2021 Sundance Film Festival

Austin Film Society proudly participates in the 2021 Sundance Film Festival (January 28-February 3rd, 2021) as a Satellite Screen. In addition to the films screening at our drive-in, we also present a series of online panel discussions with filmmakers. All Beyond Film panels are free and open to the public, but attendees must register in advance of the event to receive log-in instructions.

LOCATION

Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms

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DRIVE-IN SCREENINGS

SON OF MONARCHS

THU JAN 28, 7 PM

After his grandmother’s death, a Mexican biologist living in New York returns to his hometown, nestled in the majestic monarch butterfly forests of Michoacán. The journey forces him to confront past traumas and reflect on his hybrid identity, sparking a personal and spiritual metamorphosis.

THE PINK CLOUD

FRI JAN 29, 7 PM

A mysterious and deadly pink cloud appears across the globe, forcing everyone to stay home. Strangers at the outset, Giovana and Yago try to invent themselves as a couple as years of shared lockdown pass. While Yago is living in his own utopia, Giovana feels trapped deep inside.

HOW IT ENDS

SAT JAN 30, 6 PM

On the last day on Earth, one woman goes on a journey through LA to make it to her last party before the world ends, running into an eclectic cast of characters along the way. Alum writer/directors Daryl Wein (White Rabbit) and Zoe Lister-Jones (Band Aid) assemble an impressive all-star cast—including Helen Hunt, Olivia Wilde, Fred Armisen, Lamorne Morris, and Nick Kroll—for this uproarious and charming pre-apocalyptic comedy.

CENSOR

SAT JAN 30, 8:30 PM

When film censor Enid discovers an eerie horror story that speaks directly to her sister’s mysterious disappearance, she resolves to unravel the puzzle behind the film and its enigmatic director—a quest blurring the lines between fiction and reality in terrifying ways.

AT THE READY

SUN JAN 31, 6 PM

Home to one of the region’s largest law enforcement education program, students at Horizon High School in El Paso train to become police officers and Border Patrol agents as they discover the realities of their dream jobs may be at odds with the truths and people they hold most dear.

THE BLAZING WORLD

SUN JAN 31, 8:30 PM

Ever since Margaret (Carlson Young) was six years old, she has been haunted by the memory of watching her sister drown during an explosive fight between her parents. As a young woman, she slides further into her twisted inner life, ultimately finding herself on the brink of suicide. Through an epic journey down the smokiest and scariest corridors of her imagination, she tries to exorcise the demons pushing her closer and closer to the edge.

USERS

MON FEB 1, 6 PM

A mother wonders, will my children love their perfect machines more than they love me, their imperfect mother? She switches on a smart-crib lulling her crying baby to sleep. This perfect mother is everywhere. She watches over us, takes care of us. We listen to her. We trust her.

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

MON FEB 1, 8:30 PM

FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther party when J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen) fears charismatic leader Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) will emerge as a Black Messiah. O’Neal lives in fear of discovery and cannot escape the deadly trajectory of his betrayal.

BEYOND FILM PANELS

A CONVERSATION WITH RICHARD LINKLATER AND MISS JUNETEENTH DIRECTOR CHANNING GODFREY PEOPLES

THU JAN 28, 4 PM

Join us for a conversation between two Texas filmmakers: the 5-time Academy Award nominated writer/director Richard Linklater and writer/director Channing Godfrey Peoples, whose breakout debut feature MISS JUNETEENTH was recently nominated for two Gotham Awards.

Presented in partnership with Black Public Media and Houston Cinema Arts Society.

TEXAS WOMEN PRODUCERS

SAT JAN 30, 11 AM

Three acclaimed female producers, each with a new film premiering at Sundance 2021, discuss how they built and are sustaining their careers outside of the industry poles of New York and Los Angeles. Featuring: Elizabeth Avellan, veteran producer of the blockbuster SPY KIDS franchise as well as PREDATORS and SIN CITY, who is premiering her new independent film, THE BLAZING WORLD in Sundance NEXT; Liz Lodge Stepp, producer of Sundance Documentary Competition title USERS and the previous Sundance award winner MONSTERS AND MEN; and Hillary Pierce, producer of Sundance Documentary Competition title AT THE READY, who previously produced SXSW award-winner THE RIVER AND THE WALL.

Presented in partnership with Women in Film & Television Austin.

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES ABOUT THE BORDER

MON FEB 1, 1 PM

Join us for a conversation with regional filmmakers who are creating stories about the Texas/Mexico border communities that bring complexity and nuance missing from the national dialogue. The discussion includes: director Maisie Crow of the Sundance US Documentary Competition selection AT THE READY; AFS Grant supported filmmaker Robie Flores; Sundance Episodic Lab fellow Aitch Alberto; and Angie Reza Tures, Executive Director of Femmes Frontera, an organization supporting women filmmakers in the west Texas/ Mexico border region. AT THE READY was supported by Austin Film Society’s artist development programs, including the AFS Grant and Doc Intensive.

Presented in partnership with Femme Frontera.

JOCKEY FILMMAKERS TALK TEXAS FILM

TUE FEB 2, 6 PM

Director Clint Bentley and writer/producer Greg Kwedar of US Narrative Competition selection JOCKEY (and previously of the SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner TRANSPECOS) sit down with Sailor Bear’s Toby Halbrooks (A GHOST STORY, PETE’S DRAGON) to talk about making independent work from the growing film community of North Texas. JOCKEY was the 2020 recipient of the AFS Grant Pioneer Film Fund Award, in partnership with Sailor Bear Entertainment and the Oak Cliff Film Festival.

Presented in partnership with Oak Cliff Film Festival.

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