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Is it me or does it seem like it was the first day of summer just a couple of days ago? That was a fast one, all right, but here we are in September, which means it's time to start gearing up for festival season once again. First out of the gate is the Cinematexas International Short Film and Video Festival, which kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 22, 7 pm, with help from the Cinemaker Co-op at the Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria. Featuring a film installation by Luke Savisky, the conclusion of the Co-op's long-running windowfilm. and more Super-8 films than you can shake a flatbed editing system at, opening night is free and precedes a fest that practically defines the term "underground." Other highlights include a collection of Brit filmmaker Mike Leigh's early shorts (Sept 24, Dobie Theatre), selected works by Canadian filmmaker Michael Snow's work (Sept 24, Dobie Theatre), and a triple program of Russian avant-garde cinema (Sept 24-26, Texas Union Theatre). As always there's much, much more in the lineup. Tickets for the entire festival are available at I Love Video and Waterloo Records, among other outlets. For more information call 471-6497 or visit their Web site at Want some music with that? Also in conjunction with Cinematexas comes the Austin Eye & Ear Film and Music Series, which opens with a bang (or at least a detuned guitar plink) with a performance by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and others at Ceremony Hall (4100 Red River), Sept. 24, 9:30pm. Unsurprisingly, tickets are going fast on this one -- call the Cinematexas number above for more information... A limited number of weekend passes to this year's Austin Heart of Film Festival and Screenwriter's Conference are currently available but going fast for the festival's October 7-14 run. Remember, this may be your last chance to catch Buck Henry in the flesh before he gets too creepy to approach. Call 800/310-FEST for more info... The Hollywood Film Institute and Indie Slate magazine are offering a Two-Day Film School, described as "a crash course for producers, writers, directors, and independent filmmakers" and taught by Dov S. S. Simens in Houston, Sept. 24-25, as part of Rice University's School of Continuing Studies. Particulars are available by calling 877/463-4375... And if you're not in the mood to make a film this week, well, you can always learn how to forge a charming smirk courtesy of L.A.'s TVI Actor's Studio and actor's reps Angela Terry (of Liberman/Patton, who cast 3rd Rock From the Sun and Party of Five, among many others). They'll be hosting an audition workshop in Austin, Sept. 25-26. Complete info is available at 800/884-2772, x1, or at Local film group Reel Women is hosting a workshop on "Editing Your Documentary" with recent Texas Documentary Tour filmmaker Anne Lewis, Sept. 25, 1-4 pm, at the Austin History Center. To register, call 280-8706... Still smarting over UT's decision to kill the Texas Union Film Program? Yeah, us, too, and we're not the only ones: Kyle Henry's McCollege Tour 1999 is arriving in town Sept. 24, 9:30pm at, ironically, the Texas Union Theatre, with a dual documentary bill of Henry's University Inc., which "investigates the closing of the Union Film Program at UT-Austin," and The Subtext of a Yale Education by Laura Dunn, which follows the labor strikes at Yale. Both films are screening as part of Cinematexas 99 and more info is available at the Web site (above).

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