Austin Film Society Announces Sept/Oct 2019 Film Program

Brady Dyer, Communications Manager

August 6, 2019

Austin Film Society Announces September/October Program
Includes films of Edgar G. Ulmer, Agnieszka Holland, Middle Eastern
Film Series, classic horror picks, and more.

AUSTIN, TX — AFS announces its September and October calendar featuring our signature programs and a new, exciting lineup of films that filmgoers can only see at the AFS Cinema this fall. Highlights include: 

For our Essential Cinema program this October, AFS presents The Films of Edgar G. Ulmer: Prince of Poverty Row showcasing films by the famously obscure émigré filmmaker and “King of the Bs,” Edgar G. Ulmer. His near thirty-five-year career as a director encompassed everything from a masterfully brilliant but doomed entry in the Universal horror cycle, four Yiddish features, a Mexican western (Truffaut called it “a small gift from Hollywood”), and other minor wonders from Poverty Row. 

Children of Abraham/Ibrahim: Films of the Middle East and Beyond, is the focus of our September Essential Cinema, celebrating new films from the Middle East. Now in its 13th year running, this September’s program features these recent works from the region: Capernaum, Harmonia, Three Faces, and Marjoun and the Flying Head Scarf.

AFS welcomes Academy Award-nominated writer/director Agnieszka Holland, one of Poland’s preeminent film directors, for a special screening of her 1990 film Europa, Europa followed by a conversation. AFS will present two additional works by Holland, the family-friendly The Secret Garden and her debut film Provincial Actors. Holland will also participate in the Austin Polish Film Festival, which will screen additional works.

Our Best of Fests series will feature selections from this year’s festival circuit: the spirited Austin-shot comedy, Sister Aimee, directed by Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann with local cast and crew in attendance; Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s feature comedy Diamantino, a Cannes Critics’ Week winner; and Rick Alverson’s The Mountain about a young man who signs on to work as a photographer for a traveling lobotomy enthusiast, starring Tye Sheridan and Jeff Goldblum. 

Director Bob Byington will visit the AFS Cinema in October to present his new dark comedy Frances Ferguson. Byington will also host a special screening of Vincent Gallo’s indie classic Buffalo 66, with actor Kevin Corrigan joining him in attendance.  

We’re gearing up for the season a little early this year with a selection of classic horror films in both our Evergreens and Lates series. And, on October 31, we present Halloween III: Season of the Witch, a departure from the Michael Myers saga, but what has stood the test of time as a Halloween classic. 

Among the newly restored selections is The Harder They Come, the iconic film that introduced reggae music to a wider audience, and the Academy Award-nominated Streetwise, based on the Life Magazine expose about homeless teens on the streets of Seattle by renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark and journalist Cheryl McCall. As part of our Doc Nights series, we will also be screening Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell. A follow up to Streetwise, the film follows the work of filmmaker Martin Bell and Mary Ellen Mark who dedicated 30 years to documenting the life of Tiny, one of the teens they met on the streets of Seattle in the 1980s. 

The full announcement, including new releases and other signature programs, continues below.

Ticket prices range from $9 to $11.25, with discounts for AFS members. Special pricing is noted if applicable.

For a complete list of film screenings and special events, please visit ​www.​austinfilm​.org.​ A digital press kit, including the two-month calendar PDF and high-res images, is available.


Best of Fests

Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, Portugal, France, and Brazil, 2019, DCP, 96 min. In Portuguese with English Subtitles.
September 1, September 4
A bonkers Portuguese feature comedy about a simpleton soccer star, whose search for meaning in his life leads him to confront the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and right-wing fascism. Cannes Critics’ Week winner.

The Mountain
Rick Alverson, USA, 2019, DCP, 106 min. In English, French, and German with English Subtitles.
September 7, September 9
Filmmaker Rick Alverson of the rigorous art comedies THE COMEDY and ENTERTAINMENT returns with a quiet mystery set in a disturbing moment in American history—the height of the mid-century lobotomy fad. Tye Sheridan plays a young man who, after the death of his father, signs on to work as a photographer for a traveling lobotomy enthusiast (played by Jeff Goldblum).

Sister Aimee
Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann, USA, 2019, DCP, 87 min.
September 27, September 28
The semi-fictional misadventures of a wildly popular 1920s televangelist and faith healer named Sister Aimee Semple McPherson are the subject of this spirited modern comedy. Cast and crew from this Austin-made film in attendance at select screenings.

