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Staff Picks: Hardy

Feeling extremely busy, exhausted, and emotionally spent from all the hard work we’ve been putting into the festival, all I wanted to do was hit the gym for a much needed stress relief session. Instead, I opted for a quiet night on the couch with my husband, watching and scoring films for the festival.

 

Allison Kindred | 09.28.2014
Welcome to our 2014 Festival Staff Picks column! We’ll be posting some first looks at Festival Films to look out for on the 2014 Film Schedule. Check back to the AFF blog for new Staff Picks each week!

 

 

 

Hardy

Feeling extremely busy, exhausted, and emotionally spent from all the hard work we’ve been putting into the festival, all I wanted to do was hit the gym for a much needed stress relief session. Instead, I opted for a quiet night on the couch with my husband, watching and scoring films for the festival.

Right from the start of Hardy, I felt a sense of empowerment and inspiration as Heather “The Head” Hardy runs across the Brooklyn Bridge. I might be too busy to get myself to the gym but if anything was going to inspire me to push myself- it was this story!

A must see during the festival, you’ll find yourself constantly rooting for Hardy to win. The film left me inspired to walk into my next challenge with the same confidence and drive.  Fight is the overall theme to this story. Fight in the physical sense- she is an aspiring professional female boxer- but also the fight to push yourself. Fight for what you want in life and in your dreams. Fight to give your loved ones a better life then you. Fight for your relationships. Fight to be the first. The best. The only one. And the fight to keep going…

If you need any kind of push or confidence boost, Hardy should be on your schedule. A wonderfully told story about a girl who doesn’t stop or give up! I found myself punching my way through the film and ready to get in the ring!

- Allison Kindred, Development Director

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Staff Picks: WildLike

In short….I loved this film. Let’s put aside for just a moment the stunning shots of Alaska’s majestic landscapes. Ignore the “zen-like” moments of hiking into the Alaskan wilderness, surrendering to moments of silence and solace. Forget that the filmmakers painted a mesmerizing picture of nature and humankind in complete harmony.

Michelle Randolph | 09.24.2014

Welcome to our 2014 Festival Staff Picks column! We’ll be posting some first looks at Festival Films to look out for on the 2014 Film Schedule. Check back to the AFF blog for new Staff Picks each week!

 

 

 

 

WildLike

In short….I loved this film.  Let’s put aside for just a moment the stunning shots of Alaska’s majestic landscapes. Ignore the “zen-like” moments of hiking into the Alaskan wilderness, surrendering to moments of silence and solace. Forget that the filmmakers painted a mesmerizing picture of nature and humankind in complete harmony. Yes, I love this film for all those reasons, but let’s just forget all that for a minute. What the writer and director Frank Hall Green managed to do with this movie is take a subject that is far too common, to far too many people and reinforce the characteristics of enduring hope, healing  and reconnection in its highest forms. It doesn’t hurt that the audience gets to revel in the beauty of actress, Ella Purnell as the troubled lead character Mackenzie or in seasoned actor Bruce Greenwood as the loner backpacker turned unlikely father figure with scars of his own. For me, this film embodies the very essence of what  beautiful storytelling can do, which is impact  and impart a sense of belonging to something bigger than ourselves, the human condition.

-Michelle Randolph, Outreach Coordinator

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Staff Picks: The Suicide Theory

I believe in fate. Sometimes you don’t care for a particular genre of film, but then a co-worker suggests you check it out. Maybe they just chose it at random, or maybe you were meant to watch it. Either way, this is how I approached The Suicide Theory.

Marcie Mayhorn | 09.24.2014

Welcome to our 2014 Festival Staff Picks column! We’ll be posting some first looks at Festival Films to look out for on the 2014 Film Schedule. Check back to the AFF blog for new Staff Picks each week!

 

 

 

The Suicide Theory

I believe in fate.  Sometimes you don’t care for a particular genre of film, but then a co-worker suggests you check it out.  Maybe they just chose it at random, or maybe you were meant to watch it.  Either way, this is how I approached The Suicide Theory.

The title alone gave me the creeps  – I myself have no theories on suicide.  But upon hearing it was about a hit-man hired to kill a man who can’t commit suicide himself, I found my interest growing stronger.  What followed was 98 minutes of my expectations being surpassed, and ultimately, enjoying a film I wouldn’t have otherwise sought out.  This film is an incredibly well told story of how the choices we’ve made in the past touch the lives of others, and how fate is ultimately the bigger part of one’s future.  All of this, of course, told in a unique, raw way.

Consider adding this film to your schedule.  If anything, it will give you a new way to think about how lucky you are to be alive.  And who knows — maybe it will also make you believe in fate a little more.

- Marcie Mayhorn, Conference Coordinator

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AFF 2014 Short Film Announcements

Are you keeping up with our Short Film Announcements on twitter? If not, be sure to follow us @austinfilmfest every Friday and Monday leading up to the Festival where we’ll announce short films playing this year’s Festival using the hashtags #FilmFridays and #MovieMondays. Here’s a roundup of what we’ve announced so far:

09.02.2014

Are you keeping up with our Short Film Announcements on twitter? If not, be sure to follow us @austinfilmfest every Friday and Monday leading up to the Festival where we’ll announce short films playing this year’s Festival using the hashtags #FilmFridays and #MovieMondays. Here’s a roundup of what we’ve announced so far:

1946
Writer/Director: Robert Ford

A Day in Eden (@ADayInEden)
Writer/Director: Assal Ghawami (@AssalG)
Website: adayineden.com
Trailer: A Day in Eden

A Late Man
Writer/Director: Fidel Ruiz-Healy

Bunion
Writer: Avi Rothman
Director: Jessica Sanders (@jessicafilm)
Website: facebook.com/bunionfilm
Trailer: Bunion

dawn.
Writer/Director: Ya’Ke Smith

Detour
Writer/Director: Michael Kam
Website: facebook.com/detour.sg
Trailer: Detour

Dishes
Director: Billy Kirland & Peter Rosemeyer (@RoselandTrio)
Writer: Peter Rosemeyer

Door God
Writer/Director: Yulin Liu

Eleven
Director: Abigail Greenwood
Writer: Kate Prior

Entrain
Writer: Adrien Benson (@entrainthemovie)

Fitted
Writer/Director: Auriel Rudnick (@aurielrudnick)
Trailer: Fitted

Full-Windsor
Writer/Director: Faraday Okoro
Website: facebook.com/full.windsor.film
Trailer: Full-Windsor

Green Thumb
Writer/Director: Phil Lorin & Kiel Murray

How I Didn’t Become A Piano Player (@PianoPlayerFilm)
Writer/Director: Tommaso Pitta (@tommipitta)
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pianoplayerfilm
Trailer: How I Didn’t Become A Piano Player

I Don’t Care
Writer/Director: Carolina Giammetta (@carolinagiammet)
Website: facebook.com/idcfilm
Trailer: I Don’t Care

In The Clouds
Writer/Director: Marcelo Mitnik

Juan Y La Nube
Director: Giovanni Maccelli (@madridencorto)
Writer: Susana Lopez Rubio

La Carnada
Writer/Director: Josh Soskin (@josh_soskin)
Website: facebook.com/LaCarnadaShortFilm
Trailer: La Carnada

Lightning In The Hand
Director: Joey Grossfield
Writer: Andrew Reuland & Joey Grossfield

LUKE
Writer/Director: Conor Hamill

Mend and Make Do
Writer/Director: Bexie Bush (@bexie_bush)
Website: mendandmakedo.co.uk/
Trailer: Mend and Make Do

NENA
Writer/Director: Aluda Ruiz de Azúa (@offecam) 

Once Again
Writer/Director: John Moore (@jumpupfilms)
Website: facebook.com/onceagaindoc

One Afternoon in Summer
Writer/Director: Lilli Tautfest

Please Hand Stamp
Director: Jeff Jenkins
Writer: Lauren Pence & Jeff Jenkins
Website: Please Hand Stamp

Redaction
Writer/Director: Tim Sanger
Trailer: Redaction

Ruslan
Writer/Director: Taisia Deeva

Seventh Grade
Writer/Director: Stefani Saintonge (@steffi_says)
Website: Seventh Grade

Simon Says
Director: Jamie Sterba
Writer: Steve Storm

Siren
Writer/Director: Alex Clark

SKUNK
Writer/Director: Annie Silverstein

THE CHICKEN
Writer/Director: Una Gunjak (thechicken_film)

The Last Night
Writer/Director: David Strong (@craftincfilm)

The Last Resort
Director: Stephanie Blakey (@manifestephanie)
Writer: Gillian Park (@MsGillianPark)
Website: facebook.com/TheLastResortFilm
Trailer: The Last Resort

The Next Part
Director: Erin Sanger

The Polterman
Writer/Director: Shane Ware (@ShaneW21)

The Way of Tea (Les frémissements du thé)
Writer/Director: Marc Fouchard

This Is Normal (@ThisIsNormalMOV)
Writer/Director: Ryan Welsh (@RyanWelsh25) & Justin Giddings (@justingiddings)
Website: This Is Normal
Trailer: This Is Normal

This Way Up
Writer/Director: Jeremy Cloe

Are you as pumped as we are for these amazing films yet?! Stay in the know every Monday and Friday to see what other Short Films will be shown during this year’s Austin Film Festival by following @austinfilmfest on twitter! Each week this list will be updated on the AFF website as well as here on the blog. Start checking out those trailers and let us know which films you’re looking forward to with the hashtag #AFF2014!

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