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Is Your Car a Movie Star? Casting Call for Cars For Computer Chess Movie

By: motoraustin 8/17/2011 11:06:59 PM

Ok, its not Deathproof II, but its still a chance to have some fun and get your 1965 to 1982 model year classic started on a career in movies!

The film is called "Computer Chess" and is about a computer chess tournament that is set in 1980. Writer/director Andrew Bujalski is a local award-winning filmmaker that The New York Times has called "the voice of a generation" and "one of the most influential directors of the past decade."

They are looking for vehicles with model years between 1965 and 1982 that are available on 8/26 or 9/1. The film will be shot here in Austin in the next few weeks, so don't delay. 

Now, don't expect wads of cash, limo rides and the hollywood red carpet treatment. This is an independent, limited budget film. However, you the owner, are welcome to hang out on set during shooting and join the cast and crew for meals, as well. They can even offer a modest gas stipend to cover the fuel costs of your gas guzzler! But wait, there's more! Everyone involved will be credited in the film.

"So, how do I sign up," you say? Well, you can start by contacting Catherine at the email address listed!

Contact Catherine Licata


To find out a bit more about the movie "Computer Chess" and writer/director Andrew Bujalski, check out the following links.

Buick Skylark Movie Car Shows Off at Alamo Drafthouse

By: motoraustin 6/16/2011 7:02:33 PM

deathproof medusa bellflower mashup

Meet Medusa, a flat black 1972 Buick Skylark from the indie movie Bellflower, shooting flames at Alamo Drafthouse during 2011 SXSW.

Is Bellflower a car flick or a flick with a car? Not sure. However, a muscle car shooting flames for a pyro hungry crowd in front of the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin is certainly MOTOR Austin worthy, even though it wasn't filmed here.

Speaking of flat black muscle cars, I wouldn't be surprised if Stuntman Mike was lurking in the shadows in his Deathproof Nova working out his twisted plan to test Medusa's metal. "Nice car kid. Surveillance cameras. Flame thrower exhaust. Interesting. [long pause] But, is it deathproof?" Yeah, that's the movie I want to see. Ah, but I digress.

Here is a description of the movie "Bellflower":

"Bellflower follows two friends as they venture out into the world to begin their adult lives. All their free time is spent building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa". While waiting for the world to end, their call to excitement comes unexpectedly when one of them meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love. Quickly integrated into a new group of friends, they set off on a journey of betrayal, love, hate, infidelity and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies."

Bellflower will be in theaters in august 2011.

Got any pics of Medusa's visit to Austin? Did your mom teach you to share?


Photo by: Jon Snyder/, Deathproof/Medusa mashup by

The Sinner - Filmed in Austin

By: motoraustin 1/24/2011 9:14:33 PM

"His road to redemption leads straight into Hell." A dangerous and mysterious man named Fisher Rood saves a young drug addict on his way to kill the devil. This is a 01:00 teaser trailer for the film to be released in 2011 starring David Christopher with Jesse Dayton, Savannah Welch, Katherine Willis, Emily Kaye and Arthur Simone. Written and Directed by Charles Wiedman. Produced by Charles Wiedman, Darrin Holender, Jesse Dayton and Arnie Reyes. Filmed on location in Austin, Tx.

Some scenes were filmed at Mercury Charlie's shop! Also in the movie as an extra is Von Franco, an artist and pinstriper heavily influenced by Von Dutch and Big Daddy Roth.

Death Proof Part 2 - The Cars and Stuff

By: motoraustin 10/7/2010 8:00:00 AM

There are some interesting sites and information on Death Proof cars, trivia, and even the duck hood ornament. Here are some resources to explore.

Death Proof Trailer


As mentioned, the movie Death Proof is filled with references to 1970s movies and actors. Check out this site to get all the details before watching the movie!


Death Proof Duck Lives

Death Proof Nova Stuntman Mike's car had this interesting duck as a hood ornament on both of his cars. The "angry duck" hood ornament was similar to the hood ornament of Kris Kristofferson's truck in the movie Convoy. See the link below for more info. Here is an excerpt from the website below: "We made this hood ornament in the early 1970’s for old school hot rods. After being seen, by a prop department on Van Nuys blvd, in the early 1970’s, a few were purchased for Sam Peckinpah’s movie Convoy. In 2004 I found the mold on a dusty old shelf in our storage room. After some cleaning and adding some detail back, I decided to re-release it. After an overwhelming response to the return of the Duck, I was contacted by Quentin Tarantino’s prop dept., requesting the use of the Duck to be featured as hood ornament in the upcoming movie Death Proof now you can have an exact copy of that Convoy / Death Proof Duck Hood Ornament."


