The Early Days of Austin Film Culture"
Edited by Louis Black and Collins Swords, the book “CinemaTexas Notes: The Early Days of Austin Film Culture” offers a selection of program notes that were written for the 1970s and 1980s University of Texas Radio-Television-Film graduate student-run film series CinemaTexas. The series provided audiences a chance to see new, classic and obscure films at a time when they were not as readily available to watch in Austin theaters as they would be today. Louis Black, the recently retired co-founder and co-owner of The Austin Chronicle, was among the RTF graduate students to write the highly regarded program notes. Collins Swords, a recent RTF graduate, serves as Black’s creative assistant. Published by the University of Texas Press, “CinemaTexas Notes: The Early Days of Austin Film Culture” is now available online and in bookstores. In addition, the Austin Film Society kicks off its CinemaTexas Rewind series at 7:30 p.m. March 22 at the AFS Cinema with Vincente Minnelli’s musical The Band Wagon and hosted by Richard Linklater. The series features films shown by CinemaTexas and are featured in the book. The series will continue through April 22 with F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise, Sam Peckinpah’s Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Jonathan Demme’s Caged Heat, Joseph H. Lewis’ Gun Crazy, and the avant garde program featuring 16 mm works by George Kuchar and Standish Lawder.
Aired: March 22, 2018