Austin Film Festival http://kut.org en Immigration Theme Gets Strong Role in Austin Film Festival http://kut.org/post/immigration-theme-gets-strong-role-austin-film-festival <p class="p1"><em><strong>Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p class="p1">Although it's featured through different film genres, the topic of immigration has a solid presence in the lineup of this year's Austin Film Festival.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 03:02:44 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9072 at http://kut.org Immigration Theme Gets Strong Role in Austin Film Festival At Austin Film Festival: 'Heaven' a Harrowing Look at Sex Trafficking http://kut.org/post/austin-film-festival-heaven-harrowing-look-sex-trafficking <p><strong><em>Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.</em></strong></p><p>There are plenty of funny and flashy films at this year's <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/aff/live/" target="_blank">Austin Film Festival</a> but also many that deal with what you might call "big issues."</p><p>A <a href="http://aff.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/politicalbodies_christopherenglese_aff2013" target="_blank">documentary about abortion</a> was honored at the festival. Other documentaries track issues like <a href="http://aff.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/120days_tedroach_aff2013" target="_blank">immigration</a>, <a href="http://aff.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/allofme_alexandralescaze_aff2013" target="_blank">obesity</a> and a <a href="http://aff.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/momdadimmuslim_anattelmendelovich_aff2013" target="_blank">Jewish person converting to Islam</a>. Some narrative films are also highlighting "big issues."</p><p>Ya'Ke Smith is the writer of the upcoming film "<a href="http://aff.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/afilmmakersfrontierscripttoscreeninthelonestarstate_aff2013_aff2013" target="_blank">Heaven</a>." It's a follow-up to Smith's critically-praised film "Wolf." It's part of a trilogy dealing with children and sexuality. "Wolf" is about a child who is molested by his pastor. "Heaven" is about a young woman who is manipulated into sex trafficking.</p><p>KUT's Laura Rice talked with Smith before a cast reading of that script on Wednesday.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/117793919" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:27:22 +0000 Laura Rice 9057 at http://kut.org At Austin Film Festival: 'Heaven' a Harrowing Look at Sex Trafficking Slideshow: Famous Faces at the 20th Annual Austin Film Festival (Update) http://kut.org/post/slideshow-famous-faces-20th-annual-austin-film-festival-update <p><em><strong>Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.</strong></em></p><p>The Austin Film Festival is underway. <a href="http://kut.org/post/interview-susan-sarandon-her-career-family-and-new-phase-life" target="_blank">Many famous actors</a> and filmmakers are in town for the event.</p><p><strong>Update: </strong>If actor Paul Sorvino looks like a mobster to you, there's good reason. He's played those types of roles in movies such as "Goodfellas" and "Romeo + Juliet."</p><p>Sorvino was in Austin for the Texas Premiere of "<a href="http://aff.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/lastiheard_davidrodriguez_aff2013" target="_blank">Last I Heard</a>." In the new film, he plays another mafia-type. But this story follows his exit from prison and his entrance back into modern life and into the lives of family and friends.</p><p><strong>Update </strong>(Oct. 29, 7:20 a.m.): The new film by Joel &amp; Ethan Coen had its Texas Premiere last night at the Austin Film Festival. The star of "Inside Llewyn Davis" – Oscar Isaac – was on hand to walk the red carpet. Music producer T-Bone Burnett also walked the red carpet outside of the Paramount Theatre. He's won multiple Grammy and Academy Awards for his work. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:54:02 +0000 Laura Rice 9029 at http://kut.org Slideshow: Famous Faces at the 20th Annual Austin Film Festival (Update) Big Screen or Small: In TV's New Golden Age, Does Size Still Matter? http://kut.org/post/big-screen-or-small-tvs-new-golden-age-does-size-still-matter <p>In a recent editorial in the entertainment industry magazine Variety, the headline seemed to say what a lot of people have been thinking recently: TV needs to get over its inferiority complex.&nbsp;</p><p>"B<span style="line-height: 1.5;">reaking Bad." "House of Cards." "Mad Men." "Homeland."</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Those are&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">just a few recent series made for the small screen which may be giving the big screen a run for its money and for critical acclaim.</span></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 David Brown 9050 at http://kut.org Big Screen or Small: In TV's New Golden Age, Does Size Still Matter? New Documentary: 'Dog Days' for Vendors Missing Food Truck Boom (VIDEO) http://kut.org/post/new-documentary-dog-days-vendors-missing-food-truck-boom-video <p><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.