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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 […]

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 […]

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