Walter Hill...come out to plaaaayyy?
Hill, the legendary writer/director/producer of “The Warriors” fame, among others, will receive the 2017 Extraordinary Contribution to Film award from the Austin Film Festival.
Groundbreaking comedian/writer/director/producer Keenen Ivory Wayans, he of “In Living Color” fame, will receive AFF’s Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award.
The fest takes place Oct. 26 to Nov. 2.
Hill and Wayans join previously announced Distinguished Screenwriter award recipient Kenneth “Manchester By the Sea” Lonergan.
In addition to co-producing "Alien,” the totally excellent Hill wrote and directed "48 Hrs.,” the totally bonkers “Streets of Fire” and a whole mess more. Hill has contributed to television as well, receiving both the Emmy and DGA Awards in 2005 for his work directing the HBO's “Deadwood.”
Hill will also participate in “A Conversation with Walter Hill” moderated by AFF favorte son Shane Black (writer/director “The Nice Guys,” “Iron Man 3,” “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”), who is clearly a very big Hill fan.
Keenen Ivory Wayans created, launched, and hosted the landmark, Emmy-winning 1990’s variety series “In Living Color,” which launched the careers of Damon Wayans, Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, Jennifer Lopez and Rose Perez.
The full list of panelists can be found at www.austinfilmfestival.com.