Shawn Mahan, general manager at the Magnolia Theatre, sends a friendly reminder for those of who didn't pay enough attention to our inbox earlier this week: At the just-wrapping South by Southwest film fest, 1996 Lake Highlands High School grad John Magary took home the Special Jury Award in the Reel Shorts category for his 20-minute film The Second Line. The synopsis? "After MacArthur's savings are stolen from his FEMA trailer, he and his cousin Natt take work gutting the house of a broken-down New Orleans couple. As a back-breaking day spirals into confrontation, MacArthur must ask himself: how much do you take to survive?"
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The trailer's here, incidentally, as the film gets its final Austin screening this afternoon. (It took top honors last year at the Columbia University Film Festival -- appropriate, as that's the school from which Magary recently graduated.) Fret not, our film-loving Friends: The Second Line will make its Dallas bow, after screenings at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Sundance, with AFI Dallas International Film Festival screenings on March 28 (at 10:30 p.m.) and March 29 (at 1 p.m.) at the Magnolia. Tickets are available -- buy now, though, before family and friends sell it out. --Robert Wilonsky