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Austin Film Festival Snags Chappaquiddick as Closing Night Film
Full lineup includes Call Me by Your Name, Three Billboards
DAILY Screens  September 26, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Toronto Film Festival may be the first stop for many of the fall film calendar’s biggest, most award-baity releases, but for local audiences, the Austin Film Festival is your best bet for an early look at your future Oscar pool picks. Today’s full lineup announcement includes plenty of bold-faced names, as well as under-the-radar indies...."

I Don't Feel at Home Wins Best Austin Film
Macon Blair's debut lauded by Austin Film Critics Association
DAILY Screens  December 31, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...With performances in Blue Ruin and Green Room, Macon Blair has become an fixture in front of the camera. Now the Austin Film Critics Association has honored his work behind the lens by giving his directorial debut, I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore, the Austin Film Award for 2017...."

Austin Film Festival Announces Second Wave of Films
Jeff Nichols' Loving gets a Texas premiere
DAILY Screens  August 23, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...The Austin Film Festival dropped more of its 2016 lineup today, announcing eight titles, many of which are world premieres...."

Mad Max: Fury Road Tops Austin Film Critics Association Awards
Full list of winners, plus who made the best Austin film?
DAILY Screens  December 29, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...What a day, what a lovely, lovely day for director George Miller. The Austin Film Critics Association has selected his return to the postapocalyptic Outback, Mad Max: Fury Road, as the best film of 2015, and named Miller the best director...."

Austin Film Festival Drops and Gives Us 10
Lineup includes latest from Jonathan Demme, Alexander Payne
DAILY Screens  August 19, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Austin Film Festival’s full slate drops in mid-September, but the screenwriting-centric fest served up a 10-film teaser today, as well as a quartet of retrospective screenings...."

Tony Gilroy to Receive Austin Film Festival Honor
Rogue One, Bourne writer to be awarded
DAILY Screens  May 8, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Tony Gilroy is synonymous with blurring the line between smart action films and edgy political dramas. As the producer of House of Cards, writer of the Bourne trilogy, and director of Michael Clayton, he's been omnipresent as a creative force and script fixer..."

Austin Film Festival Review: Youth in Oregon
Family dramedy suffers from unnecessary subplots
DAILY Screens  October 22, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Youth in Oregon, the closing night film of the Austin Film Festival, turned out to be a disappointing family dramedy. Yet the oodles of Dove chocolates the festival sponsor handed out to patrons as they departed the Paramount Theatre had everyone ending the fest on a sweet note...."

Austin Film Society Wants to Give You Money
Not an April fool: AFS Grants now up for grabs
DAILY Screens  April 1, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Life can be tough for an independent filmmaker. That's why, every year, the Austin Film Society gives out the Austin Film Society Grants..."

Austin Film Festival: A Conversation With Chris Cooper
An evening with the notable "character actor"
DAILY Screens  November 1, 2015, by Caitlin Moore
"...Shortly after being presented with an Extraordinary Contribution to Film award by the Austin Film Festival on Saturday, actor Chris Cooper joined moderator Michael Noll for an hour of conversation and questions from the audience...."

Austin Film Festival Announces Full Lineup
John Singleton and Chris Cooper to be honored
DAILY Screens  September 30, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...With a little over a month away until the Austin Film Festival, the AFF folks released their roster of films and panels today...."

Austin Film Festival Announces First Wave of Titles
Lineup drops the latest from Todd Haynes and a Hank Williams biopic
DAILY Screens  August 19, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...While the Austin Film Festival's full slate of films and panels doesn't drop until mid-September, today they provided a preview by announcing 10 films to be screened at the fest known as "the writer's festival."..."

Austin Film Critics Name Boyhood Best of Year
AFCA celebrates locally made Linklater film with four awards
DAILY Screens  December 17, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Austin Film Critics Association has given Richard Linklater’s Boyhood top honors in its annual critics awards. A special honorary award went to the late (and formerly homeless) Gary Poulter, who delivered a stunning performance in David Gordon Green’s Joe..."

Austin Film Festival Drops 20th Anniversary Lineup
'Inside Llewyn Davis' takes center stage
DAILY Screens  September 17, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...With just over five weeks to go before the Austin Film Festival kicks off, the AFF team today released the lineup for their big, 20th anniversary gig...."

