2014 Austin Film Festival and Conference Schedule
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Luke Wilson

actor Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums, Old School, The Skeleton Twins; writer/director The Wendell Baker Story, Satellite Beach
Luke Wilson has established himself as of one of the most versatile actors of his generation with his indelible performances in broad comedies, thoughtful dramas and provocative independent features.This fall, Wilson co-stars in the emotionally charged comedy, The Skeleton Twins, featuring Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig as estranged fraternal twins who coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival was released by Roadside Attraction September 12, 2014, where it opened to positive reviews and a strong box office.Wilson also co-directed, wrote, and stars in the short film Satellite Beach, which follows the unique journey of the Endeavour space shuttle as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center, and the final move of the Atlantis Space Shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center. Wilson portrays Warren Flowers, a devoted and unlikely shuttle manager who navigates the missions on his own accord while the citizens, reporters, and officials are perplexed by his involvement.Satellite Beach won awards at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the High Desert International Film Festival, and the Knoxville Film and Music Festival.Upcoming, Wilson will be seen in Justin Reardon’s romantic comedy Playing It Cool, about the motivation pull of unrequited love and starring alongside Michelle Monaghan, Chris Evans and Aubrey Plaza. Additional projects include Kevin Connolly’s Dear Eleanor; Ride, which was written and directed by Helen Hunt; the crime drama Meadowland, and the animated film Rock Dog.In 1996, Luke Wilson made his film debut in the acclaimed short Bottle Rocket, directed by Wes Anderson. The short premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and after attracting the attention of James L. Brooks, the short became a full-length feature film. From that moment, Wilson went on to star in more than 50 film and television projects including the two more Wes Anderson classics, Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. In 2005, Wilson wrote, starred in, and co-directed (with his brother Andrew Wilson), The Wendell Baker Story, alongside Eva Mendes, Owen Wilson and Eddie Griffin.Wilson’s credits include Old School, the beloved college comedy with Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn; the Legally Blonde franchise with Reese Witherspoon; the Charlie’s Angels franchise with Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore; Blades of Glory and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy also with Ferrell; Ivan Reitman’s My Super Ex-Girlfriend opposite Uma Thurman; Mike Judge’s satirical Idiocracy; the western 3:10 to Yuma; the heartwarming, My Dog Skip; Hoot, based on Carl Hiaasen’s beloved children’s book of the same name; and Neil Labute’s 2010 Death at a Funeral. Wilson also starred in the 2008 film Henry Poole is Here, which was nominated for the Humanitas Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.On television, Wilson’s credits include co-starring with Laura Dern in the acclaimed HBO series Enlightened; as well as Fox’s That 70’s Show, HBO’s Entourage and Comedy Central’s Drunk History.Luke Wilson was born in Dallas, Texas in 1971. 

My Filmmakers Sessions

Saturday, October 25

11:45am CDT