The 12th Annual Austin Jewish Film Festival takes place Saturday through April 4, mostly at the Regal Arbor (9828 Great Hills Trail) with some films being screened at City Lights in Georgetown (410 Wolf Ranch Parkway).
The festival will present more than 30 international films and shorts. Films for the 2014 festival hail from the United States, Argentina, France, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Netherlands and many more.
Badges are $150 and are valid for admission to all films. Flex Passes are $60 and are good for 10 admissions to the films of one’s choice. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students and senior adults, and are sold only at the theater box office 15 minutes before the start of each film on a space available basis.
For more details, including the complete film schedule with synopses, visit www.austinjff.org.
The Attic Film Festival, celebrating Christian independent film, is coming the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline location (14028 N. U.S. 183) April 4 and 5. Twenty-eight films will be screened, with ticket packages ranging from $10 to $45. Check out www.atticfilmfest.org for details, a schedule and film summaries.
Fund for Evan West
Violet Crown Cinema family member and barman Evan West was critically injured during the South by Southwest catastrophe on Red River Street that took the life of his 27-year-old wife, Jamie.
If you’ve attended the Violet Crown, you’ve likely encountered West, who has worked at the cinema since it opened three years ago.
West’s leg broke in three places, and he suffered two fractured ribs, a laceration on his spleen and liver, and trauma to his brain. West’s brother established a website to support a fund to aid in the medical and legal bills and costs associated with surgeries and rehabilitation, as well as Jamie West’s funeral.
You can donate at www.fundrazr.com/campaigns/dinF5.
The (near) future of the Austin Film Festival
Former Austin Film Festival conference director and film programmer Erin Hallagan has been named creative director.
She will work with senior programmer Elizabeth Mims and film program coordinator Harrison Glaser.
Mims was formerly the director of the Young Filmmakers Program while Glaser served as conference assistant in 2012 and 2013.
The festival is also presenting a year-round slate of events including their "On Story/Conversations in Film" series, a partnership with the Writers Guild Foundation in Los Angeles, and film selections from its Made in Texas, Family Films, Audience Award Winners and Austin Premieres series. Here are just two examples:
The "On Story" series will present "Making Your Short Film" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ransom Center featuring directors Kat "Hellion" Candler, David "Ain’t Them Bodies Saints" Lowery and Miguel "Mnemosyne Rising" Alvarez in discussion.
Check out www.austinfilmfestival.com for details. These conversations are recorded and produced for the PBS show "On Story," which features screenwriters and filmmakers discussing the art and craft of storytelling.
"On Story" is a half-hour TV series that takes a look at the creative process of filmmaking through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors and producers. The fourth season of "On Story" premieres April 19 on KLRU and KLRUQ.
Also scheduled: "An Evening of Award Winning Shorts" at 7 p.m. April 9 at the Alamo Drafthouse Village, a collection of Jury and Audience Award-winning films from the 2013 Austin Film Festival.
"The Case Against 8" finds distribution
Ben Cotner and Ryan White’s "The Case Against 8" will be released in select theaters June 6 by HBO Documentary Films and debut June 23 on HBO, coinciding with the first anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. The documentary, which won a SXSW audience award, will expand to select cities June 13.