AFS Podcast: Retiring Director of Programming Chale Nafus on his Life in Film
30 years after beginning his tenure as a founding Austin Film Society board member and 12 years after joining AFS as Director of Programming, Chale Nafus is retiring at the end of August. AFS Programmer Lars Nilsen talks to Chale about his filmgoing life and his tenure at AFS.
We had a conversation together that ranged over Chale’s childhood watching THE RED SHOES and Cantinflas films as a child in Dallas, through his discovery of REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and into his adventures as a roving young academic in the ’60s and his establishment of the film program at Austin Community College, where he had a brilliant young student named Richard Linklater who came up with the idea of starting the Austin Film Society in 1985. Fast forward 30 years and Chale is retiring as AFS’ Director Of Programming.