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Alison Macor Tells the Tale of Austin’s Greatest Rewrite Man
New book delves into the career of Top Gun script doctor Warren Skaaren
Screens Story  June 1, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...To those who fantasized that moving to Austin would be an entryway into its tight but legendarily supportive clique of filmmakers, the writer Alison Macor has become the go-to historian...."

Moving Pictures
Alison Macor charts 30 years of Austin history, one film at a time
Screens Story  February 26, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Alison Macor, a longtime Austin film journalist, never intended to write a book so close to home. In fact, she'd had her heart set on a different project entirely..."

SXSW Film Festival and Conference
Screens Story  March 14, 1997
"...Respected and even revered by those he worked with, Johnson himself was always modest about his talents, even when speaking well of himself: "I know I'm not the greatest actor in town, but I can play the heck out of Ben Johnson." Many others agree, and Thurman's documentary offers a fitting requiem for the old cowboy who played his final scene last April. -- Alison Macor..."

Further Reflections
SXSW Film Festival
Screens Story  March 21, 1997
"...The Big Charade's opening and closing sequences are particularly lyrical in their use of movement and sound, while the film as a whole contains an eclectic mix of humor and melodrama. -- Alison Macor..."

Aural Education
John Pierson's Master Class airs on KUT
Screens Story  July 30, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Starting this Sunday – okay, technically, Monday morning – and as part of the late-night, free-form O'Dark 30 show, edited versions of Pierson's Master Class interviews will air in 30-minute chunks. In addition to Jonze, other hot-seaters include producing powerhouse and Austin institution Elizabeth Avellán (Spy Kids); Timur Bekmambetov, the Kazakhstan native and director of 2008's patently (but stylishly!) preposterous Angelina Jolie actioner, Wanted; and the lightly spiky twofer of Richard Linklater, who revitalized Austin as a film town in the early Nineties, and Alison Macor, who wrote the book on that history in Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids...."

'The Last Supper'
Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas: an excerpt
Screens Story  February 26, 2010, by Alison Macor
"...From the book Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas by Alison Macor. Copyright 2010 by Alison Macor..."

The Many Lives of an Incorporeal Icon
A new 'Beetlejuice' sequel may be in development, but Warren Skaaren already pondered 'Beetlejuice in Love' two decades ago
Screens Story  February 10, 2012, by Leah Churner
"...In her book Chainsaws, Slackers and Spy Kids: 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas, Alison Macor describes writer-director Skaaren as a Zelig of the local scene. Skaaren, who died in 1990 at the age of 44, served as the first executive director of the Texas Film Commission, had a hand in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and ran a production company in Dallas..."

'World' Cinema
Three-month series AFS@Dobie launches with latest Jia Zhangke film
Screens Story  January 13, 2006, by Josh Rosenblatt
"..."The goal of the series," says guest curator Alison Macor, "is to bring more new films to Austin. More independent films, more foreign films, more documentaries." Macor, who for years was a movie critic at the Chronicle and across the pond at the Statesman, and who is currently putting the finishing touches on her book about the history of the Austin film scene, believes that despite its reputation as a cineaste-filled city, Austin is too often passed over by independent movie distributors looking to sell smaller, artier, more foreign fare...."

Short Cuts
Upcoming events and workshops of interest to the Austin film community.
Screens Column  May 12, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Beginning in June, the Austin Museum of Art's Art School at Laguna Gloria is offering a series of three cinema-studies classes that should make your post-film, opening conversational gambits that much more incisive. "Cinema Eye: Film Appreciation," featuring Statesman (and former Chronicle) film critic and writer Alison Macor, begins a four-week run on June 4..."

Short Cuts
Upcoming events and workshops of interest to the Austin film community.
Screens Column  January 21, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...This fest is highly recommended, and though there's too much to go into here, any and all information you might need can be found at or by calling 210/271-3151... The Art School at the Austin Museum of Art has announced a group of film- and video-related classes at their downtown location beginning with former Chronicle film writer Alison Macor's "Cinema Eye: Film Appreciation," Jan..."

Party With Purpose
The AFS Make Watch Love Film bash
Screens Story  June 18, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Derailers will provide the tunes, and the evening's special guests include the 80-some-years-young legendary Western prop master Moody Anderson (see "Texas Treasures," Nov. 3, 2000) and local author Alison Macor, who documented Austin's long history of making, watching, and loving movies in Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas (see "Moving Pictures," Feb..."

Short Cuts
With Screaming Black Yak Day upon us, Marc Savlov kindly gives out some kudos and guidance.
Screens Column  December 26, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...Later in the season you can glom on to Art and Cinema, Women in the Director's Chair, Mondays at the Movies, and something new, the Television Work of James Dean 1951-1955 (right about the time he started hanging out with Vampira, actually). Several of these classes -- we're not sure which ones just yet -- will be taught by former Chronicle scribe Alison Macor, which is always a good thing..."

Short Cuts
Local animator Lance Myers goes for the "Guts" and gets into S&M.
Screens Column  February 1, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...Info on the screening and S&M in general can be found at Austin Museum of Art's Art School (3809 W. 35th) is hosting another set of classes helmed by former Chronicle scribe Alison Macor..."

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Landmark Theatres makes some changes, Laura Dunn wins gold (or silver, or bronze), Alison Macor teaches film theory, and the Cinemaker Co-op visits otherwordly places.
Screens Column  June 1, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...That, and many of the other key conundrums that frustrate film fans will be resolved, or at least mulled over and heatedly debated, during the Austin Museum of Art's summer series of three film theory courses taught by former Chronicle scribe (and recent Ph.D. garnerer) Alison Macor..."

Short Cuts
SXSW: Quentin bails, Jeremy fluffs.
Screens Column  March 16, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Expect short films, live music, and a graffiti party on this first night of what will be a planned weekly event. For more info, call Nick at 505-1906… The Austin Museum of Art continues their highly successful film program with former Chronicle scribe Alison Macor's Film Theory Goes to the Movies class, which runs Mondays, March 19-April 9, 7:30-10:30pm, at the AMOA Downtown (823 Congress)..."

The Addiction
Screens Story  June 21, 1996
"...Steve (Stoler)? Watch as Pee-wee wrestles with this dilemma while still making time for cartoons, Connect the Dots, and other Playhouse standards. -- Alison Macor..."

Preserve Town Lake
Columns  November 22, 1996
"...I went home and opened the Chronicle and read the review (by Alison Macor I might add parenthetically) to find out who those Austinites were. She never mentioned the Austin connection and to my surprise -- she gave the movie a bomb..."

International Competition
Screens Story  October 9, 1998
"...Bill Daniel (filmmaker, Funhouse Cinema programmer), Alison Macor (Austin American-Statesman), Judith Sims (Austin Museum of Art)..."

Screens Story  November 24, 1995
"...-- Alison Macor..."

Arts Story  August 18, 1995
"...In addition, Pitt eschews a stunt double and does his own singing, which is an event in itself. And did I mention his hair? - Alison Macor..."

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