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Austin Film Festival Anncs Schedule, Catherine Reitman, Edward Norton, Lawrence Kasdan

Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference (AFF), the prominent celebration respecting the authors’ commitments to film, TV, and new media, releases their full schedule of movies and events for the 26th annual Festival, this October 24-31.

AFF likewise reported the participation of actress, comedienne, producer, writer and director Catherine Reitman, who is set to get the Festival’s debut New Voice Award at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday October 26 and take an interest in additional programming at the Festival’s Writers Conference.

Catherine Reitman

Reitman is best known as the creator and star of the acclaimed 2-time International Emmy Award-nominated Workin’ Moms, which initially aired on CBC in Canada and would now be able to be seen universally as a Netflix Original. She has had jobs in other prominent film and TV projects, including Blackish; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; How I Met Your Mother; Real Wedding Crashers; I Love You, Man; and Knocked Up. Reitman’s writing and producing credits include CBC’s Workin’ Moms, VH1’s Miss You Much, and the web arrangement Breakin’ it Down with Catherine Reitman.

AFF’s feature movie schedule involves 23 World, North American, and US Premieres, and profoundly anticipated marquee titles, including the world debut of Lawrence and Meg Kasdan’s Last Week at Ed’s; Yellow Rose, featuring Austin native Dale Watson with writer/director Diane Paragas in participation; and Honey Boy, from a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf based on his life, in which he likewise stars with Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, and FKA twigs. Other marquee titles are Edward Norton’s detective drama Motherless Brooklyn, where he additionally stars with Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe; Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, featuring Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta; and The Two Popes, from Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nommed chief of City of God, and three-time Academy Award-nommed screenwriter Anthony McCarten, featuring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.

“Motherless Brooklyn” with Edward Norton, Bruce Willis

AFF likewise declared the World Premiere of Pilgrim, the up and coming version of Hulu and Blumhouse Television’s Into The Dark. Writer and Director Marcus Dunstan will exhibit this expansion to the full length horror anthology series. Motivated by true eventsIn an attempt to remind her family of their privilege and help them bond, Ms. Anna Barker invites Pilgrim reenactors to stay with them over Thanksgiving. When the “actors” refuse to break character, the Barker family learns that there is such a thing as too much gratitude. AFF will likewise show free unique content from its Scripted Digital Series competition.

Other World Premieres include The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain (based on the true events – an elderly African-American vet with bipolar disorder is killed during a conflict with police), Not To Be Unpleasant But We Need To Have A Serious Talk (a man’s darkly comedic tour through past relationships to find who’s contracted fatal STD), This Might Hurt (a documentary about three chronic pain patients on a ‘mind-body medicine’ program), and Texas Independent I’ve Got Issues (deadpan collage of stories about human suffering).

Austin Film Festival additionally uncovered their full Writers Conference plan, which will occur during the initial four days of the Festival, October 24-27. The Conference includes a program of screenwriters in film and TV, including Megan Amram, Ron Bass, David Benioff, Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna, Sarah Green, James Ivory, Nicole Perlman, Daniel Petrie, Jr., Ed Solomon and more.

The full Film and Conference timetable can be found at www.austinfilmfestival.com.

Austin Film Festival’s 2019 slate:


Marquee Features

A Hidden Life

Writer/Director: Terrence Malick



Writer/Director: Chinonye Chukwu


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Oh My God I Think It’s Over

Director: Katie Hyde (in attendance)


Ford v Ferrari

Writer: Jez & John Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller

Director: James Mangold



Writer: Gregory Allen Howard and Kasi Lemmons

Director: Kasi Lemmons


Honey Boy

Writer: Shia LaBeouf

Director: Alma Har’el


Last Week At Ed’s (World Premiere)

Director: Meg Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan (in attendance)


Marriage Story

Writer/Director: Noah Baumbach


Motherless Brooklyn

Writer: Edward Norton (Screenplay), Jonathan Lethem (based on the novel by)

Director: Edward Norton


Peace (World Premiere)

Writer/Director: Robert Port (in attendance)


Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Writer/Director: Céline Sciamma


Rattlesnake (World Premiere)

Writer/Director: Zak Hilditch (in attendance)


Skyman (World Premiere)

Writer/Director: Daniel Myrick (in attendance)


The Kill Team

Writer/Director: Dan Krauss


The Report

Writer/Director: Scott Z. Burns


The Truth

Writer: Hirokazu Koreeda, Adaption by Lea Le Dimna

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda


The Two Popes

Writer: Anthony McCarten

Director: Fernando Meirelles



Writer/Director: Trey Edward Shults (in attendance)


