Saturday, October 14, 2006

Film & Food benefit featuring THE BLACK STALLION this Wednesday

One of the best events of the Festival isn't even technically part of the Festival itself. The Film & Food gala takes place on the eve of the Austin Film Festival and kicks off another eight days of great films and parties.

Black StallionThis Wednesday, October 18th, the AFF will host the 4th annual Film & Food party to benefit its Young Filmmakers Program. The evening will begin at the Paramount Theatre with a 6:30 p.m. retrospective screening of the classic film The Black Stallion followed by a Q&A with screenwriter and Austinite Bill Wittliff (Legends of the Fall, Honeysuckle Rose, "Lonesome Dove" .) Immediately following (8:00 p.m.), guests will gather at the historic Driskill Hotel for an evening of food, drinks, live music and a silent auction.

Film & Food is being produced by Capital Sports & Entertainment, the folks who bring us ACL Music Festival and Lollapalooza, guaranteeing a fantastic event!

Film & Food is touted as one of the premier entertainment events of the year with Austin’s finest restaurants presenting their delicious tastings including, Aquarelle, Dona Emilia’s, The Driskill Grill, Eddie V’s, Evangeline Café, Houlihan’s, Ranch 616, Roaring Fork, Royer’s Round Top Café, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Siena, Teo, La Traviata, Viking Home Appliances, and Wink.

Live music on the balconies performed by Dynah and Lucas Hudgins & The First Cousins, a DJ and a fabulous silent auction with such items as weekend packages in Marfa and Austin, Anthony Nak jewelry, reserve wines, clothing from Austin’s top boutiques, luxurious spa services and more.

All proceeds from Film & Food will benefit the Young Filmmakers Program. The Young Filmmakers Program introduces the arts of screenwriting and filmmaking to students ages 9-17, by providing them with an encouraging and supportive arena in which to explore their creativity and improve their communication and storytelling skills. The YFP relies on grants and fundraisers to sustain the high quality and affordability of its services. Hundreds of local students will be invited to attend at no cost for the opportunity to view this amazing classic story shown on the big screen for the first time in years.

Film & Food tickets are $60 for AFF members and $75 for non-members. To purchase tickets log on to To inquire about corporate and group discounts, please call 800-310-FEST(3378).

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