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It Feels Like the First Time Dept.: When my phone rang Tuesday night and the name Jacques Tourneur flashed on my Caller ID, I knew it could be only one person: No, not Val Lewton -- he died in 1951 and seems unlikely to be calling me even during the best of times -- but Tim League of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, who, for reasons unknown to both of us, has Tourneur's name inserted into his outgoing caller file. Just one of those things, I guess. League was calling to announce that plans have been finalized for QT Quatro: nine days of insane films hosted by none other than Quentin Tarantino himself, which will be running from August 25 through September 2 this year at the Alamo. Tix go on sale Monday, August 7, and if you're not already, you must be a member of the Austin Film Society to purchase advance tickets. According to League, this year's schedule will echo last year's with two all-nighters on the Saturday nights and three films on Fridays. Once again, all evenings will center around specific themes with "gobs of trailers to match the mood." Info on titles and/or themes is not yet available, but trust us, we'll let you know as soon as we find out... As if that weren't enough to saturate your filmic cravings, the 13th Annual Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival is commencing at exactly the same time, running from August 25 through September 7, and expanding this year from its home base at Landmark's Dobie Theatre to include the new venue: Regal's Arbor 7. AGLIFF founder Scott Dinger says the attending crowds have grown so dramatically in past years that a larger theatre was needed to hold the festival's major screenings, such as this year's opening night film, Del Shore's (Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got the Will?) Sordid Lives. Watch this space for more aGLIFF info as we receive it... If you haven't already entered, the deadline for the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund 2000 is drawing nigh. In fact, it's tomorrow, July 1, so you'd best move like greased lightning and grab a registration form online at www.austinfilm.org... It's been a while since I mentioned ACAC's other cool film program (last heard from, the frequently mentioned The Show With No Name was still not permitted back on the air and was awaiting a final ACAC board of directors' ruling regarding a 90-day suspension) -- Movies on MoPac, Wednesdays, 10pm, cable channel 16 -- but a recent e-mail alerted me to the fact that longtime co-host Amy, she of the nonexistent last name, has left the program to head to, of all places, Vieques, Puerto Rico, where "she has secured an excellent position in the tourist industry and a great view of our planes bombing a bunch of sand dunes and the occasional protester." MOM's odd mix of film talk, surreal focus techniques, and Amy and Shelly's knowledgeable and passionate film banter have long made the show a staple in my house, and it goes without saying (but we'll say it anyway) that Amy will be missed as "she spends most of her time on a sandy beach in the Caribbean"... Finally, the wrath of Robb Aguirre has come down upon us for mis-noting the fact that his indie internet film company -- Eyegoggle.com -- will indeed be accepting material on VHS and other formats for their upcoming launch premiere as opposed to only DV. Send what you've got to www.eyegoggle.com and, you know, avoid the wrath or whatnot.
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