Will you be making Contact on July 10? Just scheduled is an advance local benefit screening of the new Jodie Foster-Matthew McConaughey movie, Contact, based on the Carl Sagan novel and directed by Forrest Gump's Robert Zemeckis. McConaughey (in town filming The Newton Boys) and other special guests will be in attendance at the Paramount Theatre for this special screening to benefit the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund (TFPF) and the Austin Circle of Theatres. Tickets are $20 for the screening, or $30 for the movie and a post-screening party with McConaughey and others in attendance. For more info, see the ad on p.59... Speaking of the TFPF, this is just a reminder to all 180 of you (that's three times last year's number) who sent in Intent to Apply cards. Completed applications must be postmarked by Tue. 7/1. Among the confirmed grants panelists so far are Judith Helfand (A Healthy Baby Girl) and John Pierson (Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes). For more info, call 322-0145... The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) is accepting entries of short films, music videos, documentaries, animated works and feature-length projects for this year's festival scheduled for Aug. 22-Sept. 4. The submission deadline is July 18; for more info, call 476-2454 or refer to the festival's website at http://www.agliff.org... The first in a series of five summer fundraisers for the Texas Poor Man's Cinema Fund is scheduled for this Sunday, 6/29 at the Flamingo Cantina, beginning at 8pm. For more info, call Kurtis at 447-7074... This month's AIVF Austin Salon (Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers) is planned as a "Summer Mixer." Representatives from various Austin media organizations will be present as well. The meeting is scheduled for Mon., 6/30 at 8pm at the Electric Lounge and, as always, is free and open to the public. For more info, call 719-7922 or 708-1962... File this under the category of "tell us something we didn't already know but is way cool nevertheless": Included in Entertainment Weekly's new "It List" that names the "100 Most Creative People in Entertainment" are two of Austin's most notable (and entertaining) creative talents -- Richard Linklater and Mike Judge. What made these two worthy? Linklater is cited for discovering more acting "karats (from Matthew McConaughey to Renée Zellweger) than a gold miner," and Judge (along with King of the Hill co-executive producer Greg Daniels) for turning "crudely animated characters into some of the most three-dimensional folks on TV." Way to go, guys... Along similar lines, Monday's New York Times featured a substantive story about girls and new computer software that included a lot of information on the Austin-based company Girl Games (http://www.girlgamesinc.com) along with a photo of and lots of quotes from chief executive Laura Groppe... Over the coming weeks, the Alamo Drafthouse (http://www.drafthouse.com) will begin screening a remastered series of blaxploitation films, beginning this weekend with Superfly... The Austin Film Society concludes its Femmes Fatales series with Rita Hayworth`s signature film Gilda on Wed. 7/2, 7:30pm at the Dobie. Also, on Tue. 7/1, 7pm at the Union Theater, the AFS Summer Free-for-All features the truly great screwball classic The Awful Truth.
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