Slackery News Tidbits, Mid-week 'El Mariachi' Edition

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El Mariachi at ParamountSome Austin film news that couldn't wait for next Monday:

  • Robert Rodriguez's classic El Mariachi turns 20 this year and the Austin Film Society, AMD and El Rey Network will be hosting an anniversary screening later this month at the Paramount. Before his 1992 microbudget feature film shows on August 30, Rodriguez's early short Ismael Jones and the Eyes of the Devil makes its screen debut. A Q&A will follow the screenings, and then the Troublemaker Studios filmmaker and his band Chingón will play songs from some of his movies for the audience.

    Pre-sale tickets are available for AFS members through 5 pm on Thursday, Aug. 16. Tickets open up to the general public Friday, Aug. 17 at noon. Proceeds from the event benefit the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund.
  • Richard Linklater's Bernie, a hit among local theatergoers (and still playing at the Violet Crown and Arbor), is available for purchase on iTunes already! The Jack Black comedy about a Texas mortician will be released on DVD Tuesday, Aug. 21. Read Don's review to learn more about the film.
  • If, like me, your Twitter/Tumblr/Facebook feed is already filling up with friends and others saying, "Vote for my panel at SXSW!" you likely already know: The SXSW Panel Picker is now open. There are 159 panel ideas vying for space at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and Conference -- you can vote for your favorites through August 31.
  • Somebody Up There Likes Me, local filmmaker Bob Byington's latest feature, has been making the festival circuit. Over the weekend it earned a special jury prize at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. Read Don's review from SXSW, where the film premiered.