The huge premieres, big celebs (Hello, James Franco), and inspiring panels you don't want to miss at the 22nd annual Austin Film Festival.
Cate Blanchett and Kyle Chandler star in Carol, making its North American debut at the Austin Film Festival.
Film festivals are always entertaining, but what separates the Austin Film Festival from the pack is its unique focus on the screenwriter, whether it’s for TV or film. Here are our picks among the many premieres, parties, and panels.
1. Texas Premieres:I Saw the Light, Marc Abraham’s Hank Williams biopic, stars Tom Hiddleston as the magnetic yet doomed country-western icon. Carol, with Cate Blanchett, is a Todd Haynes–directed adaptation of The Price of Salt, Patricia Highsmith’s 1950s lesbian romance.
2. Austin Film to Watch:The Teller and the Truth, a Texas-centric narrative drama, was directed by Austin’s Andrew Shapter.
3. TV Premiere:Casual, a new series on Hulu, is a half-hour domestic comedy “about a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister living under one roof again with her teenage daughter.” Director Jason Reitman and creator/executive producer Zander Lehmann will attend.
4. The Premier Party: The 13th annual Film & Food Fundraising Party (co-sponsored by Austin Way) will be at The Driskill from 7–10 pm on October 28. Proceeds benefit the Young Filmmakers Program. Action-movie writer/director Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) will host; expect stars, glam, and fine bites all around.
5. Panels, Panels, Panels! Don’t miss “Inside the Writers’ Room” with Bloodline and Daredevil; director David Wain, talking Wet Hot American Summer; and “Writing for the Web” with Issa Rae, creator of the YouTube comedy series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. The 22nd Annual Austin Film Festival & Conference, October 29–November 5