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Yikes. So many special screenings and too little time -- and space -- to do more in this column than merely whet your curiosity. Short Films from Latin America is the title of a unique six-part series that takes place Thursday through Saturday nights, May 8-10 and May 15-17. Presented by Mexic-Arte Museum and the Chicano/Latino Film Forum, the series is organized and circulated by the American Federation of Arts and includes narrative, documentary, and animated short films that showcase the social, political, and aesthetic concerns of this multinational cinema between 1953 and 1990. All the films are subtitled and a comprehensive, bilingual catalogue is also available for purchase. Series guest speakers include John Downing (head of UT's RTF Dept.), Charles Nafus (head of ACC's RTF Dept.), and Charles Ramirez Berg (UT associate professor and author of Cinema of Solitude: Mexican Films of 1968-83). All shows begin at 7pm at Mexic-Arte. For schedules, prices, and other info, call 480-9373 or check out the Chicano/Latino Film Forum website at http://members.aol.com/aavila9999...

Also this weekend: the final projects by the Production I and Production II film students at Steve Mims' Austin Filmworks screen Saturday, May 10, 11am at the Dobie. This is always an interesting presentation, with the added allure of never knowing what (or who) you're going to discover...

If you have the kids in tow Saturday morning, you might prefer to stop in at Space Jam, which is screening at 10am at the Highland Theatre as part of the General Cinema Theatres' MaTOONays, their low-cost ($1.50 kids under 12, accompanying adults free) Saturday kids program...

The new film adaptation of the ethically provocative stage play The Twilight of the Golds screens Friday, May 9 as a benefit for the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival and the Austin Federal Club of the Human Rights Campaign. Austin co-producer Charles Duggan will speak about the adaptation process following the screening. Tickets can be purchased at the Paramount box office or through UTTM and include a post-screening reception for an additional fee. Call 476-2454 (aGLIFF) or 750-4605 (HRC) for more info...

The Austin Film Society wraps up its Cinema Fist: The Films of Sam Fuller series on Tuesday, May 13, 7pm, at the Texas Union with the unforgettable White Dog, starring Kristy McNichol. Never ones to rest when they could be out watching films instead, the AFS begins a new series -- Femmes Fatales and Other Bad Women -- the next night, Wednesday, May 14, 7pm at the Dobie Theatre with the 1946 Philip Marlowe detective film, Lady in the Lake, which was shot from a thoroughly subjective camera POV. The eclectic series includes such films as Sunset Blvd., Bloody Mama, Gilda, The Bride Wore Black, Berserk, and many more. Each Wednesday film repeats on Saturday at noon. Call 322-0145 for more info...

Finally, somebody has to write all these movies, right? So Borders Books & Music is honoring our illustrious local screenwriters on Sunday May 11 at 3pm at a panel: Texas Writers, Texas Films. Featured panelists include producer Lynda Obst and screenwriters Kim Krizan, Sarah Bird, Stephen Harrigan, Larry Wright, Bud Shrake, and Emily Tracy

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