Frances Ferguson
Bob Byington, USA, 2019, DCP, 74 min.
October 26
In Bob Byington’s sharp and insightful dark comedy, a young, attractive and bored Midwestern high school teacher makes the unfortunate mistake of sleeping with one of her students in this dark comedy featuring Nick Offerman, Martin Starr, David Krumholtz, and writer/star Kaley Wheless. Director Bob Byington in attendance.

Family Style

Fast Color

Julia Hart, USA, 2019, DCP, 100 min.
September 21, September 23
This completely unique superhero movie is one of the cinematic joys of the year. The X-factor here is a young woman’s hidden superpowers, but the story is about powers even greater—love, forgiveness, and redemption as the hunted heroine must return home to a mother, and a daughter, she had left behind.


Seven Samurai
Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1956, 35mm, 207 min. In Japanese with English Subtitles.
September 1, September 7
Akira Kurosawa’s epochal classic has been remade again and again in all manner of guises but the original has never been matched. A group of villagers, besieged by bandits who return every year with the harvest, decide to hire a super-team of Samurai warriors to put an end to it. A masterpiece of action, drama, and suspense.

All That Jazz
Bob Fosse, USA, 1979, DCP, 123 min.
September 6, September 8
Bob Fosse’s largely autobiographical story of a drinking, drugging, and womanizing Broadway director turns into a dizzying kaleidoscopic exorcism of the dark side of the entertainment business. Featuring some of Fosse’s greatest experiments with choreography.

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, Japan, 1977, 88 min, 35mm. In Japanese with English Subtitles.
September 13, September 15, September 18
When avant-garde filmmaker turned TV commercial director Nobuhiko Ôbayashi got his chance to make a feature film for the giant Japanese studio Toho, he pulled out all the stops, making a teen-appeal ghost story that employs nearly every film technique possible. Guaranteed to thrill and delight even the most jaded filmgoer.

The Fog
John Carpenter, USA, 1980, DCP, 89 min.
September 20, September 21, September 22
John Carpenter’s story of a ghostly mist that settles onto a coastal California shipping town is surprisingly vivid and frightening, thanks to Carpenter’s mastery of the tools of horror filmmaking, his score, and the nuanced performances from the cast, which includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Hal Holbrook, and Tom Atkins.

Stuart Gordon, USA, 1985, DCP, 105 min. In English and German with English Subtitles.
September 28, September 29
Stuart Gordon’s loose and very funny Lovecraft adaptation is one of the most crowd-pleasing horror comedies of them all. Pauline Kael called it “pop-Buñuel.” Relentlessly inventive, full of first-rate gore effects, and blessed with an iconic performance from Jeffrey Combs as Dr. Herbert West, Reanimator.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Tobe Hooper, USA, 1974, DCP, 84 min.
October 4, October 5, October 8
A few years before he died, the late Tobe Hooper helped to prepare this 4K restoration of his horror masterpiece. This is the ultimate realization of this film, a musique-concrete symphony of horror that takes as its starting point the horror of leaving the Austin city limits. We can relate.

The Brood
David Cronenberg, Canada, 1979, 35mm, 92 min.
October 11, October 14, October 16
In what may be his most terrifying film, David Cronenberg exorcises a few of his own parental demons in a story of a woman (Samantha Eggar), engaged in a form of experimental therapy that has one awful side effect: a plague of terrifying demon kids. With Oliver Reed as the very responsible, not-all-that-insane doctor.


Betty Blue
Jean-Jacques Beineix, France, 1986, 35mm, 120 min. In French with English Subtitles.
September 6, September 7
In a star-making role, Beatrice Dalle (TROUBLE EVERY DAY) brings new meaning to “amour fou” in this international ‘80s arthouse sensation from Jean-Jacques Beineix, director of DIVA.

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Peter Greenaway, Netherlands, UK, France, 1990, 35mm, 124 min. In English, French, and Dutch with English Subtitles.
September 13, September 14, September 15
Still a dish at 30, Peter Greenaway’s shocker serves up haute thrills as Helen Mirren has all she can eat when her gangster-restaurateur husband (Michael Gambon) becomes an acquired taste. Fabulous sets and Jean-Paul Gaultier-designed costumes make this a feast for the eyes as well.

Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan, 2001, 35mm, 119 min. In Japanese with English Subtitles.
September 27, September 28
“Do you want to meet a ghost?” The ghosts are in the machine and on the computer screen for students connected to a webcam that promises a link to the dead in Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s J-Horror masterpiece.

White Star
Roland Klick, West Germany, 1985, DCP, 92 min. In English and German with English Subtitles.
October 4, October 5
In the most unhinged performance of his career, Dennis Hopper plays piss-soaked svengali to the synth-pop star he plans to take straight to the top, but not before they reach the bottom. Previously unavailable in the U.S.

City of Lost Souls
Rosa von Praunheim, West Germany, 1983, DCP, 91 min. In English, German, and Spanish with English Subtitles.
October 11, October 12
Jayne County stars in this “trans punk musical” where “The Burger Queen” reigns supreme as American expats Tron Von Hollywood, Tara O’Hara, Joaquín la Habana, Judith Flex & Gary earn their keep working for Angie Stardust in ‘80s Berlin.

Iván Zulueta, Spain, 1983, 35mm, 105 min. In Spanish with English Subtitles.
October 18, October 19
Vampires need more than blood in this drug-fueled ode to cinephillia from director Ivan Zulueta, one of Almodovar’s close collaborators. A true cult classic.

Gerald Kargl, Austria, 1983, DCP, 79 min. In German with English Subtitles.
October 25, October 26
A day in the life of a killer? Murder. Featuring music by Tangerine Dream’s Klaus Schulze and cinematography by Oscar-winner Zbigniew Rybczyński, it’s sure to keep you up — late. Based on a true story.

Doc Nights

Marianne And Leonard: Words of Love
Nick Broomfield, USA, 2019, DCP, 102 min. In English and Norwegian with English Subtitles.
September 2, September 8
From their first romantic meeting on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, to the end of their lives, poet/songwriter Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen had a special, spiritual connection that guided both of them through those very eventful years. Using footage shot by D.A. Pennebaker, and his own new material, filmmaker Nick Broomfield tells a story of a love far bigger than just two people.

The Proposal
Jill Magid, USA, 2018, DCP, 86 min.
September 21, September 22
When the great architect Luis Barragán died in 1988, his papers and other work were hidden away from the public in a Swiss vault. Many years later, the provocative artist and filmmaker Jill Magid engages in a “high wire act” of a struggle to democratize access to his art. In the process her action becomes a work of art in itself. This suspenseful and thought-provoking film documents her actions and their consequences.

Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell
Martin Bell, USA, 2016, DCP, 87 min.
September 15
Among the unforgettable characters of Martin Bell’s 1984 documentary STREETWISE was a fiery, sharp, and introspective fourteen-year-old runaway called Tiny. Martin Bell and his partner in life and art, the renowned photographer and photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark, dedicated 30 years of their lives to following and photographing Tiny, who they met on the streets of Seattle in the ‘80s.

Essential Cinema: Edgar G. Ulmer: Prince of Poverty Row
Edgar G. Ulmer’s nearly 35-year career as a director encompassed everything from a doomed entry to the Universal horror cycle, four Yiddish features, a Mexican western (Truffaut called it “a small gift from Hollywood”), a few sci-fi quickies, and other minor wonders from Poverty Row. Programmed in collaboration with Noah Isenberg, chair of the University of Texas at Austin’s Radio-Television-Film department, and author of the critical biography Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins.

Edgar G. Ulmer, USA, 1948, 35mm, 104 min.
October 10, October 12
This noir-inflected melodrama from Edgar G. Ulmer presents us with a well-liked, philanthropic-minded tycoon (Austin’s own Zachary Scott) who has a few skeletons in his closet. When he and some old acquaintances get together for a party, these skeletons are set free.

The Man from Planet X
Edgar G. Ulmer, USA, 1951, 35mm, 71 min.
October 17, October 19
An alien lands in the Scottish moors and is confronted by humanity at its best—and worst. This sci-fi movie is emblematic of much of Ulmer’s ’50s and ’60s output—quickly and cheaply made, but shot through with Ulmer’s unique visual sense.

The Naked Dawn
Edgar G. Ulmer, USA, 1955, 35mm, 82 min.
October 24
Francois Truffaut called this Ulmer Technicolor western “a small gift from Hollywood” and said that “every shot shows the love of cinema.” A good bad man (Arthur Kennedy) takes a break between heists to help a poor family.

