The deadline for the Austin Film Festival (austinfilmfestival.com) is fast approaching, but who gives a rat’s ass? Frankly, SA’s Mini Mehas gotten way too much coverage in this week’s issue already, thanks to that fortnight-long industry wank-fest that’s fast approaching. So let’s focus instead on the vastly more Alamo-intensive 15th-annual San Antonio Film Festival (safilm.com), which is also accepting short and feature-length entries from now until May 1. The entry fee is $40, and the festival is scheduled to run from June 25-28 at the Instituto Cultural de México.
If you’re less interested in making your own films than, say, watching obscure movies projected in back of a restaurant, then head to La Tuna (100 Probandt) Tuesday, March 17 for a free screening of John Sayles’ Brother From Another Planet (reviewed in the November 26 edition of Cinema Obscura) hosted by Slab Cinema (slabcinema.com).
But if your heart’s set on that whole Essex es Dubya thing up in A-(hole) Town, film passes (which get you into movies but not the panels) are available at SA’s own Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes (drafthouse.com/westlakes) for $70.