Death Proof Nova Page

According to the About page on the website, "The 'Death Proof' car was created by the talented team at Trouble Maker studios in Austin Texas. Seven cars were created for this film, six 'stunt' cars and one 'insert' car. The insert car was used on screen for all close up shots and during the climactic dialogus scenes between Kurt russell and rose Mcgowan"

The website goes on to say "Only two cars survived filming - one stunt car and the insert car you see featured on this website. The stunt car nicknamed 'Jesus' went to legendary stunt driver Buddy Joe Hooker."


Death Proof Charger and Challenger Sightings

Death Proof Challenger Death Proof Charger

According to a thread on the forum (link below), the Challenger was spotted for sale for 20k at a car show in 2007. The Charger was purchased in 2009 by a guy in Sweden! He goes by "Stuntman Mike" on the forum. He posted that it is "marked #1 Stunt, and I have the original 'bill of sale' from Back to Back films Inc."


If you have any tips or photos of the filming of Death Proof in Austin please send us an email! We'd love to add the photos!


The on location Charger pic from is from

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Death Proof - A White Hot Juggernaut at 200 MPH!

Death Proof - A White Hot Juggernaut at 200 MPH!

By: motoraustin 10/6/2010 8:00:00 AM

Death Proof movie poster

"Remember when I said this car is death proof? Well that wasn't a lie. This car is a hundred percent death proof. Only to get the benefit of it honey... you really need to be sittin' in my seat!" - Stuntman Mike

I stumbled across the movie Death Proof a few months ago at the local video store. The car on the cover caught my eye and the description mentioned that it paid tribute to many of the classic car chase movies of the 1970s. Until watching the first few minutes I had no idea that this car movie was filmed in Austin, Texas! If you haven't seen "Death Proof" then you might want to check it out, simply because part of the movie was filmed in Austin and, well, it's a car flick.

If you haven't seen it, here is a little background. Death Proof was part of a double feature called Grindhouse, which was released in 2007. The first movie was Planet Terror, a zombie movie written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The second movie, Death Proof, was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Grindhouse was conceived to be a tribute to 1970s double feature zombie and slasher B movies. Since I didn't see Planet Terror, this post will focus on Death Proof.

Death Proof Nova Death Proof starred Kurt Russell as "Stuntman Mike", a psychopath that stalked women in his "death proof" stunt car. The film has all the gore you would expect from Mr. Tarantino, but it is isolated to two parts of the movie.

The first part of the movie takes place in Austin. It starts out with some lovely ladies cruising Congress avenue which seems to go on forever, along with the dialog. The video is scratchy and the scene transitions are choppy at times - a deliberate throwback to the low budget film making of the time. Other Austin scenes take place at Guerros restaurant and the Texas Chili Parlor.

The other half of the movie takes place in Tennesse, where Stuntman Mike is up to no good again. And as fitting, the movie culminates to a car chase scene that tries to rival the classics.

Death Proof Charger The movie also stars three cars: two reinforced, "death proof" stunt cars - a 1970 Chevy Nova and a 1969 Dodge Charger (both flat black), driven by Stuntman Mike. The other star was a white 1970 Dodge Challenger, another tribute to the movie "Vanishing Point". There are loads of references to movies with great car chase scenes such as Bullitt (1968), Vanishing Point (1971), Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974) and White Line Fever (1975).

I think this is one of those moves where the trivia about the movie is better than the movie itself. If you haven't seen the Death Proof, I would definately check it out for the following reasons:

  • Half of the movie was filmed in Austin, Texas.
  • It pays tribute to the classic car movies.
  • It has a good car chase scene at the end.
  • You can check it off your list of car movies you haven't seen.

Death Proof was shortened quite a bit in the original Grindhouse double feature. The extended version of Death Proof is the one to watch. It is still available in video stores and of course,

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