AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES MARCH AND APRIL PROGRAMMING

AUSTIN, TX – (February 1, 2018) Austin Film Society (AFS) celebrates local and global film with a series of SXSW Film discoveries, an exploration of CinemaTexas’s legacy, and a screening of DAZED AND CONFUSED, in conjunction with the launch of AFS’s first-ever house beer, Hazed and Confused IPA.

In April, we feature the best of New French Cinema for a 5-day festival showcasing some of the most exciting new names in global cinema, in partnership with Unifrance and the Premiers Plans Festival d’Angers. The full program will be announced in late March.

WHO:  Austin Film Society
WHAT:  March and April Programming Announcement
WHERE:  AFS Cinema | 6406 N Interstate 35 Suite 3100, Austin, TX 78752
WEB:  austinfilm.org
CONTACTS:  Austin Film Society | Christine Lee | christine@austinfilm.org
Austin Film Society | Meghan Malone | meghan@austinfilm.org

Highlights include:

Texas Film Awards Screening: DAZED AND CONFUSED, 3/1
As we prepare for the 18th annual Texas Film Awards on March 8, we remember the many stars of Texas we’ve honored over the years. Classic Austin film and Texas Film Hall of Famer, DAZED AND CONFUSED, will be screened in conjunction with the launch of Hazed and Confused IPA, the first-ever AFS house beer, brewed in partnership with Pinthouse Pizza and Brewery.

SXSW Film @ 25, 3/2-3/21
To cap off SXSW Film’s Anniversary year, AFS presents a month-long series of some of our favorite discoveries from the festival’s 25-year history. It’s impossible to imagine our Austin film community without SXSW; the festival’s commitment to finding and celebrating unique visions has led to great filmmakers getting their start in Austin. Our small selection includes breakouts of now sought-after directors and unforgettable diamonds in the rough. Most screenings will be introduced by SXSW Director of Film Janet Pierson or Senior Film Programmer Jarod Neece.

Essential Cinema: CinemaTexas Rewind, 3/22-4/22
From the early ‘70s through the mid ‘80s, there was CinemaTexas, an on-campus film programming initiative at The University of Texas at Austin. Every Monday through Thursday night there was a separate two movie lineup programmed by Radio-Television-Film Department faculty and graduate students. Now a historic selection of the original program materials has been published by UT Press as CinemaTexas Notes: The Early Days of Austin Film Culture, and we are honored to welcome some of the CinemaTexas alumni back to reprise some of their favorite films.

2018 New French Cinema Week, 4/25-4/29
Our favorite annual showcase of new Francophone cinema returns for our biggest and most extensive line-up yet. Join us for five days of award-winning work from some of the most exciting new names in global cinema, in partnership with Unifrance and the Premiers Plans Festival d’Angers. The week will feature dialogues with Francophone filmmakers in-person, a French Cinema Week member mixer, animations, shorts, music-themed and family programming, and more. Full program to be announced in late March.

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Additional screenings and series are listed below.

New Releases
The new AFS Cinema offers daily screenings of new releases on a full schedule. Dates and times will be updated weekly. March and April new release films include:

  • ANDY GOLDSWORTHY: LEANING INTO THE WIND
    Thomas Riedelsheimer, USA, 2018, DCP, 93 min.
    In this new release, Goldsworthy uses his natural surroundings to create works of art.
  • ISMAEL’S GHOSTS
    Arnaud Desplechin, Russia, 2017, DCP, 175 min.
    This new release is about a filmmaker whose former lover returns at the start of his new film.
  • THE CHINA HUSTLE
    Jed Rothstein, USA, 2018, DCP, 82 min.
    This new release is a documentary about a heist involving Chinese companies and the American stock market.

  • ROGERS PARK, 3/23
    Kyle Henry, USA, 2017, DCP, 87 min.
    This new release is a drama about mid-life relationships in Henry’s diverse Chicago neighborhood.

Go Nightclubbing Presents

World Cinema Classic

  • BEFORE THE REVOLUTION, 3/24
    Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy, 1965, 35mm, 115 min. In Italian with English Subtitles.

  • WILD STRAWBERRIES, 4/14, 4/15
    Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1957, 35mm, 91 min. In Swedish with English Subtitles.

Sunday School family-friendly screenings include:

  • NATIONAL VELVET, 3/25
    Clarence Brown, USA, 1944, 35mm, 123 min.

  • (April Sunday School will be part of New French Cinema Week)

Modern Masters showcases the great filmmakers who are making their best work right now.

  • LOVER FOR A DAY, 3/25, 3/28
    Philippe Garrel, France, 2017, DCP, 76 min. In French with English Subtitles.

History of Television
Join us as we discuss and watch two episodes of the subversive and brilliantly written ‘70s crime show The Rockford Files, starring James Garner. The screening will take place at Austin Public.

Science on Screen
Our latest Science on Screen Presentation coincides with the National Evening of Science on Screen. We will present a new documentary about science educator and broadcaster Bill Nye, along with a panel of experts on science education and the specific messaging concerns that confront them in today’s fragmented culture.

