AFS Cinema – 2019 Year in Review

2019 was a stellar year at the AFS Cinema. The AFS Cinema welcomed film lovers of all ages, inspired engaging conversations, hosted luminaries, and brought the community together to watch great cinema, every day of the week. Some of the highlights this past year are listed below.

We welcomed dozens of filmmakers and luminaries, including Renee Zellwegger (JUDY), Lulu Wang (THE FAREWELL), Christine Vachon (FAR FROM HEAVEN), Agnieszka Holland (EUROPA EUROPA), and Zack Gottsagen (THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON).

“It’s always so good to be home.” – Renee Zellweger

Renee Zellweger at JUDY
Agnieszka Holland at EUROPA EUROPA
Zack Gottsagen at THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
Lulu Wang at THE FAREWELL
John Pierson and Christine Vachon at FAR FROM HEAVEN


Essential Cinema, our long-running repertory film series, visited Edith Head’s Hollywood, the films of Lee Chang Dong, Jean Vigo, Alfred Hitchcock, and Wang Bing.

Lee Chang Dong’s BURNING
ROMAN HOLIDAY
Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS

 

We presented new films by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ciro Guerra, Hong Sang Soo, Joanna Hogg, Carlos Reygadas, Jean-Luc Godard, Wang Bing, and Jia Zhangke.

Ciro Guerra’s BIRDS OF PASSAGE
Jia Zhangke’s ASH IS PUREST WHITE
Joanna Hogg’s THE SOUVENIR


We explored the Film Noir canon, punk icon John Doe’s film picks, new films from the Middle East, and contemporary Francophone cinema from Europe, Canada, and Africa during New French Cinema Week, and some of Richard Linklater’s favorite overlooked films from the eighties.

X: THE UNHEARD MUSIC with Bill Wise, Alizabeth Foley, and John Doe
New French Cinema Week member mixer
Richard Linklater hosts Jewels in the Wasteland

 

Among the numerous films by Texas filmmakers presented at the AFS Cinema this year: the hit documentary THE RIVER AND THE WALL; ALSO STARRING AUSTIN, about the local film industry; and the award-winning WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE? by Houston-based filmmaker Roberto Minervini.

THE RIVER & THE WALL
ALSO STARRING AUSTIN with Louis Black, Mike Blizzard, George Sledge, Sonny Carl Davis, and Lara Morgan
WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE?

 

We engaged our community through partnership screenings with organizations including Austin Asian American Film Festival, Cine Las Americas, Hill Country Ride for AIDS, Zach Theatre, KUT, BookPeople, Austin Pets Alive, The Texas Tribune, Austin Chronicle, Texas Observer, The Contemporary Austin, The Blanton Museum of Art, Cinema Touching Disability, and more.

This is just a snapshot, though. The AFS Cinema offers curated programming like this year-round. By becoming a member, you’ll not only get to enjoy the great films we present, but special events like premieres, sneak previews, and member mixers. Join at the LOVE level and you can attend many of these programs for free.

2020 marks the Austin Film Society’s 35th Anniversary, and we have a lot planned to celebrate this year. So, stay tuned and we hope to see you at the Cinema.

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