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When the University of Texas appointed noted documentarian Paul Stekler to be the new head of the RTF Dept. production faculty, did they have any idea that they were getting a future Peabody Award-winner in the bargain? Last week brought the announcement that Stekler's lauded TV series Vote for Me: Politics in America, a lively and humorous take on electoral politics, was the recipient of the prestigious Peabody Award for outstanding achievement in broadcast and cable. We extend to Stekler our hearty congratulations...

A documentary produced by another local filmmaker and UT lecturer Richard Lewis is set to air on National Geographic Explorer this Sunday, April 13 at 6pm on TBS (ch.21). Called The Snow Monkeys of Texas, the 20-minute piece recounts the strange life and times of a troop of 158 Japanese snow macaques from Kyoto that emigrated to Dilley, Texas in 1972 and grew into a free--ranging band of 500. Now contained in a new sanctuary outside of the town, the endangered animals have Wayne Newton among their biggest supporters. The documentary highlights some great camerawork by such Austin locals as Nancy Schiesari, Paul Kloss, and Harrison Witt, and boasts a down-home narration by Sammy Allred and music snatches from Ruben Ramos and Don Walser...

The first word in the phrase "lights, camera, action" is the subject of a one-day seminar this Saturday, April 12, 9:30am-4pm at the Austin Community Access Center (ACAC) main studio when Alan McKenzie of Dallas' Good Morning Texas presents a hands-on seminar on creative lighting alternatives for professional and amateur producers. For registration info and costs, call 478-8600...

The Cinemaker Coop has announced a call for entries in its next Super-8 festival, Reel of Whoop-Ass. Entries should consist of one reel of film pertaining to the fest theme and utilize in-camera edits; entry deadline in May 4. For other entry rules and "whoop-ass" definitions, call 469-0114 or 419-1785...

The group Reel Women is celebrating its first anniversary at this week's meeting on Wednesday, April 16 at W.A.T.E.R. (109 W. Johanna) at 7:30pm. For more info call 280-8706...

The General Cinema theatre chain announces MaTOONays, a low-cost Saturday kids program playing locally at Highland Cinema at 10am the second weekend of every month. Jumanji shows this Saturday, April 12, preceded by the Cartoon Network's animated short "Kitchen Casanova." Admission for kids under 12 is $1.50 and accompanying adults are admitted free; a series ticket costs $7...

The Austin Film Society is showing China Gate, Sam Fuller's prescient 1957 love-and-war drama about military intervention in Indochina (and one of my personal Fuller favorites), on Tuesday, April 15, 7pm, at the Union Theatre. It stars Angie Dickinson (the incredible opening shot of her legs inspired Jean-Luc Godard to proclaim those gams to be "an axiom of CinemaScope"), Lee Van Cleef, and the extraordinary Nat King Cole (who also sings the title tune). On Wednesday, April 16, 7:30pm, at the Dobie Theatre, the Israeli Film Festival continues with the topically themed Passover Fever and a program of Short Films, Thursday, April 17, 4:30pm, at UT's Flawn Academic Center.

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