Mayor Declares “Love Film Week,” Feb 9-18


AUSTIN, TX – (January 30, 2018) To spotlight Austin as a place synonymous with great film, Mayor Steve Adler has declared February 9–18 as “Love Film Week” in Austin. LoveFilm Week is an opportunity to discover art house films from all over the world and throughout film history via adventurous screenings presented by the nonprofit Austin FilmSociety.

WHO:  Austin Film Society
WHAT: “Love Film Week” celebrates film with special events
WHEN: February 9-18, 2018
WHERE:  AFS Cinema | 6406 N Interstate 35 Suite 3100, Austin, TX 78752
Christine Lee | | 512-322-0145 x 3213
Meghan Malone | | 512-322-0145 x 3221

“Through the AFS Cinema, the Austin Film Society has brought repertory, international, independent and art house films to Austin that would not have otherwise been shown here, creating cultural value, opening possibilities for dialogue and community, and enriching the opportunities for all Austinites,” reads the Mayor’s Love Film Weekproclamation.

“Whether you’ve been involved with the Austin Film Society throughout these past 32 years, or you’ve just stumbled across this nonprofit art house gem, either way you will feel that that Austin’s unique, creative, artistic soul is alive and well the moment you step inside,” said Adler.

Over a dozen films have been selected for Love Film Week. A community of filmmakers and film lovers who are involved with AFS’s programs, such as the AFS Grant, works-in-progress, fiscal sponsorship and internships, have come together to spread their love of these films by “adopting a film” and inviting the community.

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Highlights include:

Love Film Week Kick-Off – February 5, 6:15 p.m.AFS Cinema
Anyone who wants to adopt a film is invited to attend and pick up materials about the dozen films showcased during Love Film Week. The kick-off is followed by a 7:30 p.m.screening of EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT which will be free to kick-off attendees.

THE AWFUL TRUTH – February 11, 1:30 p.m.  
Leo McCarey, USA, 1937, 35mm, 91 min.
Free admission for seniors (65+). Cary Grant and Irene Dunne play a married couple whose mutual deceptions reach a tipping point and they agree to divorce. In the meantime, each tries gamely to sabotage the other’s attempts at romance. A riotous screwball classic, and a fantastic opportunity for everyone to show some love to their favorite senior by taking them to the cinema.

CONTEMPORARY COLOR – February 12, 7:30 p.m.
Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross, USA, 2016, DCP, 97 min.
Free Member Monday—everyone is invited, and AFS members get in for free. Introduced by award-winning Austin filmmakers Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas, the film is an extraordinary record of a one-of-a-kind event. At Brooklyn’s Barclay Center, 10 color-guard teams are assembled by organizer David Byrne and their marching, flag-waving routines are accompanied by musicians including St. Vincent and Ad-Rock.

PILLOW TALK – February 14, 7:30 p.m.
Michael Gordon, USA, 1959, 35mm, 102 min.
This Doris Day / Rock Hudson romantic comedy will be accompanied by a pajama party and sleepwear contest. The pajama party is hosted by distinguished Austin actor Heather Kafka (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (2003), IDIOCRACY, LOVERS OF HATE, JOE). Celebrity judge Trish Hurless of Rubypearl Clothing will hand out prizes for best sleepwear. Vintage sleepwear is the theme, but Trish will not exclude from consideration creative riffs on any form of sleepwear.

After the film, enjoy a discussion led by Caroline Frick, Associate Professor in the Radio-Television-Film department of The University of Texas at Austin and Executive Director of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image.

The full Love Film Week line-up is listed below.