First Place for The Second Line

A scene from Lake Highlands grad John Magary's award-winning short The Second Line

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?"

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

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