American Matchmaker
Edgar G. Ulmer, USA, 1940, DCP, 87 min. In English and Yiddish with English Subtitles.
October 27
As part of a career rich in variety but often poor in finance, Ulmer made films of every stripe. This Yiddish-language comedy is about a man who, though unlucky in love, finds that he has a talent as a matchmaker for other couples.

The Black Cat
Edgar G. Ulmer, USA, 1934, 35mm, 65 min. In English, Latin, and Hungarian with English Subtitles.
October 31, November 2
Edgar G. Ulmer’s bizarre gothic-nouveau psychological terror masterpiece is one of the strangest studio films of the ’30s and is arguably the best team-up between Universal’s top boogey-men Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.

Children of Abraham/Ibrahim: Films of the Middle East and Beyond
Films from the Middle East can open our hearts, minds, and understanding about a region that we mainly only experience in newscasts. For the 13th year running, AFS presents a selection of recent films that shine a light on diverse people and perspectives. A co-presentation of Austin Film Society, UT Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the UT Radio-Television-Film Department. Guest curated by Chale Nafus.

Nadine Labaki, Lebanon, France, USA, 2018, DCP, 126 min. In Arabic and Amharic with English Subtitles.
September 5
The Cannes Grand Jury Prize-winning story of twelve-year-old Zain, small for his age but clever at surviving the chaos of his life in a Beirut slum. After meeting an Ethiopian immigrant Rahil, the boy takes loving care of her infant son until being arrested for a violent crime. It is then that Zain sues his parents for giving him life without knowing how to care for him.

Ori Sivan, Israel, 2018, 97 min. In Hebrew with English Subtitles.
September 12
Sarah and Abraham are a Jewish couple devoted to the Jerusalem Philharmonic. Hagar, an Arab-Israeli, joins the orchestra and, as her friendship with childless Sarah grows, offers to conceive a child with Abraham. Twelve years later, Sarah unexpectedly conceives her own child. Eventually the two half-brothers begin their own musical journey through the ethno-religious complexities of Israel.

Three Faces
Jafar Panahi, Iran, 2019, DCP, 100 min. In Persian, Azerbaijani, and Turkish with English Subtitles.
September 19
Blacklisted film director Jafar Panahi plays himself in this story of a strange video message sent to a famous actress and its unexpected consequences as the actress and Panahi travel to a rural village to investigate.

Marjoun And the Flying Headscarf
Susan Youssef, USA, 2019, DCP, 84 min.
September 24
Marjoun is creating her own identity as a Muslim American teenager in Little Rock, Arkansas. Poignantly, she attends the infamous high school which served as a powerful symbol of school desegregation in 1957. With her punked-up, safety-pin-laden hijab dancing in the wind, Marjoun roars into Southern consciousness on her motorcycle. Director Susan Youssef in attendance.

Films of Agnieszka Holland
Writer/director Agnieszka Holland, who began her filmmaking career in the 1970s, is one of the preeminent film directors in Poland’s storied cinema history. Born in the aftermath of World War II and trained in Prague, Holland’s early films could be grouped with others of the Czech New Wave with their focus on political allegory, and the internalization of oppressive social systems on the part of the individual. Three of her films have been nominated for Academy Awards. She has also directed major U.S. television series such as “The Wire” and her own series for HBO, “The Burning Bush.” Holland joins us in Austin in person for a special screening of her 1990 film EUROPA, EUROPA followed by a conversation, as well as the opening night of the Austin Polish Film Festival where she will present her latest feature, MR. JONES. AFS will present two additional works by Holland: her debut feature, PROVINCIAL ACTORS (1979), and THE SECRET GARDEN (1993).

Provincial Actors
Agnieszka Holland, Poland, 1983, DCP, 108 min. In Polish with English Subtitles.
October 23
Inspired by Czech New Wave filmmakers like Jan Nemec, Holland employs a playful, observational style to question the tangle of state bureaucracy in this tale about actors in a community theater company in a power struggle with an erudite theater director.

The Secret Garden
Agnieszka Holland, USA and UK, 1993, Digital, 101 min.
October 27
Family-friendly screening. An English girl is orphaned in British-colonized India in the early years of the 20th Century. Sent to live with distant relatives back in England, she finds herself an explorer in a new, unfamiliar world, filled with its own secrets.

