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Q&A with “Sidney Poitier: The Measure of a Man” Guest Programmer. Series Begins Feb 6 at AFS Cinema.

For February’s Essential Cinema program, AFS presents Sidney Poitier: The Measure of a Man, a showcase of some of the most memorable performances by actor, director, activist, and cultural force Sidney Poitier. The series will begin with THE DEFIANT ONES on Thursday, February 6 at 7PM at the AFS Cinema. The full line-up and tickets […]

John Cameron Mitchell Brings His Musical Podcast Anthem: Homunculus To AFS Jan 19

This Sunday, January 19, the AFS Cinema welcomes acclaimed writer/director/performer John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, VINYL, RABBIT HOLE) for a marathon listening party of the first season of his musical podcast, ANTHEM: HOMUNCULUS. The podcast follows a man named Ceann who is crowdfunding for a life-saving brain surgery by telling his life’s […]

AFS’s January Essential Cinema: Focus on Iconic French Actor Jeanne Moreau

For our January Essential Cinema program, AFS presents Jeanne Moreau: High Season, featuring a series of masterpieces Moreau starred in from 1958-1963. Too often narrowly viewed as an art house sex symbol or icon of the French New Wave, Moreau was a mesmerizing actor whose performative insights defined an era. Throughout the month, we will […]

Staff Picks: Favorite Films of 2019 at AFS Cinema

(Still from CHAN IS MISSING)  It’s been an incredible year for film and as 2019 comes to a close, we wanted to look back at some of the favorite films that screened at the AFS Cinema during the past twelve months. We showed over 400 films this year—ranging from new to newly restored, cult to […]

Emerging Texas Filmmakers and Seasoned Mentors Gather for AFS’s 2019 Artist Intensive

This past October, AFS hosted our Artist Intensive Workshop, an annual weekend of work, focus, and mentorship for emerging narrative feature filmmakers. Participants include writer-directors who have been invited by AFS to work with a team of peers and mentors to further refine their current narrative feature film projects. This year, the lineup looked a little […]

Watch This: John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands Talk Work and Life Together

Cassavetes/Rowlands is the focus of our December Essential Cinema—showcasing some of the best performances between on and off-screen partners, actor-director John Cassavetes and his frequent collaborator, and wife, actress Gena Rowlands. Together they found emotional truth in some of the most important and influential films of their era. The series begins this Thursday, December 5, at […]

Nov 25 Proclaimed ‘Austin Film Culture Day’ – Celebrates Pompidou Retrospective Honoring Richard Linklater

(© Centre Pompidou, photos by Hervé Véronèse) Austin Mayor Steve Adler and City Council have proclaimed that November 25 (today!) is now officially Austin Film Culture Day. The proclamation celebrates a new exhibition and career retrospective honoring Richard Linklater at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and with it, international recognition for Austin film and the […]

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 […]

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