• The Social Dilemma

    The Social Dilemma

    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,…

  • City Hall

    City Hall

    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

  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    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/

  • Daughters of Darkness

    Daughters of Darkness

    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.

  • I Miss Sonia Henie

    I Miss Sonia Henie

    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…

  • Three on a Match

    Three on a Match

    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…

  • We Are Little Zombies

    We Are Little Zombies

    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…

  • Son of the White Mare

    Son of the White Mare

    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…

  • Made in Bangladesh

    Made in Bangladesh

    Watch it at AFS: www.austinfilm.org/virtual-screening/made-in-bangladesh/

    Shimu fled her village as a child when her stepmother threatened to marry her off to a middle-aged man. Now 23 and living in the capital, she works grueling hours at a textile factory for paltry sums while her husband searches for work. She decides to start a union with her co-workers, despite threats from the management and the disapproval of her husband. Together, the women working in the factory must fight and find a way.

  • Sibyl

    Sibyl

    Watch it at AFS: www.austinfilm.org/virtual-screening/sibyl/

    A sly, sultry character study from filmmaker Justine Triet, SIBYL follows a psychotherapist (Virginie Efira) who decides to quit her practice and return to writing instead. As Sibyl starts dropping patients, she begins to struggle with excess time and a lack of inspiration–until she gets a call from Margot (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a young actress wrapped up in a dramatic affair with her costar, Igor (Gaspard Ulliel), who happens to be married to the film’s director…

  • Space Dogs

    Space Dogs

    Watch it at AFS: www.austinfilm.org/virtual-screening/space-dogs/

    Laika, a stray dog, was the first living being to be sent into space and thus to a certain death. Following her traces and filmed from a dog’s perspective, Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter’s “Space Dogs” accompanies the adventures of her descendants: two street dogs living in today’s Moscow.

    Warning: SPACE DOGS is Not Rated, and contains some graphic content that may not be suitable for younger audiences. Parental guidance is suggested.

  • Our Time Machine

    Our Time Machine

    Watch it at AFS: www.austinfilm.org/virtual-screening/our-time-machine/

    Shaken by the news of his father’s dementia, influential Chinese artist Maleonn creates “Papa’s Time Machine,” a wondrous time-travel adventure performed on stage with life-size mechanical puppets. Through the play’s production, he confronts his own mortality. Maleonn finds grace and unexpected joy in this moving meditation on art, the agonies of love and loss, and the circle of life.

    Thanks to our partners: Alzheimer’s Association Austin and MFA Houston.