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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 […]


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 […]

“The Only Difference Between Tragedy and Comedy is the Ending” – An Interview with WOMAN AT WAR Director Benedikt Erlingsson

WOMAN AT WAR is both a surreal dark comedy and an uplifting film about urgent environmental activism bound to appeal to fans of Aki Kaurismäki and Ruben Östlund (FORCE MAJEURE). The fact that the tuba-heavy score to the film is provided entirely by onscreen musicians – who are invisible and inaudible to the film’s characters […]

WATCH THIS: Francois Truffaut Discussing Jean Vigo’s L’ATALANTE

L’ATALANTE is part of our series, The Complete Works of Jean Vigo, and screens this week at AFS Cinema. Purchase Tickets. The complete works of the visionary filmmaker Jean Vigo, who, before his death at age 29, made four groundbreaking films that would influence generations to come. One of the filmmakers who was influenced by […]

WATCH THIS: Q&A with TRANSIT Director Christian Petzold

TRANSIT opens Friday March 29, at the AFS Cinema. Purchase Tickets. From director Christian Petzold (PHOENIX). As fascism spreads, German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski) flees to Marseille and assumes the identity of the dead writer whose transit papers he is carrying. Living among refugees from around the world, Georg falls for Marie (Paula Beer), a […]

The Origins of an Origin Story: An Interview with RA: PATH OF THE SUN GOD Animator Lesley Keen

Guest programmer Jazmyne Moreno talked to Lesley Keen, the animator behind the lost masterpiece RA: PATH OF THE SUN GOD, about its origins and how it was almost lost to the ages. The film finally receives a theatrical premiere almost 30 years after its creation this Wednesday, March 13th, during SXSW, presented by AFS with […]

Series Preview: The Alt-Doc Canon, Programmed by Filmmaker Magazine’s Vadim Rizov

The Alt-Doc Canon, a series presented by Filmmaker Magazine, begins this Monday, February 18, at AFS Cinema. Get your tickets today. Beginning on February 18, AFS is proud to welcome Vadim Rizov, Managing Editor of Filmmaker Magazine, and his collection of formally innovative documentaries in a new short series, The Alt-Doc Canon. Vadim has written for Sight and […]

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