Austin Film Society To Induct Glen Powell into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on May 15

March 27, 2024, AUSTIN, TX—
Today the Austin Film Society (AFS) announced they will induct actor, producer and screenwriter Glen Powell into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. This honor will take place on May 15 at the Netflix premiere of Hit Man at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin. Powell stars in Hit Man alongside Adria Arjona, Austin Amelio, Sanjay Rao and Retta. Powell also produced and co-wrote the film with director Richard Linklater. Inspired by the unbelievable true story of Gary Johnson chronicled in a 2001 Texas Monthly article, Hit Man follows a strait-laced professor who discovers he has a hidden talent as a fake hit man. He meets his match in a client who steals his heart and ignites a powder keg of deception, delight and mixed-up identities.

“It’s an honor to be part of inducting a fellow Austinite, my friend and collaborator Glen Powell, into the Texas Film Hall of Fame,” said filmmaker Richard Linklater, the founder and artistic director of AFS. “The Texas Film Hall of Fame acknowledges Texans who have had a lasting impact on film culture, and Glen has already achieved this milestone. Glen’s incredible talent has been at the center of many Texas-made independent films, network television shows and now blockbusters like Top Gun: Maverick, Anyone But You and Twisters. He’ll be adding his name to the Texas Film Hall of Fame alongside fellow legendary Texans like Matthew McConaughey, Forest Whitaker, Sissy Spacek and Cyd Charisse, to name a few. Of course I’m delighted that he’s being inducted at the premiere of Hit Man, which we wrote together.”

On May 16, the Austin Film Society will host a Toast to Texas Film event celebrating Glen Powell’s induction into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. The event will be held at Troublemaker Studios and will be a fundraiser for the Austin Film Society’s artistic and educational programs. Previous inductees to the Texas Film Hall of Fame have included Renée Zellweger, Luke Wilson, Sissy Spacek, Paul Thomas Anderson, Farrah Fawcett and Jesse Plemons. For more information about “A Toast to Texas Film: Honoring Glen Powell,” click HERE.

Born and raised in Austin, TX, Glen Powell first worked with Richard Linklater on Fast Food Nation (2006). They also collaborated on Linklater’s films Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) and Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood (2022). Powell has gone on to star in recent films including Set It Up (2018) and box office hits Top Gun: Maverick (2022) and Anyone But You (2023). He will next be seen in Hit Man, in select theaters May 24 and releasing on Netflix June 7, and the upcoming film Twisters, in theaters July 19. 

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About Glen Powell
Named one of Variety’s “10 Actors to Watch” in 2019, Glen Powell is an award-winning actor and producer whose work includes standout roles in Everybody Wants Some!!, Hidden Figures (for which he won a SAG award), Set It Up, Top Gun: Maverick, Devotion, Anyone But You and Richard Linklater’s animated sci-fi film Apollo 10 ½ for Netflix, which premiered at SXSW Film Festival in 2022. He will next star alongside Adria Arjona in Richard Linklater’s latest film, Hit Man, which he also produced and co-wrote, on Netflix June 7 and will also co-star in Twisters, in theaters July 19. In addition, he’s a co-producer on the upcoming IMAX Blue Angels documentary for Amazon Prime.

About the Texas Film Hall of Fame
The Texas Film Hall of Fame—founded by Evan Smith and Louis Black in 2001—honors those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the Texas film and creative media industry. For over 20 years, this institution has recognized industry icons from throughout the state of Texas and brought together legends of cinema and television to celebrate their accomplishments.

About Austin Film Society
Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater, AFS creates life-changing opportunities for filmmakers, catalyzes Austin and Texas as a creative hub, and brings the community together around great film. AFS supports filmmakers towards career leaps, encouraging exceptional artistic projects with grants and support services. AFS operates Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility, to attract and grow the creative media ecosystem. Austin Public, a space for our city’s diverse mediamakers to train and collaborate, provides many points of access to filmmaking and film careers. The AFS Cinema is an ambitiously programmed repertory and first run arthouse with broad community engagement. By hosting premieres, special events, and the Texas Film Awards, AFS shines the national spotlight on Texas filmmakers while connecting Austin and Texas to the wider film community. AFS is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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