"...To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Austin Film Festival’s Made in Texas film series is taking a look back at films that world premiered at the fest. On Wednesday, AFF screens Alex Holdridge’s 2001 underage coming-of-age comedy, a self-proclaimed “little movie” that paid off in big ways...."
"...Is it just us, or is the Austin Film Festival doing some kind of an elaborate dance of the seven veils? It seems every week there's some new tantalizing goody revealed about the upcoming fest. This week's tasty bit: AFF announced today ten titles from this year's lineup, including three intriguing-sounding documentaries about black comedy (Robert Townsend's Why We Laugh), screenwriting (Peter Hanson's Tales From the Script), and the 2008 national party conventions (Barry Levinson's Poliwood)..."
"...But in a press release this morning, AFF dropped a few more big, juicy news bites:..."
"...That's a lesson learned on 1979's The Warriors – his career-defining, street-tough action flick, which AFF screens as part of this year's tribute. Yet it was not the film he planned on making..."
"...It will actually be the festival's second closing night marquee screening, joining the previously announced Chappaquidick: another celebrity scandal biopic, this time about Teddy Kennedy's role in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. This morning, AFF also confirmed that Jim Gaffigan (who plays U.S..."
"...However, AFF is a celebration of scriptwriters, and Hill's credentials are long and established. Aside from authoring most of his own films, he also did memorable work for hire on Seventies crime milestones like The Drowning Pool..."
"...The great novelist Gabriel García Marquez was a journalist before becoming a world class novelist. Just sayin.) On the other hand, small talk is part of the charm of AFF as well..."
"...Check out the full list list below. AFF has also finalized its conference schedule, and it's a good-looking one..."
"...Interestingly, we also got word today that The Men Who Stare at Goats, which was on the original list of AFF films, has been pulled from the lineup. Wondering if that has anything to do with Fantastic Fest sneaking the film this weekend? (I wondered that in an email, too, to an AFF publicist, but didn't hear anything back.)..."
"...The 20 episode season will feature in-depth conversations with some of the many filmmaking luminaries who have take to the AFF stage to discuss their craft, including Oscar-nominee Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Mark Frost (Twin Peaks), Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle), Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator), and last year's Extraordinary Contribution award winner Walter Hill...."
"...Documentary Short: “Albert” (directed by Daniel Jaffe)..."
"...Yes, and yes, which makes today’s announcement from the Austin Film Festival not exactly a jaw dropper, just confirmation of a good thing previously only guessed at: Stewart will be in attendance on Oct. 30 to screen his directorial debut, Rosewater, as AFF’s Closing Night Film..."
"...Yesterday, AFF dropped an impressive slate of events for the spring and summer, kicking off Sunday, March 30, with Kat Candler (Hellion), David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints), and Miguel Alvarez ("Mnemosyne Rising") chatting about the production hurdles that face fledgling shorts...."
"...On Sunday, Oct. 21, the AFF screenwriting conference will host an hourlong "Conversation with Frank Darabont." For more programming highlights and badge info, see www.austinfilmfestival.com...."
"...Robert Zemeckis’ return to live-action drama, Flight, will serve as AFF’s Centerpiece Film (scroll down for the trailer; it’s a knockout). Other notable inclusions in the early slate: UT alum Todd Berger’s comedy It’s a Disaster, which just got picked up for distribution by Oscilloscope; new works from Austin directors Don Swaynos (Pictures of Superheroes) and T.C..."
"...As befits the world's most-played game, the best of the best are a strange interlocking mix of characters, any of whom could have been the film's central character. During Saturday's AFF post-show Q&A Mihara said, "The movie started off a lot more about me" but test audiences knew which piece would completed the puzzle: "The first couple of times we showed the film and stopped when the tournament started and asked, 'Who do you want to win?' Everyone yelled 'Thor!'"..."
"...Big buzz movies from Sundance 2010 will also get their regional premiere at AFF, including Like Crazy, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Pariah. They join previously announced films like the Duplass Brothers' Jeff Who Lives at Home and We Need to Talk About Kevin...."
"...The festival doesn't happen till October, but AFF has a vigorous, all-year round presence in town. Case in point: their ongoing Conversations in Film program, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences..."
"...Marc Savlov already rhapsodized about Danny Boyle here and how he'll be showing his much-buzzed-about (we're talking Oscar) Slumdog Millionaire at the Austin Film Festival. Now comes down the pike the news that AFF – prescient folks they – are going to hand him a trophy now..."