</strong></em></p><p>Food trucks are white hot in Austin – and the story’s similar across the country.</p><p>Mobile restaurants feed a trend of quickly-served, affordably-priced gourmet food – perfect whether you’re at the bar, or barely have time to leave your office for lunch.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9049 at http://kut.org New Documentary: 'Dog Days' for Vendors Missing Food Truck Boom (VIDEO) MacGruber No More? Will Forte Takes Dramatic Turn in 'Nebraska' http://kut.org/post/macgruber-no-more-will-forte-takes-dramatic-turn-nebraska <p><strong><em>Disclosure:&nbsp;KUT&nbsp;is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.</em></strong></p><p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0287182/?ref_=nv_sr_1" target="_blank">Will Forte</a>&nbsp;of Saturday Night Live fame is probably best known for his character and film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1470023/?ref_=nv_sr_1" target="_blank">MacGruber</a>" – a mullet-sporting, inept version of MacGyver.</p><p>But the comedian takes on a serious role in “<a href="http://aff.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/nebraska0_alexanderpayne_aff2013" target="_blank">Nebraska</a>” – a black and white film from director Alexander Payne about a father-son road trip. Forte is David Grant – a stereo salesman from Montana with a lackluster love life and a rocky relationship with his family.</p><p>Forte’s Grant is not only the straight-man through much of the movie but, in many scenes, seems to be the only sane-man.</p><p>KUT's Laura Rice talked with Forte before the movie's Texas Premiere at the<a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/aff/live/" target="_blank"> Austin Film Festival</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/117620073" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:11:26 +0000 Laura Rice 9040 at http://kut.org MacGruber No More? Will Forte Takes Dramatic Turn in 'Nebraska' Interview: Susan Sarandon on Her Career, Family and New Phase of Life http://kut.org/post/interview-susan-sarandon-her-career-family-and-new-phase-life <p>Academy Award-winning actress <a href="https://twitter.com/SusanSarandon" target="_blank">Susan Sarandon</a> has a storied career of longer than four decades. She was in Austin this weekend to receive yet another accolade.</p><p>The <a href="http://kut.org/post/aff-celebrates-20-years-austin-film-community" target="_blank">Austin Film Festival</a> honored Sarandon for her “extraordinary contribution to filmmaking.”</p><p>KUT’s Laura Rice talked with Sarandon shortly after she accepted her award.</p><p><strong>On Being Honored for Her Overall Achievements:</strong></p><p>"I would like it to be a mid-life achievement award because I get nervous getting on a plane after a life achievement award."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/117432651" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:24:46 +0000 Laura Rice 9027 at http://kut.org Interview: Susan Sarandon on Her Career, Family and New Phase of Life Weekend Festival Road Closures and Free Parking Locations http://kut.org/post/weekend-festival-road-closures-and-free-parking-locations <p>It’s festival season, y’all – and with autumn weather cooling the city, it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy a good book, film, or concert.</p><p>There are a number of exciting events this weekend, including the <a href="http://www.texasbookfestival.org/">Texas Book Festival</a>, the <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/aff/live/">Austin Film Festival</a>, a <a href="http://www.austinsymphony.org/events/halloween-childrens-concert-2013/">Halloween Children's Concert </a>by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the <a href="http://www.gazellefoundation.com/runforthewater/">Run for the Water 5K and 10-mile race</a>, and the <a href="http://love-a-bull.org/news/events/about-this-years-event/">5th Annual Pittie Pride parade and festival</a> ("pittie" is apparently short for pitbull dogs).</p><p>While this means that this weekend will be a great opportunity to pack up the family and head out for some quality fun, it also means that thousands of people will be pouring into the city. You can expect ample road closures in and around the Capitol and Congress Avenue area. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:27:00 +0000 Emily Mathis 9016 at http://kut.org Weekend Festival Road Closures and Free Parking Locations Hundreds of Volunteers Take a Starring Role at the Austin Film Festival http://kut.org/post/hundreds-volunteers-take-starring-role-austin-film-festival <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.</strong></em></p><p>Actors, writers and directors will be making their way to Central Texas over the next week for the <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/aff/live/" target="_blank">Austin Film Festival</a>.</p><p>The 20<sup>th</sup><sup> </sup>annual festival will screen more than 180 films and feature more than 80 panels with industry pros.</p><p>About a dozen staffers work year-round to make it all happen. But the Austin Film Festival also relies on <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/get-involved/volunteer/" target="_blank">hundreds of volunteers</a>. A contingent of those volunteers have been doing this for years – and donate countless hours to the fest.