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KUSAMA: INFINITY, new documentary about Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama, opens Friday at AFS Cinema

KUSAMA: INFINITY opens Friday, September 28th at AFS Cinema. Get your tickets today. Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. For decades, her work pushed boundaries that often alienated her from both her peers and those in power in […]

Meet Jim Cummings: Writer/Director/Star of THUNDER ROAD (playing 9/23)

THUNDER ROAD screens this Sunday, September 23 at AFS Cinema. Purchase tickets. In celebration of Art House Theater Day on September 23, we’re pleased to screen a film that truly embodies the spirit of independent filmmaking and was shot right here in Austin, including portions at our very own Austin Studios. THUNDER ROAD is the tragicomic […]

AFS Programmer Lars Nilsen’s 12 Must-See Films From Toronto International Film Festival 2018

From an outsider’s view, the Toronto International Film Festival may appear to be a glamorous, high-profile festival with back-to-back red carpet premieres of this year’s crop of Oscar contenders. For AFS Lead Film Programmer Lars Nilsen, the festival is a great opportunity to explore the pool of films that will someday make their way to […]

New Gilda Radner Documentary, LOVE GILDA, Opens Friday at AFS Cinema

LOVE, GILDA opens Friday, September 21st at the AFS Cinema. Tickets are on sale now. As many comedians will attest, nobody captured the hearts of the 70’s and 80’s (as well as the cultural zeitgeist) quite like Gilda Radner.  She ascended through the boys club of The National Lampoon straight into stardom as the first […]

AFS Viewfinders Podcast: Michael Tully, director of DON’T LEAVE HOME, opening September 14 at AFS Cinema

DON’T LEAVE HOME opens on September 14 at AFS Cinema. Filmmaker Michael Tully and actress Anna Margaret Hollyman will be in attendance at shows during the first weekend. Get your tickets today. On this episode of the AFS Viewfinders podcast, we visit with Austin-based filmmaker Michael Tully, whose new feature film DON’T LEAVE HOME opens […]

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, for the very first time

Contributed by Stacy Brick, guest programmer of our family-friendly SUNDAY SCHOOL series. In an interview about the “unrestoration” of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, director Christopher Nolan talked about seeing the film for the first time at age 7. “I had the extraordinary experience of being transported in a way that I hadn’t realized was possible. […]

A New Understanding of Time with Hou Hsiao Hsien — Series Begins September 8 at AFS Cinema

Reality in Long Shots: A Hou Hsiao-Hsien Retrospective begins Saturday, September 8, at AFS Cinema. Buy your tickets today. Presented in partnership with Austin Asian American Film Festival. Hou Hsiao-Hsien grew up in the wake of WWII and Japanese occupation of Taiwan, witnessing a generation with bleak outlooks leading bleak lives. Reflecting on his early […]

Children of Abraham/Ibrahim: IN BETWEEN, screening Wednesday at AFS Cinema

Written by Associate Professor Karen Grumberg, of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at UT. The three Israeli Palestinian women in Maysaloun Hamoud’s debut film, IN BETWEEN, are, first and foremost, women. The fact that Hamoud is Israeli Palestinian herself may lead viewers to expect her film to focus on the political dimension of their existence; […]

“The greatest tennis film of all time” coming to AFS

JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION opens Friday, September 7th at AFS Cinema. Tickets are on sale now. In the 1980’s, the Technical Director of the French Tennis Federation wanted to make instructional films of tennis players in action.  His experiments ended with 16mm footage of superstar bad boy John McEnroe at Roland Garros (colloquially called […]

The Miracle in Barbara Loden’s WANDA, opening Saturday at AFS Cinema

WANDA screens at AFS Cinema this weekend, September 1-3. Get tickets today. Barbara Loden wrote, directed, and starred in WANDA with a crew of four people. They filmed in a Pennsylvania coal town on a $100K budget gifted by Harry Schuster. Without studio pressure, Loden could make the film that she wanted to. “There is […]

Josephine Decker’s MADELINE’S MADELINE opens Friday at AFS Cinema

MADELINE’S MADELINE opens on Friday, August 31st at AFS Cinema. Tickets are on sale now. Josephine Decker (BUTTER ON THE LATCH, THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY) is back with her newest feature, a favorite at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. […]

Christopher Nolan’s Grand “Unrestoration” of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY opens August 31 at AFS Cinema

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY’s new 4K unrestoration opens at AFS Cinema on Friday, August 31. Get tickets. Few movies can top both the lists of best movies made of all time and most boring movies of all time. A work of art must have greatness in it – a la “Moby Dick” – to produce […]

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