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SXSW and the City

SXSW and the City

Random notes from an Austin film scene…

– The LBJ Library and the Austin Film Festival hosted an evening with director Thomas Schlamme last night. Following a nice reception, Schlamme was paid tribute with a screening of two of his episodes of The West Wing, followed by a Q&A. Schlamme, who is easily one of the most renowned TV directors of the 1990s but also the (other) man behind the cult film So I Married An Axe Murderer, also happens to be a fellow University of Texas alum. The oddest part of the night was sitting in audience of about 500 people who were laughing in unison with the episodes’ corny one-liners and sarcastic asides. There’s something very unusual about one-hour TV drama eliciting roaring laughter…

– The other day, I was lucky enough to pay a visit to the set of Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly. I became so engrossed by the atmosphere of the set that I just bought a copy of Philip K. Dick’s book that the film is based upon. I look forward to reading it before the release.

– SXSWeb has reached its deadline this week. So, what that means, is we will review all of the submissions and have our finalists picked by the end of June. Stay tuned for that…

– On June 15, the Austin Film Society will present a special workshop presentation on the annual Texas Filmmakers Production Fund process. We host a similar workshop during SXSW every year, and this is a great and essential concept that exists to benefit filmmakers working in Texas. For more information, visit: http://www.austinfilm.org

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