In the late 1970s and early 1980s the University of Texas at Austin department of Radio, Television, Film graduate students started a student run film screening series, focusing on seminal classics and new renegade films and filmmakers. The screenings, held four times a week, were accompanied by graduate student written film criticisms. These criticisms, though student written, were some of the most profound and engaging criticism of the films they were watching in the series, including works like Casablanca, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, andCrazy Mama. Lars Neilson, programmer at the Austin Film Society once said that these notes were “the backbone of Austin film culture.”
Louis Black Productions is curating a series of books of these notes, some that haven’t been seen since they were originally published. The first volume will focus on classical Hollywood, renegade talent, auteurs, and shadow cinema.