by Jen Scoville

The South by Southwest Film Festival & Conference has awakened from its off-season hibernation clear-eyed and assiduous -- in fact they've just announced a preliminary line-up of panelists for the spring to-do. So far the list includes Festival veteran and resident celebrity filmmaker Richard Linklater (subUrbia); SXSW alumni John Pierson (executive producer, Chasing Amy), Michael Barker (Sony Pictures Classics), George Ratliff (Purgatory County), and John Sloss (producer, Lone Star); SXSW sophomores Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost: Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills), Emanuel Levy (Variety), and Bob Berney (Orion Pictures); and first-timers Michelle Forman (40 Acres and a Mule) and Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy). Remember the deadline for film competition submissions is Dec. 13. Call 467-7979 for info, and stay tuned for updates...

UT's Continuing Education division is trying its hand at their own film industry conference. Behind the Scenes: Business Savvy for Independent Filmmakers will take place over three days, Dec. 3-5 on the UT campus. Advice on the business aspects of indie projects will be dispensed by guest speakers Polly Platt, Sleepless in Seattle producer; Louise Levison, UCLA film industry program consultant; and members of the local film community, Dwight Adair, Scott Perry, and Lucy Frost. Program tuition is $299 for the entire seminar or $110/day; deadline to register is November 26. For more info or to obtain a registration form, call Lori Franz at 471-2924...

The 1997 International Women's Day Community Media Festival happens in March, but a call-for-entries party launched by co-sponsors WATER, KOOP, Monsterbit Media, and KAZI will take place this Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Victory Grill on E. Eleventh. Stop by between 8-11pm to pick up a program proposal for an entry in radio, video, or multimedia (WWW projects included); video bits will be screened for inspiration, and Tammy Gomez y la Palabra will perform. Suggested donation is $5. Call WATER at 444-1672 if you'd like to be involved in the Festival's planning ...

AIVF Austin's monthly meeting is coming up on Mon., Nov. 25, 8pm at the Electric Lounge with the discussion to focus on music video. Videos made in town this year will be screened with directors in attendance. Anyone with a music video they'd like to have considered for the party should call Tara Veneruso at 322-9707...

The Austin Film Society can't get enough of noir -- a new series, Gangsters and Outlaws, debuts on Wed., Nov. 27 (7:30pm at the Dobie) with William Wellman's 1931 classic Public Enemy, the film that made James Cagney an eternal gangster. Admission is $5 and films are each screened a second time at noon the following Saturday. AFS Tuesday night free series (8pm, Union Theatre) continues with the films of Satyajit Ray. Aparajito (1956) is the second installment of the family saga that began with last week's showing of Pather Panchali. AMOA's short video series by
and/or about African-American women moves along on Tues., Nov. 26 with four shorts. Saundra Sharp's award-winning Picking Tribes (1988), a work which uses vintage photos and watercolor animation to depict one woman's identity struggle during the Forties, is a highlight. Admission is $4.

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