The fall festival season in Austin starts up soon: Cinematexas, Fantastic Fest, aGLIFF, Austin Film Festival, and other annual events I'm forgetting right now. But if you're thinking even further ahead, the SXSW 2007 site went live this week. You now can submit films and register for next year's film festival and conference in March. If you're planning to go, Matt Dentler wants to know who you'd like to see at the conference.
  • Some independent films opening in Austin this week: The Mostly Unfabulous Life of Ethan Green at Dobie, Shadowboxer at Arbor.
  • The Paramount's Summer Classic Film Series is going 70mm this weekend, with special screenings of Jacques Tati's Playtime and the cult classic It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World on Saturday and Sunday. On Tuesday night, you can catch a Henry Fonda double-feature of Mr. Roberts and Twelve Angry Men. And Wednesday and Thursday's double-bill focuses on "cool cops" -- Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry and Steve McQueen (sigh) in Bullitt.
  • Alamo Lake Creek is showing Kevin Smith's second feature, Mallrats, on Friday and Saturday night at midnight.
  • Locally made thriller The Chipotle Diamonds will screen on Monday night at 8 pm at Ararat restaurant on North Loop, as part of Unique Austin's Local Film Night series. Admission price includes tamales, chips and salsa.
  • Many of the children's summer movie programs have drawn to a close for the year, but Alamo on South Lamar offers the one family film that might tempt my husband to play hookey: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Admission is free to the Monday-Friday screenings at 1 pm, and I hear you can get a yummy grilled cheese sandwich.
  • Alamo Downtown is showing the Sam Peckinpah film Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia on Monday through Wednesday nights. No word on whether their "Chicken Alfredo Garcia" pizza will be on special that week.
  • Jet Li's movie Fearless is releasing in the U.S. soon, so Alamo Downtown has decided to show one of his older, funnier films on Tuesday night: Fong Sai-Yuk, from 1993. Alamo doesn't mention whether the print is dubbed or subtitled.
  • Nueva Onda's free monthly film night on Wednesday will include some filmmaker Q&A's along with short films in the "Weird World" theme. Steve Collins will be on hand to talk about Gretchen and the Night Danger, on which he based the feature Gretchen (which premiered at SXSW this year) and The Ballad of Courtney and James. John Bryant will also be there -- his film Oh My God, which played at Sundance, is screening last because it's a little gory to watch while eating. [Full disclosure: I'm on the programming committee for the Nueva Onda series.]
  • I've always found that Monty Python and the Holy Grail is funniest when watched with a group. You can see the film with a big group on Wednesday night, for free -- it's playing outdoors at Central Market at sundown.
  • Did you know that you can watch the submissions for Alamo's "Blanks on a Blank" short film contest online? And if that's not a sufficient screen size for you, Alamo Downtown is showing the Austin submissions -- half on Wednesday night, half on Thursday. I'm enjoying reading the titles listed on the submissions page much more than I would probably enjoy the movies: Fish on a Popemobile, Ducks on a Hovercraft, and Ferrets on an Ice-Cream Truck. (And at least the movies are much shorter than Snakes on a Plane will be.)
  • The American Screen Legends free outdoor movie series at The Glenn continues on Thursday night with another Marlon Brando classic, The Wild One.