We can't all go to Sundance, sadly. However, those of us in Austin who were left behind can at least console ourselves with a number of unique screenings and film-related events. Besides, SXSW is less than two months away ... speaking of which, the festival is looking for volunteers. The SXSW Volunteer Call meeting is Sunday 1/22; details are available on the SXSW site.
- The Austin Jewish Film Festival opens Saturday 1/21 with the 2004 movie Ushpizin at the Arbor Cinema. The film festival runs through Friday 1/27 and includes more than 20 short and feature-lenghth narratives and documentaries, such as The Thing About My Folks (which played at SXSW last year) and Bending Light, a short film shot in Austin. Many of the films sound fascinating; check the Web site for details on the entire schedule. The Austin Chronicleprofiled the film festival in this week's issue.
- The Werner Herzog retrospective wraps up this week at Alamo Drafthouse Downtown: Wheel of Time plays on Sunday 1/22, and Aguirre, the Wrath of God on Tuesday-Wednesday 1/24-25 and Sunday 1/29.