The Texas Filmmakers Showcase, a screening of short films by locals, is all about freaky families. Houstonian Jim Spanoss Maidenhead tells the Texas Chainsaw Massacre-meets-Twilight Zone story of Martin, a guy who really loves his dad and spends his Sundays scouting out a church to find a nice girl for his bed-ridden father. Iskra Valtcheva, a Bulgarian native residing in Austin, offers up Iris Moon, her dark drama about a young girl living with her grandmother, and Bryan Poyser contributes Grammys, about two brothers who are given a strange yet profitable opportunity on a fishing trip.
Austinite Mike Woolfs Life is Marbleous is something of a departure. It depicts brothers, couples and other relations literally trying to hold on to their marbles. To make the film, Woolf traveled to the rural lands of Tennessee for the National Marble Shooting Championship, where he met Cathy Runyan-Svacina, a.k.a. The Marble Lady, whos trying to break her own record for the worlds largest marble tournament and keep the game alive. 7 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515. $6 to $7.
Sat., Nov. 10, 7 p.m., 2007