Along with the usual first-run feature film fare, Austin theaters are showing two documentaries as part of their daily lineup. Cowboy del Amor (shown above), which won documentary and audience awards at SXSW in 2005, will screen all week at the Dobie as part of the ongoing AFS@Dobie collaboration. And the documentary Metal: A Headbangers Journey is screening nightly all week at Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar.
- Free coffeehouse movies: Austin Java is showing Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie tonight (3/24) at 8 pm. Ventana del Soul will show the 1986 version of The Fly on Monday 3/27 at 7:30 pm.
Lyric Opera is celebrating film on Saturday 3/25 with an evening of opera-related film clips (from movies like
Moonstruck and A Room with a View) and live music from White Ghost Shivers. Sounds like fun ... but
at opera-ticket prices, not movie-ticket prices, unfortunately.
- The Austin 2006 Scandinavian Film Festival takes place on Saturday 3/25 at the Texas Union Theatre. The evening starts at 4:30 pm and includes the 2004 film As It Is in Heaven, the short Bending Light, and 2002's One-Way Ticket to Mombasa.
- The Slo-Mo Video Fest premieres in Austin on Sunday 3/26 at Alamo Downtown. The fest includes 100 one-minute slow-motion videos submitted from around the world, including two from local actor/media artist Wiley Wiggins.
- The Sinus Guys are awfully busy right now. On Sunday 3/26, they're hosting a "Choose Your Own Adventure" night at Alamo Downtown. Bring a film you want them to screen and mock, and they'll select the night's programming from the audience. The following weekend, on Friday and Saturday, they're lambasting Flashdance at Alamo Downtown.
- Political documentary screenings abound in Austin this week. Cafe Mundi is showing Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room on Monday 3/27 at 8 pm with free admission. That same night, MonkeyWrench Books will show Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. On Thursday 3/30, Third Coast Activists are sponsoring a screening of the 2005 documentary Aristide and the Endless Revolution at Alamo Downtown. Also on Thursday night, MonkeyWrench Books will screen McLibel, a 2005 film about a British lawsuit against McDonald's.
- The Austin Film Society series "Felipe Cazals: The Conscience of Mexico" concludes this week with the 1993 film Kino, about the 17th century Jesuit priest Eusebio Francisco Kino. The film screens on Tuesday 3/28 at Alamo Downtown.
- Movies in the Park starts up again on Wednesday 3/29 with School of Rock. The movie starts at sundown in Republic Square Park, and admission is free. Bring a blanket or chair for these outdoor screenings.
- Beethoven rocks the Alamo on South Lamar on Wednesday 3/29: the theater is showing Immortal Beloved with live performances of the composer's music beforehand.
- Weird Wednesday movies at Alamo Downtown are never for children—for one thing, they start at midnight—and especially not the 3/29 film, The Erotic Adventures of Pinocchio. Dyanne Thorne (Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS) plays the fairy godmother in this extremely silly-looking 1971 film.
- Free sneak preview: The Austin Chronicle is giving away tickets to a Tuesday 4/4 preview of Take the Lead, the upcoming Antonio Banderas dance movie.