Austin Heart Of Film Festival Schedule And Information

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The Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference (AHFF) is the first national conference to be devoted to the art of the screenwriter. Now celebrating its fifth year, this annual gathering has grown more impressive than ever. The Screenwriters Conference takes place Thursday, Oct. 1-Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Driskill Hotel and will feature over 45 panels covering all aspects of the screenwriting profession. Some of the numerous, notable guests scheduled to appear include Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Affliction), Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), Rita Hsiao (Mulan), Randall Wallace (Braveheart), Patrick Shane Duncan (Mr. Holland's Opus, Courage Under Fire), Al Reinert (Apollo 13), Jeremy Pikser (Bulworth), Whit Stillman (The Last Days of Disco), Tim McCanlies (Dancer, TX, Pop. 81), Jack Burditt (Mad About You, Frasier); producers Debra Hill (Halloween, The Fisher King) and Polly Platt (Evening Star, Pretty Baby), and executives Lisa Harrison (20th Century Fox) and Amie Steir (MTV Films).

The AHFF film festival begins Thursday, Oct. 1 and continues through Thursday, Oct 8. Some highlights include the opening night U.S. premiere of Pleasantville by Gary Ross (the writer of Big and Dave); Stuart (Re-Animator) Gordon's The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit; the regional premiere of Paul Schrader's Affliction; a 20th-anniversary screening of Animal House with John Landis in attendance; Penelope Spheeris' new documentary The Decline of American Civilization, Part III; the closing night screening of Bryan Singer's Apt Pupil; and a special tribute to Joel and Ethan Coen featuring a re-edited version of Blood Simple and a special post-screening party. All these directors will be in attendance. Some other festival participants include M. Emmet Walsh, Jon Cryer, Eric Roberts, Sandra Bullock, and Harry Knowles.

For more details, check the complete screening schedule or call 310-FEST or visit for other info. The conference takes place at the Driskill Hotel and the screenings take place at five theatres around town: Paramount, Texas Union, Alamo Drafthouse, Arbor, and Ritz Lounge Theatres.


Alamo Drafthouse

7:10Show & Tell, Q&A with Dean Pollack

9:40Rhinos, Q&A with Chad Nell, Adam Warren

12:10An American Werewolf in London

with intro by John Landis

Paramount Theatre

7:00U.S. Premiere of Pleasantville,

Q&A with Gary Ross

9:30Special Screening

Texas Union

7:30Restaurant, Q&A with H.M. Coakley,

Shana Stein

10:10Lost and Found


Alamo Drafthouse

7:10Chocolate for Breakfast

Q&A with Emily Baer, Brooke Hailey

9:40Too Pure, Q&A with Sunmin Park

12:10Halloween, with intro by Debra Hill

Arbor Theatre

7:40La Cucaracha, Q&A with Jim McManus,
Jack Perez

10:00The Big Empty, Q&A with Jim McManus,
Jack Perez

Paramount Theatre

7:00The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit

Q&A with Stuart Gordon

10:00Affliction, Q&A with Paul Schrader

Texas Union

7:30Spin the Bottle, Q&A with Amy Sohn,

Jaime Yerkes, Gill Holland

9:50The Lesser Evil, Q&A with David McKay



Alamo Drafthouse

7:10Temporary Girl, presented by Reel Women in

conjunction with AHFF

Q&A with Lisa Kotin, Johnny White

9:40Snake Tales, Q&A with Francesca Talenti

12:10Re-Animator, with intro by Stuart GordonArbor Theatre

7:40Waking Ned Devine

10:00Went to Coney Island on a Mission

From God ... Be Back by Five

Q&A with Jon Cryer, Richard Schenkman

Paramount Theatre

7:00Blood Simple: Forever Young, Q&A with

Joel and Ethan Coen, M. Emmett Walsh

10:30Animal House, with intro by John Landis

Texas Union


10:10Light Sleeper, with intro by Paul Schrader

12:00The Decline of Western Civilization, Part III

with intro by Penelope Spheeris


Alamo Drafthouse

7:10Chow Bella, Q&A with Gavin Grazer

9:30On the Border

Arbor Theatre

4:30Above Freezing

7:40My Mother's Early Lovers

Q&A with Nora Jacobson, Sybil Smith

10:10Some Girl

Ritz Lounge

3:00Shorts Showcase #1

5:00Young Filmmaker's Showcase, presented by

the Houston Film Commission

7:00Shorts Showcase #2

9:00Shorts Showcase #3

Texas Union

3:00Jerome, Q&A with David Elton,

Thomas Johnston, Eric Tignini

5:30Johnny B. Good, Q&A with Richard Brooks

8:45Confessions of a Sexist Pig


Alamo Drafthouse

7:10The Decline of Western Civilization, Part III

Q&A with Penelope Spheeris

9:30The Sadness of Sex, Q&A with Barry Yourgrau

Arbor Theatre

7:40 The Lesser Evil

9:30Confessions of a Sexist Pig

Paramount Theatre

7:00Went to Coney Island on a Mission

From God ... Be Back by Five

9:15Show & Tell*

Ritz Lounge

7:00Shorts Showcase #4

9:00Shorts Showcase #2

Hamstein Theatre at Texas Union

7:30Snake Tales, Q&A with Francesca Talenti

9:45Lost and Found


Alamo Drafthouse

7:10Too Pure

9:40Chocolate for Breakfast

Arbor Theatre

7:40Gods & Monsters

with an intro by Harry Knowles

10:00Chow Bella*

Paramount Theatre

7:00The Big Empty, Q&A with Jim McManus

9:30La Cucaracha, with intro by Jim McManus

Ritz Lounge

7:00Shorts Showcase #3

9:00Shorts Showcase #1

Hamstein Theatre at Texas Union

7:30Confessions of a Sexist Pig

10:00Above Freezing


Alamo Drafthouse

7:10Harry Knowles' Picks of the Fest

Arbor Theatre



Paramount Theatre

7:00Houdini, Q&A with Pen Densham,

Jonathan Schaech

9:30Temporary Girl, intro with Lisa Kotin,

Johnny White

Hamstein Theatre at Texas Union

7:30Spin the Bottle



Alamo Drafthouse

7:10Diner and Driving with Lawrence Trilling


Arbor Theatre

7:30My Mother's Early Lovers


Paramount Theatre

7:00Special Screening

9:30Apt Pupil, Q&A with Bryan Singer, Bryan Boyce

Hamstein Theatre at Texas Union

7:30Confessions of a Sexist Pig


The Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference and Film Festival runs October 1-8. $30 Film Passes (good for all films except Blood Simple: Forever Young) on sale now at all Star Ticket Outlets, or charge by phone, 512/469-7469. $6.50 Individual Tickets sold at all theatres prior to showtime (space permitting). $75 Tickets to Joel and Ethan Coen's World Premiere of Blood Simple: Forever Young (including post-screening party), $10 tickets for the screening only. $175 Weekend Pass, good for Sat. and Sun. panels and all films. $275 Distributors VIP Pass, good for all films and all private/open parties. $350 Full Conference Registration through September 21, for films, panels, and open parties.$695 Full Producers Pass, for all-access admission to all festival events. For more information, call 310-FEST or visit

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