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Strike a Pose: The Enduring Influence of PARIS IS BURNING—Opening June 28 at AFS Cinema

PARIS IS BURNING opens June 28 at AFS Cinema. Purchase tickets.  Twenty nine years after its release, the iconic film PARIS IS BURNING continues to have a lasting impact on pop culture through music, TV, and language. From Madonna’s influential song “Vogue” to FX’s new hit show Pose, the cultural reach of the film is […]

“Heart-wrenching yet absolutely beautiful” FUNAN Opens June 21 at AFS Cinema

FUNAN opens Friday, June 21 at the AFS Cinema. Purchase tickets. Cambodia, April 1975. Chou is a young woman whose everyday world is suddenly upended by the arrival of the Khmer Rouge regime. During the chaos of the forced exile from their home, Chou and her husband are separated from their 4-year-old son, who has […]

“A roller coaster of fabulousness and folly” Halston opens June 14

HALSTON opens this Friday, June 14 at the AFS Cinema. Purchase tickets. Fashion designer Halston combined talent, notoriety, and sheer fabulousness to become a legend. From humble beginnings in Des Moines, Iowa, his first brush with fame came when he designed Jackie Onassis’s famous pink pillbox hat. Whether he was popularizing hot pants, creating elegant […]

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 […]


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 […]

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