"...What do James Michener, a Bosnian refugee, Texas First Lady Laura Bush, a Parisian screenwriter, and a Mexico City study group have in common? They all belong to the Austin Writers' League, the local literary guild that's come a long way from its inception in 1981. The League's current membership -- 1,600 strong, with writers ranging in age from six to 105 -- boasts representation worldwide...."
"...They're part of the local chapter – the Heart of Texas chapter – of the Sisters in Crime writers' network, a national organization founded in 1987 by author Sara Paretsky of V.I. Warshawski fame..."
"...That doesn't even cover the TV component (including new episodes of Netflix's upcoming Friends From College season 2), or the retrospective screenings, including writer Mick Garris on hand for a special screening of Hocus Pocus, or the packed roster of speakers and panels at the four day writers conference within the week long festival...."
"...Chappaquiddick – Closing Night Film Writers: Taylor Allen, Andrew Logan Director: John Curran..."
"...The Adderall Diaries Writers: Stephen Elliott (memoir), Pamela Romanowsky Director: Pamela Romanowsky..."
"...“Adam Resurrected” (Germany/Israel/USA, 106 min.) Director: Paul Schrader Writers: Noah Stollman Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi, Ayelet Zurer..."
"...NOT FADE AWAY - David Chase (Writer/Director); David Chase in attendance FLIGHT - John Gatins (Writer), Robert Zemeckis (Director) SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK - David O. Russell (Writer/Director); Julia Stiles in attendance THE SESSIONS - Ben Lewin (Writer/Director) QUARTET - Ronald Harwood (Writer), Dustin Hoffman (Director) SHADOW DANCER - Tom Bradby (Writer), James Marsh (Director) THE SAPPHIRES - Tony Briggs, Keith Thompson (Writers), Wayne Blair (Director) A LATE QUARTET - Seth Grossman, Yaron Zilberman (Writers), Yaron Zilberman (Director) IT'S A DISASTER - Todd Berger (Writer/Director); Julia Stiles and America Ferrera in attendance THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS - Edward Burns (Writer/Director), Edward Burns in attendance FREE SAMPLES - Jim Beggarly (Writer), Jay Gammill (Director) A.K.A..."
"...It's May; it's Texas Writers Month. This year, that means many, many events -- more than in any previous Texas Writers Month -- will be taking place..."
"...Look for Tim McCanlies to shoot his long-awaited low-budget film The Two Bobs, in Austin next month, thanks in large part to the Writers Guild strike...."
"...The Texas Writers Month Kick-Off Gala, sponsored by Barnes & Noble and GSD&M, held last Tuesday, May 4 at GSD&M, was touted as a way for local readers to meet local, and state, writers. It didn't seem as if those readers attended the event; Robert Earl Keen, who was slated to perform, wasn't there; and the cleaning crew started making their rounds far before the crowd dwindled...."
"...For three of the past four years, Texas Writers Month organizers have orchestrated one large gathering of Texas authors at places like Scholz Garten and Central Market, with the public invited. This year, organizers preferred to "spread the wealth" of author events by planning the most diverse and extensive lineup of authors reading, discussing, and signing that has ever been held during Texas Writers Month..."
"...Tickets and info at www.austinfilmfestical.com. Now, here's that second wave in full: Closing Night Film The Front Runner D:Jason Reitman Writers: Matt Bai, Jay Carson, Jason Reitman, Based on the book All the Truth is Out by Matt Bai Starring: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K..."
"...1: tickets and info at www.austinfilmfestival.com. Now, here's the rest of that announcement: The Black String D: Brian Hanson Writers: Brian Hanson, Richard Handley Starring: Frankie Muniz, Cullen Douglas, Chelsea Edmundson When a lonely 7-11 clerk has sex with a mysterious woman, his world begins to unravel in a horrifying fashion..."
"...The Big Spoon World Premiere Writers: Mallory Culbert*, Carlyn Hudson* Director: Carlyn Hudson Cast: Zach Knighton*, Nick Stevenson* Long-term couple Mallory and Ben plan to enjoy a romantic weekend alone in Mallory’s house, but their plans are ruined when Elle, Mallory’s flighty roommate, shows up with a surprise lover. As tensions rise, each couple is forced to question the strength of their relationship...."
"..."Writers at the Met," an evening of readings, cocktails, book signings, and conversations" at the Metropolitan Club hosted by the Austin Writers' League with David Lindsey, D. Marion Wilkinson, Gary Cartwright, Shia Barnett, Tara and Jim Holley, Deborah Hamilton-Lynne, Chuck Meyer, Gary Lavergne, and others, May 20, 7pm, 600 Congress..."
"...The Austin Film Festival announced today that Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan will be honored at this year’s festival and writers conference with the 2017 Distinguished Screenwriter Award. The mission of AFF? To celebrate exceptional screenwriting and the writers who do it..."
