Friday, November 10, 2017

Moviegoers: Sharpen your Pencils & Fill out the 2017 National Art House Audience Survey

Every year, the Art House Convergence, a national network of community-based, mission-driven cinemas of which the AFS Cinema is proud to call itself a member, distributes a survey to the patrons of all the cinemas in the organization. All the member groups review the results with great interest - as do distributors, archives and others. It really helps set the tone for the kinds of offerings that these theaters are able to share with members. You can read some of the past survey results here.

If you are a patron of the AFS Cinema, we'd love for you to take a few minutes and fill out the survey. In exchange for the time you spend doing this, we will mail you a $3 off coupon in December. More importantly than that, you will be helping to make Art House cinemas more vibrant and responsive to audience wants and needs.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Watch This: An Exclusive Outtake from Richard Linklater's LAST FLAG FLYING Q&A

As you may have heard, the highly acclaimed new film by AFS founder and Artistic Director, LAST FLAG FLYING, opens this Thursday at the AFS Cinema.

Each screening of the film will be followed by an exclusive 15 minute Q&A video filmed at the Austin Premiere of the film. In order to keep the clip at a manageable duration we had to excise some parts of the video we filmed. Here is an outtake in which Linklater tells AFS Head of Film and Creative Media Holly Herrick about how he came to cast the great Cicely Tyson in a small role in the film.

Monday, November 6, 2017

What Critics are Saying about Richard Linklater's LAST FLAG FLYING - Opening at AFS Cinema Thursday

Starting this Thursday, November 9, the AFS Cinema is proud to present the newest film from Austin Film Society founder and Artistic Director Richard Linklater. Steve Carrell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston star as three old military buddies who have lost touch with one another and who are brought together again in middle age by a tragedy. It's a film of deeply felt moments of fine ensemble acting, and there are unexpected detours into humor along the way.

This is a special week for us because LAST FLAG FLYING is the first new Richard Linklater film to open at the theater he recently established, the AFS Cinema. Each screening will be followed by an exclusive pre-recorded video Q&A with Linklater, filmed at the LAST FLAG FLYING Austin Premiere.

Please come see LAST FLAG FLYING with us at the AFS Cinema, where your ticket dollars support a full range of Austin Film Society artist and community programs. Tickets are on sale now.

But don't just take our word for it about LAST FLAG FLYING. Here's what the critics are saying:

Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly calls LAST FLAG FLYING "a modest, bittersweet thing of beauty."

A.O. Scott of the New York Times says the film is "enormously thought provoking" and observes that it "grapples with matters that other movies about war prefer not to think about."

Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times calls it "a sharp critique of American bluster, but also a sincere and funny valentine to everyday American life."

Thursday, November 2, 2017

AFS Viewfinders Podcast: Programmers Holly Herrick & Lars Nilsen on the November/December Film Calendar

On the latest AFS Viewfinders Podcast, AFS Lead Film Programmer Lars Nilsen and AFS Head of Film & Creative Media have a brief discussion about some of the highlights of the upcoming AFS Cinema Calendar. It's under 30 minutes and we hope it will help you make some of your screening plans for the months ahead.

Here it is. Enjoy. You can also find it on your iTunes podcast app by searching 'AFS Viewfinders.'

"A Classic In The Making": What the Critics are Saying about JANE - Opening Today at AFS Cinema

The new doc JANE, opening today 11/2 at the AFS Cinema, traces the life and work of primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall. Largely made up of films shot in the wilds of Africa over 50 years ago, it is both an intellectual and aesthetic delight. Whether you know a little, a lot, or nothing at all about Goodall, the film will fill you with admiration for this remarkable trailblazer. The movie is directed by Brett Morgen (COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, and THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE) and scored by Philip Glass.

As part of the film's full run, the cinema will offer a special Science On Screen panel on Sunday, 11/5 with special guests Dr. Anthony Di Fiore and Dr. Rebecca J. Lewis of the University of Texas. Dr. Di Fiore is the Head of the Anthropology Department and Dr. Lewis is Associate Professor in that department. Tickets for all showings are available here.

Josh Kupecki of the Austin Chronicle writes "Morgen has crafted a mesmerizing portrait of a fierce iconoclast who defied gender bias and forged her own path to an understanding of the natural world that transformed scientific thinking in the last century."

Look! It's the Austin Chronicle's 'Best of Austin' 2017 Critics Pick: The AFS Cinema

As many of you know doubtlessly already know, the exhibition programs of the Austin Film Society were wide ranging affairs for the first 30 years or so of the organization's history, hosting screenings at various venues with the help of a dedicated network of partners.

Earlier this year - with the assistance and good will of an army of donors and supporters - the AFS Cinema was born. A full-time two screen theater presenting the best new releases, restorations, documentaries, community screenings and more, in a venue that also features a social space with excellent food and lots of good things to drink.

You can see the complete calendar for the AFS Cinema here.

It's been a lot of fun for us, and it's been great to have a chance to meet tens of thousands of new folks who have also been attracted to this vision of internationally relevant cinema.

And the cherry on top for us after our first 5 months of operation has been today's Austin Chronicle Best Of Austin issue. Specifically the Critics Picks section, which calls the AFS Cinema, the Best "It's Not An Art House... It's An Art Home."

It's a bit of an unwieldy award, and will be tough to fit on the marquee, but we'll do our best.

To quote the Chronicle:
"When AFS Cinema permanently took over the Marchesa Hall & Theatre space earlier this year, we knew it was going to be a struggle to schedule our lives around the influx of repertory films, special guests, new releases, and 4K restorations. But holy hell, guys! Some of us have jobs and family commitments, not to mention the maintaining of personal hygiene. To say that the programming team hit the ground running is an understatement. From series on Bob Fosse, Catherine Deneuve, and world animation to quirky and essential programs like Science on Screen and Richard Linklater's crowning Eighties appreciation, Jewels of the Wasteland, the beating heart of Austin's cinephilia is alive and well, and well-dressed, too, in this stylishly re-fabbed venue."
And, as if that were not enough, the food critics singled out chef Peter Klein's Signature Popcorn, Fully Loaded, as the Best Movie Theater Popcorn.

Read the whole Chronicle 'Best Of Austin' Issue here and, if you haven't made it to the AFS Cinema yet, what are you waiting for?

Photo credit: Ellen Bruxvoort, Square Foot Photography