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AFS Cinema Announces Opening Dates
New two-screen arthouse specialists release first schedule
DAILY Screens  May 11, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

A First Look at the New AFS Cinema
PHOTO GALLERY  May 25, 2017
"...(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..."

AFS Asks You to Love Film
Special cinematic treat for Valentine's Day week
DAILY Screens  February 9, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

AFS Turns Over A New Leaf Tonight
Hello, Goodbye series continues with Elaine May comedy
DAILY Screens  October 27, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...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...."

The Austin Film Society Unveils Its New Home for Cinema
Two-screen theatre will showcase the best of new and classic arthouse cinema
Screens Story  May 25, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

AFS and UT Press Celebrate the Legacy of CinemaTexas
Notes on cinema history
Screens Story  February 22, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

AFS Rolls Out the Carpet for White Boy Rick
Matthew McConaughey to attend preview screening, Q&A
DAILY Screens  August 21, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

New French Cinema Week at AFS
Head over heels for the new Gallic wave
Screens Story  April 19, 2018, by Josh Kupecki
"...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..."

Experimental Response Cinema Rises to the Surface
Avant-gardians of Austin’s underground films
Screens Story  August 18, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...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..."

Go Greek: AFS Essential Cinema
AFS Essential Cinema: From the Shadows: Greek Independent Cinema
Screens Story  October 9, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...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.)..."

AFS to Honor P.T. Anderson, Armie Hammer
Legendary director and rising actor take inaugural awards
DAILY Screens  February 6, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...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.”..."

'World' Cinema
Three-month series AFS@Dobie launches with latest Jia Zhangke film
Screens Story  January 13, 2006, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...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..."

New Taiwanese Cinema Exposes a Secret History
A rare screening of Hou Hsiao-hsien's masterpiece A City of Sadness
Screens Story  September 27, 2018, by Julian DeBerry
"...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 "Le Havre"
AFS and the Violet Crown initiate AFS Selects series with Le Havre
DAILY Screens  November 4, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...AFS Selects is the name of a new partnership between the Austin Film Society and the Violet Crown Cinema...."

The Cinema of Dual Citizens
In the upcoming series Driven into Paradise: European Émigré Directors 1933-1950, the Austin Film Society will be screening (at the Alamo Drafthouse) six classic films reflecting the ethical sensibilities and aesthetic innovations of these exiled masters.
Screens Story  April 18, 2003, by Will Robinson Sheff
"...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...."

Small World and Blurred Boundaries: AFS Essential Cinema
Crossing Borders: Immigration in Global Cinema
Screens Story  April 3, 2009, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...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..."

Cine Las Americas Explores the Global Faces of Latino and Indigenous Cinema
Not just the border
Screens Story  April 26, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Exploring the Auteurs of Early Black Cinema
AFS screens rare and influential selections from the Pioneers of African-American Cinema
Screens Story  February 16, 2017, by Kahron Spearman
"...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...."

AFS Spotlights the Early Work of Support the Girls Director Andrew Bujalski
Three from the heart
Screens Story  January 3, 2019, by Kimberley Jones
"...Austin Film Society presents “Three by Bujalski” @AFS Cinema Jan. 9-28, with the filmmaker in attendance for post-film Q&As...."

Cinema With a Conscience
Mobile Loaves & Fishes team up with the Alamo Drafthouse
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

AFS Moves Forward With Bloomberg Support
New program to help society grow through training, support
DAILY Screens  August 30, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

AFS Presents SXSW Film @ 25
Festival favorites and winners return
Screens Story  February 22, 2018, by Acacia Coronado
"...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..."

AFS Celebrates Its 20th, and You Can, Too!
Screens Story  December 30, 2005, by Shawn Badgley
"...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..."

Champion of the World Cinema
Chief curator Chale Nafus on the Austin Film Society's latest Essential series, South by Southeast: Films of Thailand and Vietnam
Screens Story  December 29, 2006, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...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..."

AFS Essential's Blokes 'n' Birds: British Realist Cinema
Sept. 4-Oct. 9
Screens Story  August 31, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...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..."

