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Read This: Cinema 40’s original writing on Jean-Luc Godard’s LA CHINOISE

Our November Essential Cinema series Cinema 40 continues this week with a screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s LA CHINOISE on Thursday, November 21. Cinema 40, Austin’s first film society, laid the groundwork for the city’s contemporary film scene by helping to create UT’s first film department, bringing avant-garde films and luminaries to campus, and publishing a […]

Watch This: WAVES Q&A with director Trey Edward Shults

Last week, Austin Film Society members were treated to a sneak preview of the new A24 film WAVES with AFS grant-supported writer-director Trey Edward Shults. Shults made a splash on the indie scene with his feature film debut KRISHA in 2015, taking home prizes from the Independent Spirit Awards, SXSW, and more. His third feature […]

Revisiting Austin’s First Film Society with Cinema 40 Founder Gregg Barrios

November’s Essential Cinema series spotlights Cinema 40—Austin’s first film society. The program starts Nov. 7 with Films from the Cinema 40 Archive, with Cinema 40 founder Gregg Barrios in attendance. Details and tickets here >> Foundational for Austin’s contemporary film scene is a little-known 1960s campus film society: Cinema 40. Born of the mid-‘60s student […]

Listen to This: Bob Byington on Today’s Independent Filmmaking Landscape

(Kaley Wheless (l) and Bob Byington (r) on the set of FRANCES FERGUSON) FRANCES FERGUSON screens on October 26 at AFS Cinema with Director Bob Byington in attendance, followed by a Q&A moderated by actor Kevin Corrigan. Purchase tickets. On this episode of the AFS Viewfinders podcast, AFS’s Lars Nilsen talks with Austin-based filmmaker Bob Byington […]

Watch This: Paul Thomas Anderson and Robert Downey, Sr. Talk Putney Swope

PUTNEY SWOPE screens October 16 & 18 at AFS Cinema. Purchase tickets. Robert Downey, Sr.’s brilliant 1969 cultural satire has been directly cited as an influence on comedians and filmmakers alike, including Eddie Murphy, Jim Jarmusch, the Coen Brothers, Boots Riley, and Paul Thomas Anderson⁠—who even used Downey as an actor in BOOGIE NIGHTS and […]

AFS’ Lars Nilsen’s Top Picks from the 2019 Toronto International Film Fest

The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the first and best places to discover important new films—from awards season contenders to independent gems. For AFS Lead Programmer Lars Nilsen, it’s a great opportunity to explore many of these new films and scout out titles that may someday make it to the AFS Cinema. After […]

Listen to This: Biographer Noah Isenberg on the Cursed Career of Edgar G. Ulmer

The October 2019 Essential Cinema series, Edgar G. Ulmer: Prince of Poverty Row starts October 10 with RUTHLESS at the AFS Cinema. Check out the full line-up and purchase tickets here. On this episode of the AFS Viewfinders podcast, AFS’ Lars Nilsen talks with Noah Isenberg, Chair of the University of Texas at Austin’s Radio-Television-Film […]

Watch This: Richard Linklater’s 2019 Jewels in the Wasteland Q&As

To celebrate the Criterion Collection’s long-awaited home release of Bill Forsyth’s LOCAL HERO, the film that launched the 2019 Jewels in the Wasteland series, you can now watch all of Linklater’s introductions and discussions from this year’s installment, including LOCAL HERO, VAGABOND, LOST IN AMERICA, and CHAN IS MISSING. One of AFS’s most popular programs, […]

Richard Linklater’s Memories of Daniel Johnston

Editor’s Note: After we posted this original article on September 11, 2019 to celebrate the legacy of Daniel Johnston, Richard Linklater was inspired to share his memories in this thoughtful tribute. Such sad news about Daniel Johnston’s passing. I’ll always remember Daniel as the creative supernova taking Austin by storm in that crazy summer of […]

Austin Film Society Staff Pick Their Favorite Summer Films from the AFS Cinema

It’s been a great summer for film at the AFS Cinema. Here is a roundup of favorites chosen by Austin Film Society team members that surprised, delighted, and inspired us over the past couple of months. Gabe Chicoine, Marketing Associate INGRID “Morrissa Maltz’s INGRID was an unexpectedly moving experience for me. In its brief 55 […]

Preview: 2019 Sundance Film Festival Shorts – Starts September 6 at AFS Cinema

AFS welcomes back an annual favorite—the best short films of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, specially curated by the Festival for audiences nationwide. Screenings start this Friday, September 6, at the AFS Cinema. Purchase tickets.  The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour returns to AFS Cinema with the 2019 edition, featuring seven short films from […]

Listen to This: Spotlight on New Films from the Middle East and Beyond

The September 2019 Essential Cinema series, Children of Abraham/Ibrahim: Films of the Middle East and Beyond starts September 5 at the AFS Cinema. Check out the full line-up and purchase tickets here.  On this episode of the AFS Viewfinders podcast, Chale Nafus, former Director of Programming at AFS, talks with Karen Grumberg, Director of UT’s […]

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