</p><p>Sara Ricke has been volunteering with the Austin Film Festival for the past seven years. And it’s safe to say, she loves it.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/116841514" width="100%"></iframe> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:35:00 +0000 Laura Rice 9002 at http://kut.org Hundreds of Volunteers Take a Starring Role at the Austin Film Festival AFF Celebrates 20 Years in the Austin Film Community http://kut.org/post/aff-celebrates-20-years-austin-film-community <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.</strong></em></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:34:27 +0000 Emily Donahue & Jenny Dubin 8991 at http://kut.org AFF Celebrates 20 Years in the Austin Film Community Austin Film Fest: Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan Teams with Will Ferrell http://kut.org/post/austin-film-fest-breaking-bads-vince-gilligan-teams-will-ferrell <p>Where has “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan chosen to take a post-finale victory lap? Here in Austin – resurrecting his <a href="http://splitsider.com/2013/09/before-breaking-bad-vince-gilligan-used-to-write-will-ferrell-movies-and-other-comedies/">feature-length screenplay “2 FACE”</a> with none other than Will Ferrell reading the lead role.</p><p>In honor of its 20th anniversary this year, the <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/">Austin Film Festival</a> has pulled out all the stops. Besides the staged reading of Gilligan’s “2 FACE,” the eight-day festival also recently announced feature appearances by director <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001129/">Jonathan Demme</a>, “Freaks and Geeks” and “Mad Men” actor <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004802/">Linda Cardellini</a>, and this year’s Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Actor awardee, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000215/?ref_=nv_sr_1">Susan Sarandon</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 15:30:31 +0000 Phoebe Flanigan 8892 at http://kut.org Austin Film Fest: Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan Teams with Will Ferrell Video: Behind the Scenes at the Austin Film Festival http://kut.org/post/video-how-films-get-austin-film-festival <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzqqve-mCc8</p><p>This year marks the&nbsp;20th&nbsp;anniversary of the <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/">Austin Film Festival</a> &ndash; one of the first fests to focus on screenplays and writers&rsquo; contributions to film.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 8804 at http://kut.org Austin Film Festival 20th Anniversary Lineup Features More Premieres Than Ever http://kut.org/post/austin-film-festival-20th-anniversary-lineup-features-more-premieres-ever <p>The <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/" target="_blank">Austin Film Festival</a> has released the full lineup of films slated for this year's event. AFF says this 20th anniversary lineup features more world and U.S. premieres than ever before in the festival's history.</p><p>At the top of the lineup is "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2042568/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">Inside Llewyn Davis</a>." The new film by Joel and Ethan Coen won the Grand Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It stars Oscar Isaac as the title character. Isaac will be in Austin for the festival. Academy and Grammy Award-winning music producer T-Bone Burnett will also be in attendance.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:06:27 +0000 Laura Rice 8725 at http://kut.org Austin Film Festival 20th Anniversary Lineup Features More Premieres Than Ever Writer/Director Maggie Carey's To Do List For 'The To Do List' http://kut.org/post/writerdirector-maggie-careys-do-list-do-list <p></p><p>For writer-director Maggie Carey, having the<em>&nbsp;</em>&quot;<a href="http://www.todolistmovie.com">The To Do List</a>&quot;&nbsp;in theaters nationwide is the last box she has to check off on her own To Do list.</p><p>The movie takes places in Idaho, but has roots in Austin. Carey is a graduate of UT&#39;s School of Radio, Television and Film, and the movie&#39;s script got off the ground at the Austin Film Festival in 2010.&nbsp;</p><p>Here&#39;s Carey&#39;s own To Do List to make the&nbsp;<i>&quot;</i>The To Do List,&quot; based on her interview with&nbsp;KUT&nbsp;News.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F102717586" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:30:29 +0000 Kate McGee 8405 at http://kut.org Writer/Director Maggie Carey's To Do List For 'The To Do List' String Quartets, Brett Favre and Bodyslams: Art and Sport at the Austin Film Festival http://kut.org/post/string-quartets-brett-favre-and-bodyslams-art-and-sport-austin-film-festival <p><em><strong>Disclaimer: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.