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Wednesday, October 22
 

7:00pm

12th Annual Film & Food Party
Hosted By: Cary Fukunaga
Musical Performance by Elizabeth McQueen

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Austin Film Festival is pleased to announce the 12th annual Film & Food Fundraising Party, an evening dedicated to honoring Austin as both a nationally recognized thriving film industry and renowned culinary hotspot. Held in the glamorous and historic Driskill Hotel, this evening of specialty cocktails by Twin Liquors and innovative cuisine presented by some of Austin’s most notable chefs, brings together Austinites and visitors alike to celebrate the arts. The silent auction presents the very best in luxury items, trips, and experiences.

Proceeds benefit Austin Film Festival’s On Story® Project. The On Story® Project encompasses AFF’s PBS affiliated show On Story, the book series On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft; and the On Story Podcasts — all produced off various recordings captured from past Festivals & year-round events. The On Story archive is also made available to students through AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program, which introduces young people to the film industry and provides new mediums for them to express their creativity, improve their communication skills, and benefit the arts community as a whole. The On Story Project shares 20 years of wonderful experiences and knowledge from screenwriters such as Sydney Pollack, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, and Vince Gilligan, just to name a few. You can view past episodes and podcasts at www.onstory.tv, subscribe to our podcasts via iTunes, or find more information and purchase On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft, here.

This party takes place at The Driskill Hotel located at 604 Brazos Street.  



Wednesday October 22, 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos, Austin, TX 78701
 
Thursday, October 23
 

12:00pm

Opening Remarks
Austin Film Festival welcomes you to its 21st annual celebration of storytelling through film. Bringing together industry icons, independent filmmakers, aspiring storytellers, and everyone in between, this year features intimate discussions, workshops, film and television premieres, retrospectives, parties, and limitless networking opportunities. Join AFF staff and board members for Opening Remarks to learn more about the week ahead, last-minute additions and changes, and new special guests.

Thursday October 23, 2014 12:00pm - 12:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

1:00pm

A Conversation with Cary Fukunaga
There's no denying that this filmmaker has range. From Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre, and the riveting series True Detective (for which he took home the Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Directing of a Drama Series), Cary Fukunaga is a master of visual storytelling. Join us for a conversation on creating rich and layered worlds, and how to sustain a diverse artistic repertoire.

Sponsors

Thursday October 23, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

1:00pm

Austin Pitch Prep
Are you ready to give your pitch? Get prepped to sell script—and yourself!—and ensure that your first pitch won’t be your last. Will you be in the select group that makes it through to the Pitch Competition Finale?

Thursday October 23, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

1:00pm

How to Work the Conference
Join panelists who have attended the AFF Conference over the years and made the most of their time here—from networking and mingling to navigating the screenplay competition and the robust schedule. They were once in your shoes and have made countless industry contacts to further their careers. Find out how to maximize your Badge and your time here at the Conference!

Thursday October 23, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

1:00pm

Notes on Notes: How to Take a Meeting
Join these writers and industry professionals for a conversation on what to expect when you take a meeting, how to respond to script notes you totally disagree with, and what the development process entails.

Thursday October 23, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

1:00pm

On Story Lounge
Don’t forget to check out the On Story Lounge, held in the Driskill Hotel’s Jim Hogg Parlor, featuring content from the On Story Project while offering a space for writers to meet, mingle, and relax!

Known as the “Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. On Story® is a natural progression of that mission and offers an organic, multi-platform initiative dedicated to this process through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors, and producers.

For 21 years, Austin Film Festival has brought together the film and television industry’s most recognized screenwriters and filmmakers, including luminaries like Wes Anderson, Caroline Thompson, Oliver Stone, Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Jason Reitman, James Franco, Jonathan Demme, Paul Thomas Anderson, Mike Judge, Shane Black, Callie Khouri, Damon Lindelof, Larry Wilmore, Greg Daniels, Sydney Pollack, and more.

Their passionate and in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling have entertained thousands of Festival registrants over the years. Since Austin Film Festival’s launch, hundreds of these invaluably rich and informative discussions have been recorded and archived; AFF is thrilled to make these available to the public through the On Story Project. What inspired such instant classics as Schindler’s List, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Unforgiven, Slumdog Millionaire, Thelma and Louise, The Silence of the Lambs, Breaking Bad, Lost, and more? On Story gets to the heart of the matter and presents the stories behind the storytellers, revealing the real magic of movies.

LISTEN: Subscribe to the On Story podcast on iTunes, including conversations with Vince Gilligan, Jenji Kohan, Frank Darabont, Jeff Nichols, and more.

WATCH: On Story is a half-hour PBS-affiliated TV series that features an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows. Available on 129 stations in 65 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Dallas, On Story is comprised of past AFF panels and Q&As, coupled with a short film that screened during the Festival.

READ: On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft distills the advice of renowned, award-winning screenwriters and filmmakers who have attended the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. The book features content from panels featuring Lawrence Kasdan, John Lee Hancock, Whit Stillman, and more, with a special foreward by Brian Helgeland. It is available to purchase at Registration or on the Austin Film Festival website.

ATTEND: See On Story® LIVE at this year’s Festival & Screenwriters Conference! Take a seat in one of our On Story sponsored rooms for an up-close-and-personal experience with the 2014 Panelists, Filmmakers, and Awardees. On Story will be filming content at the Driskill Hotel’s Ballroom and Maximilian Room, the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental’s Ballroom, and St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Bethell Hall.

Sponsors

Thursday October 23, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

1:00pm

Romancing the Screenplay
When you think about it, a romance movie is an inherent contradiction. It takes something as intensely personal as love and plasters it onto the big screen. It makes the private public, and the intimate communal. It takes a skilled writer to work through this opposition and convince an entire audience to feel like they are witnessing a true love. Hear from writers who approached this challenge from different perspectives and processes, and can attest to how they romance the screenplay and, ultimately, the audience.

Sponsors

Thursday October 23, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

1:00pm

Roundtable: The Art and Business of Television
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the craft and business of writing for television. How do you break in? What is the dynamic in a writers’ room and the difference between various jobs involved? How is the changing landscape of television affecting the role of a writer? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to TV writers, producers, showrunners, and executives in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the art and the business sides of breaking into and writing for television.

Austin Film Festival’s Roundtable Sessions offer registrants exclusive access to writers, producers, and executives. The atmosphere is casual and registrants are encouraged to ask specific questions about the creative and business aspects of writing for film and television. Each session provides an opportunity for registrants to speak with three professionals among a small group of peers.

All Roundtables take place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 22 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 23 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 24 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 25 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Thursday October 23, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

1:00pm

The Lone Stars: Film in Texas
Join this panel of representatives from various film organizations within the great state of Texas for a discussion on the incentives and benefits available to help make independent filmmakers the next “Lone Stars” in the industry.

This panel is co-presented by the Houston Cinema Arts Society

Community Partners
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Houston Cinema Arts Society

Houston Cinema Arts Society

Thursday October 23, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

1:00pm

Script-to-Screen: Groundhog Day
Danny Rubin, the co-writer of the beloved Harold Ramis classic Groundhog Day, will deconstruct how the film has become a significant staple and reference for screenwriters in the comedy world, using specific scenes from the film as examples. Join this panel for an in-depth exploration on how to best “stay in the loop” with good storytelling practices without having to start over every time you think you’re onto something… With any luck, you’ll be seeing your screenplay’s shadow this February.

Those who enrolled in the advance-sign up for this session are required to show up 15 minutes early and will be admitted first. The panel will then open to remaining Badge holders.

Sponsors

Thursday October 23, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

2:45pm

A Conversation with Richard LaGravenese
Join a conversation with Richard LaGravenese, screenwriter of The Fisher King, for which he received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay. LaGravenese’s credits also include A Little Princess, The Bridges of Madison County, P.S., I Love You, Behind the Candelabra, and most recently, co-writer on Unbroken and the writer/director of the stage-to-screen adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years. Bring your questions about capturing the essence of strong relationships, and the elements that make up the heart of a story.

Sponsors

Thursday October 23, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

2:45pm

Austin Pitch #1
It’s the 12th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Thursday October 23, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

2:45pm

Deconstructing: Gone with the Wind
It’s been three-quarters of a century since David O. Selznick’s Gone with the Wind won best picture, yet Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler’s epic romance—with both each other and the Old South—continues to haunt America’s collective conscience. Considered one of the most enduring films of all time, panelists will discuss why Selznick’s masterpiece leaves you wanting two of the big screen’s most detestable characters to find happiness more than anything else. Join this panel if you do give a damn about the multitudes of ways Gone with the Wind can contribute to your own epic romance with your writing career.

This panel is co-presented by the Harry Ransom Center.


Thursday October 23, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

2:45pm

From Prose to Primetime: El Jefe
Join the writers behind Hemlock Grove, Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, as well as Pulitzer Prize finalist and LA Time Book Prize winner, Philipp Meyer, as they discuss their new company, El Jefe. Aimed at translating novels for television, the trio is developing Meyer’s latest novel, The Son, for AMC. Learn more about bridging mediums through the adaptation process, and this new opportunity for novelists looking to bring their stories to the screen.

Thursday October 23, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

2:45pm

On Story Lounge
Don’t forget to check out the On Story Lounge, held in the Driskill Hotel’s Jim Hogg Parlor, featuring content from the On Story Project while offering a space for writers to meet, mingle, and relax!

Known as the “Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. On Story® is a natural progression of that mission and offers an organic, multi-platform initiative dedicated to this process through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors, and producers.

For 21 years, Austin Film Festival has brought together the film and television industry’s most recognized screenwriters and filmmakers, including luminaries like Wes Anderson, Caroline Thompson, Oliver Stone, Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Jason Reitman, James Franco, Jonathan Demme, Paul Thomas Anderson, Mike Judge, Shane Black, Callie Khouri, Damon Lindelof, Larry Wilmore, Greg Daniels, Sydney Pollack, and more.

Their passionate and in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling have entertained thousands of Festival registrants over the years. Since Austin Film Festival’s launch, hundreds of these invaluably rich and informative discussions have been recorded and archived; AFF is thrilled to make these available to the public through the On Story Project. What inspired such instant classics as Schindler’s List, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Unforgiven, Slumdog Millionaire, Thelma and Louise, The Silence of the Lambs, Breaking Bad, Lost, and more? On Story gets to the heart of the matter and presents the stories behind the storytellers, revealing the real magic of movies.

LISTEN: Subscribe to the On Story podcast on iTunes, including conversations with Vince Gilligan, Jenji Kohan, Frank Darabont, Jeff Nichols, and more.

WATCH: On Story is a half-hour PBS-affiliated TV series that features an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows. Available on 129 stations in 65 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Dallas, On Story is comprised of past AFF panels and Q&As, coupled with a short film that screened during the Festival.

READ: On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft distills the advice of renowned, award-winning screenwriters and filmmakers who have attended the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. The book features content from panels featuring Lawrence Kasdan, John Lee Hancock, Whit Stillman, and more, with a special foreward by Brian Helgeland. It is available to purchase at Registration or on the Austin Film Festival website.

ATTEND: See On Story® LIVE at this year’s Festival & Screenwriters Conference! Take a seat in one of our On Story sponsored rooms for an up-close-and-personal experience with the 2014 Panelists, Filmmakers, and Awardees. On Story will be filming content at the Driskill Hotel’s Ballroom and Maximilian Room, the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental’s Ballroom, and St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Bethell Hall.

Sponsors

Thursday October 23, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

2:45pm

Roundtable: The Art and Business of Film
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the craft and business of writing for film. How do you break in? What are good strategies for networking and making important contacts? What are the important practices, routines, and trends to be aware of? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the art and the business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

Austin Film Festival’s Roundtable Sessions offer registrants exclusive access to writers, producers, and executives. The atmosphere is casual and registrants are encouraged to ask specific questions about the creative and business aspects of writing for film and television. Each session provides an opportunity for registrants to speak with three professionals among a small group of peers.

All Roundtables take place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 22 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 23 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 24 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 25 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Thursday October 23, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

2:45pm

Screenplay Competitions
Screenwriting competitions can be a great way to have your work read, receive helpful feedback, and even get noticed by the people who can take your career to the next level. But how do you stand out amongst an ocean of entries? Panelists will walk you through the ins and outs of the competition world, ways to use competitions to launch your writing career, and what to do if you—gulp!—win. Come with questions - this panel will feature an open forum for some of the most frequently asked queries received by leading screenplay competitions.

Thursday October 23, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

2:45pm

The Ten Hour Movie: Anthology Television
With the rise of binge watching and new media platforms, anthology series are at the helm of revolutionizing storytelling through television. The strong embodiment of a three-act structure over the course of one-season narratives lends itself to new viewing patterns and the potential to attract high profile talent. Panelists hailing from such shows as Fargo and True Detective will discuss how to package an anthology that is not only compelling on a season-to-season basis, but also how to keep audiences engaged throughout the evolution of an entire series.

Sponsors

Thursday October 23, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

2:45pm

Using Improv to Improve Your Comedy
How do you craft a screenplay, with all the instructions, elements, and details that contribute to a great comedy, while still allowing space for improvisation? Panelists will partake in this discussion on how to plan for the unplanned, and the unique ways writing can use improv training to improve their comedies.

This panel is co-presented by The New Movement.

Community Partners
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The New Movement

Comedy conservatory

Thursday October 23, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

2:45pm

Writing and Producing a Web Series
Long gone are the days of waiting on a studio or a network to give you permission to make something. Independent filmmakers have been financing their own films for decades. And now there's a viable option for filmmakers whose passion lies with serial storytelling. Web series are a cost-effective way to make and distribute your own TV show; some are even successfully making the leap from the web to traditional cable networks. Panelists will discuss the methods for getting your web series noticed by the right people, and keeping the quality when you make the jump.

Thursday October 23, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

5:00pm

Austin Film Commission Opening Night Reception
This year’s Opening Night Reception, hosted by Austin Film Commission, is on Thursday October 23rd. Featuring Stella Artois and Zodiac Vodka, and wine from Naked Grape Wine. The Opening Night party is the perfect place to reconnect with AFF friends, compare notes on which movies you can’t miss, and fall back into the Austin vibe. The Austin Film Commission, will host live music by a local Austin band representing Austin as the live music capital of the world.
Producers Badge Only and ACVB/Austin Film Commission Guest List for entry.
This party is at Trinity Hall located on 311 E. 5th Street. 


Thursday October 23, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Trinity Hall 401 E. 6th St, Austin TX, 78701

6:45pm

The Humbling
OPENING NIGHT FILM
(USA) RT: 112 Mins

US PREMIERE

Writers: Buck Henry, Michal Zebede (In Attendance)

Director: Barry Levinson

Cast: Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin, Kyra Sedgwick

Based on Phillip Roth’s final novel, The Humbling tells the story of over-the-hill stage actor Simon Axler (Al Pacino) and his struggles to find his passion for life again. Near his breaking point, he finds motivation in the form of a young and lustful lesbian, Pegeen Stapleford (Greta Gerwig), but as their relationship heats up Simon has a hard time keeping up with the youthful Pegeen. The Humbling is directed by Barry Levinson and also stars Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, Dianne Wiest and Nina Arianda.

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 


Thursday October 23, 2014 6:45pm - 8:45pm
Paramount Theatre

7:10pm

Hardy
(USA) RT:73min

Director: Natasha Verma (in attendance)

WORLD PREMIERE - Hardy is a documentary which offers a glimpse into the world of a female boxer who holds her own when it comes to parenting, providing and kicking ass. She realizes that the secret to her own happiness lies within the promise of success in boxing. Her troubled past and intimate relationship with her trainer portray a dynamic world that compels the audience to fight with her.

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 

Filmmakers
Sponsors


Thursday October 23, 2014 7:10pm - 8:30pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

7:10pm

Shorts Program 12: Documentary Shorts
The Next Part US
Runtime: 17 minutes                                      
Director: Erin Sanger (in attendance)  
Synopsis: A collected and confident look at how a double-amputee army bomb tech and his wife grapple with his injuries amid unexpected circumstances.
See Trailer 
Also In Attendance: Chris Ferguson (Producer)

Find Me a Man US       
Runtime: 7 minutes                                        
Director: John Sebelius (in attendance) 
Synopsis: Randy Roy lost her husband of 22 years, Bill, to a drunk driving accident eight years ago. Since his passing, she has found it difficult to find any man that measures up. The film explores the difficulties and humor that comes when trying to find love again, in your 60s, while living in Topeka, Kansas.
Also in Attendance: Brad Roszell (Producer/Editor), Randy Roy (Subject)

Changeover US        
Runtime: 11 minutes                                       
Director: David Ketterer, T, Connor Lynch             
Synopsis: As the days of 35mm film comes to a close, Bill Frankhouser, owner of Super 322 Drive-In in the hills of Pennsylvania, must come to grips with the financial and emotional challenges the industry has forced upon him.
See Trailer 
In Attendance: Chandler Wild (Producer), Scott Dela Cruz (Producer)

A Shot in the Dark US 
Runtime: 7 minutes                                        
Director: Clyde Burley (in attendance) 
Synopsis: A mechanic forced into retirement after a back injury learns to make handcrafted lamps out of what once would have been considered trash.

Slow Season US            
Runtime: 6 minutes                                        
Director: John Fiege (in attendance)
Synopsis: As the effects of the 2010 BP oil spill linger in Louisiana’s bayou country, a way of life begins to slip away for a crab fisherman and his sons.

Albert US       
Runtime: 14 minutes                                      
Director: Daniel Jaffe (in attendance)  
Synopsis: Albert Rizzi, a teacher who is now blind, shares his story of losing his eyesight and how his world has changed since. 
See Trailer  

Stella Walsh US          
Runtime: 15 minutes                                      
Director: Rob Lucas  (in attendance)
Synopsis: Almost fifty years after her stunning gold medal win in the women’s 100 meter dash, Stella Walsh is shot and killed in Cleveland, Ohio, exposing the truth about her ambiguous gender.
See Trailer

The Granny Globetrotter
 US
Runtime: 17 minutes
Director: Vince Williams (in attendance)
Synopsis: Kay Seamayer, a feisty seventy-four-year-old singer and basketball player, lives the dream by battling her way with the All Stars through the Senior Olympic tournament, in hopes for gold.
See Trailer
Also in Attendance: Heather Child (Producer)

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today!

Filmmakers
BR

Brad Roszell

Producer/Editor, Find Me A Man
CW

Chandlier Wild

Producer, Changeover
CF

Chris Ferguson

Next Part, Producer
CB

Clyde Burley

Director, A Shot in the Dark
DJ

Daniel Jaffe

Director, Albert
ES

Erin Sanger

Director, Next Part
HC

Heather Child

Producer, The Granny Globetrotter
JF

John Fiege

Director, Slow Season
JS

John Sebelius

Director & Artist
RR

Randy Roy

Subject, Find Me A Man
RL

Rob Lucas

The Nightlight
Book editor, film festival coordinator, tired old man. | | I'm still living in Akron, Ohio and have to admit that I'm proud of it. I collect records, help run the Akron Film Festival, and run the blog http://interestingakron.wordpress.com. I'm a book editor for Gray & Company publishers and love regional history.
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Scott Dela Cruz

Producer, Changeover
VW

Vince Williams

Director, The Granny Globetrotter



Thursday October 23, 2014 7:10pm - 9:10pm
The Hideout Theatre

7:30pm

All Relative
(USA) RT: 85 Mins

Writer/Director: J.C. Khoury (in attendance)

Cast: Jonathan Sadowski, Sara Paxton, Al Thompson (all in attendance), Connie Nielsen

When Harry (Jonathan Sadowski), a graduate student in New York City, meets Grace (Sara Paxton), he immediately falls for her. With the help of some dating tips from a seductive divorcée (Connie Nielsen), Harry successfully courts Grace. But when he's introduced to her parents, a shared secret turns his world into a living nightmare. Forced to survive a weekend riddled with tension and socially awkward moments, the bonds of both couples are tested to their breaking point in this wildly engaging mix of comedy and drama.

Also in Attendance: Andreas von Scheele (Cinematographer)

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today!

Filmmakers
AT

Al Thompson

Cast, All Relative
AV

Andreas von Scheele

Cinematographer, All Relative



Thursday October 23, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

7:30pm

The Sideways Light
(USA) RT:85min

Writer/Director: Jennifer Harlow (in attendance)

Cast: Lindsay Burdge (in attendance), Annalee Jefferies (in attendance), Mark Reeb (in attendance), Matthew Newton (in attendance), Rocco Sisto.

Lily (Lindsay Burdge, 'A Teacher') returns home to care for her ailing mother, Ruth (Annalee Jefferies, 'The Girl'). As Ruth's mind unravels,  Lily struggles to understand her and the strange happenings in the house her family has called home for generations. Is Ruth the cause of the disturbances in the house? Or is it something older and more profound hidden there and in Lily's bloodline?

Also in attendance: Jenny Goddard-Garcia (Producer)

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 

Filmmakers
AJ

Annalee Jefferies

Cast, The Sideways Light
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Jennifer Harlow

Producer, SHO Pictures, writer/director The Sideways Light
Jennifer Harlow, native Texan, started writing stories between ballet classes as a child. She earned a BA in Theatre, and turned to independent filmmaking soon after moving to Austin. Jennifer acted in several films, including John Bryant's Momma's Boy which played Austin Film Festival in 2006. She soon found herself behind the camera, doing every job from casting assistant to props, wardrobe and set photographer. At the urging of her husband... Read More →
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Jenny Goddard-Garcia

Producer, SHO Pictures
The Sideways Light (world premiere) | | Thursday, Oct 23rd @ 7:30pm Bob Bullock Theater | Sunday, Oct. 26th @ 10:30pm Alamo Village | | Watch it!
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Lindsay Burdge

actress The Sideways Light
Lindsay Burdge is an actress, producer, and casting director who has starred in films screened at Tribeca, Sundance, and SXSW Film Festivals. Credits include A Teacher and First Winter as well as the upcoming The Midnight Swim and The Invitation.
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Mark Reeb

Producer, SHO Pictures
MARK REEB is an actor and independent film producer based out of Austin, Texas.  He has performed in more than seventy stage productions. Reeb spent the last thirteen years focused exclusively on movies.  Notable projects include “The Overbrook Brothers”, “Sun Don’t Shine” and “Possession”.  Reeb has a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch Graduate Acting Program.    He lives... Read More →
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Matthew Newton

Cast, The Sideways Light
MATTHEW NEWTON is a critically acclaimed award winning actor, writer and director who worked extensively in his native Australia in theater, television and films, before relocating to America. His many leading roles on screen include starring in “Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities”, one of the most successful Australian television drama series of all time. Matthew’s debut feature  film as writer/director “Three Blind... Read More →



Thursday October 23, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
IMAX Theatre

8:00pm

In the Name of the Father, Presented by Terry George
In the Name of the Father, Presented by Terry George


Thursday October 23, 2014 8:00pm - 10:00pm
State Theatre

9:30pm

The Kings Surrender
(Germany) RT:104min
Writer/Director: Philipp Leinemann
Cast: Ronald Zehrfeld, Frederick Lau, Thomas Thieme

When a police operation goes tragically wrong in a tough neighborhood in Germany, an innocent teenager is made the scapegoat. The Kings Surrender tracks layer after layer of corruption, violence, and revenge between police officers, teenage gangs, and everyone else who gets caught in the crossfire. In a race against time, everybody chases everybody else in order to save their friends, their home and, most importantly, themselves.

In Attendance: Philipp Worm (producer)

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 

Filmmakers
PW

Philipp Worm

producer, The Kings Surrender

Sponsors

Thursday October 23, 2014 9:30pm - 11:20pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

9:40pm

Shorts Program 2: Back and Forth
1946 UK
Runtime: 15 minutes           
Writer/Director: Robert Ford
Synopsis: At the turn of his career, Jimmy Stewart must choose between acting roles that move him and roles that make him money.
See Trailer

The Last Night
 New Zealand
Runtime: 17 minutes           
Writer/Director: David Strong (in attendance)
Synopsis: On his last night in Afghanistan, a United Nations official is compelled to protect a village from the conflict caused by NATO and the local war lord he has befriended.
See Trailer

Come Fly With Me US
Runtime: 10 minutes
Writer/Director: Christine Boylan (in attendance)
When a con man bluffs his way through the tense, final ten minutes of the biggest con of his life, the recent death of a loved one may trip him up, or be the key to getting away with it all.

Dishes US
Runtime: 10 minutes           
Writer: Peter Rosemeyer (in attendance)          
Director: Peter Rosemeyer, Billy Kirland (both in attendance)
Synopsis: A guy confronts his roommates about their dirty dishes. Words are said. Fingers are pointed. Things escalate quickly. 
See trailer
Also in Attendance: Mike Rosemeyer (Producer), Tom Demetrio (Producer)

We Have To Talk Sweden
Runtime: 9 minutes           
Writer/Director: Jean-Pascal Strüwer
Synopsis: After a break in their relationship, Fredrik and Caroline meet-up in a cafe, to discuss their future.
See Trailer

El Beso Mexico
Runtime: 12 minutes
Writer: Mark Harvey Levine
Director: Carlos G. Davila (in attendance)
Synopsis: Daniel approaches his platonic friend with a simple request. He wants her to give him an honest, sober appraisal of how he kisses.    
See Trailer

The Way of Tea France
Runtime: 21 minutes           
Writer/Director: Marc Fouchard
Synopsis: In a provincial French town, after the aggression of a young man, a store owner infuses a pot of tea as a peace offering.

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Filmmakers
BK

Billy Kirland

Director, Dishes
CG

Carlos G. Davila

Producer / Director, Reverie Workshop
Carlos G. Dávila (1983, Monterrey, Mexico) graduated as an architect from the University of Monterrey before studying film in New York. | His career in film began as a photographer, later went on to produce the Mexican independent feature film “2xUno”. | Since then, Carlos has directed and produced numerous commercials and music videos, with several features and television series currently in the pipeline.
avatar for Christine Boylan

Christine Boylan

writer/producer Constantine, Once Upon A Time, Castle, Off the Map, Leverage
Twitter: @KitMoxie | Boylan is a television writer/producer who has worked on Leverage (TNT), Off the Map, Castle, and Once Upon A Time (ABC). Christine is currently a co-executive producer on NBC’s Constantine. She also writes short stories (such as Hoss at Popcorn Fiction) and plays (The Kid, a one-man show written with Joey McIntyre, premiered at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in... Read More →
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David J Strong

Writer/Director & Producer, CraftInc. Films (The Last Night - AFF 2014 Shorts Program 2. Pacific Dreams 2011)
New Zealand independent filmmaker with two shorts and currently developing several features. | | "The Last Night" (17mins) is inspired by events I experienced while serving overseas in the Army. It recently won a Festival Director's Award in LA. | | It's great to be screening in the incredible AFF. I'm coming over to support the film, learn from the masters of writing, enjoy the great Austin hospitality and meet cool people.
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Mike Rosemeyer

Producer, Dishes
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Peter Rosemeyer

Writer/Director, Dishes
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Tom Demetrio

Producer, Dishes



Thursday October 23, 2014 9:40pm - 11:30pm
The Hideout Theatre

9:45pm

The Last Five Years
OPENING NIGHT FILM

(USA) RT: 94 Mins

Writer/Director: Richard LaGravenese (in attendance)

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan

Producers:  Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, Richard LaGravenese, Janet Brenner


A struggling actress (Anna Kendrick) and her novelist lover (Jeremy Jordan) look back on the last half-decade of their relationship from very different viewpoints, in this adaptation of the hit Broadway musical from writer-director Richard LaGravenese.


Thursday October 23, 2014 9:45pm - 11:15pm
Paramount Theatre

9:45pm

Terrible Love
(USA) RT:93min

Writer: Christopher Thomas, Luke Helmer (both in attendance)

Director: Christopher Thomas (in attendance)

Cast: Rufus Burns (in attendance), Kevin Lambert

A bittersweet autopsy of mental illness and lost love, Terrible Love tells the story of Rufus, a wounded veteran returning home from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder, and his devoted wife Amy. They promised themselves never to leave each other, but that promise is put to the ultimate test when Rufus’ PTSD becomes violent.  Terrible Love dives head first into the heart-breaking effects of PTSD, the relationships it hurts, and the lives it threatens.

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Filmmakers
avatar for Christopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas

Director, Terrible Love
"There's more to life than cheek bones." - Kate Winslet
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Luke Helmer

Helmsman Studios LLC
Co-Writer/Producer of "Terrible Love". | | If there are no ghosts in the dark, there are no fairies in the grass.
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Rufus Burns

Actor, Terrible Love



Thursday October 23, 2014 9:45pm - 11:30pm
IMAX Theatre

10:00pm

The Suicide Theory
(AUS) RT:98min

Writer: Michael J. Kospiah (in attendance)

Director:Dru Brown (in attendance)

Cast: Steve Mouzakis, Leon Cain, Matthew Scully

Percival believes he’s cursed after miraculously surviving each suicide attempt. After jumping from a building and landing on the cab of Steven Ray, an unusual man whose violent and bizarre behavior becomes uncontrollable after losing the love of his life to a hit-and-run incident, Percival hires Steven to assist him in suicide. After Percival continues to miraculously survive each attempt on his life, Steven starts to believe in Percival’s curse, and tries to help Percival figure out ways to overcome it. In the process, they form an unlikely friendship through the common bond of tragedy.

Also in attendance: Jake McCarthy (Producer)  

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Filmmakers
avatar for Dru Brown

Dru Brown

director The Suicide Theory
Dru is an award winning Australian filmmaker. Dru began his career based primarily in Asia, and working on both Asian and international productions for The History Channel, HBO and MGM among others. After two years of gaining experience and establishing himself, Dru Returned to Australia to pursue a career as a director. Moving between bases, a period of short narrative work, including commercials, and several music videos for U.S based... Read More →
JM

Jake McCarthy

Producer, The Suicide Theory
MJ

Michael J. Kospiah

Writer, The Suicide Theory



Thursday October 23, 2014 10:00pm - 11:45pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

11:00pm

WGA West Late Night Welcome Party
Hosted by: Scott Neustadter
The WGA West Late Night Welcome Party celebrates the first full day of panels and is a great end to the day’s packed film schedule. This party sets the tone for the rest of the week as panelists, filmmakers, screenwriters and attendees discuss what the rest of the festival has in store. Grab a Stella Artois or a glass of Naked Grape Wine and enjoy the first late night party – but pace yourself, you’ve got a lot more ahead!
Conference, Producers and Press Badge or WGA West Guest List Only for entry.
This party is at Crave located on 340 E. 2nd Street.  

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Thursday October 23, 2014 11:00pm - Friday October 24, 2014 1:00am
Crave 340 E 2nd Street, Austin
 
Friday, October 24
 

9:00am

A Conversation with Michelle Ashford
Pull up a chair with Michelle Ashford, creator and executive producer of the TV series Masters of Sex. Known for her Emmy-nominated writing on The Pacific, Ashford is well-versed in the curiosity and artistry required in dramatizing everything from real-life events to extraordinary political figures to experimental research. Come be enlightened by this master of storytelling.

Sponsors

Friday October 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

9:00am

Austin Pitch #2
It’s the 12th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Friday October 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

9:00am

Biopics: Truth, Fact, and Fiction
Creating a compelling protagonist from scratch is always a challenge. Which is why writing a biopic—with built in, fully-realized, three-dimensional characters—can be such an appeal to screenwriters. But this can yield its own unique set of challenges: How do you condense a person's life into a two-hour narrative, complete with structure and nuance? How do you form a visually interesting and cinematic story when real life can often be anything but? And how do you decide whether to portray a slice of life versus an entire lifetime? Panelists will discuss their strategies on balancing truth, fact, and fiction while capturing the essence of real-life subject matter that, as a result, continues to live on in our memories.

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Friday October 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

9:00am

Breaking Into Television: Screenplay Competitions
For an aspiring television writer, competitions can be a great springboard into the writers’ room. This panel of success stories includes alumni Christine Boylan, Nkechi Okoro Carroll, and Stephen Falk. Join this panel as they share their journey from competition entrants to working TV writers.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Friday October 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

9:00am

Non-Linear Storytelling
Nonlinear narratives are powerful structural techniques as well as strong vessels for emphasizing character, theme, and a writer’s voice. If employed correctly, they can enhance and liberate a story in ways conventional narratives cannot. While there are no set rules to successfully deconstructing a storyline, panelists will offer their best advice and techniques on how to create nonlinear structures…in no particular order.

