Thursday, February 2:
AFS Artistic Director Richard Linklater presents Bernardo Bertolucci's THE LAST EMPEROR
at the Paramount Theater. Winner of an astonishing nine Academy Awards, as well as a clean sweep of the Golden Globes, this is an Epic in the truest sense of the word. Linklater, a big fan of the film, will give one of his highly-informative and perceptive introductions before the film.
Monday, February 6:
Writer/director David Zellner, who, with his brother and collaborator Nathan Zellner, makes such extraordinary films as KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER and KID-THING, harbors a dark secret. He loves the '80s Canadian show THE LITTLEST HOBO, in which a German Shepherd dog wanders from town to town like Michael Landon in HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN, solving problems and showing people the true way. He will join us to introduce a pair of episodes of the show
and talk about their narrative construction. This show takes place at Austin Public and is free to the public.
Wednesday, February 8:
The new doc from Raoul Peck, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
, screens at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. Using the words of James Baldwin, from his unfinished manuscript No Name On The Street,
Peck constructs a history of the Civil Rights era, through the eyes of one of its most active soldiers and intellectuals. Magnificently detailed and meticulously structured, this is a testament to Baldwin and his generation.
Monday, February 13:
AFS presents the new restoration of Gillo Pontecorvo's astonishing and impactful 1966 film THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS
at the Alamo Ritz. The film depicts, in cinema-verite style, the uprising of the Algerian people against their French colonial occupiers. Not only a great work of cinema, but a document of real historical importance, used by both the Black Panther Party and military academies as a training tool.
Sunday, February 19
and Sunday, February 26:
AFS presents a pair of programs of so-called "race films" at the Spirit Of Texas Theater. For several decades, between the twenties and the fifties, a "shadow" film industry existed to provide all-black cast films for segregated theaters in America. The films, which were made with the lowest of budgets, are fascinating to see today, and give us an idea, when we read between the lines, of what popular black culture was like at the time. On February 19, the program includes the western THE BRONZE BUCKAROO
and on February 26, the film BLOOD OF JESUS
, wildly surreal in its unconventional effects, screens with selected shorts.