Special screenings

Classics of Black Cinema

Celebrate Black History Month by visiting the Institute of Texan Culture's film festival, "Classics of Black Cinema," which runs throughout February. Included in ITC's daily admission price is a viewing of A Century of Black Cinema, a documentary that examines the impact and experiences of African-American entertainers through a combination of archival film footage and interviews with actors and directors. The ITC will also screen six feature films during the festival, hosted by Earley Teal, a Buffalo Soldier reenactor, and Mary Grace Ketner, ITC educational specialist.

A Century of Black Cinema will screen at 10:30 am and 2pm Tuesday-Saturday, and at 2pm Sunday throughout February, at the Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 S. Bowie. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children. For more information call 458-2330 or visit texancultures.utsa.edu.

Jewish Film Festival

A sneak preview of Paper Clips, the highly acclaimed documentary soon to be released by Miramax, will be the opening event of the Austin Jewish Film Festival this Saturday. Ten films, selected from more than 50 previewed by the program committee, will be shown during the six-day festival, which is now in its third year. Highlights of the festival include recent short films from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem and an appearance by Joe Fab, the co-writer and director of Paper Clips.

The 2005 Jewish Film Festival runs January 29-February 4 at the Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills Trail, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin. Tickets are $7.50 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. For more information call (512) 735-8246 or visit austinjff.org.

New Vistas in Video Festival

Aspiring videographers will compete for scholarships at the sixth annual New Vistas in Video Festival at Northwest Vista College this Saturday. The festival drew more than 80 entries that vary in genre from short, experimental videos to commercials to animated films. The festival will screen the six winning entries - the directors of which will receive $600 scholarships to any of the four colleges in the Alamo Community College District - and six runners-up that have been selected by a panel of industry experts. See story, page 21.

The New Vistas in Video Festival will run Saturday from 1-4pm at the College Commons of Northwest Vista College. Admission is free.

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