PBS premieres, plus an accessible fest
By Monica Riese, 2:19PM, Thu. Oct. 31
One final film fest, plus news from New York, a season premiere, and more. Small screen or large, this edition of Film Flam has it all.
• We're completely inundated by film festivals this time of year. From Fantastic Fest and Polari through the Austin Film Festival and newcomer Forever Fest, it's a feverish sprint through panels and screenings and premiere parties and … bluh. But there's one on the docket that we're still intrigued by: the Cinema Touching Disability Festival. Held this Friday and Saturday (Nov. 1 & 2) at the Alamo Drafthouse Village, the Coalition of Texans With Disabilities' 10th festival will feature films about a graffiti artist with ALS (Getting Up), a snowboarder who sustained a traumatic brain injury (The Crash Reel), and more. Visit www.txdisabilities.org for complete details.
• Everyone's grieving the loss of Lou Reed in their own way. Sundance Channel's route? A special rebroadcast of an episode of Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… featuring the Velvet Underground frontman. Tune in Saturday, Nov. 2, at 6pm CT to hear about his love of R&B, watch an impromptu spoken-word performance, and enjoy two performances with Costello.
• The new season of PBS's Arts in Context series premieres tonight in Austin with an episode on Masters of Ceremony. The rest of season four includes closer looks at Women & Their Work, Allison Orr, AFS at the Marchesa, The Octopus Project, and more. Visit www.klru.org for more on the season, or to watch the first Arts in Context Short, on latte art.
• Disenchanted, the local Renaissance Faire workplace sitcom that we featured a few weeks ago, brought home the award for Best Writing in the New York Television Festival's Independent Pilot Competition. Congrats to the whole crew over there!
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