SXSW comes up fast on the outside, and the ascent of one Keun-Pyo Park
"There Is No 'Try,' There Is Only 'Do'": University of Texas Radio-Television-Film grad student Keun-Pyo Park has won the Kodak Student Filmmaker grand prize (and a check for $2,500 from Eastman Kodak) for his Super 16mm short film "Wake." Park and his film are next headed to Cannes this spring to participate in the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. Park's win is the second in two years for UT, after last year's win by John Fiege for his film "Bebe."
Palm Pictures Picks Up Van Zandt Doc: Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt has been acquired by Palm Pictures in the wake of its successful screening at the Toronto Film Festival two weeks ago. The doc, by Margaret Brown, traces the life and times of countrified folk singer-songwriter Van Zandt, who died in 1997, and features interviews from friends and fans Willie Nelson, Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, and Guy Clarke, among others. Palm plans to release the film to theatres in the summer of 2005.
Women and Their Work Gallery's (1710 Lavaca St.) upcoming series of screenings and lectures by educator/consultant Dr. Sabrina Barton, titled Transformations: Female Identity Through the Lens of Hollywood Movies, pairs Dr. Barton's lectures and commentary with film clips from the likes of Thelma & Louise, Pretty Woman, and Thirteen, among others. The series kicks off Thursday, Oct. 14, 7-8:30pm, with "Cinderalla Stories: From Rags to Riches," at the gallery. The series continues discussing both gender and film techniques on Thursdays through Nov. 4 and beyond. The cost is $20/entire series, $7/individual sessions. More info at www.womenandtheirwork.org.
Arbor Notes: The Regal's Arbor Theatre at Great Hills (9828 Great Hills Trail) is hosting another one of their "Arbor Reel Talks," in which local film scholars and like-minded academes drop in to discuss a current film this time out it's John Brown, professor of Argentine history at the Univesity of Texas, who will be speaking on the Ernesto "Che" Guevara film/travelogue The Motorcycle Diaries, directed by Walter Salles and starring Gael García Bernal. Admission for the Wednesday, Oct. 13, event is $5.75. Call 231-0427 for more info. The Arbor is also playing up David O. Russell's new "existential comedy" I Heart Huckabees, with a Huckabees poetry contest, free tree saplings, and more. The madness commences this Friday, Oct. 8, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 9.