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Gone But Not Forgotten, Part 1: What's the little discussed ingredient that sealed the success of the SXSW Film Festival.97? The Austin audiences, of course. Here's filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks) on his website bulletin board (http://www.viewaskew.com) discussing the SXSW preview of his new movie Chasing Amy: "Screened for a very enthusiastic Austin audience, who threw out some of the deepest queries I've ever gotten on any flick." People magazine caught up with Traveller's Bill Paxton partying at the Driskill Hotel while hosting the film's outdoor music stage, who ebulliently summed up his film and the event by exclaiming, "It's grassroots, baby." In other fest notes: Neil LaBute's provocative screen drama, In the Company of Men, left SXSW for New York's New Directors/New Films festival where it was picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics (the folks who've successfully handled such tough arthouse releases as Welcome to the Dollhouse, Crumb, and Lone Star)...

Gone But Not Forgotten, Part 2: The Humanities Research Center exhibit, "The Life and Films of Warren Skaaren: Screenwriter," will be on view through June 27. The display includes papers, scripts, and correspondence from the HRC's Warren Skaaren archives. The exhibit's curator, Dr. Charles Bell, will give an informal talk on the career of Skaaren, who was one of the founders and the first executive director of the Texas Film Commission as well as one of Hollywood's top screenwriters. The free gallery talk is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, 5pm, on the seventh floor of the HRC, with a reception to follow...

The Territory, the Austin Museum of Art's television showcase of independent film and video art, is rebroadcasting six of this season's programs on Tuesday nights at 10pm on KLRU (ch. 9) throughout April...

The Austin Film Society's presentation this week in its Cinema Fist: The Films of Sam Fuller series is Pickup on South Street, the wonderful 1953 drama about cops, crime, and commie finks, showing on Tue., Apr. 8, 7pm, Texas Union Theatre. The Israeli Film Festival continues on Wed., Apr. 9, 7:30pm, Dobie Theatre, with As Tears Go By, a sensitive 1996 film about family roles, first love, and friendship...

A new group called A Central Texas Women's Film Co-op is organizing and holding its first meeting Friday, April 4, 6-8pm at the Parkside School at Casa de Luz (1701 Toomey). The group's purpose is to support Texas women in their new and established career efforts through networking and education. The flyer suggests bringing lots of personal business cards and brochures. A $3 donation at the door is suggested and more info is available by calling 447-4406. (My suggestion for the first order of business would be for the Co-op to make contact with another recently started film group called Reel Women at 280-8706.)...

Variety this week reports that Harry Connick, Jr., has signed on to play Sandra Bullock's love interest in the movie Hope Floats, directed by Forest Whitaker and slated to begin shooting in Austin in mid-May. Also co-starring is Mae Whitman (who played George Clooney's daughter in One Fine Day) and Gena Rowlands (whose Unhook the Stars opens in Austin this Friday).

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