"...The Well Opening Night Film, Texas Premiere D: Tom Hammock Writers: Jacob Forman and Tom Hammock Cast: Haley Lu Richardson, Booboo Stewart, Max Charles, Nicole Fox, Michael Welch, Jon Gries It’s been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. When a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, seventeen-year-old Kendal must decide whether to run and hide or bravely fight for the few cherished people and things she has left...."
"...[Note: You might also learn, on that site, that your current reporter is moderating a Sunday afternoon panel that features professional horror and science-fiction writers talking about that voodoo that they do. Full disclosure, baby.]..."
"...Historical Black activists and writers that influenced contemporary literature play a role in Joseph’s keynote address (Saturday, 1:30pm) titled Black History, Literature, and Power in the Age of Black Lives Matter. His 2014 book, Stokely: A Life, gives a portrait on Stokely Carmichael (later Kwame Ture), a leader in the civil rights and Black Power movements..."
"...One thing to love about MysteryPeople's version is how it gives a tip of the fedora to Austin's crime writers while at the same time importing the most acclaimed specialists in the genre from around the world. Case in point: The Oct..."
"...Writing is a lonely vocation, what with all those long hours spent staring dully at a blinking cursor, a blank page, a bare wall. That's why it's so nice every year to let the writers loose from their cages to run wild at the Austin Film Festival and Conference, which opens today and continues through Oct..."
"...The Writers' League of Texas announced today the shortlist nominees for its annual Violet Crown Book Awards – and not the Violent Crown, as I keep repeatedly typing. (Apparently somebody's feeling lightly murderous today.) The Violet Crown celebrates the best in adult fiction and nonfiction, while the Teddy Awards honor children's literature..."
"...Those postulates are by way of introduction to the group of feature articles devoted to various aspects of global warming in today's issue by a team of Chronicle writers, including Katherine Gregor, Dan Mottola, Nora Ankrum, Amy Smith, and Richard Whittaker. In the spirit and context of the city of Austin's new initiative under the unglamorous heading, the Austin Climate Protection Plan to address global warming at the municipal level, these writers have come together to consider various aspects of the plan and its potential to actually make an impact on what has become the overarching environmental emergency of our time...."
"...He'll be joined in the honors by Daniel Petrie Jr., who take the fest's Heart of Film award. Best known to audiences for writing Beverly Hills Cop and The Big Easy, as well as writing and directing 1991 kids action classic Toy Soldiers, within the industry he has had a place of honor as two-time president of the Writers Guild of America West..."
"...24 Hours to Live Writers: Zach Dean, Jim McClain, Ron Mita Director: Brian Smrz Starring: Ethan Hawke, Liam Cunningham, Rutger Hauer A career assassin who turns rogue after his latest mission goes awry...."
"...But how does a doggo, even a heckin’ good doggo, warrant such honors? By tirelessly stumping for local theatre and school fundraisers – like when he assayed his own form of Downward Dog for our current cover-story subject Adriene Mishler’s Fusebox Festival yoga gig at the Long Center. By accompanying his human and spreading woofish goodwill at arts centers and writers retreats across the nation..."
"...Austin Food & Wine Alliance, Les Dames d’Escoffier’s Austin Chapter (Wood was named an honorary Dame in 2016), and former Chronicle writers and colleagues have banded together to honor her years of service to the community. The bake sale will include treats from a who's who of Central Texas chefs, bakers, and restaurateurs:..."
"...Because if you hang out long enough to get to know the true Austin, you learn that this city is everything and has everything: It’s laid-back but successful, diverse and welcoming, smart and cutting-edge but never boastful, affordable but offering incredible quality of life. And the food truck, arguably Austin’s new culinary frontier with delicious and creative new options popping up everyday, is a microcosmic example of everything this city has to offer and the reason almost every Austin resident’s story begins with an “I just came to visit friends …” In celebration of the Chronicle’s 2017 First Plates Awards, our annual compendium of Austin’s top 100 restaurants, and this year’s comfort food theme, our writers are sharing their favorite comfort food memories...."
"...South Congress Avenue trendsetter Continental Club – in business since the Fifties (though it’s been a music venue since the Seventies) – remains the gold standard for music venues, an eternally hip joint where the best of the best play on the regular, which in recent history has included Junior Brown, James McMurtry, country supergroup Heybale!, and – at least twice – Robert Plant. South Austin’s music living room? That’s the Saxon Pub on South Lamar – a haven for singer-songwriters, roots rockers, and folkies for the last quarter century and a local home for Stephen Bruton..."
"...As a journalist, I hate that because I don't like seeing terrible bands winning. If it was up to me – and it's not – the Music Poll would offer nominations compiled by a large group of music writers, DJs, club owners, bookers, producers, and record store owners..."
