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Invasion of the Film Directors: Maybe it's just the warm-up for the SXSW Film Festival, but Austin will be rolling out the welcome wagon for at least a couple of film directors this week. In the case of Rushmore'sWes Anderson, it's more like the director will be rolling the wagon in our direction. On Friday, Feb. 5, 3:30-6:30pm, UT graduate Anderson(Bottle Rocket, Rushmore) and Rushmore starJason Schwartzman will be pulling their big yellow schoolbus up to Cain & Abel's at 24th St. and Rio Grande to meet and greet the public. The duo have taken the bus on a coast-to-coast publicity tour, stopping in about a dozen college towns along the way. It's fortuitous that they arrive in Austin on Friday, the film's opening day. This hilarious and wholly original film figured prominently in a majority of critics' 1998 year-end lists (the film was released for a one-week qualifying run in 1998 prior to the nationwide February '99 release. Also earning impressive kudos are co-writer and director Anderson and co-star Bill Murray. Why this quirky comedy is being released in only one local theatre is a true marketing mystery. See this week's "Film Listings" for a review and visit for more info...

The next visiting filmmaker is Charles Burnett, who will be in town on Tuesday, Feb. 9, for a 7pm screening of his film To Sleep With Anger at the Texas Union Theater. The screening also includes his short film, "Horse," and is part of the Austin Film Society's Free Cinema series -- which means free admission. The movie stars Danny Glover. Flush from his firstLethal Weapon success, Glover used his new position to produce this project, a wonderful and intriguing narrative integration of rural Southern folktales and modern urban realism. Despite being Burnett's most accomplished and well-known film, the award-winning To Sleep With Anger has never earned the wide audience it deserves. Its revival by the Film Society and Burnett's appearance for a Q&A following the film is one of those events that makes living in Austin such a treat...

How does the Austin Film Society (AFS) find the money to fund such things as the year-round Free Cinema series? Well, it's through events like QTIII, the nine-day-long Quentin Tarantino marathon of film screenings from the director's personal archive of offbeat films. Tickets for QTIII go on sale this week. In all, 30 movies will be offered in this third annual event sponsored by theAFS and The Austin Chronicle and taking place at the Alamo Drafthouse Feb. 19-27. Tickets will go on sale to AFS members on Monday, Feb. 8 and to the general public on Saturday, Feb. 13. A nine-day pass good for admission to all 30 films is $125. A five-day pass good for admission to any five days of the festival costs $75. Single-day passes are $20 for the Monday-Thursday screenings (double bills) and $30 for the weekend screenings (Friday triple bills and Saturday all-nighters). There will also be two Saturday afternoon kiddie matinees. Tickets will also be on sale for the individual shows 10 minutes before showtime if available. Tickets may be purchased by phone by calling the AFS office (322-0145) between 10am-2pm or by going to the Alamo box office and showing your membership card. Tickets are available to the general public at both locations beginning Feb. 13...

'Tis the season of Sundance, Slamdance, Souldance, et al., so it's only right that The Show With No Name (cable channel 10) is featuring this week the winner of the "Spirit of SlamdanceAward," Mike Mitchell's short film "Herd," described as the story of an alien who comes to earth and changes the life of a lonely fry cook. The show airs Sunday, Feb. 7, 11pm-12am.

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