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Austinite’s movie has big weekend

Austinite C. Robert Cargill probably felt pretty good when he woke up Monday morning.

He may not have a name as bankable as Liam Neeson or Ben Affleck, but he had a weekend almost as big as theirs.

The former film critic co-wrote the screenplay for the horror movie “Sinister,” which took in $18.2 million. “Taken 2,” starring Neeson reeled in $22.5 million, and Affleck’s “Argo” scooped up $20.1 million.

The movie, which stars Austin native Ethan Hawke, screened at last month’s Fantastic Fest. “Sinister” was co-written and directed by Hawke’s friend Scott Derrickson and produced by Jason Blum of “Paranormal Activity,” who has a proven track record of scoring big at the box office with small-budget films.

Read an interview with Cargill at

SXSW reveals first panels

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has announced the first batch of panels, workshops and Digital Domain sessions for next year. Organizers also announced a daylong conference called Startup Alley, which focuses on entrepreneurs and investors, and the Come & Capture Film Factory, which explores new tools for making movies.

For more details on the festival, which will be held March 8 through 16, visit