SXSW: 'Whitest Kids U Know' Star Has Air Sex in Wild Austin Comedy (Exclusive Photo)
A roster of young actors populates "The Bounceback," a comedy set in Austin that is a mix of "Hangover" and hipster.
Bryan Poyser has lived in Austin for the past 20 years, attending film school at the University of Texas in the sleepy oasis of alternative culture that had just been put on the map by Richard Linklater's Slacker.
"That movie really defined Austin as it was back then, this kooky college town," he says. "But it's not really just a college town anymore. There are so many different industries and people of diverse backgrounds, but it's still known for its unique culture. Food and music and movies and crazy air sex competitions, so it felt like it was time to make a movie that was uses Austin as a backdrop [again]."
That movie, a comedy called The Bounceback, is his third feature film -- and will debut in his backyard at SXSW this month.
Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield) stars as Stan, a heartbroken guy who finds out that his ex (Ashley Bell) will be in Austin for a weekend -- and promptly flies there himself, hoping for a super-casual, "Oh, you're here too?" run-in. Unfortunately, he's got friends (Zach Cregger and Sara Paxton) with major baggage who are in town and determined make sure he doesn't see his ex.
In the first of two exclusive photos, it's clear that Cregger -- a vet of the sketch comedy show The Whitest Kids U' Know and Jimmy Fallon's NBC sitcom Guys With Kids -- is having some real personal difficulties during a raunchy, crazed night on the town.
Poyser, whose film Lovers of Hate debuted at Sundance in 2010, has a background filled with notable indie names; he was a classmate of Jay Duplass, who along with his brother Mark executive produced Lovers, and for several months hosted Girls star and filmmaker Alex Karpovsky on his couch during a sojourn into Texas.
This is Poyser's second film focused on revamping the Slacker mythos; several years back, he produced Slacker 2011, a reinterpretation of the legendary Linklater indie.