Friday October 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

9:00am

On Story Lounge
Don’t forget to check out the On Story Lounge, held in the Driskill Hotel’s Jim Hogg Parlor, featuring content from the On Story Project while offering a space for writers to meet, mingle, and relax!

Known as the “Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. On Story® is a natural progression of that mission and offers an organic, multi-platform initiative dedicated to this process through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors, and producers.

For 21 years, Austin Film Festival has brought together the film and television industry’s most recognized screenwriters and filmmakers, including luminaries like Wes Anderson, Caroline Thompson, Oliver Stone, Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Jason Reitman, James Franco, Jonathan Demme, Paul Thomas Anderson, Mike Judge, Shane Black, Callie Khouri, Damon Lindelof, Larry Wilmore, Greg Daniels, Sydney Pollack, and more.

Their passionate and in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling have entertained thousands of Festival registrants over the years. Since Austin Film Festival’s launch, hundreds of these invaluably rich and informative discussions have been recorded and archived; AFF is thrilled to make these available to the public through the On Story Project. What inspired such instant classics as Schindler’s List, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Unforgiven, Slumdog Millionaire, Thelma and Louise, The Silence of the Lambs, Breaking Bad, Lost, and more? On Story gets to the heart of the matter and presents the stories behind the storytellers, revealing the real magic of movies.

LISTEN: Subscribe to the On Story podcast on iTunes, including conversations with Vince Gilligan, Jenji Kohan, Frank Darabont, Jeff Nichols, and more.

WATCH: On Story is a half-hour PBS-affiliated TV series that features an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows. Available on 129 stations in 65 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Dallas, On Story is comprised of past AFF panels and Q&As, coupled with a short film that screened during the Festival.

READ: On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft distills the advice of renowned, award-winning screenwriters and filmmakers who have attended the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. The book features content from panels featuring Lawrence Kasdan, John Lee Hancock, Whit Stillman, and more, with a special foreward by Brian Helgeland. It is available to purchase at Registration or on the Austin Film Festival website.

ATTEND: See On Story® LIVE at this year’s Festival & Screenwriters Conference! Take a seat in one of our On Story sponsored rooms for an up-close-and-personal experience with the 2014 Panelists, Filmmakers, and Awardees. On Story will be filming content at the Driskill Hotel’s Ballroom and Maximilian Room, the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental’s Ballroom, and St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Bethell Hall.

Sponsors

Friday October 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

9:00am

Roundtable: The Art and Business of Film
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the craft and business of writing for film. How do you break in? What are good strategies for networking and making important contacts? What are the important practices, routines, and trends to be aware of? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the art and the business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

Austin Film Festival’s Roundtable Sessions offer registrants exclusive access to writers, producers, and executives. The atmosphere is casual and registrants are encouraged to ask specific questions about the creative and business aspects of writing for film and television. Each session provides an opportunity for registrants to speak with three professionals among a small group of peers.

All Roundtables take place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 22 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 23 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 24 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 25 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Friday October 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

9:00am

Science Fiction vs. Science Fact
A lot of the allure of science fiction storytelling lies in the excitement of its outlandish worlds and imaginative circumstances. But there’s also a part where audiences can’t help but wonder: could this really happen? Between mass zombie outbreaks to intricate time travel to adventures through space, writers need to know where to pull from scientific fact, and where to bend the truth. Join this discussion on balancing fiction with fact and what’s required for viewers to truly suspend their disbelief so that the appearance of truth is always at arm’s reach. After all, the science fiction of today could very well be the science fact of tomorrow.

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Friday October 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

9:00am

Sequels and Trilogies, II: Return of the Screenwriter
Your writing assignment: take a story with a pre-established foundation and craft the next part. Easy, right? After all, you already have a developed world and an ensemble of characters—how hard can it be?! Take another guess. Writing a sequel or three-quel requires ample research and preparation in order to breathe new life into old ideas while still maintaining forward momentum. The screenwriters behind Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 22 Jump Street, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 and 2 will converse about the challenges of life-after-the-originals, as well as the difference between trying your hand at multiple installments versus picking up from where someone else left off.

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Friday October 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

9:00am

Short Films, Big Leaps: Story Development in Pixar Short Films
How can a single great note transform a short film? This talk traces two Pixar Animation Studios shorts, “Presto” and “Partly Cloudy,” from first pitch to final film. We will watch clips from the earliest reels of each film, hear the story notes that Pixar's Brain Trust gave the director, then see how those notes catapulted the story to a new level in the final film. Development Executive, Mary Coleman will share insights and anecdotes about the often rocky road to finding the big story in a four-minute film.

Friday October 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

9:00am

The Fine Print
Take off the reading glasses, and listen in for a discussion on the writer’s relationship with “the fine print.” Ranging from contractual agreements, options, and basic legal advice, this is your opportunity to hear from a writer, their attorney, and a representative from the Writers Guild of America, East, without having to sign on the dotted line.

Friday October 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

9:00am

Three Page Challenge
In a live version of the popular Scriptnotes podcast, John August, Franklin Leonard, and Ilyse McKimmie will read three pages of pre-selected Screenplay Competition scripts and review them as only they can.

This panel is open to Second Rounders and above.

Friday October 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

10:45am

A Conversation with Randall Wallace
Every man dies, but not every man has a conversation with Randall Wallace, the screenwriter of Braveheart. For this iconic film, Wallace earned an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay and a Writers Guild of America award for Best Screenplay Adapted Directly for the Screen. Wallace was also behind films such as Pearl Harbor, We Were Soldiers, Heaven is for Real, Secretariat, and The Man in the Iron Mask. Come talk to him about the telling of true and noble tales, the definition of heroism, and bringing epic storytelling to the screen.

Sponsors

Friday October 24, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

10:45am

Adaptations: Young Adult, Old Child
Novels aimed at engaging teens and young adults have yielded some of the most show-stopping film and television programming out there. From big Hollywood fare like The Hunger Games to sweet indie gems such as The Fault in Our Stars, content intended for younger demographics is also finding an appeal with older audiences. Hear from panelists who have adapted these stories for the screen and how they have tapped into some of the universal themes needed to keep the young watching, and the rest of us feeling young at heart.

Friday October 24, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

10:45am

Agents
For a writer at the beginning of their career, agents can often be as mysterious and hard to find as the perfect ending to a screenplay. Panelists will share their advice on how to start the process of finding representation, what agents are looking for in a new writer, some of the most common problems they’ve encountered, and what a writer should expect from the relationship.

Friday October 24, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

10:45am

Austin Pitch #3
It’s the 12th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Friday October 24, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

10:45am

Breaking Into Film: Screenplay Competitions
Screenplay competitions are a fantastic way to get started in the business, and AFF is surely no exception. Troy Anthony Miller recently signed an option with Frank Darabont’s production company, Darkwoods Productions, for his winning AFF script The Hitch. Earlier this summer, AFF’s screenplay alum Oren Uziel found success in theatres nationwide after penning 22 Jump Street. And during the Festival this year, Rachel Long and Brian Pittman will present the world premiere of Dawn Patrol, a screenplay that originated out of AFF’s screenplay competition and was produced by Dan Petrie, Jr, and Rick Dugdale’s production company, Enderby Entertainment. These alum will provide insight into how the competition has launched their film careers, and how it can do the same for you.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Friday October 24, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

10:45am

10:45am

Keeping the Reader's Attention: The Gatekeepers
It’s easy to forget that a screenwriter’s first audience is not the viewer but the reader. The act of watching a film can be a passive encounter, whereas reading a screenplay requires a much different level of engagement. To this end, writers should be cognizant of how to craft a “reader-friendly” script. Whether it is submitted to a competition or a studio, there are key elements writers should embrace in order to maintain the reader’s attention. In this panel, hear from the industry “gatekeepers” on what to avoid and how to best engage, entertain, and encourage readers to keep turning the page!

This panel is open to Second Rounders and above.

Friday October 24, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

10:45am

On Story Lounge
Don’t forget to check out the On Story Lounge, held in the Driskill Hotel’s Jim Hogg Parlor, featuring content from the On Story Project while offering a space for writers to meet, mingle, and relax!

Known as the “Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. On Story® is a natural progression of that mission and offers an organic, multi-platform initiative dedicated to this process through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors, and producers.

For 21 years, Austin Film Festival has brought together the film and television industry’s most recognized screenwriters and filmmakers, including luminaries like Wes Anderson, Caroline Thompson, Oliver Stone, Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Jason Reitman, James Franco, Jonathan Demme, Paul Thomas Anderson, Mike Judge, Shane Black, Callie Khouri, Damon Lindelof, Larry Wilmore, Greg Daniels, Sydney Pollack, and more.

Their passionate and in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling have entertained thousands of Festival registrants over the years. Since Austin Film Festival’s launch, hundreds of these invaluably rich and informative discussions have been recorded and archived; AFF is thrilled to make these available to the public through the On Story Project. What inspired such instant classics as Schindler’s List, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Unforgiven, Slumdog Millionaire, Thelma and Louise, The Silence of the Lambs, Breaking Bad, Lost, and more? On Story gets to the heart of the matter and presents the stories behind the storytellers, revealing the real magic of movies.

LISTEN: Subscribe to the On Story podcast on iTunes, including conversations with Vince Gilligan, Jenji Kohan, Frank Darabont, Jeff Nichols, and more.

WATCH: On Story is a half-hour PBS-affiliated TV series that features an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows. Available on 129 stations in 65 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Dallas, On Story is comprised of past AFF panels and Q&As, coupled with a short film that screened during the Festival.

READ: On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft distills the advice of renowned, award-winning screenwriters and filmmakers who have attended the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. The book features content from panels featuring Lawrence Kasdan, John Lee Hancock, Whit Stillman, and more, with a special foreward by Brian Helgeland. It is available to purchase at Registration or on the Austin Film Festival website.

ATTEND: See On Story® LIVE at this year’s Festival & Screenwriters Conference! Take a seat in one of our On Story sponsored rooms for an up-close-and-personal experience with the 2014 Panelists, Filmmakers, and Awardees. On Story will be filming content at the Driskill Hotel’s Ballroom and Maximilian Room, the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental’s Ballroom, and St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Bethell Hall.

Sponsors

Friday October 24, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

10:45am

Roundtable: The Art and Business of Television
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the craft and business of writing for television. How do you break in? What is the dynamic in a writers’ room and the difference between various jobs involved? How is the changing landscape of television affecting the role of a writer? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to TV writers, producers, showrunners, and executives in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the art and the business sides of breaking into and writing for television.

Austin Film Festival’s Roundtable Sessions offer registrants exclusive access to writers, producers, and executives. The atmosphere is casual and registrants are encouraged to ask specific questions about the creative and business aspects of writing for film and television. Each session provides an opportunity for registrants to speak with three professionals among a small group of peers.

All Roundtables take place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 22 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 23 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 24 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 25 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Friday October 24, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

10:45am

The Sanity Spectrum
The protagonist is often the audience’s guide through a narrative, the anchor for all the twists and turns a story reveals. So what happens when that character is not what he or she seems, and when the very core of the film’s veracity is called into question? Screenwriters who have crafted characters that range from psychotic to psychopathic will discuss the difference between the two, as well as their own mental decisions when crafting such complex characters. Join the brains behind Fight Club, Big Fish, and Donnie Darko for an inside look at exploring distorted realities and the sanity spectrum in screenplays. We promise they’ll tell the truth.

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Friday October 24, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

10:45am

Toon In: Animated Television
Sure, animated film and television is a little more…drawn than live action fare, but how different is the actual process of bringing it to the screen? This panel features guests that each play a different role in the animation process. They’ll discuss how a good animation script differs from its live action counterpart, the development process involved, and the transformation you should expect with post-production.

Friday October 24, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

10:45am

Script-to-Screen: Dead Poets Society
Tom Schulman, Academy Award®-winning writer of Dead Poets Society, will walk us through the process of bringing his first screenplay to the big screen, how he referenced his own life as inspiration, and the writer/director relationship with Peter Weir. With script in hand and scenes projected during the panel for reference, Schulman will discuss what from the original screenplay worked, what didn’t, what needed to be changed for production, and why.

Those who enrolled in the advance-sign up for this session are required to show up 15 minutes early and will be admitted first. The panel will then open to remaining Badge holders.

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Friday October 24, 2014 10:45am - 12:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

12:45pm

Script-to-Screen: Contagion
Scott Z. Burns, writer of Side Effects, The Informant!, and co-writer of The Bourne Ultimatum, will dissect his high-stakes screenplay, Contagion, and the story’s journey from script to screen. Burns will reference specific scenes from the film—with clips projected during the panel—and discuss the writer/director relationship with Steven Soderbergh: what from the original screenplay worked, what didn’t, what needed to be changed for production, and why. A great case-study for writers interested in learning more about folding tension into their work, as well as how to successfully weave together intersecting storylines.

Those who enrolled in the advance-sign up for this session are required to show up 15 minutes early and will be admitted first. The panel will then open to remaining Badge holders.

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Friday October 24, 2014 12:45pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

1:00pm

The Twilight Zone, Presented by Matthew Weiner
Episodes: “It’s A Good Life” & “A Stop At Willoughby”

Sponsors

Friday October 24, 2014 1:00pm - 3:15pm
State Theatre

1:30pm

A Conversation with Jay Duplass
Join this conversation with Jay Duplass, the man (along with his brother Mark) responsible for such clever, quirky films as Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Safety Not Guaranteed, Cyrus, and the upcoming television show Togetherness. This is your chance to ask about the Mumblecore movement, editing The Puffy Chair on a laptop, letting actors improvise, and how the movie Raising Arizona changed his life.

Sponsors

Friday October 24, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

1:30pm

Austin Pitch #4
It’s the 12th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Friday October 24, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

1:30pm

Dallas Buyers Club: Rising from Development Hell
Join Dallas Buyers Club writer Craig Borten as he discusses the fifteen-plus-years of growing pains between completed screenplay and his Academy Award®-winning film. Borten will address script adjustments, staying focused, and maintaining momentum within the soul-crushing purgatory of development hell.

Friday October 24, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

1:30pm

Deconstructing: Annie Hall
Annie Hall is a primer on comedy, style, story structure, and, for some, relationships. The film’s magical quality, its postmodern yet sincere approach to romance, and the laugh-a-minute pace makes each viewing experience unique. A great case study in crafting a distinctive voice, setting, and tone, this Woody Allen masterpiece is one for the ages. Even if you don’t want to join a club that would have someone like you for a member, you should at least join this deconstruction.

Sponsors

Friday October 24, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

1:30pm

Keeping the Reader's Attention: The Writers
It’s easy to forget that a screenwriter’s first audience is not the viewer but the reader. The act of watching a film can be a passive encounter, whereas reading a screenplay requires a much different level of engagement. To this end, writers should be cognizant of how to craft a “reader-friendly” script. Whether it is submitted to a competition or a studio, there are key elements writers should embrace in order to maintain the reader’s attention. In this panel, hear from writers who are pros on what to avoid and how to best engage, entertain, and encourage readers to keep turning the page!

This panel is open to Second Rounders and above.

Friday October 24, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

1:30pm

Managers
Managers, for screenwriters, can sometimes make the difference between a career and no career these days. From “managing” expectations to the overall business of the industry, they can be the best sounding board and personal advocates a screenwriter has… if they have one. So how do you get representation? And what is the difference between a manager and an agent? Do you need both? Join this panel for an inside look at the blood and guts of the business, and what you can do to best position yourself to transition from an aspiring writer to a working writer.

Friday October 24, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

1:30pm

On Story Lounge
Don’t forget to check out the On Story Lounge, held in the Driskill Hotel’s Jim Hogg Parlor, featuring content from the On Story Project while offering a space for writers to meet, mingle, and relax!

Known as the “Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. On Story® is a natural progression of that mission and offers an organic, multi-platform initiative dedicated to this process through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors, and producers.

For 21 years, Austin Film Festival has brought together the film and television industry’s most recognized screenwriters and filmmakers, including luminaries like Wes Anderson, Caroline Thompson, Oliver Stone, Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Jason Reitman, James Franco, Jonathan Demme, Paul Thomas Anderson, Mike Judge, Shane Black, Callie Khouri, Damon Lindelof, Larry Wilmore, Greg Daniels, Sydney Pollack, and more.

Their passionate and in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling have entertained thousands of Festival registrants over the years. Since Austin Film Festival’s launch, hundreds of these invaluably rich and informative discussions have been recorded and archived; AFF is thrilled to make these available to the public through the On Story Project. What inspired such instant classics as Schindler’s List, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Unforgiven, Slumdog Millionaire, Thelma and Louise, The Silence of the Lambs, Breaking Bad, Lost, and more? On Story gets to the heart of the matter and presents the stories behind the storytellers, revealing the real magic of movies.

LISTEN: Subscribe to the On Story podcast on iTunes, including conversations with Vince Gilligan, Jenji Kohan, Frank Darabont, Jeff Nichols, and more.

WATCH: On Story is a half-hour PBS-affiliated TV series that features an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows. Available on 129 stations in 65 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Dallas, On Story is comprised of past AFF panels and Q&As, coupled with a short film that screened during the Festival.

READ: On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft distills the advice of renowned, award-winning screenwriters and filmmakers who have attended the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. The book features content from panels featuring Lawrence Kasdan, John Lee Hancock, Whit Stillman, and more, with a special foreward by Brian Helgeland. It is available to purchase at Registration or on the Austin Film Festival website.

ATTEND: See On Story® LIVE at this year’s Festival & Screenwriters Conference! Take a seat in one of our On Story sponsored rooms for an up-close-and-personal experience with the 2014 Panelists, Filmmakers, and Awardees. On Story will be filming content at the Driskill Hotel’s Ballroom and Maximilian Room, the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental’s Ballroom, and St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Bethell Hall.

Sponsors

Friday October 24, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

1:30pm

Roundtable: Writing Across Multiple Mediums
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art of writing across multiple mediums. This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to panelists who have found success writing novels, short stories, plays, and adaptations for both film and television, and how this diverse skill set can inform and improve upon the writing process and approach. Come prepared with questions on how to transition from one medium to another, how to tackle adapting your own or others’ work, and the differences between writing styles and industries.

Austin Film Festival’s Roundtable Sessions offer registrants exclusive access to writers, producers, and executives. The atmosphere is casual and registrants are encouraged to ask specific questions about the creative and business aspects of writing for film and television. Each session provides an opportunity for registrants to speak with three professionals among a small group of peers.

All Roundtables take place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 22 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 23 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 24 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 25 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Friday October 24, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

1:30pm

The Creative Career: Practical Tips for Starting Out
A panel of successful WGAW writers will discuss what you need to know in your career, how to avoid common pitfalls, and what the Writers Guild can do for you.

This panel is presented by the Writers Guild of America, West.

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Friday October 24, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

1:30pm

The Law of the Land
Entertainment attorneys will discuss contracts, options, fair use, intellectual property rights, and all things found in the folds of the "fine print". Reading glasses and blue ballpoint pens not required.

Friday October 24, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

1:30pm

The Writer/Producer Relationship
Join Vera Blasi, Peter Gould, and Mark Johnson for an exploration of the writer/producer relationship and how this dynamic differs in the film and television worlds. Gould and Johnson will discuss their working relationship on Breaking Bad and how they are preparing for its spinoff, Better Call Saul; Blasi and Johnson will discuss their upcoming film collaborations. Learn what producers look for in a good script and what to expect before, during, and after production within these different mediums.

Sponsors

Friday October 24, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

2:30pm

Shorts Program 11: Animated Shorts
Lost Property UK               
Runtime: 7 minutes                        
Writer/Director: Asa Lucander  
Synopsis: A woman approaches a clerk in a lost property office, and together they explore assorted ephemera in search of something she has lost. 
See Trailer 

Pig, US
Runtime: 2 minutes
Writer/Director: Amelia Giller
Synopsis: A pig confronts her body image issues

Fluffo US
Runtime: 13 minutes                     
Writer/Director: Steve McClean               
Synopsis: Stuck in a nightmarish existence where every night he finds himself pulled out of a hat, Fluffo must pull one last magic trick to free himself from humiliation and join his family once again.
See trailer 

The Last Resort UK               
Runtime: 8 Minutes                       
Writer: Gillian Park         
Director: Stephanie Blakey         
Synopsis: Two sisters are left in charge of entertaining one recurring guest at their parent's isolated hotel, but they soon find that their youngest sister is the one that needs entertaining.
See Trailer 

Between Times Netherlands, US            
Runtime: 15 minutes                     
Writer/Directors: Max Porter (in attendance) and Ru Kuwahata (in attendance)  
Synopsis: From the wall of a small town bakery, a cuckoo clock recounts a day where bread was sliced one second thick, lovers fell in sync and time rarely flowed at an even rate.
See Trailer 

Mend and Make Do UK       
Runtime: 9 minutes                       
Writer/Director: Bexie Bush       
Synopsis: Told through whimsical stop motion and a soft pastel palate, this is a peak into a once blooming love story that speaks to the beauty of imperfection and the art of loving that imperfection. 
See trailer 

Amigo US       
Runtime: 4 minutes                       
Writer/Director: Celestino Marina (in attendance) 
Synopsis: A young boy becomes best friends with his birthday piñata.

The Dam Keeper US     
Runtime: 18 minutes     
Writer/Directors: Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi 
Synopsis: A small town has survived a foreboding environmental threat because it is tirelessly monitored by a young pig.  Accustomed to the indifference of the public and being taunted by his classmates, things begin to change when a new student, Fox, joins Pig's class. 
See trailer 
In Attedance: Celestino Marina (animator)  

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Filmmakers
MP

Max Porter

Writer/Director, Between Times
RK

Ru Kuwahata

Writer/Director, Between Times



Friday October 24, 2014 2:30pm - 4:30pm
The Hideout Theatre

3:15pm

A Conversation with Edward Zwick
Join the 2014 Extraordinary Contribution to Film award recipient, Edward Zwick, as he takes us on a journey through his work on Glory, Legends of the Fall, Courage Under Fire, The Siege, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, Defiance, and more. Having been honored with three Emmy ® Awards, the Humanitas Prize, the Writers Guild of America Award, two Peabody Awards, a Director’s Guild of America Award, and the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Award from the American Film Institute, this is not a conversation you want to miss.

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Friday October 24, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

3:15pm

A Conversation with Terry George
Irish screenwriter and director Terry George doesn't shy away from tough themes and dark subject matter. Having received two Academy Award® nominations for In the Name of the Father, Hotel Rwanda, and winning an Oscar® in 2012 for his live action short film The Shore, don’t miss this conversation with a man who knows no limit to the power of storytelling.

Sponsors

Friday October 24, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

3:15pm

Austin Pitch #5
It’s the 12th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Friday October 24, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

3:15pm

Chicks with Bics®
Women make up a small percentage of writers in Hollywood, and working toward a full-time career in the industry requires of lot of flexibility and persistence. While this can certainly lend itself to a demanding journey, female artists are continuously changing the landscape of film and television for the better. Come chat with these devoted “chicks with bics” about their stories, viewpoints, and advice.

This panel is presented by LUNA.

Sponsors

Friday October 24, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

3:15pm

On Story Lounge
Don’t forget to check out the On Story Lounge, held in the Driskill Hotel’s Jim Hogg Parlor, featuring content from the On Story Project while offering a space for writers to meet, mingle, and relax!

Known as the “Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. On Story® is a natural progression of that mission and offers an organic, multi-platform initiative dedicated to this process through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors, and producers.

For 21 years, Austin Film Festival has brought together the film and television industry’s most recognized screenwriters and filmmakers, including luminaries like Wes Anderson, Caroline Thompson, Oliver Stone, Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Jason Reitman, James Franco, Jonathan Demme, Paul Thomas Anderson, Mike Judge, Shane Black, Callie Khouri, Damon Lindelof, Larry Wilmore, Greg Daniels, Sydney Pollack, and more.

Their passionate and in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling have entertained thousands of Festival registrants over the years. Since Austin Film Festival’s launch, hundreds of these invaluably rich and informative discussions have been recorded and archived; AFF is thrilled to make these available to the public through the On Story Project. What inspired such instant classics as Schindler’s List, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Unforgiven, Slumdog Millionaire, Thelma and Louise, The Silence of the Lambs, Breaking Bad, Lost, and more? On Story gets to the heart of the matter and presents the stories behind the storytellers, revealing the real magic of movies.

LISTEN: Subscribe to the On Story podcast on iTunes, including conversations with Vince Gilligan, Jenji Kohan, Frank Darabont, Jeff Nichols, and more.

WATCH: On Story is a half-hour PBS-affiliated TV series that features an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows. Available on 129 stations in 65 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Dallas, On Story is comprised of past AFF panels and Q&As, coupled with a short film that screened during the Festival.

READ: On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft distills the advice of renowned, award-winning screenwriters and filmmakers who have attended the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. The book features content from panels featuring Lawrence Kasdan, John Lee Hancock, Whit Stillman, and more, with a special foreward by Brian Helgeland. It is available to purchase at Registration or on the Austin Film Festival website.

ATTEND: See On Story® LIVE at this year’s Festival & Screenwriters Conference! Take a seat in one of our On Story sponsored rooms for an up-close-and-personal experience with the 2014 Panelists, Filmmakers, and Awardees. On Story will be filming content at the Driskill Hotel’s Ballroom and Maximilian Room, the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental’s Ballroom, and St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Bethell Hall.

Sponsors

Friday October 24, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

3:15pm

Screenwriters' Agreements
Industry representatives in entertainment provide an overview of screenwriters' agreements, plus advice on securing the best deal, avoiding common mistakes, and knowing what a Writers Guild agreement has to offer.

Friday October 24, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

3:15pm

Semifinalists Roundtable: The Business Side
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the business of screenwriting. This session offers Semifinalists from the Screenplay Competition exclusive access to executives, studio reps, agents, managers, producers, and attorneys in an informal setting. Take advantage of this invaluable opportunity to ask those burning questions: How do I get an agent? Do I also need an attorney and manager? What is the dynamic of these relationships like? Are studios buying spec scripts? Am I hurting my chances if I request to direct it? Don’t miss your chance to ask all this and more without being charged by the hour or forgoing a percentage of your script sale.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Friday October 24, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

3:15pm

Setiquette
In addition to being able to write quickly and well, the successful television writer must also be versed on how to navigate the complex and often stressful social climate of a television show. This requires a skill set that empowers the writer to make quick and diligent adjustments while being able to master the art of communication with actors, directors, and producers. Understanding and respecting the laws of social etiquette on the set—the “setiquette”—is essential for those who aspire to break into—and stay in—the writers' room.

Friday October 24, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

3:15pm

Setting as a Character
Unless you are Thomas Hobbes, you probably believe that surroundings can affect a person. A story’s setting is often as significant to the content as its characters. The personality of a locale can define the identity of a screenplay, while also serving as a subtle commentary on a specific time period and culture. Documenting details unique to a milieu can be a difficult but crucial part of the writing process. In this panel, hear from writers that have successfully “set the stage” with stories that invite the setting to take on a role of its own.

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Friday October 24, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

3:15pm

Surviving Your First Year
So you sold your first spec, or a writing sample finally earned you your first assignment in Hollywood. How do you turn this opportunity into a full career in screenwriting? Scott Myers and Eric Heisserer will discuss what to expect in your first year as a professional, and how to make sure your big break doesn't spiral into a big breakdown.

Friday October 24, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

3:15pm

How I Got Over
(USA) RT:87min

Director: Nicole Boxer (in attendance)

Can telling your story save your life? How I Got Over follows 15 formerly homeless women as they craft an original play based on their harrowing true-life stories, to be performed one-night-only at the Kennedy Center. The women of N Street Village—a community for addiction recovery—have never performed on stage in their lives. Yet, guided by teachers from the Theater Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, they discover their untapped artistic talents and reckon with their traumatic histories. Courage is found; a leap of faith is taken. Sharing their pasts to release the potential in their futures, these 15 emboldened women take the stage in front of a packed house, illuminating the transformative power of arts education.

Also in Attendance: Michelle Witten (Editor)

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Filmmakers
MW

Michelle Witten

Editor, How I Got Over
NB

Nicole Boxer

director/writer/producer, HOW I GOT OVER
A native of Marin County, California, Nicole Boxer has worked in the film and television industries for over two decades. In 2007, Nicole co-produced the documentary, 14 WOMEN, that raised social awareness about the challenges faced by women serving in the U.S. Senate. Inspired by the experience of activist filmmaking, Nicole continued her documentary work as an Executive Producer of the 2013 Academy Award-nominated documentary film THE INVISIBLE... Read More →

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Friday October 24, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

3:15pm

Storytelling without Dialogue: Cast Away
Bill Broyles, writer of Apollo 13, The Polar Express, and creator of China Beach, will dissect the art of storytelling without dialogue using his original screenplay Cast Away as an example. Having worked on the film for over six years, Broyles will provide insight on the revision process and how to blossom the seedling of an idea into a well-defined script. With script in hand and film clips on the screen, Broyles will walk us through the development of this critically acclaimed story and the art of “showing” and not “telling.”
This panel will feature special Cast Away archival material on display in the Jim Hogg Parlor, presented by the Wittliff Collections.

Those who enrolled in the advance-sign up for this session are required to show up 15 minutes early and will be admitted first. The panel will then open to remaining Badge holders.

Sponsors
Community Partners

Friday October 24, 2014 3:15pm - 5:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

3:15pm

The Hart Chart
Come experience the famous “Hart Chart” first hand. James V. Hart (Hook, Contact, Bram Stoker’s Dracula) will explore how to develop characters and stories by getting to the “heart” of the script. Using notable films as examples, join this breakdown of establishing main character desires, charting their progress toward their goals, and creating a successful resolution. Through the Hart Chart’s guidelines for implementing craft, learn how to embrace structure as a friend, not an enemy, and how to flesh out ideas for the screen.

Those who enrolled in the advance-sign up for this session are required to show up 15 minutes early and will be admitted first. The panel will then open to remaining Badge holders.

Friday October 24, 2014 3:15pm - 5:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

4:00pm

Mad Men, Presented by Matthew Weiner
Mad Men, Presented by Matthew Weiner
Episodes: “A Man with a Plan” & “The Phantom”

Sponsors

Friday October 24, 2014 4:00pm - 6:00pm
State Theatre

4:45pm

Film TX BBQ Supper
Chat and chow down at one of the most highly anticipated events of the Festival each year. Find a sunny spot on the grassy hillside of the beautiful French Legation grounds and savor world-famous Salt Lick BBQ, washed down with a cold Stella Artois.
Pick up the shuttle outside the Driskill Bar on 7th Street starting at 4:30pm. Return shuttles will stop running at 7:30pm.
Producers Badge or TXAFC Guest List Only for entry.
This party is at the French Legation Museum located on 802 San Marcos Street. 


Friday October 24, 2014 4:45pm - 6:45pm
French Legation Museum 802 San Marcos Street, Austin, TX 78702

5:00pm

Shorts Program 1: Big Shoes, Little Feet
The Chicken Croatia
Runtime: 15 minutes
Writer/Director: Una Gunjak
Synopsis: As a present for her 6th birthday, Selma is given a live chicken. After realizing the animal is going to be killed to feed the family, she decides to save it and set it free, unaware of the commotion such an action could cause.  
See trailer 

Ruslan Germany, Russian Federation, UK
Runtime: 10 minutes
Writer/Director: Taisia Deeva (in attendance)
Synopsis: While spending time with his grandmother, a small, mischievous boy is confronted with mortality and soon becomes hysterical about the concept.    
See trailer 
Also in Attendance: Wolfgang Boss

Seventh Grade US          
Runtime: 12 minutes           
Writer/Director: Stefani Saintonge (in attendance)
Synopsis: Having refused to leave behind her childhood, Patrice is forced to join the party and embrace her adolescence after a raunchy rumor threatens her best friend’s reputation. 
Also In Attendance: Brian Diggs (Cinematographer)

Juan Y La Nube Spain
Runtime: 20 minutes           
Writer: Susana Lopez Rubio
Director: Giovanni Maccelli
Synopsis: Juan is a child who doesn’t have any friends. La Nube is a cloud who doesn’t have any cloud friends. They find each other and become friends. However, Juan grows up and gets lost in the grey adult world.
See trailer 

Billy the Kid Canada
Runtime: 15 minutes           
Writer: Matt Pancer
Director: Joshua Amar (in attendance)
Synopisis: Amid the American Civil War, a poverty stricken farmer, Edward McCarty, struggles with the implications of revenging his murdered wife in the face of his adolescent son.
See Trailer

Door God China
Runtime: 24 minutes           
Writer/Director: Yulin Liu
Synopsis: The unrequited sentiment and presence of a special visitor for the Chinese New Year celebration enables Lingli, a young girl, to blossom into a young woman.