Austin Film Society Announces SXSW Shortcase
Short films package includes festival faves and award winners
DAILY SXSW  March 4, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...If you're getting worried about your endurance for features at SXSW Film, the Austin Film Society will be setting your mind at ease. They just announced the 2013 AFS ShortCase lineup of micro-length gems to soothe your frazzled cinematic nerves..."

Austin Film Critics Association Announces Year-End Awards
The Austin Film Critics Association loves it some bat
DAILY Screens  December 16, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Austin Film Critics Association just announced its 2008 awards, with The Dark Knight doing a lot of damage. Top ten anointed films of the year below, with the 16 other categories after the jump...."

Austin Film Festival Review: The Cliff
Spanish thriller adds political intrigue to cult horror
DAILY Screens  October 18, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...From Rosemary's Baby to The Sacrament, filmmakers have been obsessed with the twisted vision of cults. Austin Film Festival Dark Matters Features competition jury award winner The Cliff (aka Acantilado) continues the tradition with a distinctly Iberian twist...."

NEA Backs Austin Film Festival's On Story
The writer's film festival gets national support
DAILY Screens  July 12, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...On Story, the Austin Film Festival's ongoing project exploring the craft and the art of visual storytelling, has become an unmatched record of modern film and TV. That legacy has now received recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts, with the announcement that the festival has been awarded $15,000 toward the archive...."

Austin Film Festival Full Slate
Marquee names include Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Patton Oswalt
DAILY Screens  September 14, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Austin Film Festival has already made some big announcements, but the reveal today of their full feature lineup for 2016 saved the biggest for last. The list includes new features starring Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Patton Oswalt, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling, plus a special talk with legendary producer Frank Marshall...."

Austin Film Fest Adds 10 Titles
First wave includes Jarmusch, Stooges, Rooster Teeth
DAILY Screens  August 9, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

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..."

Austin Film Festival Gets With The Program
Lance Armstrong biopic closes out festival
DAILY Screens  October 13, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...The Austin Film Festival revealed its Closing Night film today, The Program, a biopic of controversial cyclist and local resident Lance Armstrong...."

Austin Film Society on the Air
New two-year public access deal with city takes effect today
DAILY Screens  October 2, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...October 1 sees the start of a new era in public access television in Austin, with Austin Film Society officially taking the reins at Austin Public Access Television...."

Austin Film Fest: Brian Helgeland Honored, More Panelists Announced
Annual fest spotlighting writers teases out a few more names
DAILY Screens  September 2, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...While they have yet to drop the full schedule (you can see the first wave of films here), the Austin Film Festival announced new panelists and unveiled their Distinguished Screenwriter honoree...."

Austin Film Festival Showcases Linklater, Cumberbatch
First round of films announced mixes world and Texas premieres
DAILY Screens  August 20, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Austin Film Festival has just announced its first wave of films for its 2014 gathering, with new movies starring Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, James Franco, and (calm yourselves) Benedict Cumberbatch. Plus, Austin's most famous director finds himself on the other side of the lens for once...."

Austin Film Festival Announces Jury and Screenplay Awards
Audiences still have chances to catch screenings
DAILY Screens  October 27, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Though the 20th anniversary Austin Film Festival runs through Thursday, Oct. 31, you don't have to wait for some of the biggest news...."

Lars Nilsen Joins Austin Film Society
Drafthouse programmer bolsters AFS team, plus new Marchesa home
DAILY Screens  February 27, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Wednesdays have always been Lars Nilsen's day, and today is no exception: The Austin Film Society has just announced that the Alamo Drafthouse institution and Weird Wednesday has joined their programming team. And it's a big Wednesday for AFS too, as they sign a new deal with the Marchesa Hall & Theatre...."

Austin Film Festival Announces (Almost) Full Slate
Opening and closing night films still to come
DAILY Screens  September 17, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...With its prime perch in late October, the Austin Film Festival traditionally has gifted local audiences with their first shot at seeing the year’s Oscar bait...."

