Austin Film Festival announces first slate of 2014 programming

Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 20, 2014

The Austin Film Festival announced Wednesday its first slate of films for 2014, with screenings Oct. 23-30.

The complete list, including short films, competition titles, and conference panels, will be announced in mid-September.

The centerpiece film (their words, not mine) is writer/director Mike “The Mind of the Married Man” Binder’s “Black and White,” starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer about a widowed grandfather (Costner) who must raise his bi-racial granddaughter. Binder and cast member Jillian Estell will be in attendance.

Tommy Lee Jones’ frontier drama “The Homesman,” which he wrote with Wesley A. Oliver and Kieran Fitzgerald, makes its Texas premiere at the festival. It screened in May at the Cannes Film Festival.

“21 Years: Richard Linklater,” directors Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood’s documentary on the Texas filmmaker, makes its world premiere at AFF. It features interviews collaborators Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Billy Bob Thornton, Keanu Reeves, Jack Black and more. The directors will be in attendance.

Other world premieres include:

- First-time feature director Jay Martin’s crime film “7 Minutes,” starring Kris Kristofferson, Luke Mitchell, Jason Ritter, and Leven Rambin (with Martin, Mitchell and Rambin in attendance).

- Daniel Petrie Jr.’s “Dawn Patrol,” written by Rachel Long and Brian Pittman. The screenplay originated out of Austin Film Festival’s 2008 Screenplay Competition, in which a a surfer-turned-Marine (Scott Eastwood) held at gunpoint tells his tragic story of revenge-gone-wrong to stall his execution.

- Vanessa Roth’s documentary “The Texas Promise,” about education and opportunity centered on the legislative moment when Texas became nearly dead-last in per pupil spending and what happened next.

- Nick Matthews’ “One-Eyed Girl,” written with Craig Behenna, concerning a psychiatrist who stumbles upon a doomsday cult.

Other Texas premieres include:

- Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game,” written by Graham Moore and starring Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code in WWII, helped invent the computer as we know it and was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts.

- James Franco, whom you may remember from the 2011 Oscar telecast and “This is the End,” directs and stars in “The Sound and the Fury,” written by Matt Rager from William Faulkner’s game-changing modernist novel.

Featured retrospective films will include Matthew Weiner presenting “The Twilight Zone,” Jim Sheridan and Terry George presenting “In the Name of the Father,” John Patrick Shanley presenting “Moonstruck,” Randall Wallace presenting “Braveheart” and Tom Schulman presenting “Dead Poets Society. Films will be followed by extended post-screening discussions.

Check out www.austinfilmfestival.com for more information.

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