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The 1998 SXSW Film Festival and Conference begins today, Friday, March 13. Panels and workshops at the Convention Center continue through Tuesday, March 17. The Film Fest continues through next Saturday, March 21. The Interactive Festival takes place Saturday, March 14-Tuesday, March 17. Film Fest passes are now available for $45 (including tax and service charge) at Waterloo Records. Beginning Friday, passes can also be purchased at the Convention Center headquarters and at the Sixth Street Store in the Driskill Hotel. (Keep in mind that there's also a big new screening venue this year at the Convention Center). Passes can also be purchased at all theatres on opening night. Check the insert in this Chronicle for film descriptions and showtimes. Info is also available online at

SXSW's world premiere of Tim McCanlies' Dancer Texas Pop. 81, on Friday, March 13 at the Paramount, will be a general-admission screening, selling tickets to the public after 12 noon on Friday (Conference badge holders and pass holders will be admitted at no charge). The $6 tickets benefit the Film Texas Fund, a nonprofit organization supporting the work of the Texas Film Commission...

While downtown at screenings, keep in mind that the Alamo Drafthouse has added a special brunch menu to their food lineup to accommodate those early morning Festival screenings...

Two other festivals also take shape this weekend: The Friday-Wednesday debut of the 30th Parallel Film Festival focusing on independent and student film (call 499-8564 or see for more info), and the second annual Conduit, which on Sunday will showcase cutting-edge digital media (call 469-1799 or see Also, schedules for both fests are included in the "Film Listings" section...

Four directors with films featured in this year's SXSW Festival will be guests of David Dannheim on his cable access show Austin Film Viewpoint, this Friday, March 13, 7pm, on channel 10. The guests include John Tintori (Chicago Cab), Tanya Wexler (Finding North), Jacki Ochs (Letters Not About Love) and Andy Anderson (Detention)...

Another cable access show of note to film buffs this weekend is The Show With No Name, on Sunday, March 15, 11:30pm, on channel 10. This show, which has a devoted history of showing obscure, strange, and rare film and video clips, this week presents Day of the Fight, Stanley Kubrick's first film, a 16-minute documentary about middleweight boxer Walter Cartier. Filmed by Kubrick in 1951 when he was 23 years old, the relic is a real find - just don't ask how it was found...

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(the Student Production Resource Center for the RTF Department at UT Austin) will host Sharan Sklar, the director of the IFFM (Independent Feature Film Market) in a special presentation for UT students and other interested individuals about the Independent Feature Project (IFP - a membership organization for independent filmmakers) and IFC2000 (a new showcase created by the IFP and the Independent Film Channel). Call 471-6657 or e-mail by Friday March 13 if you plan to attend...

The next meeting of Reel Women will be a networking happy hour at Shaggy's (1600 S. Congress), Wednesday, March 18, at 7:30pm. The group has also issued a call for submissions of short films and videos for their next screening on April 27. Women must hold a key position (director, editor, writer, producer, cinematographer) and films should be 20 minutes or less. Formats for the screening may include Super-8mm, 16mm, and 3/4" video. The deadline is April 7. Call 280-8706 for entry forms and more information.

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