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Filmmakers
avatar for Brian Diggs

Brian Diggs

Cinematography
JA

Joshua Amar

Director
Director of Billy the Kid. | | www.jdamar.com | Insta: JDAmar | Twitter: @JoshuaAmar
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Stefani Saintonge

Writer/Director, Seventh Grade
avatar for Taisia Deeva

Taisia Deeva

Writer/Director
Writer/Director, Ruslan
WB

Wolfgang Boss

Producer, Ruslan



Friday October 24, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Hideout Theatre

6:00pm

Listopad
Czech Republic/USA, 90 min

WORLD PREMIERE

Writer/Director: Gary Keith Griffin (in attendance)

Also in Attendance: Jeffrey Brown (Producer)

Petr, Jiri, and Ondrej are an unlikely trio of friends. An artist, a hockey player and a music trader, the boys survive Communism in 1989 Czechoslovakia by playing sports, drinking beer, chasing girls, and listening to underground music. They are bound together by their common desire for freedom and must lean on one another while facing every day family struggles and surviving the Velvet Revolution that has silenced their families for generations.   

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Filmmakers
avatar for Gary Keith Griffin

Gary Keith Griffin

Gary K. Griffin is an award winning cinematographer whose work includes Educating Peter (Academy Award 1992), Autism is a World (Academy Award nominee 2005), The Education of Shelby Knox (Sundance Cinematographer Award, 2005) Shut Up and Sing, (Toronto Film Festival 2006) and Fighter (2001). He holds an MFA from Prague's FAMU Film Academy of Performing Arts and is an Artist in Residence at the... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

producer Listopad, Punk In Africa; co-producer No No: A Dockumentary
Jeffrey Brown has produced a number of award-winning films in Europe, Africa and the USA. His Czech narrative feature Mamas & Papas won Best Film and Best Script at the 2010 Hamptons IFF while Shut Up and Shoot Me, a Czech–British co-production, won Best Narrative Feature at the 2007 AFI Dallas IFF. He executive produced Academy Award-winning Czech director Jan Sverak’s Kooky, Special Jury Prize Winner at the... Read More →


Friday October 24, 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

6:00pm

Tomorrow We Disappear
(India) RT: 84 Mins

Director: Jimmy Goldblum

When their home is sold to real-estate developers, the magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers of Delhi's Kathputli Colony must find a way to unite or splinter apart forever.

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Friday October 24, 2014 6:00pm - 7:40pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

6:00pm

Nightfall in India
(SPAIN) RT:95mins

Writer: Chema Rodriguez

Director: Chema Rodriguez

Cast: Juan Diego Ruiz, Clara Voda

Nostalgic for his youthful days of fun and love, Ricardo decides to travel from Spain to India, just like he used to in the old days. However, the situation is different now. Ricardo is confined to a wheelchair, suffering from a degenerative disease now in its final stage. He plans on this being his final journey. Accompanied by his Romanian housekeeper, Dana, he sets off. Life owes something to these two lonely beings, and their journey will eventually become the alibi for paying it off.

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Friday October 24, 2014 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre

6:15pm

Braveheart presented by Randall Wallace
Braveheart, Presented by Randall Wallace


Austin Film Festival’s Retrospective Screenings allow veteran screenwriters and filmmakers to present their own films or works that have inspired their careers.  The main function of the program is to connect the public and the filmmaker, open the dialogue between artist and audience, and provide a platform for film-lovers and makers to learn about classic films.

Guest programmers will present retrospective films followed by extended post-screening discussions on why these pieces were influential not only to their own work, but the landscape of cinema as a whole.

The aim is to introduce new audiences to great films by inviting contemporary filmmakers and screenwriters to present a film of their choice.

Friday October 24, 2014 6:15pm - 10:00pm
Texas Spirit Theater

6:45pm

Phantom Halo
(USA) RT:87min

Writer: Antonia Bogdanovich, Anne Heffron (both in attendance)

Director: Antonia Bogdanovich (in attendance)

Cast: Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Luke Kleintank (in attendance), Sebastian Roche (in attendance), Rebecca Romijn, Jordan Dunn (in attendance), Tobin Bell, Ashley Hamilton, Gbenga Akinnagbe

Brothers Samuel and Beckett Emerson long ago found a way to keep their family afloat despite their drunken father's nasty gambling habit: While Samuel distracts crowds of passerby with his Shakespearian monologues, Beckett, a master pickpocket, makes his way through the unsuspecting crowd. And then their small, impoverished world crumbles when their father gets in over his head with a dangerous loan shark. Shakespeare and petty thievery are abandoned for Samuel's belief in the super powers of his comic book hero, Phantom Halo, and Beckett's friend’s ability to counterfeit the perfect $100 note. Suddenly, the small-time world as the Emerson family knew it is turned upside down as the brothers do all they can to break free from the mud that traps them.

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Filmmakers
AH

Anne Heffron

Writer, Phantom Halo
avatar for Antonia Bogdanovich

Antonia Bogdanovich

CEO/Owner, STATION 8 FILMS
Antonia Bogdanovich is a writer, director, and actress who has accrued an impressively long and varied resume. Even before attending UCLA where she wrote her first screenplay, Antonia worked as a production assistant on George Miller’s The Witches of Eastwick, was an assistant editor on James L. Brooks’ I’ll Do Anything and the 1994 classic, The Lion King. She also worked in development at Gracie Films and Carsey-Werner... Read More →
JD

Jordan Dunn

Cast, Phantom Halo
LK

Luke Kleintank

Cast, Phantom Halo
SR

Sebastian Roche

Cast, Phantom Halo

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Friday October 24, 2014 6:45pm - 8:15pm
State Theatre

7:00pm

21 Years Richard Linklater
(USA) RT: 78 Mins

Writer/Director: Michael Dunaway, Tara Wood (In attendance)

Cast: Jay Duplass (in attendance)

A spirited look at the first 21 years of writer/director Richard Linklater's remarkable career, featuring interviews with collaborators Matthew McConaughey, Jay Duplass, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Billy Bob Thornton, Keanu Reeves, Jack Black, and more.

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Filmmakers
MD

Michael Dunaway

Director, 21 Years Richard Linklater
TW

Tara Wood

Director, 21 Years Richard Linklater

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Friday October 24, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Paramount Theatre

7:00pm

The Last Time You Had Fun
(USA) RT: 85 Mins


Writer: Hal Haberman


Director: Mo Perkins (in attendance)


Cast: Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Demetri Martin, Kyle Bornheimer, Eliza Coupe


When Clark and Will meet Alison and Ida in a wine bar, the foursome struggle to have the most fun that four, bickering, barely married, pre-middle-aged, decidedly dysfunctional adults are capable of having.

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Filmmakers
avatar for Mo Perkins

Mo Perkins

Feature film director, The Last Time You Had Fun and A Quiet Little Marriage



Friday October 24, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
IMAX Theatre

7:30pm

Shorts Program 10: Texas Shorts
dawn. US         
Runtime: 19 minutes     
Writer/Director: Ya'Ke Smith (in attendance)      
Synopsis: Dawn, a young woman recently released from prison, finds the adjustment to a life of freedom daunting and insurmountable, and must decide if she is resolute in her new life path. 
See trailer 

Once Again US         
Runtime: 19 minutes                     
Writer/Director: John Moore (in attendance)     
Synopsis: This story allows you to follow the creative, yet plagued, mind behind one young man's struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder.
See Trailer

Neighbors US         
Runtime: 11 minutes                     
Writer/Director: Alison Boland (in attendance)  
Synopsis: The unofficial mayor of a gentrifying street unwittingly ignites cultural conflict when he makes it his personal mission to bring his neighbors together for a block party.
Also in Attendance: Matt Koshmrl (Director of Photography), James Griffin (Subject)

Stroker US         
Runtime: 19 minutes                     
Writer/Director: Austin Nichols (in attendance)  
Synopsis: Phil Stroker, a young man finished with his numbing career and stale marriage, reevaluates his existence and takes solace in a new, refreshing surrounding.

Skunk US    
Runtime: 16 minutes                     
Writer/Director: Annie Silverstein (in attendance)
Synopsis: When her pit bull is stolen by an amateur dog fighter, 14-year old Leila is forced to stand up for herself, at the cost of her own innocence.
See trailer 
Also In Attendance: Monique Walton (Producer)

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Filmmakers
AB

Alison Boland

Writer/Director, Neighbors
AN

Austin Nichols

Writer/Director, Stroker
JG

James Griffin

Subject, Neighbors
JM

John Moore

Writer/Director, Once Again
MK

Matt Koshmrl

Director of Photography, Neighbors
MW

Monique Walton

Producer, Skunk
YS

Ya'Ke Smith

Writer/Director, dawn.



Friday October 24, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Hideout Theatre

8:15pm

Taking it Back
(Austria) RT: 94 Mins

Writer/Director: Andreas Schmied (in attendance)

Cast: Michael Ostrowski, Hilde Dalik

Patrick Angerer is not especially impressed when his co-workers at Steelworks Falkendorf begin to protest the new wages set by Inneholm, a Swedish private equity firm that recently assumed responsibility of the factory. However, when his ex, Babs Brossmann, shows up in town with her new partner and arrogant boyfriend, Ulf, on behalf of the workers union, Patrick decides to take action. As negotiations take a dive and replacement workers are assembled, it is up to Patrick and his FC Steelworks football team to save the factory for the shady corporate sharks, whose only concern is draining the last few profits out of the business. Taking It Back is a whimsical look at corporate politics, blue-collar perseverance, and reconciling old love.

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Filmmakers
avatar for Andreas Schmied

Andreas Schmied

writer/director Taking It Back
Andreas Schmied spent his childhood in a small village in the austrian mountains. He began his directing career in his teens, shooting shorts with his friends and music videos for local musicians. | Moving to Vienna in 1998 Schmied shot dozens of low budget videos where he served as his own cinematographer, editor and production designer. | | In 1999, he started his own TV production company, SofaSafari, and wrote, produced and directed... Read More →



Friday October 24, 2014 8:15pm - 9:55pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

8:45pm

MYSTERY SCREENING
Join us for this never-before-seen film starring a few familiar faces. That's all we can say for now but keep your eyes and ears open around the Festival for further clues!

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Friday October 24, 2014 8:45pm - 10:15pm
Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre

9:15pm

WildLike
(USA) RT: 98 Mins

Writer: Frank Hall Green (in attendance)

Director: Frank Hall Green (in attendance)

Cast: Ella Purnell (in attendance), Bruce Greenwood (in attendance), Brian Geraghty, Teddy Kyle Smith, Nolan Gerard Funk, Ann Dowd, Diane Farr, Joshua Leonard

Mackenzie, a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska. She longs for her struggling, absent mother, but as her mom’s phone calls become less frequent and her uncle’s care is not what it seemed, she must flee. While on the run, a chance connection with a loner backpacker, Bart, proves to be her only lifeline. As Mackenzie shadows Bart across the last true frontier, she thwarts his efforts to cut her loose until Bart has no choice but to help her survive in the wilderness. Against the backdrop of spectacular Alaskan landscape, Mackenzie and Bart prove to be the unlikely salve for each other’s scars, until the damage Mackenzie carries with her threatens to destroy her newfound sanctuary.

Also in Attendance: Joseph Stephans (Producer), Hillary Spera (Director of Photography)

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Filmmakers
avatar for Bruce Greenwood

Bruce Greenwood

actor I, Robot, Star Trek, Flight, Wildlike
Bruce Greenwood is a Canadian actor and producer known for numerous films such a I,Robot (2004),Star Trek (2009) and Flight (2012). He was last seen in Universal’s Endless Love (2014), and he will next be seen in Andrew Niccol’s Military drama-thriller Good Kill opposite Ethan Hawke. Greenwood’s other noteworthy film credits include Déjà Vu (2006), a famous portrayal of JFK in Thirteen Days (2000) and... Read More →
avatar for Ella Purnell

Ella Purnell

actress Wildlike
Born on September 17, 1996 in London, England, Ella can currently be seen playing the young Angelina Jolie in Disney's Maleficent and will also appear in the lead role of the feature film Wildlike. Ella's also due to portray a young Jane in the upcoming remake of Tarzan. In 2008, she beat hundreds of other girls for a role in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. She was one of only a few girls chosen to appear in the children's... Read More →
avatar for Frank Hall Green

Frank Hall Green

Partner/Producer, Catch & Release Films
Frank Hall Green is a film producer, writer and director. His directorial debut feature WILDLIKE is produced by Christine Vachon/Killer Films, Tandem Pictures and Joseph Stephans. It was filmed on 35mm in Alaska and stars Ella Purnell, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, Nolan Gerard Funk and Ann Dowd. He is currently producing the adaptation of BOY21 by Matthew Quick (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK) with Tom Heller (FOXCATCHER, MUD, 127 HOURS, PRECIOUS... Read More →
HS

Hillary Spera

Director of Photography, Wildlike

Sponsors
Community Partners
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Whole Earth Provision Co.

Whole Earth Provision Co.


Friday October 24, 2014 9:15pm - 11:10pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

9:20pm

By the Gun
(USA) RT: 105 Mins
Writer: Emilio Mauro
Director: James Mottern
Cast: Ben Barnes, Leighton Meester, Harvey Keitel, Kenny Wormald, Toby Jones

Nick Tortano (Ben Barnes) is a young and ambitious mafia criminal whose life spirals out of control once he becomes a made man. With Nick's girlfriend (Leighton Meester), family, and friend's lives at risk, he is faced with a difficult decision; continue to pursue his criminal ambitions or concentrate on the ones he loves.  He can't have both, but Nick is determined to gun down anyone in his path.  By the Gun is directed by James Mottern and also stars Harvey Keitel, Toby Jones, Slaine, Kenny Wormald, Paul Ben-Victor, and Jay Giannone

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Friday October 24, 2014 9:20pm - 11:15pm
Paramount Theatre

9:30pm

One Eyed Girl
(AUS) R:101min

Writer: Nick Matthews, Craig Behenna (both in attendance)

Director: Nick Matthews (in attendance)

Cast: Mark Leonard Winter, Steve Le Marquand, Tilda Cobham-Hervey

Travis is a psychiatrist in a public hospital: a man stuck in a nightmarish vortex of daily neurotic diatribes and the memories of a patient who took her own life. It's getting the better of him. Grace is a young woman from an alternative community who knows that she can make the world a better place. They meet on the train where Grace is handing out fliers. She knows someone in trouble when she sees one. She gives Travis a lifeline: Come tonight and watch our film. In his desperation and vulnerability, Travis is led deeper and deeper into the underworld of a doomsday cult where he’s given one last chance for redemption. One Eyed Girl is about identity, sexuality, and the abuse of power in all its guises. It’s about two lost people who might be able to help each other find the truth about themselves and the world they live in. How can they find love in a world of fear?

Also in Attendance: David Ngo (Producer)

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Filmmakers
CB

Craig Behenna

Writer, Wildlike
avatar for Nick Matthews

Nick Matthews

writer/director One Eyed Girl
Nick Matthews ACS is an AFI award winning filmmaker who trained in Europe in camera departments on productions including the Steven Spielberg produced HBO series Band of Brothers and Working Title's About a Boy. Since returning to Australia, he has produced, edited, and photographed Australian feature film 2:37 that was officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard. He also photographed US feature Broken Hill starring... Read More →

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Friday October 24, 2014 9:30pm - 10:30pm
State Theatre

9:30pm

The Sound and The Shadow
(USA) RT:90min

Writer: Justin Paul Miller, Sam Zvibleman (both in attendance)

Director: Justin Paul Miller (in attendance)

Cast: Joseph Murray (in attendance), Mary Kate Wiles, Alex Anfanger (in attendance)

When the 6-year-old girl next door goes missing, HAROLD realizes that his secret audio recordings of the neighborhood may provide clues to the case. But when his overzealous new roommate ALLY pushes him into a dangerous investigation, Harold's world is turned upside down. Against the backdrop of an urban community's mystery, The Sound and the Shadow examines the perceptions and stories we create from the sounds of our neighbors -- and the secrets we hide behind our own walls.

Also in Attendance: Michael Dwyer (Cinematographer)

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Filmmakers
AA

Alex Anfanger

Cast, The Sound and The Shadow
JM

Joseph Murray

Cast, The Sound and The Shadow
avatar for Justin Miller

Justin Miller

Director/Producer
MD

Michael Dwyer

Cinematographer, The Sound and The Shadow
SZ

Sam Zvilbleman

Writer, The Sound and The Shadow



Friday October 24, 2014 9:30pm - 11:00pm
IMAX Theatre

10:00pm

Shorts Program 8: An Unfortunate Encounter
Siren Canada 
Runtime: 9 minutes                        
Writer/Director: Alex Clark (in attendance)
Producer: Chris Luckhardt (in attendance)         
Synopsis: Ambulance paramedics, Mills and Anderson, answer a 911 call after stopping to deal with personal problems, but what they believed to be a routine case turns into a deadly race against time.

Held Together by Venom US       
Runtime: 10 minutes                      
Writer/Director: Michael Gonzales (in attendance)
Synopsis: When Victor visits an old friend in her noticeably bare apartment, an awkward conversation pursues and he makes motions to leave, but not before witnessing the peculiar relationship his friend has with her landlord.
See trailer 
Also In Attendance: Nicodemus Antonio Montez (Producer)

Redaction US       
Runtime: 10 minutes                      
Writer/Director: Tim Sanger (in attendance)
Synopsis: In a future where victims of traumatic crimes have their memory erased like it never happened, one woman finds herself struggling for her right to refuse the process. 
See trailer 

MOTH (Man of the House) UK                     
Runtime: 11 minutes                      
Writer/Director: O-T Fagbenle  
Synopsis: A survivor in a post-apocalyptic world comes across a mysterious nine-year-old boy.
See trailer

Best friends forever Sweden               
Runtime: 17 minutes                      
Writer/Director: Henrik Sundgren            
Synopsis: A developmentally disabled, middle-aged man confuses confinement of another person with friendship. 

An Outside Force US       
Runtime: 17 minutes                      
Writer/Director: Josh Ryder
Synopsis: While driving down a country road, recently sober Riley reveals to addicted friend Ben what he has found as a better—and more dangerous—high. 

Lightning in the Hand US       
Runtime: 16 minutes                     
Writers: Andrew Reuland, Joey Grossfield (both in attendance)          
Director: Joey Grossfield (in attendance)             
Synopsis: The Apache say it is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.

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Filmmakers
AC

Alex Clark

Writer/Director, Siren
AR

Andrew Revland

Writer, Lightning in the Hand
avatar for Chris Luckhardt

Chris Luckhardt

Producer, Blacktail Productions
Chris is an established Toronto based film and television producer. With a physics and astronomy degree from York University, he has managed to excel in both television and film market as a producer and production manager. He produced the hit Canadian superhero TV series Team Epic (2009) which aired on BiteTV. More recently, he was the APM for the first season of CityTV reality TV show Meet the Family (2014). In the past several years, he has... Read More →
JG

Joey Grossfield

Writer/Director, Lightning in the Hand
MG

Michael Gonzales

Writer/Director, Held Together by Venom
avatar for Tim Sanger

Tim Sanger

Writer/Director
My film REDACTION is having its US Premiere at AFF -- it's in competition as well. You should come see it.



Friday October 24, 2014 10:00pm - 11:45pm
The Hideout Theatre

10:45pm

Muutoksii
(Finland) RT: 90 Mins

Writer/Director: Sami Laitinen (in attendance)

Cast: Tiitus Rantala, Sami Hussein, Milana Novokmet

Living in the Herttoniemi suburb in Eastern Helsinki, 12-year-olds Antti and Muhis have been best friends since kindergarten. Even with the underlying racism and anti-Somali sentiments that plague the community, the boys’ friendship has never been challenged, despite Muhis’ Somali background. That is until one night, when the boys find themselves in the middle of an unexpected confrontation that ends in a local drunk and racist being pushed off a cliff. Antti and Muhis must now hold onto the terrible secret of that night while navigating the dangerous town shaken by this accident and maintaining their friendship at the same time.

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Friday October 24, 2014 10:45pm - Saturday October 25, 2014 12:25am
Alamo Drafthouse Village

11:00pm

Filmmakers Happy Hour presented by Spiderwood Studios
Hosted By: Jenny Lumet
The Filmmakers Happy Hour is another one of the Festival’s great late-night parties and provides filmmakers and registrants alike the opportunity to discuss another full day of panels and the Friday evening films. Swap your Saturday schedule while enjoying a Stella Artois on us!
Producers Badge Only for entry.
This party is at Ruth's Chris Steak House located on 107 W. 6th Street. 


Friday October 24, 2014 11:00pm - Saturday October 25, 2014 1:00am
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse 107 W. 6th Street, Austin, TX
 
Saturday, October 25
 

9:00am

9:00am

Austin Pitch #6
It’s the 12th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Saturday October 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

9:00am

Finding Your Voice
There are many things about screenwriting that can be taught, from structure and character development to plot devices and plot points. But your voice is something that can't be taught. It's the decisions you make when the screen is blank: the cadence of the language, the poetry in the descriptions, the pacing and flow of the entire composition. It's all of those things and more. Simply put, it's you. Panelists will talk about not only finding your voice, but learning to recognize and hone it.

Saturday October 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

9:00am

Houston, We Have a Screenplay
From Méliès to Cuarón, Hollywood has always had a thing for space. It’s exotic, it’s mysterious, it’s terrifying, and it’s big enough to include any sort of world or story you can think of. Whether your characters are making contact or guarding the galaxy, there are certain...ahem...universal questions that arise after you decide to set your story in the final frontier. Writers will discuss setting stories in space and the issues they faced before lift-off.

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Saturday October 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

9:00am

Independent Filmmaking Track: The Climate of Indie Film
In an ever-changing industry, the independent filmmaker is required to concurrently adapt and change. Of course, with change comes opportunity, and between the rise of fundraising outlets, digital filmmaking, and innovative distribution models, indie cinema has become a creative forum in more ways than one. Join a few of the leading “opportunists” as they discuss their roles and the climate of independent film.

Filmmakers
avatar for Frank Hall Green

Frank Hall Green

Partner/Producer, Catch & Release Films
Frank Hall Green is a film producer, writer and director. His directorial debut feature WILDLIKE is produced by Christine Vachon/Killer Films, Tandem Pictures and Joseph Stephans. It was filmed on 35mm in Alaska and stars Ella Purnell, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, Nolan Gerard Funk and Ann Dowd. He is currently producing the adaptation of BOY21 by Matthew Quick (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK) with Tom Heller (FOXCATCHER, MUD, 127 HOURS, PRECIOUS... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

producer Listopad, Punk In Africa; co-producer No No: A Dockumentary
Jeffrey Brown has produced a number of award-winning films in Europe, Africa and the USA. His Czech narrative feature Mamas & Papas won Best Film and Best Script at the 2010 Hamptons IFF while Shut Up and Shoot Me, a Czech–British co-production, won Best Narrative Feature at the 2007 AFI Dallas IFF. He executive produced Academy Award-winning Czech director Jan Sverak’s Kooky, Special Jury Prize Winner at the... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Piers Williams

Ryan Piers Williams

writer/director The Dry Land, X/Y (2014); producer Kilimanjaro
Twitter: @rpierswilliams | Ryan Piers Williams was born and raised in El Paso, TX. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, he worked for Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney on several productions including Ocean’s 12 and Ocean’s 13, Goodnight and Good Luck, and The Good German... Read More →


Saturday October 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

9:00am

On Story Lounge
Don’t forget to check out the On Story Lounge, held in the Driskill Hotel’s Jim Hogg Parlor, featuring content from the On Story Project while offering a space for writers to meet, mingle, and relax!

Known as the “Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. On Story® is a natural progression of that mission and offers an organic, multi-platform initiative dedicated to this process through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors, and producers.

For 21 years, Austin Film Festival has brought together the film and television industry’s most recognized screenwriters and filmmakers, including luminaries like Wes Anderson, Caroline Thompson, Oliver Stone, Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Jason Reitman, James Franco, Jonathan Demme, Paul Thomas Anderson, Mike Judge, Shane Black, Callie Khouri, Damon Lindelof, Larry Wilmore, Greg Daniels, Sydney Pollack, and more.

Their passionate and in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling have entertained thousands of Festival registrants over the years. Since Austin Film Festival’s launch, hundreds of these invaluably rich and informative discussions have been recorded and archived; AFF is thrilled to make these available to the public through the On Story Project. What inspired such instant classics as Schindler’s List, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Unforgiven, Slumdog Millionaire, Thelma and Louise, The Silence of the Lambs, Breaking Bad, Lost, and more? On Story gets to the heart of the matter and presents the stories behind the storytellers, revealing the real magic of movies.

LISTEN: Subscribe to the On Story podcast on iTunes, including conversations with Vince Gilligan, Jenji Kohan, Frank Darabont, Jeff Nichols, and more.

WATCH: On Story is a half-hour PBS-affiliated TV series that features an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows. Available on 129 stations in 65 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Dallas, On Story is comprised of past AFF panels and Q&As, coupled with a short film that screened during the Festival.

READ: On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft distills the advice of renowned, award-winning screenwriters and filmmakers who have attended the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. The book features content from panels featuring Lawrence Kasdan, John Lee Hancock, Whit Stillman, and more, with a special foreward by Brian Helgeland. It is available to purchase at Registration or on the Austin Film Festival website.

ATTEND: See On Story® LIVE at this year’s Festival & Screenwriters Conference! Take a seat in one of our On Story sponsored rooms for an up-close-and-personal experience with the 2014 Panelists, Filmmakers, and Awardees. On Story will be filming content at the Driskill Hotel’s Ballroom and Maximilian Room, the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental’s Ballroom, and St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Bethell Hall.

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Saturday October 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

9:00am

POV
No two people experience the same event in the exact same way. Exploring the subjective qualities of memory and perspective can help define characters by showing how each one views the same situation. Panelists with experience writing films from multiple points of view will offer strategies on keeping track of the story while constructing complex, interlinked narratives. This panel may or not be for you… it all depends on how you look at it.

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Saturday October 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

9:00am

Roundtable: The Creative Side
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of screenwriting in film and television. This session offers registrants exclusive access to professional screenwriters and filmmakers in an informal setting. This is your opportunity to ask for advice on how to break into the business, face a blank page on a bad day, work with a writing partner, risk a new direction after established success, and any other creative inquiries you are curious about.

Austin Film Festival’s Roundtable Sessions offer registrants exclusive access to writers, producers, and executives. The atmosphere is casual and registrants are encouraged to ask specific questions about the creative and business aspects of writing for film and television. Each session provides an opportunity for registrants to speak with three professionals among a small group of peers.

All Roundtables take place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 22 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 23 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 24 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 25 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Saturday October 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

9:00am

Scribble to Screen: My So-Called Writing Process
Winnie Holzman, writer of Wicked and creator of My So-Called Life, describes how she breathes life into characters, giving them honest reactions to true-life situations.

THIS IS SCRIBBLE TO SCREEN.
Writing a script is like going on a road trip. You pack up the car with ideas: Characters and scenes. Notions and concepts. Shouts and mutters, emotions and reactions. Then you get on the road: Start writing. Map your outline. Find the right song on the radio. Reverse course. Rethink an interaction. Retool some dialogue. Finished the first draft? Stop for snacks and a bathroom break. But top off the tank and check the tire pressure while you’re at it, because the really rough riding starts here. More drafts. Rewriting. A hundred sets of notes from a hundred backseat drivers - a few of whom might know just the right shortcut, so keep your ears open. And that final shooting script? Your final destination? It might look nothing like what you intended at the start of this whole thing. And thinking back, you wouldn’t have it any other way.

Scribble To Screen is about that journey - about the path a writer takes from Point A to Point Z. It’s a roadmap to the creation of the stories and characters we love, and the culture the whole world consumes. It’s the history of the zigzagging route from first draft to final cut, and all the stops in between.


Saturday October 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

9:00am

Storytelling through Documentaries
Though many documentaries are pieces of non-fiction, they still very much employ conventions of storytelling. In fact, there's even a multi-layered writing process involved. From conception to post-production, documentary filmmakers are required to constantly adapt to unforeseeable elements and craft a narrative based off the stories and accounts they are able to capture. Join Paul Stekler (Last Man Standing: Politics Texas Style, George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire), Academy Award®-winning documentarian, Vanessa Roth, and the Executive Producer of POV, Simon Kilmurry, as they share just how important storytelling is within the world of documentary filmmaking.

Saturday October 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

9:00am

The Serious World of Comedy
Some of the best comedies are the ones where the characters have no idea they’re being funny. Think about how straightly everyone in Airplane! delivered their lines, or how stern everyone is in Dr. Strangelove. No matter how absurd or comedic a situation or world is, the humor comes from the characters committing to its verisimilitude. Comedy writers will discuss crafting worlds that are simultaneously serious for the characters and hilarious for the audience, and how to maximize the comedy within this dichotomy.

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Saturday October 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

9:00am

The Writer/Agent/Manager Relationship
A lot of writers will tell you how important it is to have an agent or manager, but what is that relationship really like? As a writer, how do you facilitate this? How do you know what kind of representation is right for you, and what you should realistically expect? Join panelists as they discuss what you can expect out of different forms of representation, and what that means to your career.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Saturday October 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

10:00am

Young Filmmakers Shorts Program
Conscription
USA, 4 min
Writer/Director: Nick Ramey

What does it mean to ‘see your life flash before your eyes?’ This experimental film captures that moment in an incredible way.

 

Fred
USA, 9 min
Writer/Director: Sarti Sandler

The impossible true story of a Jewish man who lived through the Holocaust and now makes it his life’s work to discover beauty everywhere.

 

Uncollared
USA, 7 min
Writer/Director: Tyler Johns

A powerful look at what it’s like to pursue the American Dream in the face of poverty in one of the roughest cities in America.

 

Stay
USA, 3 min
Writer/Director: Gabrielle Giacomo

An intimate sister-relationship comes to an abrupt end. This short film explores what it means to move on from mourning and grief to remembering happier times.

 

Special is Just a Word
USA, 7 min
Writer/Director: Abby Thompson

Everybody knows love can be confusing. But this Bermuda Triangle of young love will prove it can be even more complicated than you can imagine.

 

Sometimes I Dream
USA, 5 min
Writer/Director: Clay Bloodworth

An inspiring and hope-filled documentary following a rising gridiron star in the ultra-competitive world of Florida football.

 

Reality TV
USA, 7 min
Writer/Director: Travis Daves

Television might be getting a little too real. Watch as your average viewer becomes literally wrapped up in his viewing selections.

 

Plastic Bag
USA, 10 min
Writer/Director: Elisabetta Diorio

When you’re buried beneath disappointment and failure, there’s no telling what will make you snap. Or just how sweet small victories can be.

 

Tight Jeans and Broken Dreams: The Rebirth of Mickey Ross
USA, 11 min
Writer: Joseph Duncan
Director: Raphael Krigel

A washed-up, rock and roll has-been tries to get the band back together. The catch: everyone else has moved on. Way on.

 

Gifted
USA, 3 min
Writer/Director: Grace Doyle

Uber-competitive friends try to give their friend the best birthday gift in the world. Things get a little carried away.

 

Vandals
USA, 7 min
Writer/Director: Dalton Cheatham

Two misdemeanor punks hold a philosophical debate on what it means to be a rebel in front of a blank brick wall begging to be tagged. Think Clerks meets puberty.

 

Alex and Eve
USA, 2 min
Writer/Director: Joe Shaffer

An over-anxious, would-be lothario tries to overcome the insurmountable pedestal he’s placed his lady love on to tell her how he really fills. Will he or won’t he?

 

Cleveland
USA, 5 min
Writer/Director: Jonah Goldberg

What do your friends say behind your back? Prepare to laugh, and prepare to be surprised.

 

Home
USA, 11 min
Writer/Director: Caitlin O’Brien

A heartbreaking drama about loneliness and finding solace in the least likely of places. Based on Ray Bradbury’s short story “There Will Come Soft Rains.”

 

Spark
USA, 2 min
Writer/Director: Kunal Dixit

A stop-motion short that explores fear, fright, and the power of light.

 

The Curse of the Mummy Queen
USA, 12 min
Writer: Joseph Duncan
Director: Raphael Krigel

A slightly misogynist archaeologist and Egyptologist sets off on an adventure to uncover an historical find. But the curse of the Mummy Queen might prove too much for him – or any man – to handle.