</strong></em></p><p>The Austin Film Festival is underway, and KUT News is featuring guest blogs from festival staffers. Today we hear from Stephen Jannise, AFF film program director. “Every year when the Austin Film Festival rolls around, my passion for film&nbsp;pretty much overwhelms all the other interests in my life,” Jannise says. “That's why I'm so excited that we are presenting several films related to sports and fine arts, two of my ’second loves.’"</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.glowthemovie.com/">GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling</a></strong> – The year is 1986, and Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) is about to burst onto the scene as the first ever all-female wrestling show on television. GLOW was a prime-time wrestling series, complete with elaborate costumes, skits, personalized raps, and, most importantly, incredible characters like Mountain Fiji, the Samoan giant with a heart of gold, and Matilda the Hun, the evil German with a taste for raw meat, battling it out for the GLOW crown. By 1989, the GLOW girls were an international phenomenon, attracting over seven million viewers worldwide, touring the nation, and making big bank for the show's producers. One year later, GLOW was gone. This remarkably well-researched documentary chronicles the rise and fall of this once-successful television show through the stories of those who lived it. <a href="http://aff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/glowthestoryofthegorgeousladiesofwrestling0_brettwhitcomb_aff2012">Playing Sunday, Oct. 21, 3:45 p.m.</a> at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz.</p><p> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:57:35 +0000 Stephen Jannise, Austin Film Festival 5405 at http://kut.org String Quartets, Brett Favre and Bodyslams: Art and Sport at the Austin Film Festival Three Writer/Director Movies at the Austin Film Festival http://kut.org/post/three-writerdirector-movies-austin-film-festival <p><strong><em>Disclaimer: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.</em></strong></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><em>The 19th annual <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/aff2012/live/">Austin Film Festival</a> is underway, and KUT is bringing you guest blogs from fest staffers highlighting personal picks. Today, assistant programmer Bears Fonté points to films from three auteurs playing the fest. “These writer/directors draw the audience into their own world with a confidence seldom seen in seasoned veterans,” Fonté says.</em></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">If you want your mind blown, make sure you make it to “Idol is Dead”, especially on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 10:15 p.m. at the Bob Bullock's Texas Spirit Theater. Writer/director Yukihiro Kato will be in attendance, direct from Japan. In the grand tradition of “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park,” and “Spice World,” “Idol is Dead” showcases the talents of J-Pop stars Brand-new Idol Society (BiS in Japanese shorthand). A fantastical origin tale involving murder, mad scientists, and a killer soundtrack, “Idol is Dead” is full of humor, hand-to-hand combat and horror. It’s a bit bizarre, a bit sexy, and a bit disgusting. This will be its one and only U.S. theatrical screening before its release with BiS’s new CD. You can check out the <a href="http://aff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/idolisdead_yukihirokato_aff2012">trailer on the AFF website</a>.</p><p> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 17:42:04 +0000 5403 at http://kut.org Three Writer/Director Movies at the Austin Film Festival 'The Muslims Are Coming' to the Austin Film Festival http://kut.org/post/muslims-are-coming-austin-film-festival <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; "><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; "><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; ">Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.</strong></em></p><p>“<a href="http://themuslimsarecoming.com/blog/the-world-premier-at-austin-film-festival/">The Muslims are Coming</a>” is a documentary that follows a group of Muslim comedians as they travel through small towns in the South. Their goal is to foster a dialogue about Muslim-Americans through humor.</p><p>“We go to places like Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia … you know, places where they love 'the Muzzies,'” says comedian <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2399716/">Negin Farsad</a>, the film’s director and star.</p><p>Even before the jokes start, as a viewer it’s difficult not to think, “what are they doing?” Early on, Farsad stands in front of a retirement-aged crowd in a sterile church community room, starting her set by detailing what the New York City club scene is like for a Muslim woman. It’s only when the crowd breaks into laughter the audience can take a breath, as tension begins to melt through Farsad’s self-effacing charms.</p><p>In a similar manner, vignettes like “Name That Religion” – hosted in town squares by Farsad and his troupe, in a booth labeled “Ask a Muslim” –may cause viewers to cringe a little in anticipation of any controversy. Our stomachs take a rollercoaster ride through the routines.