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Cinemaker Co-op says bring on the healing, and classes galore.

Everything You Need to Make That Damn Movie, Already, Dept.: There have already been numerous artistic outgrowths arising across the country from the events of 9/11, which should come as no surprise to those in the artist-drenched Austin area. Tragedy tends to spawn some of the most enduring artworks, and this latest is no exception. The Cinemaker Co-op, that bastion of small-gauge filmmaking and funky image manipulation, has joined the healing fray and announced a call for entries for their Potluck Cinema Festival open to "anyone, everyone." That's you, by the way, oh constant reader. So they say: "In the spirit of solidarity we encourage filmmakers to either metaphorically or literally explore the events surrounding Sept. 11." If you're one of the handful of people who have yet to submit a short, Super-8-shot piece to one of Cinemaker's endless stream of minifests, this is your chance to see what all the hubbub's about. As per the usual, this is a 4x4 fest, meaning films can be no more than four minutes long with a maximum of four splices per film. Film and equipment is available from the Cinemaker gang, entry forms are available at their office (1705 Guadalupe #201) or by download from their Web site ( Entry deadline is Friday, Nov. 23, 5pm. Questions? Call 236-8877 for the answers... "But what do I know about lighting a film?" you ask. Thanks to the Austin Film Society, you'll know a whole lot more after you attend their Cinematography Workshop with Stephen Lighthill, A.S.C., this coming Monday, Nov. 5, at 7:30pm, in Studio 4D in the Communications B Building on the UT Campus (25th and Whitis). Lighthill's credits include the Maysles Brothers' doc Gimme Shelter, Berkeley in the Sixties, and the Academy Award-nominated Seeing Red. Lighthill will present excerpts of his work with running commentary and a Q&A period afterward. The workshop is free and open to the public. Call the AFS at 322-0145 for more info... Need more hands-on filmic skill-building? You can't do better than to enroll in Stephen Mims' lauded spring 2002 Production I course, "an intensive, 14-week introduction to basic 16mm film and digital video pre-production, production, and post-production." This season's class runs Jan. 22 through May 7, and has a limited amount of spots available, so call 467-0731 for more info or check them out on the Web at Finally, the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival is hosting "Scary-O-Ke," a fundraising event for Gay Youth Media, Sunday, Nov. 4, 9pm-midnight, at the Forum, 408 Congress. GYM seeks to teach "young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning youth about gay culture, history, and politics while also providing instruction in all aspects of film and video production." A minimum $5 donation is requested and the event is open to everyone regardless of gender politics. Call Chris White at 220-8832 for more information, or visit their site at

Austin Film Festival 2001 Audience Awards

Best Advance Screening: Green Dragon, written by Tony Bui and Timothy Linh Bui; directed by Timothy Linh Bui

Best Competition Feature Film: Christmas in the Clouds, written and directed by Kate Montgomery

Best Showcase Feature Film: Wrong Numbers, written and directed by Alex Holdridge

Best Short Film: "Gregor's Greatest Invention," written and directed by Johannes Kiefer

Best Student Short Film: "Slo-Mo," written and directed by John Krokidas

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