 

Reynold
USA, 3 min
Writer/Director: Cole Forson

A stop-motion wonder that follows a little guy trying to find his way—and a friend—in the big world.


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Saturday October 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:45am
Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre

10:30am

Script-to-Screen: Rachel Getting Married
Jenny Lumet is a rule-breaker. The formula for her screenplay, Rachel Getting Married, breached the laws of Screenwriting 101, all while creating rich, edgy, and unconventional characters within an equally intricate world. Join her for a script-to-screen discussion on the honest relationships in the context of the film both on and off the page—between the two fictional sisters, and also between Lumet and director Jonathan Demme. With script in hand and clips on the screen, learn more about your own relationship with your writing process and how Rachel Getting Married can inform what rules to break and when.

Those who enrolled in the advance-sign up for this session are required to show up 15 minutes early and will be admitted first. The panel will then open to remaining Badge holders.

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Saturday October 25, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

10:45am

A Conversation with the 2014 Awardees
Join this highly anticipated conversation with the 2014 Awardees as they discuss their careers, and their approach to the art, craft, and business of storytelling through film and television.

Sponsors

Saturday October 25, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

10:45am

Austin Pitch #7
It’s the 12th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Saturday October 25, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

10:45am

Independent Filmmaking Track: Crowdfunding to Build Independence
The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience. Crowdfunding is becoming a fundamental piece of most financing plans for independent film. However, many filmmakers miss the opportunity to turn their film funding campaigns into audience-building opportunities that can last an entire career — and provide the groundwork for theatrical distribution that you control. This class for film-related projects will provide the crowdfunding action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience.

This panel is presented by Seed and Spark.

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Saturday October 25, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

10:45am

KAPOW! ZAPF! SCREENPLAY!: Adapting Comic Books for the Big Screen
You’ve likely noticed the abundance of comic book inspired films cropping up at the local Cineplex. The rich back-catalogue of nearly a century’s worth of content provides a seemingly never-ending source of inspiration for big budget spectacles, offbeat comedies, and even quirky romances. And while many of these characters are transformed before our eyes into heroes and villains, how do the writers transform their source material to something that can kick-butt on screen? Learn from our superhero panelists on what they did to stay true to such mystical worlds while still infusing originality into these beloved and intricate stories.

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Saturday October 25, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

10:45am

On Story Lounge
Don’t forget to check out the On Story Lounge, held in the Driskill Hotel’s Jim Hogg Parlor, featuring content from the On Story Project while offering a space for writers to meet, mingle, and relax!

Known as the “Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. On Story® is a natural progression of that mission and offers an organic, multi-platform initiative dedicated to this process through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors, and producers.

For 21 years, Austin Film Festival has brought together the film and television industry’s most recognized screenwriters and filmmakers, including luminaries like Wes Anderson, Caroline Thompson, Oliver Stone, Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Jason Reitman, James Franco, Jonathan Demme, Paul Thomas Anderson, Mike Judge, Shane Black, Callie Khouri, Damon Lindelof, Larry Wilmore, Greg Daniels, Sydney Pollack, and more.

Their passionate and in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling have entertained thousands of Festival registrants over the years. Since Austin Film Festival’s launch, hundreds of these invaluably rich and informative discussions have been recorded and archived; AFF is thrilled to make these available to the public through the On Story Project. What inspired such instant classics as Schindler’s List, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Unforgiven, Slumdog Millionaire, Thelma and Louise, The Silence of the Lambs, Breaking Bad, Lost, and more? On Story gets to the heart of the matter and presents the stories behind the storytellers, revealing the real magic of movies.

LISTEN: Subscribe to the On Story podcast on iTunes, including conversations with Vince Gilligan, Jenji Kohan, Frank Darabont, Jeff Nichols, and more.

WATCH: On Story is a half-hour PBS-affiliated TV series that features an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows. Available on 129 stations in 65 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Dallas, On Story is comprised of past AFF panels and Q&As, coupled with a short film that screened during the Festival.

READ: On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft distills the advice of renowned, award-winning screenwriters and filmmakers who have attended the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. The book features content from panels featuring Lawrence Kasdan, John Lee Hancock, Whit Stillman, and more, with a special foreward by Brian Helgeland. It is available to purchase at Registration or on the Austin Film Festival website.

ATTEND: See On Story® LIVE at this year’s Festival & Screenwriters Conference! Take a seat in one of our On Story sponsored rooms for an up-close-and-personal experience with the 2014 Panelists, Filmmakers, and Awardees. On Story will be filming content at the Driskill Hotel’s Ballroom and Maximilian Room, the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental’s Ballroom, and St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Bethell Hall.

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Saturday October 25, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

10:45am

Roundtable: The Business Side
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the business of screenwriting. This session offers Semifinalists from the Screenplay Competition exclusive access to executives, studio reps, agents, managers, producers, and attorneys in an informal setting. Take advantage of this invaluable opportunity to ask those burning questions: How do I get an agent? Do I also need an attorney and manager? What is the dynamic of these relationships like? Are studios buying spec scripts? Am I hurting my chances if I request to direct it? Don’t miss your chance to ask all this and more without being charged by the hour or forgoing a percentage of your script sale.

Austin Film Festival’s Roundtable Sessions offer registrants exclusive access to writers, producers, and executives. The atmosphere is casual and registrants are encouraged to ask specific questions about the creative and business aspects of writing for film and television. Each session provides an opportunity for registrants to speak with three professionals among a small group of peers.

All Roundtables take place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 22 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 23 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 24 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 25 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Saturday October 25, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

10:45am

Screenwriters Labs
Screenwriting labs are a great step in a career. Not only are the networking opportunities plentiful, but writers have a great hands-on opportunity to rigorously hone and explore their craft. Representatives from intensive labs such as Film Independent, Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab, and the new Sundance Episodic Story Lab will shed light on the benefits of these programs, and what writers can expect from the application process and beyond.

Saturday October 25, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

10:45am

Status Quo
Some of the most satisfying screenplays revolve around characters who choose not to conform to the status quo. Whether they are carpe-ing the diem or smuggling drugs to save lives, the act of taking matters into their own hands makes for rich and often emotional stories. Hear from the writers behind Dead Poets Society, Dallas Buyers Club, and Fight Club for a conversation on ways to infuse themes of status quo in your screenplay, and where to break your own rules in regards to story structure and development.

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Saturday October 25, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

10:45am

Write What You (Don't) Know
The old adage write what you know becomes less stringent as our access to limitless resources expands in today’s digital age. Research is an essential step in the screenwriting process in order to ultimately portray a sense of authenticity and verisimilitude. Join these panelists as they discuss various research methods and ways to emerge as an authority of your subject matter.

Saturday October 25, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

10:45am

Writers Guild Foundation Exhibit
Dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the craft of writing for the screen, the Writers Guild Foundation has been advancing the gospel of good scriptwriting since its inception in 1966. Host to the world-class Shavelson-Webb Library -- the only screenwriting-focused library on the planet -- the WGF maintains over 30,000 movie scripts, teleplays, and screenwriting texts, and adds new items on a weekly basis. But it gets better: The WGF also serves as one of Hollywood's most important archival institutions, maintaining treasures like Robert Bloch's typewriter and the entire collection of Hawaii Five-0 scripts, studio notes, and production materials. Widely regarded as a fundamental resource for emerging screenwriters, the Foundation continues to fuel the hearth of quality wordsmithing by offering writing workshops for traditionally underserved yet narratively rich populations like military veterans and low-income high school students.

Today the WGF presents its SCRIBBLE TO SCREEN exhibit, packed with early production materials and handwritten drafts from epochal works like Kasdan's The Empire Strikes Back, Matthew Weiner's "Unidentified Black Males" episode of The Sopranos, Winnie Holzman's My So-Called Life, and more. In conjunction with this exclusive collection, the WGF also brings to the stage a collection of television and film writers with centuries of collective experience and knowledge.


Saturday October 25, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

10:45am

11:45am

Satellite Beach and The Pope of Greenwich Village presented by Luke Wilson
Satellite Beach
USA, 27 min

Writer: Luke Wilson (in attendance)

Directors: Luke Wilson and Andrew Wilson

Also in attendance: Steve Eckelman (producer)

Satellite Beach 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.  Watch as Warren Flowers, a devoted and unlikely shuttle manager navigates the missions on his own accord while the citizens, reporters, and officials are perplexed by his involvement.


The Pope of Greenwich Village

Austin Film Festival’s Retrospective Screenings allow veteran screenwriters and filmmakers to present their own films or works that have inspired their careers.  The main function of the program is to connect the public and the filmmaker, open the dialogue between artist and audience, and provide a platform for film-lovers and makers to learn about classic films.

Guest programmers will present retrospective films followed by extended post-screening discussions on why these pieces were influential not only to their own work, but the landscape of cinema as a whole.

The aim is to introduce new audiences to great films by inviting contemporary filmmakers and screenwriters to present a film of their choice.

Filmmakers
avatar for Luke Wilson

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... Read More →
avatar for Steve Eckelman

Steve Eckelman

Producer, Satellite Beach | | Steve Eckelman is a producer, writer and actor. He has worked on over 20 feature films, including Rushmore, Wedding Crashers, Cars, Marley & Me, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Stark & Hutch, Shanghai Knights, and The Darjeeling Limited. | | Eckelman and Luke Wilson are producing partners and have several film and television projects in development, including Prison Love, American Kid, Juarez 9, and... Read More →

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Saturday October 25, 2014 11:45am - 2:30pm
State Theatre

12:00pm

Shorts Program 3: The Lost & The Young
La Carnada Mexico/US
Runtime: 17 minutes           
Writer/Director: Josh Soskin
Synopsis: A teenage boy deals with his mother's fight against diabetes while lacking the money to pay for insulin.  He decides to take on a job that proves bigger than he realizes.  
See trailer

Eleven New Zealand
Runtime: 13 minutes           
Writer: Kate Prior
Director: Abigail Greenwood
Synopsis: Caught in between friends, Emily must choose whether or not to join Brooke and her giggling group of friends, but her acceptance depends upon an act betrayal.  
See Trailer

one afternoon in summer Germany
Runtime: 18 minutes           
Writer/Director: Lilli Tautfest
Synopsis: During the last week of the summer, two sisters, one discovering herself as a young woman and the other still reveling in her innocence, spend the afternoon together.  

Fitted US
Runtime: 15 minutes           
Writer/Director: Auriel Rudnick (in attendance)
Synopsis: A teenage girl's integrity is challenged during a moment of artistic self-expression.    See trailer 
Also In Attendance: Mallory Schwartz (Producer)
Zoe Robyn (1st AC)

Detour Singapore
Runtime: 8 minutes
Writer/Director: Michael Kam (in attendance)
Synopsis: A taxi driver has trouble controlling his young sons, fighting in the back seat.  In a moment, a stranger accosts the youngest son, and what occurs thereafter shatters the brother’s innocence forever.
See trailer
Also In Attendance: Saiful Azri (Assistant Director)

How I Didn’t Become a Piano Player UK           
Runtime: 18 minutes           
Writer/Director: Tommaso Pitta
Synopsis: A talentless, yet tenacious, young boy decides to take piano lessons despite his consistent belabored performance. 
See trailer 

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Filmmakers
MS

Mallory Schwartz

Producer, Fitted
SA

Saiful Azri

Assistant Producer, Detour



Saturday October 25, 2014 12:00pm - 2:00pm
The Hideout Theatre

12:15pm

Awards Luncheon Presented by Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation
While attending the Festival, don’t miss the opportunity to attend AFF’s Awards Luncheon, where you can dine with panelists, awardees, and hear inspiring speeches from this year’s honorees and winners.
Only Conference and Producers Badge holders may purchase Awards Luncheon tickets. You may buy your ticket when you purchase your Badge, or call us at 1.800.310.FEST. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY. AFF reserves the right not to seat late parties.
Don’t miss this year’s Awards Luncheon honoring:
DISTINGUISHED SCREENTWRITER AWARD – JIM SHERIDAN
OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER – MATTHEW WEINER
This party will be at The Austin Club located on 110 E. 9th Street. 

Sponsors
avatar for Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation

Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation

Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation


Saturday October 25, 2014 12:15pm - 2:15pm
The Austin Club East 9th Street, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

Shipwrecked in 4D!
This Family Film is free and open to the public. Seating is based on a first come first serve basis.
Runtime: 21 MIN

USA

Producer: John Lewis (in attendance)

Shipwrecked is a new 4D immersive theater experience produced by the Bullock Texas State History Museum in conjunction with award-winning production house Cortina Productions. Shipwrecked follows the perilous journey of the French explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle who sailed west to establish a colony at the mouth of the Mississippi River in 1684. Commissioned by King Louis XIV, the expedition could have given the French a stronger presence in North America if successful, but piracy, poor navigation, and murder eventually doomed the expedition. In response, Spain renewed its interest in what would become Texas, changing the course of history. Dramatizing the story of La Salle’s ill-fated venture, the film reveals the personalities and struggles that beset the colony, all through the eyes of one of the few survivors of the expedition, 14-year old Pierre Talon. Premiering in the Bullock Museum's Texas Spirit Theater, Shipwrecked uses 4D effects felt by the audience to create a dynamic film experience. The film opens in conjunction with a new special exhibition, La Belle: The Ship That Changed History, on view at the Bullock Museum through May 17, 2015. The exhibition features the live-action reassembly of La Belle's 300 year-old hull, new media interactives, and rare artifacts excavated from this incredible 17th-century find in Matagorda Bay, Texas, often described as one of the most important shipwreck discoveries in North America.  (All audiences: 21 min.)

Also in attendance: Kate Parr (Project Manager/Associate Producer), Brent Feito (Associate Producer)

Filmmakers
BF

Brent Feito

Associate Producer, Shipwrecked in 4D!
JL

John Lewis

Producer, Shipwrecked in 4D!
KP

Kate Parr

Project Manager/Associate Producer Shipwrecked in 4D!


Saturday October 25, 2014 12:30pm - 12:51pm
Texas Spirit Theater

12:30pm

Artistic Integrity
Whether you want to direct your own script or hand it over to someone else, the process from script to screen often entails an arduous path of compromise and readjustment. This panel will focus on finding a balance while staying true to the heart of your story, finding success in an oversaturated marketplace, and selling your screenplay without selling your soul.

Saturday October 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

12:30pm

Austin Pitch #8
It’s the 12th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Saturday October 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

12:30pm

Heroes, Villains, and Happily Ever After
The last decade of film has popularized the anti-hero and the cold grey worlds they inhabit. But kids see the world in exciting primary colors where the heroes are dashing and the villains are dastardly. Join this conversation with Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent) for a discussion on writing well-defined hero/villain relationships and crafting unambiguous endings where the hero wins the day and the villain gets what they deserve. Woolverton will explore the “once-upon-a-times,” the “happily-ever-afters,” and everything in between.

Sponsors
Community Partners

Saturday October 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

12:30pm

Historical Fiction
History—it feels like it’s been around since the beginning of time. With the expanse of material available for writers within those parameters, it’s easy to see the allure in sharing the past with present-day audiences. What’s perhaps not as easy is the research required for writers to familiarize themselves with the language, setting, culture, and customs of a particular time or era and how to fold these into a compelling narrative. Hear from panelists who have mastered this craft and can shed light on their own past experiences. This panel will be one for the history books!

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Saturday October 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

12:30pm

Independent Filmmaking Track: The Nuts and Bolts
The script is done, the money is raised (or as much as it will be), and it is time for the real fun to begin: shooting schedules, casting, permits, putting together a production team, and resetting the entire film in an apartment. Learn how to make the tough decisions that reside within the scope of pre-production so you can leave room for creative choices once you are on set.

Filmmakers
avatar for Andreas Schmied

Andreas Schmied

writer/director Taking It Back
Andreas Schmied spent his childhood in a small village in the austrian mountains. He began his directing career in his teens, shooting shorts with his friends and music videos for local musicians. | Moving to Vienna in 1998 Schmied shot dozens of low budget videos where he served as his own cinematographer, editor and production designer. | | In 1999, he started his own TV production company, SofaSafari, and wrote, produced and directed... Read More →
avatar for Dru Brown

Dru Brown

director The Suicide Theory
Dru is an award winning Australian filmmaker. Dru began his career based primarily in Asia, and working on both Asian and international productions for The History Channel, HBO and MGM among others. After two years of gaining experience and establishing himself, Dru Returned to Australia to pursue a career as a director. Moving between bases, a period of short narrative work, including commercials, and several music videos for U.S based... Read More →
avatar for Nick Matthews

Nick Matthews

writer/director One Eyed Girl
Nick Matthews ACS is an AFI award winning filmmaker who trained in Europe in camera departments on productions including the Steven Spielberg produced HBO series Band of Brothers and Working Title's About a Boy. Since returning to Australia, he has produced, edited, and photographed Australian feature film 2:37 that was officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard. He also photographed US feature Broken Hill starring... Read More →


Saturday October 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

12:30pm

Inside the Writers' Room: Orange is the New Black
For a show as involved as Netflix’s breakout drama Orange Is The New Black, a lot has to go into crafting each episode. The writers must inhabit the points of view of the large array of diverse characters while staying true to the show’s voice and big picture objectives. OITNB writers will share their experiences in the writers’ room, adapting the novel for the screen, and how they work together to create the individual and overarching storylines.

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Saturday October 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

12:30pm

On Story Lounge
Don’t forget to check out the On Story Lounge, held in the Driskill Hotel’s Jim Hogg Parlor, featuring content from the On Story Project while offering a space for writers to meet, mingle, and relax!

Known as the “Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. On Story® is a natural progression of that mission and offers an organic, multi-platform initiative dedicated to this process through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors, and producers.

For 21 years, Austin Film Festival has brought together the film and television industry’s most recognized screenwriters and filmmakers, including luminaries like Wes Anderson, Caroline Thompson, Oliver Stone, Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Jason Reitman, James Franco, Jonathan Demme, Paul Thomas Anderson, Mike Judge, Shane Black, Callie Khouri, Damon Lindelof, Larry Wilmore, Greg Daniels, Sydney Pollack, and more.

Their passionate and in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling have entertained thousands of Festival registrants over the years. Since Austin Film Festival’s launch, hundreds of these invaluably rich and informative discussions have been recorded and archived; AFF is thrilled to make these available to the public through the On Story Project. What inspired such instant classics as Schindler’s List, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Unforgiven, Slumdog Millionaire, Thelma and Louise, The Silence of the Lambs, Breaking Bad, Lost, and more? On Story gets to the heart of the matter and presents the stories behind the storytellers, revealing the real magic of movies.

LISTEN: Subscribe to the On Story podcast on iTunes, including conversations with Vince Gilligan, Jenji Kohan, Frank Darabont, Jeff Nichols, and more.

WATCH: On Story is a half-hour PBS-affiliated TV series that features an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows. Available on 129 stations in 65 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Dallas, On Story is comprised of past AFF panels and Q&As, coupled with a short film that screened during the Festival.

READ: On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft distills the advice of renowned, award-winning screenwriters and filmmakers who have attended the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. The book features content from panels featuring Lawrence Kasdan, John Lee Hancock, Whit Stillman, and more, with a special foreward by Brian Helgeland. It is available to purchase at Registration or on the Austin Film Festival website.

ATTEND: See On Story® LIVE at this year’s Festival & Screenwriters Conference! Take a seat in one of our On Story sponsored rooms for an up-close-and-personal experience with the 2014 Panelists, Filmmakers, and Awardees. On Story will be filming content at the Driskill Hotel’s Ballroom and Maximilian Room, the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental’s Ballroom, and St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Bethell Hall.

Sponsors

Saturday October 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

12:30pm

Roundtable: Young Filmmakers
Industry pros provide total access for students’ questions about what life is like behind and in front of the camera. Find out what it means to program, distribute, market, and more, in this personal and informal setting. Featuring working professionals, film school professors, and representatives from Austin’s own KVUE team, panelists will discuss their personal experiences in the industry and creative avenues to employ the craft in one’s career.

Saturday October 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

12:30pm

Scribble to Screen: Anatomy of a Crap Attack
Bob’s Burgers writers Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux talk about the process of writing innovative characters like Tina Belcher.

THIS IS SCRIBBLE TO SCREEN.
Writing a script is like going on a road trip. You pack up the car with ideas: Characters and scenes. Notions and concepts. Shouts and mutters, emotions and reactions. Then you get on the road: Start writing. Map your outline. Find the right song on the radio. Reverse course. Rethink an interaction. Retool some dialogue. Finished the first draft? Stop for snacks and a bathroom break. But top off the tank and check the tire pressure while you’re at it, because the really rough riding starts here. More drafts. Rewriting. A hundred sets of notes from a hundred backseat drivers - a few of whom might know just the right shortcut, so keep your ears open. And that final shooting script? Your final destination? It might look nothing like what you intended at the start of this whole thing. And thinking back, you wouldn’t have it any other way.

Scribble To Screen is about that journey - about the path a writer takes from Point A to Point Z. It’s a roadmap to the creation of the stories and characters we love, and the culture the whole world consumes. It’s the history of the zigzagging route from first draft to final cut, and all the stops in between.


Saturday October 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

12:30pm

Scriptnotes Live!
For the third year running, veteran filmmaker John August will record a live presentation of his incredibly informative screenwriting podcast, Scriptnotes, in which he will discuss craft and career, complete with special guests, audience questions, and other surprises.

Saturday October 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

12:30pm

Words that Go Bump in the Night
While many writers have found their entrée into the industry via the horror genre, writing a script with all the necessary thrills and chills is not an easy task. This panel will explore the psychology of terror that taps into the root of our fears and anxieties: the depth of the unknown. Learn from these writers on how to fold scares and suspense into the language of your screenplay while still managing to embrace originality in a genre that is seemingly oversaturated.

Sponsors

Saturday October 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

12:30pm

Writers Guild Foundation Exhibit
Dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the craft of writing for the screen, the Writers Guild Foundation has been advancing the gospel of good scriptwriting since its inception in 1966. Host to the world-class Shavelson-Webb Library -- the only screenwriting-focused library on the planet -- the WGF maintains over 30,000 movie scripts, teleplays, and screenwriting texts, and adds new items on a weekly basis. But it gets better: The WGF also serves as one of Hollywood's most important archival institutions, maintaining treasures like Robert Bloch's typewriter and the entire collection of Hawaii Five-0 scripts, studio notes, and production materials. Widely regarded as a fundamental resource for emerging screenwriters, the Foundation continues to fuel the hearth of quality wordsmithing by offering writing workshops for traditionally underserved yet narratively rich populations like military veterans and low-income high school students.

Today the WGF presents its SCRIBBLE TO SCREEN exhibit, packed with early production materials and handwritten drafts from epochal works like Kasdan's The Empire Strikes Back, Matthew Weiner's "Unidentified Black Males" episode of The Sopranos, Winnie Holzman's My So-Called Life, and more. In conjunction with this exclusive collection, the WGF also brings to the stage a collection of television and film writers with centuries of collective experience and knowledge.


Saturday October 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

1:00pm

Nightfall in India
(SPAIN) RT:95mins

Writer: Chema Rodriguez

Director: Chema Rodriguez

Cast: Juan Diego Ruiz, Clara Voda

Nostalgic for his youthful days of fun and love, Ricardo decides to travel from Spain to India, just like he used to in the old days. However, the situation is different now. Ricardo is confined to a wheelchair, suffering from a degenerative disease now in its final stage. He plans on this being his final journey. Accompanied by his Romanian housekeeper, Dana, he sets off. Life owes something to these two lonely beings, and their journey will eventually become the alibi for paying it off.

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Saturday October 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

2:00pm

Spoke
(USA, 21 min)

Director: Henry Horenstein (in attendance)

Spoke chronicles The Broken Spoke, one of Austin, Texas’ last true country dance halls.

 

SCREENS WITH:

Crazy Carl and His Man Boobs: An Austin Love Story 

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Filmmakers
HH

Henry Horenstein

Director, Spoke


Saturday October 25, 2014 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

2:00pm

Crazy Carl and His Man-Boobs: An Austin Love Story
(USA) RT: 50 mins


Director: Mike Woolf (In Attendance)

Also in Attendance: Crazy Carl Hickerson and Charlotte Ferris


Crazy Carl and His Man-Boobs: An Austin Love Story is an enlightening tale about one of Austin, Texas' most eccentric personalities who is still 'Keeping Austin Weird."  A hippie, flower spinner and perennial city council candidate, Crazy Carl Hickerson was on the front row during the decade that defined  the free-spirited and fun-loving Austin.  He is the perfect character through which to experience the cultural, economic and psychedelic forces that came together in the 1970's to make Austin, Austin.  Crazy Carl reminds us of the old Austin before it spins away.


SCREENING WITH
Spoke

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Filmmakers
CF

Charlotte Ferris

Crazy Carl and His Man-Boobs: An Austin Love Story
CC

Crazy Carl Hickerson

Subject, Crazy Carl and His Man-Boobs: An Austin Love Story
MW

Mike Woolf

Director, Crazy Carl and His Man-Boobs: An Austin Love Story

Sponsors
Community Partners

Saturday October 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

2:30pm

Showrunners
(Ireland/USA) RT: 90 Mins

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Writer/Director: Des Doyle

Showrunners explores the fascinating world of the US television showrunner and the creative forces around them, as they battle daily between art and commerce to deliver television comedies and dramas to audiences worldwide.

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Saturday October 25, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
The Hideout Theatre

2:45pm

Austin Pitch #9
It’s the 12th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Saturday October 25, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

2:45pm

Bonus: The Hart Chart Returns
Back by popular demand! We've added another session of the Hart Chart! Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

Come experience the famous “Hart Chart” first hand. James V. Hart (Hook, Contact, Bram Stoker’s Dracula) will explore how to develop characters and stories by getting to the “heart” of the script. Using notable films as examples, join this breakdown of establishing main character desires, charting their progress toward their goals, and creating a successful resolution. Through the Hart Chart’s guidelines for implementing craft, learn how to embrace structure as a friend, not an enemy, and how to flesh out ideas for the screen.

Saturday October 25, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

2:45pm

Independent Filmmaking Track: Directing Your Own Script
The prospect of directing your own script is an exciting one. Though this endeavor hands you the creative reins of the project as a whole, it also presents a new set of obstacles and responsibilities to navigate. After all, writing a script is free, but shooting a film can cost an exorbitant amount. So how should your roles as writer and director affect and inform one another? Writer-directors will share their own experiences and constructive advice crucial for aspiring multi-taskers.

Filmmakers
avatar for Jason Strouse

Jason Strouse

writer/director Teacher of the Year
Jason began his writing career on NBC’s Caroline in the City. He then returned to his first love, stand-up comedy, and appeared regularly at the Laugh Factory, The Improv and The Comedy Store before leaving the stage and becoming a teacher in Los Angeles. As Head Coach of Varsity Football at Santa Monica St. Monica’s High School, Jason was the first Jewish head football coach in the history of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. He began his... Read More →
avatar for Jay Martin

Jay Martin

writer/director 7 Minutes
7 Minutes is Jay Martin’s first feature. He has directed music videos for Death Cab for Cutie, Nas, Plain White T’s, Kid Rock, Melissa Etheridge, Christina Perri and Dashboard Confessional, among many others. He’s been directing music videos and commercials since 2003. Jay started his career a cartoonist, creating the nationally syndicated strip Tommy before segueing into film and working as storyboard artist on such films as... Read More →
avatar for Justin Simien

Justin Simien

writer/director Dear White People
Justin Simien (Director, Writer and Producer) was recently lauded as one of Variety's "10 Directors to Watch." He earned a Streamy Award nomination for the web series "INST MSGS," which was distributed by Revision 3. In addition to producing and directing online companion pieces for Participant Media's The Help, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Middle of Nowhere campaigns, he has also directed, written and... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Piers Williams

Ryan Piers Williams

writer/director The Dry Land, X/Y (2014); producer Kilimanjaro
Twitter: @rpierswilliams | Ryan Piers Williams was born and raised in El Paso, TX. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, he worked for Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney on several productions including Ocean’s 12 and Ocean’s 13, Goodnight and Good Luck, and The Good German... Read More →


Saturday October 25, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

2:45pm

Inside the Writers' Room: Justified
Justified is filled with cowboys, criminals, and all sorts of colorful characters – and that's just the writers’ room! Panelists will discuss the distinct dynamic behind the scenes of the show, and how they collectively come up with those clever southern quips Raylan always has at the ready. So saddle up, put on your Stetson, and ride into Harlan for a spell.

Sponsors

Saturday October 25, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

2:45pm

On Story Lounge
Don’t forget to check out the On Story Lounge, held in the Driskill Hotel’s Jim Hogg Parlor, featuring content from the On Story Project while offering a space for writers to meet, mingle, and relax!

Known as the “Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. On Story® is a natural progression of that mission and offers an organic, multi-platform initiative dedicated to this process through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors, and producers.

For 21 years, Austin Film Festival has brought together the film and television industry’s most recognized screenwriters and filmmakers, including luminaries like Wes Anderson, Caroline Thompson, Oliver Stone, Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Jason Reitman, James Franco, Jonathan Demme, Paul Thomas Anderson, Mike Judge, Shane Black, Callie Khouri, Damon Lindelof, Larry Wilmore, Greg Daniels, Sydney Pollack, and more.

Their passionate and in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling have entertained thousands of Festival registrants over the years. Since Austin Film Festival’s launch, hundreds of these invaluably rich and informative discussions have been recorded and archived; AFF is thrilled to make these available to the public through the On Story Project. What inspired such instant classics as Schindler’s List, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Unforgiven, Slumdog Millionaire, Thelma and Louise, The Silence of the Lambs, Breaking Bad, Lost, and more? On Story gets to the heart of the matter and presents the stories behind the storytellers, revealing the real magic of movies.

LISTEN: Subscribe to the On Story podcast on iTunes, including conversations with Vince Gilligan, Jenji Kohan, Frank Darabont, Jeff Nichols, and more.

WATCH: On Story is a half-hour PBS-affiliated TV series that features an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows. Available on 129 stations in 65 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Dallas, On Story is comprised of past AFF panels and Q&As, coupled with a short film that screened during the Festival.

READ: On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft distills the advice of renowned, award-winning screenwriters and filmmakers who have attended the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. The book features content from panels featuring Lawrence Kasdan, John Lee Hancock, Whit Stillman, and more, with a special foreward by Brian Helgeland. It is available to purchase at Registration or on the Austin Film Festival website.

ATTEND: See On Story® LIVE at this year’s Festival & Screenwriters Conference! Take a seat in one of our On Story sponsored rooms for an up-close-and-personal experience with the 2014 Panelists, Filmmakers, and Awardees. On Story will be filming content at the Driskill Hotel’s Ballroom and Maximilian Room, the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental’s Ballroom, and St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Bethell Hall.

Sponsors

Saturday October 25, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

2:45pm

Scribble to Screen: Writing Relatable Space Raccoons
Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perlman - the first woman with a credit on a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie - talks about bringing life to a cosmic world full of down-to-earth characters.

THIS IS SCRIBBLE TO SCREEN.
Writing a script is like going on a road trip. You pack up the car with ideas: Characters and scenes. Notions and concepts. Shouts and mutters, emotions and reactions. Then you get on the road: Start writing. Map your outline. Find the right song on the radio. Reverse course. Rethink an interaction. Retool some dialogue. Finished the first draft? Stop for snacks and a bathroom break. But top off the tank and check the tire pressure while you’re at it, because the really rough riding starts here. More drafts. Rewriting. A hundred sets of notes from a hundred backseat drivers - a few of whom might know just the right shortcut, so keep your ears open. And that final shooting script? Your final destination? It might look nothing like what you intended at the start of this whole thing. And thinking back, you wouldn’t have it any other way.

Scribble To Screen is about that journey - about the path a writer takes from Point A to Point Z. It’s a roadmap to the creation of the stories and characters we love, and the culture the whole world consumes. It’s the history of the zigzagging route from first draft to final cut, and all the stops in between.


Saturday October 25, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

2:45pm

Second Rounders Roundtable: The Creative Side
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of screenwriting. This session offers registrants exclusive access to professional screenwriters and filmmakers in an informal setting. This is your opportunity to ask for advice on how to break into the business, face a blank page on a bad day, work with a writing partner, risk a new direction after established success, and any other creative inquiries you are curious about.

This panel is open to Second Rounders only.

Saturday October 25, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

2:45pm

Sitcom Writers' Room Confidential
A fly-on-the-wall perspective of a sitcom writers room, where story notions and joke pitches combine to ultimately form the shooting script of a TV show. Writers and producers of Nickelodeon’s hit series, The Thundermans will screen part of an episode, then explain how it evolved from an idea, to a single writer's draft, to a final script pawed over by eleven quarrelsome writers. Expect panelists to argue over who wrote which jokes and deconstruct the art of choosing what restaurant to order dinner from.

