AFS Announces Hire of Lars Nilsen as Film Programmer

The Austin Film Society is pleased to announce the hire of Lars Nilsen as Film Programmer. At AFS, Lars will curate repertory series in addition to midnight movies, new releases, independent films and classics. Lars comes to the Austin Film Society after nine years as a programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where he eventually became head programmer, leader of the team that determined the company’s programming throughout the national chain.  “We are thrilled to welcome Lars to AFS,” said Artistic Director, Richard Linklater. “We have known Lars and his work for years, and are happy that one of our community’s most cherished and gifted curators will remain a major part of Austin cinema culture. This is a very special moment for AFS, and we look forward to working with Lars to continue the exceptional programming he has offered for years at the Drafthouse.” 

During his tenure as programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse, Lars became known for his exceptional classic, cult and arthouse programming in addition to his famous Weird Wednesday series, which spotlights rare “trash” and exploitation films.  Lars will continue to program Weird Wednesday at the Drafthouse after joining AFS. The Alamo Drafthouse is a longtime partner of the Austin Film Society. AFS’s regular programs, including Essential Cinema, Doc Nights and Best of the Fests, are screened at the Drafthouse. Additionally, AFS recently began co-branded film series with the Drafthouse, including December’s Leos Carax retrospective. 

Nilsen says, “It has been an honor and a blast to be a part of the Austin film scene for all these years at the Drafthouse and I am tremendously excited to join the amazing programming team at AFS. Austin is already one of the movie capitals of the world and with a little luck and a lot of hard work the years ahead will constitute a golden age of filmgoing for our community. We’re going to have fun!”

Lars will join a programming team led by AFS Associate Artistic Director Holly Herrick. Continuing in their roles are AFS Director of Programming Chale Nafus, and Manager of Programs and Operations, Ryan Long. 

AFS also announces that the organization has partnered with the Marchesa Hall & Theatre to expand its regular programming. With the installation of a new Dolby sound system and 35mm changeover projection, the AFS Cinematheque at the Marchesa will be a home for AFS’s archival film programming and special series.  The first AFS screening at the Marchesa will be the official 20th Anniversary & Reunion of DAZED AND CONFUSED on Wednesday, March 6th. 

The addition of Lars Nilsen to the programming team comes at the perfect time, as AFS plans significantly expanded film programs at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre, while continuing their regular programming at the Alamo Drafthouse and the Violet Crown.

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