Austin Film Festival Puts Diversity First
Writer-focused fest plans to amplify more unheard voices
DAILY Screens  December 19, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...From mega-franchises like Star Wars to the smallest indie projects, diversity and representation have become the keywords in contemporary cinema culture. As the Austin Film Festival enters its 25th year, the writer-focused fest has recommitted to its program to bring traditionally overlooked artists center stage...."

Austin Film Festival: Thursday TBAs Divulged
Festival announces three encore screenings for Thursday
DAILY Screens  October 29, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Just when you thought you were nearing the end, just when you were patting yourself on the back for your near-weeklong stamina, along comes the Austin Film Festival's announcement of three freshly slotted encore screenings for Thursday, Oct. 30...."

Austin Film Society Announces 2016 Grants
Program gives much-needed funds to Texas filmmakers
DAILY Screens  August 29, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...Providing some of the financial fuel to the flames of Texas filmmakers' passions, today the Austin Film Society released the projects they are funding this year, as part of their AFS Grant program...."

Austin Film Society Announces 2017 Film Grants
$143,000 in cash and support awarded to 34 filmmakers
DAILY Screens  August 28, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Austin Film Society supports Texas filmmaking in myriad ways – workshops, work-in-progress screenings, mentorships – but perhaps its biggest impact is in its annual doling out of cold cash to needy filmmakers. How much cash? Over $1.7 million since 1996...."

Austin Film Society Announces 2015 Grants
Newcomers and established names get AFS boost
DAILY Screens  September 1, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Independent filmmaking is tough, but raising money for indie filmmaking is even tougher. As the Austin Film Society announces the winners of the 2015 AFS Grants, there are a lot more narratives and documentaries, shorts and features, getting closer to appearing on screens...."

Austin Film Society Announces 2013 Grants
$116,000 awarded to Texas filmmakers
DAILY Screens  August 28, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Hellions, environmentalists and vintage computer programmers all make the list of movies to receive a helping financial hand from the Austin Film Society, as the local non-profit announced this year's list of AFS Grant and Travel Grant recipients...."

Austin Film Festival Review: Almost Adults
Two friends grapple with relationships in this snarky charmer
DAILY Screens  October 16, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...Continuing in the latest (and greatest) trend in queer film, Almost Adults is not your typical lesbian movie. Written and directed by Adrianna DiLonardo and Sarah Rotella, the creators of YouTube’s The Gay Women Channel, this coming-of-age comedy is ultimately the story of best friends, growing up, and making room...."

Austin Film Society Premieres Z for Zachariah
AFS brings Sundance hit to Texas
DAILY Screens  August 24, 2015, by Neha Aziz
"...Z for Zachariah sells itself as a sci-fi thriller set against the remains of an unknown catastrophic event. But the postapocalyptic backdrop is perhaps its least important aspect, as the film acts more like a case study on human behavior...."

Austin Film Society Announces Grant Jury
Meet the team that will fund the next wave of Texas film
DAILY Screens  July 10, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...The Austin Film Society has released the names of the three jury members who will determine what film projects will receive financial grants from not only AFS, but also Dell and Kodak. Let's meet them, shall we?..."

Austin Film Festival Presents Jason Reitman
Revisiting 'Up In the Air'
DAILY Screens  February 10, 2014, by Neha Aziz
"...Last night, the Austin Film Festival hosted writer/director Jason Reitman and crew members from the 2009 Oscar-nominated film Up In the Air...."

Austin Film Festival Announces Conference Slate
Panelists include Jenji Kohan, Rian Johnson, and more
DAILY Screens  September 3, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Half the fun of any film festival is the, you know, films, but never forget that a strong conference slate can really make or break the event too...."

Austin Film Festival Film Review: Homestate
Endearing local feature pops with authenticity and nuance
DAILY Screens  October 17, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...Such an entrancing surfeit of warmth and homegrown values is contained within the Austin-set Homestate. Thanks to a synchronized quartet of stellar local actors, this brief, lovely drama from writers Blaise Miller and David Hickey (who also directed) defies expectations of quality for films of such minute scope...."

The 22nd Annual Austin Film Festival
Hybrid film delves into the Mineola Swingers Club trials
Screens Story  October 29, 2015, by Caitlin Moore
"...Though not technically a documentary, Booger Red, which will have its North American premiere at the Austin Film Festival, explores the true story of a small East Texas community turned upside down when seven adults were accused, tried, and convicted of engaging in horrible acts of child abuse...."

