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You're living under a rock if you're not already aware of the Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference and Film Festival that's underway this weekend. Check out these "Screens" pages for a complete film screening schedule or call 478-4795 for more conference info...

If that weren't enough to keep us occupied, there's a slew of other film events beckoning this week. "The Art of Film Producing" is the topic up for discussion as several distinguished local producers convene at Borders Books & Music (10225 Research) on Saturday, Oct. 4, 1-3pm. The panelists include Lynda Obst (author of Hello, He Lied and Other Truths From the Hollywood Trenches and producer of Contact, Sleepless in Seattle, The Fisher King, and the upcoming Hope Floats); Dwight Adair (NBC's She Fought Alone); Elizabeth Avellán (El Mariachi, From Dusk Till Dawn, Real Stories of the Donut Men); Paul Stekler (the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Vote For Me: Politics in America), and moderator Richard Lewis (National Geographic's Snow Monkey Roundup). The panel is sponsored by the Austin Film Society and The Austin Chronicle; admission is free and if you clip the ad for the event in this issue of the Chronicle 10% of your Borders book purchases that day will benefit the Film Society...

Four special screenings have been scheduled for Nestor Gregory Carter's 5th Ward, a Houston-made, independent, feature-length drama about inner-city teens. Sales of the movie's Fishbowl Records soundtrack CD are reportedly brisk locally, so that should translate into a good turnout. The free screenings will be held in Huston-Tillotson College's Agard Lovinggood Aud. (entrance at Seventh & Chicon) on Friday, Oct. 3 (7 & 9:30pm) and Saturday, Oct. 4 (3 & 5:30pm)...

The Texas Documentary Tour this month hosts one of our own local treasures: Hector Galán, who will be screening his film Shakedown in Santa Fe, a behind-the-scenes look into one of the bloodiest prison riots in America. Galán will introduce the work and be on hand for a Q&A following. The Texas Documentary Tour is co-sponsored by the Austin Film Society, the UT Radio-TV-Film Dept., The Austin Chronicle, and SXSW Film. The screening takes place Wednesday, Oct. 8, 6pm, at the Alamo Drafthouse...

Traveling With the Ancients, a video series from indigenous communities around the world that is hosted by the Austin Museum of Art/Downtown (823 Congress), concludes Thursday Oct. 9 at 6pm with two works: one by award-winning Aboriginal artist Tracey Moffatt and another by Dean Curtis Bear Claw that documents the prophetic visions of two different Crow chiefs...

Bill Daniel's weekly Funhouse Cinema series gets really conceptual this week with a program titled "Endless Summer." Doubled-billed are Frenchman Jean Rouch's 1961 cinema vérité gem Chronicle of a Summer, a prize-winning exultation of the city of Paris, and Bruce Brown's 1964 inspirational surf classic The Endless Summer. The screening is slated for Monday, Oct. 6 at the Ritz Lounge. Showtime is at midnight, an extra-late hour to help accommodate viewing all these additional glorious movies that are suddenly popping up all over town.

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