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"...Mark your calendar now. The Austin Film Society has announced that the new AFS Cinema's permanent home at the former Marchesa Hall & Theatre will open on May 26...."
"...(l-r): Austin Film Society head of film & creative media Holly Herrick, lead film programmer Lars Nilsen, and CEO Rebecca Campbell open the door to the new AFS Cinema, opening Friday, May 26..."
"...Everyone knows that Austin adores film: but this week the Austin Film Society and AFS Cinema want you to yell that devotion from the rooftops with Love Film Week...."
"...The Austin Film Society’s Hello, Goodbye series – its programming send-off leading up to AFS Cinema shuttering for renovations next month – continues tonight with a 35mm screening of A New Leaf...."
"...It's final touches time at the new Austin Film Society Cinema: fine-tuning the projectors, training staff on the ticketing system, installing the lights, and spraying a shimmering, golden fan pattern, a nod to the Golden Age of picture houses, on the arch above the door. This weekend, the old Marchesa Hall & Theatre reopens as AFS Cinema, a two-screen theatre dedicated to the society's mission of bringing the best of new and classic international and independent cinema to Austin audiences..."
"...Austin is known as a film-watching city, but that reputation doesn't come from nowhere. Its seeds were planted in CinemaTexas, the film programming unit of UT's Department of Radio-Television-Film..."
"...Matthew McConaughey may be one of Austin's favorite film stars, but he'll be bringing a little slice of Detroit here next month, with a special red carpet screening of his upcoming period crime drama White Boy Rick at AFS Cinema, plus a special conversation with AFS co-founder Richard Linklater...."
"...So, it's always a welcome treat to see what the folks at the Austin Film Society, partnered with the film programmers at the Premiers Plans Festival d'Angers (Austin's sister city), UniFrance, and the U.S. French Embassy, put together for their New French Cinema showcase..."
"...When the Experimental Response Cinema collective held its first screenings in 2012, the curators involved reignited a cultural movement that had by that time abandoned all but the most obscure venues in the city. For decades, there has been a dearth of gifted local experimental filmmakers, from Ed Lowry and David Boone, to Bill Daniel, to Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin; but while Austin has supported many of these artists, their underground films are more typically screened in backyards and galleries rather than in theatres..."
"...Mention the phrase "Greek cinema" to most people, and you're likely to hear more about films that used the olive-drenched countryside and the Aegean Sea as a location backdrop than were actually shot by Greek filmmakers, à la Gabriele Salvatores' achingly sexy Mediterraneo or that other Anthony Quinn film, the much discussed and quickly dismissed Jacqueline Kennedy/Aristotle Onassis biopic The Greek Tycoon. (Counting Mihalis Kakogiannis' high-stepping Zorba the Greek is just too easy.)..."
"...This year, after a long run at Austin Studios, the ceremony will be held at AFS Cinema. Campbell said, "By holding the Texas Film Awards – a celebration of the perennial impact of film – at the AFS Cinema, we’re able to honor filmmakers and actors like Anderson and Hammer in a sanctuary dedicated to their art and give guests a tangible understanding of the power of cinema and media arts.”..."
"...Hoping the same is the director of programming for the Austin Film Society and one of the original minds behind AFS@Dobie, Chale Nafus, who has been around the Austin film community for more than 25 years. He's the man responsible for many of the film series screening throughout the year at the various Alamo Drafthouse theatres, including the Essential Cinema Series and the Texas Documentary Tour..."
"...Filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien is a mainstay of New Taiwanese Cinema, and the current retrospective at AFS Cinema, presented in partnership with the Austin Asian American Film Festival, concludes its sublime run of contemplative works with the director's most elusive and renowned film yet, the 1989 masterpiece A City of Sadness. Taking in the Hou tradition by being absent of a physical release in the U.S., the whopping two English-subtitled 35mm prints in circulation have been the sole option for American film lovers to consume one of the great gems from the movement...."
"...AFS Selects is the name of a new partnership between the Austin Film Society and the Violet Crown Cinema...."
"...Neither audiences nor critics took to it, but the film remains an extremely enjoyable viewing experience due to its sheer eccentricity and verve. Watching Lang's characters -- ex-cons all employed at a large department store -- burst into strident songspiels about such topics as their prison memories or how goods and services must be exchanged for capital is one of the more bizarre viewing experiences Hollywood cinema of the period has to offer...."
