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Turk Pipkin goes to The Sopranos and other upcoming events and workshops of interest to the Austin film community.

Ba-Da-Bing Dept.: Although complete details are sketchy at the time of this writing, it looks like local Austin comic/writer/actor Turk Pipkin has been cast in a role on the upcoming season of HBO's avant-gangster series The Sopranos. Pipkin was apparently handpicked for the gig by Sopranos executive producer David Chase after the two shared panel space during last month's Austin Heart of Film Screenwriting Conference and Film Festival. Chronicle Arts editor Robert Faires and Community Listings editor Barbara Chisholm (the Chronicle's in-house Lunt & Fontanne) were contacted by Pipkin last week to assist in the making of a rough video test of the character after Pipkin received a call and a script from Chase, and, as it stands now, Pipkin should be heading out to share some craft services with James Gandolfini sometime this month... More congratulations: Austin filmmaker Sidney Brammer and local outfit Me Jane Movies have had Brammer's feature script Tales of the Borderland selected by the Telluride IndieFest 2K as one of its "top 30 scripts worldwide." Brammer, who's already directed a 30-minute short version of the script, titled "Borderland," is currently seeking financing for the full-length version, which she also plans to direct... Everybody's making movies but you? Geez, maybe you should enroll in Sidney Brammer's upcoming two-day crash course "The Film Production Coordinator: Central Nervous System for the Show" and then at least you can figure out what everybody else is doing, if not yourself. Brammer's course runs Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5, noon-6 pm, at Alleywood Studios (1902 S. Congress ) and will cover such topics as production reporting, budgeting/scheduling, raw stock inventories, set and office communications and support, script revisions, clearances, permits, and all of the other 1,001 details that make the production coordinator the most unglamorous job on the set. (Sorry you gaffers, but, really, it's a headache.) Enrollment fees are $150 (25% off for Austin Reel Women members), and admission is limited. Call 916-0001 for more info... The Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival is presenting a screening of the award-winning documentary Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100 today, Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:30pm, at the Arbor Theater. Ellis, who passed away Oct. 5, was up to that point "the oldest out African-American lesbian known" at 101 years old. Admission is $5/$4 for aGLIFF members. More info? Call 458-1515... Local production company Alchemy Works is presenting another in their ongoing series of Movie Midwifing events, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7pm at the Hideout (617 Congress ). This time they'll be screening a pair of DV-shot short films, Tom Michero and Stephen Mouton's The Big Drill and Accordiana by Rob Burneson and Sandra Miron, along with a reading of the comic script Suds by screenwriters Beverly Bloomberg and Elota Patton. Admission is $5, and more info can be had by calling 443-8229...The Austin Cinemaker Co-op has announced a call for entries for its next festival, Against the Grain: Vive la Revoluci#243;n!. Open to the Austin public and cinemakers everywhere, this festival challenges filmmakers to "take up their cameras, reach into their souls, and create a four-minute, in-camera-edited Super-8 film that reflects their own personal manifesto, in any style, in any color, with any actors, at any cost." As always, this is a 4x4 fest, so no more than four splices allowed, for a maximum running time of four minutes. For equipment rental, entry forms, or other info go to the Cinemaker office (1705 Guadalupe, Suite 201), call 236-8877, or send e-mail to The deadline is Nov. 27 at 6:30pm. Selected entries will be screened in a cinema bash on Dec. 3 and 4.

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