Official 2017 Austin Film Festival Schedule – 75+ Films & Features

Austin Film Festival 2017

Last year at the Austin Film Festival I had the pleasure of working as the sponsorship coordinator in conjunction with The Long Center to feature the first preview of La La Land; a critically acclaimed film starting Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Unfortunately I have a prior commitment, thus I will not be present at this year's event.

The 2016 festival threw two up-and-coming screenwriters, Henry Jones and Geeta Malik into the spotlight as they took home the Best Screenplay award for Static and Dinner With Friends. The 2017 edition appears promising, highlighting two very talented writers in Martin McDonagh and André Aciman for their marquee films Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Call Me By Your Name.

Austin Film Festival’s 2017 Lineup:


Lady Bird
– Opening Night Film
Writer/Director: Greta Gerwig

The Current War – Centerpiece Film
Writer: Michael Mitnick
Director: Alfonso Gomez

Chappaquiddick – Closing Night Film
Writers: Taylor Allen, Andrew Logan
Director: John Curran

24 Hours to Live

Writers: Zach Dean, Jim McClain, Ron Mita
Director: Brian Smrz

42 Grams
Director: Jack C. Newell

An Ordinary Man
Writer/Director: Brad Silberling

The Boy Downstairs
Writer/Director: Sophie Brooks

Writers: Laurie Shephard, Quinn Shephard
Director: Quinn Shephard

Call Me By Your Name
Writers: James Ivory, Andre Aciman
Director: Luca Guadagnino

Darkest Hour
Writer: Anthony McCarten
Director: Joe Wright

Endings: The Good, the Bad, and the Insanely Great – The Movie
Special Presentation by Michael Arndt

Into the Night; Portraits of Life and Death
Director: Helen Whitney

Please Stand By
Writer: Michael Golamco
Director: Ben Lewin

Writer/Director: Colette Burson

Mansfield 66/67
Directors: P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Writer/Director: Martin McDonagh

The Upside
Writers: Jon Hartmere,
Director: Neil Burger

Featured TV Programming:

HBO’s The Deuce-Season Finale
Writers: George Pelecanos, David Simon, Chris Yakaitis
Director: Michelle MacLaren

YouTube Red’s Do You Want to See a Dead Body?
Creator: Rob Huebel

Hulu’s Shut Eye

Season 2 Premiere Episode: “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore”

Executive Producer/Showrunner: John Shiban
Executive Producers: Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein
Writer: Amy Berg

New Form Original Premieres:

Small Talk
Creator: Becca Gleason

Love Me Do
Creator: Gaby Dunn

Press Start
Creators: Evan Beamer and Dave Child

Retrospective Programming:

Confessions of a Serial Killer (1985)-Presented by Mark Blair
Writer/Director: Mark Blair

Predator (1987)–Presented by Shane Black
Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Director: John McTiernan

Raggedy Man (1981)-Presented by William D. Wittliff
Writer: William D. Wittliff
Director: Jack Fisk

The Seven-Ups (1973)-Presented by George Pelecanos and David Simon

Writers: Albert Ruben, Alexander Jacobs, Sonny Grosso
Director: Philip D’Antoni

The Warriors (1979)-Presented by Walter Hill
Writers: Walter Hill, David Shaber, Sol Yurick (novel)
Director: Walter Hill

Narrative Features:

Amanda and Jack Go Glamping
Writer/Director: Brandon Dickerson

An American in Texas

Writers: Anthony Pedone, Stephen Floyd
Director: Anthony Pedone

Beauty Mark
Writer/Director: Harris Doran
Cast: Laura Bell Bundy, Jeff Kober, Madison Iseman

Bleed. Scream. Beat!
Writers: Aldo Miyashiro, Ãrika Villalobos, Abril Cárdenas
Director: Aldo Miyashiro

Writer/Director: Darren Curtis

Writer/Director: Bryan Buckley

Flock of Four

Writer: Gregory Caruso, Michael Nader
Director: Gregory Caruso

Here We Are

Writer/Director: David Bellarosa

High & Outside: a baseball noir
Writer: Dan O’Dair
Director: Evald Johnson

Hollow in the Land
Writer/Director: Scooter Corkle

In Blue
Writers: Jan-Willem den Bok & Jaap van Heusden
Director: Jaap van Heusden

Writers: Jasmuel Andri, Bruno Mourral, Gilbert Mirambeau
Director: Bruno Mourral

Writer/Director: Yaghoob Keshavarz Sarkar

Meerkat Moonship
Writer/Director: Hanneke Schutte

Quality Problems
Writer/Director: Brooke Purdy

Writers: Santiago Rizzo & Darren Anderson
Director: Santiago Rizzo

Southern Tale
Writer/Director: Tel Royal

Space & Time

Writer/Director: Shawn Gerrard

Sun Dogs
Writer: Jennifer Morrison
Director: Raoul

Writer: Stacey Miller
Director: James Franco

House of Tomorrow
Writer/Director: Peter Livolsi

Time Trap
Writer: Mark Dennis
Directors: Mark Dennis, Ben Foster

Comedy Vanguard Features:

Chasing the Blues
Writer: Scott Smith, Kevin Guilfoile
Director: Scott Smith

Don’t Talk To Irene

Writer/Director: Pat Mills

Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks
Writer: Josh Crockett, Jonathan Pappas
Director: Josh Crockett

The Great Unwashed
Writer: Louis Fonseca, Nick Horseman
Director: Louis Fonseca

The Outdoorsman
Writer: Ryan Gilmour
Director: David Haskell

Shop of Little Pleasures
Writer: Julia Frick, Alice Frick
Director: Julia Frick

Wild Honey
Writer/Director: Francis Stokes

Dark Matters Features

Writer: Joseph Baker
Director: Tom Large

Bullitt County
Writer/Director: David McCracken

Writer/Director: Tini Tüllmann

Ruin Me
Writer: Trysta A. Bissett, Preston DeFrancis
Director: Preston DeFrancis

The Landing

Writers/Directors: David Dodson and Mark Dodson

Writer/Director: Karl R. Hearne

Documentary Feature:

Director: James Keach

Beauty and Ruin
Writer/Director: Marc de Guerre

Coming to My Senses
Director: Dominic Gill

Fail State

Writers: Alexander Shebanow, Regina Sobel, Nicholas Adams
Director: Alexander Shebanow

Writer: Valerie Red-horse Mohl, Gale Anne Hurd
Director: Valerie Red-horse Mohl

Mr. Fish: Cartooning From the Deep End
Director: Pablo Bryant

Shot in the Dark
Director: Dustin Nakao Haider

Writer/Director: Michael Del Monte

Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace

Writers: Rich Gentile, Eli Spielman, Bruce Johnson

What Haunts Us
Writer: Mark Monroe
Director: Paige Goldberg Tolmach

Family Series:

Earth: One Amazing Day
Writers: Frank Cottrell Boyce, Richard Dale, Geling Yan
Directors: Richard Dale, Lixin Fan, Peter Webber

Into the Who Knows!
Writers: Micah Barber, Tony Faia
Director: Micah Barber

The Austin Film Festival runs from October 26th through November 2nd. For more information visit www.AustinFilmFestival.