This panel is presented by Nickelodeon.

Sponsors
Community Partners

Saturday October 25, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

2:45pm

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen
Whether they meet-cute or get paired up on the same case, writing partners have the same goal: get it done—preferably twice as fast as everyone else. Panelists will team-up to talk about finding a writing partner, developing a collective voice, staying organized, and how to effectively apply the creative powers of two minds… without knocking heads.

Saturday October 25, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

2:45pm

The Art of War Writing
The art of composing a war story for film or television requires meticulous strategy and technique before embarking upon the battlefield of the script. A writer must go to the trenches when researching the depths of the setting, history, and culture in order to dramatize these conflict-driven and layered narratives. Sit down with writers as they swap their own war stories on how to best execute bringing your vision to life.

Sponsors

Saturday October 25, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

2:45pm

Ticking Time Bomb
A ticking time bomb in your script—be it literal or figurative—can help elevate a story’s tension and momentum. Used in all types of genres and mediums, this plot device raises the stakes by implementing time-dependent crises. Panelists will only have 75 minutes to unlock the secrets of accentuating conflict, suspense, and urgency in your screenplay. Let the countdown begin!

Sponsors

Saturday October 25, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

2:45pm

Writers Guild Foundation Exhibit
Dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the craft of writing for the screen, the Writers Guild Foundation has been advancing the gospel of good scriptwriting since its inception in 1966. Host to the world-class Shavelson-Webb Library -- the only screenwriting-focused library on the planet -- the WGF maintains over 30,000 movie scripts, teleplays, and screenwriting texts, and adds new items on a weekly basis. But it gets better: The WGF also serves as one of Hollywood's most important archival institutions, maintaining treasures like Robert Bloch's typewriter and the entire collection of Hawaii Five-0 scripts, studio notes, and production materials. Widely regarded as a fundamental resource for emerging screenwriters, the Foundation continues to fuel the hearth of quality wordsmithing by offering writing workshops for traditionally underserved yet narratively rich populations like military veterans and low-income high school students.

Today the WGF presents its SCRIBBLE TO SCREEN exhibit, packed with early production materials and handwritten drafts from epochal works like Kasdan's The Empire Strikes Back, Matthew Weiner's "Unidentified Black Males" episode of The Sopranos, Winnie Holzman's My So-Called Life, and more. In conjunction with this exclusive collection, the WGF also brings to the stage a collection of television and film writers with centuries of collective experience and knowledge.


Saturday October 25, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

2:45pm

3:00pm

Big Hero 6
This Family Film is free and open to the public. Seating is based on a first come first serve basis.


(USA)

Director: Don Hall & Chris Williams

The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Sponsors


Saturday October 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:48pm
Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre

3:15pm

I'm You, Dickhead
Writer: Larry Boxshall
Director: Lucas Testro

In order to come across as more attractive to women, a man travels back in time to force his 10-year-old self to learn guitar.

SCREENING WITH:
The History of Time Travel

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Saturday October 25, 2014 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

3:15pm

The History of Time Travel
(USA) RT: 72 Mins


Writer: Ricky Kennedy (In Attendance)


Director: Ricky Kennedy (In Attendance)


Cast: Trey Cartwright, Bill Small, Michael Tubbs, Peyton Paulette (In Attendance), Jody Ryan, Garland Buffalo, Fazia Rizvi, Krista Ales, Dudley May, Daniel W. May, Herbert Midgley, Ben Everett, Elizabeth Ann Lestina, Micah Scott, Fazia Rizvi, Hannah Patton, Roy May, Stephen Adami, David Raine, Christopher Fenley, Valerie Black, Noah LaRive, Cater Cartwright, Peter Calvin, Ricky Kennedy, Tim Hogle, Justin Lee Hughes, Ryan Blackburn

'The History of Time Travel' is the story of two men, Edward Page and his son Richard. The father, Edward, works for a secret government program during World War II. His goal is to create a time machine before the Nazis do. Personal tragedy would lead him to spend the rest of his life to try and create the machine. When he fails his son Richard takes it upon himself to complete his father's work. His success changes the course of history forever.

SCREENING WITH
I'm You, Dickhead

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Filmmakers
PP

Peyton Paulette

Cast, History of Time Travel
avatar for Ricky Kennedy

Ricky Kennedy

Writer and Director



Saturday October 25, 2014 3:15pm - 4:40pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

3:30pm

That Which I Love Destroys Me
(USA) RT: 65 Mins

*This film is Free for anyone with a Military ID.Those with Military ID will stand in the Film Pass Line
Director: Ric Roman Waugh in attendance

That Which I Love Destroys Me is a unique and powerful film by director Ric Roman Waugh that offers an uncensored look at the current epidemic of PTSD.  A five-year labor of love, Waugh's cameras capture two Special Operations soldiers' firsthand accounts of returning home after fighting in the longest combat campaign in American history only to face a new battle; the effects and stigma of PTSD and reintegration as a whole.  But more importantly, how both warriors are proactively overcoming these issues.

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Sponsors
Community Partners

Saturday October 25, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
State Theatre

4:15pm

Atomic City
(USA, 32 min)

Director: David McMurry (in attendance)

Atomic City is a meditation on the town of Arco, Idaho, the first city in the world lit electrically with atomic power. Once on the glowing edge of the nuclear future, Arco is a town of just under 1000 residents, struggling to resist fading into the backdrop of the west. Atomic City weaves together ethereal portraits and astrological archetypes to create a melancholy collage of a forgotten town on the atomic frontier.


Screening with:

61 Bullets

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Filmmakers
DM

David McMurry

Director, Atomic City


Saturday October 25, 2014 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

4:15pm

61 Bullets
USA, 58 min

Directors: David Modigliani, Louisiana Kreutz (both in attendance)

Populist Louisiana Senator Huey Long and his alleged assassin Dr. Carl Weiss die in a hail of bullets. Without physical evidence or a clear motive, the doctor’s family doubts his guilt. 75 years later, Weiss's son and his family delve into an intriguing past to question the official story.

Also in Attendance: Yvonne Boudreaux (Producer)



SCREENING WITH:
Atomic City (32 min)

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Filmmakers
DM

David Modigliani

Director, 61 Bullets
LK

Louisiana Kreutz

Director, 61 Bullets
YB

Yvonne Boudreaux

Producer, 61 Bullets

Sponsors


Saturday October 25, 2014 4:15pm - 5:20pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

4:30pm

Austin Pitch #10
It’s the 12th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Saturday October 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

4:30pm

Based on True Events: Fictionalizing Disaster
Writing about real life tragedies can be cathartic, but requires some delicate consideration when exploring something that is still so raw in an audience's hearts and memories. Still, universal themes of survival can be a powerful avenue in connecting with a wide range of viewers, and man-made and natural disasters often provide a wealth of material for writers to tap into. Panelists will talk about being true to real-life events while straddling the balance between being tastefully artistic, fictionalizing fact, and avoiding exploitation.

Sponsors

Saturday October 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

4:30pm

Demystifying the Development Process
The term "in development" can be a scary one for a writer, mostly because once a script goes into development it's not a sure thing it'll ever come out. What exactly goes into developing a script, who's involved, and how can a writer best prepare for the process? This panel will shed a light on the black hole that development can be, and how to navigate the best practices for advocating for your story and sustaining creative momentum.

Saturday October 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

4:30pm

Independent Filmmaking Track: Storytelling Through Editing
Film production takes many hours and many minds, but one of the most important roles often goes under-recognized: the editor. The editor's job is akin to that of the screenwriter as they are required to shape the story based on condensing many weeks of footage into something cohesive and succinct. Join us for a conversation about the critical questions all editors must ask and answer during the syncing, bridging, and slicing phase of any film, and how their role as a storyteller is pivotal to the post-production process.

Filmmakers
KF

Kieran Fitzgerald

writer The Homesman, P.O.V.
avatar for Marie-Lou Gingras

Marie-Lou Gingras

editor Once Upon A Crime: The Borrelli – Davis Conspiracy
Before embarking on a career as a film editor, Marie-Lou studied graphic design for six years in Montreal then went on to work as a web and graphic designer. A life long passion for filmmaking eventually lead Marie-Lou to the film program at the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver where structuring and developing story through editing became an obsession. Since then Marie-Lou has gone on to editing numerous movies for television, cable and... Read More →


Saturday October 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

4:30pm

On Story Lounge
Don’t forget to check out the On Story Lounge, held in the Driskill Hotel’s Jim Hogg Parlor, featuring content from the On Story Project while offering a space for writers to meet, mingle, and relax!

Known as the “Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. On Story® is a natural progression of that mission and offers an organic, multi-platform initiative dedicated to this process through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors, and producers.

For 21 years, Austin Film Festival has brought together the film and television industry’s most recognized screenwriters and filmmakers, including luminaries like Wes Anderson, Caroline Thompson, Oliver Stone, Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Jason Reitman, James Franco, Jonathan Demme, Paul Thomas Anderson, Mike Judge, Shane Black, Callie Khouri, Damon Lindelof, Larry Wilmore, Greg Daniels, Sydney Pollack, and more.

Their passionate and in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling have entertained thousands of Festival registrants over the years. Since Austin Film Festival’s launch, hundreds of these invaluably rich and informative discussions have been recorded and archived; AFF is thrilled to make these available to the public through the On Story Project. What inspired such instant classics as Schindler’s List, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Unforgiven, Slumdog Millionaire, Thelma and Louise, The Silence of the Lambs, Breaking Bad, Lost, and more? On Story gets to the heart of the matter and presents the stories behind the storytellers, revealing the real magic of movies.

LISTEN: Subscribe to the On Story podcast on iTunes, including conversations with Vince Gilligan, Jenji Kohan, Frank Darabont, Jeff Nichols, and more.

WATCH: On Story is a half-hour PBS-affiliated TV series that features an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows. Available on 129 stations in 65 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Dallas, On Story is comprised of past AFF panels and Q&As, coupled with a short film that screened during the Festival.

READ: On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft distills the advice of renowned, award-winning screenwriters and filmmakers who have attended the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. The book features content from panels featuring Lawrence Kasdan, John Lee Hancock, Whit Stillman, and more, with a special foreward by Brian Helgeland. It is available to purchase at Registration or on the Austin Film Festival website.

ATTEND: See On Story® LIVE at this year’s Festival & Screenwriters Conference! Take a seat in one of our On Story sponsored rooms for an up-close-and-personal experience with the 2014 Panelists, Filmmakers, and Awardees. On Story will be filming content at the Driskill Hotel’s Ballroom and Maximilian Room, the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental’s Ballroom, and St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Bethell Hall.

Sponsors

Saturday October 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

4:30pm

Roundtable: Independent Filmmaking
Get in-depth answers to your questions about how to make it in the world of independent film. How do you find funds for your project? How does the process of making a short differ from that of a feature? What do the stages of production actually entail? How do you navigate the dense festival circuit and position your film for its best shot at success? And after all that, how do you market your film and find distribution? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to independent filmmakers, producers, and distributors in an informal setting.

Austin Film Festival’s Roundtable Sessions offer registrants exclusive access to writers, producers, and executives. The atmosphere is casual and registrants are encouraged to ask specific questions about the creative and business aspects of writing for film and television. Each session provides an opportunity for registrants to speak with three professionals among a small group of peers.

All Roundtables take place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 22 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 23 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 24 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 25 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Filmmakers
avatar for Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

producer Listopad, Punk In Africa; co-producer No No: A Dockumentary
Jeffrey Brown has produced a number of award-winning films in Europe, Africa and the USA. His Czech narrative feature Mamas & Papas won Best Film and Best Script at the 2010 Hamptons IFF while Shut Up and Shoot Me, a Czech–British co-production, won Best Narrative Feature at the 2007 AFI Dallas IFF. He executive produced Academy Award-winning Czech director Jan Sverak’s Kooky, Special Jury Prize Winner at the... Read More →
avatar for Vanessa Roth

Vanessa Roth

director Aging Out, Close To Home, The Untouchables, American Teacher
Twitter: @thetexaspromise | Producer/Director, Vanessa Roth has written, produced and directed award-winning non-fiction films and headed up social issue reform efforts through storytelling for nearly 20 years. Roth’s work has earned her dozens of honors including an Academy Award, two Sundance Special Jury Prizes, Cine Golden Eagles, Casey Medals, a Dupont-Columbia Award which is the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and most... Read More →


Saturday October 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

4:30pm

Scribble to Screen: Writing with Mouse Ears On
Linda Woolverton, who has written a slew of animated and live action Disney movies, chats about the ups and downs of playing in one of pop culture’s greatest sandboxes.

THIS IS SCRIBBLE TO SCREEN.
Writing a script is like going on a road trip. You pack up the car with ideas: Characters and scenes. Notions and concepts. Shouts and mutters, emotions and reactions. Then you get on the road: Start writing. Map your outline. Find the right song on the radio. Reverse course. Rethink an interaction. Retool some dialogue. Finished the first draft? Stop for snacks and a bathroom break. But top off the tank and check the tire pressure while you’re at it, because the really rough riding starts here. More drafts. Rewriting. A hundred sets of notes from a hundred backseat drivers - a few of whom might know just the right shortcut, so keep your ears open. And that final shooting script? Your final destination? It might look nothing like what you intended at the start of this whole thing. And thinking back, you wouldn’t have it any other way.

Scribble To Screen is about that journey - about the path a writer takes from Point A to Point Z. It’s a roadmap to the creation of the stories and characters we love, and the culture the whole world consumes. It’s the history of the zigzagging route from first draft to final cut, and all the stops in between.


Saturday October 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

4:30pm

The Signature Gesture: A Workshop in Expressive Writing
Film is primarily a visual medium, so when we can express something in our scripts through action, we are playing to a movie's strength. In this workshop, we focus on a particular kind of visual storytelling: Gestures. Participants will review a set of movie clips featuring signature character gestures, analyzing how they express emotion, how body language conveys status between characters, and how relationship dynamics can be read in the movement of a group. Then through a series of interactive exercises, we will move from interpretation to expression, providing everyone the opportunity to explore this aspect of action writing with their own original characters. Scott Myers and Mary Coleman are collaborating on this new workshop.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Saturday October 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

4:30pm

Tinker Tailor Screenplay Spy
If you join this panel, watch your back. You’ll be face-to-face with KGB agents, toe-to-toe against sailors with no loyalties, and nose-to-nose with a woman in a red dress known only as “Madame La Mort.” If you can handle it, then join our undercover panelists for a Top Secret briefing on the world of espionage and writing an intricate spy script. Equipment needed for survival: a pen and notepad. The password is swordfish.

Sponsors

Saturday October 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

4:30pm

Writers Guild Foundation Exhibit
Dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the craft of writing for the screen, the Writers Guild Foundation has been advancing the gospel of good scriptwriting since its inception in 1966. Host to the world-class Shavelson-Webb Library -- the only screenwriting-focused library on the planet -- the WGF maintains over 30,000 movie scripts, teleplays, and screenwriting texts, and adds new items on a weekly basis. But it gets better: The WGF also serves as one of Hollywood's most important archival institutions, maintaining treasures like Robert Bloch's typewriter and the entire collection of Hawaii Five-0 scripts, studio notes, and production materials. Widely regarded as a fundamental resource for emerging screenwriters, the Foundation continues to fuel the hearth of quality wordsmithing by offering writing workshops for traditionally underserved yet narratively rich populations like military veterans and low-income high school students.

Today the WGF presents its SCRIBBLE TO SCREEN exhibit, packed with early production materials and handwritten drafts from epochal works like Kasdan's The Empire Strikes Back, Matthew Weiner's "Unidentified Black Males" episode of The Sopranos, Winnie Holzman's My So-Called Life, and more. In conjunction with this exclusive collection, the WGF also brings to the stage a collection of television and film writers with centuries of collective experience and knowledge.


Saturday October 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

4:30pm

Writing Across Mediums: Big Fish & Wicked
John August and Winnie Holzman team up for a conversation on writing across mediums, transitioning from the screen to stage, and how to saturate a world with imaginative elements that ultimately produce a magical experience for an audience. Using Big Fish and Wicked as examples, the duo will explore adapting novels for film and theatre, how one medium can inform the other, and all the nooks, crannies, shoeless towns, ruby slippers, towering giants, and flying monkeys that are inevitably part of the journey.

Sponsors

Saturday October 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

4:30pm

Young Filmmakers Panel: Coming of Age in America
What does it really mean to be a teenager today? Top Hollywood writers for teen films and shows talk about what real-life struggles they choose to focus on in their material, and why those issues matter. Come get personal with the writers of The Fault in Our Stars, Smallville¸ Nashville, Once Upon a Time, and more.

This panel is open to those in the Young Filmmakers Program, only.

Saturday October 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

5:00pm

Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce
USA, 43 min

Executive Producer/Creator: Marti Noxon 

Cast: Lisa Edelstein, Paul Adelstein

Bravo’s first original scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, follows Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein, House), a self-help book author and guru of all things family, who shocks the world when she reveals that her seemingly perfect life has all been a lie.  After publicly admitting that she has separated from her husband, Jake (Paul Adelstein, Private Practice), America’s once-favorite girlfriend finds her career and marriage in a free fall. As she starts to navigate life as a single woman in her 40s, Abby turns to her new divorced friends, rather than her married ones, for advice.

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Saturday October 25, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
The Hideout Theatre

5:30pm

#chicagoGirl -- The Social Network Takes on a Dictator
(USA) RT: 74 Mins


Director: Joe Piscatella (In Attendance)


Against the backdrop of the Syrian Uprising in 2012, a 19-year-old college freshman in Chicago becomes one of the most important communication coordinators for Syrian activists on the ground. In the face of death threats, Ala'a Basatneh sacrifices her friends and school work to spread awareness of protests online. Along the way, Ala'a befriends hundreds of protestors in her support for the cause, compiling a list of people and locations she hopes to visit after the violence. For many of them, Ala'a is the only friend they can fully trust, and they must rely upon her to help them build the numbers to shield off Bashar al-Assad's brutal regime. A powerful and gripping documentary, #ChicagoGirl tells the story of a generation compelled to end the terror and violence within their home country.

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Filmmakers
JP

Joe Piscatella

Director, #chicagoGirl -- The Social Network Takes on a Dictator

Sponsors


Saturday October 25, 2014 5:30pm - 6:50pm
Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre

5:30pm

Patong Girl
(Germany) RT: 95 Mins

Writer: Susanna Salonen (In Attendance), Florian Garetner (In Attendance)

Director: Susanna Salonen (In Attendance)

Cast: Max Mauff, Aisawanya Areyawattana, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, uwe preuss, Marcel Glauche

While spending Christmas vacation on the Thai island of Phuket with his family, Felix meets and falls in love with a gorgeous Thai girl named Fai deep within the sleazy tourist bars and alleys of Patong. Felix may be hiding from Fai the fact that he has a girlfriend back home, but Fai also has a secret that may jeopardize their impromptu relationship. Beneath the exotic locale of Patong Girl lies a universal story of young love, identity, and acceptance.

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Filmmakers
FG

Florian Garetner

Writer, Patong Girl
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Susanna Salonan

Writer/Director, Patong Girl



Saturday October 25, 2014 5:30pm - 7:10pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

6:00pm

Screenwriters Happy Hour Presented by Nickelodeon
Second Rounders, Semifinalists, Finalists and Screenplay Competition Judges for mixing and mingling. Competition advancers and judges make for an exciting atmosphere perfect for lively exchange. It is also a great chance to meet our Screenplay Director, Matt Dy, and put a face behind the emails and the success of the 2014 Competition. A great way to kick off the Saturday evening of parties and films, invitees leave feeling inspired and confident.
This party will be at Fado Irish Pub located on 214 W. 4th Street. 


Saturday October 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Fado Irish Pub 214 W. 4th Street

6:00pm

Writers Guild Foundation Wine Reception
Join us for the post-game party, hosted by The Writers Guild Foundation and the virtuosic viticulturists at The Naked Grape. Discover how effortlessly cool your favorite writers- and the geniuses at the Writers Guild Foundation- can be after a few glasses of pinot noir.
Lone Star, Weekend, Conference, Producers or Press Badge for entry.
This party takes place at The Driskill Hotel located at 604 Brazos Street.


Saturday October 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

6:30pm

Skin Deep
(AUS) RT:72min

Writer: Monica Zanetti (in attendance)
Director: Jonnie Leahy (in attendance)
Cast: Elizabeth Blackmore, Jeanie Drynan, Zara Zoe (in attendance)
Also in Attendance: Adrian Powers (Editor), Rosie Lourde (Producer)

Leah and Caitlin couldn't be more different: one a straight-laced girl-next-door in fierce denial of being diagnosed with terminal melanoma, the other an off-the-rails grungy lesbian toying with death. Their chance meeting quickly spirals into a tumultuous night of adventure, pushing them both beyond their comfort zones.


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Filmmakers
AP

Adrian Powers

Editor, Skin Deep
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jonnie leahy

Film and theatre maker, Freelance
First time feature director. Our film SKINDEEP is premiering at AFF this year. | Looking forward to meeting like minded film nuts. | And getting some BBQ
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Monica Zanetti

Writer, Skin Deep
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Rosie Lourde

Producer, Starting From Now Pty Ltd
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Zara Zoe

Cast, Skin Deep



Saturday October 25, 2014 6:30pm - 7:50pm
Texas Spirit Theater

6:45pm

ONCE UPON A CRIME: The Borrelli - Davis Conspiracy
(USA) RT:108min

Director: Sheldon Wilson (in attendance) 

Seven years ago director Sheldon Wilson set out to tell a story involving crooked cops, a mafia godfather, murder, a public poisoning, Elvis Presley, prison gang leaders and a cocaine-addicted newspaper editor who printed it all. As it turns out, this was just the beginning. This film follows the extraordinary story of two innocent men whose lives are torn apart solely because of their race. Mike Borrelli, an Italian-American NYPD detective and his partner Bob Davis, one of the first African-American detectives in New York, are convicted of first-degree murder. But Borrelli and Davis are innocent. Law enforcement agents know it too, but they are hell bent to connect the murder to the mafia. Incredibly, they give the real killer immunity and place him into witness protection in exchange for his false testimony against the two officers. This incredibly moving story is a testament to their courage and a friendship that has spanned over 50 years.

http://onceuponacrimedoc.com/

Also In Attendance: Steve London (Producer/Composer), Joe Jenckes (Producer), Marie-Lou Gingras (Editor/Associate Producer), Mike Borrelli (subject), Bob Davis (subject), Alan Dill (subject, defense attorney), Kim Peterson (subject, defense attorney)

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Filmmakers
AD

Alan Dill

Subject/Defense Attorney, ONCE UPON A CRIME: The Borrelli - Davis Conspiracy
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Joe Jenkes

Producer, ONCE UPON A CRIME: The Borrelli - Davis Conspiracy
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Kim Peterson

Subject/Defense Attorney, ONCE UPON A CRIME: The Borrelli - Davis Conspiracy
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Marie-Lou Gingras

editor Once Upon A Crime: The Borrelli – Davis Conspiracy
Before embarking on a career as a film editor, Marie-Lou studied graphic design for six years in Montreal then went on to work as a web and graphic designer. A life long passion for filmmaking eventually lead Marie-Lou to the film program at the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver where structuring and developing story through editing became an obsession. Since then Marie-Lou has gone on to editing numerous movies for television, cable and... Read More →
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Mike Borrelli

Subject, ONCE UPON A CRIME: The Borrelli - Davis Conspiracy
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Robert B. Davis

Owner, Robert B. Davis Counseling
Against all odds, I have been able to build a personal and professional life after being falsely accused and incarcerated for 12 1/2 years. Prison did not destroy me. It delayed my development, but I did not allow it to take away my humanity.
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Sheldon Wilson

Writer - Director
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Steve London

Producer/Composer, 10-13 Productions

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Saturday October 25, 2014 6:45pm - 8:30pm
State Theatre

7:00pm

Dawn Patrol
WORLD PREMIERE
USA 87 min

Writer: Rachel Long, Brian Pittman (In attendance)
Director: Daniel Petrie Jr. (In attendance)
Cast:Scott Eastwood, Rita Wilson
Cast in Attendance: Jeff Fahey Chris Brochu, Kim Matula, Dendrie Taylor, Matt Meola 

A surfer-turned-Marine (Scott Eastwood) held at gunpoint tells his tragic story of revenge-gone-wrong to stall his execution. With the screenplay originating out of Austin Film Festival’s 2008 Screenplay Competition, Dawn Patrol (formerly Stranded) was acquired by Dan Petrie Jr and Rick Dugdale at Enderby Entertainment and makes its way back to Texas this October for its World Premiere.

Also in attendance: Rick Dugdale (producer)

Filmmakers
avatar for Brian Pittman

Brian Pittman

writer Silver Falls, Dawn Patrol (2015), Incarnate, The Civilian (The Blacklist 2013), 1950, Codename: Jolanta (all upcoming)
Twitter: @thesurfwriter | Brian Pittman and Rachel Long are a prolific writing team with multiple produced credits and projects in development. Most recently, they sold their script Incarnate to CBS Films and their spy script The Civilian (The Blacklist 2013) to Millennium Films, both this year. Their project Dawn Patrol, a drama/thriller set in a surfing world, shot recently in Ventura, Calif. It was directed by Oscar-Nominee Dan Petrie... Read More →
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Chris Bochu

Cast/Crew, Dawn Patrol
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Daniel Petrie Jr.

Enderby Entertainment; writer Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy; director/producer Dawn Patrol; executive producer/showrunner Combat Hospital; co-writer/director Toy Soldiers; former WGAw President
Twitter: @ENDERBYENT | Screenwriter, producer and director Daniel Petrie, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Screenplay category for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy.  Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The Big Easy, starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin.  Petrie then served as producer of the thriller Shoot to Kill... Read More →
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Dendrie Taylor

Cast/Crew, Dawn Patrol
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Jeff Fahey

Cast/Crew, Dawn Patrol
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Kim Matula

Cast/Crew, Dawn Patrol
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Matt Meola

Cast/Crew, Dawn Patrol
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Rachel Long

writer Silver Falls, Dawn Patrol (2015), Incarnate, The Civilian (The Blacklist 2013), 1950, Codename: Jolanta (all upcoming)
Twitter: @praisenonsense  | Rachel Long and Brian Pittman are a prolific writing team with multiple produced credits and projects in development. Most recently, they sold their script Incarnate to CBS Films and their spy script The Civilian (The Blacklist 2013) to Millennium Films, both this year. Their project Dawn Patrol, a drama/thriller set in a surfing world, shot recently in Ventura, Calif. It was directed by Oscar-Nominee Dan... Read More →
avatar for Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

president Enderby Entertainment; producer Rosemont, Dawn Patrol, About Cherry
Twitter: @enderbyent | Enderby Entertainment President Rick Dugdale oversees all aspects of finance and physical production for Enderby.  He serves as producer on all Enderby Entertainment projects, including About Cherry, starring James Franco and Heather Graham, Dawn Patrol, written by Austin Film Festival screenplay competition alumni Rachel Long and Brian Pittman, starring Scott Eastwood, Rita Wilson and Jeff... Read More →



Saturday October 25, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Paramount Theatre

7:00pm

Flutter
(USA) RT: 96 Mins

Writer: Eric Hueber (in attendance)

Director: Eric Hueber (in attendance)

Cast: Lindsay Pulsipher, Glenn Morshower, Johnathan Huth Jr. (all in attendance)

Two months after her husband walked out on her to become a musician, single mother JoLynn struggles to support her son Johnathan in the face of poverty and his troubling glaucoma. To make up for the fact that his prescribed medicine only causes further irritation, JoLynn turns to cultivating her own hydroponic marijuana to combat his symptoms. After Johnathan is left home with his pet pig WeeWee, problems arise which raise the concern of Johnathan's grandparents. With the help of Curtis, an unexpected role model, JoLynn will fight to keep her son close. Flutter wonderfully displays the unyielding love a mother has for her son and the wild dreams a young boy has for adventure.

Also in Attendance: Andy Cope (Producer)

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Filmmakers
A

AndyCope

Partner, Alonestar Films
Join us for FLUTTER at the Rollins Theater, downtown Austin at 7pm on Saturday October 25th! If that showing doesn't fit your schedule, see FLUTTER at the Alamo Village at 4pm on Tuesday the 28th!
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Eric Hueber

Writer/Director, Flutter
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Johnathan Huth Jr.

Cast, Flutter

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Saturday October 25, 2014 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

7:00pm

The Texas Promise
(USA) RT: 88 Mins


Director: Vanessa Roth (In Attendance)


When Texas cut $5.4 billion from public schools, affecting 5 million students, Texans protested and districts sued the state and won. The Texas Promise is the gripping story of equity, politics, money, and our children as Texas and the nation make historic decisions about opportunity, the economy, and our democracy.

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Filmmakers
avatar for Vanessa Roth

Vanessa Roth

director Aging Out, Close To Home, The Untouchables, American Teacher
Twitter: @thetexaspromise | Producer/Director, Vanessa Roth has written, produced and directed award-winning non-fiction films and headed up social issue reform efforts through storytelling for nearly 20 years. Roth’s work has earned her dozens of honors including an Academy Award, two Sundance Special Jury Prizes, Cine Golden Eagles, Casey Medals, a Dupont-Columbia Award which is the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and most... Read More →



Saturday October 25, 2014 7:00pm - 8:45pm
IMAX Theatre

7:30pm

Shorts Program 6: Odd Jobs
everything & everything & everything USA
Runtime: 15 minutes           
Writer/Director: Alberto Roldán
Synopsis: Morgan leads an oppressive and vapid life, but when a mystical blue prism—that inexplicably produces doorknobs—appears in his apartment, a personal transformation ensues.
See trailer

Green Thumb USA
Runtime: 11 minutes           
Writer/Director: Phil Lorin & Kiel Murray           
Synopsis: When busy parents discover their six-year-old son's lovingly maintained marijuana plant in the backyard, they disagree on what to do about it.
See trailer
Also in Attendance: Susan Brunig (Colorist)

A Late Man USA
Runtime: 10 minutes           
Writer/Director: Fidel Ruiz-Healy (in attendance)
Synopsis: Securitech Security Services is trying to fill an office position and takes a liking to a man who isn't who he appears.
See trailer 
Also In Attendance: Tyler Walker (Producer)

The Polterman USA
Runtime: 14 minutes           
Writer/Director: Shane Ware (in attendance)
Synopsis: Horace, a spirit cleanser for the community, is assigned a young offender by a local judge to spend the afternoon performing an exorcism on a woman's home, but soon the delinquent becomes suspicious of their actions.  

Paradise Males UK
Runtime: 10 minutes           
Writer: Michael Spicer
Director: Andy Devonshire
Synopsis: Pam—who has awoken under strange circumstances—experiences temporary amnesia, and after piecing together her shattered memory, she soon realizes a deadly decision must be made. 
See Trailer

Future Hero USA
Runtime: 7 minutes           
Writer/Director: Ramin Serry    
Synopsis: This short film tells the story of a dad, a son, and a time-traveling killer android.

Simon Says USA
Runtime: 21 minutes           
Writer: Steve Storm, Jamie Sterba (both in attendance)
Director: Jamie Sterba (in attendance)
Synopsis: Plagued by the disconcerting thoughts inside his head, a self-doubting entrepreneur begins to suspect that they may not be his own.
Also in Attendance: Boo Arnold (Producer)
See Trailer

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Filmmakers
BA

Boo Arnold

Producer, Simon Says
FR

Fidel Ruiz Healy

Writer/Director, A Late Man
JS

Jamie Sterba

Writer/Director, Simon Says
KM

Kiel Murray

Writer/Director, Green Thumb
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Phil Lorin

Writer/Director, Green Thumb
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Ramin Serry

Writer/Director, Future Hero
SW

Shane Ware

Writer/Director, The Polterman
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Steve Storm

Writer/Producer, Simon Says
I tell stories, both real and imagined.
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Susan Brunig

Colorist, Green Thumb
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Tyler Walker

Producer, A Late Man



Saturday October 25, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Hideout Theatre

7:45pm

Red Army
(USA) RT: 76 Mins

Writer: Gabe Polsky

Director: Gabe Polsky

Red Army is a feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team.