Yellow Rose

Writer: Diane Paragas & Annie J. Howell

Director: Diane Paragas (in attendance)


Marquee Television

Into the Dark: Pilgrim

Writer/Director: Noah Feinberg and Marcus Dunstan (in attendance) & Patrick Melton


Seinfeld Retrospective Presented by Alec Berg & David Mandel

Creators: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David

The Label Maker (1995)

The Bizarro Jerry (1996)


Narrative Features

The Bygone

Writer/Director: Graham Phillips, Parker Phillips


DC Noir

Writer: George Pelecanos

Director: George Pelecanos, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Nick Pelecanos, Stephen



Drowning (North American Premiere)

Writer/Director: Melora Walters


Family Obligations

Writer/Director: Kenneth R. Frank


The Illegal

Writer/Director: Danish Renzu


The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain (World Premiere)

Writer/Director: David Midell


Limbo (North American Premiere)

Writer: Anil Kizilbuga

Director: Tim Dunschede


Not To Be Unpleasant But We Need To Have A Serious Talk (World Premiere)

Writer: Giorgos Georgopoulos, Maria Fakinou

Director: Giorgos Georgopoulos


Undertow (North American Premiere)

Writer/Director: Miranda Nation


Wade in the Water

Writer: Chris Retts

Director: Mark Wilson


The Witness (North American)

Writer: Mitko Panov, Wladyslaw Pasikowski, David Riker

Director: Mitko Panov


Comedy Vanguard Features

Man Camp

Writers: Daniel Cummings, Scott Kruse, Josh Long

Director: Nate Bakke


The Planters

Writer/Director: Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah Leder


Red Rover (US Premiere)

Writer: Duane Murray, Shane Belcourt

Director: Shane Belcourt


Sawah (North American)

Writer: Adolf El Assal, Dennis Foon, Sirvan Marogy

Director: Adolf El Assal


The VICE Guide to Bigfoot (World Premiere)

Writer: Zach Lamplugh, Brian Emond

Director: Zach Lamplugh


Treasure Trouble

Writer/Director: Dan Erickson


Dark Matters Features

A Patient Man

Writer/Director: Kevin Ward


Macabre (North American Premiere)

Writer: Lucas Paraizo, Rita Gloria Curvo

Director: Marcos Prado


Noise (North American Premiere)

Writer/Director: Jeremy Laval


Sleeping in Plastic (World Premiere)

Writer/Director: Van Ditthavong


Swing Low

Writer/Director: Teddy Grennan


The Wretched

Writer/Director: Brett Pierce, Drew Pierce


Documentary Feature

Against The Tides (North American Premiere)

Director: Stefan Stuckert


The Animal People (World Premiere)

Writer: Cassandra Suchan, Denis Henry Hennelly, Sasha Perry, Brian Palmer

Director: Cassandra Suchan, Denis Henry Hennelly


Cowboys (World Premiere)

Director: John Langmore, Bud Force


Cows With No Name (North American Premiere)

Director: Hubert Charuel



Director: Elizabeth Coffman


Guest House

Director: Hannah Dweck, Yael Luttwak


Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film

Writer: Thomas R. Burman, William Conlin

Director: William Conlin


Paradise Without People

Director: Francesca Trianni


Pipe Dreams

Director: Stacey Tenenbaum


There Are No Lions in Tel Aviv (North American Premiere)

Director: Duki Dror


This Might Hurt (World Premiere)

Director: Marion Cunningham


Texas Independent Features

Apartment 413

Writer: Ronald Maede

Director: Matt Patterson


A Room Full of Nothing

Writer: Duncan Coe

Director: Elena Weinberg, Duncan Coe


I’ve Got Issues (World Premiere)

Writer/Director: Steve Collins


When We Last Spoke

Writer: Joanne Hock, Rick Eldridge

Director: Joanne Hock

Joe Wehinger
Joe Wehinger (nicknamed Joe Winger) has written for over 20 years about the business of lifestyle and entertainment. Joe is an entertainment producer, media entrepreneur, public speaker, and C-level consultant who owns businesses in entertainment, lifestyle, tourism and publishing. He is an award-winning filmmaker, published author, member of the Directors Guild of America, International Food Travel Wine Authors Association, WSET Level 2 Wine student, WSET Level 2 Cocktail student, member of the LA Wine Writers. Email to: [email protected]
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