Austin Film Fest Adds 10 Titles
First wave includes Jarmusch, Stooges, Rooster Teeth
By Richard Whittaker,
11:00AM, Tue. Aug. 9, 2016
The Austin Fall film festival season is right around the corner, and the lineup announcements are coming thick and fast. Last week, it was Fantastic Fest; now Austin Film Festival unleashes its opening salvo of 10 titles looking at sex, death, Red scares, games, and the original American punks.
The fest (running Oct. 13-20) is breaking out a series of world premieres in this initial dectet. Expect a long line for the first ever public screening of Brave New Jersey, a comedic take (starring Tony Hale of Veep and Arrested Development) on how one Garden State town thought Orson Welles' War of the Worlds meant the end of Earth.
There are also already titles putting the Austin in Austin Film Festival: Local online production giants Rooster Teeth showed the first trailer for their upcoming sci-fi comedy series Crunch Time during the ATX Television Festival. Now series creators Andrew Disney and Bradley Jackson will be showing off the first completed episodes.
That's not the only locally connected film with a world premiere. Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell, the duo behind Deepwater Horizon doc The Big Fix, will be debuting their biography of L.A. hair care tycoon turned Austin corporate philanthropist John Paul DeJoria, with Good Fortune.
AFF has always put an emphasis on writers as much as directors, but it's hard to get a more respected name behind the camera that Jim Jarmusch, who takes on another iconic name with the Texas premiere of Gimme Danger, his recounting of the epoch-changing impact of the Stooges.
More details and badges are available at www.austinfilmfestival.com. Now, here's that first list in full.
W: Max Azulay, Matt Porter, Phil Primason
D: Max Azulay, Matt Porter
Convinced that he's dying from a bizarre array of symptoms, struggling comedian Spencer Kaminsky returns home to visit his five childhood doctors in a single day, all while desperately trying to avoid the friends and family that he left behind.
In Attendance: Max Azulay, Matt Porter, Phil Primason
Brave New Jersey
W: Michael Dowling, Jody Lambert
D: Jody Lambert
A small New Jersey town in 1938 is overcome with mass hysteria on the night of Orson Welles' legendary 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast, the hoax which fooled millions into believing America was being invaded by Martians.
In Attendance: Jody Lambert, Tony Hale, Anna Camp, Heather Burns, Dan Bakkedahl, Sam Jaeger, Mel Rodriguez, Erika Alexander and others
Crunch Time Season 1
W: Andrew Disney, Bradley Jackson
D: Andrew Disney
In a highly classified location, a gang of misfit grad students are interrogated by government operatives. Why? Because the world is about to end, and it’s all their fault. How did it all start? With a last-ditch effort to win back love … by way of an extremely dangerous, untested lucid-dreaming machine.
Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse
W/D: Etta Devine, Gabriel Diani
When all power and communication systems mysteriously shut off, couple and performing comedy duo Gabe and Etta pack up their troubles and hit the road with their trusty dog Watson and their miserable cat Mrs. Peel in search of a safe haven to wait out the possible extinction event.
In attendance: Etta Devine, Gabriel Diani
Forushande (The Salesman)
W/D: Asghar Farhadi After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad and Rana, a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment. Eventually, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life, and creates a simmering tension between husband and wife.
D: Jim Jarmusch
Gimme Danger presents the story of iconic punk legends the Stooges and their legendary frontman Iggy Pop. Director Jim Jarmusch tracks their emergence and adventures and misadventures while charting their inspirations, challenges, and long-lasting legacy.
North American Premiere
D: Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell
Good Fortune tells the heartwarming rags-to-riches life story of John Paul DeJoria, the poster boy of “conscious capitalism” and follows him as he uses business to make the world a better place.
In Attendance: Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, John Paul DeJoria
North American Premiere
D: Tao Ruspoli
Recovering from a very public divorce, independent filmmaker and Italian Prince Tao Ruspoli takes to the road to talk to his relatives, advice columnists, psychologists, historians, anthropologists, artists, philosophers, sex workers, sex therapists, and ordinary couples about love, sex, and monogamy in our culture.
In Attendance: Tao Ruspoli
D: Justin Agnew
ProGamer explores the emerging world of electronic sports by following professional Starcraft II gamers Naniwa and White-Ra, who navigate worldwide gaming tournaments and their own personal lives.
In Attendance: Justin Agnew
W/D: Louisiana Kreutz
In order for Emily and Joe to get a divorce, they will need to take a trip across the country and convince each wedding guest to cross their name off of the wedding certificate, per Quaker tradition.
In Attendance: Louisiana Kreutz, Alex Dobrenko, Fede Rangel, other cast and crew
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