Austin Heart of Film

Screenwriters Conference and Festival Schedule

<i>Terms of Endearment</i> with James L. Brooks in attendance
Terms of Endearment with James L. Brooks in attendance

The Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference and Festival (AHoFF) is the first national conference to be devoted to the art of the screenwriter. Now celebrating its sixth year, this annual gathering has grown more impressive than ever. The Screenwriters Conference takes place Thursday, October 7-Sunday, October 10 at both the Driskill and Omni Hotel and will feature more than 45 panels covering all aspects of the screenwriting profession. Some of the numerous, notable guests scheduled to appear include Robert Altman and screenwriting collaborator Anne Rapp (Cookie's Fortune), James L. Brooks and producing collaborator Polly Platt (Broadcast News, Evening Star), Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), Tim McCanlies (Dancer, TX, Pop. 81, The Iron Giant), Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused), Bob Odenkirk and David Cross (Mr. Show), Alan Trustman (Bullitt), Bill Broyles (Apollo 13), Cindy Chupack (Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond) Buck Henry (The Graduate, To Die For), and Joe Stephano (Psycho).

The AHOFF film festival begins Thursday, Oct. 7 and continues through Thursday, Oct. 14. Some highlights include an opening-night screening of Body Shots, a Gen X drama of love and debauch starring Sean Patrick Flannery, Jerry O'Connell, and American Pie's Tara Reid; Natural Selection, a comic thriller about a serial killer in East Texas starring Darren Burrows, News Radio's Stephen Root, and David Carradine (in attendance); a screening of Nashville, with an introduction by and Q&A with director Robert Altman; a tribute to director James L. Brooks, which includes a screening of his classic weeper Terms of Endearment; the regional premiere of the smash Japanese animated samurai tale Princess Mononoke, with English translator and noted author Neil Gaiman in attendance; actor Frank Whaley's directorial debut, Joe the King, a sad tale of childhood abuse that stars Val Kilmer, John Leguizamo, Noah Fleiss, and Ethan Hawke; the regional premiere of Pedro Almodóvar's Cannes winner (for Best Director) All About My Mother; the closing night screening of a Bob Wills documentary followed by a performance from Austin favorites Asleep at the Wheel. Some other festival participants include Guillermo del Toro, Karen Black, and Harry Knowles. For more details, check the complete screening schedule or call 800/310-FEST or visit for other info. The screenings take place at five theatres around town: Paramount (713 Congress), Dobie (2025 Guadalupe) Alamo Drafthouse (409 Colorado), Arbor (10000 Research), and Austin Music Hall (208 Nueces).

THU 10/7


7pm Body Shots*

9:30pm The Straight StoryAlamo

7:30pm Mr. Show * (intro by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross) I Created Lancelot Link

9:45pm The Corndog Man*Dobie

7:15pm Junked*

9:15pm Blue Ridge Falls*

11:30pm Le New YorkerArbor

7:45pm Joe the King

9:45pm Rockford*

FRI 10/8


7pm Terms of Endearment* (James L. Brooks in attendance)

9:30pm Charades* (Karen Black in attendance)Alamo

7:30pm Mr. Show* (intro by Bob and Dave)

I Created Lancelot Link

9:45pm Cinemaker Presents Shorts Program III* (intro by Guillermo del Toro)

11:50pm Psycho* (intro by Joe Stefano)Dobie

7:15pm Let the Devil Wear Black*

9:15pm Winding Roads*

11:45pm Attack of the Bat Monsters*Dobie

7:35pm Tiara Tango (Jean Smart in attendance)*

<i>Attack of the Bat Monsters</i>
Attack of the Bat Monsters

9:50pm Natural Selection*

SAT 10/9


1:30pm Museum of Television & Radio Program IParamount

6:45pm Nashville* (intro, Q&A by Robert Altman)

10:40pm Get BruceAlamo

7:30pm The Book That Wrote Itself*

9:30pm Post Concussion*

midnight Buck Henry and his favorite comedyDobie

7:15pm The Hi-Line*

9:15pm Wednesday's Child*

11:45pm Bullitt (intro by Alan Trustman)Arbor

2pm Broadcast News

7:45pm Afraid of Everything*

9:45pm American Detective*

SUN 10/10

7pm Sweet Thing*

9:30pm Rockford*Alamo

7:30pm Winding Roads*

9:30pm Junked*Dobie

6:30pm Zapatista!

7:45pm Shorts Program I*

9:45pm Post Concussion*Arbor

7pm All About My Mother*

(intro by Guillermo del Toro)

9:15pm Jose Rizal

MON 10/11


7pm Winner, Feature Film Competition

<i>All About My Mother</i>
All About My Mother

9:30pm TumbleweedsAlamo

7:30pm Reel Women presents Shorts Program II*

9:30pm Conduit presents Shorts Program IV*

(digital video showcase)Dobie

7:15pm The Book That Wrote Itself*

9:30pm The Hi-Line*Arbor

7:35pm That's the Way I Like It

9:35pm East Is East

TUE 10/12


7pm Princess Mononoke* (w/ Neil Gaiman)

9:45pm TBAAlamo

7:30pm Coyotes

9:30pm Charades* (Karen Black in attendance)Dobie

7:15pm The Boys

9:30pm Afraid of EverythingArbor

7:45pm The Family Tree

9:45pm Let the Devil Wear Black

WED 10/13


7:30pm Le New Yorker*

9:30pm Natural Selection*Dobie

7:15pm Citizen Hong Kong

9:15pm SWAMP Program V*Arbor

7:45pm Wednesday's Child

9:45pm Blue Ridge Fall

THU 10/14

Austin Music Hall

8pm Bob Wills documentary

(followed by music by Asleep at the Wheel)Alamo

7:30pm The Museum of Television and Radio

9:30pm McCabe & Mrs. MillerDobie

7:15pm Sweet Thing

9:45pm American Detective*Arbor

7:45pm Wisdom of Crocodiles

9:45pm Tiara Tango

*Filmmakers and/or cast in attendance

The Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference and Film Festival runs October 7-14. $35 Film Passes on sale now at all Star Ticket Outlets, or charge by phone, 469-SHOW.. $6.50 individual tickets sold at all theatres prior to showtime (space permitting). $195 Weekend Pass, good for Sat. and Sun. panels and all films. $410 Full Conference Registration for films, panels, and open parties.$695 Full Producers Pass, for all-access. For more information, call 310-FEST or visit

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