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By Marjorie Baumgarten, Fri., Sept. 26, 1997

As we went to press last week with Louis Black's heartfelt "Page 2" reminiscence about the all-too-brief life of D. Montgomery and her enduring influence on the Austin film community, her funeral arrangements were yet to be announced. With great sorrow we include them here: A funeral service will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, 7pm, at St. Austin's Church (2026 Guadalupe, across the street from the Dobie). Plans are in the works for a special D. Montgomery Award -- an annual artists' grant to be bestowed by the Austin Film Society (AFS). But until those plans are in place, it strikes me that one of the most fitting ways to honor her memory would be to write out a check for membership in the film society that she helped found and let 'em know that D. sent you...

The Austin film world has kicked out the cobwebs of summer and has started programming screenings and events with such delirious energy, constancy, and fervor that we'd be overcome with joy if it weren't for the fact we're collapsing from exhaustion. Underway this weekend is the CinemaTexas Short Film and Video Festival, a unique festival dedicated to the short-form project as a mode of artistry and self-expression rather than opportunistic calling card (as it becomes so much of the time in the university setting). For more details, see the related story in this section and the ad on p.3, or call the hotline at 471-6657. A complete schedule is available at their website: http://www.utexas/edu/coc/rtf/CINEMATEXAS...

CinemaTexas wraps on Sunday but then on Wednesday, Oct. 1 the Austin Film Festival, which screens in conjunction with the Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference (beginning on Oct. 3 -- more next issue), gets underway. The entire film schedule is also listed on this page and more info is available by calling 478-4795...

Thought you'd rest up in between Sunday and Wednesday? Hah! Not likely. Monday, Sept. 29 is the monthly meeting of the Association of Video and Filmmakers (AIVF). The featured program is a documentary panel with filmmakers Paul Stekler (Vote for Me), Don Howard (Letter From Waco), and Doug Wollens (whose movie Weed opens at the Dobie on Oct. 3). All three guests represent different approaches to documentary filmmaking and should contribute to a lively discussion. The meeting is scheduled for 8pm at a new location, the Continental Club...

You want to watch a documentary, not listen to people talk about them? Then head off to the Ritz Lounge for the weekly Funhouse Cinema series which features at 8 & 10:30pm Amanda Mitchelli's wonderful documentary on women rodeo pros, Just for the Ride, coupled with Craig Baldwin's experimental collage that deconstructs the cowboy icon, Wild Gunman...

More documentary rarities can be seen Thursday, Oct. 2, 6pm, at the Austin Museum of Art/Downtown as part of the Traveling With the Ancients video series dedicated to works from indigenous communities around the world. Numerous shorts are included in this program that variously focuses on aboriginal music done in C&W style, a Peruvian protest song, a traditional Bolivian music video, Navajo drumming, and a Native-American one with the captivating title, "Cowtipping: The Militant Indian Waiter"...

Also, the Austin Film Society wraps up the Abbas Kiarostami series on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7pm, at the Texas Union Theater with Closeup (1990), a documentary Kiarostami filmed at the trial of a poor young man arrested for impersonating another famous Iranian filmmaker, Mohsen Makhmalbaf...

The AFS also hosts a members-only event with Robert Rodriguez on Wednesday, Oct. 1 to celebrate the video release of his made-for-TV film RoadRacers; call them at 322-0145 to become a member...

The Austin Cinemaker Coop has announced a call for entries for Attack of the Fifty Foot Reel, a Halloween Super-8 mini film festival. Submissions should be a single, in-camera edited, processed roll of Super-8, sound or silent (silent films may be accompanied by a regular cassette soundtrack). The deadline is Oct. 15 for a screening on Oct. 30 at the Alamo Drafthouse. Entry fee is $5; call 469-0114 for more details...

This a reminder that the submission deadline for the Reel Women screening of works by local women filmmakers is Oct. 1. Call 448-3828 for more entry info...

Stan Brakhage was elated by his Austin visit and the warm, encouraging reception he received here. In response, he has agreed to curate of series of future local events that will present films from his own collection of artists' works going back over 45 years. He has also invited the local group in*situ to gather a collection of short films by artists living in the Austin area to be hosted by Brakhage and screened in Boulder at the University of Colorado. The call for entries is for all formats, although there will be a special section for Super-8 and silents. Entries should be no longer than 11 minutes and should emphasize the "experimental/personal" genre, although narratives and documentaries that use unconventional approaches are encouraged as well. The entry fee is $5 and the deadline is Nov. 22; for more info call 481-0493.

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