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Saturday October 25, 2014 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

8:00pm

Efficiency
(USA) RT: 91 Mins

Writer: Steven Molony (in attendance) 

Director: Kate Enge

Cast: Steven Molony (in attendance), Beth Moline, Domonique Young, Dayna Del Val, Paul Vonasek

A pair of irresponsible twin brothers struggle to keep their close bond intact when an unexpected tragedy threatens to tear them apart. Derrick and Patrick are identical twin brothers, recently out of college and with little prospects for the future. When Derrick and his girlfriend Christine learn they have an unexpected child on the way, they're forced to adapt and accept this overwhelming, new responsibility. Just as the young couple discovers joy in their fast approaching parenthood, they find their world crumbling around them in an ill-fated tragedy that will ultimately test the love of the young couple, and of the brothers themselves.

Also In Attendance: Janek Ambros (Producer), Asko Akopyan (EP)  

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Filmmakers
AA

Asko Akopyan

EP, Efficiency
JA

Janek Ambros

Producer, Efficiency
SM

Steven Molony

Actor, Fear Bhriste Cinema

Sponsors


Saturday October 25, 2014 8:00pm - 9:40pm
Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre

8:00pm

Pitch Finale Party
Back for its 11th year, this event allows the top pitch finalists ninety seconds to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. The panel is made up of agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters who judge the contestants in a constructive and entertaining environment. The winner receives a prize package which includes a Producers Badge for the 2015 Festival and Conference.
Judges for the pitch finale are: Scott Z. Burns, Ashley Miller, and Scott Rosenberg.
Lone Star, Weekend, Conference, Producers or Press Badge for entry.
This party will be located at Speakeasy located on 412 Congress Avenue. 
*Due to unforseen circumstance, Marti Noxon cannot make it to the Festival & Conference 

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Saturday October 25, 2014 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Speakeasy 412 D Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

8:30pm

The Living
(USA) RT:91min

Writer: Jack Bryan (in attendance)

Director: Jack Bryan (in attendance)

Cast: Fran Kranz, Jocelin Donahue, Kenny Wormald, Chris Mulkey, Joelle Carter, Erin Cummings, Nicole Robinson, Andy Sandberg

After an alcohol-induced blacked-out night of drinking, Teddy discovers he has severely beaten his wife, Molly. As he attempts to redeem himself, Molly must decide whether or not to take him back. All the while, her brother Gordon, humiliated by his inability to take care of his sister or to confront her husband, falls in over his head as he hires ex-con Howard to kill Teddy. Actions spiral out of control and all parties find themselves making fateful decisions they will never be able to take back.

Also in Attendance: Laura DuBois (Producer), John Snyder (Producer)

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Filmmakers
JB

Jack Bryan

Writer/Director, The Living
I am a producer and the writer/director of the feature film The Living playing in the Austin Film Festival. It's noir thriller set in rural Pennsylvania. I think the film turned out really well, but come by, check it out, and let me know what you think. Excited to get to Austin, meet other filmmakers, and see as many films as I can. Feel free to reach out for coffee or drink during festival... Read More →
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John Snyder

Producer, The Living
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Kenny Wormald

Cast, The Living
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Laura DeBois

Producer, The Living



Saturday October 25, 2014 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Texas Spirit Theater

9:30pm

Poverty, Inc.
(USA) RT: 95 Mins

Director: Michael Matheson Miller (in attendance)

Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we are all too tempted to ignore. The film invites the viewer to step into the shoes of local entrepreneurs and their colleagues, parents and families, with expert commentary from public leaders, development economists, anthropologists, and others. From TOMS Shoes to international adoptions, solar panels to US agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?

Also in Attendance: Mark R. Weber (Co-Producer), Simon Scionka (Director of Photography / Editor)

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Filmmakers
MR

Mark R. Weber

Co-Producer, Poverty, Inc.
MM

Michael Matheson

Director, Poverty, Inc.
SS

Simon Scionka

Director of Photography/Editor, Poverty, Inc.

Community Partners


Saturday October 25, 2014 9:30pm - 11:10pm
IMAX Theatre

9:30pm

Miss Julie
(Norway/United Kingdom) RT: 129 Mins

Writer/Director: Liv Ullman

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton

The film, an adaptation of the classic Strindberg play, is set during the course of a midsummer night in Ireland in 1890. It centers around the unsettled daughter (Chastain) of Anglo-Irish aristocracy, who encourages her father’s valet (Farrell) to seduce her. The valet is already engaged to the cook (Morton), which complicates matters even more.


Saturday October 25, 2014 9:30pm - 11:45pm
Paramount Theatre

9:45pm

Teacher of the Year
USA, 82 min

Writer/Director: Jason Strouse (in attendance)


Cast: Matt Letscher (in attendance), Sunny Mabrey, Keegan-Michael Key, Randy and Jason Sklar

Recently named California Teacher of the Year, Mitch Carter (Matt Letscher, "Her") shares the halls of Truman High with the school’s eccentric faculty: ambitious Principal Ron Douche (Keegan-Michael Key, "Key & Peele"), stern Dean of Students Marv Collins, hyper-competitive Robotics teacher Stephen Queeg, and incompetent twin college counselors Clive and Lowell Hammer. Soon after winning the award, Mitch receives an attractive job offer which will force him to quit his job, and finds himself torn between financial security for his family and his love of teaching.

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Filmmakers
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Jason Strouse

writer/director Teacher of the Year
Jason began his writing career on NBC’s Caroline in the City. He then returned to his first love, stand-up comedy, and appeared regularly at the Laugh Factory, The Improv and The Comedy Store before leaving the stage and becoming a teacher in Los Angeles. As Head Coach of Varsity Football at Santa Monica St. Monica’s High School, Jason was the first Jewish head football coach in the history of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. He began his... Read More →
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Matt Letscher

Cast, Teacher of the Year

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Saturday October 25, 2014 9:45pm - 11:15pm
State Theatre

9:45pm

Morphine: Journey of Dreams
USA, 91 min

Director: Mark Shuman (in attendance)

The Boston-born 'Low Rock' band Morphine blazed like a comet across the international music scene in the 1990s, rising from local small clubs to indie and major label record deals, high and wide critical acclaim, and packed shows. That is, until its surprising and untimely end. Morphine: Journey of Dreams is the in-depth tale of this unique musical act's compelling career and life together and their resonant musical creativity.

Also In Attendance: Jerome Deupree (subject, Morphine Drummer), Sabin Hrechdakian (subject, Mark Sandman's girlfriend), Mark Hamilton (subject, Morphine's tour manager), Mike Mariconda (editor)

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Filmmakers
JD

Jerome Deupree

Subject/Morphine's Drummer, Morphine: Journey of Dreams
MH

Mark Hamilton

Subject/Morphine's Tour Manager, Morphine: Journey of Dreams
MS

Mark Shuman

Director, Morphine: Journey of Dreams | | Austin/New York based filmmaker Mark Shuman, Director/Producer of "Morphine: Journey of Dreams," came to the film with a unique affinity for his subject. He has worked on movies, television series and specials, commercials and music videos. Shuman was also the owner of a legendary Austin music venue, the Electric Lounge. The band Morphine played a show at his club on their first national tour, which... Read More →
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Mike Mariconda

Editor, Morphine: Journey of Dreams
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Sabin Hrechdakian

Subject/Mark Sandman's Girlfriend, Morphine: Journey of Dreams

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Saturday October 25, 2014 9:45pm - 11:20pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

10:00pm

Shorts Program 9: Family Scars
Keys of Heaven Finland
Runtime: 29 minutes                     
Writers: Hamy Ramezan, Ilmari Aho       
Director: Hamy Ramezan
Synopsis: Set in 1984 Iran, homeless brothers Majid (15) and Adel (11) try to survive their daily lives in a war-torn country.

Goodbye Papa Germany             
Runtime: 27 minutes                      
Writers: Matthias Krumrey, Hendrik Maximilian Schmitt                
Director: Hendrik Maximilian Schmitt
Synopsis:A young boy goes on a quest to recover his deceased father’s old medieval armor, and learns what it means to be a true knight.

BAD HUNTER Belgium               
Runtime: 15 minutes                     
Writers: Sahim Omar Kalifa, Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem             
Director: Sahim Omar Kalifa
Synopsis: While hunting in rural Kurdistan, young Bahoz saves a woman from being raped by an older man and helps her conceal the rape from her family.  However, things escalate that evening when Bahoz receives some unexpected visitors. 

This Way Up US       
Runtime: 27 minutes                      
Writer/Director: Jeremy Cloe (in attendance)
Synopsis: A homeless man living in the storm drains beneath the Las Vegas strip must create a fake life to keep the truth hidden from his daughter.
See Trailer 

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Filmmakers
JC

Jeremy Cloe

Writer/Director, This Way Up



Saturday October 25, 2014 10:00pm - 11:45pm
The Hideout Theatre

10:15pm

X/Y

(USA) RT: 82 Mins

Writer/Director: Ryan Piers Williams (in attendnace)

Cast: Ryan Piers Williams, America Ferrera

Writer/Director Ryan Piers Williams stars alongside America Ferrera in a character-driven drama centered around four restless New Yorkers and their shifting sexual and romantic relationships as they search for a sense of intimacy and self-identity.

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Filmmakers
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Ryan Piers Williams

writer/director The Dry Land, X/Y (2014); producer Kilimanjaro
Twitter: @rpierswilliams | Ryan Piers Williams was born and raised in El Paso, TX. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, he worked for Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney on several productions including Ocean’s 12 and Ocean’s 13, Goodnight and Good Luck, and The Good German... Read More →



Saturday October 25, 2014 10:15pm - 11:15pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

11:00pm

Heart of Film Conference Party
Hosted By: Whit Stillman
Held at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, the Heart of Film Conference Party overlooks the beautiful Austin Skyline. The bright lights of the downtown skyline create the perfect backdrop for panelists, award recipients, and filmmakers to celebrate the last night before the end of the first Conference Weekend. With many special guests heading home after the Sunday’s panels, the Heart of Film Conference Party provides one last chance to network and mingle with aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters. Enjoy the view with a glass of Naked Grape Wine or Stella Artois.
Weekend, Conference, Producers or Press Badge for entry.
This party is at The Long Center for the Performing Arts located on 701 W. Riverside Drive. 


Saturday October 25, 2014 11:00pm - Sunday October 26, 2014 1:00am
Long Center for the Performing Arts 701 West Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704
 
Sunday, October 26
 

10:00am

'Hair of the Dog' Brunch
Hosted By: Ed Solomon
Hungover? Yep, us too. Here’s an ice cold water and delicious tex mex brunch to reinvigorate your soul. Ranch 616 is cooking up some South Texas delights to soak up the night before and put a jaunt in your step. Join us for this not to be missed event to get your fuel for another day of panels and films!
Producers Badge for entry
This party is at Ranch 616 & Rattle Inn located on 616 Nueces Street & 610 Nueces Street. 


Sunday October 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Ranch 616 616 Nueces Street, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

Young Filmmakers Shorts Program
Conscription
USA, 4 min
Writer/Director: Nick Ramey

What does it mean to ‘see your life flash before your eyes?’ This experimental film captures that moment in an incredible way.

 

Fred
USA, 9 min
Writer/Director: Sarti Sandler

The impossible true story of a Jewish man who lived through the Holocaust and now makes it his life’s work to discover beauty everywhere.

 

Uncollared
USA, 7 min
Writer/Director: Tyler Johns

A powerful look at what it’s like to pursue the American Dream in the face of poverty in one of the roughest cities in America.

 

Stay
USA, 3 min
Writer/Director: Gabrielle Giacomo

An intimate sister-relationship comes to an abrupt end. This short film explores what it means to move on from mourning and grief to remembering happier times.

 

Special is Just a Word
USA, 7 min
Writer/Director: Abby Thompson

Everybody knows love can be confusing. But this Bermuda Triangle of young love will prove it can be even more complicated than you can imagine.

 

Sometimes I Dream
USA, 5 min
Writer/Director: Clay Bloodworth

An inspiring and hope-filled documentary following a rising gridiron star in the ultra-competitive world of Florida football.

 

Reality TV
USA, 7 min
Writer/Director: Travis Daves

Television might be getting a little too real. Watch as your average viewer becomes literally wrapped up in his viewing selections.

 

Plastic Bag
USA, 10 min
Writer/Director: Elisabetta Diorio

When you’re buried beneath disappointment and failure, there’s no telling what will make you snap. Or just how sweet small victories can be.

 

Tight Jeans and Broken Dreams: The Rebirth of Mickey Ross
USA, 11 min
Writer: Joseph Duncan
Director: Raphael Krigel

A washed-up, rock and roll has-been tries to get the band back together. The catch: everyone else has moved on. Way on.

 

Gifted
USA, 3 min
Writer/Director: Grace Doyle

Uber-competitive friends try to give their friend the best birthday gift in the world. Things get a little carried away.

 

Vandals
USA, 7 min
Writer/Director: Dalton Cheatham

Two misdemeanor punks hold a philosophical debate on what it means to be a rebel in front of a blank brick wall begging to be tagged. Think Clerks meets puberty.

 

Alex and Eve
USA, 2 min
Writer/Director: Joe Shaffer

An over-anxious, would-be lothario tries to overcome the insurmountable pedestal he’s placed his lady love on to tell her how he really fills. Will he or won’t he?

 

Cleveland
USA, 5 min
Writer/Director: Jonah Goldberg

What do your friends say behind your back? Prepare to laugh, and prepare to be surprised.

 

Home
USA, 11 min
Writer/Director: Caitlin O’Brien

A heartbreaking drama about loneliness and finding solace in the least likely of places. Based on Ray Bradbury’s short story “There Will Come Soft Rains.”

 

Spark
USA, 2 min
Writer/Director: Kunal Dixit

A stop-motion short that explores fear, fright, and the power of light.

 

The Curse of the Mummy Queen
USA, 12 min
Writer: Joseph Duncan
Director: Raphael Krigel

A slightly misogynist archaeologist and Egyptologist sets off on an adventure to uncover an historical find. But the curse of the Mummy Queen might prove too much for him – or any man – to handle.

 

Reynold
USA, 3 min
Writer/Director: Cole Forson

A stop-motion wonder that follows a little guy trying to find his way—and a friend—in the big world.


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Sunday October 26, 2014 10:45am - 12:30pm
Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre

11:30am

11:30am

A Conversation with Matthew Weiner
Shut the door and have a seat for a conversation with Matthew Weiner, the creator of Mad Men and recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Television Writer award. Weiner has received nine Primetime Emmy® Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row for Mad Men. With a diverse background in field, ranging from Becker to The Sopranos, don’t miss this opportunity to chat with one of the greatest minds in television today.

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Sunday October 26, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

11:30am

A Conversation with Susannah Grant
Take part in this lively conversation with Susannah Grant. Before receiving her Oscar® nomination for Erin Brockovich, Grant penned Pocahontas, Ever After, 28 Days, and the acclaimed TV series Party of Five. Since then, her credits also include In Her Shoes, Charlotte's Web, and Catch and Release. This is your chance to learn more about finding your voice, creating strong female characters, and transitioning between mediums and genres.

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Sunday October 26, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

11:30am

Deconstructing No Country for Old Men
The Coen Brothers have a knack for nihilism, and never before has that been conveyed so terrifyingly well than in their 2007 masterpiece No Country for Old Men. Using a simple hook, a man stumbling upon the aftermath of a botched drug deal and taking off with the money, the movie plunges the viewer into a world of moral relativism, injustice, and existential woe. Featuring one of the best screen villains of all time, this Cormac McCarthy adaptation has already cemented itself as an essential work of American cinema.

This panel will feature special Cormac McCarthy archival material on display in the Jim Hogg Parlor, presented by the Wittliff Collections.

Sunday October 26, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

11:30am

Independent Filmmaking Track: Marketing & Distribution
Even after post-production, the independent filmmaking journey is not finished yet. The end goal, after all, is for people to see your film. Along with navigating the festival circuit, often a filmmaker’s ideal scenario is to find distribution. This can be challenging and arduous work. This panel will feature representatives from The Weinstein Company, Gravitas, Amplify, and Oscilloscope as they provide insight on the ever-changing indie film industry, marketing strategies and practices, and the positive role film festivals can play along the journey.

Sunday October 26, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

11:30am

On Story Lounge
Don’t forget to check out the On Story Lounge, held in the Driskill Hotel’s Jim Hogg Parlor, featuring content from the On Story Project while offering a space for writers to meet, mingle, and relax!

Known as the “Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. On Story® is a natural progression of that mission and offers an organic, multi-platform initiative dedicated to this process through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors, and producers.

For 21 years, Austin Film Festival has brought together the film and television industry’s most recognized screenwriters and filmmakers, including luminaries like Wes Anderson, Caroline Thompson, Oliver Stone, Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Jason Reitman, James Franco, Jonathan Demme, Paul Thomas Anderson, Mike Judge, Shane Black, Callie Khouri, Damon Lindelof, Larry Wilmore, Greg Daniels, Sydney Pollack, and more.

Their passionate and in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling have entertained thousands of Festival registrants over the years. Since Austin Film Festival’s launch, hundreds of these invaluably rich and informative discussions have been recorded and archived; AFF is thrilled to make these available to the public through the On Story Project. What inspired such instant classics as Schindler’s List, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Unforgiven, Slumdog Millionaire, Thelma and Louise, The Silence of the Lambs, Breaking Bad, Lost, and more? On Story gets to the heart of the matter and presents the stories behind the storytellers, revealing the real magic of movies.

LISTEN: Subscribe to the On Story podcast on iTunes, including conversations with Vince Gilligan, Jenji Kohan, Frank Darabont, Jeff Nichols, and more.

WATCH: On Story is a half-hour PBS-affiliated TV series that features an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows. Available on 129 stations in 65 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Dallas, On Story is comprised of past AFF panels and Q&As, coupled with a short film that screened during the Festival.

READ: On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft distills the advice of renowned, award-winning screenwriters and filmmakers who have attended the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. The book features content from panels featuring Lawrence Kasdan, John Lee Hancock, Whit Stillman, and more, with a special foreward by Brian Helgeland. It is available to purchase at Registration or on the Austin Film Festival website.

ATTEND: See On Story® LIVE at this year’s Festival & Screenwriters Conference! Take a seat in one of our On Story sponsored rooms for an up-close-and-personal experience with the 2014 Panelists, Filmmakers, and Awardees. On Story will be filming content at the Driskill Hotel’s Ballroom and Maximilian Room, the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental’s Ballroom, and St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Bethell Hall.

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Sunday October 26, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

11:30am

Screenwriting, MD
Scrub up, because this panel is going to dissect the heart of writing medical dramas. Hear from a team of trained professionals on how to create stories of illness, recovery, and redemption without ever stepping foot in an emergency room. After all, no villain is scarier than the undiagnosed disease. With the amount of tension, terror, and drama inherently present in a hospital room, it’s no wonder how many medical dramas have found success on television. Writers from standout shows such as Combat Hospital, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and House, MD will discuss how they operate on each episode while keeping the tension high, the topics fresh, and the research sound.

Sunday October 26, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

11:30am

The Anatomy of the Writers' Room
The writers’ room can be a mysterious place for someone trying to break into television. It’s the place where good ideas, contentious debate, and an endless supply of snacks mix together to create all of your favorite TV shows. But how does it work? What’s the etiquette expected? What are some of the most common issues that occur? What’s the difference between a Writer’s Assistant and Staff Writer? Story Editor and Executive Story Editor? Different producing roles and the role of the Showrunner? Perhaps more importantly, how does one work their way up the chain of command? Panelists will provide a glimpse inside these closed doors, offering secrets, anecdotes, strategies, to-do’s and not-to-do’s.

Sunday October 26, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

12:00pm

Mentor
(USA) RT:80min

Director: Alix Lambert (in attendance) 

In 2006 and 2010, Mentor, Ohio was selected as one of America's Top 100 Cities to Live, but over those five years, an alarming number of teens from this proud upper-class enclave committed suicide. Mentor follows the families of two victims as they uncover the shocking history of bullying at Mentor High School. They begin to realize what many of their children already knew: going to class meant a daily battle to simply survive. Families join forces in search of answers and justice, and eventually file an unprecedented lawsuit against the school district for the death of their children. Their attempt is met with willful denial and destroyed evidence. Through unflinching storytelling, Mentor captures just how disturbing and dangerous protecting the status quo can be.

Co-presented by Austin Gay and Lesbian Independent Film Festival. Entry is available to all 2014 AGLIFF Badge Holders. AGLIFF members must abide by AFF badge policy.

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 

Filmmakers
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Alix Lambert

Director, Mentor

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Sunday October 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

12:00pm

A Live Script Reading of Flarsky, written by Dan Sterling

A Live Script Reading of Flarsky, co-presented by Austin Film Festival and The Black List

Writer/Director: Dan Sterling

Cast: MIke Birbiglia, Jason Ritter, Austin Nichols, Sunny Mabrey

Flarsky is a romantic comedy about a decent guy, battered by misfortune and his own self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue romantically the most powerful woman on earth.


Fred Flarsky is - or was - a progressive opinion columnist at a dying local paper who devoted most of his work to attacking Alistair Wembley, the sinister chairman of a global media conglomerate. Fred is now unemployed, broke, single, getting late into his 30's, and has a worrisome pill and booze habit. He, like the rest of the world, is infatuated with the current United States secretary of state, Charlotte Field. She's gorgeous, charismatic, and far more politically skillful than her embattled, feckless president. 


Fred's lived with his Charlotte Field-infatuation longer than most people. Growing up, Charlotte was his baby-sitter. But that was an eternity ago and they haven't seen each other since Fred was a child. She's since become American royalty, married a high profile senator, and no doubt has forgotten who Fred even is. Between that and the counter-assault team that travels with her, she's pretty much the most inaccessible, unobtainable woman on the planet. The only thing Fred and Charlotte have in common at this point is that they're both enemies of Alistair Wembley.


But Fred's friend, Lance, believes there's hope. Lance is a transcendently optimistic person, but he's also sharp, and he sees a narrow but plausible path to victory for Fred. With a combination of relentless insistence and well-meaning trickery, Lance gets the virtually homeless Fred Flarsky to pursue the married, de facto leader of the free world.


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Sunday October 26, 2014 12:00pm - 2:30pm
State Theatre

1:00pm

Whit Stillman presents excerpts from The Cosmopolitans
Whit Stillman presents a Special Sneak Preview of The Cosmopolitans, a Paris-set original program from Amazon Studios starring Adam Brody and Chloë Sevigny.


Sunday October 26, 2014 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

1:15pm

A Conversation with Jim Sheridan
Join renowned Irish writer and director Jim Sheridan, the 2014 recipient of Austin Film Festival’s Distinguished Screenwriter Award, for a discussion on telling stories rich with love, loss, and hope. Sheridan’s credits include In America, My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, The Boxer, Brothers, and The Field. He has garnered two Academy Awards®, sixteen nominations, and numerous international awards. Bring your appetite for great storytelling and learn more on how to make your own narratives compelling and visionary.

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Sunday October 26, 2014 1:15pm - 2:20pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

1:15pm

Deconstructing: The Fly
As a tragic love story with a delightfully strange protagonist and an unforgettable transformation, The Fly filters elements of classical storytelling through the distinct voice of horror legend David Cronenberg. Splice your mind with these panelists as they deconstruct the substantial themes, artful tension, and face-melting gore of this modern genre masterpiece. This very well might answer your own questions on how to craft fear within your own screenplay. Be excited. Be very excited.

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Sunday October 26, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

1:15pm

Independent Filmmaking Track: The Long and the Short of It
Sling Blade. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Saw. Machete. Bottle Rocket. 12 Monkeys. All feature films that, actually, started as shorts! Take part in this discussion on how to not only craft a strong short film, but also how to use it as a great platform when thinking about the big(ger) picture—turning it into a feature. Panelists who did just that will share insight from their own journeys: the advance planning, the marketing advantages, and how to best apply the lessons learned when transitioning from producing a short to a feature film.

Filmmakers
avatar for Antonia Bogdanovich

Antonia Bogdanovich

CEO/Owner, STATION 8 FILMS
Antonia Bogdanovich is a writer, director, and actress who has accrued an impressively long and varied resume. Even before attending UCLA where she wrote her first screenplay, Antonia worked as a production assistant on George Miller’s The Witches of Eastwick, was an assistant editor on James L. Brooks’ I’ll Do Anything and the 1994 classic, The Lion King. She also worked in development at Gracie Films and Carsey-Werner... Read More →
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Brad Ragland

director Looking for Lions
Since graduating in 2001 from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Bradley W. Ragland has been working in the industry producing various music videos (Stephen Curtis Chapman, Jump5, Helmet), commercials (IFC's SXSW campaign, Partnership for Drug Free America) and web series (Decisions, Decisions for ABC and KLOL: The Internet’s Local News for YouTube). Bradley has also written and directed several music videos... Read More →
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Norman Lesperance

writer Looking for Lions
Tenacity and resilience have been the hallmarks of Norman Lesperance’s career. While studying at Brooks Institute of Photography, Lesperance co-wrote, produced and directed his first feature film as well as writing and producing a Vietnam/Twilight Zone-style short.Following a grueling stint in the music video and commercial world, Lesperance found his way back into narratives by directing Pact, which garnered awards for Best Editing and... Read More →


Sunday October 26, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

1:15pm

It's A Wonderful (So-Called) Life: A Conversation with Winnie Holzman and Edward Zwick
Winnie Holzman and Edward Zwick will discuss their collaborations in television which include some of the best programming from the 90s, ranging from My So-Called Life, thirtysomething, and Once and Again – all produced by the Edward Zwick/Marhsall Heskovitz company, Bedford Falls Productions. The duo will explore crafting memorable characters and relationships, the power of angst, and how to create a successful television series that will linger on in an audience’s collective memory for years to come.

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Sunday October 26, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

1:15pm

On Story Lounge
Don’t forget to check out the On Story Lounge, held in the Driskill Hotel’s Jim Hogg Parlor, featuring content from the On Story Project while offering a space for writers to meet, mingle, and relax!

Known as the “Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. On Story® is a natural progression of that mission and offers an organic, multi-platform initiative dedicated to this process through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors, and producers.

For 21 years, Austin Film Festival has brought together the film and television industry’s most recognized screenwriters and filmmakers, including luminaries like Wes Anderson, Caroline Thompson, Oliver Stone, Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Jason Reitman, James Franco, Jonathan Demme, Paul Thomas Anderson, Mike Judge, Shane Black, Callie Khouri, Damon Lindelof, Larry Wilmore, Greg Daniels, Sydney Pollack, and more.

Their passionate and in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling have entertained thousands of Festival registrants over the years. Since Austin Film Festival’s launch, hundreds of these invaluably rich and informative discussions have been recorded and archived; AFF is thrilled to make these available to the public through the On Story Project. What inspired such instant classics as Schindler’s List, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Unforgiven, Slumdog Millionaire, Thelma and Louise, The Silence of the Lambs, Breaking Bad, Lost, and more? On Story gets to the heart of the matter and presents the stories behind the storytellers, revealing the real magic of movies.

LISTEN: Subscribe to the On Story podcast on iTunes, including conversations with Vince Gilligan, Jenji Kohan, Frank Darabont, Jeff Nichols, and more.

WATCH: On Story is a half-hour PBS-affiliated TV series that features an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows. Available on 129 stations in 65 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Dallas, On Story is comprised of past AFF panels and Q&As, coupled with a short film that screened during the Festival.

READ: On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft distills the advice of renowned, award-winning screenwriters and filmmakers who have attended the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. The book features content from panels featuring Lawrence Kasdan, John Lee Hancock, Whit Stillman, and more, with a special foreward by Brian Helgeland. It is available to purchase at Registration or on the Austin Film Festival website.

ATTEND: See On Story® LIVE at this year’s Festival & Screenwriters Conference! Take a seat in one of our On Story sponsored rooms for an up-close-and-personal experience with the 2014 Panelists, Filmmakers, and Awardees. On Story will be filming content at the Driskill Hotel’s Ballroom and Maximilian Room, the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental’s Ballroom, and St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Bethell Hall.

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Sunday October 26, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

1:15pm

The Cold Open
Join this panel of TV industry pros as they break down – using the cold opens from pre-selected Second Round scripts – what producers look for in those crucial first few pages that either keep readers flipping the pages, or has audiences “flipping the channel”.

Sunday October 26, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

2:00pm

Network, Presented by Jenny Lumet
Network, Presented by Jenny Lumet
Written by: Paddy Chayefsky

Sunday October 26, 2014 2:00pm - 4:45pm
Paramount Theatre

2:30pm

Shorts Program 4: Mothers, Fathers, Sons, and Daughters
I Don't Care UK
Runtime: 14 minutes          
Writer/Director: Carolina Giammetta
Synopsis: Ollie, an uncertain and discouraged mother-to-be, befriends an unlikely young girl who helps her face her misgivings and find joy in what the future holds.  
See trailer 

Fault Lines US
Runtime: 11 minutes          
Writer: Marisa Christine Medina (in attendance), Andrew Duncan Visser
Director: Marisa Christine Medina (in attendance)  
Synopsis: Headstrong eleven-year-old Nina is hesitant to have her seemingly hostile and irresponsible father watch over her and her younger brother after school.

Full-Windsor US
Runtime: 6 minutes
Writer/Director: Faraday Okoro (in attendance)
Synopsis: A young boy defies his mother by wearing a garment she has openly disapproved. 
See trailer 

Tracks UK
Runtime: 13 minutes          
Writer/Director: Claire Oakley (in attendance)
Synopsis: When his father takes Ed on his inaugural hunt, their relationship is tested after Ed doesn’t react as expected, and their wider connection with Nature is brought into question.
See Trailer 

Osmonde UK
Runtime: 22 minutes
Writer: Tessa Nichols
Director: Elsa Bauverd
Synopsis: Antoine's relationship with his grandmother is put to the test when she asks him to teach her how to write so she can apply to an assisted suicide organization.  

Mimi & Me Canada
Runtime: 16 minutes
Writer/Director: Marly Reed
Synopsis: A teenage wallflower gets sex advice from her alcoholic, gambling-addicted grandma and then heads to her first party to win over the guy of her dreams.

Luke Ireland          
Runtime: 12 minutes          
Writer/Director: Conor Hamill (in attendance)
Synopsis: After years of being the sole caregiver for his dementia stricken mother, Luke must now also cope with the return of his older brother.
See Trailer  

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today!

Filmmakers
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Claire Oakley

Writer/Director, Tracks
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Conor Hamill

Writer Director from Dublin, Ireland. My debut short film, 'Luke' is in competition and you can catch it in the Shorts Programme 4: Mothers, Fathers, Sons, and Daughters.
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Marisa Christine Medina

Writer/Director, Fault Lines



Sunday October 26, 2014 2:30pm - 4:30pm
The Hideout Theatre

3:00pm

A Conversation with John Ridley
Don't miss a chance to talk John Ridley, screenwriter of Three Kings, and creator of the upcoming television show American Crime. Best known for writing 12 Years a Slave, a film that won three Academy Awards® (including Best Adapted Screenplay!), one Golden Globe®, and two awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Ridley will share insight on the art and craft of storytelling through film and television.

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Sunday October 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:15pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

3:00pm

A Conversation with Whit Stillman
Come absorb the wit and wisdom emanating from author, screenwriter, and director Whit Stillman. Known for writing and directing the films Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco, and Damsels in Distress, Stillman is a modern Jane Austen, critiquing the "urban haute bourgeoisie" with satirical charm. Learn about the art of observation, contemplation, and articulation in your stories while enjoying some “Whitty” repartee along the way.

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Sunday October 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

3:00pm

Breaking Into Late Night
In a world that combines jokes, topical subject matter, daily deadlines, and even sketch comedy—all after hours—a writer really has to be on top of their game. Infusing comic relief into current events and trends, many of which can be delicate discussion points, requires writers to be on-their-toes and always five steps ahead. Panelists from The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Dennis Miller, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will share their experiences in this unique medium, covering the diverse skill set needed to write everything from opening monologues to desk pieces, and how a job in the late night world can be a lucrative role in one’s career.

Sunday October 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

3:00pm

Independent Filmmaking Track: The Writer/Director/Actor Relationship
Join this panel of writers who went on to direct their own work for a discussion on how to craft complex and layered characters, and how this is communicated, ultimately, to their cast. What changes or adjustments do you make, if any? How do you work collaboratively to translate the original vision onto the screen? Writer/directors will be joined by leading actors from their films for an in-depth look at this dynamic and how to sustain a lucrative and creative relationship.

