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AFS CEO Rebecca Campbell Reports on the Cannes Film Festival 2019

(Above: Annie Silverstein, Johnny McAllister, Monique Walton at the Cannes premiere party for BULL.) Fresh off of a trip to the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Austin Film Society CEO Rebecca Campbell shares some of the highlights from one of the biggest annual events in film and reflects on how AFS is a critical part of […]

Interview with Julien Elie, director of DARK SUNS

Julien Elie is a Montreal-based filmmaker who has spent more than 20 years getting to know the people and culture of Mexico. During that time, his shock at reading about killings of women in northern Mexico got him thinking about making a film. The result is the monochrome documentary Dark Suns chronicling the devastation of […]

A CONVERSATION WITH ABOOZAR AMINI, DIRECTOR OF KABUL, CITY IN THE WIND—PART OF AFS’S DOC DAYS

KABUL, CITY IN THE WIND screens tomorrow, Saturday, June 1 at 1PM, part of the Doc Days festival at the AFS Cinema this weekend. It is the first feature film from Aboozar Amini, a Dutch-Afghan director. He left Afghanistan at the age of 14 at the outset of the U.S. war there and now lives […]

Doc Days are Here Again! AFS’s 2nd Annual Festival of Brand New Non-Fiction Films Starts Next Week

Doc Days, AFS’s second annual mini-festival of outstanding new non-fiction films from around the world with filmmakers in attendance, takes place next week from May 30 through June 2. In addition to our favorite new documentaries from the festival circuit, the weekend will include events, parties, discussions, and Q&As moderated by Austin’s documentary film community. […]

Jewels in the Wasteland – Intern Edition: AFS Interns Pick Their Favorite Films of the ’80s

AFS is proud of our internship program, which recruits only the best and the brightest, eager to learn about the behind-the-scenes of Austin Film Society. Our interns work hard each week to help fuel the machine that is AFS. Each intern brings a new perspective and we enjoy learning from them as much as they […]

WATCH THIS: Richard Linklater on ’80s Jewels including DRUGSTORE COWBOY, THEY LIVE, WINGS OF DESIRE, and more

For the past few years, we’ve been fortunate to have AFS Founder & Artistic Director Richard Linklater curate his “Jewels in the Wasteland” series at AFS Cinema. Encompassing the entire 1980s, the series focuses on highlighting the best of the decade, from veterans like Godard to newcomers like Gus Van Sant. These are not just […]

Read This: Interview with Dead Souls Director Wang Bing

DEAD SOULS screens this month at AFS Cinema. Buy Tickets. Wang Bing discusses his masterwork DEAD SOULS, the definitive documentary about Maoist purges in mid-century China  Among the biggest highlights at AFS this month are several films by Wang Bing, a global visionary whose timely work carries deep insights into the politics and social realities […]

Interview: Directors of new Trans-Pecos oil line doc A TEXAS MYTH, Screening May 11 at AFS Cinema

AFS is excited to present A TEXAS MYTH, a documentary that tells the story of a West Texas family that invites a Native American activist group onto their land to protest the Trans-Pecos oil pipeline together. Join us at the AFS Cinema on Saturday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m. with filmmakers, David Fenster and Joe […]

“Wickedly funny, fascinating and niftily made” HAIL SATAN? Opens May 3 at AFS Cinema

HAIL SATAN? opens Friday, May 3 at the AFS Cinema. Purchase tickets. Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, HAIL SATAN? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (NUTS!, OUR NIXON). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize […]

WATCH THIS: Q&A WITH THE CAST OF HER SMELL

HER SMELL opens Friday, April 19 at the AFS Cinema. Get your tickets here. The new film from writer/director Alex Ross Perry (GOLDEN EXITS, LISTEN UP PHILIP) stars Elizabeth Moss as Becky Something, a ’90s rock superstar who once filled arenas with her band Something She. When her excesses derail a national tour, she’s forced […]

READ THIS: Interview with BABYLON’s Brinsley Forde with VICE Magazine

BABYLON opens April 5 at the AFS Cinema. Purchase tickets. Franco Rosso’s incendiary Babylon had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980 but went unreleased in the U.S. for “being too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension” (Vivien Goldman, Time Out). Read this interview between VICE and actor Brinsley Forde who portrays Blue in […]

Explore Early Hitchcock in “Hitchcock Before Hollywood” Series, Beginning Tonight at AFS Cinema

Hitchcock Before Hollywood begins April 4th with THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH and continues through April 28. See the full line-up and showtimes here. This month, AFS presents a series of the four films Hitchcock made in the United Kingdom before he traveled to Hollywood. With these films, Hitchcock made his reputation as the […]

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