Short Cuts

More Third Coast coups to coo over: Hanhardt, Haynes, and The Alamo.

Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution Dept.: There are lecture series, and then there are lecture series. The Austin Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Austin Film Society and Fluent-Collaborative, is bringing a stellar example of the latter to town in the person of John G. Hanhardt, senior curator of Film and Media Arts at the legendary Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, who will deliver a trio of talks on the nature of moving-image media and its impact on contemporary art. This is the same program that Hanhardt originally delivered in conjunction with the Guggenheim's recent Matthew Barney exhibition, so if you happened to be out of NYC when the whole Cremaster love/hate thing exploded, here's your chance to make amends. The lectures, slated for the AMOA downtown (823 Congress) beginning Monday, Sept. 22, 7-9pm, and running consecutive evenings through Wednesday, Sept. 24, will focus on the topics "Constructing Narrative," which, our handy press release states, will explore cinematography, acting styles, and such genres as film noir, sci-fi, and Westerns; "Shaping Space and Time," on camera movement, editing, and composition; and finally, "Creating a Scene," investigating the use of design, costumes, lighting, and color in shaping narrative and featuring excerpts from Kenneth Anger's seminal Kustom Kar Kommandos to Jacques Tati's Playtime. Tickets to the Hanhardt series are $60 for all three lectures or $25 for single evenings and are available by calling 323-6280. Seating will be at a premium, so best to hoard now... The Cinematexas International Short Film Festival will continue its tradition of blowing cineastically inclined minds during this year's eighth annual fest (Sept. 16-21), when they bring in writer-director Todd Haynes, whose Far From Heaven netted no less than four Academy Award nominations last spring, to screen and discuss a selection of his short films. Previous jaw-droppers included Jim Jarmusch and Werner Herzog, and other confirmed attendees include cinematographer-director Babette Mangolte and Obie-winning dramatist Richard Maxwell (who will be "performing a play in a local hotel room"). More info at www.cinematexas.org

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