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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 […]

AFS Viewfinders Podcast: Preserving the Best in Horror, Sleaze, and Action – American Genre Film Archive at 10

On this episode of the AFS Viewfinders podcast, we visit with the team behind the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA)—Director Joe Ziemba, Head of Film Preservation Sebastian del Castillo, and Director of Business Affairs Alicia Coombs. Now in its 10th year, the Austin-based non-profit was formed to preserve the legacy of genre movies, the more […]

Who is Longmont Potion Castle? Find out this Wednesday, Aug 14 at the AFS Cinema

WHERE IN THE HELL IS THE LAVENDER HOUSE?: THE LONGMONT POTION CASTLE STORY screens this Wednesday, August 14 at 8:30 PM at the AFS Cinema. Purchase tickets. After the film we will be joined via Skype by Longmont Potion Castle himself for some live prank calls. You might have seen a post or two from […]

The Many Roles of Sonny Carl Davis – Catch his Live, One-Man show this weekend at AFS Cinema

Sonny Carl Davis Live: First to Be Eaten: Ramblings of a Bit Player takes place at the AFS Cinema on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11. Purchase tickets.  You probably know him as the “diner guy” in those anti-Ted Cruz commercials, but we’re here to tell you that Sonny Carl Davis has a lot […]


The AFS Essential Cinema series Half Angel: The Essential Cinema of Jean Arthur runs from August 1- 31 at the AFS Cinema.  In preparation for our upcoming Essential Cinema series at the AFS Cinema, Half Angel: The Essential Cinema of Jean Arthur, we’ve compiled a list of a few things we love about Jean Arthur so […]

Listen to This: X Frontman John Doe on Music, Film, and Life After LA

On August 3-4, AFS will partner with John Doe, of LA band X, to present a special weekend of films at the AFS Cinema including, X: THE UNHEARD MUSIC, ROCKERS, and GEORGIA. Come early and stay late as Doe will be in attendance all weekend. Purchase tickets. On this episode of the AFS Viewfinders podcast, […]

Listen to This: Madlib Mines the Blue Note Records Archive

BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES runs July 19 – 24 at the AFS Cinema. Join us for a Blue Note Records DJ set by Violet Sound following the Friday, July 19, 7 PM screening, and a post-movie discussion with jazz trumpeter Jeff Lofton on Saturday, July 20 after the 4:30 screening. Purchase tickets.  Known […]

Q&A with Tish Sparks and Jeremy von Stilb of Contrast Film Festival – Starts July 18

The 2019 Contrast Film Festival runs July 18 – 21 at the AFS Cinema. See the full line up and purchase tickets. Image courtesy of SO PRETTY.  The second annual Contrast Film Festival—a celebration of gender-defying, forward-thinking, and accessible art with an emphasis on female and queer filmmakers—takes place this weekend, July 18 – 21, […]

Interview with Mike Plante, Director of New Wyatt Earp Doc ‘And With Him Came the West’

Part of our ongoing Doc Nights series, AND WITH HIM CAME THE WEST screens July 17 at 7:30 PM at the AFS Cinema with director Mike Plante in person. Purchase tickets. Plante will also join us the following night for a Moviemaker Dialogue on short films. The gunfight at the OK Corral was a legend […]

Meet the Programmer: Jazmyne Moreno of Lates Previews the New Summer Line-up

Another month of Lates kicks off Friday, July 5 with THE REFLECTING SKIN at AFS Cinema. Purchase tickets.  Our monthly Lates series returns this Friday, showcasing the new cult film canon guest programmed by Jazmyne Moreno. On the new line-up Moreno says, “From Philip Ridley’s gothy Idaho wheat fields to Tsukamoto’s buzzy thrills—the cult canon […]

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