"...Whether the Austin Film Society was thinking about the mess in Mexico when it programmed this month's Essential Cinema Series, Crossing Borders: Immigration in Global Cinema, isn't really important. For one thing, the border issue never really goes away, whether here or elsewhere..."
"...Add one UT lecturer to that list: Anne Lewis, director of Anne Braden: Southern Patriot, unites with powerhouse local cinematographer Lee Daniel for A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas), a documentary drawing parallels between three seminal moments in popular political organization in Texas: the 1938 San Antonio pecan shellers' strike, the 1987 workers' strike in Nacogdoches, and the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue from the UT campus in 2015...."
"...On the next two Sundays, the Austin Film Society will screen pivotal selections from Pioneers of African-American Cinema, a war chest of seminal "race" films by early black filmmakers, recently released on Netflix. Released in July 2016 by Kino Lorber, the comprehensive box set contains hours of rare shorts and feature-length films, stretching from the 1910s through the 1940s...."
"...Austin Film Society presents “Three by Bujalski” @AFS Cinema Jan. 9-28, with the filmmaker in attendance for post-film Q&As...."
"...It looks like a regular outdoor cinema. Out along Hog Eye Road, just outside of East Austin, green-stepped lawns form grassy stadium seating, with speakers wired into limestone blocks..."
"...From a few friends watching movies, to running studio space, grant programs, and its own cinema, Austin Film Society has seen incredible growth. Now the movie loving non-profit has received the Bloomberg Philanthropies seal of approval, becoming the latest beneficiary of one of its major initiatives...."
"...Spring is finally in the air, and so is the familiar feeling of anticipation before SXSW. As Austinites prepare for the annual festival city takeover, AFS Cinema has announced a season of award-winning SXSW films..."
"...The Austin Film Society is turning 20, and, in January, the world-class safe house for cinema of all stripes from Austin to abroad will ramp up its programming in celebration of the art and culture of filmmaking a celebration whose festivities, it must be said, are sustained throughout the year, nearly every day of it while also celebrating itself for a while. On Jan..."
"...The problem, however, is that I really liked the man. During our conversation, he was warm and intelligent and generous, making it all the more difficult for me to cultivate the bitterness that was growing inside me with each reference he made to Bollywood or obscure, untranslated Mexican cinema references I'll probably never fully understand..."
"...The film version of Look Back in Anger (1958), starring Richard Burton as the acid-tongued Jimmy Porter and helmed by the play's original director, Tony Richardson, opens the next edition of the Austin Film Society's Essential Cinema series, Blokes 'n' Birds: British Realist Cinema (1958-1965), which will feature five other movies from that embittered era. Not only is Anger the classic example of angry-young-man cinema, which would become all the rage in Britain over the next seven years (launching the careers of many of the leading lights of British theatre and cinema in the process, including Michael Caine, Peter Finch, Albert Finney, and Richard Harris); it's also a true work of sociological art, indebted to the Italian neorealist school and to 1930s French poetic realism but adding a touch of British irony and proletarian grit..."
"...Directed by: Michael Snow. Michael Snow's Cinema is a Cinematexas Film Festival program presented in association with the Austin Film Society..."
"...Into this politically thorny mire the Austin Film Society is bravely descending this month, with the latest version of their ongoing Essential Cinema series, Torn From the Motherland: Films From the African Diaspora. During the next month, AFS will be screening movies that reflect the wide variety of black experience, an experience tied inextricably to that 500-year-old exile..."
"...And maybe you'll get the chance to get in on part of that experience for yourself on Thursday, May 23, 7pm, at the Violet Crown Cinema. Together with Sony Picture Classics, the VCC and AFS are presenting the film the night before its wide theatrical release..."
"...So do yourself a favor and see the world from another perspective. Chances are, it's not too different from your own. Premiers Plans festival d'Angers: A Weekend of New French Cinema..."
"...This month the Austin Film Society presents the sequel to one of its most provocative Essential Cinema series programs from last year. Children of Abraham/Ibrahim 2: Films of the Middle East and North Africa picks up right where last February's presentation left off, with rarely seen cinematic visions of a region rich in history and tradition but mired in misunderstanding, poverty, and war...."
