Short Cuts

by Marjorie Baumgarten

Everywhere you look this week, movies are bursting forth. I guess the forces of the universedecided that if the middle of August was a good enough time to send all the Austin kids back to school and declare it the end of summer then it was also a good enough time for all the fall film series and festivals to start in earnest. Reel Women conducts its very first festival called Women Make Movies this weekend at various venues around town (see these pages for more details). Thursday night the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) kicks off the 12th annual festival with a surprise movie and a block party at Fourth & Guadalupe at dusk. It's free to the public, who are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or other seating implements. Advance tickets go on sale to aGLIFF members on Friday, August 20 -- one of the many attractive reasons for joining up. See http://www.agliff.org for details and stay tuned next issue for more highlights of the fest. Then as we hurtle into September, the CinemaTexas International Short Film & Video Festival is scheduled for the middle of the month, September 22-26. A couple of the announced visiting artists include experimental film legend Michael Snow and performance artist Miranda July. The first annual Cannibal Film Fest takes place over two weekends at the Alamo, September 9-11 and September 16-18. It's frightening enough to think that there are enough cannibal movies to consume two weekends -- who dares to ponder what special treats the Alamo crew will cook up for their dinner menu? Then as October begins to break, the Austin Heart of Film Conference and Festival storms the city October 7-14. The Paramount's Summer Film Classics series is winding toward a close with an all-out celebration of Alfred Hitchcock's 100th birthday. Between August 20 and September 3, the theatre will show 13 Hitchcock classics in newly struck prints from the Universal Studios library. This week features the well-known thrillers Psycho (Friday/Saturday) and The Birds (Wednesday/ Thursday), but if it's the real unsettling psychological horror and suspense you want, try delving into two of Hitchcock's truly perverse gems, Shadow of a Doubt (Monday/Tuesday) and Marnie (Wednesday/Thursday). And on the heels of concluding one film series this week, the George Morris Tribute -- which concludeswith Tuesday's screening of Kenji Mizoguchi'sUgetsu (Texas Union, 8pm), the Austin Film Society (AFS) starts up a new one the next night: the Full Moon Madness series. The monthly series will explore horror films of the 1930s through 1960. The first six months are dedicated to films of the 1930s. Wednesday, August 25, 7pm, at the Alamo the AFS will present James Whale's The Invisible Man. Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News will introduce the film. Whew! These are just some tidbitsfrom the upcoming weeks. It doesn't even begin to look at the avalanche of end-of-the-summer movies being released by the Hollywood studios... This month's meeting of the Austin Film Alliance covers the timely topic of the Legislature's new Texas Film Development Act that is scheduled to go into effect on September 1. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 25, 6-7:30pm, upstairs at the Top of the Marc (618 W. Sixth). The speakers include Terry Lipman, film project consultant; Dwight Adair, producer-director; and Michael Saleman, entertainment attorney. Themeeting is free to members; $5 to nonmembers.

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