Austin Film Festival

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The 21st annual Austin Film Festival kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 23rd with its Opening Night Film, the US Premiere of Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling.” Based on the Philip Roth novel, “The Humbling” follows an aged actor (Al Pacino) and his affair with a much younger woman (Greta Gerwig).

Also kicking off the Film Festival is the Jason Robert Brown musical adaption of “The Last 5 Years” starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

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The Humbling

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The Austin Film Festival, known as the “Writers Festival” celebrates writers’ and filmmakers’ contributions to film, television and new media. The Screenwriters Conference held the first four days of the Festival (Oct. 23-26) brings some of the biggest names in Film to conduct seminars, panels and roundtables. The Festival will have its annual staged script-reading, featuring the comedy “Flarksky” by Dan Sterling. The featured cast includes Mike Birbiglia (“Sleepwalk with Me”), Sarah Chalke (“Scrubs”), Jason Ritter (“Parenthood”), and Austin Nichols (“One Tree Hill”).

Austin Film Festival’s Retrospective series allows guest programmers to present works that have inspired their careers. This year Luke Wilson will be presenting “The Pope of Greenwich Village.”

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Marquee film selections include “Wild,” Excobar: Paradise Lost,” “The Imitation Game,” ‘The Sound and the Fury,” “The Homesman,” “Black and White,” “Big Hero 6,” and “Red Army.”

Rosewater

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Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari will present Stewart’s directorial debut, “Rosewater,” as the Closing Night Selection on Oct. 30th. “Rosewater” is based on the New York Times best-selling memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival by the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari.

I will be attending the Austin Film Festival, so look for reviews of some of the films playing at the Festival.

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For more information, please go to www.austinfilmfestival.com