Thursday, October 27, 2005
• Join us at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum IMAX Theater at 9:15 p.m. for an advance screening of Sorry, Haters with writer/director Jeff Stanzler in attendance. Stanzler will hold a Q&A after the screening of his film, which Entertainment Weekly called "an incendiary, artistic response to September 11th."
• Before Sorry, Haters, catch the local film that has everyone talking! The Austin-filmed Severance has been scheduled for a special encore performance at the IMAX at 7:00 p.m.
• At the historic Paramount Theatre, the festival ends with an advance screening of The Squid and the Whale with star Jeff Daniels in attendance! Daniels and Laura Linney star in the latest film from Noah Baumbach (writer, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou).
• At the Hideout (8 p.m.), the final screening of The Special: the Story of an American Anthem.
• The Regal Arbor hosts an advance screening of Bruce and Me at 7:00 p.m. and the final screening of narrative feature competition winner Runaway at 9:00.
• Documentary Favela Rising starts the night at the Landmark Dobie at 7:00 p.m., followed by the latest Pang Brothers flick, Abnormal Beauty.
After your screening of choice, Producer's Badge holders are invited to join us at 10 p.m. for the Festival Closing Night Party at McCormick & Schmick's at 401 Congress Avenue!
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Read the full interview at Blue Glow.
• At 7:00 p.m. at the Paramount, Felicity Huffman (a personal favorite from Sports Night) makes what has been described as a "career performance" in our advance screening of Transamerica. If you delight in learning about how a film was made (and this certainly seems like one of those movies that should have fascinating behind-the-scenes stories), you'll want to be there for the Q&A session afterwards with director Duncan Tucker.
• Following Transamerica the AFF is proud to present an advance screening of Manderlay, the latest film from Lars von Trier, director of Dogville (to which Manderlay is a sequel) and Dancer in the Dark. That's at 9:15 p.m. at the Paramount.
• Tonight at the Regal Arbor we have the second screening of the competition documentary Walking the Line at 7:00 p.m., followed by narrative feature competition film The Civilization of Maxwell Bright at 9:00 p.m.
• The Landmark Dobie will screen Shorts Program 5 (which contains shorts such as The Braggart and Easter Sunday) at 7:10 p.m., followed by the second screening of Backseat at 9:30 p.m.
• The Bob Bullock IMAX will screen documentary feature competition winner Dirt at 7:15 p.m. (this ought to be amazing on the big screen!) and Americano with Josh Jackson at 9:15 p.m.
• If you're a short films fan you'll want to be at the Hideout Theater tonight, where the AFF will have back-to-back shorts programs beginning at 7:00 p.m. with Shorts Program 3 (includes Wake, the student shorts winner, and The Faith of Joey Rail) followed by The Houston Film Commission Presents the Texas Filmmaker's Showcase (including Young Mutt and Separated By Light).
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
• The Paramount Theatre will have an advance screening of Prime, the new comedy with Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep, with the writer & director Ben Younger in attendance. (See the official web site for the film.) Also at the Paramount: Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story at 9:00 p.m.
• The Landmark Dobie will screen Shorts Program 4 at 7:15 p.m., which includes The Tao of Pong with Jake Busey and The Big Empty. Afterwards stick around for Stomp! Shout! Scream! , the new rock-n-roll beach party monster movie from Jay Edwards, editor/producer of Aqua Teen Hunger Force on the Cartoon Network. (Read an interview with Edwards here.)
• At 7:00 p.m. the Regal Arbor will show Halfway Decent, a comedy in the narrative features competition starring Ernie Hudson, followed by an advance screening of Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story at 9:30 p.m.
• Over at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum IMAX you can see Winter Passing, starring Ed Harris, Zooey Deschanel, and Will Ferrell at 7:15 p.m. The second showing at the IMAX (9:30 p.m.) is the competition documentary The Outdoorsmen: Blood, Sweat & Beers, which must be seen to be believed. (Read a profile of the director here.)
• The Hideout's tradition of comedy continues at 7:00 p.m. with another installment of the Second City Shorts. The Second City Shorts program features several comic shorts created by the actors, employees, and students of the legendary Chicago comedy theater, the Second City. The program also includes clips from the classic Emmy-Award winning television series SCTV starring John Candy, Dave Thomas, Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty, Catherine O'Hara, Andrea Martin and more. The comedy continues at 9:00 with narrative competition feature Life on the Ledge.
