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Austin Film Society Announces the Ed Lowry Student Film Program

Joe Gross
jgross@statesman.com

The Austin Film Society announced Monday the Ed Lowry Student Film Program, an initiative that allows students to attend Austin Film Society screenings free of charge, launching in September.

This program was inspired by the late Ed Lowry who, through the University of Texas at Austin’s CinemaTexas program, turned many young film lovers into serious cinephiles during the 1970s and 80s. It is made possible by Austin Film Society advisory board member Michael Barker, founder and co-president of Sony Pictures Classics.

The program will make 20 complimentary student tickets available at every regular screening at AFS at the Marchesa theater. These 20 complimentary “Ed Lowry Tickets” can be redeemed by current high school or college students. Students must have proof of current enrollment and have an active AFS student membership.

Every AFS at the Marchesa screening, with the exception of those labeled Premieres and Special Screenings, will have free student tickets available. The program launches Sept. 4 with Andrzej Wajda’s “Ashes and Diamonds.”

Students can redeem free tickets either by registering at austinfilm.org with proof of their student status and signing up for tickets online, or showing up to the theater with their membership card and proof of enrollment. A FAQ with more details on the program is available at AustinFilm.org/EdLowry.