Austin Film Festival: Jon Stewart Closes Out Fest
Jon Stewart caps his week in Austin with Rosewater debut
DAILY Screens  October 31, 2014, by Fernie Martinez
"...Jon Stewart completed his takeover of Austin last night at the Paramount Theatre. After a week here shooting episodes of The Daily Show, in which special segments playfully ribbed our city’s weirdo-hipster-foodie ethos, the Austin Film Festival closed out this year's event with a presentation of Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater...."

Austin Film Festival Announces Full Lineup
AFF's finalized lineup
DAILY Screens  September 24, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...After last week's tease, the Austin Film Festival has announced its official lineup for the 2008 fest, which runs October 16-23. Joining previously announced Marquee Screenings of Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut Synecdoche, New York, and Kelly Reichardt's followup to Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, are Paul Schrader's Adam Resurrected (starring Jeff Goldblum), videogame adaptation/fanboy-bait Max Payne (from local screenwriter Beau Thorne), and James Gray's Two Lovers, which netted a lot of attention at Cannes in May and closes out AFF on Oct..."

Austin Film Festival Announces Preliminary Lineup
Slumdog Millionaire, Synedoche, New York confirmed
DAILY Screens  September 20, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Is it just us or does Austin now have more film festivals per capita than Smurfville had little blue not-so-meanies? Here we are with aGLIFF barely behind us, Fantastic Fest is currently, gloriously redefining the limits of our imaginations (and livers), and as of yesterday the Austin Film Festival, which this year runs Oct. 16-23, has just announced their initial lineup of films, filmmakers, and a handful of the many events that continue to make it one of best fests in the country...."

Austin Film Fest Review: One Night
Debut feature examines love from two vantage points
DAILY Screens  October 15, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...Dabbling in magical realism, Minhal Baig’s One Night toys with the theme of traveling back in time. The idea that the past is simultaneously more simple and more magical is both questioned and contemplated throughout the film, which follows two couples over the course of prom night...."

Austin Film Society Hiring Theatre Manager
No details on location of new two-screen cinema
DAILY Screens  March 25, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...The night before SXSW, Oscar-winning director Richard Linklater let the cat out of the bag: Austin Film Society will be opening a two-screen cinema this year. Now AFS is hiring a general manager for the theatre, but there's still no precise word on where the screens will be...."

Austin Film Society Spotlights Ethan Hawke
Richard Linklater chats with Hawke on his illustrious career
DAILY Screens  February 23, 2016, by Neha Aziz
"...Last Thursday, the Austin Film Society hosted a double event focusing on Hawke. The first, a special 35mm screening of Before the Devil Knows You're Dead centered on Hawke's experiences with Sidney Lumet and Phillip Seymour Hoffman..."

Austin Film Festival: Breaking the Mold: Diversity in the Industry
Panel agrees that there is a lack of it
DAILY Screens  November 3, 2015, by Jessi Cape
"...Diversity should be the norm, but most of us are painfully aware that a wide range of perspectives is still missing in the film industry. This weekend's panel was a vibrant discussion on the glaring lack of diversity in the film industry, with some radical solutions proposed...."

Austin Film Festival: A Conversation With Jay Duplass
On making movies and making babies
DAILY Screens  October 25, 2014, by Rod Machen
"...The Austin Film Festival set up a conversation between Duplass and the Austin American-Statesman’s Matthew Odam that spanned several decades, multiple cities, and lots and lots of hard work...."

Austin Film Festival: 'Tobruk'
Winner of the Narrative Feature Jury Award, the Czechoslovakian film Tobruk is a moving war drama that draws inspiration from Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage.
DAILY Screens  October 25, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Although the story of the brutal World War II battle of Tobruk has been told on film several times, it has never been told from quite this perspective...."

Austin Film Fest Review: Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse
Cali comedy duo blow up some seriously sweet and smart doomsday heart
DAILY Screens  October 15, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Bad times make for good, subversive comedy, which partly explains why this gleefully absurdist, end-of-the-world, road movie romance works so very, very well on so many levels. The rest of the film’s sneaky, borderline low-key genius is due to the fact that Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine are that rarest of comedy commodities: a perfect team...."

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