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Funhouse Cinema, programmer Bill Daniel's eclectic Monday night underground film and video series at the Ritz Lounge (showtimes 8 & 10:30pm), has a fun-sounding program called Pixel Visions scheduled for Nov. 10. The program is a "best of" compilation from the first seven years of the PXL This Festival, which showcases short video works made with the Fisher Price PXL camera, which failed as a child's toy but has been enthusiastically embraced by media artists and collectors. Some of the low-tech videos in this compilation include works by Bob Dobbs, Michael Almereyda, and Lydia Lunch. For more info about Pixelvision check out http://www.rowan.edu/~cassidy/pixel/index.html...

The Texas Documentary Tour rolls into the Alamo Drafthouse for this month's installment on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30pm. Presenting her film Roam Sweet Home will be RTF visiting faculty member Ellen Spiro. For more on Spiro's film about the "Geritol Gypsy" culture that features narration written by Allan Gurganus, author of The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, see the related feature and interview in this week's "Screens" section...

Visiting film director M.S. Sathyu will present his 1973 film Garm Hava (Scorching Wind), about the tumultuous division of Pakistan and India, at 3pm, Saturday, Nov. 8 in the Union Theatre. Satyajit Ray has praised this award-winning film (in Urdu with subtitles); admission is free...

The Austin Film Society continues with two ongoing series this week. The Survey of the American Avant Garde screens Adolphus Mekas' only feature film, Hallelujah the Hills, a playful romp full of visual gags and film allusions. This experimental classic screens Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7pm, at the Texas Union Theatre. As for their Musicals series, the AFS pulled an unavoidable switcheroo from their printed schedules. This week on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:30pm and Saturday, Nov. 8 at noon (Dobie Theatre), they will screen Vincente Minnelli's fabulous fantasy The Pirate. The movie stars Judy Garland and Gene Kelly (both of whom are in great form in this 1948 treasure), the score is by Cole Porter, and even the dancing Nicholas Brothers get into the act. Then, next Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:30pm at the Dobie, the Musicals series continues with Beggar's Opera, the energetic version of John Gay's opera starring Laurence Oliver by celebrated stage director Peter Brook...

Chasing the Dream, the bull-riding documentary by local filmmakers Harry Lynch and Jeff Fraley, will begin screening every Tuesday night at 8 & 10pm in the downstairs Cactus Room of the Iron Cactus club at Sixth and Trinity beginning Nov. 11...

The Texas Film Commission has announced the final deadline for the 1998 Texas Production Manual is Wednesday, Nov. 19. If you should be included in here and haven't gotten your info to them, call 463-9200...

Thinking about submitting your film or video to the 1998 SXSW Film Festival? Various competitive and non-competitive categories exist for works completed in 1997. Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 12. For more info and registration forms call 467-7979 or access their website at http://www.sxsw.com...

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