuestEugene LevyParker PoseyCatherine O’Hara
Genre: Comedy

About the Film

Aspiring director Corky St. Clair and his marginally talented amateur cast of hokey small-town Missouri musicians, go overboard upon learning that someone from Broadway will be in attendance to one of their performances. Could this be their ticket to greater opportunities?

Within the fictional town of Blaine, Missouri, the "Stool Capitol of the World," we see the backdrop of small town Lockhart, Texas' silos, town square, public library and more. Each location contributes to the quirky complacency that comes with being in a small town, but having big aspirations.

About the Filmmakers

Christopher Guest is a New York City-born actor, director, writer, musician, and composer best known for his mockumentaries This Is Spinal TapBest in ShowA Mighty Wind), which poke fun at heavy metal music, small town theater, dog shows, folk music and film-making itself. What's most unique about Guest's approach to filmmaking is his improvisational style of directing, giving his actors character descriptions, but no rehearsal time, and then asking them to wing-it. This style lends to the sardonic humor and often times elaborate nature of world building that occurs in his films.

Eugene Levy--native to Canada--is an actor, comedian, producer, director, and writer. Levy received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, the highest performing arts honor in Canada, and has won a Grammy and Emmy.

About Lover Boy

Lover Boy is an improv group from Coldtowne Theater in Austin, Texas. The troupe players are Taylor Stewart, Chelsea Bunn, Stephanie Thoreson, Maria Pond, Kim Lowery, and Cené Hale.

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

Learn about ticket prices, refund policies, and parking (free after 5 pm). For evening programs, please enter through the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre.