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Watch This: New Restoration of Don Hertzfeldt’s short REJECTED

If animation moves you, we’re showing an incredible amount of it this month at AFS Cinema. From our retrospective of Czech puppeteer Jiri Trnka, to classics like THE LAST UNICORN, to contemporary anime such as LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD, MFKZ, PAPRIKA, and MIRAI. In 2000, when 23 year old Don Hertzfeldt made the short film […]

Influences on the new anime LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD, opening Friday at AFS Cinema

LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD opens Friday, November 2nd, at AFS Cinema.  Get tickets. Naoko Yamada’s new film LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD is a delicate coming of age story, chronicling the friendship of two high school band members as they near the end of their time together in school. The musicians decide to take on […]

Review Round-Up: New Doc on 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad Opens Friday

ON HER SHOULDERS opens Friday, November 2nd at AFS Cinema.  Get tickets. Twenty-three-year-old Yazidi activist Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of exhausting undertakings—from giving testimony before the U.N. to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews and one-on-one meetings with top government officials. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that […]

AFS Viewfinders Podcast: Author/Producer Zack Carlson Answers What Makes An Action Movie Work

Hill on Earth: Three Films by Walter Hill, programmed by Zack Carlson, begins November 2nd. The series includes THE WARRIORS, SOUTHERN COMFORT, and HARD TIMES. For this AFS Viewfinders podcast, Lars Nilsen speaks with Writer/Producer Zack Carlson (Destroy All Movies, DAMSEL, JUNGLE TRAP), who presents a Walter Hill series at AFS Cinema this November. This […]

Heart of Weirdness: The Story Behind HAUSU

HAUSU screens at AFS Cinema in 35mm through October 31st. Get tickets. It’s hard to imagine the making of HAUSU; it might be easier to write it off as having arrived from some distant dimension. Leading up to the ’70s, HAUSU producer Toho Studios was one of the major Japanese movie studios. They had spawned many […]

Beyond the Street: Garry Winogrand Photographs Austin in the 1970s

GARRY WINOGRAND: ALL THINGS ARE PHOTOGRAPHABLE opens Friday, October 26 at AFS Cinema. Buy tickets. Garry Winogrand rejected the term “street photography.” He would explain in a thick Bronx accent, “I don’t think it tells you anything about a photographer or work, in a way . . . call me instead a zoo photographer, it […]

SXSW Award Winner THUNDER ROAD Opens Friday at AFS Cinema

Once every few years, a new voice in independent film emerges, leaving a lasting impression that we’ll see for years. That voice is now here and it’s Jim Cummings with his debut feature, THUNDER ROAD. The film originally began as a short that premiered at Sundance in 2016. After its great success on the festival […]

Watch This: Catherine Hardwicke (THIRTEEN) in conversation with Richard Linklater

Filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke is one of the many subjects in HALF THE PICTURE, screening this Sunday, October 14 at AFS Cinema. Don’t miss this special screening, including a pre-film mixer and post-screening panel. Get tickets. In order to make your work meaningful, you need to align it with who you really are – your true […]

How Do You Make Music for Giallo Films? Composer Curtis Heath Explains

For this extra special guest Viewfinders post, composer Curtis Heath (STUMPED, HELLION, 1985) offers his insights on the techniques composers used to score for giallo films. Heath will join us this Friday for a one-time-only introduction for THEY’RE COMING TO GET YOU, where he’ll bring in some of these very instruments and do a live […]

“Rare and Exhilarating” I AM NOT A WITCH opens Friday, October 12, at AFS Cinema

I AM NOT A WITCH opens Friday, October 12th at AFS Cinema. Get tickets here. In her BAFTA awarding-winning debut feature, Rungano Nyoni crafts a satiric feminist fairy-tale set in present-day Zambia. When 9-year old orphan Shula is accused of witchcraft, she is exiled to a witch camp run by Mr. Banda, a corrupt and […]

Robert Greene’s Passionately Ambitious Non-Fiction Film BISBEE ’17 Opens October 5 at AFS Cinema

BISBEE ’17 opens Friday, October 5, at AFS Cinema.  Director Robert Greene joins us on Saturday, October 6, at 6 PM. Buy Tickets. In Robert Greene’s newest foray into hybrid documentary filmmaking, he focuses on the small mining town of Bisbee, Arizona, and its troubled history. In 1917, over 1300 striking miners were forcibly deported […]

Giallo, Ghosts, and Gore: Horror Films at AFS Cinema this October

October is here and the Halloween season is upon us. As you’re scheduling your own 31 Nights of Halloween, look no further than the AFS Cinema calendar to layer in rare theatrical screenings and more. This month, we’re presenting a variety of horror films, from a giallo series to a Japanese vampire trilogy to John […]

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