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Will Robinson Sheff

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I Live My Broken Dreams

This year's rock docs examine the 'outsider myth' and more among the likes of Daniel Johnston, Townes Van Zandt, and Wild Man Fischer

Screens Feature, Mar. 11, 2005

All About the Others

The Austin Film Society's Besides Almodovar: Other Spanish Directors

Screens Feature, Dec. 3, 2004

America's Sweetheart

Georgetown's Palace Theatre celebrates a weekend of Mary Pickford films.

Screens Feature, Jun. 6, 2003

The Cinema of Dual Citizens

In the upcoming series Driven into Paradise: European Émigré Directors 1933-1950, the Austin Film Society will be screening (at the Alamo Drafthouse) six classic films reflecting the ethical sensibilities and aesthetic innovations of these exiled masters.

Screens Feature, Apr. 18, 2003

Stan Brakhage

Remembering Stan Brakhage, a giant of experimental film.

Screens Feature, Apr. 11, 2003

The Swimmer (1968)

Like the movie, Burt Lancaster's title character -- an aging suburbanite who one day decides, on an afternoon lark, to "swim home" pool-to-pool through the back yards of his friends -- starts out lightly charming us, only to plunge into darker waters.

Screens Review, Feb. 21, 2003

Fine China

The latest Austin Film Society free series examines the cinema of China's Fifth Generation filmmakers.

Screens Feature, Jan. 17, 2003


Cinescape offers a weekly home to microcinema.

Screens Feature, Sep. 20, 2002

Six Legs to Tango:

Wladyslaw Starewicz

Screens Feature, Sep. 13, 2002

Down Mexico Way

South of the border, six stories high, at the Texas State History Museum's IMAX theatre

Screens Feature, Aug. 30, 2002

The Age of Restoration

Reviled at the time of their release, silent cinema classics Metropolis and The Thief of Bagdad get their due at the Paramount Theatre this weekend.

Screens Feature, Aug. 23, 2002

Video Reviews

Screens Review, Aug. 2, 2002

Book Smarts

New academic tomes explore diverse film genres

Screens Feature, Jul. 26, 2002

Science, With a T.W.I.S.T.

Austinite Alana Cash screens two of her documentaries focusing on female scientists in a benefit screening for T.W.I.S.T. (Tomorrow's Women in Science and Technology Inc.).

Screens Feature, Jun. 21, 2002


Austin foley artist Buzz Moran strips the sound out of a forgotten kung fu flick and redubs it live at the Drafthouse. The result? Something to chop about it.

Screens Feature, May. 17, 2002

Broken Blossoms

Gish plays the 15-year-old daughter of a brutally abusive prizefighter and Richard Barthelmess plays the sensitive Chinese shopkeeper who loves and briefly shelters her. Visually...

Film Review, May. 6, 2002

The Sights and Sounds of Art in Sync

Ron Mann's jazz avant-garde exploration Imagine the Sound provides the perfect counterpoint to Austin Eye+Ear (which will screen Mann's film this Sunday in an E+E benefit): Both are bent on the blurring of artistic lines.

Screens Feature, May. 3, 2002

Reel Women Host Movie Hoot

Local femme-centric film collective Reel Women presents Movie Hoot: local bands covering film's classic sounds

Screens Feature, Apr. 26, 2002

Flesh and the Devil

Greta Garbo is the siren whose insatiable sexuality threatens to tear apart blood brothers John Gilbert and Lars Hanson in this overheated and melodramatic masterpiece....

Film Review, Apr. 15, 2002

Something to Talk About

Silent but deadly are the grandes dames of pre-talkie Hollywood: Garbo, Bow, Gish, Pickford, Brooks. The Austin Film Society presents a new series honoring their early work.

Screens Feature, Apr. 12, 2002

American Cinematheque's Universal Appeal

Screens Feature, Feb. 15, 2002

Sammy and Rosie Get Laid

Controversial writer Hanif Kureishi teams up again with director Stephen Frears for Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, a vibrant and uneven portrait of a Thatcher-era progressive relationship in perpetual crisis.

Screens Review, Nov. 9, 2001

Diary of a Lost Girl

G.W. Pabst and Louise Brooks' startlingly frank follow-up to Pandora's Box features Brooks as a woman freed and empowered by her sexuality. As a beautiful...

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