Thursday, January 25, 2007

Austin Film Festival Screening Series... TRADING PLACES

The Austin Film Festival is proud to announce a new monthly screening series at the Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek. Each month the series will feature either an audience favorite from the festival, local premieres, shorts collections or retrospectives of great films.

We kicking the whole think off with John Landis' 80s comedy classic, Trading Places starring Academy Award nominees Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy with screenwriter Herchel Weingrod in attendance!

Herchel will introduce an archival 35mm print of the film on Thursday, Feb. 8th at 7:30 PM.

Check the AFF website in the following days for more details!

About the Film: Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) is a successful Philadelphia commodity broker with mansion, manservant and girlfriend to match. Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) is a hustling beggar. Winthorpe's employers, the elderly Duke brothers, make a bet that by switching the lifestyle of the two Billy Ray will make good and their man will take to a life of crime. Suddenly Louis finds himself uncomprehendingly with no job, no home and only a new acquaintance, glamorous hooker Ophelia (Jamie Lee Curtis), prepared to help him. So at least in one way things could actually be worse.

Released in 1983 and directed by John Landis (National Lampoon's Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Coming To America).

About the Screenwriter: Herchel Weingrod has been a professional screenwriter for over 20 years, writing such films as Trading Places, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Brewster's Millions, Space Jam and more. He also produced Falling Down starring Michael Douglas.

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