Austin Film Festival begins October 24 with great films through October 31 —
August 6, 2020

Austin Film Festival begins October 24 with great films through October 31

By Liz Lopez

Shia LaBeouf's "Honey Boy" is one of the films featured at the 26th Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is the film festival that recognizes writers’ and filmmakers’ contributions to film, television, and new media taking place October 24-31. Following is a list of some of the featured films offered during the festival.

Honey Boy (Texas Premiere) from Amazon Studios is written by Shia LaBeouf, directed by Alma Har’el, and stars Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, and FKA twigs.

Synopsis: From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach, LoveTrue) brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health. Fictionalizing his ascent to stardom, and subsequent crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) and Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased, Manchester by the Sea) as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Dancer-singer FKA twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har’el’s feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine and imagination as hope through the life and times of a talented, traumatized performer who dares to go in search of himself.

Screening on Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. at the Stateside Theatre (719 Congress Ave).

The Report (Austin Premiere) is from Amazon Studios, written/directed by Scott Z. Burns with a cast that includes Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Ted Levine, Maura Tierney, and Michael C. Hall.

Synopsis: The Report is a riveting political thriller based on actual events. Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program created in the aftermath of 9/11. Tenacious by nature, he pursues the truth when others would have given up, and his explosive findings uncover a conspiracy by top government officials to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public.

Screening on Sunday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stateside Theatre (719 Congress Ave).

Waves (Texas Premiere) from A24 is written and directed by Trey Edward Shults and stars Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie, Neal Huff, Clifton Collins, Jr., with Renée Elise Goldsberry and Sterling K. Brown.

Synopsis: Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family— led by a well-intentioned but domineering father—as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. From acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults, Waves is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times.

Screening on Monday October 28 at 7:15 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre (713 Congress Ave)

The Vice Guide to Bigfoot (World Premiere) is directed by Zach Lamplugh from a script he wrote with Brian Emond and stars Brian Emond.

Synopsis: The debut feature from director Zach Lamplugh (Adult Swim); This paranormal comedy follows a hopelessly millennial reporter on the most important assignment of his career: Bigfoot. But after following a prominent cryptozoologist into the Appalachian foothills, he’s forced to answer the question “is a good story worth dying for?”

Screening on Friday, October 25 at 9 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse Village (2700 W Anderson Ln Suite 701) and Tuesday, October 29 at 9:15 p.m.  at Galaxy Highland (6700 Middle Fiskville Rd.).

For announcements and information on how to attend, visit the Austin Film Festival official website and follow @austinfilmfest with the hashtag #AFF26 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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