Growing Up in Public
Josh and Ben Safdie return to Austin with Daddy Longlegs
By Marjorie Baumgarten,
7:31PM, Sun. Aug. 21, 2011
What’s a kid to do when Dad is a loving inspiration but also an irresponsible caretaker? In the case of Josh and Ben Safdie, these now-grown brothers took the advice of those who told them throughout their childhood, "One day this will make a great movie.”
The Safdie brothers turned scenes from their conflicted childhood into the narrative film Daddy Longlegs. This 2009 feature screens on Monday (8/22), 7pm, at the Alamo Ritz as part of the Austin Film Society’s Best of the Fests series. That screening will be followed on Wednesday (8/24), 7pm, at the Ritz, with the North American premiere of a collection of seven of their short films.
Josh and Ben Safdie, recipients of this year’s John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirits, will be in attendance at both screenings and conduct Q&As. The Safdie brothers will also take part in an AFS Moviemaker Dialogue at Austin Studios on Tuesday (8/23) at 7pm.
See “Family Album,” for my recent interview with the filmmaking duo.