Filmmakers
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Ella Purnell

actress Wildlike
Born on September 17, 1996 in London, England, Ella can currently be seen playing the young Angelina Jolie in Disney's Maleficent and will also appear in the lead role of the feature film Wildlike. Ella's also due to portray a young Jane in the upcoming remake of Tarzan. In 2008, she beat hundreds of other girls for a role in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. She was one of only a few girls chosen to appear in the children's... Read More →
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Frank Hall Green

Partner/Producer, Catch & Release Films
Frank Hall Green is a film producer, writer and director. His directorial debut feature WILDLIKE is produced by Christine Vachon/Killer Films, Tandem Pictures and Joseph Stephans. It was filmed on 35mm in Alaska and stars Ella Purnell, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, Nolan Gerard Funk and Ann Dowd. He is currently producing the adaptation of BOY21 by Matthew Quick (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK) with Tom Heller (FOXCATCHER, MUD, 127 HOURS, PRECIOUS... Read More →
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Jennifer Harlow

Producer, SHO Pictures, writer/director The Sideways Light
Jennifer Harlow, native Texan, started writing stories between ballet classes as a child. She earned a BA in Theatre, and turned to independent filmmaking soon after moving to Austin. Jennifer acted in several films, including John Bryant's Momma's Boy which played Austin Film Festival in 2006. She soon found herself behind the camera, doing every job from casting assistant to props, wardrobe and set photographer. At the urging of her husband... Read More →
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Lindsay Burdge

actress The Sideways Light
Lindsay Burdge is an actress, producer, and casting director who has starred in films screened at Tribeca, Sundance, and SXSW Film Festivals. Credits include A Teacher and First Winter as well as the upcoming The Midnight Swim and The Invitation.
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Matthew Newton

Cast, The Sideways Light
MATTHEW NEWTON is a critically acclaimed award winning actor, writer and director who worked extensively in his native Australia in theater, television and films, before relocating to America. His many leading roles on screen include starring in “Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities”, one of the most successful Australian television drama series of all time. Matthew’s debut feature  film as writer/director “Three Blind... Read More →


Sunday October 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:15pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

3:00pm

On Story Lounge
Don’t forget to check out the On Story Lounge, held in the Driskill Hotel’s Jim Hogg Parlor, featuring content from the On Story Project while offering a space for writers to meet, mingle, and relax!

Known as the “Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. On Story® is a natural progression of that mission and offers an organic, multi-platform initiative dedicated to this process through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors, and producers.

For 21 years, Austin Film Festival has brought together the film and television industry’s most recognized screenwriters and filmmakers, including luminaries like Wes Anderson, Caroline Thompson, Oliver Stone, Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Jason Reitman, James Franco, Jonathan Demme, Paul Thomas Anderson, Mike Judge, Shane Black, Callie Khouri, Damon Lindelof, Larry Wilmore, Greg Daniels, Sydney Pollack, and more.

Their passionate and in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling have entertained thousands of Festival registrants over the years. Since Austin Film Festival’s launch, hundreds of these invaluably rich and informative discussions have been recorded and archived; AFF is thrilled to make these available to the public through the On Story Project. What inspired such instant classics as Schindler’s List, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Unforgiven, Slumdog Millionaire, Thelma and Louise, The Silence of the Lambs, Breaking Bad, Lost, and more? On Story gets to the heart of the matter and presents the stories behind the storytellers, revealing the real magic of movies.

LISTEN: Subscribe to the On Story podcast on iTunes, including conversations with Vince Gilligan, Jenji Kohan, Frank Darabont, Jeff Nichols, and more.

WATCH: On Story is a half-hour PBS-affiliated TV series that features an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows. Available on 129 stations in 65 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Dallas, On Story is comprised of past AFF panels and Q&As, coupled with a short film that screened during the Festival.

READ: On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft distills the advice of renowned, award-winning screenwriters and filmmakers who have attended the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. The book features content from panels featuring Lawrence Kasdan, John Lee Hancock, Whit Stillman, and more, with a special foreward by Brian Helgeland. It is available to purchase at Registration or on the Austin Film Festival website.

ATTEND: See On Story® LIVE at this year’s Festival & Screenwriters Conference! Take a seat in one of our On Story sponsored rooms for an up-close-and-personal experience with the 2014 Panelists, Filmmakers, and Awardees. On Story will be filming content at the Driskill Hotel’s Ballroom and Maximilian Room, the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental’s Ballroom, and St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Bethell Hall.

Sponsors

Sunday October 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

3:15pm

3 Still Standing
(USA) RT: 90 Mins

Director: Robert Campos, Donna LoCicero (in attendance)

Cast: Will Durst (in attendance), Johnny Steele, Larry 'Bubbles' Brown, Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Paula Poundstone, Rob Schneider, Debi Durst, Bobby Slayton

30 years after starting their careers, comedians Will Durst, Johnny Steele and Larry “Bubbles” Brown continue to search for their big break. Beginning in the bustling stand-up comedy renaissance of San Francisco in the ‘80s, this film follows these three comedians as they slowly climb the rungs of the show business ladder, making strides and missteps along the way. Including interviews from friends and fellow comics such as Robin Williams and Dana Carvey, 3 Still Standing offers a funny and moving portrait of the challenges and struggles that come with making people laugh.

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Filmmakers
avatar for Donna LoCicero

Donna LoCicero

director/producer, 3 STILL STANDING
Donna LoCicero is a writer, producer and documentary filmmaker with more than 15 years’ experience working on dozens of ground-breaking film projects for network, cable and international television. | | A true innovator, Donna brought shark conservation to the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, long criticized by conservationists for its “Jaws-style” blood and gore programming. By creating portraits of shark attack victims who have joined... Read More →
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Robert Campos

director/producer, 3 STILL STANDING
Robert Campos is an award-winning journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker. As a staff producer for ABC News he covered the civil wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador. For ABC’s PrimeTime Live he investigated contamination at the largest meat processors in America. “Unkindest Cut” triggered a re-evaluation of a self-inspection plan that would have removed USDA inspectors from the meat processing lines. His film about an underground... Read More →
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Will Durst

Cast, 3 Still Standing



Sunday October 26, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

3:15pm

Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West
This Family Film is free and open to the public. Seating is based on a first come first serve basis.
(USA) RT: 90 Mins

Writer: Mike Thompson, Jerry Thompson, Gregory Popovich (all in attendance)

Director: Mike Thompson, Jerry Thompson

Cast: Gregory Popovich, Sebastian (cat) (both in attendance)

An ex circus legend, known as Popovich, is struggling as a street performer but content to come home to his junkyard full of furry friends. After a disingenuous neighbor surreptitiously calls animal control on him, Popovich must find a way to stay true to his calling, and save his loyal family of animal friends from a sad fate. Understanding the brevity of the situation, Popovich and his animal buddies use all their circus tricks to save their home and stay together.

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Filmmakers
GP

Gregory Popovich

Cast, Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West
JT

Jerry Thompson

Writer/Director, Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West
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Mike Thompson

Writer/Director, Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West
SC

Sebastian (Cat)

Cast, Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West



Sunday October 26, 2014 3:15pm - 4:55pm
State Theatre

4:30pm

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young
(USA) RT:91min

Director: Annika Iltis, Timothy Kane (both in attendance)

Every year 40 runners come from around the world to a small town in Tennessee to test their limits at a cult-like, quirky, and virtually impossible trail race. With a secret application process, unknown start time, and a course that changes every year, The Barkley Marathons has only had 10 people finish in 25 years. Inspired by a historic prison escape gone awry, what follows is an oddly inspiring story where pain has value, failure is spectacular, and it only costs $1.60.

Also in Attendance: John Fegyveresi (subject)

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Filmmakers
avatar for Annika Iltis

Annika Iltis

Codirector / Coproducer, The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young
JF

John Fegyveresi

Subject, The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young
avatar for Timothy Kane

Timothy Kane

Coproducer/Codirector of the documentary film, The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young.

Sponsors
Community Partners
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Bearded Brothers

Bearded Brothers, A Wholesome Snackfood Company
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Whole Earth Provision Co.

Whole Earth Provision Co.


Sunday October 26, 2014 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

5:00pm

Shorts Program 5: Into the Unknown
Entrain Canada
Runtime: 7 minutes
Writer: Adrien Benson (in attendance)
Director: Adrien Benson & Elaine Poon (both in attendance)
Synopsis: Absorbed in his own world, Laurent draws the attention of a fellow train passenger who shares his interest in rhythm despite their obvious language barrier. 
Also in Attendance: Farah Merani (Producer)
See Trailer

A Day in Eden Germany, US
Runtime: 11 minutes           
Writer/Director: Assal Ghawami (in attendance)
Synopsis: A somewhat incapacitated elderly man, in a nursing home, finds himself pursuing a wayward action for personal comfort.  While encountering a visit from a young woman, the two find themselves presented with a sudden and unfortunate occurrence that forces them both to confront a moral complexity. 
See Trailer     
Also In Attendance: Alex Trebby (Producer)

Remission Singapore
Runtime: 12 minutes           
Writer/Director: Annalise Leonelli (in attendance)
Synopsis: A lonely breast cancer survivor seeks intimacy for the first time since her surgery. 

Escape US
Runtime: 17 minutes           
Writer/Director: Zia Islam (in attendance)
Synopsis: A paramedic faces an ethical dilemma, deciding whether or not to assist his partner in helping a group of undocumented immigrants escape from a police raid. 
See Trailer 

Zwei Zucker Germany
Runtime: 15 minutes           
Writer: Suzanne Riley
Director: Thore Schwemann (in attendance)
Synopsis: Klara and her husband, Anton, have been independent for years, but as Anton's health begins to decline, Klara struggles to hold onto her autonomy and emphasize to their son that she's capable of taking care of Anton alone. 

Under UK
Runtime: 12 minutes           
Writer/Director: Dean Loxton (in attendance)
Synopsis: Connection can be revealed in mysterious ways, and for Kerry--a train operator struggling to deal with a traumatic event-- solace is found with a stranger.
See Trailer 

This Is Normal US
Runtime: 20 minutes           
Writer/Director: Ryan Welsh & Justin Giddings
Synopsis: A young, deaf woman struggles to deal with the ramifications of a regenerative surgery that could correct her ability to hear.
See Trailer 

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Filmmakers
AB

Adrien Benson

Writer/Director, Entrain
AT

Alex Trebby

Producer, A Day in Eden
AL

Annalise Leonelli

Writer/Director, Remission
AG

Assal Ghawami

Writer/Director, A Day in Eden
DL

Dean Loxton

Writer/Director, Under
avatar for Elaine Poon

Elaine Poon

Director/Executive Producer, Entrain
Director/Producer, Entrain
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Farah Merani

Producer, Entrain
TS

Thore Schwemann

Director, Zwei Zucker
ZI

Zia Islam

Writer/Director, Escape



Sunday October 26, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Hideout Theatre

5:15pm

All Relative
USA, 85 min

Writer/Director: J.C Khoury (in attendance)

Cast: Connie Nielsen, Jonathan Sadowski, Sara Paxton

When Harry (Jonathan Sadowski), a graduate student in New York City, meets Grace (Sara Paxton), he immediately falls for her. With the help of some dating tips from a seductive divorcée (Connie Nielsen), Harry successfully courts Grace. But when he's introduced to her parents, a shared secret turns his world into a living nightmare. Forced to survive a weekend riddled with tension and socially awkward moments, the bonds of both couples are tested to their breaking point in this wildly engaging mix of comedy and drama.

Also in Attendance: Andreas von Scheele (Cinematographer)

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Filmmakers
AV

Andreas von Scheele

Cinematographer, All Relative

Sponsors


Sunday October 26, 2014 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre

5:30pm

Listopad
Czech Republic/USA, 90 min

WORLD PREMIERE

Writer/Director: Gary Keith Griffin (in attendance)

Also in Attendance: Jeffrey Brown (Producer)

Petr, Jiri, and Ondrej are an unlikely trio of friends. An artist, a hockey player and a music trader, the boys survive Communism in 1989 Czechoslovakia by playing sports, drinking beer, chasing girls, and listening to underground music. They are bound together by their common desire for freedom and must lean on one another while facing every day family struggles and surviving the Velvet Revolution that has silenced their families for generations.    

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Filmmakers
avatar for Gary Keith Griffin

Gary Keith Griffin

Gary K. Griffin is an award winning cinematographer whose work includes Educating Peter (Academy Award 1992), Autism is a World (Academy Award nominee 2005), The Education of Shelby Knox (Sundance Cinematographer Award, 2005) Shut Up and Sing, (Toronto Film Festival 2006) and Fighter (2001). He holds an MFA from Prague's FAMU Film Academy of Performing Arts and is an Artist in Residence at the... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

producer Listopad, Punk In Africa; co-producer No No: A Dockumentary
Jeffrey Brown has produced a number of award-winning films in Europe, Africa and the USA. His Czech narrative feature Mamas & Papas won Best Film and Best Script at the 2010 Hamptons IFF while Shut Up and Shoot Me, a Czech–British co-production, won Best Narrative Feature at the 2007 AFI Dallas IFF. He executive produced Academy Award-winning Czech director Jan Sverak’s Kooky, Special Jury Prize Winner at the... Read More →


Sunday October 26, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

6:00pm

American Crime Special Sneak Preview
USA

Writer/Director/Executive Producer: John Ridley (in attendnance)

Cast: Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown

Austin Film Festival (AFF) will present a special preview of ABC’s American Crime at the State Theatre, starring Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, and W. Earl Brown among others in a talented ensemble cast. American Crime was written, directed and executive produced by Oscar® winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and is produced by ABC Studios. 



Filmmakers
MM

Michael McDonald

Executive Producer, American Crime
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Ramsey Nickell

Director of Photography, American Crime



Sunday October 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
State Theatre

6:15pm

Looking for Lions
(USA) RT:85min

Writer: Norman Lesperance (in attendance)

Director: Brad Ragland (in attendance)

Cast: Todd Julian (in attendance), Chelsea Gilligan (in attendance), Conrad Goode, Norman Lesperance, Lauren Maher (in attendance)

A naive young couple looking for work find themselves immersed in the dangerous and clandestine world of the black market organ trade. At the same time, a devoted husband has his world turned upside down when his wife falls ill with heart disease. At the end of his rope, he is shown an opportunity to save his wife, and he is just desperate enough to take it. His last ditch effort sends the new couriers on a harrowing job that will put their love to the ultimate test and leave them changed forever. A story that confronts the broken health care system in this country by showing the lengths people will go to save the ones they love.


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Filmmakers
avatar for Brad Ragland

Brad Ragland

director Looking for Lions
Since graduating in 2001 from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Bradley W. Ragland has been working in the industry producing various music videos (Stephen Curtis Chapman, Jump5, Helmet), commercials (IFC's SXSW campaign, Partnership for Drug Free America) and web series (Decisions, Decisions for ABC and KLOL: The Internet’s Local News for YouTube). Bradley has also written and directed several music videos... Read More →
avatar for chelsea gilligan

chelsea gilligan

Executive Producer/Actress | | A star on the rise, Gilligan made her series regular debut on The CW's "Star-Crossed" where Gilligan portrayed "Teri," a tough as nails high school student, who also happens to be an alien. Her past credits include guest-starring roles on shows like "How I Met Your Mother," Victorious" and "Big Time Rush." Gilligan has also starred in two short films, one of which, Savage, has been adapted into a feature... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Maher

Lauren Maher

Lauren Maher is an actress with a varied body of work in film and theatre. In addition to her appearances as Scarlett in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy and Tales of the Code: Wedlocked, Maher's other work in film includes the sci-fi mindbender Coherence and festival favorite The Decay of Fiction. Maher has starred in numerous short films, acted on stage in Los Angeles, NYC, and London, and appeared in Radiohead's House of Cards video... Read More →
avatar for Norman Lesperance

Norman Lesperance

writer Looking for Lions
Tenacity and resilience have been the hallmarks of Norman Lesperance’s career. While studying at Brooks Institute of Photography, Lesperance co-wrote, produced and directed his first feature film as well as writing and producing a Vietnam/Twilight Zone-style short.Following a grueling stint in the music video and commercial world, Lesperance found his way back into narratives by directing Pact, which garnered awards for Best Editing and... Read More →
avatar for Todd Julian

Todd Julian

Cast, Looking for Lions



Sunday October 26, 2014 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Texas Spirit Theater

6:30pm

WildLike
(USA) RT: 98 Mins

Writer: Frank Hall Green (in attendance)

Director: Frank Hall Green (in attendance)

Cast: Ella Purnell (in attendance), Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, Teddy Kyle Smith, Nolan Gerard Funk, Ann Dowd, Diane Farr, Joshua Leonard

Mackenzie, a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska. She longs for her struggling, absent mother, but as her mom’s phone calls become less frequent and her uncle’s care is not what it seemed, she must flee. While on the run, a chance connection with a loner backpacker, Bart, proves to be her only lifeline. As Mackenzie shadows Bart across the last true frontier, she thwarts his efforts to cut her loose until Bart has no choice but to help her survive in the wilderness. Against the backdrop of spectacular Alaskan landscape, Mackenzie and Bart prove to be the unlikely salve for each other’s scars, until the damage Mackenzie carries with her threatens to destroy her newfound sanctuary.

Also in Attendance: Joseph Stephans (Producer), Hillary Spera (Director of Photography)

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Filmmakers
avatar for Ella Purnell

Ella Purnell

actress Wildlike
Born on September 17, 1996 in London, England, Ella can currently be seen playing the young Angelina Jolie in Disney's Maleficent and will also appear in the lead role of the feature film Wildlike. Ella's also due to portray a young Jane in the upcoming remake of Tarzan. In 2008, she beat hundreds of other girls for a role in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. She was one of only a few girls chosen to appear in the children's... Read More →
avatar for Frank Hall Green

Frank Hall Green

Partner/Producer, Catch & Release Films
Frank Hall Green is a film producer, writer and director. His directorial debut feature WILDLIKE is produced by Christine Vachon/Killer Films, Tandem Pictures and Joseph Stephans. It was filmed on 35mm in Alaska and stars Ella Purnell, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, Nolan Gerard Funk and Ann Dowd. He is currently producing the adaptation of BOY21 by Matthew Quick (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK) with Tom Heller (FOXCATCHER, MUD, 127 HOURS, PRECIOUS... Read More →
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Hillary Spera

Director of Photography, Wildlike
avatar for Joseph Stephans

Joseph Stephans

Producer, Wildlike
I like homeless people.

Community Partners
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Whole Earth Provision Co.

Whole Earth Provision Co.


Sunday October 26, 2014 6:30pm - 8:15pm
IMAX Theatre

7:00pm

Something, Anything
(USA) RT: 89 Mins


Writer: Paul Harrill (In Attendance)


Director: Paul Harrill (In Attendance)


Cast: Ashley Shelton, Bryce Johnson, Linds Edwards, Amy Hubbard


In the wake of a life-altering tragedy, Southern newlywed Peggy confronts a profound spiritual crisis and sets out on a quest to discover a higher purpose. Without knowing what she seeks, Peggy jeopardizes her marriage, career, and friendships to find fulfillment. Paul Harrill’s debut feature is a meditative and quietly transfixing study of a woman attempting to put her life back together.

Filmmakers
PH

Paul Harrill

Writer/Director, Something, Anything

Sponsors


Sunday October 26, 2014 7:00pm - 8:35pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

7:30pm

Wild
(USA) RT: 115 Mins

Writer: Nick Hornby, Cheryl Strayed

Director: Jean-Marc Vallee

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffman, Laura Dern, W. Earl Brown (in attendance)

In Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. WILD powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures --as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

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Filmmakers
Community Partners
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Whole Earth Provision Co.

Whole Earth Provision Co.

Sunday October 26, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Paramount Theatre

7:30pm

Shorts Program 7: You Do You
Please Hand Stamp US
Runtime: 15 minutes           
Writer: Lauren Pence & Jeff Jenkins
Directors: Jeff Jenkins
Synopsis: An apprehensive young man sells his soul to the devil in an attempt to win the woman of his dreams. 
See trailer 

Bunion US
Runtime: 8 minutes
Writer: Avi Rothman (in attendance)
Director: Jessica Sanders (in attendance)
Synopsis: The story of a man, his foot, and finding happiness.   
See Trailer

Manny Gets Censored Australia
Runtime: 8 minutes
Writer/Director: Graeme Robertson
Synopsis: Manny wakes up to find his life has been censored by the film classification board. Angry, confused, and now rated G, Manny tries to adjust to his confusing new life and fix a broken heart.
See Trailer

Leonard in Slow Motion Canada, US, UK
Runtime: 9 minutes           
Writer/Director: Peter Livolsi (in attendance)
Synopsis: Leonard exists in slow motion but lives in a regular speed world.  When he discovers his office crush is getting transferred to Florida, Leonard decides he must somehow become regular speed to win her heart before she leaves town for good.
See Trailer

Chum Iceland           
Runtime: 15 minutes           
Writer: Jorundur Ragnarsson & Elizabeth Blau Rose
Director: Jorundur Ragnarsson  
Synopsis: Uggi and Kiddi, both bachelors pushing seventy, have their friendship threatened when they find Rosa, a buxom and beautiful woman their own age, soaking serenely in their hot tub.
See Trailer

NENA Spain
Runtime: 12 minutes           
Writer/Director: Alauda Ruiz de Azúa
Synopsis: Sixteen years after he broke Ana’s heart, Javier reappears. Now Ana must decide whether to give him another chance by debating the issue with her teenaged self. 
See trailer 

In the Clouds Argentina
Runtime: 21 minutes           
Writer/Director: Marcelo Mitnik (in attendance)
Synopsis: The difference between how we think romance should work and how it actually does is at the comedic heart of EN LAS NUBES, an exploration of cultural disagreements about intimacy, love, and marriage proposals in the age of YouTube. 

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Filmmakers
AR

Avi Rothman

Writer, Bunion
JS

Jessica Sanders

Director, Bunion
MM

Marcelo Mitnik

Writer/Director, In the Clouds



Sunday October 26, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Hideout Theatre

7:45pm

Terrible Love
(USA) RT:93min

Writer: Christopher Thomas, Luke Helmer (both in attendance)

Director:Christopher Thomas (in attendance)

Cast: Rufus Burns (in attendance), Kevin Lambert

A bittersweet autopsy of mental illness and lost love, Terrible Love tells the story of Rufus, a wounded veteran returning home from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder, and his devoted wife Amy. They promised themselves never to leave each other, but that promise is put to the ultimate test when Rufus’ PTSD becomes violent.  Terrible Love dives head first into the heart-breaking effects of PTSD, the relationships it hurts, and the lives it threatens.

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Filmmakers
avatar for Christopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas

Director, Terrible Love
"There's more to life than cheek bones." - Kate Winslet
LH

Luke Helmer

Helmsman Studios LLC
Co-Writer/Producer of "Terrible Love". | | If there are no ghosts in the dark, there are no fairies in the grass.
RB

Rufus Burns

Actor, Terrible Love

Sponsors


Sunday October 26, 2014 7:45pm - 9:40pm
Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre

8:00pm

Beast of Cardo
(Dominican Republic) RT: 99 Mins

Writer: Virginia Sanchez Navarro (in attendance)

Director: Virginia Sanchez Navarro (in attendance)

Cast: Jorge Luis Moreno (in attendance), Virginia Sanchez Navarro (in attendance), Angelica Aragon

Bestia de Cardo tells the story of Moira, a wealthy, Dominican young woman, who is forced to return permanently to her asphyxiating hometown, Cardo, and to the double-faced society that she had left behind. It all seems lost until she starts an unlikely friendship with an enigmatic tailor, Hermes, who tells her of supernatural ways in which she could flee the town.As they put their plans in action, Moira and Hermes will learn just how unforgiving the people of Cardo are and how distant the possibility of escaping seems.

Also in Attendance: Starsha Gill (Producer)

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Filmmakers
JL

Jorge Luis Moreno

Bestia de Cardo
SG

Starsha Gill

Producer, Beast of Cardo
VS

Virginia Sanchez Navarro

Writer/Director, Beast of Cardo



Sunday October 26, 2014 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

8:30pm

7 Minutes
USA, 93 min

Writer/Director: Jay Martin (in attendance)

Cast: Jason Ritter, Luke Mitchell, Zane Holtz, Leven Rambin, Kevin Gage (all in attendance)

Three high school friends, Sam, Mike, and Owen, fallen on hard times, are forced to commit a brazen robbery. What begins as a simple plan—“in and out in seven minutes”—quickly becomes a dangerous game of life and death. As each minute of the robbery unfolds, the stakes are pushed higher and higher and the simple plan ultimately turns into a struggle for survival.

Also in Attendance: Noah Rosenthal (Cinematographer), Rick Rosenthal (Producer), Jim Hart (Producer), Bert Kern (Co-Producer)

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Filmmakers
BK

Bert Kern

Co-Producer, 7 Minutes
JR

Jason Ritter

Cast, 7 Minutes
avatar for Jay Martin

Jay Martin

writer/director 7 Minutes
7 Minutes is Jay Martin’s first feature. He has directed music videos for Death Cab for Cutie, Nas, Plain White T’s, Kid Rock, Melissa Etheridge, Christina Perri and Dashboard Confessional, among many others. He’s been directing music videos and commercials since 2003. Jay started his career a cartoonist, creating the nationally syndicated strip Tommy before segueing into film and working as storyboard artist on such films as... Read More →
JH

Jim Hart

Producer, 7 Minutes
KG

Kevin Gage

Cast, 7 Minutes
LR

Leven Rambin

Cast, 7 Minutes
LM

Luke Mitchell

Cast, 7 Minutes
NR

Noah Rosenthal

Cinematographer, 7 Minutes
RR

Rick Rosenthal

Producer, 7 Minutes
ZH

Zane Holtz

Cast, 7 Minutes



Sunday October 26, 2014 8:30pm - 10:15pm
State Theatre

9:00pm

JIMMY VESTVOOD: AMERIKAN HERO
USA) RT: 84 Mins

Writer: Amir Ohebsion, Maz Jobrani (both in attendance)

Director: Jonathan Kesselman (in attendance)

Cast: Maz Jobrani, Sheila Vand, Deanna Russo , Marshall Manesh (in attendance), John Heard, Waleed Zuaiter, Navid Negahban, Chris Williams (in attendance), Niousha Jafarian (in attendance), Sam Golzari (in attendance)

A bumbling yet lovable Iranian immigrant named Jamshid Fakhredinpour aka Jimmy Vestvood (Maz Jobrani) wins the Green Card Lottery and moves to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an American hero. Jimmy aspires to be a cool cop like his childhood idol, Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt, but soon discovers that the best job he can obtain is as a security guard at a Persian grocery store. Through a series of comically fateful events, Jimmy's naiveté is exploited by a corrupt arms dealer (John Heard) and Jimmy unwittingly finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy to start World War III. With the help of his seventh cousin, Leila (Sheila Vand), Jimmy must save the day and avert the imminent war while keeping his overprotective mother in the dark.
"Jimmy Vestvood" playfully skewers American preconceptions of the Middle East and breaks new ground through its depiction of the first hero of Middle-Eastern descent in an American comedy.

Also in Attendance: Ray Moheet (Producer)

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Filmmakers
AO

amir o

writer/producer "Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero"
CW

Chris Williams

Cast, JIMMY VESTVOOD: AMERIKAN HERO
JK

Jonathan Kesselman

Director, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, The Worldwide Media Conspiracy
MM

Marshall Manesh

Cast, JIMMY VESTVOOD: AMERIKAN HERO
MJ

Maz Jobrani

Stand-up Comedy
NJ

Niousha Jafarian

actress Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero
RM

Ray Moheet

Producer, JIMMY VESTVOOD: AMERIKAN HERO
SG

Sam Golzari

actor Jimmy Vestvood;



Sunday October 26, 2014 9:00pm - 10:30pm
IMAX Theatre

9:30pm

Having Fun Up There
(USA) RT: 66 Mins

Writer: Geoff Tarulli (in attendance)

Director: Frankie Frain (in attendance)

Cast: Jon Ryan, Hana Carpenter (in attendance), Maria Natapov, Frankie Frain, Luisa Maria Badaracco, Michael Brunetto, Charlie Tacker, Melissa Campbell, Michael Labreque-Jessen, Lisa Dempsey, Geoff Tarulli, Rhiannon Angell, John Parker Northrup, Mike Gowell, Mary Timmons, Keith Sadeck, Nina Szulewski, Steve Trenholme, Molly Coombs, Will Rogan, EJ Massa, John Swain, Yuval Bibi, Joe Butler, Sophia Cacciola, Amber Moses, Scott Tarulli, Chris Barrett, Jason Baldock, Aurora Grabill, Derrick McKean

Mark is a 37-year-old musician in crisis. He has long since given up on the idea of being successful with his music, but his relationships, job prospects, and self-esteem are strained as his art continues to both destroy and sustain him. These complications keep him caught between doing what he loves and embracing adulthood.

Also In Attendance: Cyle (Cinematographer) 

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Filmmakers
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Cyle

Cinematographer, Having Fun Up There
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Frankie Frain

Director, Having Fun Up There
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Geoff Tarulli

Writer, Having Fun Up There

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Sunday October 26, 2014 9:30pm - 10:40pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

9:30pm

Black Mountain Side
(Canada) RT:99min

Writer: Nick Szostakiwskyj

Director: Nick Szostakiwskyj

Cast: Shane Twerdun, Carl Toftfelt, Marc Williams, Michael Dickson (in attendance), Timothy Lyle (in attendance), Andrew Moxham, Steve Bradley, Bryce McLaughlin, Kelvin Bonneau

After a northern archaeological camp begins to uncover a strange structure in the Yukon Mountains, the local crew hired by the camp to assist in excavating the site mysteriously disappears after a member of the group sickens and the camp cat is found dead at the dig site. Tension begins to escalate when radio communication with the ranger station fails to work and the archaeologist’s illness begins to worsen. It is not long before the members of the crew begin to feel the effects of the isolation and solitude.

Also In Attendance: Samantha McDonald (Executive Producer), Cameron Tremblay (Producer/DOP) 

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Filmmakers
MD

Michael Dickson

Cast, Black Mountain Side
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Samantha McDonald

Producer, A Farewell to Kings Entertainment Company
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Timothy Lyle

Cast, Black Mountain Side



Sunday October 26, 2014 9:30pm - 11:15pm
Texas Spirit Theater

10:30pm

The Sideways Light
(USA) RT:85min

Writer/Director: Jennifer Harlow (in attendance)

Cast: Lindsay Burdge (in attendance), Annalee Jefferies, Mark Reeb (in attendance), Matthew Newton (in attendance), Rocco Sisto.

Lily (Lindsay Burdge, 'A Teacher') returns home to care for her ailing mother, Ruth (Annalee Jefferies, 'The Girl'). As Ruth's mind unravels,  Lily struggles to understand her and the strange happenings in the house her family has called home for generations. Is Ruth the cause of the disturbances in the house? Or is it something older and more profound hidden there and in Lily's bloodline?

Also in attendance: Jenny Goddard-Garcia (Producer)

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Filmmakers
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Jennifer Harlow

Producer, SHO Pictures, writer/director The Sideways Light
Jennifer Harlow, native Texan, started writing stories between ballet classes as a child. She earned a BA in Theatre, and turned to independent filmmaking soon after moving to Austin. Jennifer acted in several films, including John Bryant's Momma's Boy which played Austin Film Festival in 2006. She soon found herself behind the camera, doing every job from casting assistant to props, wardrobe and set photographer. At the urging of her husband... Read More →
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Jenny Goddard-Garcia

Producer, SHO Pictures
The Sideways Light (world premiere) | | Thursday, Oct 23rd @ 7:30pm Bob Bullock Theater | Sunday, Oct. 26th @ 10:30pm Alamo Village | | Watch it!
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Lindsay Burdge

actress The Sideways Light
Lindsay Burdge is an actress, producer, and casting director who has starred in films screened at Tribeca, Sundance, and SXSW Film Festivals. Credits include A Teacher and First Winter as well as the upcoming The Midnight Swim and The Invitation.
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Mark Reeb

Producer, SHO Pictures
MARK REEB is an actor and independent film producer based out of Austin, Texas.  He has performed in more than seventy stage productions. Reeb spent the last thirteen years focused exclusively on movies.  Notable projects include “The Overbrook Brothers”, “Sun Don’t Shine” and “Possession”.  Reeb has a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch Graduate Acting Program.    He lives... Read More →
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Matthew Newton

Cast, The Sideways Light
MATTHEW NEWTON is a critically acclaimed award winning actor, writer and director who worked extensively in his native Australia in theater, television and films, before relocating to America. His many leading roles on screen include starring in “Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities”, one of the most successful Australian television drama series of all time. Matthew’s debut feature  film as writer/director “Three Blind... Read More →



Sunday October 26, 2014 10:30pm - Monday October 27, 2014 12:00am
Alamo Drafthouse Village
 
Monday, October 27
 

2:30pm

Shorts Program 6: Odd Jobs
everything & everything & everything USA
Runtime: 15 minutes           
Writer/Director: Alberto Roldán
Synopsis: Morgan leads an oppressive and vapid life, but when a mystical blue prism—that inexplicably produces doorknobs—appears in his apartment, a personal transformation ensues.
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Green Thumb USA
Runtime: 11 minutes           
Writer/Director: Phil Lorin & Kiel Murray           
Synopsis: When busy parents discover their six-year-old son's lovingly maintained marijuana plant in the backyard, they disagree on what to do about it.
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Also in Attendance: Susan Brunig (Colorist)

A Late Man USA
Runtime: 10 minutes           
Writer/Director: Fidel Ruiz-Healy (in attendance)
Synopsis: Securitech Security Services is trying to fill an office position and takes a liking to a man who isn't who he appears.
See trailer 
Also In Attendance: Tyler Walker (Producer)

The Polterman USA
Runtime: 14 minutes           
Writer/Director: Shane Ware (in attendance)
Synopsis: Horace, a spirit cleanser for the community, is assigned a young offender by a local judge to spend the afternoon performing an exorcism on a woman's home, but soon the delinquent becomes suspicious of their actions.  

