It feels like an explosion of Austin film news and events is going on this week. In addition to the screenings listed below, some limited-release movies are finally reaching Austin: Summer Storm, Don't Come Knocking, Awesome; I F***kin' Shot That!, and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things.

  • The Cine Las Americas film festival starts on Wednesday 4/19 and runs through Sunday 4/23. This week's issue of the Austin Chronicle contains previews and recommendations for the festival.
  • Held over: Austin filmmaker Kyle Henry's film Room has extended its run at Alamo on South Lamar for another week.
  • Nacho Libre is getting an Austin premiere, done in a very Austin way: outdoors and with live wrestling. Director Jared Hess will attend the Lucha Libre Extravaganza on Saturday 5/27, outdoors at the Glenn. You can buy tickets now or reserve a free ticket if you promise to wear a Mexican wrestling mask.
  • In celebration of Easter weekend, those heathens at Alamo Lake Creek are showing Monty Python's Life of Brian (photo above) at midnight on Friday 4/14 and Saturday 4/15. My mom would disapprove, but she's too old to stay up for midnight screenings anyway.
  • All of you who read and commented about the greatness of filmmaker Fred Dekker in Cinematical's recent list of 80s horror films not on DVD ... bet you're sorry you're not in Austin this weekend. Dekker is appearing at Alamo Downtown screenings of Night of the Creeps on Saturday 4/15 and The Monster Squad on Sunday 4/16.
  • Turk Pipkin's documentary Nobelity is getting another Austin screening after its premiere at SXSW last month. The screening takes place Tuesday 4/18 at the Paramount. The film explores the backgrounds of Nobel Prize winners. Austin360.com profiled the director and explained the film's unusual distribution deal.
  • The Austin Film Society series "3 Actresses Abroad," featuring Anna May Wong, Josephine Baker, and Louise Brooks, continues on Tuesday 4/18 at Alamo Downtown with the 1929 film Pavement Butterfly, which stars Wong.
  • Los Trabajadores (The Workers) is a documentary directed by Heather Courtney (Letters from the Other Side) about Austin day laborers. The Mayor's Book Club is sponsoring a free screening of the movie on Tuesday 4/18 at Ruiz Branch Library. Courtney will be available for a Q&A after the movie.
  • This week's entry in the Alamo on South Lamar series "Widescreen Classics" is 2001: A Space Odyssey. Alamo is advertising an archival-quality print, which they'll show  on Tuesday and Wednesday 4/18 and 4/19.
  • The Austin Film Society/Alamo Downtown series "Heroic Grace 2: The Martial Arts Classics of the Shaw Brothers" will feature the 1971 film The New One-Armed Swordsman on Thursday 4/20.
  • Rolling Roadshow has another "American Screen Legends" screening this week: East of Eden, at the Glenn on Thursday, 4/20. The whole series schedule is now available: the four legends profiled are Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Paul Newman, and Marlon Brando. What, no women were American screen legends? Maybe next time.
  • If you're in San Marcos next Friday 4/21, you can catch two films directed by Kat Candler. The local director will hold Q&A sessions after free screenings of Rescue Me and Jumping Off Bridges at Texas State University. I saw Jumping Off Bridges at SXSW this year and liked the movie, and with free admission it's worth the drive for Austinites.
  • Free preview screenings: The Austin Chronicle is giving away tickets to upcoming previews of Hoot and Mission Impossible III this week.