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Interview: Chris Beale, producer of Australian Short Film Today, talks about films from the land down under

Australian Short Film Today screens their new short film lineup at AFS Cinema on Wednesday, November 28. Join us early for an Aussie reception, then stay after the film for a conversation between AFS Founder Richard Linklater and the program’s producer, Chris Beale. Members get in free! Get tickets. Coming up on November 28, AFS presents […]

Hitting the Road? Enjoy our podcast recommendations from AFS staff

Tis the season to pack up and hit the road for the holidays. There’s no better time than now to start listening to new podcasts to keep you entertained along the way. We asked the staff here at AFS for podcast recommendations to hold you over for the next six weeks. Shameless plug: you can […]

“2018’s Most Illuminating Pop Doc” MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. opens Wednesday, November 21 at AFS Cinema

MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. opens Wednesday, November 21 at AFS Cinema. Buy Tickets. Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star. She […]

Frederick Wiseman’s New Documentary on Small Town USA Opens November 16 at AFS Cinema

MONROVIA, INDIANA opens at AFS Cinema on Friday, November 16th. Tickets go on sale Monday, November 12. Get tickets. Since the opening of the AFS Cinema, we’ve been fortunate to show every new (and restored) Frederick Wiseman film. Wiseman is one of our greatest living filmmakers and at 88, he continues to turn out new films […]

Lee Chang-Dong’s “Quietly Riveting Stunner” BURNING Opens November 9th at AFS Cinema

BURNING opens Friday, November 9th at AFS Cinema.  Get tickets. Passions reach a fever pitch in Lee Chang-Dong’s new thriller, BURNING. After a brief tryst with a former classmate, Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) is entrusted to watch his short-time lover’s cat while she takes a trip to Africa.  To his frustration, she returns with someone new: […]

Watch This: New Restoration of Don Hertzfeldt’s short REJECTED

If animation moves you, we’re showing an incredible amount of it this month at AFS Cinema. From our retrospective of Czech puppeteer Jiri Trnka, to classics like THE LAST UNICORN, to contemporary anime such as LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD, MFKZ, PAPRIKA, and MIRAI. In 2000, when 23 year old Don Hertzfeldt made the short film […]

Influences on the new anime LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD, opening Friday at AFS Cinema

LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD opens Friday, November 2nd, at AFS Cinema.  Get tickets. Naoko Yamada’s new film LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD is a delicate coming of age story, chronicling the friendship of two high school band members as they near the end of their time together in school. The musicians decide to take on […]

Review Round-Up: New Doc on 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad Opens Friday

ON HER SHOULDERS opens Friday, November 2nd at AFS Cinema.  Get tickets. Twenty-three-year-old Yazidi activist Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of exhausting undertakings—from giving testimony before the U.N. to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews and one-on-one meetings with top government officials. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that […]

AFS Viewfinders Podcast: Author/Producer Zack Carlson Answers What Makes An Action Movie Work

Hill on Earth: Three Films by Walter Hill, programmed by Zack Carlson, begins November 2nd. The series includes THE WARRIORS, SOUTHERN COMFORT, and HARD TIMES. For this AFS Viewfinders podcast, Lars Nilsen speaks with Writer/Producer Zack Carlson (Destroy All Movies, DAMSEL, JUNGLE TRAP), who presents a Walter Hill series at AFS Cinema this November. This […]

Heart of Weirdness: The Story Behind HAUSU

HAUSU screens at AFS Cinema in 35mm through October 31st. Get tickets. It’s hard to imagine the making of HAUSU; it might be easier to write it off as having arrived from some distant dimension. Leading up to the ’70s, HAUSU producer Toho Studios was one of the major Japanese movie studios. They had spawned many […]

Beyond the Street: Garry Winogrand Photographs Austin in the 1970s

GARRY WINOGRAND: ALL THINGS ARE PHOTOGRAPHABLE opens Friday, October 26 at AFS Cinema. Buy tickets. Garry Winogrand rejected the term “street photography.” He would explain in a thick Bronx accent, “I don’t think it tells you anything about a photographer or work, in a way . . . call me instead a zoo photographer, it […]

SXSW Award Winner THUNDER ROAD Opens Friday at AFS Cinema

Once every few years, a new voice in independent film emerges, leaving a lasting impression that we’ll see for years. That voice is now here and it’s Jim Cummings with his debut feature, THUNDER ROAD. The film originally began as a short that premiered at Sundance in 2016. After its great success on the festival […]

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