Paradise Males UK
Runtime: 10 minutes           
Writer: Michael Spicer
Director: Andy Devonshire
Synopsis: Pam—who has awoken under strange circumstances—experiences temporary amnesia, and after piecing together her shattered memory, she soon realizes a deadly decision must be made. 
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Future Hero USA
Runtime: 7 minutes           
Writer/Director: Ramin Serry    
Synopsis: This short film tells the story of a dad, a son, and a time-traveling killer android.

Simon Says USA
Runtime: 21 minutes           
Writer: Steve Storm, Jamie Sterba (both in attendance)
Director: Jamie Sterba (in attendance)
Synopsis: Plagued by the disconcerting thoughts inside his head, a self-doubting entrepreneur begins to suspect that they may not be his own.
Also in Attendance: Boo Arnold (Producer)
See Trailer

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Monday October 27, 2014 2:30pm - 4:30pm
The Hideout Theatre

4:00pm

Poverty, Inc.
(USA) RT: 95 Mins

Director: Michael Matheson Miller (in attendance)

Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we are all too tempted to ignore. The film invites the viewer to step into the shoes of local entrepreneurs and their colleagues, parents and families, with expert commentary from public leaders, development economists, anthropologists, and others. From TOMS Shoes to international adoptions, solar panels to US agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?

Also in Attendance: Mark R. Weber (Co-Producer), Simon Scionka (Director of Photography / Editor)

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Monday October 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:40pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

5:00pm

Shorts Program 3: The Lost & The Young
La Carnada Mexico/US
Runtime: 17 minutes           
Writer/Director: Josh Soskin
Synopsis: A teenage boy deals with his mother's fight against diabetes while lacking the money to pay for insulin.  He decides to take on a job that proves bigger than he realizes.  
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Eleven New Zealand
Runtime: 13 minutes           
Writer: Kate Prior
Director: Abigail Greenwood
Synopsis: Caught in between friends, Emily must choose whether or not to join Brooke and her giggling group of friends, but her acceptance depends upon an act betrayal.  
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one afternoon in summer Germany
Runtime: 18 minutes           
Writer/Director: Lilli Tautfest
Synopsis: During the last week of the summer, two sisters, one discovering herself as a young woman and the other still reveling in her innocence, spend the afternoon together.  

Fitted US
Runtime: 15 minutes           
Writer/Director: Auriel Rudnick (in attendance)
Synopsis: A teenage girl's integrity is challenged during a moment of artistic self-expression.
See trailer 
Also In Attendance: Mallory Schwartz (Producer)
Zoe Robyn (1st AC)

Detour Singapore
Runtime: 8 minutes
Writer/Director: Michael Kam (in attendance)
Synopsis: A taxi driver has trouble controlling his young sons, fighting in the back seat.  In a moment, a stranger accosts the youngest son, and what occurs thereafter shatters the brother’s innocence forever.
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Also In Attendance: Saiful Azri (Assistant Director)

How I Didn’t Become a Piano Player
 UK           
Runtime: 18 minutes           
Writer/Director: Tommaso Pitta
Synopsis: A talentless, yet tenacious, young boy decides to take piano lessons despite his consistent belabored performance. 
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Monday October 27, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
The Hideout Theatre

5:00pm

Tomorrow We Disappear
(India) RT: 84 Mins

Director: Jimmy Goldblum

When their home is sold to real-estate developers, the magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers of Delhi's Kathputli Colony must find a way to unite or splinter apart forever.

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Monday October 27, 2014 5:00pm - 6:40pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

6:30pm

ONCE UPON A CRIME: The Borrelli - Davis Conspiracy
(USA) RT:108min

Director: Sheldon Wilson (in attendance) 

Seven years ago director Sheldon Wilson set out to tell a story involving crooked cops, a mafia godfather, murder, a public poisoning, Elvis Presley, prison gang leaders and a cocaine-addicted newspaper editor who printed it all. As it turns out, this was just the beginning. This film follows the extraordinary story of two innocent men whose lives are torn apart solely because of their race. Mike Borrelli, an Italian-American NYPD detective and his partner Bob Davis, one of the first African-American detectives in New York, are convicted of first-degree murder. But Borrelli and Davis are innocent. Law enforcement agents know it too, but they are hell bent to connect the murder to the mafia. Incredibly, they give the real killer immunity and place him into witness protection in exchange for his false testimony against the two officers. This incredibly moving story is a testament to their courage and a friendship that has spanned over 50 years.

http://onceuponacrimedoc.com/

Also In Attendance: Steve London (Producer/Composer)
     Marie-Lou Gingras (Editor/Associate Producer)

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Marie-Lou Gingras

editor Once Upon A Crime: The Borrelli – Davis Conspiracy
Before embarking on a career as a film editor, Marie-Lou studied graphic design for six years in Montreal then went on to work as a web and graphic designer. A life long passion for filmmaking eventually lead Marie-Lou to the film program at the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver where structuring and developing story through editing became an obsession. Since then Marie-Lou has gone on to editing numerous movies for television, cable and... Read More →
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Sheldon Wilson

Writer - Director



Monday October 27, 2014 6:30pm - 9:15pm
IMAX Theatre

6:45pm

Efficiency
(USA) RT: 91 Mins

Writer: Steven Molony (in attendance) 

Director: Kate Enge (in attendance)

Cast: Steven Molony (in attendance), Beth Moline, Domonique Young, Dayna Del Val, Paul Vonasek

A pair of irresponsible twin brothers struggle to keep their close bond intact when an unexpected tragedy threatens to tear them apart. Derrick and Patrick are identical twin brothers, recently out of college and with little prospects for the future. When Derrick and his girlfriend Christine learn they have an unexpected child on the way, they're forced to adapt and accept this overwhelming, new responsibility. Just as the young couple discovers joy in their fast approaching parenthood, they find their world crumbling around them in an ill-fated tragedy that will ultimately test the love of the young couple, and of the brothers themselves.

Also In Attendance: Janek Ambros (Producer), Asko Akopyan (EP) 

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Monday October 27, 2014 6:45pm - 8:25pm
Texas Spirit Theater

7:00pm

JIMMY VESTVOOD: AMERIKAN HERO
(USA) RT: 84 Mins

Writer: Amir Ohebsion, Maz Jobrani (both in attendance)
Director: Jonathan Kesselman (in attendance)
Cast: Maz Jobrani, Sheila Vand, Deanna Russo (in attendance), Marshall Manesh (in attendance), John Heard, Waleed Zuaiter, Navid Negahban, Chris Williams (in attendance)

A bumbling yet lovable Iranian immigrant named Jamshid Fakhredinpour aka Jimmy Vestvood (Maz Jobrani) wins the Green Card Lottery and moves to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an American hero. Jimmy aspires to be a cool cop like his childhood idol, Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt, but soon discovers that the best job he can obtain is as a security guard at a Persian grocery store. Through a series of comically fateful events, Jimmy's naiveté is exploited by a corrupt arms dealer (John Heard) and Jimmy unwittingly finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy to start World War III. With the help of his seventh cousin, Leila (Sheila Vand), Jimmy must save the day and avert the imminent war while keeping his overprotective mother in the dark.
"Jimmy Vestvood" playfully skewers American preconceptions of the Middle East and breaks new ground through its depiction of the first hero of Middle-Eastern descent in an American comedy.

Also in Attendance: Ray Moheet (Producer)

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Monday October 27, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

7:00pm

Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West
This Family Film is free and open to the public. Seating is based on a first come first serve basis.
(USA) RT: 90 Mins

Writer: Mike Thompson, Jerry Thompson, Gregory Popovich (all in attendance)

Director: Mike Thompson, Jerry Thompson

Cast: Gregory Popovich, Sebastian (cat) (both in attendance)

An ex circus legend, known as Popovich, is struggling as a street performer but content to come home to his junkyard full of furry friends. After a disingenuous neighbor surreptitiously calls animal control on him, Popovich must find a way to stay true to his calling, and save his loyal family of animal friends from a sad fate. Understanding the brevity of the situation, Popovich and his animal buddies use all their circus tricks to save their home and stay together.

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Monday October 27, 2014 7:00pm - 8:40pm
Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre

7:00pm

The Homesman
(USA) RT: 122 Mins

Writers: Kieran Fitzgerald, Wesley A. Oliver (both in attendance)

Director: Tommy Lee Jones

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Tim Blake Nelson 

When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven to the brink, the task of saving them from their surroundings falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a feisty low-life drifter, George Biggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her. The unlikely pair and the three women head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat.

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KF

Kieran Fitzgerald

writer The Homesman, P.O.V.



Monday October 27, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
State Theatre

7:15pm

Shorts Program 10: Texas Shorts
dawn. US          
Runtime: 19 minutes      
Writer/Director: Ya'Ke Smith       
Synopsis: Dawn, a young woman recently released from prison, finds the adjustment to a life of freedom daunting and insurmountable, and must decide if she is resolute in her new life path. 
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Once Again US          
Runtime: 19 minutes                      
Writer/Director: John Moore (in attendance)     
Synopsis: This story allows you to follow the creative, yet plagued, mind behind one young man's struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder.
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Neighbors US          
Runtime: 11 minutes                      
Writer/Director: Alison Boland (in attendance)  
Synopsis: The unofficial mayor of a gentrifying street unwittingly ignites cultural conflict when he makes it his personal mission to bring his neighbors together for a block party.
Also in Attendance: Matt Koshmrl (Director of Photography), James Griffin (Subject)

Stroker US          
Runtime: 19 minutes                      
Writer/Director: Austin Nichols (in attendance)  
Synopsis: Phil Stroker, a young man finished with his numbing career and stale marriage, reevaluates his existence and takes solace in a new, refreshing surrounding.

SKUNK US    
Runtime: 16 minutes                      
Writer/Director: Annie Silverstein (in attendance)           
Synopsis: When her pit bull is stolen by an amateur dog fighter, 14-year old Leila is forced to stand up for herself, at the cost of her own innocence.
See trailer 
Monique Walton (Producer)

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Monday October 27, 2014 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

7:30pm

Black or White
(USA) RT: 121 Mins

Writer/Director: Mike Binder (In attendance)

Cast: Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Jillian Estell (in attendance), Anthony Mackie, Paula Newsome (in attendance)

Starring Academy Award-winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, Black or White is the story of a widowed grandfather (Costner) who is left to raise his bi-racial granddaughter. When the little girl’s paternal grandmother (Spencer) seeks custody, a bitter legal battle ensues that forces the uneasy family members to have an honest conversation about life, death, anger and America’s racial divide. Also starring Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Ehle, Gillian Jacobs, Bill Burr, Andre Holland, and introducing Jillian Estell.

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Paula Newsome

actress, Black and White

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Monday October 27, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Paramount Theatre

7:30pm

Shorts Program 11: Animated Shorts
Lost Property UK               
Runtime: 7 minutes                         
Writer/Director: Asa Lucander   
Synopsis: A woman approaches a clerk in a lost property office, and together they explore assorted ephemera in search of something she has lost. 
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Pig, US
Runtime: 2 minutes
Writer/Director: Amelia Giller
Synopsis: A pig confronts her body image issues

Fluffo US
Runtime: 13 minutes                      
Writer/Director: Steve McClean                
Synopsis: Stuck in a nightmarish existence where every night he finds himself pulled out of a hat, Fluffo must pull one last magic trick to free himself from humiliation and join his family once again.
See trailer  

The Last Resort UK               
Runtime: 8 Minutes                        
Writer: Gillian Park          
Director: Stephanie Blakey          
Synopsis: Two sisters are left in charge of entertaining one recurring guest at their parent's isolated hotel, but they soon find that their youngest sister is the one that needs entertaining.
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Between Times Netherlands, US            
Runtime: 15 minutes                      
Writer/Directors: Max Porter (in attendance) and Ru Kuwahata (in attendance) 
Synopsis: From the wall of a small town bakery, a cuckoo clock recounts a day where bread was sliced one second thick, lovers fell in sync and time rarely flowed at an even rate.
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Mend and Make Do UK       
Runtime: 9 minutes                        
Writer/Director: Bexie Bush        
Synopsis: Told through whimsical stop motion and a soft pastel palate, this is a peak into a once blooming love story that speaks to the beauty of imperfection and the art of loving that imperfection. 
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Amigo US       
Runtime: 4 minutes                        
Writer/Director: Celestino Marina            
Synopsis: A young boy becomes best friends with his birthday piñata

The Dam Keeper US     
Runtime: 18 minutes      
Writer/Directors: Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi  
Synopsis: A small town has survived a foreboding environmental threat because it is tirelessly monitored by a young pig.  Accustomed to the indifference of the public and being taunted by his classmates, things begin to change when a new student, Fox, joins Pig's class.
See trailer 
In Attedance: Celestino Marina (animator)

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Monday October 27, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Hideout Theatre

9:30pm

How I Got Over
(USA) RT:87min

Director: Nicole Boxer (in attendance)

Can telling your story save your life? How I Got Over follows 15 formerly homeless women as they craft an original play based on their harrowing true-life stories, to be performed one-night-only at the Kennedy Center. The women of N Street Village—a community for addiction recovery—have never performed on stage in their lives. Yet, guided by teachers from the Theater Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, they discover their untapped artistic talents and reckon with their traumatic histories. Courage is found; a leap of faith is taken. Sharing their pasts to release the potential in their futures, these 15 emboldened women take the stage in front of a packed house, illuminating the transformative power of arts education.

Also in Attendance: Michelle Witten (Editor)

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Monday October 27, 2014 9:30pm - 11:00pm
IMAX Theatre

9:30pm

Beast of Cardo
(Dominican Republic) RT: 99 Mins

Writer: Virginia Sanchez Navarro (in attendance)

Director: Virginia Sanchez Navarro (in attendance)

Cast: Jorge Luis Moreno (in attendance), Virginia Sanchez Navarro (in attendance), Angelica Aragon

Bestia de Cardo tells the story of Moira, a wealthy, Dominican young woman, who is forced to return permanently to her asphyxiating hometown, Cardo, and to the double-faced society that she had left behind. It all seems lost until she starts an unlikely friendship with an enigmatic tailor, Hermes, who tells her of supernatural ways in which she could flee the town.As they put their plans in action, Moira and Hermes will learn just how unforgiving the people of Cardo are and how distant the possibility of escaping seems.

Also in Attendance: Starsha Gill (Producer)

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Monday October 27, 2014 9:30pm - 11:15pm
Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre

9:30pm

The Suicide Theory
(AUS) RT:98min

Writer: Michael J. Kospiah 

Director:Dru Brown (in attendance)

Cast: Steve Mouzakis, Leon Cain, Matthew Scully

Percival believes he’s cursed after miraculously surviving each suicide attempt. After jumping from a building and landing on the cab of Steven Ray, an unusual man whose violent and bizarre behavior becomes uncontrollable after losing the love of his life to a hit-and-run incident, Percival hires Steven to assist him in suicide. After Percival continues to miraculously survive each attempt on his life, Steven starts to believe in Percival’s curse, and tries to help Percival figure out ways to overcome it. In the process, they form an unlikely friendship through the common bond of tragedy.

Also in attendance: Jake McCarthy (Producer) 

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Monday October 27, 2014 9:30pm - 11:15pm
Texas Spirit Theater

9:45pm

Phantom Halo
(USA) RT:87min

Writer: Antonia Bogdanovich, Anne Heffron (both in attendance)

Director: Antonia Bogdanovich (in attendance)

Cast: Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Luke Kleintank, Sebastian Roche, Rebecca Romijn, Jordan Dunn, Tobin Bell, Ashley Hamilton, Gbenga Akinnagbe

Brothers Samuel and Beckett Emerson long ago found a way to keep their family afloat despite their drunken father's nasty gambling habit: While Samuel distracts crowds of passerby with his Shakespearian monologues, Beckett, a master pickpocket, makes his way through the unsuspecting crowd. And then their small, impoverished world crumbles when their father gets in over his head with a dangerous loan shark. Shakespeare and petty thievery are abandoned for Samuel's belief in the super powers of his comic book hero, Phantom Halo, and Beckett's friend’s ability to counterfeit the perfect $100 note. Suddenly, the small-time world as the Emerson family knew it is turned upside down as the brothers do all they can to break free from the mud that traps them.

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Antonia Bogdanovich

CEO/Owner, STATION 8 FILMS
Antonia Bogdanovich is a writer, director, and actress who has accrued an impressively long and varied resume. Even before attending UCLA where she wrote her first screenplay, Antonia worked as a production assistant on George Miller’s The Witches of Eastwick, was an assistant editor on James L. Brooks’ I’ll Do Anything and the 1994 classic, The Lion King. She also worked in development at Gracie Films and Carsey-Werner... Read More →

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Monday October 27, 2014 9:45pm - 11:15pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

10:00pm

The Last Time You Had Fun
(USA) RT: 85 Mins

Writer: Hal Haberman

Director: Mo Perkins (in attendance)

Cast: Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Demetri Martin, Kyle Bornheimer, Eliza Coupe

When Clark and Will meet Alison and Ida in a wine bar, the foursome struggle to have the most fun that four, bickering, barely married, pre-middle-aged, decidedly dysfunctional adults are capable of having.

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Monday October 27, 2014 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

10:00pm

Shorts Program 8: An Unfortunate Encounter
Siren Canada 
Runtime: 9 minutes                        
Writer/Director: Alex Clark (in attendance)
Producer: Chris Luckhardt (in attendance)         
Synopsis: Ambulance paramedics, Mills and Anderson, answer a 911 call after stopping to deal with personal problems, but what they believed to be a routine case turns into a deadly race against time.

Held Together by Venom US       
Runtime: 10 minutes                      
Writer/Director: Michael Gonzales (In Attendance)        
Synopsis: When Victor visits an old friend in her noticeably bare apartment, an awkward conversation pursues and he makes motions to leave, but not before witnessing the peculiar relationship his friend has with her landlord.
See trailer 
Also In Attendance: Nicodemus Antonio Montez (Producer)

Redaction US       
Runtime: 10 minutes                      
Writer/Director: Tim Sanger (In Attendance)   
Synopsis: In a future where victims of traumatic crimes have their memory erased like it never happened, one woman finds herself struggling for her right to refuse the process. 
See trailer 

MOTH (Man of the House) UK                     
Runtime: 11 minutes                      
Writer/Director: O-T Fagbenle  
Synopsis: A survivor in a post-apocalyptic world comes across a mysterious nine-year-old boy.
See trailer

Best friends forever Sweden               
Runtime: 17 minutes                      
Writer/Director: Henrik Sundgren            
Synopsis: A developmentally disabled, middle-aged man confuses confinement of another person with friendship. 

An Outside Force US
Runtime: 17 minutes
Writer/Director: Josh Ryder
Synopsis: While driving down a country road, recently sober Riley reveals to addicted friend Ben what he has found as a better—and more dangerous—high. 

Lightning in the Hand US
Runtime: 16 minutes
Writers: Andrew Reuland, Joey Grossfield
Director: Joey Grossfield
Synopsis: The Apache say it is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.

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Monday October 27, 2014 10:00pm - 11:45pm
The Hideout Theatre
 
Tuesday, October 28
 

2:30pm

Shorts Program 5: Into the Unknown
Entrain Canada
Runtime: 7 minutes
Writer: Adrien Benson (in attendance)
Director: Adrien Benson & Elaine Poon (both in attendance)
Synopsis: Absorbed in his own world, Laurent draws the attention of a fellow train passenger who shares his interest in rhythm despite their obvious language barrier. 
Also in Attendance: Farah Merani (Producer)
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A Day in Eden Germany, US
Runtime: 11 minutes          
Writer/Director: Assal Ghawami, (In Attendance)
Synopsis: A somewhat incapacitated elderly man, in a nursing home, finds himself pursuing a wayward action for personal comfort.  While encountering a visit from a young woman, the two find themselves presented with a sudden and unfortunate occurrence that forces them both to confront a moral complexity. 
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Also In Attendance: Alex Trebby (Producer)

Remission Singapore
Runtime: 12 minutes          
Writer/Director: Annalise Leonelli (In Attendance) 
Synopsis: A lonely breast cancer survivor seeks intimacy for the first time since her surgery. 

Escape US
Runtime: 17 minutes          
Writer/Director: Zia Islam (in attendance)      
Synopsis: A paramedic faces an ethical dilemma, deciding whether or not to assist his partner in helping a group of undocumented immigrants escape from a police raid. 
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Zwei Zucker Germany
Runtime: 15 minutes          
Writer: Suzanne Riley
Director: Thore Schwemann
Synopsis: Klara and her husband, Anton, have been independent for years, but as Anton's health begins to decline, Klara struggles to hold onto her autonomy and emphasize to their son that she's capable of taking care of Anton alone. 

Under UK
Runtime: 12 minutes          
Writer/Director: Dean Loxton (In Attendance)
Synopsis: Connection can be revealed in mysterious ways, and for Kerry--a train operator struggling to deal with a traumatic event-- solace is found with a stranger.
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This Is Normal US
Runtime: 20 minutes          
Writer/Director: Ryan Welsh & Justin Giddings
Synopsis: A young, deaf woman struggles to deal with the ramifications of a regenerative surgery that could correct her ability to hear.            
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Tuesday October 28, 2014 2:30pm - 4:30pm
The Hideout Theatre

4:00pm

Flutter
(USA) RT: 96 Mins

Writer: Eric Hueber (in attendance)

Director: Eric Hueber (in attendance)

Cast: Lindsay Pulsipher, Glenn Morshower, Johnathan Huth Jr. (all in attendance)

Two months after her husband walked out on her to become a musician, single mother JoLynn struggles to support her son Johnathan in the face of poverty and his troubling glaucoma. To make up for the fact that his prescribed medicine only causes further irritation, JoLynn turns to cultivating her own hydroponic marijuana to combat his symptoms. After Johnathan is left home with his pet pig WeeWee, problems arise which raise the concern of Johnathan's grandparents. With the help of Curtis, an unexpected role model, JoLynn will fight to keep her son close. Flutter wonderfully displays the unyielding love a mother has for her son and the wild dreams a young boy has for adventure.

Also in Attendance: Andy Cope (Producer)

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Tuesday October 28, 2014 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

5:00pm

Shorts Program 7: You Do You
Please Hand Stamp US
Runtime: 15 minutes           
Writer: Lauren Pence & Jeff Jenkins
Directors: Jeff Jenkins
Synopsis: An apprehensive young man sells his soul to the devil in an attempt to win the woman of his dreams. 
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Bunion US
Runtime: 8 minutes
Writer: Avi Rothman
Director: Jessica Sanders (in attendance)
Synopsis: The story of a man, his foot, and finding happiness.   
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Manny Gets Censored Australia
Runtime: 8 minutes
Writer/Director: Graeme Robertson
Synopsis: Manny wakes up to find his life has been censored by the film classification board. Angry, confused, and now rated G, Manny tries to adjust to his confusing new life and fix a broken heart.
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Leonard in Slow Motion Canada, US, UK
Runtime: 9 minutes           
Writer/Director: Peter Livolsi (in attendance)
Synopsis: Leonard exists in slow motion but lives in a regular speed world.  When he discovers his office crush is getting transferred to Florida, Leonard decides he must somehow become regular speed to win her heart before she leaves town for good.
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Chum Iceland           
Runtime: 15 minutes           
Writer: Jorundur Ragnarsson & Elizabeth Blau Rose
Director: Jorundur Ragnarsson   
Synopsis: Uggi and Kiddi, both bachelors pushing seventy, have their friendship threatened when they find Rosa, a buxom and beautiful woman their own age, soaking serenely in their hot tub. 
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NENA Spain
Runtime: 12 minutes           
Writer/Director: Alauda Ruiz de Azúa
Synopsis: Sixteen years after he broke Ana’s heart, Javier reappears. Now Ana must decide whether to give him another chance by debating the issue with her teenaged self. 
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In the Clouds Argentina
Runtime: 21 minutes           
Writer/Director: Marcelo Mitnik (in attendance)
Synopsis: The difference between how we think romance should work and how it actually does is at the comedic heart of EN LAS NUBES, an exploration of cultural disagreements about intimacy, love, and marriage proposals in the age of YouTube. 

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Tuesday October 28, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Hideout Theatre

6:30pm

The Texas Promise
(USA) RT: 88 Mins


Director: Vanessa Roth (In Attendance)


When Texas cut $5.4 billion from public schools, affecting 5 million students, Texans protested and districts sued the state and won. The Texas Promise is the gripping story of equity, politics, money, and our children as Texas and the nation make historic decisions about opportunity, the economy, and our democracy.

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Vanessa Roth

director Aging Out, Close To Home, The Untouchables, American Teacher
Twitter: @thetexaspromise | Producer/Director, Vanessa Roth has written, produced and directed award-winning non-fiction films and headed up social issue reform efforts through storytelling for nearly 20 years. Roth’s work has earned her dozens of honors including an Academy Award, two Sundance Special Jury Prizes, Cine Golden Eagles, Casey Medals, a Dupont-Columbia Award which is the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and most... Read More →

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Tuesday October 28, 2014 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Rollins Theatre Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

7:00pm

Having Fun Up There
(USA) RT: 66 Mins

Writer: Geoff Tarulli (in attendance)

Director: Frankie Frain (in attendance)

Cast: Jon Ryan, Hana Carpenter (in attendance), Maria Natapov, Frankie Frain, Luisa Maria Badaracco, Michael Brunetto, Charlie Tacker, Melissa Campbell, Michael Labreque-Jessen, Lisa Dempsey, Geoff Tarulli, Rhiannon Angell, John Parker Northrup, Mike Gowell, Mary Timmons, Keith Sadeck, Nina Szulewski, Steve Trenholme, Molly Coombs, Will Rogan, EJ Massa, John Swain, Yuval Bibi, Joe Butler, Sophia Cacciola, Amber Moses, Scott Tarulli, Chris Barrett, Jason Baldock, Aurora Grabill, Derrick McKean

Mark is a 37-year-old musician in crisis. He has long since given up on the idea of being successful with his music, but his relationships, job prospects, and self-esteem are strained as his art continues to both destroy and sustain him. These complications keep him caught between doing what he loves and embracing adulthood.

Also In Attendance: Cyle (Cinematographer)  

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Tuesday October 28, 2014 7:00pm - 8:10pm
Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre

7:00pm

#chicagoGirl -- The Social Network Takes on a Dictator
(USA) RT: 74 Mins


Director: Joe Piscatella (In Attendance)


Against the backdrop of the Syrian Uprising in 2012, a 19-year-old college freshman in Chicago becomes one of the most important communication coordinators for Syrian activists on the ground. In the face of death threats, Ala'a Basatneh sacrifices her friends and school work to spread awareness of protests online. Along the way, Ala'a befriends hundreds of protestors in her support for the cause, compiling a list of people and locations she hopes to visit after the violence. For many of them, Ala'a is the only friend they can fully trust, and they must rely upon her to help them build the numbers to shield off Bashar al-Assad's brutal regime. A powerful and gripping documentary, #ChicagoGirl tells the story of a generation compelled to end the terror and violence within their home country.

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Tuesday October 28, 2014 7:00pm - 8:20pm
IMAX Theatre

7:00pm

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
(USA) RT: 116 Mins

Directed by: James Keach (in attendance)

This powerful portrait of the life and career of great American music icon Glen Campbell opens to the viewer the world of the singular talent who created hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman and Gentle on My Mind. Winner of the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Glen was the first country music star to cross over to the pop charts, opening a new realm of opportunity for generations of country musicians. In 2011, when Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made
history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force. This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.

Q&A moderated by Ray Benson

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Tuesday October 28, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

7:00pm

The Imitation Game
(USA) RT: 113 Mins

Writer: Andrew Hodges, Graham Moore

Director: Morten Tyldum

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.

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Tuesday October 28, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
State Theatre

7:30pm

Shorts Program 4: Mothers, Fathers, Sons, and Daughters
I Don't Care UK
Runtime: 14 minutes           
Writer/Director: Carolina Giammetta
Synopsis: Ollie, an uncertain and discouraged mother-to-be, befriends an unlikely young girl who helps her face her misgivings and find joy in what the future holds.  
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Fault Lines US
Runtime: 11 minutes           
Writer: Marisa Christine Medina (in attendance), Andrew Duncan Visser
Director: Marisa Christine Medina (in attendance)  
Synopsis: Headstrong eleven-year-old Nina is hesitant to have her seemingly hostile and irresponsible father watch over her and her younger brother after school.

Full-Windsor US
Runtime: 6 minutes
Writer/Director: Faraday Okoro (in attendance)
Synopsis: A young boy defies his mother by wearing a garment she has openly disapproved. 
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TRACKS UK
Runtime: 13 minutes           
Writer/Director: Claire Oakley (in attendance)
Synopsis: When his father takes Ed on his inaugural hunt, their relationship is tested after Ed doesn’t react as expected, and their wider connection with Nature is brought into question.
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Osmonde UK
Runtime: 22 minutes
Writer: Tessa Nichols
Director: Elsa Bauverd
Synopsis: Antoine's relationship with his grandmother is put to the test when she asks him to teach her how to write so she can apply to an assisted suicide organization.  

Mimi & Me Canada
Runtime: 16 minutes
Writer/Director: Marly Reed
Synopsis: A teenage wallflower gets sex advice from her alcoholic, gambling-addicted grandma and then heads to her first party to win over the guy of her dreams.

LUKE Ireland           
Runtime: 12 minutes           
Writer/Director: Conor Hamill (in attendance)
Synopsis: After years of being the sole caregiver for his dementia stricken mother, Luke must now also cope with the return of his older brother
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Tuesday October 28, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Hideout Theatre

8:00pm

Escobar: Paradise Lost
(USA) RT: 120 mins

Writer: Andrea Di Stefano, Francesca Marciano

Director: Andrea Di Stefano

Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Brady Corbet

For Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro), family is everything. When young surfer Nick (Josh Hutcherson) falls for Escobar’s niece, he finds his life on the line when he’s pulled into the dangerous world of the family business.

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Tuesday October 28, 2014 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Paramount Theatre

9:00pm

3 Still Standing
(USA) RT: 90 Mins

Director: Robert Campos, Donna LoCicero (both in attendance)

Cast: Will Durst (in attendance), Johnny Steele, Larry 'Bubbles' Brown, Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Paula Poundstone,  Rob Schneider, Debi Durst, Bobby Slayton

30 years after starting their careers, comedians Will Durst, Johnny Steele and Larry “Bubbles” Brown continue to search for their big break. Beginning in the bustling stand-up comedy renaissance of San Francisco in the ‘80s, this film follows these three comedians as they slowly climb the rungs of the show business ladder, making strides and missteps along the way. Including interviews from friends and fellow comics such as Robin Williams and Dana Carvey, 3 Still Standing offers a funny and moving portrait of the challenges and struggles that come with making people laugh.

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Donna LoCicero

director/producer, 3 STILL STANDING
Donna LoCicero is a writer, producer and documentary filmmaker with more than 15 years’ experience working on dozens of ground-breaking film projects for network, cable and international television. | | A true innovator, Donna brought shark conservation to the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, long criticized by conservationists for its “Jaws-style” blood and gore programming. By creating portraits of shark attack victims who have joined... Read More →
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