Friday, October 13, 2006

New panels and panelists added for Austin Film Festival 2006

With new panels and new panelists added all the way up to the festival this year is going to be the best ever!

New panel

Friday, October 20
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The State of the Documentary
Join Barbara Kopple (Shut Up and Sing, Harlan County USA, American Dream), Cecilia Peck (Shut Up and Sing, "The Hamptons"), and Diane Estelle Vicari, President of the International Documentary Association for a frank discussion about the state of the documentary film. The last few years have yielded an unprecedented influx of documentary films and reality television programming, while introducing new audiences to the format. We'll look at where the documentary is headed and what challenges lie ahead. This panel is free and open to the public.
(Texas State Capitol)

New Panelists

Producer Sean Covel (Napoleon Dynamite) will join the Business of Film & Distribution panel on Saturday, 10/21 (3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

Writer/director Jake Kasdan (The TV Set, Orange County) will join the Writing R-Rated Comedies panel on Friday, 10/20 (1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.) and the Writer/Directors panel, also on Friday, 10/20 (3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Writer/director/producer Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill, Body Heat, The Accidental Tourist) will join the Adapting Material to Film panel on Friday, 10/20 (10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Actor/writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Clerks II, Mallrats, Chasing Amy) will join the Writing R-Rated Comedies panel on Friday, 10/20 (1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.)

Check out the full conference lineup here.

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