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Upcoming summer filmmaking activities

All Your Workshop Are Belong to Us Dept.: Summer has arrived, temperature-wise, at least, and school's out which means you've got more time to schedule more important things. Like what? How about local scripting guru Aubrey Horton's single-day class on "the professional screenwriter's checklist," which will be held at the Guadalupe Barnes & Noble, Sun., June 3, at 3pm. That's a freebie, and judging by the list of accomplishments of Horton's past students that came with Horton's announcement, he must be doing something write. Uh, right? In June, Horton will be teaching a pair of screenwriting workshops at St. Edward's -- one four-week class and one eight-week class, at $140 and $340, respectively. Interested parties should apply by June 9 by checking out or by calling Horton at 835-7639 for more info… Fool that I am, I neglected to mention Trixie Sweetvittle's Wild and Wooly Animation Tour that screened at the Ritz Lounge a month or so ago. That said, the WWAT is returning to Austin, Sunday, May 20, from 2-6pm in the ACA Gallery of the Guadalupe Arts building (aka the ArtPlex) at 1705 Guadalupe. Sponsored by the Cinemaker Co-op, where teeny-tiny sprocket holes are still your best entertainment value, the event is $5 for Co-op members and $10 for members-to-be, and will feature both a screening of the Animation Tour ("14 fun, funky, and experimental films by 10 independent animators") and a hands-on animation workshop focusing on the basics of animation. Attendees will have the opportunity to create two Super-8 films -- an index card flip-book-style animated film and a cutout animated film -- with the finished products to be screened at Cinemaker's upcoming film fest (June 3-4, at the Hideout). Interested? Call 236-8877 for more info or e-mail to… The fine folks at the CinemaTexas International Short Film Festival have announced they're extending their submission deadline for the 2001 fest to Friday, June 1, which means you still have time to download iMovie 2 and edit all that raw footage of Leslie Cochran you've been shooting on the corner of 6th & Congress every time I walk by. Submission guidelines are available online at or by calling 471-6497. Also from CinemaTexas comes word that their second annual Cinemakids program is open to submissions as well. This is a special non-competition program of short films, videos, and computer animations created by youths 18 and younger. The deadline for submissions for this year's fest is Friday, June 15, and selected films will screen Sept. 15-16 at the Millennium Youth Center. Guidelines are available online at or by calling Mary Kearney at 475-8648… In other festival news, the third incarnation of the local arm of the Flicker Film Festival will be held this Sunday, May 20, 8pm at the Blue Theater (916 Springdale). For you latecomers, Flicker is a bi-monthly Super-8 and 16mm film fest with branches everywhere from Bordeaux, France to Athens, Ga. The Austin version arrived in Jan. 2001 and has proven quite a success, adding one more pit stop in the global Flicker distribution chain. That's right -- films submitted to Austin's Flicker can also be submitted to the others, effectively giving your film its own ever-expanding distro circuit. For more information, check out or e-mail… Finally, a home front film tidbit: Not content to have the No. 1 film in America a while back with Spy Kids, Robert Rodriguez is now off to Mexico to shoot a sequel to Desperado, the Tsui Harkian-titled Once Upon a Time in Mexico. ¡Ay caramba! No sleep for the righteously cool, I suppose.

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