One of the most thrilling manifestations of Austin’s regional narcissism: trying to identify local haunts in every movie filmed here.
Whether it’s Bass Concert Hall in “Miss Congeniality,” the Georgetown High School stadium in “Varsity Blues” or a liquor store on Brodie Lane in “Boyhood,” we love to see our geography looming large on the big screen. That’s one reason we were so stoked for the “Song To Song” trailer, released last week.
The first substantial peek at Terrence Malick’s new movie — starring Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman and set to debut at South by Southwest this year — is chock full of familiar sights. Luckily, Statesman multimedia producer Alyssa Vidales is the human equivalent of the “COMPUTER, ENHANCE” scene from every episode of “CSI,” and she’s identified lots of Austin landmarks in the clip. Now, we’re not 100 percent on some of these, and there are few we still need help identifying. See if you can help.
First, we’ve got what is obviously Sixth Street heading west toward Congress Avenue, a drive we’ve all made many times but never with Gosling at the wheel.
There’s plenty of Austin City Limits Music Festival to be seen, including a shot of Mara outside some fences near what appears to be Lou Neff Road (though we had guessed Barton Springs Road earlier) …
… and a lingering scene of the actress and Fassbender canoodling in the middle of Zilker Park. Scope that pop-up festival bar.
Speaking of canoodling, if Fassbender is not your choice of fantasy ATX makeout partner, we peeped a Gosling smooch at now-shuttered ElevenEleven on South Congress Avenue.
We’re thinking this is somewhere on U.S. 290. Can you identify the exact location from the sign that says “____ Star”? (UPDATE: A commenter suggested that this is The Rustic Star furniture store in Fredericksburg, and the Google Maps investigation checks out.)
There’s only one place that this string of pride flags could be: West Fourth Street. Looks like just outside Hangar Lounge and just east down the block from Oilcan Harry’s.
Now this one is a big ol’ stab in the artfully illuminated dark, but could this glowing spot be the Architects of Air exhibit that was in Austin in 2015? Or maybe it’s the James Turrell installation at the University of Texas. The artist and Malick are known associates, even if the colors and lines are wrong. But the filming time frame wouldn’t necessarily match up. We know Malick shot some of “Song To Song” in Austin between 2011-12.
Oh, and that time frame is when we know the cast was filming at Fun Fun Fun Fest, clearly seen here in the trailer.
Back to the subject of lights, could this festive scene perhaps take place at the Trail of Lights? UPDATE: Austin360 producer Katey Psencik points out that this holiday tableau is most likely Mozart’s Coffee Roasters famous light display!
No confusion about this tasteful architectural shape. It’s the Long Center, baby.
This is almost certainly not in Austin, unless there’s a hidden European micro-village hidden somewhere. (UPDATE: A commenter points out that this is Izamal, Yucatán, in Mexico, which is pretty dang far from Europe.
On a more certain note, Austin360 restaurant critic Matthew Odam is pretty sure this dining scene takes place at Asti Trattoria:
Compare the wall decoration and the seating with this photo:
However, being the non-millionaires we are, the identity of this high-rise window still eludes us, but it sure looks Austin-y. (UPDATE: One commenter suggests this might be a view from the Four Seasons Residences, which a little sleuthing of condo listings reveals as a distinct possibility. Check the view.)
So, Austin cinephiles and archaeologists alike: Can you help us confirm the identities of any of these local sights or any others in the trailer? Watch the full trailer, leave a comment on this post and we’ll update our findings.