Europa, Europa
Agnieszka Holland, Germany, France, Poland, 1990, 35mm, 112 min. In German, Russian, Polish, and Hebrew with English Subtitles.
October 30
A brilliant account of the absurdities of fascism and war, EUROPA, EUROPA follows a young Jewish boy who is separated from his family at the war’s outset, and begins disguising himself as the enemy in order to survive. Based on a true story, the film earned Holland a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. This screening will feature a post-film conversation with visiting writer/director Agnieszka Holland.

A large number of Robert Altman’s films are considered canonical. An even larger number are rarely seen or discussed. Some of these are very interesting and ripe for rediscovery. Here we present a couple of those.

OC & Stiggs
Robert Altman, USA, 1985, 35mm, 109 min.
September 28, September 30
Did you know that Robert Altman made a barely-released John Hughes-style teen misbehavior comedy in 1983? He did, and it’s as weird as you can imagine. With Dennis Hopper, Ray Walston, Cynthia Nixon, and, of course, King Sunny Adé & His African Beats.

A Wedding
Robert Altman, USA, 1978, DCP, 125 min.
October 3, October 6
Who knew that all the behind-the-scenes minutiae involved in a wedding between a mobbed-up Chicago Italian groom and a nouveau-riche Southern bride could make such a fantastic ensemble comedy? Altman did, of course. With an enormous, too-good-to-be-true cast headed by the great Carol Burnett.

Newly Restored

Martin Bell, USA, 1984, DCP, 91 min.
September 14, September 16
In 1983, photographer Mary Ellen Mark and journalist Cheryl McCall expanded their Life magazine expose about homeless teens on the streets of Seattle into this haunting and beautiful film, made in conjunction with filmmaker Martin Bell. The teenage subjects are fascinating, none more so than fourteen-year-old Tiny, who seems like an elemental force of endurance and will. Nominated for an Academy Award.

The Harder They Come
Perry Henzell, Jamaica, 1977, DCP, 103 min.
October 9, October 12
In the film that introduced reggae music to a wider audience, Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan, a young man with dreams of becoming a singing star in Jamaica. When he is hoodwinked by a corrupt record producer, he goes full gangster. Full of vibrant Jamaican music and culture. Cliff’s onscreen performance of the title track is one of the great movie moments ever.

Sweet Charity
Bob Fosse, USA, 1969, 4K DCP, 149 min.
October 19, October 20
In this beautifully restored Bob Fosse classic, Shirley MacLaine plays a tireless optimist on a quest to join the ranks of respectable society and leave behind the seedy New York City cabaret where she works as a hostess.

Putney Swope
Robert Downey Sr., USA, 1969, DCP, 84 min.
October 16, October 17, October 18
This highly influential, razor-sharp cultural satire from Robert Downey, Sr. shows the very funny social fallout that results when the only black member of the board of a lily-white ad agency takes over and makes some needed adjustments in attitude.

Modern Masters

I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians
Radu Jude, Romania, Germany, Bulgaria, France, Czech Republic, 2019, DCP, 140 min.
In Romanian with English Subtitles.
September 29, October 1
The newest work from Romanian filmmaker Radu Jude (SCARRED HEARTS) is a nearly three-hour-long film about a young female artist hired to mount a historical pageant in Bucharest’s Palace Square. There are shades of both Godard and Larry David here as everything goes off the rails. Uncategorizable, but bursting with life and ideas.

Homo Arigato

Blonde Death
James Dillinger, USA, 1984, Digital, 93 min.
September 17
Nihilistic teens go on a crime spree in transgressive pulp author James Robert Baker’s only film, a no-budget cult classic featuring a punk soundtrack compliments of the Angry Samoans.

A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin
Lucio Fulci, Italy, Spain, France, 1973, DCP, 104 min. In Italian with English Subtitles.
October 22
A woman slowly descends into madness after her fantasies about her neighbor take a dark turn in Lucio Fulci’s psychedelic giallo masterpiece with a glorious Ennio Morricone score.

History of Television

Dallas: Anatomy of An Episode
Special Event, 90 min.
September 23
For this very special History Of Television presentation, Dwight Adair will break down one of the episodes of the original Dallas that he directed. He will share his method for working as a television director —scheduling, working with the cast, and keeping up with a very fast schedule.


Pomegranates And Bollyweird
Various, 90 min, Digital
September 11
Here is a double feature of some of the best video mixes from LA-based media manipulators EXP TV. BOLLYWEIRD features the “strangest musical numbers in Bollywood history” and POMEGRANATES is a selection of the music and movies of pre-Revolutionary Iran with a music mix by Andy Votel.

