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Holiday Gifts for Fans of the Big and Small Screen
From essential box sets to writers’ wisdom: stocking fillers and the gifts that keep on giving for your watching pleasure
Screens Story  December 6, 2018, by Richard Whittaker, Julian DeBerry, Danielle White and James Renovitch
"...So what's a more fitting way to learn about the craft, the secrets, the stories, and the ups and downs of life in the writers' room than AFF's latest compilation of the best of those Q&As, this time tuning in to TV's finest? It's filled with must-read conversations between matched talents: Paul Feig discussing Arrested Development with Mitchell Hurwitz, or Damon Lindelof asking Chris Carter about the challenge of keeping a mystery over multiple seasons of The X-Files. Give your favorite aspiring screenwriter a triple gift by adding the earlier volumes of the On Story series (Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films and Screenwriters and Their Craft) and help keep peak TV going! – Richard Whittaker The Criterion, $9.99/month; $89.99/year..."

Exploring the Auteurs of Early Black Cinema
AFS screens rare and influential selections from the Pioneers of African-American Cinema
Screens Story  February 16, 2017, by Kahron Spearman
"...On the next two Sundays, the Austin Film Society will screen pivotal selections from Pioneers of African-American Cinema, a war chest of seminal "race" films by early black filmmakers, recently released on Netflix. Released in July 2016 by Kino Lorber, the comprehensive box set contains hours of rare shorts and feature-length films, stretching from the 1910s through the 1940s...."

First Ladies: Early Women Filmmakers
Kino celebrates female filmmaking pioneers
Screens Review  May 16, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...First Ladies: Early Women Filmmakers BundleKino International, $49.95 (3-DVD set), $19.95 (individually)..."

Godzilla vs. the Green Screen
Austin special effects artists can kill you with a squib or with a CGI bullet hit, gore it up with pig entrails or digitally composited blood, and create just about anything you can imagine with their bare hands or software. Does the industry need both?
Screens Story  April 22, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...After a stint at ITT Tech, Field, uninspired by a future that at that point appeared to consist of little but soldering an endless stream of motherboards, discovered the Texas Film Production Hotline – by which filmmakers shooting in the state put out the call for crew and extras – "which then led me to call up, write, and e-mail every single film production in the state of Texas and just literally beg them to let me work for free, just for the experience."..."

Letters at 3AM
How far are you willing to go to make a picture?
Columns  March 13, 2009, by Michael Ventura
"...Biographies of the pioneer filmmakers outstrip their legends and read like novels – Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Buster Keaton, Roscoe Arbuckle, Lillian Gish, D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Mack Sennett, Gloria Swanson, Cecil B..."

SXSW Film Announces 2015 Lineup
Circling the Thunderdome
DAILY Screens  February 3, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...SXSW Film has always excelled at music docs, and this year we’ve got two from Texas filmmakers – Joe Nick Patoski’s Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove (that’s Sir Doug Sahm, of course) and Alan Berg’s The Jones Family Will Make a Way, about the friendship between Pentecostal gospel singer Bishop Fred Jones and atheist rock critic (and former Austin Chronicle music columnist) Michael Corcoran...."

Remembering 'Easy Rider' and 'The Last Movie'
CinemaTexas program notes
Screens Story  June 4, 2010
"...He told me that he more than hated it, that he was angry. He was tired of filmmakers making films about filmmaking..."

SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners
DAILY Screens  January 30, 2014, by Monica Riese
"...To all of the filmmakers: Congratulations, and please be in touch with screening links and press information at We look forward to hearing from you...."

From the Vaults: When Shirley Clarke Met Roger Corman
Shirley Clarke was to direct "Crazy Mama"
DAILY Screens  October 12, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Crazy Mama, starring Cloris Leachman as a matriarch in a tiger-print dress, was produced by Roger Corman’s New World Pictures. Corman was well-known for giving the first, big break to so filmmakers who went on to become titans: Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Jack Nicholson, Joe Dante, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, and more..."

Pet Sematary Remake to Close SXSW Film
Midnighters, Festival Favorites, plus shorts all announced
DAILY Screens  February 6, 2019, by Richard Whittaker
"...State of Pride D: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman Fifty years after the Stonewall uprising, Oscar winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman travel to three diverse communities – Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama – for an unflinching look at LGBTQ Pride. (World Premiere) 24 BEATS PER SECOND [image-5]..."

Paul and "Molly & Ann"
Former UT RTF director chronicles the impact of two Texas icons
DAILY Screens  October 25, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...We found some good footage that some young filmmakers had shot ... They had this wonderful woman, Suzie Cole Hiett, interviewed, and at the very end Suzie goes how much she wished [Richards and Ivins] were still alive, because that's what they fought for their entire lives, and that throws it forward, and connects Molly's piece and Ann's piece to today's politics, and the whole idea of them being ahead of their time, which they were..."

Fall Film Previews
Screens Story  September 11, 1998
"...This Asian-American dark comedy of pop culture features a frigid wife, an acerbic waitress, and a werewolf disguised as a payroll clerk, while referencing the best of America's recent crop of independent filmmakers. (Sept..."

Fall Movie Round-Up
Sneaking Into Autumn
Screens Story  September 6, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...LOOKING FOR RICHARD Al Pacino, for the first time in his career, directs and creates as well as stars in this study of Shakespeare's Richard III in which the actual performance sequences are interspersed with intimate looks at the actors and filmmakers preparing their work; co-starring in the play are Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Aidan Quinn, Kevin Spacey, and Estelle Parsons. (Oct.)......"

TV Eye
For those of us nervously watching the erosion of civil liberties and human rights, the next film in the 'Independent Lens' series, 'Life Matters,' is something of a wistful homage to what seems to be of little value these days
Screens Column  January 16, 2004, by Belinda Acosta
"...A preview of films and filmmakers featured at this year's fest appears in It's Right Now! At the Sundance Film Festival, an hourlong special airing on Jan. 24 at 7:30pm, followed by a live presentation of the 2004 Sundance Awards ceremony...."

Mutantes: Punk, Porn, Feminism
Dinosaur DVDs with a smattering of punk, porn, and R&B
Music Story  December 21, 2012, by Abby Johnston
"...It's an illuminating thesis on power and the role of women in pornography, often written off by classic feminism as inherently counter to the movement. The documentary assumes prior knowledge – names such as Annie Sprinkle and Betony Vernon don't necessarily have recognition as equality leaders – while the punk component squeezes into the filmmakers following around queer band Tribe 8..."

(Backroom) Journeys With George (and James)
Revisiting The War Room -- the electrifying '92 campaign documentary starring the Lone Ranger and Tonto (Stephanopoulos and Carville) -- with executive producer R.J. Cutler.
Screens Story  September 6, 2002, by Anne S. Lewis
"...We started this with American High and now use them for almost all of our projects. With a video dairy, we've expanded the point of view to include the subject's as well as the filmmakers'..."

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