"Edwards’ loving homage to the short-lived beach-party-by-way-of-horror-film genre of the mid-Sixties does it better than American International Pictures ever did… As much fun as an episode of Hullabaloo-- snappy bouffants, earnest braniacs, hippy-hippy-shake, and all." -- Austin ChronicleEdwards was present at the first screening of the film earlier this week, but had to return to Atlanta to work on an ATHF project. However, we now have a special AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE-related video presentation to play in his absence. Don't miss STOMP! SHOUT! SCREAM! at the Austin Film Festival!
Monday, October 24, 2005
The Hideout is hosting the last showing of the Documentary Shorts program including the winner (Still, Life) and others. I'd like to give a special shout-out to Brett and Keith of Run to Jay's; they graciously answered a bunch of interview questions yesterday but I haven't had the time to transcribe them from the audio file. Go see all of the amazing doc shorts tonight at the Hideout at 9:00 p.m., following the second showing of the documentary Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon. You won't regret it.
Also showing tonight:
• The aforementioned advanced screening of The Sisters with Mary Stuart Masterson in attendance (Q&A afterwards), followed by Special Thanks to Roy London at the Regal Arbor.
• Our IMAX Asian Horror Double Feature with the Pang Brothers' Abnormal Beauty (filling in for the previously scheduled R-Point) and Three... Extremes. This is going to be awesome on that giant IMAX screen at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum. The fun begins at 7 – please be aware that you must purchase tickets to both shows if you want to see them both (unless you have a conference badge or film pass, in which case admission is as usual).
• Finally, tonight at the Dobie the narrative feature film winners will be shown, beginning at 7:30 p.m. They are: Runaway (Narrative Feature Jury Winner), Wake ( Narrative Student Short Winner), and Goodnight Bill (Narrative Short Winner).
Mary Stuart Masterson to attend "Sisters" screening, Ben Younger with "Prime" at the Paramount, and other changes
Some late additions and changes at the Austin Film Festival:
• Mary Stuart Masterson (Fried Green Tomatoes, Some Kind of Wonderful) will be in attendance, along with director Arthur Allan Seidelman, for Monday's screening of The Sisters at the Regal Arbor Theater at 7:00pm.
• Tuesday night (7:00 p.m.) at the historic Paramount theatre: an advance screening of the new comedy Prime starring Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep! (Visit the web site for this film, primemovie.net.) Writer/director Ben Younger will be in attendance and hold a Q&A after the film, so don't miss it.
• The movie R-Point has been removed from the Festival due to logistical difficulties and has been replaced in the schedule with Hong Kong horror film Abnormal Beauty. The Austin Film Festival and distributor Tartan Films apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Adult/Family Category Winner
The Education of Kady
by Connie O'Donahue
Comedy Category Winner
by Karl Williams
Sci-Fi Category Winner
by Karl Williams
Burnt Orange Category Winner
by Karl Williams
Sitcom Teleplay Category Winner
Bernie Mac: "To Kill a Mockingbird"
by Alessia Costantini
Drama Teleplay Category Winner
Lost: "Darkest Before Dawn"
by Rebecca Kirsch
Narrative Feature Winner
Written by Bill True
Directed by TIm McCann
Narrative Shorts Winner
Written by John Mitchell
Directed by Jeremy Kipp Walker
Narrative Student Short Winner
Written by Kuen-Pyo Park
Documentary Feature Winner
Directed by Jeff Bowden
Documentary Shorts Winner
Directed by Meta Newhouse and Tania Khalaf
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Due to forces outside of our control, the movie R-POINT will not be shown at this year's festival. Instead, we will screen the Hong Kong horror film ABNORMAL BEAUTY, written and directed by Oxide Pang and produced by the Pang Brothers (The Eye, Bangkok Dangerous).
