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While in Houston a couple of weeks ago, actor Seymour Cassel just happened to hear about the Austin Film Society's "John Cassavetes Film Series" currently underway here in town. Cassel was of the definite opinion that his presence was just the thing the series was lacking. So, to remedy matters, the longtime Cassavetes stock player is coming to Austin to attend the screening of Minnie and Moskowitz, in which he co-stars with Gena Rowlands. Showtime is Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7pm in the Texas Union Theatre. The film is a two-person tour de force that explores an improbable love affair between two wacky souls. Cassel, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Cassavetes' Faces, has also appeared in such other Cassavetes films as Too Late Blues, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Love Streams. One of his all-time best performances is in Minnie and Moskowitz in which he appears as a crazy parking-lot attendant; my other favorite Cassel performance is in Alexandre Rockwell's 1992 film In the Soup, in which Cassel co-stars with Steve Buscemi. Cassel will be on hand to introduce the AFS screening of Minnie and Moskowitz and be available for a Q&A following the film...

Script doctor Aubrey M. Horton is giving a free lecture, "Winning Screenwriting Contests" on Monday, Feb. 9, 7:30pm, at Book People. Horton will also be teaching two screenwriting workshops at St. Edward's University - a four-week class ($110) and an eight-week class ($320). The application deadline is Feb. 14. Call 835-7639 for info...

Bob Sabiston is looking for fine artists/illustrators to intern part-time on Project Incognito, a digitally animated short film documentary. The film is an extension of the recent MTV animated interview series and some portions of it were screened last December at the Ritz Lounge. Artists will be working in their own style, using proprietary animation software developed for the project. Call 450-1502 for more info...

A casting call has been issued for actors in The Operator, an independent feature written and directed by Jon Dichter and produced by Dichter and Susan Kirr. Described as a "Zen thriller," the production is looking for actors between the ages of 17 and 75 - male, female, white, black, Asian, and Hispanic. They are also specifically looking for a 70-75-year-old woman who radiates humility and love, a 45-60-year-old Hispanic man to play a judge, a 23-35-year old Eurasian woman, a street-smart black male in his twenties, body builders, hip teens with attitude, and extras for a nightclub scene. Send headshots and resumés to Casting Director, Black Wolf Productions, PO Box 4574, Austin, TX, 78765...

The Cinemaker Co-op has announced a call for entries for The Fool Monty, its upcoming Super-8 and 8mm film festival to be held on April Fools Day. Entries should be consistent with the "fools" theme and must consist of a single reel of Super-8 or 8mm film, utilizing in-camera edits. The deadline is Monday, March 15; a $5 entry must be included. For more info call 236-8877, or send e-mail to cinemaker@techwood.org...

The statewide release of the handy 1998 TAF/TP (Texas Association of Film/Tape Professionals) Directory is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 8. The Austin region will distribute directories on that day at Serrano's Restaurant Downtown (1111 Red River) between 2-4pm. A quarterly business meeting will take place between 4-5pm. TAF/TP Directories are free to members and their employees. Non-members are welcome but should plan to donate $10 per Directory on release day. For more info call 322-9922...

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