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Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater, AFS creates life-changing opportunities for filmmakers, catalyzes Austin and Texas as a creative hub, and brings the community together around great…

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AFS Cinema set to reopen summer 2021 - Support our reopening campaign today

We are approaching the moment we’ve all been waiting for—the summer 2021 reopening of the AFS Cinema! To get there, we need your help. Join us as we raise the funds to light up our two big screens with the classic, independent, and global films that bring the world of cinema to Austin. With your help, our community-based non-profit art house will begin its next chapter.

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Coming up on Wednesday, March 24 is the National Evening of Science on Screen. Unlike in previous years, this one takes place online. The film is the documentary hybrid THE SOCIAL DILEMMA, which is now streaming on Netflix. Here's how it works. Before next Wednesday, watch the film on Netflix, then tune in on Wednesday night to participate in a discussion about the way that social media affects your brain and nervous system with our special guest Dr. Art Markman,…

Frederick Wiseman joins us for a live Zoom Q&A about his latest nonfiction masterpiece, CITY HALL, on Nov. 15th at noon. RSVP here: austinfilm.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a3j1K000009JnRwQAK

Richard Linklater joins author Melissa Maerz for a conversation on Wed. Nov. 18, 2020 to celebrate the launch of her book, Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater’s DAZED AND CONFUSED. Learn more and get tickets to this virtual event: www.austinfilm.org/event/the-oral-history-of-dazed-and-confused-richard-linklater-in-conversation-with-melissa-maerz/

Plug: AFS Members can join us for a Discussion Club on October 27th, hosted by our Lates programmer, Jazmyne Moreno (jaz_m on LBX). RSVP here: bit.ly/34uR8uM

Belgian writer/director Harry Kumel’s lush and eccentric vampire movie DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS is a fascinating work. This is a full-on art-horror film hybrid, with overtones of homoeroticism and camp (in its classical sense). The extraordinary Delphine Seyrig (LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOSIE) plays a mysterious, ageless Countess, who drifts through the proceedings clad in silk and feathers, like a phantom of old-Hollywood glamour.

Here’s a bizarre cinematic relic that we can barely believe exists. Way back in 1971, at the International Film Festival in Belgrade, a number of the attendees were given the assignment of shooting a 3 minute magazine of film that would be edited together with the footage from the other participants, a sort of cinematic Exquisite Corpse.

This was not a new idea. It has been done before. But what makes this so special is the level of talent involved…

Last month we hosted a member-exclusive Zoom discussion with Professor Caroline Frick of the University of Texas and the invaluable Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) on the subject of the precode film THREE ON A MATCH. The following discussion covers a good deal of the history of Hollywood’s self-censoring production code, and the films made before it was strictly enforced.

We should warn you that the discussion gets into the particulars of the plot of THREE ON A…

Guest Intro by Fantastic Fest Programmer Logan Taylor: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV2t5_aKsqI

When four young orphans—Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura—first meet, their parents’ bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan atop a plate of spaghetti Bolognese, and yet none of them can shed a tear. They are like zombies; devoid of all emotion. With no family, no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, the young teens decide that the first level of this new existence involves salvaging a…

Intro by AFS LATES Programmer Jazmyne Moreno: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ait3wNbBeAw

Watch the film here: www.austinfilm.org/virtual-screening/son-of-the-white-mare/

One of the great psychedelic masterpieces of world animation, SON OF THE WHITE MARE is a swirling, color-mad maelstrom of mythic monsters and Scythian heroes, part-Nibelungenlied, part-Yellow Submarine, lit by jagged bolts of lightning and drenched in rivers of blue, red, gold and green. A massive cosmic oak stands at the gates of the Underworld, holding seventy-seven dragons in its roots; to combat these monsters, a dazzling…