Forbidden Colors: The Transgressions Of Nagisa Ôshima
Nagisa Ôshima (1932-2013) brought themes of political and sexual radicalism to the screen with cinematic techniques that were themselves radical. Inspired by the deconstructive experiments of the French New Wave, Oshima created a Cinema that epitomized the boundary-pushing zeitgeist of young Japan. His most famous film, IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES, is the most controversial work of Japanese cinema, having been variously censored and banned upon initial release due to its uncompromising sexual imagery. His other works, while less explicit, are no less challenging and transgressive. We are proud to present this selection of films by the master.

  • CRUEL STORY OF YOUTH, 3/30
    Nagisa Ôshima, Japan, 1960, 35mm, 96 min. In Japanese with English Subtitles.

  • THE CEREMONY, 4/1
    Nagisa Ôshima, Japan, 1971, 35mm, 123 min. In Japanese with English Subtitles.

  • IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES, 4/6, 4/8
    Nagisa Ôshima, Japan, 1976, 35mm, 109 min. In Japanese with English Subtitles.

  • EMPIRE OF PASSION, 4/13. 4/15
    Nagisa Ôshima, Japan, 1978, 35mm, 105 min. In Japanese with English Subtitles.

  • NIGHT AND FOG IN JAPAN, 4/15
    Nagisa Ôshima, Japan, 1960, 35mm, 107 min. In Japanese with English Subtitles.

  • MERRY CHRISTMAS MISTER LAWRENCE, 4/20, 4/22
    Nagisa Ôshima, UK & Japan, 1983, 35mm, 123 min. In English and Japanese with English Subtitles.

Lates

  • LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN, 3/30, 3/31, 4/1
    King Hu, Taiwan, Hong Kong, 1979, DCP, 191 min. In Mandarin with English Subtitles.

  • DOA: A RITE OF PASSAGE, 4/6, 4/7, 4/8
    Lech Kowalski, USA, 1981, DCP, 90 min.

  • DEEP RED, 4/13, 4/14, 4/16
    Dario Argento, Italy, 1975, DCP, 126 min., In Italian with English Subtitles.

  • BARBARELLA, 4/20, 4/21, 4/23
    Roger Vadim, France, 1968, DCP, 98 min.

The Cinema of Resistance series presents films about community organizing and social movements.

  • WEST OF THE RIVER JORDAN 4/3, 4/8
    Amos Gitai, France/Israel, 2017, DCP, 84 min. In English, Arabic, and Hebrew with English Subtitles.

Doc Nights feature new documentaries.

  • THE ROAD MOVIE, 4/11, 4/14
    Dmitrii Kalashnikov, Russia, 2017, DCP, 67 min. In Russian with English Subtitles

The Avant Cinema series showcases a variety of experimental films which have pushed the boundaries of content and have expanded film language.

Homo Arigato
Rare and beautiful queer films brought to you by Mouthfeel and Young Creature.

  • PEPI, LUCI, BOM,  4/20, 4/24
    Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 1980, DCP, 82 min. In Spanish with English Subtitles.

  • POISON, 4/24
    Todd Haynes, USA, 1991, 35mm, 85 min.

Shorts Program, 4/21

Deep Tracks
Longtime video collectors Maximillian Meehan and Lars Nilsen raid their collections to showcase obscure gems from their archives.

  • SAVAGE GOLD, 4/30, Playing at the AFS Screening Room
    Various, 180 min.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS & GUESTS

Special Event: DAZED AND CONFUSED
As we prepare for the 18th annual Texas Film Awards on March 8, we remember the many stars of Texas we’ve honored over the years. Classic Austin film and Texas Film Hall of Famer DAZED AND CONFUSED will be screened in conjunction with the launch of the Hazed and Confused IPA, the first-ever AFS house beer, brewed in partnership with Pinthouse Pizza and Brewery.

SXSW Film @ 25
To cap off SXSW Film’s Anniversary year, AFS presents a month-long series of some of our favorite discoveries from the festival’s 25-year history.  It is impossible to imagine our Austin film community without SXSW; the festival’s commitment to finding and celebrating unique visions has led to great filmmakers getting their start in Austin. Our small selection includes breakouts that launched the rise of now sought-after directors and unforgettable diamonds in the rough. Most screenings will be introduced by SXSW Director of Film Janet Pierson or Senior Film Programmer Jarod Neece.

  • 45365, 3/2
    Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross, USA, 2009, Digital, 90 min.

  • AUDIENCE OF ONE, 3/3
    Mike Jacobs, USA, 2007, DCP, 88 min.

  • ATTACK THE BLOCK, 3/3
    Joe Cornish, UK, 2011, DCP, 88 min.

  • WEEKEND, 3/4
    Andrew Haigh, UK, 2011, Digital, 97 min.

  • SUN DON’T SHINE, 3/5
    Amy Seimetz, USA, 2012, Digital, 90 min.

  • MARWENCOL, 3/21
    Jeff Malmberg, USA, 2010, Digital, 83 min.

EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE! LIVE: THE GREAT SATAN, 3/19
The diabolical new show from found footage collective Everything Is Terrible! is a feature distillation of over 2,000 satanic panic, religious kook, and D-Horror VHS tapes. The EIT! Crew will be live in person to host this psychedelic, interactive event.

Essential Cinema: CinemaTexas Rewind
A historic selection of CinemaTexas’s original program materials has been published by UT Press as CinemaTexas Notes: The Early Days of Austin Film Culture, and we are honored to welcome some of the CinemaTexas alumni back to reprise some of their favorite films.

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