Austin Film Festival – Weekend Fun

25 10 2010

The 17th annual Austin Film Festival is into its second week of incredible films and panels.  PSD got to spend the weekend at places like the historic Driskill Hotel, as we covered one of the best festivals in the country.

Before we jump into all the crazy fun this weekend, I’d like to remind you of some wonderful screenings still happening this week.

Our good buddy Director Ya’Ke Smith continues to see his short film, Katriana’s Son, win award after award.  Last week the Flatland Film Festival awarded the Preston E. Smith Award for Katrina’s Son.  Well the AFF has added another award as Katrina’s Son is now the Best Short Narrative Award winner and is now eligible for an academy award nomination.  Congrats to Ya’Ke, Ralph and everyone involved in Katrina’s Son.  If you’d like to see the award-winning short you have one more night at the AFF.

Screening 2
Location: The Hideout Theatre: Austin, TX
Date: 10/27/10
Time: 9:30 P.M.

Nathan Christ gripping documentary on the changing landscape of Austin and it’s respected music scene has one more showing tomorrow night.

10/26 Austin, TX

10pm at The Bob Bullock State History Museum Spirit Theater at Austin Film Festival

Add this to your Austin Film Festival B-Side schedule here

Ok make sure to check out both films!!  PSD was able to attend some enlightening panels and excellent films with Q & A’s, we’ll be sharing our experiences over the next few weeks.  As a teaser I’d like to take you through a picture journey of this weekend.

Writer David Simon has created some of Television’s most respected and bold shows ever.  THE WIRE, GENERATION KILL and now HBO’s TREME all showcase David’s push to educate the masses on the realities of our country.  He took part in two panels I was able to attend.

The first was “A Conversation with David Simon”, moderated by author Robert Draper.  Then David joined his two fellow AFF Award Recipients writer David Peoples and director Robert Rodriguez for the “The Art of Storytelling with 2010 awardees” moderated by Jake Silverstein.

LA Times Film Critic Ken Turan held “A Conversation with David Peoples”.   David’s screenwriting credits include the visionary BLADE RUNNER, Academy Award© winner UNFORGIVEN, TWELVE MONKEYS, HERO, SOLDIER, THE BLOOD OF HEROES, and the Academy Award©-nominated documentary THE DAY AFTER TRINITY, among others.

AFF board member Barry Josephson held “A Conversation with Director John Wells”.  Mr. Wells is not only the creator of such shows as:  “ER,” “The West Wing,” “Third Watch,” and “China Beach,” but he’s also a major producer and director.  He also took part in a Q & A for his newest film, THE COMPANY MEN starring Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, and Kevin Costner.

Writers John Turman, Alvaro Rodriguez and Shane Black chatted with Sarah Lawrence Professor Fred Strype about “Heroes and Villains”.

AFF’s Film Program Director Kelly Williams moderated the Q & A of the team behind  Brother’s Justice.  Dax Shepard, Nate Tuck and David Palmer entertained a packed Paramount Theater with one of the funniest Q & A’s ever.  Trust me – We’ll be hearing a lot more from these guys about this genius comedy.

UT’s own Stuart Kelban moderated “The Business of Writing for Television” with panelists Noah Hawley, Pamela Ribon, Phil Rosenthal, Tiffany Ward of Creative Artists Agency and Bryan Brucks.

The last AFF official event I went to on Sunday was the script reading of Maggie Carey’s THE HAND JOB.  Maggie’s husband and confirmed lead in the film, Bill Hadar, joined a slew of actors for the reading.  Aubrey Plaza (confirmed for the lead role), Alexa Vega, Colin Hanks, and Jessica Alba were all part of the big group.  We’ll showcase the  reading and much much more over the next few weeks.  In the mean time GET DOWN TO AUSTIN!!  127 Hours, Fair Game, and Black Swan still happening this week!!!

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