THE WRITERS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES UNIVERSAL PICTURES, CROSS CREEK PICTURES, AND STUDIO CANAL’S LEGEND AS ITS OPENING NIGHT FILM, WORLD PREMIERE OF BURNING BODHI AS CENTERPIECE SELECTION

 

Full Film and Conference slate revealed, featuring more than 20 World and North American Premieres

 

Austin, TX – September 30, 2015 – Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference (AFF), the premier film festival recognizing the writers’ contributions to film, television, and new media, announced today the full schedule of films and panels for the 22nd annual Festival, this October 29November 5.

John Singleton and Chris Cooper will accept the Extraordinary Contribution to Film and Acting Awards, respectively, at the 2015 Awards Luncheon held Saturday, October 31st at the Austin Club.

John Singleton’s credits include writing and directing Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Shaft, and Baby Boy, and directing 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers, and Abduction. Most recently, Singleton has ventured into television, directing an episode for Empire and developing Snowfall, an original series for FX. Singleton will present a retrospective screening of Boyz n the Hood at the 2015 AFF, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay in 1991.

Extraordinary Contribution to Film – Actor award recipient and Academy Award® winning actor, Chris Cooper, will be presented by Lonesome Dove creator Bill Wittliff. Cooper has more than 50 film and television credits to his name including August: Osage County, The Bourne Identity, Breach, Capote, The Horse Whisperer, Lonesome Dove, Matewan, My House in Umbria, Seabiscuit, Silver City, The Town, Where the Wild Things Are, and many others. Cooper received the Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award® for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Adaptation, the Screen Actors Guild Award for his supporting performance inAmerican Beauty, and the Best Actor nomination in 1997 for his work in John Sayles’ Lone Star from the Independent Spirit Awards. Cooper will be in attendance for the AFF “Heart of Film” screening of Coming Through the Rye, where he plays the reclusive, renowned author JD Salinger.

Singleton and Cooper join previously announced honorees Outstanding Television Writer Norman Lear and Distinguished Screenwriter Brian Helgeland. Past recipients of the Extraordinary Contribution to Film & Acting awards include Johnny Depp, Susan Sarandon, Jonathan Demme, Ron Howard, Danny Boyle, Oliver Stone, Sydney Pollack, and others.

Academy Award® winner Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) will present the 2015 Opening Night Film, Legend, on Thursday, October 29 at the Paramount Theatre. Written and directed by Helgeland, Legendis the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in a powerhouse double performance. Legend is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins. The film will be released in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, November 20. It will expand to additional U.S. markets onNovember 25 and further on December 11.

AFF’s Centerpiece Film, Burning Bodhi, will have its World Premiere on Sunday, November 1, with featured cast Andy Buckley, Kaley Cuoco, Cody Horn, Landon Liboiron, Sasha Pieterse, and Eli Vargas in attendance. From writer/director Matthew McDuffie, Burning Bodhi is about a group of friends who reunite after high school when word goes out on Facebook that the most popular among them has died.

 Additional Marquee titles include Go With Me (with Julia Stiles and director Daniel Alfredson in attendance), Miss You Already (with director Catherine Hardwicke in attendance), Last Days in the Desert (with writer/director Rodrigo Garcia in attendance), Man Up (with writer Tess Morris in attendance), By Sidney Lumet (with director Nancy Buirski in attendance), Remember, Brooklyn, Mojave, The Adderall Diaries,and the World Premieres of Until 20, A Single Frame, and We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, all with filmmakers in attendance.

Other films making their World Premiere in the 2015 slate are Baby Baby Baby (with Adrianne Palicki and writer/director/actor Brian Klugman in attendance), Jack’s Apocalypse (from AFF alum and Austinite Will Moore), Mully(with director Scott Haze in attendance), Of Dogs and Men (a documentary on the rise of domestic dog shootings by police), Since: The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 (a chronicle of the terrorist bombing of 1988), Tear Me Apart (a post-apocalyptic thriller), and Two Lunes (a poignant, dual-sided narrative on the struggles of immigration).

Austin Film Festival also revealed today their full Screenwriters Conference schedule, which will take place the first four days of the Festival, October 29November 1. The Conference features a roster of prominent screenwriters in film and television, including Michael Arndt, Amy Berg, Shane Black, Jack Burditt, Charles Burnett, Helen Estabrook, Rodrigo Garcia, John Lee Hancock, Mark Heyman, Angela Kang, Todd Kessler, Simon Kinberg, Jenny Lumet, Kelly Marcel, Karen McCullah, Scott Neustadter, Nicole Perlman, Issa Rae, Jason Reitman, John Ridley, Phil Rosenthal, Gary Ross, Kirsten Smith, David Wain, Andrew Kevin Walker, Michael H. Weber, and many more. The full Film and Conference schedule can be found at www.austinfilmfestival.com.

Austin Film Festival’s 2015 Film slate:

 

Marquee Features

The Adderall Diaries

Writers: Stephen Elliott (memoir), Pamela Romanowsky

Director: Pamela Romanowsky

 

Brooklyn

Writer: Nick Hornby

Director: John Crowley

 

By Sidney Lumet

Director: Nancy Buirski

 

Burning Bodhi

World Premiere

Writer/Director: Matthew McDuffie

 

Carol

Writer: Phyllis Nagy

Director: Todd Haynes

 

Go With Me

Writers: Joe Gangemi, Gregory Jacobs

Director: Daniel Alfredson

 

I Saw the Light

Writers: Marc Abraham, Colin Escott

Directors: Marc Abraham

 

Last Days in the Desert

Writer/ Director: Rodrigo Garcia

 

Legend

Writer/Director: Brian Helgeland

 