"...As Chronicle writers, our News group tries our best to provide abundant information on all contested races, and the staff and editors interview those candidates who are most qualified and in keeping overall with the paper's expressed progressive values. (Some skeptical readers thank us for letting them know who to vote against ....) If we haven't given you agreeable directions for voting, perhaps we'll have provided food for political thought. Use Your Voice..."
"...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...."
"...It's also about the troupes that have been together for years and grown into rich ensembles, about Austin improvisers whose reputations have grown in the international improv community and are in demand as teachers and performers around the world, about the individuals who have built the theatres where improvisers have honed their skills, and about an open community of improvisers who support and encourage one another. With the year's biggest improv party, the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, commencing this week, Chronicle writers Wayne Alan Brenner, Ashley Moreno, Sean L..."
"...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...."
"...Percy B. Shelley’ while watching the old Frankenstein film! I'm glad, as Dan would be, that you are getting it right about writers, and I'm certain he would be thrilled to be included in your festival.”..."
"...She'll be working with executive pastry chef Susana Querejazu at both Odd Duck outlets. The two pastry talents got to know each other through a group of female hospitality professionals – chefs, sous chefs, pastry chefs, cook, bartenders, food writers – that Melton began assembling in the fall..."
"...For instance: One Page Salon, which is Owen Egerton's monthly soirée with good writers and sharp readers, at the North Door on Tue., Nov. 3, 7pm...."
"...Unsatisfied by his slacker group of friends, his love for a girl who doesn't know he exists, and a dysfunctional family life, he is struggling to find his place in the world. Starring Sam Dillon, Thomas Mann, Keith Stanfield, and James Franco. In attendance: Writers/Directors Vladamir de Fontenay, Nina Ljeti; Cast James Franco, Sam Dillon..."
"...Les Dames d’Escoffier is an invitational organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality who work to create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage and hospitality professions. The Austin Chapter is made up of a diverse group of chefs, winemakers, restauranteurs, writers, and many other food professionals dedicated to giving back to the community...."
"...It was four for Thr3e at the Austin Critics Table Awards on Monday night, with Salvage Vanguard Theater's Thr3e Zisters receiving four prizes from the group of area arts writers...."
"...That was really gratifying – and pretty unexpected. But it turns out – and I’ve seen this with other writers, like Edward Tufte – it turns out that, if you really drill down deep enough into any art form, you’re probably going to find common principles that relate to all the others as well...."
"...“Once Maziar got out of prison, it made the development process much easier,” Stewart joked. “We went for breakfast in New York, and he was writing his memoir and asked me if I’d be interested in helping make it into a film.” After getting shot down by talented, famous writers unwilling to work for free, Stewart decided, “Fuck it, I’ll do it.” The two then collaborated on the writing process, continuously trading outlines and pages...."
"...One is interactive with pretty immediate gratification – you cook the food, people eat it, and you get a reaction. But writing is solitary and writers are rarely present when their work is consumed or evokes response..."
"...Like the Chronicle's music writers, Cole has noticed in recent years a diminishment of the "social scene": "cultural venues and opportunities to socialize with other African-Americans" – so that young people may look around and think there are greener (or livelier) pastures elsewhere, perhaps Houston or Atlanta. She noted also that "social justice issues" in general – dropout rates, teenage pregnancy, poverty – are inevitably raised in these discussions, but in her experience, "I don't think the African-Americans who are leaving are necessarily the victims of those types of statistics..."
"...• Drama Screenplay Award presented by the Writers Guild of America, East: Last Waltz of Vienna by Brian Weakland • Comedy Screenplay Award: Don’t Talk to Irene by Pat Mills • Enderby Entertainment Award: Hooking Up by Jacqueline Fitzgerald • Darkwoods Productions Horror Award: The Hitch by Troy Miller • Dark Hero Studios Sci-Fi Award: Lightspeed by Brian Siegele • AMC One-Hour Teleplay Pilot: Liberators by Eric Haywood • Sitcom Teleplay Pilot: I Love Monsters by Julie Cross • One-Hour Teleplay Spec: Doctor Who: “Ghost Town” by Alyssa Weinberger • Sitcom Teleplay Spec: Girls: “Golden Birthday, Golden Showers” by Sarah Carbiener & Erica Rosbe..."
"...Bilandic (writer/director) • I'm Dating You Not – Pablo Flores (writer), Guillermo Groizard (director) – U.S. Premiere • The Little Tin Man – Dugan Bridges, Matthew Perkins (writers), Matthew Perkins (director) • Mop King – Ace Dixon (writer/director) – World Premiere..."
"...Since then, he's also released 2012's Steal Like an Artist and even shared some tips for aspiring writers here on the Chronicle website...."