Friday, October 20, 2006

Playing tonight: AFF highlights

Underaged voting: local kids make good

Tonight! Don’t miss the WORLD PREMIERE of The Third Monday in October with director Vanessa Roth in attendance! The film follows the presidential elections of 12-year-old kids vying for the promise of leading their middle school student councils in the midst of the 2004 national Presidential election. Some of the students are from the Austin area so you may even meet a star at the screening!

“Third Monday quakes with the wound-up nerves and angst-charged ambition of its bright, funny, precociously poised subjects...”– Austin American-Statesman

“Imagine Vote for Pedro: The Documentary, and you’ve got half the appeal of this lively and insightful chronicle of middle school class elections... Highly recommended.” – Austin Chronicle

Friday 10/20, 7:15pm, IMAX
USA | Run time: 90 min. | Director: Vanessa Roth

Short Films: Good and good for you

Look at that program guide listing for tonight. It’s chock full o’ shorts. Funny shorts, dramatic shorts, shorts that are also docs. Shorts 1 is full of my favorite kind of flick, the twisted-weird-funny kind. All you have to do to make me laugh these days is just say the word “Moosecock.” Shorts 2 also brings the funny, but in a more traditional way. I’ve seen Safety First about twelve times now and it still makes me laugh. Shorts 3 is more serious; it contains some of the most dramatic moments of the Festival outside of the Battle Scars panel. Then there’s the Screenwriter Shorts, Animated Shorts (my favorites? Ujbaz Izbeneki Has Lost His Soul, She She She She’s A Bombshell, and Unfair) and Documentary Shorts. This is so much better than YouTube – not only do you get to see these fantastic nuggets of cinema on the big screen, but we have a whole lotta filmmakers in attendance. It’s gonna be great. Short, but great. –Chris Holland

Shorts Programs screen today at the Hideout and SFA Theater starting at noon.

Other screenings with filmmakers in attendance!

Whole New Thing - “Way of the Screenwriter” scribe, AFF panelist, and writer/director Amnon Buchbinder presents his critically acclaimed film at the Dobie at 7:45 p.m.

Little Chenier - cast and crew (including director Bethany Ashton-Wolf) in attendance at the world premiere of this touching and sometimes bizarre drama set in rural Louisiana. 9:45 p.m. at the IMAX.

Payback: Straight Up with Brian Helgeland Q&A and The Long Kiss Goodnight with Shane Black Q&A tonight at the Texas Spirit Theater. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., respectively.

Land of Shadowed Sand (world premiere) with tons of local talent in attendance, including writer/director Austin Hice and co-writer Wylie Maeckerlin. 10:00 p.m. at the Arbor.

The Amateurs - Q&A with actor William Fichtner (Go, Prison Break) after screening at the Alamo Lake Creek at 7:30 p.m.

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