Man Up

Writer: Tess Morris

Director: Ben Palmer

 

Miss You Already

Writer: Morwenna Banks

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

 

Mojave

Writer/ Director: William Monahan

 

Remember

Writer: Benjamin August

Director: Atom Egoyan

 

Until 20

World Premiere

Writers: Geraldine Moriba, James Ragan

Director: Jamila Paksima

 

We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited

World Premiere

Writer/ Director: Antonino D’Ambrosio

 

Youth

Writer/ Director: Paolo Sorrentino

 

Retrospective Screenings

Boyz n the Hood presented by John Singleton

Writer/Director: John Singleton

 

Pleasantville presented by Gary Ross

Writer/Director: Gary Ross

 

Rudy presented by Angelo Pizzo

Writer: Angelo Pizzo

Director: David Anspaugh

 

The Shining presented by Phil Rosenthal and Leon Vitali

Writers: Stephen King (novel), Stanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson

Director: Stanley Kubrick

 

The Southerner presented by Charles Burnett

Writer: George Sessions Perry (novel), Hugo Butler, Jean Renoir

Director: Jean Renoir

 

Television

The Bureau

Writer/Director: Eric Rochant

 

I’ll Have What Phil’s Having

Creator/Host: Phil Rosenthal

 

Casual

Creator: Zander Lehmann

Director (episodes 1 & 2): Jason Reitman


Narrative Features

Booger Red

North American Premiere

Writers: Berndt Mader, Johnny McAllister

Director: Berndt Mader

 

Fallen Stars

World Premiere

Writer/Director: Brian Jett

 

Forward. Side. Close!

Writer/Director: Alexander Peter Lercher

 

Her Composition

U.S. Premiere

Writer/Director: Stephan Littger

 

Keep in Touch

Writers: Sam Kretchmar, Michael Angelo Covino

Director: Sam Kretchmar

 

Memoria

World Premiere

Writers/Directors: Nina Ljeti, Vladimir de Fontenay

 

Newcomer

North American Premiere

Writer/Director: Kai Barry

 

The Exile

North American Premiere

Writer/Director: Arturo Ruiz Serrano

 

Documentary Features

Monsterman

U.S. Premiere

Director: Antti Haase

 

Mully

World Premiere

Writer/ Director: Scott Haze

 

No Más Bebés

Director: Renee Tajima-Peña

 

Of Dogs and Men

World Premiere

Director: Michael Ozias

 

The Sex Temple

Director: Johan Palmgren

 

Since: The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103

World Premiere

Director: Phil Furey

 

Sympathy For The Devil: The True Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgment

Director: Neil Edwards

 

TRAFICANT: The Congressman of Crimetown

Writers: Eric Murphy, Salvatore Cardoni

Director: Eric Murphy=

 

Comedy Vanguard

3rd Street Blackout

Writers/ Directors: Negin Farsad, Jeremy Redleaf

 

Baby, Baby, Baby

World Premiere

Writer/Director: Brian Klugman

 

Headfirst

North America Premiere

Writer/Director: Antti Heikki Pesonen

 

The Night is Young

World Premiere

Writers/Directors: Matt Jones, Dave Hill

 

Paperback

World Premiere

Writer/Director: Adam Bowers


Dark Matters

After Death

U.S. Premiere

Writer: Andrew Ellard

Directors: Gez Medinger, Robin Schmidt

 

Isolation

World Premiere

Writers: Shane Dax Taylor, Chad Law

Director: Shane Dax Taylor

 

The Lion’s Path

U.S. Premiere

Writer: Sophie-Anne Beaudry

Director: Stéphan Beaudoin

 

Reparation

Writers: Kyle Ham, Steve Timm

Director: Kyle Ham

 

Sunny Side Up

Writer: Willem Bosch

Director: Lourens Blok

 

Tear Me Apart

World Premiere

Writer: Tom Kerevan

Director: Alex Lightman

 


Heart of Film

All Mistakes Buried

Writers: Tim McCann and Shaun Sanghani

Director: Tim McCann

 

The Bad Guys

World Premiere

Writer: Carlos Rincones, Rock Shaink Jr., Alena Smith

Director: Carlos Rincones

 

Clarence

Director: Kristin Catalano

 

Coming Through the Rye

Writer/Director: James Sadwith

 

The Great Alone

Director: Greg Kohs

 

In Defense of Food

Director: Michael Schwarz

 

In Transit

Directors: Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu

 

It Had To Be You

Writer/Director: Sasha Gordon

 

Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia

Writer: Jeff Lowe, James Aikman

Director: James Aikman

 

Oyler

Director: Amy Scott

 

A Single Frame

World Premiere

Director: Brandon Dickerson

 

Upstairs Inferno

Director: Robert L. Camina

 

The Week

Writers: John W. Mann, Jon Gunn, Rick Gomez

Directors: Jon Gunn, John W. Mann

 

Zen & the Art of Dying

Director: Broderick Fox
Texas Independent

County Fair, Texas

Writer: Bradford Thomason

Director: Brett Whitcomb

 

Jack’s Apocalypse

World Premiere

Writer: Will Moore, Jonathan Ray Case, Brad Montesi

Director: Will Moore

 

The Teller and the Truth

World Premiere

Writers: Andrew Shapter, Nevie Owens

Director: Andrew Shapter

 

Stories from Abroad

Autumn Fall

North American Premiere

Writer/Director: JanVardøen

 

Beautiful Girl

North American Premiere

Writer/Director: Dominik Hartl

 

El Jeremías

Writer: Ana Sofía Clerici

Director: Anwar Safa

 

Two Lunes

World Premiere

Writer/Director: Huieun Park

 

Wanja

U.S. Premiere

Writer/Director: Carolina Hellsgård

 

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