AFS Announces Special Red Carpet Screening of WHITE BOY RICK with Matthew McConaughey

August 21, 2018

(Austin, TX) — Austin Film Society (AFS) will host a special red carpet screening of Columbia Pictures & Studio 8’s WHITE BOY RICK on Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the AFS Cinema. Matthew McConaughey, who stars in the film, will introduce the film and participate in a post-screening discussion with AFS founder Richard Linklater. The event will be open to the public and AFS members. Tickets will go on sale to AFS members on Tuesday, August 21 and the general public on Friday, August 24 at The event benefits the artistic and educational programs of AFS.

WHO: Austin Film Society
WHAT: Special Red Carpet Screening of WHITE BOY RICK with Matthew McConaughey
WHEN: September 13, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: AFS Cinema | 6406 N Interstate 35 Suite 3100, Austin, TX 78752

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In 1980s Detroit, Ricky Wershe Jr. was a street hustler, FBI informant and drug kingpin, all before he turned 16. WHITE BOY RICK is based on the true story. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jonathan Majors, and directed by Jann Demange, the film also features Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie, with Richie Merritt making his debut as Ricky Wershe Jr.

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WHITE BOY RICK opens in theaters nationally on Friday, September 14, 2018.

Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, WHITE BOY RICK is based on the moving true story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr., who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison. The film opens nationally on September 14.

About Austin Film Society
Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater, the Austin Film Society’s mission is to empower our community to make, watch, and love creative media. AFS curates and screens hundreds of repertory, international, and art house films annually at the AFS Cinema; delivers financial support to Texas filmmakers through the AFS Grant; operates Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility, and Austin Public, a space for our city’s diverse media makers to train and collaborate. Through its award-winning after school classes, intern training, and the Ed Lowry Student Film program, AFS encourages media and film literacy and provides a place for youth of all backgrounds to learn the craft of filmmaking and gain access to tools for media production. By hosting premieres, special events, local and international industry events, and the Texas Film Awards, AFS shines the national spotlight on Texas filmmakers while connecting Austin and Texas to the wider film community. To learn more about the AFS Cinema or about Austin Film Society’s mission visit: and follow @AustinFilm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.