Ghost World

Austin Cinematic Limits

I have been keeping a very close eye on The Quiet Girl’s Guide to Violence ever since its successful Kickstarter campaign this past spring. The film’s teaser looked awesome and so did the artwork, my only hesitation was that the finished product might be all style with no substance. But when the genre connoisseurs at Fantastic Fest announced that they would be hosting the world premiere of The Quiet Girl’s Guide to Violence, that gave me a lot of hope for this locally shot short film. Fantastic Fest has programmed very few local productions in its eight year lifespan, so it is not like they do local filmmakers any favors. After watching the finished product, it is no surprise that Fantastic Fest jumped at the opportunity to premiere Rafael Antonio Ruiz and Jennymarie Jemison’s short film. The Quiet Girl’s Guide to Violence is extremely stylish; yet it also features a break-out performance by Jemison as Holly, the titular quiet girl. This is not just violence for the sake of violence, there is actually some heart and soul associated with it. Holly has been bullied for far too long, she’s not going to take it anymore. We met up with Jemison and Ruiz at the Highball, during a brief interlude from Fantastic Fest activities, to discuss their approach to funding via Kickstarter as well as their masterful branding of The Quiet Girl’s Guide to Violence.


When I first read on Empire that Alexander Payne was looking at a project called Wilson for his next film, I thought to myself that finally, finally somebody was going to take a long overdue deeper look at the always obscured, wisdom filled neighbor from Home Improvement. But then I read a little further and realized that’s not what this project is going to be at all. I was disappointed. But then I read a little further and realized that what this project is could be even better. “Wilson” is a graphic novel created by Daniel Clowes, who film fans will probably recognize as being the guy who wrote “Ghost World,” another comic that went on to become a Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi-starring feature film. That film was much loved, so much so that the Clowes and Terry Zwigoff penned screenplay was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar at The Academy Awards that year. Seeing as Clowes is once again working on the adaptation for this project, and Ghost World had a dry, biting sense of humor that seems to fit very well with Payne’s sensibilities, it looks like this could be a project to watch.



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