Austin Heart of Film Festival Schedule (Revised)

<i>Princess Mononoke</i>
Princess Mononoke

The Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference and Festival (AHFF) 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 hotels 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 AHFF film festival begins Thursday, Oct. 7 and continues through Thursday, Oct. 14. 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 Almod—var'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. Note changes in the Film Festival schedule to reflect two screens at the Dobie and no screenings at Alamo Drafthouse. For more details, check the complete screening schedule or call 800/310-FEST or visit for other info. The screenings take place at five venues around town: Paramount (713 Congress), Capitol (Congress & 11th) Dobie (2025 Guadalupe), Arbor (10000 Research), and Austin Music Hall (208 Nueces).

THU 10/7


Mr. Show * (7pm, intro by Bob Odenkirk and DavidCross) plus I Created Lancelot Link

The Corndog Man* (7:30pm)

Junked* (9:30pm)Blue Ridge Falls* (9:40pm)

Le New Yorker (11:50pm)


Body Shots*(7pm )

The Straight Story (9:45pm)


Joe the King (7:45pm)

Rockford* (9:45pm)

FRI 10/8


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

Cinemaker Presents Shorts Program III* (7:15pm, intro by Guillermo del Toro)Winding Roads* (9:30pm, Rachel Hunter in attendance)

Let the Devil Wear Black* (9:45pm)

Attack of the Bat Monsters* (11:50pm)


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

Charades* (9:45pm, Karen Black in attendance)

Psycho* (11:45pm, Guillermo del Toro introduces writer, Joe Stefano)


Tiara Tango (7:15pm, Jean Smart in attendance)*

Natural Selection* (9:45pm)

SAT 10/9


The Hi-Line* (7:15pm)

The Book That Wrote Itself* (7:30pm)

Wednesday's Child* (9:30pm)

Post Concussion* (9:40pm)

Bullitt (11:50pm, intro by Alan Trustman)

Buck Henry presents A Night at the Opera (11:55pm)


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

Get Bruce (10:40pm)


Broadcast News (4pm)

Afraid of Everything* (7:35pm)

American Detective* (9:45pm)Capitol

Museum of Television and Radio Program I (1:30pm)

SUN 10/10


Zapatista! (6:30pm)

<i>Citizen Hong Kong </i>
Citizen Hong Kong

Winding Roads* (7:30pm)

Shorts Program I*(8pm)

Junked* (9:30pm)

Post Concussion* (10pm)


Sweet Thing* (7pm)

Rockford* (9:30pm)


All About My Mother* (6:50pm) (intro by Guillermo del Toro)

Jose Rizal (9:15pm)

MON 10/11


The Hi-Line* (7:15pm)

Reel Women presents Shorts Program II* (7:30pm, Karen Black in attendance)

Conduit presents Shorts Program IV* (9:30pm, digital video showcase)

The Book That Wrote Itself* (10pm)


Winner, Feature Film Competition (7pm)

Tumbleweeds (9:30pm)


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

East Is East (9:45pm)

TUE 10/12


The Boys (7:15pm)

Coyotes (7:30pm)

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

Afraid of Everything (9:30pm)


Princess Mononoke* (7pm, Neil Gaiman in attendance)

TBA (9:45pm)Arbor

Let the Devil Wear Black (9:45pm)

WED 10/13


Citizen Hong Kong (7:15pm)

Le New Yorker (7:30pm)

SWAMP Program V* (9:15pm)

Natural Selection* (9:30pm)



Wednesday's Child (7:45pm)

Blue Ridge Fall (9:45pm)

THU 10/14


The Museum of Television and Radio (7:30pm)

Sweet Thing (7:15pm)

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (9:40pm)

American Detective* (9:45pm)



Wisdom of Crocodiles (7:45pm)

Tiara Tango (9:45pm)Austin Music Hall

Bob Wills documentary (8pm, followed by music by Asleep at the Wheel)

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