"...No artist could be more perfect to inaugurate "Expanding Cinema" -- the Austin Film Society's avant-garde film and video survey which kicks off during this month's fourth Cinematexas International Short Film Festival -- than legendary Canadian filmmaker and musician Michael Snow. For no one expands quite like Michael Snow..."
"...Now the Austin Film Society's Avant Cinema presents both of these micro-budgeted masterpieces on the big screen in all their cacodaemoniacal, black-and-white glory...."
"...After wading into the sociopolitical mire of the Middle East and wallowing in the muck of Michael Haneke's extended bourgeois nightmare, the Austin Film Society's Essential Cinema Series is wisely shaking the dust of this miserable little planet off its feet for a few months and heading out into the cosmos. On June 5, they'll raise the curtain on Other Minds, Other Worlds: Global Sci-fi Cinema, an international collection of science-fiction classics and rarities from the last century...."
"...During the next two months, as part of its ongoing Essential Cinema series, the Austin Film Society will be showing eight films by writer/director Michael Haneke. Nothing could correspond so perfectly with the arrival of spring in all its regenerative, erotic giddiness than eight suffocating movies that traffic almost exclusively in urban alienation, family trauma, and dispassionate ultraviolence...."
"...Finally, after more than two years in distribution limbo, the Austin Film Society presents two opportunities to see the film this weekend. Cinema fans of colorful tapestries, beautiful Canadian landscapes, and psychological horror will be justly rewarded for their attendance..."
"...Sometimes it’s really possible to get what you want: In this case, it's the best little arthouse in Texas. When it reopens in the spring, the expanded and remodeled AFS Cinema will be that arthouse..."
"...Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In gets a little less urban with its newest location. After tenures on Cesar Chavez, East Sixth, and the backlot of Austin Film Studios (plus seasonal homes in Colorado and Florida), the outdoor cinema now moves to 12419 Lowden Lane, near the Moontower Saloon on Manchaca Road..."
"...Jill Morena is collection assistant for Costumes and Personal Effects at the Harry Ransom Center. AFS Cinema presents Edith Head’s Hollywood through Jan..."
"...However, here in Austin and around the country, theatre chains are showing more foreign-language films which not only cater to immigration influxes, but city locals with richer cinematic palettes...."
"...Ultimately, Kogonada eschews cinematic wheel re-creation, instead electing to establish profound truths found in his study, and of more comprehensive depictions of Asian men...."
"...I don't think I've heard a single person refer to it that way, but you know the place – it's positioned somewhat between Jerry's Artarama and the Galaxy Highland just off I-35 and 290. Anyway, Vivo moved here from its home on Manor Road in 2014 and now calls one of our favorite venues, AFS Cinema, its neighbor..."
"...It was kind of obvious, really. When Richard Linklater let it slip just before SXSW that the Austin Film Society was planning to open a permanent two-screen arthouse cinema, the smart money was that it would be the space they share at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre..."
"...... It's not often that you have an opportunity to see a documentary in a cinema with other people, and engage in discussion."..."
"...Alongside Park Chan-wook, Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho has become the most recognizable name in Korean cinema for American audiences – so much so that Netflix not only financed his latest, Okja, but has given it the big awards season push. But where Park (The Handmaiden, the Vengeance trilogy) always fostered a twist of the high gothic in his work, Bong's characters are blue-collar underdogs: store workers, secretaries, fast-food vendors...."
"...But when the Independent Film Channel first started broadcasting in 1994, that was all it did. These days, the cinematic side is admirably handled by its theatrical distribution wing IFC (currently promoting Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake) and its horror sub-shingle IFC Midnight, the IFC cable channel has a heavier emphasis on episodic broadcasting...."
"...Austin has movie multiplexes, sure, same as any city, but it also boasts more unique opportunities to get your cinema on – in historic settings, with starry special guests, or just under the stars...."
"...Austin Film Society has partnered with design firm Designtrait and architect Michael Hsu to turn the Marchesa building into a fulltime arthouse cinema with a distinct “Austin-vibe” (according to the press release). The renovations will feature a second cinema and a redesigned lounge and bar..."