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Ron Perryman, an Austin film pioneer, died last Saturday

Ron Perryman Memorial Perryman, an Austin film pioneer and brother of actor Lou Perryman, died last Saturday. A gifted cinematographer and good friend of Tobe Hooper, Perryman worked with Hooper on some of his early films, such as Eggshells and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He also made a widely seen environmental media project, The Murder of Silence, for the department of Texas Parks and Wildlife. A memorial gathering celebrating his life will be held this Saturday, July 2, at 7pm at Mercury Hall (615 Cardinal Ln.).

"A Guy, a Girl, a Gun: Havoc Ensues." You call that a pitch? We do – it's the basis of all film noir. Not the most popular of genres these days, sure, but why not take some time off from your checkers documentary, The Postman Always Kings Twice, and hone those all-important pitch-skills via the second annual Best Little Pitchfest in Texas, courtesy of Austin Unbound. Thursday-Saturday, July 21-23 at the Driskill Hotel, $250 registration fee. www.austinunbound.com.

Bigger Is Better and Really Bigger Is Really Better. So why not hit up the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum's IMAX Theatre for some seriously large films? It's twice the size of your house, louder that your mother-in-law, and 100% cool. Upcoming exhibits of hometown hero Robert Rodriguez's Sin City are coupled with IMAX screenings of Stomp: Odyssey, "a celebration of the global beat" and more, more, more. Hit up www.thestoryoftexas.com or 936-4649 for more info.

No, Seriously, What Is Austin? Sponsored and created by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, and News 8, with UT's Texas Humanities Institute and the Austin History Center, Filming Austin's Lives is an indie film project aiming to explain the wonder of Austin via various voices from our fair city. Filmmakers are needed – amateur, pro, and everyone in between. Deadline for submission is Sept. 30. Check www.filmingaustinslives.com for more info.

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