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This week: Burnt Orange, Blood Shots, and 'Slacker'; plus, Travis the Dancin' Fool

By Marc Savlov, Fri., Sept. 24, 2004

Home Sweet Home, at Last: Burnt Orange Productions has signed a three-year lease and moved from its temporary offices at the MCC building off Braker Lane to a 12,240- square-foot HQ at 710 W. Fifth, complete with production offices and workshop/teaching spaces. For those who've been out of the loop, Burnt Orange is the University of Texas' new film production arm, which brings together students from the University of Texas Film Institute, headed by Dr. Thomas Schatz, with industry professionals in an environment calculated to foster the growth not only of film production in Austin but also to expand the university's already substantial role within the Austin film community. Preproduction on Burnt Orange's first trio of projects (Austin Angel, Dot, and The Marfa Lights) was announced over the summer, with Dot scheduled to have begun shooting this week.

Bob Dobbs Will Be There: Rouse yourself from you torpor and head over to Waterloo Records and Video this Friday, Sept. 24, at 5pm, where Austin director Richard Linklater will be signing copies of the new Criterion Collection release of "the only film that matters" (to paraphrase the Clash), Slacker. Hyperbole aside, it's by far one of Criterion's most comprehensive and design-savvy releases (courtesy of Marc English Design), and c'mon, where else are you not going to learn how to plow and cadge a free beer at the same time?

All good things must come to an end, even ones with no name. Austin Community Access' beloved The Show With No Name airs its very last episode, number 280, this Sunday, Sept. 26, 10pm, on Time Warner Cable Channel 10. Host Charlie Sotelo and his trusted aide-de-camp Cinco were, as we all now know, played by Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, respectively, and on this final show, viewers can catch footage of Jim Henson on The Orson Welles Show and Ed McMahon three sheets to the wind on The Tonight Show, among other gems. Says Sotelo, "We were an extremely on-and-off show, having taken six months off at one point and then 10 at another, but all told we've been doing this since 1996, and it's the end of the season and we've been going too long already. It's time to end it."

AMN SFS Returns: The Austin Music Network's Student Film Showcase returns to the air with a marathon 11-episode tsunami o' hits this Sunday, Sept. 26, beginning at 6pm on Time Warner Cable Channel 15. Season two of the popular series, which showcases, um, student films, kicks off Sunday, Oct. 3, although producer Juan Garcia says details are sketchy pending AMN's transitional period. If all goes according to plan, they should be airing at 8pm on AMN. Check out www.austinmusicnetwork.org/sfs for more info.

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