Thanks for your understanding,
Austin Film Festival and Tartan Films
Tonight Ramis returns to the Paramount for a special retrospective screening of Ghostbusters, one of his most beloved stories and performances. He'll be joined at the screening by fellow Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson for Q&A after the movie. Hudson will also attend the AFF premiere of Halfway Decent at the Stephen F. Austin, a comedic competition film in which he stars.
Be sure to check out the schedule for all of the Austin Film Festival's amazing screenings!
Friday, October 21, 2005
That's because the AFF will be playing Resurrection: The J.R. Richard story at the Regal Arbor tonight at 7:10 p.m. Resurrection is the true story of Houston Astros great J.R. Richard and his climb from a small town baseball player in Louisiana to the big leagues and back down again. The film's director, Greg Carter, will be at the screening for a Q&A after the film. Get psyched for the Series with a great Astros movie and a personal look into how it was made!
Click here for more information on Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story.
Tonight's big event is the screening of Harold Ramis' new film The Ice Harvest, which stars John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton. Ramis will be in attendance. Afterwards the Paramount will screen The Dying Gaul, which stars Campbell Scott, Patricia Clarkson, and Peter Sarsgaard.
If you're itching to see some indie film tonight, here's what we're playing at our other fantastic venues.
At the Bob Bullock IMAX: The Sisters and Americano
At the Landmark Dobie: Shorts Program 5 and Stomp! Shout! Scream!
At the Hideout: Shorts Program 2 and Two Harbors
At the Regal Arbor: Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story (this one's for you Astros fans) and Dirt
At the Stephen F Austin Hotel ballroom: The Ape and (for badge holders) Judd Apatow Presents . . .
Remember to check back here on the blog for further Festival updates (including some last minute celeb guest announcements) and coverage of more magnificent events!
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• The "My Calendar" section lets you create a customized screening schedule
• You can create a Festival blog, rate the movies you see, and leave reviews of the films on the site
• You can find out what other moviegoers think about the films at the Festival
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Thursday, October 20, 2005
Read the full profile at Blue Glow.
On top of that there are a number of people out there blogging as they attend the festival, including Sammy, dmann11, and kinslerbot. You can add your own blog to the AFF web site by signing up for a My Festival account and clicking the "blogs" tab for instructions. Even if you don't want to blog, the My Festival section is a great way to create your own calendar of screenings, track what films are popular, and read reviews from other Festival attendees.
Click Logue's handsome mug to see it in a larger view over at the AFF Flickr group, where you can share your own pix of the event.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Film & Food is a unique event at the AFF in that, unlike the other parties, you can purchase tickets to it independently of the Screenwriters' Conference. It's a fantastic way to get a taste of that film festival glitz if your interest in screenwriting is limited.
Let's wrap things up for this entry with a couple of mentions of the AFF in the press:
» Donal Logue in town for the Austin Film Festival (KUT, includes a picture of Logue and our own John Merriman)
» Don't mess with ET in Texas (City Pages)
» Film & Food Festival (KXAN)
The first party of the Festival is Film and Food during which Tennis Anyone? will be screening (at 6:30 p.m.) and star Donal Logue will be in attendance. Tickets are still available tonight at the Driskill; the party starts after the film at 8 p.m.
You can read more about The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai on the AFF page for the film.
Also, stop by the Two Harbors page here on the AFF site where you'll find more info about the film, Vculek's filmmaker blog, and more.
Flickr is one of the best photo sharing services on the web, with free memberships available (though you can upgrade to a "Pro" membership if you want to share lots of pictures). Once you upload your pix, just add them to the Austin Film Festival group photo pool so everyone else can see them! While there you can also use Flickr's discussion features to leave comments and converse with other attendees about the Festival.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Read about the movie and whether a gorilla suit makes you a better dancer in this Eleven Questions profile of Jay Edwards at Blue Glow.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Austin Film Festival boasts 100 movies in 8 days (News 8 Austin)
Austin Film Festival Begins Thursday (Austinist)
Inside Movies (Austin360)
Austin Film Festival Preview (Blue Glow - this is my personal blog and my opinions do not reflect those of the Austin Film Festival staff, nor should they be viewed as endorsement of one competition film over another.)
Message in the Madness (Daily Advertiser preview of The Outdoorsmen)
Lunch with Jay Edwards (Film Threat preview of Stomp! Shout! Scream!)
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