Must Watch: First Trailer for Aaron Burns' Indie Comedy 'blacktino'

February 22, 2011
Source: SlashFilm, Vimeo

blacktino Trailer

"Whoooaaa nerd alert!" Perhaps the new Napoleon Dynamite, or perhaps something else entirely, the first official trailer for the indie comedy blacktino (yes it's titled lowercase) from Texan filmmaker Aaron Burns recently debuted on Vimeo (via /Film). You may remember hearing about this before, as it was part of some odd viral campaign with Michelle Rodriguez at Fantastic Fest last year, but now we know what it is. Austin Marshall stars as an "overweight half-black, half-hispanic nerd" named Stefan who's struggling to fit in at his high school. This looks like it has a lot of charm and whit, I'm very much looking forward to it. Enjoy!

Watch the first official trailer for Aaron Burns' blacktino:

A dark teen comedy about an overweight half-black, half-hispanic nerd named Stefan Daily. Struggling to find his place in a mostly white high school, he finds sanctuary amongst the social outcasts in the theatre department. Like all great teen comedies, it ensures that the torch of "teen angst" continues to burn bright.

blacktino is both written and directed by Aaron Burns, an Austin, Texas native who is making his feature debut with this following a short titled Now or Never. This is premiering at the SXSW Film Festival coming up in March, where we expect this to get a lot of buzz and probably pick up a distributor, too. We first heard about this at Fantastic Fest last year in a little Michelle Rodriguez viral promotion. What did you think?

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i am guessing from the mendoza sign that he is half-argentine? i'll give it a try. still, the best blacktino (albeit Dominican) nerd story is The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao. I wish they would make it into a movie b/c it's an absolutely great book.

alejo on Feb 22, 2011


I was thinking the same thing!

Anonymous on Feb 22, 2011


First thing that crossed my mind. A movie from that book would be amazing. I'm sure Diaz was the first to introduce the idea of the black latino nerd.

Anonymous on Mar 1, 2011


I think this looks lovely, and the blacktino thing I thought that came from Domino

Loser on Feb 22, 2011


Looks really good! I hope this gets a wide release!

Marcus Dunn on Feb 22, 2011


It's like Napoleon Dynamite with black people.. and a story... and sex... and drugs.... okay, it's not like Napoleon Dynamite.

Jace on Feb 22, 2011


Absolutely nothing about this gave me the Napolean Dynamite vibe

Geoffrey Shauger on Feb 22, 2011


first black coming of age film in... forever

Ding 鼎 Wang 王 on Feb 22, 2011



Rocky Williams on Feb 23, 2011


Boys in the Hood?

JQM on Mar 1, 2011


Impressive! Most impressive.

John Doe on Feb 22, 2011


That was a surprisingly sweet and real trailer! Looking forward to the flick!

CisforCinema on Feb 22, 2011


I need to see this now.

DwainIBe on Feb 23, 2011


"A dark teen comedy about a half-black..." I had to laugh when I read that. I'm sorry and totally not digging, maybe it should be, "A dark comedy about a half-black, half-latino teenager..." I know it's a small thing, I'm just sayin' though... The trailer looks great, I'll put it on the list to check out. While I enjoyed Napolean Dynamite, I don't think everyone got it. This movie however looks like it'll have a little bit for everybody.

Markysri on Feb 23, 2011


Holy crap this came out of nowhere. The first trailer this year to make me feel something. Wow.

Lasafrog on Feb 23, 2011


wow that acting seemed terrible, and at least napoleon was shot pretty decent. how is this a dark comedy? cause he's black? terrible

Nocsyn on Feb 23, 2011


Looks great.

john s on Feb 23, 2011


its good :), was that Knoxville as a coach?? haha

Anonymous on Feb 23, 2011


it looks great the shot of the tree rising over the hill gave me chills im a sucker for artistic cinematography i hope it plays in my redneck ass town our theaters only play the "blockbusters" usually

anon on Feb 23, 2011


Wow, this actually looks quite interesting. I hope that it comes near me so I can watch it. I live near SF, though, so I'm hoping the chance is not that remote. Hope it does well at SXSW!

Chieze Okoye on Feb 23, 2011


That chick was really hot.

Mattias K. Nielsen on Feb 23, 2011


I'm in.

Duane on Feb 23, 2011


I thought the acting was bad at first, but it gets better a while into the trailer.

Guest on Feb 26, 2011


Yes, I will definitley see this movie.

Eric81375 on Mar 13, 2011

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