It seems like the Oscar season brings out all sorts of special guests, even for films that aren't nominated - and no matter what kind of movie you've made, during that movie-heavy few months, audiences seem especially keen to hear what filmmakers have to say about their work. Thankfully, both audiences and filmmakers aren't merely keeping themselves within the city limits of Hollywood, USA, which means that more and more cinephiles can look forward to meeting their favorite filmmakers no matter where they live.

But before we get to the stuff we think you should see up on the big screen, we would like to remind you to please leave comments and send in emails with any suggestions you may have for events, screenings, or other opportunities film fans may have to share with others in their celebration of the medium. Also, when and if you attend any of the events listed below, please let us know about your experiences, and let the organizers know where you found out about it!

Austin

On February 8, the always-reliable Alamo Ritz plays host to not one but two films by the incomparable master of sleaze, Bill Lustig. Starting at 7:00 PM, check out his newly-restored cult classic 'Maniac,' followed by 'Maniac Cop 2' – best of all, featuring none other than Lustig himself attending the double feature in person to introduce the films and speak with attendees. If you can't make the double feature on the 8th, Lustig is also around the following evening for a screening of 'Vigilante,' but make sure you check out the Alamo Ritz website for showtimes, ticket information and additional screening details. Check out our chat with Lustig and exclusive Mondo poster premiere for 'Maniac' over here.

On February 11, one of yours truly's favorite John Carpenter films, 'Big Trouble In Little China,' is playing at midnight at the Alamo Ritz – screened on a new 35mm print. Needless to say the movie is a must-see for all Carpenter fans, but make sure you check out the Alamo Ritz website for showtimes, ticket information and additional screening details.


Chicago

On February 8, head to the Music Box Theatre for a rare screening of Elvis Presley's breakthrough cinematic effort 'Jailhouse Rock.' The movie starts at 7:30 but make sure you check out the Music Box Theatre website for showtimes, ticket information and additional screening details.

Showing on February 9 in its own hometown of Chicago, visit the Mount Prospect Public Library at 6:30 for a screening and discussion of Stephen Frears' terrific adaptation of the Nick Hornsby book 'High Fidelity.' Attendance is free but make sure you check out the Eventful website for showtimes and additional screening details.

Dallas

After a seemingly endless delay, cult filmmaker Alex Cox returns this week with his latest effort, the self-produced film 'Repo Chick.' On February 10, visit the Texas Theatre for a screening of the film, which debuts on DVD and Blu-ray on February 8. The screening begins at 10:20, but make sure you check out The Texas Theatre website for showtimes, ticket information and additional screening details.

Meanwhile, on February 11 and 12, trek on over to The Inwood Theatre for midnight screenings of John Cameron Mitchell's glorious musical masterpiece 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch.' Make sure you check out The Inwood Theatre website for showtimes, ticket information and additional screening details.

Los Angeles

Needless to say that in the action genre, camp classics abound, but make sure you head to the Cinefamily on February 8 for a special silver-screen presentation of one of the best-worst musclefests in movie history, 'Deadly Prey,' complete with star Ted Prior in person. The screening begins at 8:00 PM, but make sure you check out the Silent Movie Theatre website for showtimes, ticket information and additional screening details.

Also at Cinefamily on February 11 is a double feature of independent film classics, 'In The Soup' and 'Living In Oblivion,' which will be introduced and discussed by their writer-director Alexandre Rockwell. The first film starts at 7:30 PM, but make sure you check out The Silent Movie Theatre website for showtimes, ticket information and additional screening details.

And at the iconic New Beverly Cinema on February 13 (as well as Feb. 14 and 15), check out a uniquely appropriate double feature of Baz Luhrmann's 'Moulin Rouge' and Sofia Coppola's 'Marie Antoinette.' Ticket prices include both films, but make sure you check out the New Beverly Cinema website for showtimes, ticket information and additional screening details.

Seattle

On February 11 and 12, stoke your romantic fires with midnight screenings of Baz Luhrmann's reinvention of Shakespeare's 'Romeo + Juliet' at the Egyptian Theatre. Make sure you check out the Egyptian Theatre website for showtimes, ticket information and additional screening details.