South by Southwest has a whole section of the festival devoted to local films and filmmakers called Lone Star States. Its lineup this year includes “Five Time Champion” starring Betty Buckley, “My Sucky Teen Romance” from 18-year-old filmmaker (and subject of past SXSW doc “Zombie Girl”) Emily Hagins, and “Blacktino” from Austin native Aaron Burns. It’s the story of a half-black, half-Latino high school nerd (played by Austin Marshall and inspired in part by Burns’ own life as a half-black, half-Latino high school nerd himself) and it was all shot here in Austin. The film also features cameos and supporting performances from a few Austin locals and favorites you might recognize like Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, and Danny Trejo. If you’re wondering how Burns got such an amazing cast, he did have a bit of help: his executive producer (and real-life mother) is Elizabeth Avellan from Troublemaker Studios.
Here’s our chat with Burns, Marshall, and co-stars Tiger Sheu, and Denise Williamson.