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Elvira Alamo DraftHouse 7/29/09 by PhotographLayne on FlickrLet's start Monday morning with various news items you might have missed lately:

  • Congratulations to the documentary Winnebago Man, which just won the Founders Awards at Traverse City Film Festival. One of the film's producers is Austin's Joel Heller (I got this news from his Facebook feed). Local filmmaker Bob Byington (Harmony and Me) also took home an award from Michael Moore's film fest, but I don't have details yet (I got that news off Twitter; thanks Karina!).
  • Yet another reason not to leave town: MovieMaker magazine's 2009 list of "25 Coolest Film Festivals" includes Fantastic Fest and South by Southwest.
  • If you missed the Elvira screening at Alamo Ritz last week, PhotographLayne on Flickr has a set of photos of the actress from the event, including the one pictured at right.
  • More photos: Alamo Lake Creek posted a Flickr set detailing their kitchen prep for the theater's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince feast. Very cool, although I wish they'd caption their photos.
  • This week, check out the documentary that won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW in March, 43565, available online for free on SnagFilms. The movie is a fascinating look at small-town life. However, it'll only be online through Thursday, August 6. For more information about the film, read AJ Schnack's interview with filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross.
  • Local film writer/instructor Joe M. O'Connell's last "Film News" column for the Austin Chronicle ran last week. I've enjoyed the long-running column, which usually had better local movie news tidbits than we could find around here. Hope we'll see him writing somewhere else soon; in the meantime, you can follow him on his blog.

[Photo credit: "Elvira Alamo Drafthouse 7/29/09" by PhotographLayne Photography on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license.]