South Texas Cinema 

Running a bit late with this month’s column, and I sincerely apologize. Really, sorry. It’s been a busy few weeks.

Wait — you did notice, didn’t you?

Oh. I see.


Next Tuesday through Thursday, January 23-25, 20-something SA filmmaker (seems like there’ve been a few of those lately, no?) Chris Sparling presents three consecutive Drafthouse screenings (one per day) of his feature comedy An Uzi at the Alamo, which boasts the winking, winning tagline “Every life has a story. Some just have better titles.” Uzi — which is how I’ve chosen to shorten the film’s title, and don’t try to stop me — concerns itself with Alec, a struggling young writer who, in announcing his intention to kill himself on his 25th birthday, finds just what any young man with a big decision might hope to find: beaming, supportive parents. Hmm. Let’s switch that to “black comedy.” All showings 7:30 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes, 1255 SW Loop 410 (, 677-8500); for more on the film, check

Big news for another SA director: Transplanted resident Jackie Earle Haley, who’s put together TV spots for Brake Check, H-E-B, and the San Antonio Symphony, but until last year was probably best known for teenaged roles in mid-to-late-’70s fare The Bad News Bears and Breaking Away, has netted himself a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his performance as a recently released pedophile in Todd Field’s entrancing Little Children. Haley’s turn as Ronnie is one of two high-profile “comeback” roles for the former child star in 2006, the first of which was as Sugar Boy, Willie Stark’s laconic bodyguard in All the King’s Men.

Remember the New Vistas Video Festival, mentioned here last month? (No, of course you don’t. We’ve already established that you see “South Texas Cinema” and move right along. You’re probably not even reading this. And you probably think this song is about you, too. Don’t you? Don’t you?) At any rate, the results are in: Come see the winners at a screening/awards ceremony, Saturday, January 27, 2-4 p.m. Huisache Hall, Northwest Vista College. 3535 N. Ellison Dr. Six full-time ACCD Scholarships will be awarded.

That February 16 deadline is fast approaching: Go to and enter your short film for a shot to be selected for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming FOX reality show On the Lot. Prize: a $1-million DreamWorks development deal. Get your ass in gear and yer game face on, though — I helped my fiancée’s younger brothers with their submissions this weekend, and they look pretty sweet (and, if I may say so, feature some particularly excellent boom-mike work). For more information, contact casting coordinator Jaye Willis: (310) 903-5509,

Thanks fer readin’. As always, check or for more, and for late-breaking film news.

— Brian Villalobos



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