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Selected Shorts: Mondo’s Justin Ishmael Presents GIANT GOD WARRIOR APPEARS IN TOKYO

Our ongoing Selected Shorts series presents different short films presented by creative luminary types. This time we have a short provided for us by Justin Ishmael, CEO of Mondo, the world’s leading purveyors of specialty printed posters and more. Here’s Justin:   I took a trip to Japan a few years ago and happened upon […]

NYC to lose last film processing lab

The bad news keeps on coming for lovers of celluloid. Technicolor and Deluxe’s joint film lab venture, Film Lab NY, just announced that it is closing its doors in December. It’s important to note that here that Film Lab NY was one of the few places that made film processing affordable for independent filmmakers.  Due […]

You Can’t Love Someone In A Void: Philippe Garrel’s Wild Art

From AFS Associate Artistic Director Holly Herrick: JEALOUSY comes to Austin next week with two screenings at the Marchesa (November 2nd and 3rd), and while Philippe Garrel continues to be considered as the almost satirical epitome of art house in the United States, his films demand a more thorough investigation by US cinephiles. This is […]

Lav Diaz’ Interview Responses Are Almost As Long (& Great) As His Films

Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz, whose 4-hour-plus NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY screens as part of our Essential Cinema series on December 4, was interviewed by Andrea Picard of Cinema Scope last year and it’s one of the best interviews we’ve read in a long time. Here’s a sample: On the impossibility of submitting a list of […]

Selected Shorts: Zack Carlson Presents a “10-Fisted Masterpiece Of Sex, Cake, Self-Loathing & Hot Dogs”

In our Selected Shorts series we’ve been asking some AFS Friends for their favorite short films and posting them here for all of you to enjoy. Zack Carlson is an author (his Fantagraphics book DESTROY ALL MOVIES is the definitive reference work about punks on film), screenwriter, film producer, former programmer for Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, […]

The Past Is Another Country, Especially In Japan: Japanese Commercials Featuring American & Euro Stars

I think by now many of us have seen the legendary and amazing Charles Bronson aftershave commercials (directed by HAUSU maker Nobuhiko Obayashi). Just in case you haven’t, or are having a Low-T day. It follows: I also think we’re pretty well aware that American (and European) stars travel to Japan all the time and […]

Edith Head Talks About Her Working Method & Then She Dresses Audrey Hepburn Like A Champ

“I’m just taking these to the garage with the others” Both the recent series of “Good Eye” columns written by Amy Gentry in the Austin Chronicle, and our upcoming event with costume designer Michael Wilkinson have us thinking about the special language of movie clothing design. For years, especially during the time when women were […]

Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words

This short piece from the Women Make Movies YouTube channel shows us some rare footage of the great Chinese-American star Anna May Wong. She was a true star, though sometimes the parts she played were smaller than she deserved. She is one of those stars who makes an instant connection with audiences today, who have […]

These Audio Interviews with Orson Welles are So Good!

If you’ve haven’t read “This Is Orson Welles”, the big book of interviews between Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles, you should. It’s as important as “Hitchcock/Truffaut” and it may be argued that there’s more practical knowledge to be found there. Welles was as much a self mythologizer as Hitchcock but he switched out his material […]

L.M. Kit Carson, Father of Texas Independent Film Scene, Has Died

  Texan filmmaker, actor and writer L.M. Kit Carson died last night at the age of 73 after a long illness. In 1967 the Irving-based Carson and his collaborator Jim McBride made a movie that forever changed the face of film. It is called DAVID HOLZMAN’S DIARY and in the opinion of many it marks […]

Selected Shorts: Bryan Connolly Presents John Cassavetes, Meshach Taylor and the Bangles in THE HAIRCUT

Selected Shorts is an ongoing series in which we invite some of our favorite people to select and introduce short films that they may have missed. Here, author and bon vivant Bryan Connolly (DESTROY ALL MOVIES) shares a movie that no one ever knew about before and no one can ever live without from now […]

Happy 132nd Birthday Bela Lugosi

We aren’t normally in the business of wishing dead people happy birthday, but in the case of Bela Lugosi there is definitely some room to dispute whether or not he’s actually dead. We know he was buried – in his Dracula cape – in 1956, but to date no one has verified that he is […]