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2014 Austin Film Festival and Conference Schedule
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Bill Broyles

writer Cast Away, Apollo 13, The Polar Express, Unfaithful, Jarhead, Entrapment, China Beach
Twitter: @willbroyles
Bill Broyles grew up in Baytown, Texas, attended Rice University and Oxford University, worked in the Civil Rights Movement, and finished out the Sixties as a Marine infantry lieutenant in Vietnam. As a journalist he was the founding editor of Texas Monthly and from 1982 to 1984 was editor-in-chief of Newsweek.

He was the co-creator of the Emmy-Award -winning television series China Beach. He wrote the original screenplay for the movie Cast Away and the screenplay for Jarhead. He co-authored six other screenplays, including Apollo 13UnfaithfulThe Polar Express and Flags of Our Fathers. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for Apollo 13, which won the Writers Guild award for best screenplay.

He has been involved with the Austin Film Festival from the beginning.