</p><p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 20:14:22 +0000 Rebecca McInroy 5400 at http://kut.org 'The Muslims Are Coming' to the Austin Film Festival Making Sense of the Austin Film Festival, One Panel and One Screening at a Time http://kut.org/post/making-sense-austin-film-festival-one-panel-and-one-screening-time <p><em><strong>Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.</strong></em></p><p><em>The</em>&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/">Austin Film Festival</a></em>&nbsp;<em>kicks off today. Over the course of the festival,&nbsp;KUT News is featuring guest blogs from AFF staffers pointing to festival highlights. Today, Conference Director Erin Hallagan delivers her take on the festival, which she says is like </em><em>“</em><em>convincing mom to stop at the candy store AND ice cream parlor all in one day.”</em></p><p>The crossover participation of those involved in the festival and conference this year is remarkable.&nbsp;Panelists are presenting films; filmmakers are speaking on panels; and of course registrants do their fair share of double-dipping as well.&nbsp; And that’s what it’s all about.&nbsp; The blend of the overall experience and its accessible interactivity is what makes Austin Film Festival truly unique.&nbsp;With a platter of incredibly active screenwriters and filmmakers, there is something for everyone and plenty of room for ideas to blossom.</p><p>Here’s some events and speakers that I wouldn’t miss:</p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/news/eric-roth-2012-distinguished-screenwriter-award-recipient/">Eric Roth</a></strong></li></ul><blockquote><p>SCREENING:&nbsp;<a href="http://aff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/ericrothpresenttheinsider_aff2012_aff2012">Eric Roth presents “The Insider”</a></p><p>Friday, October 19th at 8:15 p.m.</p><p>Texas Spirit Theater</p><p><a href="http://aff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/aconversationwithericroth_aff2012_aff2012">PANEL: A Conversation with Eric Roth</a></p><p>Saturday, October 20th at 9:00 a.m.</p><p>Driskill Hotel, Ballroom</p><p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 21:01:42 +0000 Erin Hallagan, Austin Film Festival 5380 at http://kut.org Making Sense of the Austin Film Festival, One Panel and One Screening at a Time Four ‘Family’ Flicks for Grown-Ups at the Austin Film Festival http://kut.org/post/four-family-flicks-grown-ups-austin-film-festival <p><em><strong>Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.</strong></em></p><p><em>The <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/">Austin Film Festival</a> kicks off tomorrow, and&nbsp;KUT News is featuring guest blogs from AFF staffers pointing to several festival highlights. Today we hear from festival founder and Executive Director Barbara Morgan on “family” themed films at the festival. But we’re not talking CGI pandas here - these films explore the bonds of family and community in a decidedly&nbsp;adult way:</em></p><p>As the Executive Director and founder of the Austin Film Festival, I have had the joy of “discovering” many films over the last nineteen years. The excitement that emanates from the perspective of these fresh voices is what makes my job unique.&nbsp;Anticipating the new talent which we get to introduce to the public is the inspiration that makes my job so thrilling. One of the themes which jumped out from this year’s crop of films was the idea of “family.”&nbsp;Each of these films is infused with the spirit of the most elemental aspect of the human existence.&nbsp; Enjoy!</p><p><strong><a href="http://liarsfiresandbears.com/liarsfiresbears/ABOUT.html">Liars, Fires and Bears</a></strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="253" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/41274630?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ffffff" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="451"></iframe></p><p>Nine year-old Eve, hardened by years of neglect as a foster child, never misses an opportunity.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 21:00:22 +0000 KUT Staff 5365 at http://kut.org Four ‘Family’ Flicks for Grown-Ups at the Austin Film Festival Austin Film Festival Reveals Fan Favorites http://kut.org/post/austin-film-festival-reveals-fan-favorites <p>The <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com">Austin Film Festival</a> has announced the winners of its Audience Awards for the festival that wrapped up last week.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;There is no greater reward for a filmmaker than an Audience Award, which confirms their ability to tell a good story,&quot; AFF programmers Stephen Jannise and Stephen Belyeu in a press release. &quot;Every filmmaker is a storyteller at heart, and you can&rsquo;t receive better validation than the approval of your audience.&quot;</p><p>Austin-based writer/director Jeremiah Jones won the Audience Award in the narrative feature competition. KUT&nbsp;News interviewed Jones before the festival. You can hear that interview below.</p><p> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 21:52:03 +0000 Matt Largey 2916 at http://kut.org Austin Film Festival Reveals Fan Favorites