The Fame is Eyelids: Michael Snow's Cinema
Michael Snow's Cinema is a Cinematexas Film Festival program presented in association with the Austin Film Society. Snow is one of the great experimental conceptualists of the cinema, who tries...
Film Review  September 23, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Michael Snow. Michael Snow's Cinema is a Cinematexas Film Festival program presented in association with the Austin Film Society..."

AFS Essential's Torn From the Motherland: Films From the African Diaspora
Oct. 23-Nov. 20
Screens Story  October 19, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...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..."

AFS Announces 'Before Midnight' Premiere Event
Dinner and drinks with Jesse and Celine
DAILY Screens  April 26, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...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..."

AFS Spotlights Contemporary French Cinema
A weekend of rare films from the Premiers Plans Festival d'Angers
Screens Story  April 30, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...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..."

Swimming in Summer Cinema
So many series, so little time
DAILY Screens  June 8, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Cinema East..."

AFS Essential Cinema
AFS presents the sequel to one of its most provocative Essential Cinema series programs from last year
Screens Story  February 15, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...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...."

AFS Essential Cinema
Wild Reeds: Moving Images of Growing Up
Screens Story  September 2, 2005


Expanding Cinema
An interview with premier avant-garde filmmaker and musician Michael Snow.
Screens Story  September 17, 1999, by Athina Rachel Tsangari
"...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..."

AFS Presents H.P. Lovecraft Double-Bill
The Old Ones return, potentiality for sudden audience insanity high
DAILY Screens  August 13, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

AFS's Other Minds, Other Worlds
Global Sci-Fi Cinema
Screens Story  June 1, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...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...."

AFS Essential Cinema
Spaces Between Realities: The Films of Michael Haneke
Screens Story  March 30, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...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...."

AFS Screens Xavier Dolan's Tom at the Farm
Canadian filmmaker is one to watch
DAILY Screens  December 4, 2015, by Sean L. Malin
"...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..."

New French Cinema Week
Austin Film Society series restores a bit of hope for humanity
Screens Story  April 20, 2017, by Josh Kupecki


The Best Little Arthouse in Texas
The Austin Film Society expands and asks you to help
DAILY Screens  November 4, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Coming Attractions
The latest on Blue Starlite's big move, Drafthouse Mueller's opening day, and AFS Cinema's work in progress
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

How Costume Designer Edith Head Changed the Look of Hollywood
AFS Cinema spotlights films featuring the Oscar-winner's designs
Screens Column  January 10, 2019, by Jill Morena
"...Jill Morena is collection assistant for Costumes and Personal Effects at the Harry Ransom Center. AFS Cinema presents Edith Head’s Hollywood through Jan..."

Democracy in Rest and Motion
Indie Meme brings acclaimed export Newton to AFS Cinema
Screens Story  November 30, 2017, by Kahron Spearman
"...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...."

The Sublime Beauty of Kogonada's Columbus
Director brings his indie drama to AFS Cinema
Screens Story  August 24, 2017, by Kahron Spearman
"...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...."

Another Look at the Underrated Tex-Mex of Vivo
Have a Mexican martini and then walk to AFS Cinema
Food Column  April 5, 2018, by Jessi Cape
"...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..."

Austin Film Society Takes Over the Marchesa
Lincoln Village site to become permanent two-screen cinema
DAILY Screens  May 4, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

True Life, Unfiltered
New mini-fest AFS Doc Days scours the globe for fresh viewpoints
Screens Story  May 10, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...... It's not often that you have an opportunity to see a documentary in a cinema with other people, and engage in discussion."..."

Korea’s Blue-Collar Heroes
AFS highlights the films of Bong Joon-ho
Screens Story  January 4, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Split Screen and Nineties Indie Film
AFS celebrates John Pierson’s seminal IFC show
Screens Story  June 8, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Let's All Go to the Movies
Skip the multiplex: Austin has a better idea
DAILY Screens  March 3, 2017
"...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 Announces Design Firm Partnership
The arthouse theatre to close for renovations at the end of October
DAILY Screens  September 27, 2016, by Will McCarthy
"...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..."

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