TVTV Goes to The Oscars & The Super Bowl
Various, 105 min, Digital
October 7, October 13
The video collective TVTV (Top Value Television) brought a next-level comic sensibility to their low-budget documentary work. Here we present two docs, TVTV GOES TO THE SUPER BOWL, with Christopher Guest and Bill Murray running roughshod over Super Bowl X and the star-studded TVTV LOOKS AT THE OSCARS with the same treatment given to the 1975 Academy Awards.

Science On Screen

Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, and Nicholas de Pencier, Canada, 2019, DCP, 87 min. In English, Russian, Italian, German, Mandarin, and Cantonese with English Subtitles.
September 25
For our latest installment of Science On Screen we present this bold new documentary. The unwieldy title, ANTHROPOCENE, refers to the current geologic age we occupy—the era of man’s influence on climate. This rapturously beautiful and sometimes alarming film takes us to several sites in which climate change is changing the face of our planet. Presented with special guests from the scientific community.

Short Film Showcase: Views from Lahore

Various, 90 min, Digital
October 28
Thanks to an exchange program between UT Austin’s Radio-Television-Film program and the National College of Art in Lahore, Pakistan, this program presents a rare opportunity to see unique films by Pakistan’s most talented up-and-coming filmmakers.

Special Presentations

Greaser’s Palace
Robert Downey Sr., USA, 1973, 35mm, 91 min.
October 13, October 15
If you give a filmmaker like Robert Downey, Sr. a million dollars to make a movie, something like this is bound to happen. This is Downey’s epic, slapstick, gag-a-minute Christ allegory set in the Old West. Truly one of a kind, inventive, sick, and funny. The first screening will be introduced by Austin filmmaker Michael Tully.

Rock Opera 20th Anniversary Screening & Reunion
Bob Ray, USA, 1999, DCP, 86 min.
October 19
The music business has a glamorous side, with beautiful people and first-class accoutrements for all. It also has another side. This is the subject of Bob Ray’s gloriously trashy film ROCK OPERA, celebrating its 20th anniversary with this star-studded special event. With special guests and a tell-all Q&A.

Buffalo ‘66
Vincent Gallo, USA, Canada, 1998, 35 mm, 110 min.
October 26, October 27
Vincent Gallo and Christina Ricci shine in this independent classic of the ‘90s, in which a just released ex-convict kidnaps a dour tap-dancer in order to disguise her as his new bride, and introduces her to his difficult parents. Actor Kevin Corrigan and Bob Byington join us for the Saturday screening.

AFA Cine-Club

September 15, October 20
Spend your Sunday morning enjoying the best classic and contemporary French films, brought to you by the Alliance Française Ciné-Club.

Halloween Night

Halloween III: Season of The Witch
Tommy Lee Wallace, USA, 1982, DCP, 98 min.
October 31
First things first. This has absolutely nothing to do with John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN franchise. But Holy Hell, what a great Halloween movie. A pagan toymaker (Dan O’Herlihy) hatches a plot to sacrifice the children of America to the Old Ones with specially made Halloween masks. It’s on!

Partner Screenings

That Pärt Feeling
Paul Hegeman, Netherlands, 2019, DCP, 75 min. In English, German, French, and Dutch with English Subtitles.
September 8
Arvo Pärt’s work is performed more frequently than any other living composer. This new doc shows us the master in action, collaborating with the Cello Octet Amsterdam. Presented in partnership with KMFA and Conspirare.

Owned: A Tale of Two Americas
Giorgio Angelini, US, 2019, DCP, 83 min.
September 10
Exploring U.S. cities from the lens of their post-war housing policies, OWNED exposes the dark history of institutional racism that has determined access to home ownership in the United States. Presented in partnership with The Texas Observer, who will host a panel discussion with experts following the screening.

B-Boy City Presents

The Making of a Brave Star
Odin Rock, US, 2019, Digital, 90 min.
September 21
Through the consciousness-raising hip hop music of the 1980s, Apache/Tarahumara Arturo Hernandez of El Paso became Artson, an award-winning emcee/singer/composer. Weaving hip hop dance and music together with lyrical images and powerful messages from Native American philosophy, Artson goes on a journey to create his first album and tour music festivals of the Southwest.

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