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The CinemaTexas International Short Film, Video, and New Media Festival kicks off this Wednesday, September 16, with an outdoor Super-8 screening co-sponsored by the Cinemaker Co-op. It's begins at 7:30pm in Wooldridge Park (Guadalupe & Ninth) and includes some past Co-op hits, projections by Luke Savisky, and samples of the group's experimental "Golden Arm Project" and "Exquisite Corpse." CinemaTexas then heads indoors for four more days of screenings to take place at the Texas Union Theatre, Alamo Drafthouse, and the Ritz Lounge. In only its third year, the CinemaTexas Festival has grown impressively and its presentations this year provide Austin with some unique screening opportunities. Some festival highlights include numerous collections of shorts in competition, a special screening of Richard Linklater's favorite short films, a showcase of Hal Hartley's short films, national retrospectives from Cuba and Mexico, a program of German video art, a showcase of works by jury members Alison Maclean, Chris Smith, Tina DiFeliciantonio, and Jane C. Wagner. For lots more info see the feature in this week's "Screens" section or call 471-6497. Passes are also on sale at 33 Degrees Records, I Luv Video (Guadalupe) and Spider House. A $15 pass is good for admission to all screenings. The festival concludes on Sunday, Sept. 20...

A group of University of Texas graduate students are holding open auditions for films they plan to shoot in late October and November. Auditions will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13, 10am-3pm, 4th floor of the CMB Building (26th & Guadalupe). Bring a prepared monologue no longer than two minutes. For more info call 471-6657, choose option #3...

While we're on the subject of the University, I've been meaning for some time to extend best wishes to Dr. Thomas Schatz, who has been appointed as chairman of UT's Department of Radio-TV-Film. Schatz has been with the department since 1976 (back when I was a graduate student there and involved in yet an earlier incarnation of CinemaTexas) and his commitment to the department and its students is unsurpassed, and his scholarship in the fields of genre studies and studio history is of international renown. The University's good fortune is Austin's as well...

The next meeting of Reel Women is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 7:30pm in the first floor conference room at GSD&M (828 W. Sixth St). Jennifer Hill and Fiona Cherbak will discuss "The Spin Cycle: PR and Promotions for Independent Films." For more info call 280-8706...

Kim Krizan, who co-wrote the script for Before Sunrise with director Richard Linklater and has optioned another script called Mata, is conducting a screenwriting workshop on Saturday, Sept. 19, 1-6pm, at Cafe Dance.The workshop, which is called "Scriptstorming," will focus on ways to actively unleash the creative process. Workshop registration is $95 ($50/students). For more info or reservations call 472-7762...

Aubrey M. Horton is also beginning one of his regular screenwriting workshops. The script consultant will give a free lecture, "How to Edit Your Screenplay," on Sunday, Sept. 13, 7pm, at Book People. Horton will also teach an eight-week screenwriting workshop at St. Edward's University. The registration deadline is Sept. 19; the cost is $320. Call 835-7639 for more info...

Me? I'm headed up to the Toronto International Film Festival that's under way Sept. 10-19. Stay tuned to this column next week for my on-site report and see how many of the 311 films in the festival I can consume in seven days.

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